Deborah’s 2015 Year in Review

December 2015

Happy Holidays!

Engagement shot!

Engagement shot!

It’s that time of year again…time to wrap gifts, send wishes of happiness and wellness to friends and family, bake Christmas cookies, stuff stockings, sing carols, and enjoy the festivities of Christmas and the New Year. It is also time to read a faithful account of Deborah’s 2015 Year in Review.

The Proposal

The year started off with a bang: Dave proposed marriage in January while we were strolling around a snow-covered Scout Lake. It was a full moon and flowers and kneeling were involved. I accepted. We will marry in a small, private wedding on January 16, 2016.

 The Moves

Dave puts his Waterford house up for sale.

Dave puts his Waterford house up for sale.

I sold my house of fourteen years and moved in with Dave in Waterford while we looked for a new home back in the Milwaukee area. We finally settled on a home in Franklin and moved into the house in October. Dave had an accepted offer on his house within four days and wrapped up the closing at the end of October.   We have spent the bulk of the last two months fixing up our move-in-ready house.


On top of Cerro Negro volcano before I boarded down it, Nicaragua. And, yes, it was dangerous.

On top of Cerro Negro volcano before I boarded down it, Nicaragua. And, yes, it was dangerous.

I traveled in Nicaragua and the northern tip of Costa Rica in February. I kayaked Lake Nicaragua, wandered the streets of Granada, waded through Somoto canyon, explored the rooftop of Leon Cathedral, and volcano-boarded Cerro Negro volcano. I also ate a steady diet of gallo pinto. I ended my trip with a zip-lining excursion in Costa Rica.




A dining gem we found near Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin

A dining gem we found near Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin

Dave and I biked several multi-day bike rides this year: TOMRV (Iowa), Northwoods (Northern Wisconsin), and BAM (Minnesota). Brother Kevin joined us on BAM for a fun-filled four days.

Dave built me a travel-gravel-touring bike (Ellis Strada Fango). It traveled with him to the Philly bike show this year and was a great hit. It’s currently “hanging out” with Mountain Flyer magazine where it will be ridden and reviewed for a future edition. (One day soon I might actually get to ride it!)

My new travel-gravel-touring bike. An Ellis Strada Fango cycle.

My new travel-gravel-touring bike. An Ellis Strada Fango cycle.

Other Noteworthy Mentions

  • Dad, patriarch of the Yakes family, turned 80. It’s official. He’s now an octogenarian.
  • Dave’s brother, Steve, married in May and moved from Ventura, California, to Portland, Oregon.
  • After 50 + years in up-state New York, Dave’s parents moved to a nearby suburb and are settling into their new life in Wisconsin. We are pleased to have them near us.

And so, I come to the end of another Year in Review. Wishing you good health and great happiness in the upcoming year.

Signing off from 2015,

Deborah (and Dave too!)

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1 Response to Deborah’s 2015 Year in Review

  1. Jim Stapel says:

    Hi Deb,


    Thanks for the post.

    CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming marriage. Your mom told me about it last night at Choir practice—probably at almost exactly the same time you sent this post out—however, I didn’t find the email until this morning.

    Nicaragua and Costa Rica are two places I’ve never been, but I’ve heard great things about Costa Rica. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

    I had a fun year of travel (Vietnam/Cambodia, Portugal/Spain, Turkey, Kenya & Israel/Jordan), the hardware stores are doing well and I’m (mostly) having fun. However, much of my year has also been dealing with health issues my mom is having and in September my uncle in Brookfield passed away and as the nearest relative to my aunt (my mom’s older sister) I’m the one who has been making weekly trips to help her with the estate stuff. In September Bill and I moved mom to a 2 bedroom apartment here in Oshkosh at Gabriel’s Villa (an assisted living unit). It’s great having her closer than a 30 minute drive away.

    Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and happy, healthy New Year as you and Dave start your married life together!

    Jim Stapel

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