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 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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!)