Monday, December 27, 2010

The Year in Review

2010 was an eventful year for us, with plenty of ups and downs. On the upside I did manage to post regular updates and keep this blog going. I hope you all enjoy reading as much as I enjoy posting! Hopefully we'll keep the party going into 2011. Believe it or not, my first post on this blog was over two years ago, in November 2008.

"Day out with Thomas" at the Strasburg RR
For our family, 2010 was the year of the train. With a five-year-old boy (and a 47 yr-old boy as well) in the house I guess that is just a given. We rode on the Strasburg Railroad, the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad and the Huntingdon and Broad Top Narrow Gauge Railroad. We spent a long weekend visiting Altoona PA's Railroader's Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve.  With the boys enjoying the trains and the girls enjoying the history (and opportunities to wear vintage clothes!) we all had a great time.

Watching the trains go by at Horsehoe Curve

In February 2010 we also took our first trip to Disney World as a family. We even considered going by train, but in the end opted to fly. Thank goodness we decided to do it this year, because we had the opportunity to celebrate my son's birthday and my father-in-law's birthday at their house in Florida. Just six weeks later, we lost Jay's dad very suddenly. I know my son will always remember sharing that birthday cake with his Grandpa one last time.

I also lost my aunt to lung cancer, and she had been a life-long non-smoker. Cancer does not discriminate, and we need everyone's help to find a cure. If you are looking to make a charitable donation this holiday season, why not consider the Lungevity Foundation's fund in honor of my Aunt Kathie.

This year, and every year, I lose some good friends of mine from the WWII generation- take the time to talk to these folks now if you have any close to you! We are losing so many every day now.

With Grammy and Grandpop on the beach in February

I do anticipate some changes for the coming year. I probably will not be able to continue doing a Trash-picked Tuesday post every week. I knew it would happen eventually; I'm just out of stuff. But whenever I do come across something good, you can be sure I'll share it! 

And I do want to get my Etsy store up and running, so there will be some updates on that. I've got the storefront up, just no inventory photographed and measured yet. (I don't know how some of you do this- it can be very labor-intensive!) I'm looking forward to offering some really great vintage items- mostly clothing- with a bargain-basement section for those of you who are as cheap as I am! And my husband will probably be glad I'm moving some things out of the house, instead of bringing more home! ;)

Happy New Year, PIT readers!


  1. Good luck with your Etsy shop! We are trainiacs too, and have been to Strasburg, though we still need to visit the horseshoe curve. Gotta love that little blue engine, right?

  2. I've really enjoyed reading your blog this year.I hope you had a wonderful christmas & i hope you & your family have a brilliant new year.Looking forward to the etsy shop:)

  3. Happy New Year! Here's to doing Etsy, I myself have a shop with no inventory! Good luck in all your endeavors this year, I look forward to reading about them :-)