It is time for me to review the first half of 2016.
I do this every year, here on my blog.
I certainly hope you would like to tag along.
So, let’s look back on 2016 from where I am sitting.
It was a mild winter last year. VERY mild. Actually, it seems to follow suit this year, as well.
But, anyway, it was mild during the winter of 2016.
However, we did have an ENORMOUS blizzard, Snowzilla. Or, its official name was Jonas. I love storms like that.
I have said it before, I’ll say it again; as long as you are safe at home, have power, heat, food, water … and wine ;-) Your are SO set!
Life went on after Christmas and New Year’s, as always.
We drove Karolina back to Elon. Settled in as “empty nesters” again.
Elon in January, the camellias were blooming ...
My first PW last year. Early in the morning, as usual. THAT was way before the knee gave me hell.
Snowzilla RULED!! We got SO much snow in such a short amount of time. Yes, we got slammed. Hard. But, Peter and I enjoyed it! We got close to 3 feet in Reston (90 cm) in 24 hours. To dig out the cars? WELL, not so fun. Peter and I are strong, though. We helped our neighbors out as well.
Peter is venturing out on the course. This is right behind our home. IT was SO windy and cold when I shot this pic. And even more so out on the open golf course. But, OOOO so cool! White out conditions.
The day after ... Right outside my front door.
The mild winter continued. BUT, as always (or so it seems) we got slammed by a snow storm around President’s Day (mid-February).
As always, I loved it.
Peter and I made lots of nice weekend dinners at home.
Come think about it, during 2016 we stopped going out for Friday dinners! I cannot remember the last time we had Friday, or Saturday, dinner at a restaurant! Good for us. The food you have at home is usually a lot better than the food you get at an establishment. PLUS that the coziness factor is UN-beatable at home.
I hope this trend WILL indeed continue for us. Another plus, I am improving as a cook, and that is good!
Lotta, Charming Charlie, visited me. Nowadays she's more active on Instagram, find her there @charmigt_sa_charlie. We had a very nice dinner here at my place. She's one of those super friends I have made thru my blog. Blogs do rule. Instagram has taken over a bit for a lot of people. But blogs are still the best social medium, in my opinion.
I started fretting over the fact that I would turn fifty.
My mom and our friend Helga arrived in the end of February to celebrate said birthday.
Dinner for two. My absolute favorite thing in the world. Or, dinner for three and four works just as well!
Snow storm around Prez Day.
Tulips are, indeed, winter flowers. I try to get new ones every weekend.
And, I have Lotta!! My awesome friend here in Reston! Lotta and Anna (she lives in Ashburn) are the true bakers in our Swedish breakfast club. They rule when it comes to this. Lotta, you can always count on the best of the best at her place. Anna's baking is pure gold as well. Look at Lotta's semlor here! Shrove buns with cardamom, whipped cream and lots of almond paste. MY favorite pastry, without a doubt.
And, my mom and Helga came to visit!! SO. MUCH. FUN!
I did really turn fifty!
I threw a party that was totally cray and FUN!! So fun, in fact, that I went to bed thinking “what the F*** did just happen?”.
It was so much fun having my dear Mom and Helga here. The ladies shopped until they dropped (of course, right). I was their own personal shopper and chauffeur. We did have an early heat wave in March, so when we were in DC sightseeing it was 27 degrees C, or 80 F. BUT,we also experienced a snow storm in the beginning of the month. The ladies got to experience classic Washington DC weather of the schizophrenic winter kind.
We had so much fun. It was so cozy having them here.
We also went down to Elon to visit Karolina. The ladies loved it.
And, in the end of the month Peter, myself, Karolina and her friend Faith took a weeklong cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Western Caribbean.
As always, it was WONDERFUL!!! I cannot wait to go cruising again!!
A good month, despite me turning the big five-oh!
My mom and Karolina chatting in Elon.
The big five-OH!
Cruising, this is in Cozumel, Mexico.
April started out cold!
Peter ran a half marathon. His first! He did so good.
It was ice cold during the race. I was FREEZING. Peter kept himself warm, haha.
However, eventually everything thawed out.
April is THE most lovely month in my neck of the woods. THIS is when the world turns out to look like a fairy tale. Everything is in bloom.
The deck season started. Always a great feeling. Spring was here. For reals!!
A very cold half-marathon for Peter here in Reston in the beginning of April.
OH the loveliness that were surrounding us. These are dogwoods.
And cherry trees in full bloom!
The deck, this is on April, 16. The deck season officially begun. SO very nice!!
Oh, no dudes …
MAY was a cold, damp and GREY month. Usually the weather in May is like summer, more or less.
May 2016 was the coldest and wettest May in a very long time. I suffered from it, and I NEVER suffer from having a late spring. But, this time I DID.
However, we did some good Appalachain Trail hiking! Several AT-hikes.
AND, we did a very, very long and demanding one. Out longest to date, 27.3 km, or almost 17 miles.
We picked up Karolina from Elon. Her second year was over. Karolina came home for a couple of days before she took off for Los Angeles where she had two internships at two different talent agencies. She also took classes, and she experienced the LA life to its fullest. Did she love it? Not so much.
The hiking season started for us two avid hikers. This is on The Appalachian Trail in Maryland.
The hiking continued by the Potomac River. Billy Goat Trail. A very nice day. We were out hiking on most weekends when it wasn't raining.
Elon in May. At a farmer's market. We picked up Karolina at the end of her second year. SHE was home for a couple of days before she went west for almost the entire summer. California girl.
A.T hiking of the very hard kind. Out hardest hike to date!
In June, the weather turned to REAL summer.
Hot and humid.
We had a couple of graduation parties to attend, very fun. Two of my Swedish girlfriends daughters graduated from high school.
Peter and I took several hikes. In Shenandoah National Park, we saw a black bear while hiking. Not so fun, no.
Peter and I went to our beloved Outer Banks in North Carolina together with our great friend, Keith.
We had a wonderful June week there, in Salvo (close to Cape Hattears). We are so in love with the Outer Banks, and we are going back in June again.
I cannot wait! Karolina turned 20, and we were not able to celebrate the big day together.
Peter on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah. Another beaut of a hike!
Graduation parties back to back.
Peter in Salvo in the Outer Banks. SO extremely nice to be there!
Early morning walks for me on the beach. Here's an unknown dude fishing.
Sunset on the west side of the banks. Pamlico Sound. Oh, I love it on the OBX!