At the end of each year, I revisit my photos from the previous 12 months. I reminisce, chuckling and weeping, grimacing and grinning. What can I say? I’m sentimental. For the past eight years as part of my minimizing/saving time/saving money/saving the planet plan, instead of snail mailing holiday cards, I’ve created an annual earth-happy electronic card in the form of a video. Initially the video was a goofy narrative of me and Scott discussing our year in review. THEN I got a digital camera. Voila! We now have the Pepper’s Annual Photo Montage.
This is what I’m sharing with you today. Do ignore the fact that I haven’t written blog posts for several months. I plan some catching up in the coming weeks.
But first, a quick highlight of our travels in 2014:
Countries visited: 3 (US, Switzerland, South Africa)
US states visited: 20
US cities/towns visited (places we stopped and/or lodged): 53
US State/National Parks and Forests visited: 10
South African cities/towns visited: 23
South African National Parks visited: 6
Just havin’ some fun, people.
The movie is a 10-minute montage (this word in any context reminds Scott of Team America) showing about 550 of the approximately 24,000 photos I took in 2015. There’s music to help pass the time. Also, try not to sit too close to your computer screen as I relinquish all responsibility for any medical conditions that may arise from watching the movie. While these photos are not necessarily my faves, I chose them because they tell our story.
Sit back, grab a cuppa jo and enjoy.
But my favorite among many outrageously fabulous moments in 2014 can be seen in the 3-minute video below. It’s taken from my Freedom Day post. This is when we saw the unveiling of Mandela’s bust at Parliament in Cape Town. Powerful.
Hey! Peace out in ’15!
I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
What is your New Year’s Resolution?
How’s that workin’ for ya?