2019 Review (sort of)

So, I was hoping to have started this back in January.  But remembering what happened 11 months ago is nearly impossible.  So I’ll just write with how my year went.

I’ll most likely go backwards as the earliest memories will be easier to remember, LOL

Well December there was a few things that happened. Besides my birthday, I got a surprise package from a friend who had met Dom Sherwood and had sent me what she done during that convention. Not only did she send me the picture of her photo op with him, but he was holding up a shirt she had designed (for a lack of a better word), and the shirt of which he signed. I done an Instagram live so she could see my reaction when I opened it. And yes, there were tears.

As well in December, Fan Central TV was doing a 12 Days of Fanmas on their YouTube channel and you were able to get a chance to win what each video contained by answering a question (or whatever she needed you to do). I was waiting patiently for Shadowhunter goodies, and the days were passing by and y birthday was getting closer. It just so happened that my birthday was the last day for the Fanman giveaway and sure enough, it was on my birthday. You can watch the video here to see the prizes.

So I watched said video. Couldn’t help but laugh while watching. And then I answered her question in the comments. I was crossing everything I had to cross to give myself the good luck I could muster to actually win this. Mainly because it was years since I won anything online.

Low and behold I seen them make a tweet of the list of winners for the 12 TV series and seen a “Karen Ford” for Shadowhunters.  I congratulated all winners until I took a double take on the name and had to ask if that was actually me?  It was and then I danced around the house.  I was in shock, to be honest. I’ll do a video of me opening the package once I get it. 🙂  Thank you again Fan Central TV.  ❤ ❤ ❤

I also had another friend surprise me with a Clace autographed picture.  She originally had an extra Kat McNamara photo, so she had me pick from the ones she sent me for a favourite of mine to have signed.  So I had one chosen and didn’t think anything of it when she was trying to choose a various of Clace pictures.  So when I helped her with one I thought she was getting for herself, Well, you can guess I was in shock when I got a package from her with the picture of both Kat’s and Dom’s signature on it.  She also sent me a small piece of paper with Dom’s writing on it for me as I have plans for a future tattoo.

I feel very blessed to have the friends I’ve made on Twitter thanks to a show that got cancelled after only 3 seasons.  And I’ll be forever grateful to them. ❤ ❤ ❤

I also won a signed autograph of Chai Hansen, who played Jordan Kyle from Shadowhunters.  I hope to meet him, as well as the rest of the cast, someday.  They are all a blessing to so many of us who draw on them for different reasons.  Thank you again Tiff. ❤

 

I feel that everything so far is Shadowhunter related as to how my year went.  And for the most part it is.  From books being released, to having my own marathons via NetFlix.

Besides birthdays and anniversaries, we (my hubby and I) went back to Cuba for the 4th time, back in April.  And yes, to the same resort.  They have become family to us.  We are really hoping to take our kids (tho not really kids) with us this time.  We want to take them to a place where we felt the most welcome.  Melia Las Antillas.  It’s an older resort, but it’s the people who always brings us back when we can.

This is not much of a review of my year in 2019, but I promise to make a better one for 2020.

So on that note, thank you for visiting my blog.  Thank you for reading, and most of all, thank you for sticking around to see what I post next.

Sending you all lots of love.

K ❤

Lost traditions….

I’m not sure if it’s because of the phone call I had with my father in-law, or just the fact that Christmas is just around the corner and I’m reminiscing about things we used to do when I was little, but I can’t help but think of what we used to probably take for granted and are most likely on the verge of loosing.

During the phone call, we were talking about jannying (mummers) and that there’s just no one doing this fun activity anymore.  It was one of the highlights during Christmas living around the bay.  Having ‘strangers’ knock at your door, dance around the kitchen, have a drink or two, all the while they try to disguise their voices and having you try to guess who they were.

Both he and I mentioned that the generation of today haven’t a clue, and it’s something that’s not happening anymore in the communities.  Which for me is sad.  I remember one Christmas time my neighbor and a few of his friends (which were all from our community), came to the house, dancing, singing, and having a couple of drinks.  Unfortunately, my neighbor had a bit too much (from all the homes they visited) and had to make a bee line to our bathroom.  LOL.  *Deep sigh* Those were the days. 🙂

I know that living in the city, I can’t get a group of friends together, dress up and go door to door and share a bit of cheer.  The RNC would get a phone call within 5 minutes of seeing a bunch of hooligans walking up and down the street, going to people’s homes with their faces covered.  Not with everything’s that’s been happening around the world lately.

I think that’s the reason why I miss being out home when it’s Christmas time.  But I think that’s also why I don’t go out there either.  It’s just not the same without my grandmother.  My last Christmas with her was in 1996, she past away in January of ’97.  I think that’s when things changed.  I couldn’t cope, it wasn’t the same.

And I know that people will say, it’s time to move on or other variations, but she was my best friend growing up.  She’d listen to me rant about anything.  She’d be wiping my tears one moment, then pouring me up a cuppa tea and giving me a cookie in the next. 🙂  Mind you, she’d give me a kick in the butt too when I needed it. LOL.  And for those of us who knew her, she’s unforgettable, 🙂

It’s funny how I starting off this topic about traditions ended up with me thinking about my grandma.  Well, I guess they sort of coincide.  I can’t talk about one without the other, 🙂

And now I’m needing to fix myself a cuppa tea, 🙂

So until next time.  Have a great day, xoxo

K ❤