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Out with the old year, in with the new year. 2015 Retrospective

The previous year went by so fast, it’s all a blur!
Doesn’t it seem like the passage of time accelerates as we get older?
All the more reason to make the most of it, yes?

2015 Highlights:

January 27th marked the dreaded BIG 6-0 for me! Thumbing our noses at that whole ageing thing, hubby and I celebrated with Bob Seger and an overnight stay at a beautiful, boutique hotel. Bob, no spring chicken himself (70), put on a great show and we had a marvellous time. Read all about it HERE and HERE.

January Archives February Archives

In March, I finally gave in to my doctor’s nagging suggestion to undergo a sleep study at the local hospital, which was documented in detail HERE. The long-overdue follow-up article will be written in the next few weeks.

April ushered in the annual A to Z Blogging Challenge, founded by Arlee Bird, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 30 days. WHEW! It was my second such experience and I’ll be doing it again this April. Not only is it great exposure for your blog, you also have the opportunity to meet some brilliant people and forge new friendships. Stay tuned for details! Last year’s entries, under the theme “Favourite Words”, are listed HERE. “Travel & Culture”, the theme for 2014 can be found HERE.

March Archives April Archives

It was through Arlee that I got hooked last May on a bi-monthly music feature called “Battle of the Bands” (#BOTB), hosted by Far Away Series and StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. You can see what it’s all about HERE. Next Battle at The Den will take place on Friday, Jan. 15th. You won’t want to miss that, because it’s a “double dog dare you” challenge from my good friend (whom I met through BOTB) Shady Del Knight. 😀

June marked the launch of a new memoir series called #Musical Memories, which I plan to continue with this year and beyond. See previous chapters HERE.

May Archives June Archives

In July, The #Cherished Blogfest, hosted by Damyanti Biswas, et al, invited us to share our most cherished possessions. Over 100 bloggers took part in this fun social project. Read my entry HERE.

August provided another fabulous blog linkup, the #WEPFF Challenge, from Denise Covey and Yolanda Renée, called Spectacular Settings. Any guesses what my setting of choice was? Full points if you said Greece! 🙂 Check it out HERE.

July Archives August Archives

September offered a guest posting opportunity over at Jingle Jangle Jungle. Thank you, Mary Burris, for allowing this old rock chick to share some recollections! See it HERE.

We had a spectacular autumn last October, which I documented in photos, during a tour of suburbia. Enjoy it HERE.

September Archives October Archives

In November, it was my pleasure to host author Guilie Castillo Oriard, in support of her first solo book, THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS. You can read all about that HERE.

December afforded another great photo op when hubby and I drove to Niagara Falls (only 45 minutes from home) to take in the annual Winter Festival of Lights. See the spectacular show HERE.

November Archives December Archives

P.S.: I still haven’t CUT MY HAIR!

almost cut my hair


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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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56 thoughts on “THE DOGLADY’S 2015 RETROSPECTIVE

  1. Hey Debbie,

    my, my, you have been a busy girl last year. That was a marked improvement on the previous year and I reckon you will do even better this year.

    Sorry I haven’t been by for a while but there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do all the things you love.

    I hope you get everything you ever wished for in 2016.


    1. Nice to see you again, Peter. 🙂 Busy what? I’m almost 61 and I think that qualifies me for womanhood. 😉 (You may remember THIS, as you left a comment.)
      It doesn’t seem like all that much until you actually compile it on one page. The website is steadily growing, which will come in handy if I ever get around to publishing that book. 😛 Thanks for the good wishes and Happy New Year!

      1. I actually do remember that post Debbie. I can’t be certain but I think its one of the first ones that I commented on.

        I’ll try to pop in more often 😉

  2. First, I didn’t even know Bob Seger was still doing concerts so that had to be pretty cool.

    Second, it’s amazing that you remembered so much from your year… although maybe in my 59th year I’ll document what’s going on along the way so I can record it in a blog post when I turn 60. I hardly remember anything from 2015; that’s almost depressing. lol

    It sounds like you had a lot of fun. I hope you have a lot more in 2016.

    1. Hi, Mitch; Yes, Bob came out with a new album and followed it up with a tour. He’s still got it! 😀

      Actually, my memory’s not that great (almost 61 😛 ). Thank goodness for the archives! You should do a retrospective post. It can breath new life into articles you’ve published previously, yes?

      So far, 2016 has been pretty boring and not much happening in the foreseeable future to get excited about. Could be the winter doldrums setting in.

      Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend!

  3. Hey Debbie,

    Happy New Year dear. This was such a fun post to read. I love seeing reflections of others lives. It’s fun and a great way to get to know a person better. You are so interactive with so many communities, I can’t tell you how impressive that is. I am amazed at how fantastic you are with interaction. Keep rockin the online world my friend. See you around the net doll.


    1. Happy New Year, Irish! 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by. Yes, I enjoy these social blogging opportunities and do my best to respond to all comments, etc. See you soon!

  4. Hi Debbie,

    Hopping in after a while to wish you a very Happy & Prosperous New Year 🙂

    Just as everyone else mentioned, the past year sure has been a hectic one, and I remember you’d taken off for a while and yes, traveled around too. Good to have you back, and see you around more now. Take care and enjoy your weekend 🙂

  5. Hi Debbie, wow, quite a year with starting a new decade 🙂 I don’t know how you did that A-Z challenge. I love seeing your travel adventures too. Loved Niagara Falls. I look forward to reading more of yours posts in 2016 – Happy New Year!

    1. HI, Lisa, Happy New Year to you. 🙂 This will be my third A-Z Challenge and I’m looking forward to it, but also dreading it, as it is a lot of pressure. The friendships and connections made are invaluable, though. It’s open to anyone who blogs, regardless of subject matter. Glad you enjoyed the Niagara Falls photos. That light show was pretty amazing. Thanks for dropping in and all the best for 2016!

  6. Sometimes it feels like *nothing* is really happening. Then you do a retrospective and realize it was busier than you thought.

    Happy New Year!

  7. Hey Debbie and Happy New Year!

    I love the recap of your site. It’s great to see how far a blog has come. Happy to see yours grow. Here’s wishing you a bigger and better 2016!

    1. Nice to see you, Brenda. 🙂 Happy New Year to you, too! Yes, it’s “onwards and upwards” here. Not bad for a humble little personal website, if I do say so, myself. Thanks for visiting, my friend!

  8. Busy year! Hope for just as great looking a 2016 for ya! Do NOT cut your hair, it looks amazing! I’m growing mine out after having a moment of mid-summer weakness and chopping half of it off.

  9. Visits really went up, didn’t they?
    You got involved in a lot of blog events, which made a big difference. Especially the A to Z Challenge. The first one six years ago made a huge difference for my site.

    1. You’re so right about the blogging events, Alex. They do make a huge difference, plus, they’re fun and challenging. I’ll be joining the A-Z again this year, as well as the Feb. 1 Lost & Found blogfest. Thanks for coming by. 🙂

  10. A great percentage of my “time well spent” in the blogosphere, is the time I spend here with you and your fine friends.

    I can’t say it any plainer than that, Debbie… Looking forward to sharing 2016 with you… Myke

  11. What a great review of the last year, and thanks for the mention – twice. I’m just coming back from a break and things are hopping, got to catch up! 🙂 You’re right about the passage of time, it is age that speeds it up. Wonder why?
    Loved meeting you this year! Hope the New Year is a great one for you! And congratulations – 43 years – astounding! You have to share that in February!

    1. Hi, Yolanda; I was off for a couple of weeks as well and it’s taking a while to get back into the swing of things. I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Meeting you and Denise and learning about WEP was certainly a blogging highlight for me. 🙂
      And yes, I’ll be talking about my 43 years long marriage for the #LostFound2016 blogfest on Feb. 1. Thanks!
      All the best for 2016 to you!

  12. Hi Debbie! Welcome back and Happy New Year:-)
    I’d dearly love to see Seger one day – lucky you! I’ll be interested to read about your sleep study. I’ve had one too, but it had to do with epilepsy. Hopefully they’ll come up with some relief for you. I missed “The Miracle of Small Things” but intend to fix that right away 🙂 Having truly enjoyed your posts last year, I look forward to another terrific year of the same!

    1. Thanks, Diedre. Happy New Year to you! 🙂

      I hope you get a chance to see Bob Seger. He puts on a great show! My sleeping issues involve chronic insomnia, going back to childhood. Not resolved yet, but hopefully soon. I will write that follow-up article in the next few weeks. You’ll love “The Miracle of Small Things”! It’s both entertaining and educational. I’m glad you enjoyed my posts. Your stories of haunted places are fascinating and fun to read as well.

  13. It was an honor to be among your top commenters of the past year and hope to be among them in 2016.

    The years definitely seem to go faster as I grow older. Last year is a blur, but it was a very good year as far as I was concerned. Ever the optimist, every year of my life has been a great one.

    Though I remember reading the “double dog dare” I now can’t remember it. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the 15th.

    Arlee Bird

    1. Thank you, Lee and I’m honoured that you are such a frequent visitor here. 🙂 Great attitude about life you have! When one considers the alternative, you’re so right. I just wish time would slow down a little.

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy Shady’s “Double Dog Dare Challenge”. It was fun to put together.

      Thanks for dropping by and Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Corinne. The sleep study results and aftermath will be documented in the next few weeks. It’s an ongoing struggle but I hope to see more improvement, eventually. All the best for 2016 to you as well!

  14. I can only learn from the charming and natural way you blog. No wonder you have so many followers and that your blog is growing. I hope I can spend more time on my blog, and build up such a loyal group of readers too. Ride on Debbie! You are on a roll! And I don’t mean a doggy roll. 🙂

    Angelika recently posted….HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016

    1. Thanks for the compliment, Angelika. 🙂 It’s still a small following, but I am encouraged that it’s growing. I enjoy your blog as well, but it looks like you’ve linked to the obsolete one, as the recent post listed belongs to and not you. I’ll do an edit for you, but it’s difficult to fix that.

  15. Hey Debbie, feel inspired reading all the things you’ve been upto the past year! Hope your sleeping problem improves this year. And keep your long hair on! You rocked 2015, 2016 should be even better! Happy New year and all the best for the same 🙂

    1. Happy New Year, Kala! 🙂 Yes, the sleeping issue has been a lifelong affliction and I’ll definitely keep the long hair, but I will get a couple of inches trimmed off to keep it healthy. Blogging is all about social interaction and these blogfests are great opportunities to make new friends around the world. Thanks for dropping in.

  16. What a neat post Debbie, and I do remember the milestones you crossed through the year. Looking forward to another year following you. BTW, what’s the scoop on your sleeping issue? Hopefully you are resting peacefully.

    1. Thanks, Carol. Happy New year to you! 🙂 I’ve had chronic insomnia most of my life and will be doing a follow-up article to the sleep study, soon. It’s been a rough road and not much improvement yet, but hopefully in future.

  17. Yay!!! Happy New Year to you Debbie!!! You’ve had quite a year! The two things that make me smile the biggest? You got to see my fellow Michigander Bob Seger! Love, love, love him! AND, you didn’t cut your hair!!!!!! 😀 – Here’s to another year of great music and long, beautiful hair!

    1. Happy New Year, Angel! 🙂 That was our second time at a Bob Seger concert. The man is amazing, still! ♥
      I’ll be keeping the long hair, but trimming off a couple of inches, just to get rid of the dead ends. There will always be plenty of music here. Thanks for dropping in.

  18. Hi, dear Debbie the Doglady!

    Happy happy happy new year to you, my great friend! I just had to stay up late to see what you cooked up. I burst out laughing when you quoted my “double dog dare you” challenge because I remember what I double dog dared you to do. 🙂 You wouldn’t! You couldn’t! You shouldn’t! 🙂 Seriously, I can’t wait to see exactly how it unfolds on the 15th. I was going to say I’ll be here with bells on, but I think instead I will dust off my white bucks for the occasion! 🙂

    Oh, Debbie, what an exciting year it was for you! You saw some cool rock shows, went to Niagara Falls (which will be mentioned in my new post 5 hours from now), you took part in a number of blog hops and challenges, appeared as a guest blogger, had a special guest author appear on your blog. You even found time to do some stalking. 🙂 The only thing you didn’t get around to doing was cutting your luxurious mane! 🙂

    2016 is bound to be another busy and exciting one around our blog circle and I am very grateful to have you as one of my closest and best friends – EVER – in my lifetime. Enjoy the coming week and the coming year, dear friend Debbie. I’ll be with you every step of the way!

    1. Hahaha! I sure did take you up on that challenge, Shady and even added another aspect to it. 😀 Thanks for the idea!

      BTW, I’m planning to get a haircut later today – honest! (Somehow, I always talk myself out of it.) Before then, I’ll be sure to check out your post.

      Your friendship means the world to me as well and I’m glad we connected in the Blogosphere. See you soon!