Well, here it is - December 31st, the last day of 2011. Time to reflect over this past year and to think about what needs to be accomplished next year. It's really sort of hard to believe that it is going to be 2012. When I was a kid, 2012 seemed to be so far into the future. I certainly can't begin to list all the things that have changed since the 1950s and 60s, but a lot of things have - some good and some not so good.
I think the biggest accomplishment in 2011 was finishing going through and cleaning out our mother's house. After 3 years, we are done going through the stuff. Stuff has either been thrown away, sold in garage sales, packed for online selling , sent to auction houses or split between us 3 kids. Oh, there are a few things that we have packed to go through later - letters, papers and pictures - but the house is empty. We are ready to close the estate, physically and mentally.