For the past few years, I've undertaken the personal challenge of capturing one photo each day of the year. Not only does it keep me on my photographic toes, it provides a great record of what's happened in our lives. Toward the end of 2015 - as has happened every other year along the way - I started having second thoughts about doing it yet again. But then, something changed: The house we've been renting for close to 5 years is being sold, and the scramble was on to find a new place to live. And even though we spent the first 50 years of our married lives in Niles, we really hoped to stay here in Mineral Ridge (Weathersfield Township).
Thanks to our wonderful son Scott and his wife, Lila, it all came together when they bought a somewhat distressed, foreclosed home about a mile from our current home. Immediately after the closing, work began to fix it up - with loads of input from us. In the end, we'll have close to twice as much square footage, a much larger deck and back yard and rooms we won't even use, at least at the start. Already, we're planning a St. Patrick's Day bash (my favorite holiday of the year), and it's a toss-up as to whether our big summer party will happen on Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.
That said, it was impossible to say no to another year of POTDs. With the renovations, there'll be no shortage of photo possibilities as we document the progress. So welcome, family and friends, as our photographic journey through 2016 begins.
© Monnie Ryan