A Baby Boomer’s Look Back at 2017

An old friend, who sadly passed away, used to say: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” Now that I’m getting older, I realize just how much truth there is in that statement! Can it possibly be true that another year has quickly slipped by?

2018Before moving on to 2018, why not savor our milestone events and, since we’re never too old to learn from our mistakes, look back at 2017 to gain a bit of wisdom?

With that goal in mind, my writerly pals and I are sharing our personal moments from last year in the Looking Back at 2017 Blog Hop. 

What was my happiest and saddest moment in 2017? Most embarrassing, most challenging, most fun? Read my answers below and share my year with me, then be sure and visit the other #GR8Blogs linked at the end of this post for more memorable moments.

I encourage all of you to answer these questions as well so you can reminisce, count your blessings, and remember what you learned along the way!

So, what were my most memorable moments from 2017?

Happiest Moment

Johnni and Chris PregnantDiscovering my daughter-in-law, Johnni, was pregnant with our fourth grandchild. It’s been six years since we’ve had a baby in the family and we’re all excited! It’s a girl and is due in February 2018.

Saddest Moment

When it dawned on me I couldn’t share the happy news with my Mom. She died two years ago. Time may heal all wounds, but while the open, gaping wounds close up, the scar remains. No matter how old you are, sometimes you just want your Mommy. I love the quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist and author of On Death and Dying, who wisely said: “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”

Most Embarrassing Moment

ScalesAt my overdue check-up, the doctor informed me that I’d gained 10 pounds since I last visited. “Weight can sneak up on you after menopause and start adding up fast,” he advised. Really? I never would have guessed. Actually, I wrote a whole blog, My Menopausal Middle, on this very subject. But, all right, all right. Then I got a mammogram – where I learned that my once dense breasts are deflated now that I’m post-menopausal. My ego deflated a bit along with my boobs.

Most Challenging Moment

After experiencing my most embarrassing moment as described above, I decided to tackle my weight. After years of stressful caregiving for my mother, I weighed a whopping 172 pounds and was edging toward the “obesity” category. Anyone over 50 can tell you what a challenge losing weight is as our metabolism slows down and muscle mass decreases. I’ve lost 11 pounds so far and am still on my journey. Of course, because I’m a writer, an eBook is in the works sharing all my secrets. Stay tuned.

Most Interesting Moment

Every once in awhile you get to enjoy perks from writing a blog. I was asked to do a book review of Bobby Rydell’s autobiography. This led to an interview, free tickets to his Golden Boys concert with Frankie Avalon and Fabian, and a backstage pass to meet Rydell in person. After listening to him sing a couple of my favorite songs, Volare and Sway, I may have swooned just a little bit!

Most Fun Moment

Family BeachAt a Billy Joel Concert, flashlights lit up like stars in the sky, and thousands swayed joyfully as Billy Joel belted out “Piano Man” at Dodger Stadium. I got goose bumps!  Thankfully, there were many fun moments in 2017. All the days spent at the beach, sailing, kayaking, watching the grandchildren catch sand crabs, and using our year-pass at Legoland were all joyful moments.

Most Romantic Moment

I have a great romantic husband and it’s a toss-up! We spent a weekend in Big Bear for our 39th anniversary. We rode bikes, drove go-carts like kids, and drank wine by the lake. Lovely. In September, we found a delightful winery in Temecula where we had a relaxing lunch, strolled through the vineyards, and then topped the day off with a couple massage.

Most Successful Moment

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing and don’t have any regrets about making my passion my career. However, it’s one wild roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. So, I was so honored when this blog was selected by Feedspot panelists as one of the top 75 baby boomer blogs. Perks like that keep you going as a writer!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my most memorable moments. How was your 2017? If you’re so inclined, share your most memorable moments in the comment section below.

For more look-back moments, visit the #Gr8Blogs below:

Carmela Dutra

Rosie Russell

Sandra Bennett

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.


Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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7 Responses

  1. Cat MIchaels says:

    Congrats on your milestones and happy moments, Julie. Thanks for sharing the flip side, too. Especially LOVE the Kubler-Ross quote as I am missing both parents this year….even though we were blessed to have them with us for a long, beautiful run.

    Cannot wait to see your new book! All the best for 2018-:D.

  2. Hi Julie! Thanks for sharing your year with us!
    Congratulations on being a grandmother again! So happy for you and your family. We have been “baby less” for that long and ready for another one as well.
    It’s never easy going through the loss of a parent. I hope you are finding moments to cherish her in your heart. If it helps at all, it does get a little bit easier, but you never know when a song, smell, or thought, comes across on any given day that will make you stop in your tracks. Our mom was such a positive person so I have to ask myself, “What would she want me to do, think, act, on those times. My heart is with you on what you are going through.
    How exciting you were able to see some big stars too this past year. I loved reading all about your experience.
    Happy 39 years of marriage! As you know, we share that same year.
    What a wonderful honor for your blog to be selected by Feedspot panelists as one of the top 75 baby boomer blogs. Exciting! I know many of my followers and fans enjoy your articles and fun posts.
    Have a great week and thanks again for your great, “Look Back on 2017.”

  3. Hi Julie, congrats on becoming a grandmother again shortly. As you know our first little grandson has just arrived. I look forward to hearing all about the new arrival in your family too so we can celebrate together.
    Love the way you write about the pitfalls of menopause. I thought I was doing really well in 2017, lost 6.6 kg, but I have found two of them again over the holiday season. Good luck with reaching your weight loss goal, hope you get it off and keep it off. Looks like I have a bit of work ahead of me again this year.
    Your blog is always entertaining and deserves all the rewards and recognition it gets. Keep writing, I look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for you.

    • juliegorges says:

      Yes, big congrats on your first grandchild. Unbounded joys await! As far as my weight goals, still working on it, but am optimistic that 2018 will be the year I finally get at a healthy weight. Seven pounds to go! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Carmel Dutra says:

    Wow! 2017 was really an eventful year for you! Thanks for sharing your year with us!
    Congratulations on being a grandmother again, you and your family have so much love to give, your newest addition will be spoiled(in a good way) with all the love in the world.

    It’s never easy going through the loss of a parent. I hope you are finding moments to cherish her in your heart, and that your faith gives you the comfort to endure.

    Happy 39 years of marriage! We are only 30 years behind, we’ll catch up in no time 😉

    Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you and the family.

    • juliegorges says:

      Thanks for your thoughts about a loss of a parent. Yes, after two years the good memories are far outweighing the bad and I thank God continually for helping me get through those difficult years. As you said so well, faith gives us the comfort to endure, which we discover through experience. I am looking forward to 2018 and wish you all the best for the year as well!

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