Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 Wrap Up

2020 Wrap-up- Family, Friends and Miscellaneous

January - Seems like all I did was bake and cook!

February - Great Granddaughter #3 was born.

March - Former lake resident died. Start of COVID problems. Socially distancing. Dipper ducks arrived. Seedum and daffodils poking up from ground.

April -  Hummingbirds arrived. Face masks worn when out in public places. James wearing mask.

May - Yard man hard at work. Suncatchers creating lots of rainbows throughout cabin. (for hope) Started using new fermentation pot. 

June - Beach friend’s husband died. Doing lots of fermenting projects. I sprained knee ligament. Laid up for about 2 months. New metal roof project started. NJ grandson accepted to University of Tampa. Eldest daughter and husband moved to smaller home.

July - Potter surprised me with special mug. Lifelong friend becomes Principal of Kahului Elementary School in HI

August - Beach friend’s husband died. I had to be hospitalized for my first kidney stone to pass. PA tomatoes weren’t very good this year. NJ daughter’s were outstanding. Saved seeds. Tuberous Begonia I started from last year’s leaf flourished and flowered beautifully this year.

September - I helped local potter with design of a Baker Pot.

October -  Long time lake resident died. Local Grandson grew a huge pumpkin again!

November - Granddaughter’s fiancé diagnosed with jaw cancer. Very serious. Father of twin boys. James has large torso holes. Woodpecker?? Will try to repair next Spring.

December - Daughter of family member died unexpectedly. Rain washout across property and road after first deep snow event. I don’t mind staying home at all. BUT never ate out even one time all year.

ME-Turned 84. Still slowing down while moving forward. Taking pictures mostly from golf car riding around home area. Several of my photos were selected to be shown on local TV slide shows. Shoulder received injections several times throughout year. Eyes still giving me grief with dry eye. Leg and feet circulation poor.  Lost weight.

HE-Turned 85. Forgetful but able to complete general tasks and chores except for yard work. Using cane sporadically for stability. Fell about 15 times during year. Balance very poor. Hearing very poor. Good dishwasher and vacuum cleaner operator and very helpful. Does all of the window washing and driving. Good appetite!

WE-Are living within our means and don't have any debt. We are comfortable and still capable of being very independent and self sufficient. Started having Schwan’s delivery of foodstuffs.

New Stuff

  1.  SharkNinja Vacuum Cleaner
  2.  Clay terra-cotta pot planted with succulents
  3.  Red iron paper towel holder
  4.  Fleece throw for shoulders
  5.  Potter-made fermentation pot, cereal bowls, mug, and bread baker

Repairs (Professionally Accomplished)

  1. New metal roof on cabin
  2. New rain gutters
  3. Golf car relay replaced 


  • Paper chain made with pearlized card stock
  • Corona Flower to keep virus away
  • Rain sticks
  • Leaf butterfly
  • Wire and beads hoop porch decoration
  • Two large hoop porch decorations with silky tails
  • Computer-colored 8 coloring book pages
  • Created some Christmas cards-scissors, glue, etc.
  • 63 Photomanipulations


Published 220 Blogs

Read at least 60 books

Research of many various items on internet

All of my various directories and calendars are updated for the year 2021 and I start all over.

“Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears.

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full times instead of your lean.

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Love your neighbor as much as yourself.”

Kindness and acceptance for all. SHARE! SHARE!

Out with the old....


I live in the kitchen! All dishes made from scratch.

4 Bread Bowl Cheese Breads

Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Banana Bread

Loaf White Bread

Zucchini Bread

Oatmeal bars

Peanut Butter Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Maple Syrup Chewy Cookies

4 Batches Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon Buns

3 Apple Pies

2 Pumpkin Pies

Gingerbread Cake and Lemon Sauce

Almond Pound Cake

Blueberry Sheet Cake

Lemon Sheet Cake

Peach Cake

Apple Cake

Mayonnaise Cake

Tomato Soup Cake

3 Bread Puddings

Peach Cobbler

Mandarin Orange Cobbler

Pineapple Chunk Cobbler

Dried Apples

2 Batches Applesauce

6 Cantaloupes

Mini Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Salmon Patties

Spiral Ham

Amish Ham Meatloaf

Beef Meatloaf

Pork Chop Bake

3 Roasted Turkey Breasts

3 Macaroni Cheese

Broccoli Velveeta Casserole

Butternut Squash Dishes

2 Asparagus Soup

2 Split pea Soup

Bone Broth Vegetable Soup

Fermented Cauliflower & Carrots

Fermented Cucumbers and Onions

Fermented Asparagus

Fermented Red Onions

Fermented White Onions

Fermented Chive Vinegar

2 Batches Pickled Eggs and Beets

Deviled eggs


Watermelon Rind Candy

White Chocolate Candy Bark


  1. Happy NewYear Geri and Ed🎉. Truly an amazing couple!!!!!!!

  2. My goodness. So many wonderful accomplishments. I admire everything abiut you dear Ms. G.

    I HOPE 2021 brings you both continued strength & happiness!

  3. Loved this wrap up!! Hope you have a great new year!!

  4. Wow!!!!!

    I love your neatness, at being able to assemble such a concise list(s). Amazing!

    I am 83 and he is 87. Happy to be independent, and still moving along. -smile-

    Warm, Winter Wishes

  5. Wow, this is amazing. I am off to get our lunch on the table but will be back to this post to study for lots of inspiration. I will take notes. Thank you so much!