January - County Retirement dropped our health supplemental and drug coverage plans as it was too costly for some retirees. We had to find broker to help with getting new coverage. Hassle! Horse loving friend died.
February - Roof was shoveled by construction company. Lots of snow. Interior bedroom door was sticking.
March - COVID continues. First Moderna vaccination. Socially distancing. Seedum and daffodils poking up from ground.
April - Second Moderna vaccination. Hummingbirds arrived.
May - Yard man hard at work with Spring cleanup.
June - The Mister hospitalized on 6th after many falls. The Mister died June 20. It was our 60th anniversary on 12th. Nephew had bladder surgery for cancer. Radiation followed.
July - Private memorial Masonic ceremony for the Mister. Impressive. Many Masons participating. Cremains brought home and in special Raku pot. Lots of paperwork completed.
August - Great Grandson #2 was born. PA tomatoes only fair this year. NJ daughter’s were outstanding as usual. Saved seeds.
September -Beach friend’s wife died.
October - Sold car. Got my long hair cut at home. Local Grandson grew a huge pumpkin again!
November - Brother very Ill and hospitalized with double pneumonia and Covid right after Thanksgiving. Several neighbors diagnosed Covid + and recuperating. Got my Moderna booster vaccination. James has another torso hole. Repaired previous ones this summer. Sent golf car to dealer for winter storage.
December -Staying as safe as possible with Covid Pandemic. Spent Holiday alone. Coping well. Nice gifts received. The sound of pine cones bouncing off of the roof is something I didn’t hear last year - probably because the roof was snow-covered then. More red squirrels evident than in previous years. No Mister to control population now. Brother not gaining and still in ICU.
ME-Turned 85. Still slowing down while moving forward. Took some pictures from golf car riding with daughter around home area; most photography efforts are of indoor activities. Shoulder received injections many times throughout year. More constriction due to increased scar tissue. Eyes still giving me grief with dry eye. Leg and feet circulation poor. Lost weight. Using cane when motivating outside cabin. Exercising by walking laps with rolling walker inside cabin. Mailbox moved closer to side door.
Am living with smaller means and don't have any debt. I am comfortable and still capable of being somewhat independent and self sufficient. Schwan’s delivery of foodstuffs continues. Laundry picked up and delivered by friends. Grocery shopping help with friend. Medical appointments with daughter’s help. Depending on Yard man more than before. Thankful for many good friends.
Large hand thrown clay bowl and several small ones.
Candles in potter’s bowls.
New sweater vests and fleece sweatshirts.
Repairs (Professionally Accomplished)
One, a patch on chimney flashing - no charge
Created some Christmas cards-scissors, glue, etc.
86 Photomanipulations on computer
Published 175 Blogs
Read at least 40 books
Research of many various items and subjects on internet
All of my various directories and calendars are updated for the year 2022 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....
IN THE KITCHEN 2021
I spent less time in the kitchen
Bread Pudding with Almonds and Raisins
Baked White Loaves of Bread (4)
Baked Wheat Loaf of Bread
Lemon Poppyseed Zucchini Bread
Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread
Loaf of Lemon Bread
Pumpkin Pie (2)
Lemon Cookies (2)
Chocolate Chip Cookies (2)
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Walnut Bars (2)
Spaghetti & Homemade Meatballs
Quiche with Spinach and Cheese
Baked Macaroni & Cheese (2)
Patty Pan Squash Casserole
Swiss Chard Soup
Cabbage Bean Soup
Vegetable Bean Soup
Split Pea Soup (2)
Chicken Chunky Soup
Cheesy Potato Soup
Turkey Breast roasted
King Crab Legs baked