Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 Wrap Up


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.

New Stuff

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....


I spent less time in the kitchen 

Cinnamon Buns

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

Dinner Biscuits

Pumpkin Pie (2)

Lemon Cookies (2)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (2)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Walnut Bars (2)

Chocolate Brownies

Spaghetti & Homemade Meatballs


Pickled Eggplant

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

Dehydrated Apples


Turkey Breast roasted

King Crab Legs baked 


  1. Fantastic year Review.

    You have all you need, in one post.

    Did not realize that your husband just died this (2021) year.

    Mantra - repeat after me - DO NOT FALL!"


    Merry Midwinter Wishes
    ....Happy New Year
    🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲

  2. I am quite impressed with your year-end wrap up. You may not have stayed in the kitchen as much this year, but that's still quite a list of wonderful foods you have prepared. Take care and Happy New Year!

  3. Well you are still one courageous lady ❣
    We cherish our memories of our times in Myrtle Beach, especially celebrating your birthday with you and Ed at Bob Evans.
    May this coming year be filled with God's rich blessings as you forge ahead. Very much love being sent your way πŸ₯°

  4. Happy New Year my dear friend. Praying for you and your family! πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™