And don’t let the door hit you in the “behind” on the way out. Obviously, 2020 was not the best year.
Of course, we were lucky in that overall 2020 was kind to us. We had our health and both kept working. We had our family and friends even if we didn’t get to see them as often as we wanted. While we did have some challenges, they were minor in comparison to those who weren’t treated as kindly by this year.
One of my list items for 2020 was to link up with Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for every single Happy Homemaker Monday. Today’s the last one for the year. I think I missed one. Maybe next year I’ll manage to link up to every single one of them. I really appreciate her efforts in hosting the wonderful HHM blogging community every single Monday and do hope she’ll continue to do so in 2021.
Cold and partly cloudy this morning. Weird as always. 31 degrees right now, wintry mix expected tomorrow morning, and then we shoot back up to 42 degrees by tomorrow afternoon. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday show good chances of rain and/or snow. Much needed around here.
On The Breakfast Plate
Flip yogurt, coffee, vitamins. Then, my husband made blueberry muffins (from a box) so I also had one of those.
As I Look Outside My Window
I can see blue skies out the backdoor and too many squirrels. Stepped out and clapped my hands to make them leave my bird feeders alone for a bit. Worked for approximately 3 minutes. Researching squirrel proof bird feeders is on the list for the day. Can’t afford to feed both the birds and the 6 squirrels who empty out my bird feeders every single day.
As I Look Around The House
Christmas decorations are mostly done. I’ll leave the Nativity out until January 6. Today I’ll finish taking down the rest of the stuff, mainly the shower curtain in the bathroom and clearing the Christmas cards off the closet door although I did decide to leave the lighted greenery around the kitchen doorway.
What I’m Wearing Today
White short sleeved sweater (already spilled coffee on it so changing before I go out later), jeggings, tennis shoes.
On My To Do List
- Go pick up bird seed (and maybe a new bird feeder)
- Order or buy 2021 wall calendar somewhere (There’s a specific kind I want)
- Continue to clear out and put away Christmas decorations
- Take inventory of fridge/freezer/pantry
- Grocery store if needed (needed because I just remembered I’m out of milk)
- Work on blog
- Write a letter
- Decide whether to order J a school yearbook (figure out if I already did this)
- Go through December magazines (recycle day is tomorrow)
- Put some Christmas treats in the freezer (figure out what can freeze)
On My Reading Pile
Still reading the Lisa Gardner book series about Detective D.D. Warren. I’m currently reading Look for Me which is number 9. I started with book 10 and so I’m excited to get to book 11, a library hold I waited on and actually sent to the next person in line a few times so I could finish the rest of the series in order. My plan is to finish this series before the end of this year.
On My TV
After debating and researching a bit, I splurged on Christmas Eve and ordered us a year of Disney plus. I found for us the best deal was to simply pay for one full year upfront.
So, I’ve been watching all the Marvel movies in time line order.
On The Menu This Week
It’s that let’s clean out the fridge/pantry/freezer after the holidays week. Though we do this often enough, I’ll probably need to pick up a few things at the store.
MONDAY: Bacon and Turkey BLT’s (minus the t’s, out of tomatoes) and French Fries *J has his baritone lesson at 6:30*
TUESDAY: Spaghetti, garlic toast or buns of some sort, salad
WEDNESDAY: Leaning toward pork chops and asparagus (bought for Christmas but never prepared) *I have a hair appt at 9*
THURSDAY: New Year’s Eve! Honestly, I’m not sure what we’re doing. Maybe shrimp (in freezer) or take out from a restaurant?
FRIDAY: Black-eyed peas, ham, cornbread, salad. *HAPPY NEW YEAR!*
What 2020 Has Taught Me
I saw Sandra added this category just for today. Honestly, I struggled with how to answer it.
My first flippant thought: It taught me I like the store Tractor Supply. They’re nice in there and it’s easy to use their curbside pickup services.
However, I think as I give it more serious thought, this aggravating, annoying year has mostly taught me acceptance. Sometimes you just have to accept that it’s a “crap” (not the word in my head) year or that people aren’t as kind, thoughtful, smart, or considerate as you want them to be. I used to be fairly good at accepting people for who they were but veered away from that a bit. This year certainly reminded me I need to get back to that. I suppose in the end this year taught me to focus on serenity.
From The Camera
On My Prayer List
The entire world. To heal from this year (and maybe even past years) emotionally and physically. Rest, compassion, and kindness for all of us.
Quote For The Week
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
Just a reminder, I plan to switch over and start using Chit Chat With Jean next week. If you subscribe to this blog, I’d appreciate it if you hopped over there to subscribe there. It’s still a bit of a work in progress but there is a place on the sidebar to subscribe.
What are your plans for this last week of 2020?