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Looks Like We Made It

It’s the last day of the year!   When we wake up tomorrow, we won’t magically be free of all the ails of this brutal year. However, I refuse to be anything but hopeful that 2021 is going to be better.

Around here, 2021 starts (supposedly) with a winter storm! And I’m excited about it. Maybe not excited about probably going to pick my son up from his friend’s house in it. However, looking back at this year, it started with a gorgeous (though windy) sunny day. I remember, I took a walk.  So if 2021 starts the opposite way, doesn’t that set the tone for the whole year being the complete opposite of 2020? I say it does! 

Reflecting on 2020

I find I usually spend the last couple days of the year reflecting on the previous one. Usually, in a bit of a bad mood as well. End of the year funk I call it. Any one else? Sometimes the whole year’s felt like the end of the year funk.

A few good things from the year and items from my 2020 list accomplished:

So many birds! And time to photograph them and simply enjoy watching them at my feeders.

I more than surpassed my reading goal for the year. Set it at a lofty 72 books and read 102! No comment on the quality of some of them. Still 102 books is something I’m rather proud of accomplishing.

Early on in the year (January, pre-pandemic?), I organized most of the kitchen cabinets. And my borrowed method of storing the storage containers with the lids on them continues to work well.

My husband and I took an October trip to Arkansas and stayed with friends in a gorgeous cabin. And I did something scary by riding on the ATV.

I’d like to think I (mostly) remembered to appreciate the small moments and focus on gratitude. Some days were better than others.

We all stayed healthy. Can’t even begin to express enough gratitude for that one.

And my husband and I stayed married. Sad year for a lot of marriages. Being together 24/7 is tough.

Heard this song at Walmart yesterday (Yes, *I* went there instead of Target on a calendar mission/might go again as they had actual cashiers!) and thought it applicable to the year.

Plans for the Last Day of the Year

No big party plans here unless you’re a teenager. And even that is a small annual gathering. A bit of hesitation but the child hardly ever asks and I trust the parent’s judgement. The rest of us, however, home. Might order take out from a restaurant, perhaps something fancy using the gift card my work gives me every birthday. Or maybe just junky food here.

Items on My To Do List For Today

  1. Fill out my new address book (a Christmas gift)
  2. Pay a few lingering bills (just something I’ve not felt like messing with)
  3. Clean the house
  4. Go pick up birdseed at Tractor Supply
  5. Take down rest of Christmas (except the Nativity) and put tubs away

More things really but they’re just little things that may or may not happen.

A Bit of Humor and a Reminder

Let’s hope this isn’t a bad moon rising! Pac-moon?

Starting in 2020, so um tomorrow, I’ll be posting all content on my new blog: Chit Chat With Jean.

If you subscribe here, I’d appreciate it if you’d follow me over there. I’ll probably post a link on here for a few days but it’ll save you time if you just switch over to my blog now (Only if you want, of course). Better moon pictures over there.

Happy New Year!





Just Checking In

Mostly just a quick post today. I go into work in just a bit and then, I’ll be working every day (minus the weekends, of course) until Christmas Eve. I was off the first three days of this week but can’t even tell you what I was doing, maybe Christmas shopping? A little. Cleaning? A very little bit. Cooking? I did make one batch of *okay* Christmas cookies. Picking up the camera? Not really. Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda kind of week I suppose. So no pictures for this post.

No snow for us either. Been a bit chilly but no ice/rain/snow or sleet. Just cloudy and blah though the sun is out today.

A Tiny Tip Since It’s Thursday

I’m the use the whole roll of tape almost just to wrap a gift type of person. So no surprise when I ran out of tape this week. If you need to buy scotch tape, don’t pick up the single roll by the wrapping paper (if say you’re in Walgreens because it’s the closest place to you and you’re in a hurry). Go back into the office supply section and get the 3 rolls packaged together, better price and not as crowded.

Other Random Stuff

Wrote a post over on Chit Chat With Jean. Plan to switch over there on Jan 1. It’s still a work in progress at this point. Looking for a good word press tutorial site if anyone has recommendations?

The cookies I made were mint surprise cookies. Started out thinking I’d use a recipe in an old Southern Living Christmas cook book but the recipe looked off to me. Ever heard of a cookie recipe that didn’t call for eggs or baking soda or baking powder? Wasn’t quite brave enough to try it so switched over and used this recipe  from Mr. Food instead.

Staying on the food theme, I also winged it with some homemade minestrone soup one night using this recipe as a guide. A surprising hit with my picky crew!

Better go get ready for work now. It’s candy cane/wear red & white day. No idea what to do with that one.

What’s been going on in your world this week?

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