Monday, January 11, 2021

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Outside my window...Today is January 11, 2021. That feels strange to even type. 2021. Can you remember when we were getting ready for 2000? Y2K and all that jazz? Seems like just yesterday and it was 21 (TWENTY-ONE) years ago. An entire generation of kids have been born and reached full adulthood. I have two granddaughters who will both become 21 years old this year. This is evidence that time certainly slips away in the most rapid way. Anyway....the sun was shining today and it was in the low 50's. No snow. A crazy weather day for January in Kansas. How is the weather in your neck of the woods?



Pondering..I can't help but continue to ponder the current state of affairs for country.  The news is filled with people who tried to destroy the democracy of America. I always took for granted that I would live in a democracy. Not so much anymore. We can never, again, let our guards down. And, through no fault of our own (well, maybe there are some that we can blame) a horrible pandemic continues to rage through our country. It has finally reached my family. Harley, my granddaughter, tested positive last Monday. Just three days after being at my house. Her case is mild and she has continued to work. She works at a nursing home and that is their rules. Unless you are running a fever you must report to work. She did miss one day. She has exclusively worked the Covid unit since testing positive. I do not understand the rationale behind having people continue to work except there would be no one to take care of the elders if they sent them all home. Many of the workers at our local nursing homes and hospital have tested positive. We are a hotspot in the nation. But we are also a town who refuses to wear masks and scream about our rights!!! So there is that.


Watching...I have watched too much news. I need to turn the channel. I do enjoy You Tube videos of home decorating, DIY's, cooking, etc. But I feel like it is my duty to keep up with the current news. 


Reading/Listening...I am currently listening to A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It is good. Hard to listen to at times. But a very 'real' story of four guys lives who were friends through and beyond college. 


 




Creating...I have not been creating anything. I gave up on my bullet journal last year. I hope to get back to it this year. I don't decorate my mantle for the seasons anymore. My Christmas tree is still in the corner, partially decorated. I will get to it. Maybe. Soon. Or later. 


Learning...I am learning the same lessons we are all learning right now. Do we really know our neighbors? I have lost family and friends over the past year because of differing political beliefs. I know many of my neighbors supported the opposite candidate from me. Now I wonder...are they safe? Or do they want to kill those of us who don't agree with them. I know that sounds cynical. But, did you watch TV last Wednesday. 


Planning....I really do have plans for the new year. I am going to get all of these rooms gone through and down-sized. Come hell or high water. Have I said that before? 


Eating...I love soup. And I eat a lot of it. Right now, in the crock-pot, is Mexican Chicken soup. And a lot of it. I will be eating it all week. But I don't mind that.


Drinking....Water and coffee. And an occasional coke or gingerale.


Thankful for...I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for both of my sons. Both have their own struggles and I will support them through everything. I am thankful for my grandkids. The ones who I know where they are and the one I haven't a clue. 


A quote to share...




How is the new year going for you?

18 comments:

  1. Wow. I do hope you are safe from your neighbors. That's not a good thought.

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    1. I don't really feel that my neighbors are unsafe. But, you never know do you? Some of those who stormed the capitol looked pretty normal.

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  2. As you know our New Year started out rough and then it was going good and today was a really bad day for Frank....not sure why....his BP was okay but he was off balance, confused and shaky most of the day. Our Christmas decor started coming down today but it will be slow going as this week is filled with appointments of all sorts.

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    1. My tree is no longer decorated but still standing in the corner. Tomorrow is another day. LOL I hope all of Frank's troubles are soon in the rear view mirroe.

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  3. Yep these are hard times Paula but I can't imagine why the care home (apart from lack of staff) would encourage your granddaughter to work after testing positive. This virus is not something to take lightly. Here in London the numbers are horrendous and still climbing after a relaxation of restrictions at Christmas. It really is scary. I hope you stay well.

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    1. I don't understand it either Wendy. But she worked through it all. Now her new husband has tested positive too. Crazy. I am avoiding all of them.

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  4. I love reading your posts. Stay strong we’re hoping the year will get better.

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  5. Nice to see your newsy post today. Almost like reading a letter. I too think we have to keep curent on what's happing in the news, but I can not sit and watch it for long. There is so much negative going on and I'm trying to keep positive. I try to look for the good in every day. We certainly have learned a lot of lessons in this year. Most of all to never take anything for granted. Take care and keep healthy.

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    1. I agree that watching it for too long is just too depressing. But important to know what is going on. I hope you are staying healthy too.

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  6. Good way to start the New Year ... your last quote. Happiness is a choice.

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  7. These are strange times, indeed. I don't see how anyone could have seen the insurrection at the Capitol and still think that their side is in the right. But they do. I used to wonder at how countries ended up fascist. Now I know. I think I was happier not knowing.

    We're getting a bit of a warm up here. It's supposed to get up to 80 by Friday. Chilly nights, sunny days.

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    1. Isn't that the truth. The thing I don't understand is the people who support him are the ones who scream the loudest about freedoms. Yet want a dictator in office. Weird.

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  8. A Little Life was such a profound read for me--so, so brutal at times, but ultimately so beautiful.

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    1. I can't wait for the
      'beautiful' part because I have to keep taking breaks. It will take me forever to get through listening to it. So much brutality.

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  9. I got a lot of clearing away done by following the "40 Bags in 40 Days" plan. I'm not sure if there's still a blog or a website. It's based on the idea to do a little each day, but to pick a spot to focus on. One of the "40 bags" might be a closet that, when cleared out is 4 bags/boxes to be donated away, but after you have completed that one little corner, you are done for the day!

    I loved it.
    Then I moved overseas and got rid of almost everything anyway. Still, it worked for me!

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    1. I will go check it all. I have so much to go through. It is mind-boggling

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