Friday, December 18, 2020

The End of a Miserable Year

 Finally, we are coming to the end of this very odd and horrible year. It wasn't all bad but what was bad was very, very bad. Wouldn't you agree with that? 

I am over this damn virus crap. What about you? I have stayed home, almost entirely, since the beginning of March. I order groceries online and go pick them up or have them delivered. Depends on my mood. I have not missed grocery shopping because it wasn't something I liked to do anyway. But, I do miss Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. And an occasional trip to Wichita to Target and Michael's. I don't miss restaurants because I don't like to eat out alone. But I do miss the occasional dinner out with my son or my grandkids. I don't miss going out to visit other people. Because I am really a loner and a homebody. But I do miss having people come to my house. I miss going out to see my little brother. (He is more of a homebody than me). I miss rational people. You know those times before people became so angry at being asked to wear a simple piece of cloth over their mouth and nose to prevent infecting others or themselves. So much ignorance and selfishness in this world. Other countries have been so much smarter than the United States. And we are supposed to be the 'greatest' country in the world. I am wondering if 'our rights' have really made us dumber and sicker. We have certainly had more deaths than anyone else.

Can you believe it is almost Christmas? Once again we will have a very small gathering of just the immediate family. Paige came over and decorated my tree. I don't know that I would have even bothered this year. Here is a short video she took after she was finished with it.  





Thanksgiving was interesting this year. I got up early to put the turkey in the oven and soon noticed that my oven was really, really hot. I have a little oven temp guage so I put it in the oven and the current temp registered at 500 degrees. Jerked out that turkey and fiddled with the knob. No luck in lowering the temp so I turned the oven off. No problem. I have double ovens. Same thing happened in that over. My turkey cooked in under 2 hours. But it was still good and with careful monitoring I managed to complete the meal. The bad news is I am being told the ovens cannot be fixed. They were put in this house when it was built back in the early 70's. The repairman told me they can no longer get the needed thermostat to fix this brand. It is a GE. He attempted to sell me new ovens. To the tune of a starting price of $1200. I am not one to make rash decisions and decided to call another repairman to give me a second opinion. This is the only other repairman for wall ovens in our area. AND HE HAS COVID. So I guess I will just wait until after the new year. New Year, better news. Cross your fingers.I just won't be doing any baking. We are having soups for Christmas. YAY.

Looks innocent
Teddy is doing good and brings me lots of joy. I got up to let him out in the middle of the night and right at the end of my driveway stood, not one, but two big deer. Teddy took off after them. Just like a good hunting dog. With his nose to the ground and flying as fast as he could. I didn't even have shoes on. I put on my shoes and took off after them. What a sight this would have been for my neighbors. But, thankfully, it was 3 a.m. Eventually, he stopped chasing them and came to find me. He was full of burrs, twigs, dead leaves...took me 30 minutes to pick it all off him. Needless to say he only goes out now on the end of a tether. No more chasing the wildlife in the middle of the night. 

I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's pray for some semblance of normal in 2021.

See you next year!

 

23 comments:

  1. This year was the worst and I pray 2021 is better.

    Christmas here will be just my son who I live with and me. I'll see my oldest son and his family across the fence since he lives next door. My daughter and her family are going out of town.

    Teddy is adorable! Smaller dogs always think they are indestructible! Glad he wasn't hurt!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. That is so true. The smaller they are the bigger the bark! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your son

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  2. This year HAS sucked. But I'm grateful nonetheless. Always happy to hear your voice. Stay safe, Paula, and Happy Christmas 🥰

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    1. Merry Christmas Lisa. I think of you often and wonder how you are faring with the virus!

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  3. Thank you, Paula. I believe we're all looking forward to next year! See you then.

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  4. Oooh, you get to buy a new oven. That'll be awesome. They have some great features now. It'll be fun. (I know, you're rolling your eyes, but you will discover that a new oven will be so so nice.)

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    1. I was rolling my eyes. You are a teacher with eyes in the back of your head. LOL I don't do much baking so I just need the most basic Merry Christmas Liz

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  5. Merry Christmas Paula! Despite it all, I'm amazed how fast 2020 has gone (for me at least :)

    betty

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  6. I hope you have Happy New Year. I feel your pain. Off to pick up groceries this morning. I kinda like having someone else walk the aisles. Now, if someone would just come and put it all away I'd be fine. Merry Christmas!

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    1. I don't mind putting them away. It is the carrying them in that I don't like, Merry Christmas Denise.

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  7. Good to hear from you again. Yes, it was a year that we all can agree was terrible. I, too, have been a homebody - for the first time in my life - this year. At first it was a struggle, but over time I have adjusted to it, and I wouldn't be surprised to find - after all this passes into our history - that I prefer being at home. I think this has experience has changed me. I know it will have changed our society - maybe not permanently but it will be years before we are back to our previous normal. That same thing happened in 1918 with the Spanish Flu. They say it took 2 years to get passed the flu pandemic - and then we had the "Roaring 20's." I wonder if the 20s were a reaction to the years of a pandemic. Who knows. We might have our own "roaring 20's." At least young people may - at 73 I can't see myself "roaring" about anything now. Hahaha.

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    1. I watched the documentary on CNN about the 1918 flu. It was so interesting. Especially to see that the president then acted much like the one we have now who just basically ignored it. I don't mind the staying at home all that much. Merry Christmas Elaine

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  8. Your tree looks beautiful! Sorry to hear about the ovens. Hope you can get them fixed or a reasonable replacement. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you too. 2021 has got to be better (fingers crossed ;) )

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    1. Thank you. I am hoping for something much cheaper. Merry Christmas to you Wendy

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  9. What a bizarre year it has been. I wish you much happiness and good health in the new year. And keep blogging! xo

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    1. That is my plan Kwiz. I am just so lazy. Merry Chrismas

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and hope 2021 is a happy New Year !

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  11. Your tree is beautiful.....survivor972002@midco.net

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  12. I hope 2021 is better but not holding out any hope, at least for the first half! I am over this virus too like a lot of people! I wear my mask, keep my distance as much as I can and wash, wash, wash my hands until my skin is ready to flake off! I've still been going to stores when I need to, though. Love your sparkly tree! I hope you can get your ovens repaired! Happy New Year!

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