2021 - A year of hope

Ok 2020 was a total Shit show....

Lets see what 2021 can do

My new art outlet continues

I am really getting into the embroidery.

I love the little sets I have done in the last three weeks.

The Snowmen were easy, only 5 hours each towel and so cute.

The Bonnet girls well, they took longer, 15 hours each towel, but they are stunning.

I find it calms and settles me. Also when doing them, I am not snacking.

I am finally making progress on my weight loss journey again.

-2.3 in the last 7 days, -11.1 in the last 30 days, -78.4 since my highest.

Getting out, more and more...

We are Vaxxers. Yes it is true. We have three now. And a flu shot, and a Shingles shot, and an MMR, and even a DPT! I have always been a person who got vaccines and believed in science. In this world of Covid, my ideals have not changed.

Things are opening up. Life is beginging to happen. Humans are resuming commmunication. You have to wear a mask, LOL for many this is miserable... For me, no big deal. I have a bunch of cute masks so I am ok, it is just another accessory in my getting dressed routine..

We have been going to Great America, Gilroy Gardens and even the Fresno zoo. We often meet up with our pal Mike. He too is a vaxxer. We have a good time, share meals, we have fun, smile in the face of a covid world, and live like SOMEDAY is TODAY.

So get vaxxed, wear a mask, and go live your best life.

Life in the SciFi land of Covid-19

Before I grabbed my coffee, wallet and keys and headed out looking for the sunrise.

The suddenly March 2020, like out of a movie, with a TV newscast announcement, panic swallowed the world. We were told Go home! Shelter in place! See no one, life is dangerous.

We closed a door and life as we knew it vanished. We hid in the saftey of our homes, fear overwhelming us. Anger and desperation enveloped many. The world changed in the blink of an eye.

I would peer through the shuttered window, as I waited for the walking dead to come strolling down the street. I flashed back to old movie scenes of under takers with wheel barrels calling out "Bring out your dead.... Bring out your dead..." I did not know the world I was living in. Silence, no people, fear of the dreaded spiked Covid balls.

Now here we are in 2021, some 18 months later. When the door is cracking open, it is an entirely different world we are faced with. I feel like I am in some kind of SciFi movie. Now, I plan, I lay out, I map out, I think long and hard first. Then I cautiously go out, looking around for an escape from imminent danger. There is an odd fear of people as a whole still hangs heavy in the air. I am armed only with a mask, wipes, a bottle of sanitizer, and a paper cup of coffee.

This all came to me over the last week as we planned to go to The Haunt at Great America. A park we are so familiar with, an event we loved, before the world turned on its axes and life changed. Forever?

I am taken up embroidery. I am loving it, art in a stitch.

Back home safe and sound.

September 16th, we took a first trip since February 15, 2020. Oddly enough that trip too was to Seattle WA.

We flew up, no more meals on the plane, not really any restaurants open in the airport even. Another big change, masks, I am actually ok with that. First time ever I flew and did not end up sick LOL.

We went up to see Paul and Eileen’s new house. It is a nice house from a simpler time. Nestled in a sweet little neighborhood with a bakery and butcher. Felt like going back to a simpler time.

I got to make a visit to my favorite store, Archie Mcphees. I love the rubber chicken museum. It was fun.

The next day we went to the North West Trek. It was fun to see all the animals out the car window, roaming around, unafraid in their large safe enclosure. It was a pretty day, although overcast, raining it felt like a perfect Washington day. We then walked through the “zoo” which is more tucked into nature enclosures, that I really do not think the animals know they are not in the wild. The animals were calm and seemed happy. I was happy, I felt like I was hiking in the open forest.

Sunday, we went over to Bainbridge island and walked around an estate called Boledel. It was an amazing place. Someone used to live there in the acres surrounded by nature. They donated it to the state and now we can all enjoy it. It was very pretty and serene and I even got to hear thunder. To top that off we got to take a ferry ride both ways. If I lived in WA, I would be on the ferry a lot.

The last day we went to Leavenworth up in the mountains a two-and-a-half-hour drive, but well worth it. The drive was lovely, such beautiful mountains. The town was sweet and tucked in. Best German food I have had in a long time. I would like to go back.

It was a fun trip, I did not mention but we had lots of great food and came back with a weight gain to prove it LOL.

September is here... The Ber months again. Where did this year go? I am safe and ok and thankful. I am hoping to end this year physically and emotionally stronger than I did 2020.
The fifth we got our 3rd Covid shot. I am hoping this keeps us safe in the months to come. I did make us feel like crap, but three days of crap is better than three months or death.
This whole world is so new, so many changes in people and how to approach them. We are in a shut your mouth and scroll past it society. Do not speak up, keep your opinion to yourself or risk the rath of the self entitled. I find it more and more appealing to just shut the door and stay in the saftey of my home bubble. When in public or on social media, I smile and keep it fluffy.
I did cut my hair off! I love it. so easy, so sassy. I was ready, so overdue. I feel better about me. Now I need to get my food in line and help my body feel better. It has been a rough couple of weeks.

Flowers from Paul and Eileen.

They were so sweet and made me smile.

Flowers from Chewy.com where got Georges pet meds. These really surprised me.

August 13, 2021

Well here we are more than half way through the year. In the beginning, there was hope. This month it is fading. Covid is surging. mostly in the south where people refuse to mask or get the vaccine. They are dying, and the virus is mutating. We are stepping back not moving forward.

After 20 year in Afghanistan we finally have a president with the balls to pull us out, take our boys out of harms way, and the world is mad at him. I just shake my head in disbelief... Why is America the worlds father, Mother , Savior?

After 16 years it was time to say goodbye to my sweet George. He was in terrible pain and it was kind. He died in the yard in his favorite napping spot on a soft blanket while getting petted and kissed. When he exhaled his last the sun broke through and showed him the way home. August 17.

We got a pump organ from 1800's! it is so awesome. Chris is going to learn to play it. If only it could talk, the stories it could tell. Chris is learning to restore them and that will be a joy.

August 17th, After over 30 years, we finally took down the popcorn ceiling. I am so happy! It was a BIG job and Chris mastered it. After I just keep looking up and thinking how much I like it.

June 5th! Mamita turns 100! We all got together and celebrated with her at the old Spaghetti factory in San Jose. There were 30 family and friends to cherish her. Everyone was vaccinated and wore a mask. She has seen so much in her life time. She is amazing.

In June Chris won an entire set of Wizard of Oz cards in one day. We framed them. He is so proud.

May!!!!! YES!!!! Great America opened!

We went and I still fit on the coasters. I am so excited, I feel hopeful!

Paul and Eileen came down and we celebrated his birthday with us. I was so excited to see them after all this time, and on his birthday! We got to eat out for the first time in a YEAR! I feel so blessed :) We sat on the patio of Sam's BBQ in San Jose and smiled, ate ribs and acted like it was 2019.....

In April we got to go to Gilroy Gardens. Is the world coming back? We can hope. It was a fun day with our pal Mike.


April, Huge reality check. Susan my younger sister had a stroke. it was massive. She did survive, with some major deficits. She did live her life much harder than I have lived mine, drinking, drugs and cigarettes have aged her. This is a wake up call for me.... I need to pay attention and get healthy!

In March we got to go to Fresno Zoo with our friend Mike for the first time in a year. It was fun and exciting. Aside from the masks, it felt like real life again. But oddly sad remembering days of yore, where you saw smiles, people hugged and life felt carefree.

March 18th we were vaccinated! We were so excited. Was this the beginning of the end?

In the first part of the year I actually sold some of my paintings!

I was so excited.

I have started making some great repurposing of chandeliers they are cool.

I spend a lot of time int he yard, it is my sanctuary in a crazy world. I fight depression daily. 2020 scared the life out of me. 2021 just feels like a dark tunnel. I sit in the garden with the blue jay and dogs and try to center and find joy. It is feeling hopeless.

January 18th - Chris was exposed to Covid at work! I am in a blind panic. We will be tested. I am prying we will be ok.... Ok the test is negative, but we have to wait and quarantine for 14 days to be sure. I am so scared. Ido not want to die!

February 12th it is the change of the Lunar new year... No parades, no China town.... just home remembering the days of parties and excitement of a new year. Funny 2020 was the year of the Rat.... hmmmm pestilence and plague associated with that animal, and look what it brought. This is the year of the Metal ox! hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.

January 6th, Our country has lost its mind! like Covid is not bad enough there is an insurrection at our nations capitol. Seems Trump has rallied his followers to raise havoc because he lost the election. We have moved past civility in this country are are now living in mob rule. I am afraid for what will become of us. People died. I am scared and sad.