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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021




In retrospect, we have a lot to be thankful for in 2021 despite all the misery, twists, and turns that Covid inflicted on us.  We've all had to suffer some time away from family and friends, we suffered having our churches closed for a period of time and then reopened with restrictions and rules that were imposed on us, like no singing in the congregation and only one person allowed to sing away from the people.  Having to register our names and contact information upon entering the church. Funerals services were not allowed, making it difficult to show our support to bereaved families, visiting sick family members and friends in the hospital was not allowed and many businesses have had to close while Amazon sales online soared.  We've had to forgo our fundraising Spring and Fall suppers and caterings, Christmas parties, many organizations have had to suspend their meetings and fundraising. 

Even shopping for groceries became some kind of maze we had to learn to navigate. A few idiots couldn't follow the arrows on the floor to the dismay of others who gave them the evil eye, or the ones who wore their masks below the nose.  Apparently, they never went to health classes and don't know that the nose is part of the respiratory system.

One good thing that came out of this isolation is that we discovered how efficient meeting by Zoom has been.   It has been so much more efficient than meeting in small groups and I've made so many amazing like-minded friends across Canada, the USA, and as far away as Singapore and Bali.  

 Health care is now overburdened with the shortage of doctors and nurses and hospitals running at overflow capacity. Covid is hogging the news and the world has gone bonkers. Still, there are some silver linings in all of this. People are now washing their hands more often and covering their mouths and colds and regular flu have been less frequent.  School children have had to resort to online classes and people have had to work from home with a lot of adjustments. One sad side effect of Covid restriction is that drug and alcohol abuse have risen and also family violence and spousal abuse which is so unfortunate.

Personally, we have had our share of losses and gains. On January 4th, 2021 we lost a good mechanic employee and friend to Leukemia and several close friends and acquaintances, two nephews lost their battle with cancer, and a third nephew died after complications with diabetes.  We quietly celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary. We were spared a spring flood in 2021 and I'm so grateful for this after suffering two devastating floods two years in a row.

In the spring, we got an abundance of spring flowers and fiddleheads. I shredded a mountain of office papers but still, another mountain needs to be shredded.   I conquered a beautiful pattern for a baby blanket after many, many attempts. 

Madison, my brother's grandaughter went missing in May on her way to school early in the morning and was murdered by a pedophile. Her body has still not been found although, they have found her cell phone at the bottom of a lake, some of her clothing, and her blood in the back of the truck. My brother, her grandfather, was paralyzing slowly and needed a walker to get around until he was totally paralyzed from a huge brain tumor. He is now recuperating in the hospital in his hometown after very serious brain surgery and many serious setbacks. He is our Christmas Miracle.

I successfully grew sweet potatoes in our short season for the first time, and also successfully grew sweet corn and used cotton bags to protect the cobs from birds and worms. I had a bumper crop of rhubarbs,  green beans, carrots, peas, potatoes and tomatoes, and many other veggies. I made the best-bottled salsa from a recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook, and plenty of it. I went picking apples twice in the country and bottled dehydrated apples. Made tons of assorted pickles, jam, and jelly and sold a lot to raise funds for the church. 

My son has been alcohol-free for over 4 months and is doing very well.  We lost our good family doctor and now have joined the rank of people without family doctors. I'm sure I'm forgetting some important events but  2021, sure has had its up and down and for the record, there are still two more days to go.

I successfully went through a 21 day Daniel fast and gain spiritual peace and graces for which I'm very grateful. Being away from social media has freed a huge amount of time that I used for prayer and reflection and got things done around the house.

Since Covid started, I haven't had either any colds or flu and I hope I can keep it up but my little great-granddaughter visited a few days ago and she had a runny nose. I'm keeping my fingers crossed but I suspect it won't do any good. So far, I've survived 2021, like I said, there are still 2 more days left. 

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment and keep thinking positive, it's better for your health.




  1. There are always positives to be found when I look and I am very glad that you found some.
    Zoom is not for me though.

  2. It has, indeed been a year - one most of us did not expect and one many of us wish not to repeat. But, yes, there is always some good mixed in even the most trying of times. Your post is a wonderful time capsule of your year and one you can hopefully look back on in years to come (technology permitting LOL). I think we all have differing views on the particular happenings of the year - from arrows on grocery store floors to the efficacy of masks or the "decline" in flu and cold cases - yet we need to focus on the common things of good that we can find. I pray your brother continues to recover...from the tumor and the havoc it has wreaked on his body - and that God grants him some peace and healing over the horribly tragic loss of his granddaughter as well as Madison's parents and others in her life. Here's to a better 2022...I think many of us said that a year ago this time without any idea of what we were in for. Take good care my friend and stay well ~Robin~

  3. Sorry for your loss of life during the past year. Thankfully I haven't experienced that during 2021 but boy your description brought back the other negatives of 2021. Am thankful I've survived colds, flu and covid and hope that streak of luck continues and that 2022 will be better. Happy New Year.

  4. Wow you did accomplish quite a bit this year even though there was some disappointment too. May we all have a happier 2022. Janice

  5. Where to start? Oh, my heart aches for your losses this year how you keep keeping on is beyond me. you are very strong Julia I have always admired your strength. I would be in a pile somewhere just unable to function. But again, you outlined all that was good. And there were lots that was. Having your son sober for 4 months and counting is such a wonderful blessing. I pray the new year is kinder and gentler to all of us but most especially to you as you have shouldered more than your share of burdens this past year. I pray this year slips quietly away and makes way for joy, laughter and peace.
    Happy New Year

  6. I am so sorry for your losses, especially Leo's granddaughter. What a horrible thing to have happen. Prayers that he continues to recover and can come to terms with Madison's death. I pray for continued sobriety for your son.
    I must admit I was one of those idiots who did not follow the arrows in the store. I was always going the wrong way. OOPS.
    Happy New Year, my friend. Here's to much healthier 2022 and an end to Covid.

  7. Hi to you my friend and Happy 2022!
    I enjoyed reading your round up of 2021.. and keeping it real. We all have ups and downs, but sometimes make blog land seem like all is perfect. I appreciate your honesty.

    We lost 3 dear ones during 2021.
    Shortages have made an impact at my husband's work, they can not get the steel they need for the machines they build.
    Shortages have also started for our Meals on Wheels program, not able to get the sanitary carriers for the food.
    Happy things of 2021!!! Our boys both are doing so well. One graduated college and got a job doing what he went to school for.
    The other is an honor student in college and doing so well with his classes.
    So happy for them and pray they stay the course.

    Praying things will start to get back on track for the world.

  8. Oh Julia, 2021 was a crazy year and you certainly have had the worst things happen in your family. So many prayers for you dear brother and so so sorry about Madison. However, your faith has kept you uplifted and gotten you through so much. I hope this year is good for you. You accomplished so much last year! You always amaze me and inspire me to go farther and work harder. Happy New Year Julia!

  9. Your words ring so true for so many things. Hopefully this new year ahead will be much better. Here wishing that you have a wonderful year ahead with all good and happy things!

  10. You grew so many fruits and veggies! Good job! I hope you continue to feel good and stay well, Julia!