Happy ’22 to all of you!
Here are some of the things I learned about life and myself in 2021.
-Health is highly underrated.
With my flare-up with my thyroid cancer, I was again reminded of how fortunate people are who aren’t dealing with health issues. When life is going good on the health side of things it’s easy to take it for granted and think things will always be good…As hard as it is to deal with cancer, I am thankful that I can see what a blessing each new day is.
-I like chaotic pictures more than I like posed pictures. I’d love to re-enact this picture in five years!! I don’t think the couch will hold us.
-Dairy-free products aren’t bad. While on my low-iodine diet I’ve had to not eat dairy. I’ve tried many things that are non-dairy. I’m finding I like them and surprisingly, I think I feel less bloated.
-I’m a sucker for a phone with a good camera.
-Caregivers are so highly unrated. I watched my cousin, friends, and community members become caregivers for significant others. I’ve watched them do what we did for Kramer in 2019 and all the memories of how challenging that was came back. I was reminded of the struggle it is to advocate for loved ones. I remember the heartbreak. There is a special place in heaven for all of you who are caring for a loved one in poor health. It is a challenge…I’m thankful that through my position as a caregiver, I feel comfortable reaching out to someone else doing the same thing.
-Sometimes it’s good to just spend the money…
I’m so glad I spent the money and bought a snowblower. Every time I shoveled, I always had back issues for a couple of days after.
-As much as I love long projects that take months, I also like small simple projects. I need to do more of them.
-As much as I like things to be perfect… I like finished more than perfect.
-Tomatoes fresh from the garden are my favorite food…EVER. I almost didn’t plant a garden and my love of tomatoes stopped that foolish idea. I’m so glad it did. I enjoyed the garden more than ever this year.
I will however put a little space between the plants next year.
-There is always room for more…we were so blessed with Eli and Emmett’s birth.
-Putting time into a long-term project really pays off. It just takes a long time to see the payout.
-I don’t cook the same or eat the same anymore and that’s okay. When my husband was alive, it was meat and potatoes all of the time. Nowadays, not so much. I thought that meant I wasn’t eating as well. In reality, I think I think I’m eating better than ever.
-Stepping out of my box is okay… I made the Red Sampler quilt this year and sampler quilts are not my norm at all.
I also made these baby quilts for Eli and Emmett which were a little out of my box. I typically don’t make blocks like these tractor blocks.
I’m so glad I did. I think it helped me grow as a quilter.
-The picture above also reminded me that I can get deer to come right up to my house. Just days after this picture was taken deer came and ate my beautiful flowers.
-I already knew this but was reminded how blessed I am to have a family that pitches in and helps each other. I’m thankful for the days that I can be the helper because that means it’s a day that I don’t need the help.
-Being Grandma is great…I knew this already but it’s something I’m reminded of almost daily. Just the other day I rode along with Kalissa to a doctor’s appointment. Gannon was in the car and he was making us laugh and laugh.
On that note, Buck sent this video of Lilly. In this one, it’s Buck that gave me the chuckled so I guess I should say being a mom is the best too.
Lilly will be two in March. Buck has a snow removal business and they are expecting lots of snow today. (Push the arrow for the video to play)
-Friendships can be renewed. I had the chance to mend a broken relationship this year and I’m very thankful that happened.
-I love podcasts…
I hadn’t really listened to Podcasts until this last year. I have found I like them…often more than I like books. I’m currently listening to Find Jodi. It’s a podcast about missing anchorwoman, Jodi Huisentruit. She was the morning anchor for a local television station that went missing in 1995. I watched her most mornings and was upset when she went missing. She still hasn’t been found.
I’m glad I figured out how to listen to them.
-I also love Airpods. Kalissa gifted them to me for Christmas and I’m loving them. For those of you who don’t know, they are earphones with no cords. She tried to buy them for me last year and I said no. This year she just bought them as she knew I’d love them.
-Picture Magnets make me smile. My dad’s refrigerator was always covered with pictures. There were pictures of grandkids from school pictures to Christmas cards. Nowadays Kalissa gets magnets of pictures printed for me through Shutterfly and now I’m the Grandma and it’s my refrigerator covered in magnets.
From time to time as I clean the house I’ve thought, those magnets make the house look cluttery or junkie. Then I stop and think no. Those pictures are the heart of our family and I’m lucky enough to have all these people in my life, I’m displaying them all on my refrigerator just like my dad did.
-I am blessed beyond measure by all of you. Your cards, notes, gifts, words of compassion, words of thanks, prayers, and support over the year have been balm to my soul. I thank you for that.
I learned more in 2021…I’m sure there will be more to learn in 2022…
But one last thing: I learned if I don’t step away from the computer I don’t get anything done. HA!! With that, I’m off. I think I’m going to go and put a quilt on the quilting frame.
I hope 2022 is good to you.
I don’t have a blog post planned for evening at this point…see you back here tomorrow.