End of Year Review

Another year ends
Strange as 2020 was
There were happy times

Good morning and welcome to the last day of 2020 and my year end review. Despite not posting very often this year, my blog visits were up from last year. I did complete #NaPoWriMo in April, thanks in part to not having to score standardized tests. This may have been a factor to the increased traffic. At the end of February, we celebrated Shawn’s 48th birthday. We had no idea at the time it would be the last time we would enjoy an evening out.

Shawn and I at his birthday dinner

Then in April we celebrated the first birthday in quarantine, Gretchen’s 19th birthday on April 4th. Shawn picked up dinner from the very same restaurant we went to for his birthday and we decorated the backyard and had an enjoyable evening. I used the success of our first quarantine birthday as inspiration to submit a haiku to the OCMA sound collage. Also in April, Patricia posted one of my haiku on her Pea TV moment. It took some finessing as I’m not great at capturing hummingbirds on video; but as we were eating dinner one night, we saw a hummingbird enjoying the aloe out the window. And I confess, Gretchen was the one who captured the recording.

In May we were also busy, Gretchen finished her freshmen year at ASU on the Dean’s List while Robin graduated from ASU Summa Cum Laude.

Gretchen’s 1st year of college
Robin in cap & gown

Of course we had another quarantine birthday to celebrate on May 20, Robin turned 22. Near the beginning of the month, our internet went down for A WEEK. The only plus it happened after the last final was taken since everything went virtual in March, it would have been a hassle to figure out how to get finals completed without internet. For June and July we were alone together. Shawn has a great job and has continued working; Robin finished employment at ASU in May since he graduated. He was still going to work at 4 paws but it was not every day. Then on August 1st we packed up the van Shawn dragged me over to the dealership at the end of May to buy and we took a road trip up to Oregon. Robin started his first year at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine in September.

Gretchen and Robin in Corvallis

In October Shawn and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary in quarantine. There was one good thing to come from having all these celebrations at home. Shawn learned how to cook a proper steak. We had filet mignon medium rare. Then the following weekend Shawn talked me into an overnight camping trip at White Tanks. In November I celebrated my birthday in quarantine. Once again Shawn cooked an excellent steak and we had lobster tails to make it surf and turf. Then in December Robin and Gretchen wrapped up their second semester of virtual learning. Robin earned a 3.7 his first semester of veterinary school and Gretchen has a 3.6! Both are doing very well in this mixed up year of schooling. And as you can see, I’ve stopped adding links to my review since most everything can now be found on my blog’s home page as I really sloughed off updating the blog after May.

2020 Drawing to a Close

Christmas has come and gone, and now everyone is aguishly awaiting the new year. Robin made it home for Christmas back on December 11. The new term for veterinary school starts on January 4 so Robin will be heading back up to Oregon on the 2nd with a new edition (kitten by the name of Burke). Shawn came home a couple weeks ago limping. Apparently he landed funny on his right leg while boxing and the next thing he knew he was on the floor. Then the day before Christmas Eve he comes home, sits on the bed, removes his sock and asks, Does this look swollen? Not only did it look swollen but he had pitting edema (note with a veterinarian student we know the technical term for pressing finger into skin and it does not bounce back right away). And because of Shawn’s high platelet count from his lack of a spleen we thought it wise he go to the ER to rule out a DVT. Thankfully it is just a badly strained muscle no DVT was found, but it made for an interesting Christmas Eve. Shawn actually had me call the hematologist’s office first; I told him they’d be closed on Christmas Eve, but he was trying like hell to avoid the ER. Can’t say as if I blame him.

Nonnie brought Christmas Eve dinner over. We were going to have it at her house but with Shawn’s 4 hour stint in the ER, she packed up dinner and transported it over here. We had pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. On Christmas Robin spent the morning at Liberty Wildlife so we got to sleep in. Then we opened presents and Shawn cooked a London Broil with a recipe he found on WebMD (yes, apparently they have cooking recipes). As Shawn said, It’s the first time he went on WebMD and did not get, you’re probably going to die. But then again it was a recipe to cook beef, and lucky me got put on a statin this year so I should be avoiding the red meat. We also had stuffing, baked potatoes, squash, cranberry sauce, shrimp and scallops to round off the meal. Both dinners were yummy. And then yesterday we did fondue for dinner also very yummy and yes, I need to get back on a low cholesterol diet.

Pull muscle in leg
Why bother to exercise
My husband the gimp

Pull muscle in calf
Christmas Eve trip to ER
Lay off the boxing

Twelve days of Christmas
Different flavors to try
Box of Irish creams

Discarded wrappings
Santa cat sits in a box
Christmas aftermath

Surprise pickle gift
Donner Dinner Party game
German tradition

Time with family
Holiday lights at Wigwam
All the Christmas feels

Blue and yellow paint
Living room transformation
Fresh new beginning

Pay close attention
Compare Christmas past to now
How quickly things change