Here we are in 2022 now. Thought I share with you all a photo diary of 2021.These are all my favorite photos I took for 2021. Looking back at that time I realized that we were still all suffering from the after effects of 2020 when 2021 came around. If I had to rate the year of 2021 I would give it a 5 out of ten, purely from the shock of everything that went down that year. I do hope and pray that 2022 gives us all a break.
Jan- After going through 2020 we decided to refresh and organize the garden area since this was where we spent a lot of our time in 2020. Little did I know that the garden would be our refuge in the new year of 2021 too. We had hoped we were through with what happened in 2020, but 2021 would show us that we had another rough year to get through, which I don’t believe was necessary. This was a month of making our nest even more cozy. 2020 had taught us how our home really is where our heart is. It really is home sweet home as they say.
Feb- February was a month that I will always look back on as the month of sharing. A month of love. Our neighbors would share their garden food with us. We made fresh salads, planted new flowers, found lizard eggs, and new chicks were born.
March- I worked on tiny gardens, made candles, decorated Easter eggs, and visited a crowded Farmer’s market. This was a month where we started to go out more, mixing with the crowds yet being safe about it. Wouldn’t say I wasn’t worried every time we went out, we were. Baby steps to the normalcy of years gone by. Eventually by going out more and more, interacting with others, we would get back to our old selves once again.
April- A birthday month, my son would turn a year older. More shopping for our garden remakes and I finished many projects in my garden. I started to have more free time to work on my Christmas and holiday craft book. Christmas in Easter I would call it. I found all kinds of vintage sewing supplies this month while out shopping. This was a month filled with creativity.
May- Not a lot to this month. We celebrated mother’s day by going antique shopping here in the city. Ate out, which was another big step in trusting strangers to safe ways of preparing our foods with that ugly old monster out there. I had always worried about eating out when the lock downs and fear first started. I used to have a friend who worked in the food industry and she never ate out…ever. When I asked her why she would share gross stories of how unclean some of her coworkers were when preparing foods. My cousins’ husband used to own a dairy farm and he never drank milk. I will spare you the details of that conversation.
June- Headed up north this month to check on Our Little Red house. My daughter taught me about a trend at the time called Cottage core. I did some cottage core shopping in the little mountain town on the way to OLRH. Took it back to our place and had fun decorating our home. When we got back to the city we would get up super early one morning and head to one of my favorite Church sales. The year before they were not able to have this sale because of the rules with the virus. Things were slowly starting to get back to normal it seemed. After the sale we made home made banana ice cream. Did some art in the garden, went swimming and watched the new bees we bought play in the bird bath.
July- My birth month. After so many years, birthdays are just another day, reserved for the little ones mostly. I had a happy birthday, got lots of favorite items I love like art supplies and plants. Walking out in my pretty garden this month I would discovered many flower blooms popped out that month. I loved these gifts too, what I call God’s gifts. More art, more basket making and just hanging out in the pool garden. July was a very relaxing month.,
August- My camera photo files for some reason have erased this whole month of photos from my system. Later my husband is going to check our back up disc to see what we have on it from older files. When ever you are writing or putting together a craft book always remember to have a back up of everything in case your computer crashes. I hope I have those photos on file but I won’t know until we check later. I had years of photos for my little book just disappear. I am sharing with you all a favorite photo from year 2020 when we visited an art store and loaded up on all kinds of art supplies. We do this once every year, a family tradition of buying our favorite art supplies.
September- More window shopping as they call it. Just getting out and seeing what the world was all about once again was nice this year. I was starting to see some early stages of shortages. This was causing some fear in me. What was happening, why were those early signs of shortages starting up again? I would tell myself it was okay, nothing like it used to be. We were headed back to regular times. This is what I told myself, but sadly… I was wrong. We headed up north again to relax in the woods, exploring, picking wildflowers, foraging and making pretty Fall décor.
October- Christmas was showing up everywhere, it was a happy feeling. Bought cupcakes from a small business that was struggling with rent that month. The business made so much money from the community stopping by to show support that they were able to pay the rent and many months after. Couldn’t keep up after that with all the new orders. Headed to Flagstaff Arizona to explore the Fall forest. Everything was so beautiful. This was our month of beauty.
November- Started on home made gifts and decorating a little early for the holidays. For some reason, this month was hard for me to get into. Usually we have Thanksgiving day up in the country at the little red house but this year we skipped that. There are reasons behind that. Some people in town being influenced by my estranged mother’s lies, and we had life long friends and neighbors of ours suddenly get wrapped up in the hate of this year. I am not good with that kind of energy. I love my neighbors but some sadly just want to be in their political and propaganda misery. Might be a terrible trend going on around the world. It is sad to see play out. So much praying that this all stops. Started to see prices increasing and shortages were back. I think seeing this all triggered me as my daughter calls it. I call this month the month that let us all know…that old feeling from 2020 …well, it was back everyone. I call this month a month of familiarity.
December- For some reason this Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas pasts either. Something up with that. Not as celebrated as years before. In my heart I believe this is all planned, to eventually take away the joys of Christmas season. “They” have been trying to turn Christmas into an ugly thing way before the political hate started years ago, and now “ They” have a little invisible bug to help them with their agenda to take away the happiness that Christmas time used to create. A time when it didn’t matter how you celebrated the holidays…everyone got along. It was harder to get into the spirit of Christmas this year. More people were getting angry out there. At least this is what is happening here in America. In some countries they were celebrating with lots of freedoms, but some countries had extreme measures being put upon them. What is happening ? December 2021 will go down in my history books as a month of misery and miracles. It is the miracles I will stay focused on. When times get hard, there are signs everywhere out there in the world that remind us that God is here, he is right here. Those are not coincidences.
Over all 2021 was a luke warm year. Not amazing, not horrible either. It was filled with happy days and sad days. I don’t think I will look back at this year and say 2021 was a great year. Nope, not happening. I will probably look back and say…
“ Oh yeah, I remember that year, that was when the changes started. A year of being in a mist like stage, of not seeing what we were in and slowly as the mist dissolved and things became clearer, the picture…the view…all of it, was right there to see at once.”
A bit of a shock to the system if you ask me. God bless you and keep you safe and Happy 2022 everyone.