2021 Wrap Up

Warm Wishes from Roger, Anita and Maggie Mae

Strange year (again).  Roller-coaster of believing Covid-19 was behind us and finding out that was not the case.  We were vaccinated in January and February, actually travelled a bit in May to visit with family.  We spent much of the year working on the cottage and milled and put up all the siding on the cottage addition, had it painted and tiled. And then we boostered again in Dec.

family gathering in Winthrop

One highlight for me was my 50th High School gathering in September.  Roger focused on building a new kiln to replace our “turbo-burn” which heated out house for the first 18 years of the 20 that we have lived here.  We had some good visits with kids and grandkids.  And of course, Maggie Mae played a big part of our mental health in dealing with lockdown and social isolation.  In August, she and I participated in a dog show, one of a few outdoor activities that we felt safe enough to participate in.

The beauty of the island and of Thornbush in particular is a blessing and a comfort in good times and bad.

We have plans for an active, productive, and more social 2022. Be safe and well, everyone!

A String of Wednesdays in January

South Beach 1/08/21

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 (a day that will live in infamy) the US Capitol was stormed by some crazy right-wing terrorists bent on destroying democracy.  Meanwhile, as far away from Washington D.C. as one can get in the contiguous United States, we watched the mayhem with horror on our computers (not having t.v.)

On Wednesday, January 13th, a major windstorm blew through the Pacific NW.  We were awakened by an alert poodle and heard branches falling all night long.  In the morning we found a limb had hit Roger’s truck.  And another much bigger branch narrowly missed it.  The picture above is from a few days later but I am sure this willow that fell over our road started falling on the 13th More importantly, perhaps, we were out of power for 18 hours. Luckily, our generator was in working order. This windstorm came up unexpectedly—normally Roger moves his truck to a safer locale when high winds are in the forecast.

Audrey’s 11th birthday on 1/21/21

On Wednesday, January 20th, we were glued to our computers for a much better event, the Inauguration of Joseph Biden as our 46th President.  The crowds were not present, but the pomp and ceremony was all we could ask for:  Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, Amanda Gorman and all.  Impressed by President Biden’s address asking for unity in these perilous times. We were able to lift a glass of champagne with some neighbors (wrapped in blankets on their porch)

Roger’s latest project

On Wednesday, January 27th, Roger and I received our first shot of the Moderna Vaccine by our local Health Department at the Fair Grounds.  My arm is a little sore, but I feel like this was huge milestone in a tumultuous month of a tumultuous twelve months.

heavy frost 1/23/21