New Year’s feels so different. Christmas and Thanksgiving felt different but not this different. Vince was here for Thanksgiving but not Christmas. Chad, Nicole and Addie were here for both. I doubt they would have been here for New Year’s but Addie might have been so they could party with friends but, with Covid raging, I’ll be home alone – probably cross stitching or knitting into the new year.
Back in July, August and probably til about early November, I was looking forward to 2021, thinking it would be nice to be done with 2020 but with the events of the last week or so, I’m a bit apprehensive thinking 2021 may be just an extended 2020.
Usually I’m really excited about New Year’s Eve because at midnight all the new yarnathon games begin at Eat, Sleep, Knit. I’m feeling like I’m done buying yarn. I didn’t order anything during Miss Babs’ annual sale. I had a huge list I had been making for the last . . probably 12 months. I looked at it, thought about how much yarn I have and said nope . . don’t need it. Besides that, I feel like I’m sticking razor blades under my fingernails buying anything that has to come through the mail. At some point, you just give up and I think I’ve reached that point. Covid has done a number on the post office with workers not being able to work, consumers shopping more online, thus totally bogging the system, and then I think the post office here had issues way before Covid so . . if I don’t order anything, I don’t get frustrated with the post office; I save money and that makes Vince happy. Win/win!!
Honestly, besides so many in the family being sick right now, I can’t say 2020 was a terrible year for us. How could I say that when I finally got my wish to move back to MO, found an amazing house in a great location? Life for us hasn’t been that bad – just a bit stressful. I’d still appreciate prayers for sick family members. There are now three. I’ve cried more tears this week than in the past five years I think but . . life goes on and we keep putting one foot in front of the other, right?
So . . Happy New Year to you all. Truly, I hope you all have a much better 2021 than most had in 2020. Try to be safe. Try to stay healthy. Try to find something to be optimistic about. We’re probably all going to have rough times but let’s remember . . hopefully there will be brighter days ahead. Never give up hope!
Yes, never give up hope! Happy New Year to you Judy and Vince and all your family members. Prayers for you all too.
New Years is different this year. Prayers for your family.Frustrating that you can’t help. Stay safe
Amy (Waunaknit) says
Happy New Year Judy! I didn’t order anything from Miss Babs either. I only bought half of what I did last year for the Yarnathon so I’m feeling pretty good right now. Just need to get some knitting mojo so I can use some of the stash up. Just think, you can stay up and wait for the new Yarnathon info and not worry about Vince asking what you are doing! lol
First thing…you and your family are in my prayers and that will continue.
I have been so frustrated by our USPS, hope they can get their act together soon.
I am hoping and praying that 2021 will be better. I think it will take some time, but I hope that by mid summer I might get to see my kids and grands. I miss them terribly, but health and safety must come first.
My love and best wishes for a better 2021. God bless
Praying that the new year is better for all of us! Hoping your parents and all other family members and friends get through this unscathed, and that 2021 is better all the way around. I’m spending my New Years Eve ripping the footies off my grandson’s pj’s in order to put new footies on them that have no rips in them. Two pair left to replace and then they should all be done – every pair he owns!! I sure have no problem replacing footies now – I’ve done it a lot lately!! 🙂 Happy New Year to you and Vince, Boots and Rita. May 2021 be a heck of a lot better that 2020!!! 🙂
I normally don’t post, but I do love reading your blog and have enjoyed your “moving” journey and being closer to Addie and family. We also moved a year ago, downsized, and so I could empathise with what you were going through. So glad that it has all worked out so well for you. Thinking of you and your family. I do hope that they recover and that you and Vince stay well. We are luckier than most in Australia but things can change quickly and we have now got a little outbreak in Melbourne. Hopefully they will get on top of it fast. All the best to you and your readers for 2021.
Linda in NE says
I certainly hope your family members beat this darn virus. My husband & I have both had it since the week before Christmas. We’re mostly feeling back to normal now. A little tired but no fever going on 48 hours. We’ve seen our kids’ families all along. Life is too short as it is to hide out at home. That’s not say we haven’t lost people…nine since last January…and not a single one from Covid. Still, gone is gone. I’m so ready for a better 2021 but not too hopeful for at least the next six months.
Karen Sutton says
Hi Judy. I’m sending you a virtual hug and prayers for you and your family. It’s been a scary year and I agree with you – I don’t think it’s over yet although I do think 2021 will be better. I managed to pass on the Miss Babs sale as well and I hope I can resist the Yarnathon and TLE. Earlier this year when we started painting the house – that was Bob’s COVID project – I had to empty every room as he got ready to paint it. It was a great way to clean and purge. Unfortunately when he got to my craft room I think I got carried away. I gave away many, many, many quilting magazines, books and patterns and some fabric I knew I’d never use. I kept most of my yarn. Then I got to my cross stitch stash and in retrospect I made a terrible mistake. I gave away a HUGE box of fabric and patterns. Then you and Denise started talking about cross stitch and, as usual, I got sucked in right along with the two of you. Thankfully, I kept all my thread and a few patterns/projects/fabric that I wanted to use but oh the fabric that’s gone:( One of these days I’ll take pictures of my completed projects and email them to you. I did several samplers – I think I must have quit that hobby when I started quilting more. Then I gave up quilting to knit, now it looks like I’ve come full circle. Take care, stay healthy and give Rita & Boots a pat for me. We’ve got a winter storm watch here for the next day or two but I just dug out my first cross stitch project so I’ll be occupied. My orders from 123stitch and EverythingCrossstitch are in transit somewhere.
Nelle Coursey says
Happy New Year Judy! It will get better! I am still praying for your family. Hope your uncle is still ok.
I am thankful we have kept our health as well as we have this year. Praying we can get the shots soon. Then maybe things will settle down. We have had 73 deaths here and 71 new cases today. We had 5 deaths yesterday!
I am praying for all those families and I hope this is over soon. Next year is going to be better for everyone!! We have to have faith in the doctors and science.
Dottie Newkirk says
Prayers for your family and you…..covid has touched so many of our family members – my brother-in-law has been in the hospital with it for almost 2 weeks…..some days he’s a bit better and other days, not so much.
Wishing you a Happy New Year.
Vicky in Bama says
I pray for everyone a safe and blessed New Year. I will place all my faith in the Lord above. Bless everyone.
Susan Nixon says
2021 will be easier, because we know what we are doing now. =) Predictions are all over the place, but I’m opting to think positively. God is in control, and all that happens is for our good. We are building stronger families during this time, we are building stronger faith, we are building a more compassionate nature as we help others who have it harder than we do. Yes, I’m feeling very positive about our future. There is always a silver lining, there are always blessings. We need to recognize them. I’m praying for your family members and for you.
Your family is still in my prayers. Hopefully they will be well very soon.
Way to go on not buying more yarn. You did good!
Happy New Year. May 2021 be a better year for us all.
I have been inspired to dig out my long time cross stitch project. It is a Heaven and Earth design and quite large. I have been stitching a bit every day now for a week.
USPS and Canada Post have been doing an amazing job. I know it seems slow compared to normal but they are dealing with so many more parcels than normal millions more in fact. I am grateful that I can order what I need as we are locked down here in Ontario until near the end of January and maybe longer.
We are lucky as we have not been touched personally by the virus. My daughter and family are 3 000 miles away and for the first time in 11 years we are not spending January in Florida. It is snowy and cold here..-10C or about 12F..but we are safe and well.
Happy New Year Judy and I hope that Vince gets to join you soon.
Judy Laquidara says
You are brave to be doing a Heaven and Earth design. They are gorgeous.
The slowness isn’t my concern. I understand what they’re dealing with. It’s packages left at neighboring houses or even two towns away. It’s packages being scanned as delivered before they even leave the post office. I’m trying to be sure I get things as soon as they’re delivered and don’t leave them on the porch and when a package says it’s been left on the porch, but in reality, it hasn’t left the post office yet . . I don’t understand that kind of stuff.
I know it’s tough to not get to see family and do the traditions we’ve always done but hopefully things will improve soon.
Happy New Year Judy and I’ve been thinking about your family! I too didn’t buy anything from Miss Babs–I don’t have near the yarn you do but I have enough right now. I would have purchased from Spincycle but when the release happened at noon Pacific time yesterday, the color I wanted was all ready sold out. Oh well!
Diana G says
Happy New Year … May it be one of prosperity, joy, hope & happiness.