Happy New Year!

Well here I am, the last day of 2020!

We have have survived it. Attila has a job and an income, despite it being a scary-as-hell thing to be out there in a crowd of over 1000 workers every shift. The vaccines are rolling out to the most vulnerable citizens in Canada, yay, although they won’t be available for us for months.

The most wonderful thing about 2020 has been the time Attila and I have had together, the first time in our relationship when we were at home together for more than 7 days while having some sort of reduced-barely-adequate financial support. Although I will be glad to see the end of the pandemic, to the roller coaster of fear, of grief, and anxiety, I say goodbye to 2020 with a fond farewell. The gifts it gave me personally far outweigh the miseries. I think this is, in part, due to the fact that living with anaphylaxis I have faced isolation and fear of sudden death for decades, invisible states of being until the pandemic, but now shared with many. I don’t feel so alone, and I am rather impressed with myself for having survived the last few decades, with these invisible challenges, with relative good grace. Yay me.

The last week of the year has had it challenges. Our vehicle died earlier in December, and since Attila is working a 40 minute drive away, and there is no public transit, we have had to find a solution. Last Sunday we began the odyssey of buying a new vehicle. I don’t like buying vehicles, but we have worked our way slowly through the process, and remained on friendly terms with all the people involved at the dealership et al, and the insurance company. The new vehicle sits in the driveway. The finance company owns our asses for many years to come. Today I crossed the final t, dotted the final i on the deal, and paid the most current household bill.

2021 we are ready to engage!

May your year to come bring good health, financial adequacy, and much peace of mind! Thanks for reading, for being here while I share the ins and outs of my little life.
Happy New Year!

Our Christmas Cactus bloomed on Christmas Day!
We have had this plant for years, and this is the first time it has bloomed since we first brought it home.



Date: 1:00 PM EST Thursday 31 December 2020
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.1 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 2.3°C
Dew point: -4.3°C
Humidity: 62%
Wind: W 23 gust 34 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
Frank Herbert
1920 – 1986

I think the human race is still poised at the starting gate. Happy discovery in 2021.

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Happy New Year to you and Attila! Hope 2021 brings you good health, good fortune and much happiness!


Bex Crowell

Beautiful blog entry Maggie, beautiful Christmas Cactus, and beautiful friend you are. I wish you and hubs a wonderful New Year, as do I for us all.

Bex Crowell

When I saw your quote, by “FRANK HERBERT” my first thought was that it was my relative, Frank Herbert Ingersoll – see this page: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Ingersoll-Family-Tree-

… but of course it wasn’t …..


Happy New Year!! I cannot wait for 2020 to be gone forever. I know it has been terrible in so many ways. But I did listen to a podcast from the NY Times (Daily?) where they interviewed a lot of people who experienced positive things this year. So it made me rethink my view. But I still can’t wait until midnight. Congratulations on the new car. I know it’s the last thing you wanted to do but now Attila will be able to get to and from work safely. Your Christmas Cactus is beautiful! I wish you and Attila and all of your wonderful readers a Happy and Healthy 2021!


Wishing you both a very Happy New Year with good health and warm contentment in the joys of daily life in 2021. It’s been a challenging year but we have found many blessings in a slower pace of living. I love being home on our small farm and the extra down time has allowed us to tackle projects that have been on our wish list for years. Clouds and silver linings…

Joan Lansberry

I hope it isn’t too late to wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful, fortunate new year!