Happy New Year!

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.


  1. Bex, thank you for all those beautiful sentiments. Your generous and open spirit is such a light in this world! I wish you and Paul a Happy New Year, may you both find 2021 a peaceful year, full of contentment and pleasant experiences. May the yarn be with you. 🙂

    Ah yes, Frank Herbert, the author of the Dune series. It is good name isn’t it!

  2. Sandy

    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!

  3. Sandy, Happy New Year, may peace and contentment find you in the new year! Yes, it is time to move on, to welcome in 2021.
    You are so right, a working vehicle will make working so much more bearable, particularly in the winter! Although it is last thing we wanted, we are grateful to be able to have managed to have it. 🙂

  4. Sandra

    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…

  5. Happy New Year Sandra and family! May the new year bring you health and much joy in your life. I agree, there have been many blessings brought to us in this slower pace of living, as Dorothy once said, “there’s no place like home”. Yes indeed, clouds and silver linings, so well said!

  6. Eileen! A very Happy New Year to you! Sorry for the delay in response, I got a bit distracted by a pressing project (the seat cover for the new vehicle). All done now. I hope the coming year brings you and yours good health and much happiness!!

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