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Friday, January 8, 2021

The Joys Continue

I got to spend some time on New Year's Eve re-reading a years worth of joyful things. There were some laughs, some smiles, some tears, and immense joy recounting the joys from every single day for a year. So naturally I am going to do the same this year.

The year that shall never be mentioned by name again began on a Wednesday, so my list of daily joys because a Wednesday to Wednesday thing. Officially my weekly joy list is now moving to Friday. .2021 began then, thanks to a leap year, and since Covid is being blamed for everything else in the world I am blaming it for the 2 day difference also.  So for this post only I am adding the last 2 days of the Voldemort year and starting the weekly joy countdown beginning Friday. And now I will begin to recap the daily joys as we all move onward toward 2022



 Wednesday: The day was gorgeous and was truly like a spring day. My neighbor was taking down his Christmas lights wearing shorts and a tee shirt, while I padded around outside in leggings and flip flops. It was a great day for kids with new bikes!

Thursday: I spent the day  taking most of the decorations down. New Years Eve was only slightly different from those we have had the past few years, except we do usually go out early for dinner. This celebration was more homecentric, with take out food, Prosecco toasts, and ringing in the New Year via television celebrations.

Friday: The few remaining Christmas items were put away and the den was returned to normal by mid-morning. We had a small family celebration not necessarily because it wsa New Year's Day but because the college football semi-finals were played.  Son2 and DIl2 came over to watch the game and then join us for our traditional "lucky" NYD meal., followed by playing a new board game, and then more football. DIL3 was such a good sport because this football thing is literally a foreign concept to her as is welcoming in the New Year watching it.

Saturday: TheHub and I went out to run some errands and to give Son3 and DIl3 some time to themselves.  We like to get out early before the crowds are in stores, get what we need then either get home or ride around a little just to see something different. I really do like my home, but I am so tired of it. I am hopeful that this newest wave of Covid will slow down and (fingers crossed) the vaccine will prove to be helpful and life will regain some semblance of normalcy.

Sunday: I slept late (at least late for me) and woke just in time to stream our church service. Afterward TheHub and I had. lazy sort of breakfast, which set the tome for a mostly lazy day. Lazy days are nice, but since Christmas I have had too many of them!

Monday: I did not have to do anything, so I read, the watched some of the Great British Baking Show while I cleaned out drawers and rearranged my closet. There is a great joy for the technology that allows me to watch/listen to a show while I am in the closet.

Tuesday: We went to Mom's house and sorted through some personal things that we were still unsure about. While there we found another box of photos which caused a lot of laughs. BTW when my beloved sister was in her 20's she was a BABE! If she would not kill me I would share a photo, but I do respect her privacy. We found a picture of her the night she won an ADDY( for producing a PSA) and she was smoking' hot! You will just have to trust me when I tell you she bore a striking resemblance to a young Raquel Welch in that picture.What a joy to go through decades of long past times!

Wednesday: I am one of those people who will drive a car until there is virtually nothing left to drive. My 2004 car was doing fine (not a pretty girl but she was still doing fine) until about a year ago when a semi in front of me on the interstate lost the outer tread of its tire. He rolled on down the road while his outer tire hit my car right in the middle of the front. It did not cause a wreck (thankfully), but did some damage to the undercarriage of the car. It has been a downhill ride ever since.,  I finally decided I was tired of driving while feeling like the front end of the car was going to fall off any minute, in the middle of the street. We did a lot of telephone shopping (dealing) via the phone and the car was set to be delivered to the house on Friday.( Covid has changed so many ways we conduct business.) I knew I had to unload a boatload of things I had brought from Mom's the day before. 
Then all Hell broke loose and I sat and watched things unfurl. After being glued to the TV for a couple of hours I went into my bedroom to compose before cleaning out the car.. When I came out, much to my surprise Son3 and DIL3 had cleaned it out for me.  It was wonderful to be able to find joy!

Thursday; I was overjoyed that the confirmation of electoral votes was completed. We have processes and laws and whether you agree with the outcome of an election or not, really done not matter. The processes must be completed.. I do not discuss politics on social media, nor do I want to be a vehicle for any debate or diatribe, so I ask that any comments left here be non-political in nature. For the first time ever I have turned on comment moderation. 

Have a great week and find joy (and sow peace) wherever you can. It is always out there if you just look for it!






32 comments:

  1. Only being broadsided and the car totaled made me get rid of my 2000 Malibu that I had since 2002. Never mind what it looks like. In 2000, my daughter bought a new car over internet and phone.

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  2. I'm so excited that I can actually comment;I usually can't because I don't have a Google account. I always like reading your joys. I've tried writing my own but it's honestly hard work. Hope 2021 is a good year for you (and all of us.) I called last year Murphy's Law Year!

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    1. I did not realize it was set to Google only and probably would not have if I had not set comment moderation for today. Glad you can comment now also!

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  3. I don't do politics on social media either, but I'm glad it is over now too. It was hard to concentrate on anything else the other day. How sweet of your son and DILL to clean out your car for you. I hope your new car gives you many years of reliable service.

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    1. It was so nice of them to do it, and was totally unexpected!

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  4. LOVE your joys. And am happily tallying my own. Not least, it is my partner's birthday today. Some years back we didn't think he would see another but he has. Multiple times. He is frequently infuriating - and always much loved.

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    1. Birthday wishes to the frequently infuriating, much loved partner!.
      Joys are abundant, but sometimes they lurk and you have to look for them.

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  5. Hello!
    Enjoyed sharing your joys today.
    It is sunny but chilly here in PA, and I have just about packed Christmas away.
    We leave the tree up, though. Enjoy the lights in the early darkness.
    Have a cozy afternoon!

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    1. I leave the candles out but everything else has to leave by the 1st! Have a great day!

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  6. I love that you are finding joy each day for another year! :)

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    1. I actively look for it each day and when I look I always find it.

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  7. I love that they cleaned out the car for you! those are the love language gestures that mean so much.

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  8. Sounds like you've made a good start on the 2021 list of joys, Anne! I, too, rarely comment on politics on social media, but, I, too, was glued to the TV on Wednesday! That was very nice of Son3 and DIL3 to clean out your car for you. Hope your new car will provide you with many years of good service.

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    1. With the way I keep cars I figure I am good until at least 2035.

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    1. Thank you Nil! I love having so many different blogs that I can read!

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  10. Of course I'm curious, did you get your new car? Great kids you have to clean out the car for you. If they're not busy I could probably find some chores for them too. :)

    Take care, stay well!

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    1. Yes, it was delivered to my driveway at about 2. I have three really good (not perfect but still really good) sons who married wives who are much better than they are! I am very fortunate all the way around!

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  11. Your joys are beautiful.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you Janie. I look for them all the time and I am always amazed at how easy it becomes to find them,

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  12. Let there be peace on Earth was my mom's favorite song. We sang it at her 80th jubilee and her funeral

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  13. A joy for me today was watching the children's choir. "Let There Be Peace on Earth" was a song I sang a lot in church in my youth and it was a good trip down memory lane when I heard it.

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    1. Me too! Whenever I hear it I tart singing he counterpoint we sang when I was in high school ensemble.

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  14. I don't think I'd get anything done if I discovered an ancient box of photos - pity we can't see the picture of your sister! And I know what your DIL is going through. As a foreigner when living in the US I never "got" American football either, and the thought of spending an entire afternoon watching it filled me with dread. She's obviously a good sport!

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    1. She is a great sport. Of course other than that day she has done and b been en courage to do whatever she wants to do (Lots of sewing)

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  15. I never post about politics or religion so I don't have to use comment moderation...yet. Loved this joyful post.

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    1. Thank you Annie! I do love being able to find joy each dy.

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  16. I admire your stance on politics. Many people - most? - don't form their political opinions rationally; hence, logical argument is rarely useful. Nonetheless, I do think it's important for all of of to be able to see one another for who they really are, so that those who need to change have role models to quitely learn from.

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    1. I am not the moral compass for the world and don't think I should be. even though have been horrified by recent events.
      Personally I think if we could look deep into the hearts and minds of just about all politicians we would probably be horrified at what we would find because they collectively seem to be a pretty self serving lot!

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