Wednesday, November 11, 2020

2020 can just go away now

 This is a surprise to me - posting.  I thought I was done with it all and some part of me missed it while another thought, who cares...can't get motivated.

What a year.  While I was delighted to retire at the end of 2019 there were plans we made that didn't transpire due to Covid.  Traveling was on the agenda.  It would be lovely to see our son as last time I hugged him was in April of 2018. We wanted to head west and see the big clear skies of Arizona and Utah.  But 2020 threw a hitch in life for many people.

One of our biggest heart breaks was losing Aja, our beloved shiba inu on the 4th of November.  It's amazing grief can be such a powerful physical force on the body.  Our chests literally hurt with grief.  She was 17 and led a comfortable life with us.  Pampered and loved. It left a huge hole in our lives. 

The same day we were about to say goodbye to our sweet girl, Doug developed new floaters in his right eye and they were getting worse as the day went on. By the end of the day he could see what appeared to be drifting film over the eye.  Next day he goes in for the appointment and they do laser surgery immediately as he had 3 tears/rips in his retina.  Thankfully he didn't lose vision.
Please Note - if you ever have anything like that develop with your eyes/vision see an opthamologist immediately. 

Social Media status / I am probably one of the few souls not on Facebook and don't intend to jump back into it (been there years and years ago).  I did enjoy Twitter and had an Instagram account as well.  Months back I needed to take a break and deactivated my Instagram account and it still hasn't called me back.  So, if you were one of the few who followed me there, you were not dumped.  Instagram was dumped.  

What I missed /  I think it was the social connection via blogging with like minded people who like food and books. It was time to evaluate how I may want to continue with blogging/journaling.  Getting involved with so many "events" stretched things thin, for me anyway.  Looking back to how I started  in 2008 makes me realize I enjoyed the journaling very much.  Perhaps I will baby step back in that way.

Just so I am not ending my post in a most depressing over share of information, I want to wish any who read this a happy and healthy upcoming holiday.  

Be careful out there!  Maybe I'll see you soon.

This was Thanksgiving at Manatee Springs State Park 2019 

                                                Seminole State Park Georgia


  1. So sorry. OMG. I can't imagine. Non pet people just have no clue. I came over hear to search for your java rub mix b/c when I pinned it, I apparently pinned Bloglovin instead. :( But, I'm glad I happened over here. Sending you all the best! Be safe and well!!!

    1. Thank you, Debra. It has been hard and when we received the sympathy card with Aja's inked paw print on it, we both lost it. She was such a force in our lives.
      I'm glad you stopped by for the java rub recipe too. It's always good to hear from you.

  2. I was so excited to see in Inoreader that you had posted again, but when I read that you had lost Aja it was like I got the wind knocked out of me. I loved seeing her photos and reading the stories you wrote about her. I went through that heartache when I lost my Patches after 18 years. My heart aches knowing what you and Doug are going through. Hugs and prayers for you both

    My husband got floaters once in a while but thankfully in a few hours they dissapeared.

    I really hope that you get the urge to post often. I really enjoyed visiting your blog.

    Stay safe!

    1. Vicki, thank you so much. You know what it's like and we realize time will help. The floaters were alarming, we both have floaters in our eyes but Doug developed new ones that apparently needed immediate attention. Goodness, this year can't go by fast enough.

  3. First, it’s good to see you back. More important: I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. A pet is really a member of our family. And good luck with the eye problems!

    About the journaling aspect of blogging: that’s what really makes me continue on and on. It motivates me to think of what my life looks like, but nothing too personal. I’ve enjoyed making friends on blogs as well. I hope you can come back for those good things and whatever else you love.

    be well, and be comforted.... mae at

    1. Mae, I appreciate your seniments and it was very nice staying in touch with you during my "down time" on the blogs.
      Looks like I will plunge in with a good recipe we tried last night so, will be sharing with the weekend cooking crowd.

  4. Oh Tina, I have to start out with saying that I am so sorry for your loss. Aja was so beautiful and special and I will miss seeing your posts about her. She had more than a comfortable life with you and Doug, it's obvious she had a very happy one. Sending you love and hugs.

    As for the blogging, I hope to see you back in whatever way you want to be. Here is hoping that 2021 will get better for everyone. I'm glad Doug didn't lose any vision, that's very scary. Please take care of yourself. Miss you.

    1. Deb, thanks so much. We miss her very much and as she got older, and especially since I have been retired with Doug, we took her everywhere.
      Doug still has his vision and hoping the other floaters recede soon. Whew!

      2021 just has be better, right?!


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