Yes 2020 has been one of ‘those’ years hasn’t it?
Or maybe it’s not been that bad for you, it might have been a great year and you’ve blossomed.
If so, I’m happy for you.
Posts featuring 2020 and the effects of the pandemic on life
In looking back, I seem to have written a few posts about the year and its impacts, might I say I’ve been prolific?
- Just recently wrote a post for #SundayStills sharing thoughts and photos about weathering
- In July I wrote a post looking for the ‘good’ in 2020
- In August I wrote a post asking if 2020 was a food, what would be be? I’m still taking comments on that if you’d like to leave one 🙂
- In June I wrote about Planting the seed of sharing pandemic experiences
- April saw me write a post about New Motherhood Perspectives in these challenging times
- I was included in a collaboration post from Travel Tales of Life on life in Tumbarumba during COVID times
- In March I wrote about life in my cocoon and about chocolate
- And as early as February I was writing about Young Adult novels all about a virus taking over the world! That was all a bit close to the truth – talk about the truth being stranger than fiction!
Whatever your year has been like, I’ve recently had two good (and timely) reminders to look at what I’m thankful for – again.
Terri has set today’s theme for #SundayStills as Thankful, mainly I’m guessing due to the upcoming American Thanksgiving Day celebrations on the fourth Thursday of November, 26 November 2020.
An aside: I didn’t know that in Australia, Norfolk Island celebrates Thanksgiving on the last Wednesday of November, (similar to the pre–World War II American observance on the last Thursday of the month). The holiday was brought to the island by visiting American whaling ships. The things you learn!
And Sue a good friend and blogging buddy, also wrote on her Women Living Well After 50 facebook group, asking us to think of some positives from the year.
I’m using my answer to Sue’s question as a guide here today and updating my post in July on What good things have happened in 2020.
So, I’m most thankful for the following:
Looking back, I didn’t know how important the time I spent last December and January this year in England with my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter would be. I’m so glad I had that special time as I don’t know when I will be able to travel there again. Making time to see family members here in Australia whenever possible during the year has been a real positive too, as my mother has moved house and is now much closer, like thousands of kms closer!
2. My first grandson arrived 💖
Exciting news! Patrick was born (just as COVID hit) – and he’s a little cutie pie! It’s not been an easy road for my daughter and son-in-law but they are coping and we are a supportive family, despite not living nearby. He is growing up fast and I just wish I could see them more often. I’m thankful everyday for having him in our lives.
My granddaughter in England turned 1 and my granddaughter in Australia turned 2. At least I made it to one of the birthdays.
And big news flash there’s another grandbaby – Miss E will be a big sister in January 2021.
3. Learning new things
Learning new things, expressing my creativity with writing courses, writing competitions, stretching myself with family photo challenges as well as blogging challenges – it’s all been good for the brain and my mental health.
Being able to stay in touch with family and friends via Zoom and Facetime – at least I can ‘see them’ that way. We managed to chat, exercise and discuss photography challenges during the year!
5. Our Rail Trail
The opening, during COVID lockdown, of our Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail. It’s been a huge effort over many years and we couldn’t be happier with the usage so far, and that’s with borders being closed and travel restrictions due to COVID-19. It’s been fabulous for local families to get outside, be active and have fun together. Many have said their mental health has improved because they had something to do when none of is could go too far from home.
6.Living here in Tumbarumba
I think I am most thankful for living where I live, in a small rural town in Australia. We are an island and have taken a serious approach to the pandemic. We’ve had outbreaks and dissent, but in general we have managed to get on top of things and keep the number of infections and deaths down, compared to many other countries around the world. It’s so sad to hear about the continuing rise in cases and deaths elsewhere and I worry for family and friends overseas.
It’s not been easy and our international borders will remain closed for quite some time to come, but in my opinion, we are doing OK and for that I’m eternally grateful.
Our little town suffered badly with the bushfires in January and we were overseas watching it burn from afar. We were thankful for friends who managed to get some personal things from our house and put a fire break around our property (just in case). We were very happy to come home and see our house still standing but others close by weren’t that lucky.
I’d love to know what good things have happened for you in 2020?
Thanks Terri for another great prompt for #SundayStills. It would be so easy to focus on all the ‘bad’ things that have happened this year but this made me stop and think of the things I’m thankful for too.
I’m forever thankful for your ongoing support in reading, following, commenting and sharing my posts. It’s a great blogging community to be a part of and I value each and every one of you!
And there I thought turning 60 was going to be the biggest challenge for me this year – how wrong was I?
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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