Thursday, December 31, 2020

Bring on the New Year!

Just hours to go until the new year arrives in Colorado.
Bring it on!
I hope it is a much better year for all of us!

I had a long and unplanned hiatus from blogging.
I'm sorry about disappearing without warning.
I'll try not to do it again.

As 2020 ends, I am grateful for all the good that it brought.
Yes, it has been a tragic year, but there was much good with the bad:
love, kindness, generosity, heroism, strength, and courage.

So far Terry's and my extended families and friends have survived the pandemic.
No one has died, even if there has been illness, medical issues,
lost jobs and/or income, and deferred dreams.
We're all hanging in there with great hope for the future.

The Covid vaccines have arrived in Colorado, and I am eligible to get the shots.
The rollout has been a confusing mess. 
Terry has been doing everything he can to get me vaccinated,
but there is little apparent information, planning, or process.

Who is this Terry, phoning hospitals, the press, our state representative, 
and the governor?  I've never seen him like this before.
He's been too worried about me in recent weeks, 
and this is something he can tackle.
I'm lucky to be loved by such a good man!

Santa Thinks He's Good Too!
Christmas Morning, 2020
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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We did have a lovely Christmas filled with FaceTime and Zoom,
Champagne, and great food.

Special Bubbly for a Different Christmas!
Christmas Morning, 2020
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Bubbly, A New Robe, and a Book of Ojibway Meditations
 It doesn't get any better!
Christmas Morning, 2020
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Chilling at Home
Christmas Morning, 2020
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Our Tree Topper
Doves from our Wedding Reception,
the gift of my Maid-of-Honor
who died far too young.
Christmas Morning, 2020
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Always Front and Center
The Reindeer Made by Our Beloved Niece Deidre 
when she was in kindergarten.
Christmas Morning, 2020
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I Love Christmas!!!
Christmas Morning, 2020
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Wishing each of you a healthy and happy new year!
I'll be visiting around tomorrow!





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



On the Bay of Fundy
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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38 comments:

  1. So good to know you are both still enjoying Santa's arrival. Stay home, stay safe, and enjoy 2021 a lot more than 2020. The vaccination, I react to so many medications that I am reluctant to contemplate this jab. Maybe by the time I can have it down here, things will have proven the safety. Happy New Year to you0 both.

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    1. Happy New Year to you and Hugh, Jean! I hope that 2021 is good and kind to you and your loved ones. I'm still not on a vaccination list, but I'll get there. Fortunately I'm only allergic to most antibiotics and not to vaccinations. I can't wait! Meanwhile we are being extra, extra careful. You and Hugh do the same!!! Please!!! Hugs to you both!

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  2. Hope this year will be happy for you and Terry Louise.
    Also hope the vaccine will come your way, I too have to wait to see if my past health history will allow it.
    Take care and well.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Happy New Year, Yvonne! We've made it this far, my friend! Freedom is on the horizon. All my best to you! Please take care. Wishing you a much better 2021! I can't wait until you can walk on the strand enjoying those sea breezes. Hugs to you!

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  3. Hi Louise,
    your pictures are beautiful, I can see that you have had a lovely Christmas, and I only have to look into Terry's eyes to see the love he has for you. A very happy and fruitful new year from Ireland.

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! Having Terry has been the greatest blessing and joy in my life (Closely followed by my amazing parents and siblings). Wishing you a healthy, happy, fulfilling 2021 and much love. Ireland ~ such a lovely and passionate country. Lucky you! Please stay careful and safe! Hugs to you!!!

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  4. Have a happy and blessed New Year, Louise.

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    1. Thanks for your New Year wishes, Jeff! I am already so blessed and grateful for that! I wish you the same, my friend, with much enjoyment in your new home, fulfillment in your new church, and rich rambles in your new environment! All my best to you!

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  5. Happy 2021, Louise! It's been a rough ride but we've made it. Wishing you and your hubby all the best. Have a very blessed year!

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    1. The same to you and George, Martha! I hope the new year is good and kind to you and your loved ones! Yes, we've made it. Fingers crossed that we all get vaccinated quickly. Wishing you health, fulfillment, happiness, and love!

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  6. Lovely, warm pictures, Louise. I hope you and Terry have a good new year!!! Stay healthy, and the rest will follow.
    Renée

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    1. Thank you, Renée! Healthy is the foundation for everything, isn't it? Wishing you a wonderful 2021!

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  7. Happy New Year! Love your photos! Your doves from your wedding reception on your tree, what a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing your Christmas photos. You won't see a photo of me from Christmas morning, NO WAY! LOL!!
    Take care!! xxx

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Richard, and Christopher! May 2021 be kind and good to you all. I hope you get to spend lots of time in nature enjoying all the birds, plants, animals, butterflies, and flowers you love and so generously share, Kay. We nearly always take a Christmas morning photo. It's getting challenging to get a reasonable shot ~ LOL! I cannot wait to get my hair colored and cut. I've watched the white and grey growing out with a horrified fascination ~ More LOLs! And Terry will be glad to bench me as a barber. Big hugs to you!

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  8. Your home looks so Christmassy and comfy, Louise! Love the tree topper and reindeer ornament. Those Santa socks rock! And your new book looks very interesting! Happy New Year to you both!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! Comfy is what we're all about. Although, my body doesn't curl up and uncurl as easily as it once did ~ LOL. My sister Donnie sent me the Wagamese book, and it is beautiful and full of words to think deeply about. May you and your Rare One have the best of new years! Hugs to you, my friend!

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  9. Happy New Year Louise and Terry the Hero Man! :)) I love the Christmas socks...you two are adorable! Ooooh Moet & Chandon! :)) So glad you had a nice holiday! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rain! We did have fun, and the Moet & Chandon is our annual Christmas treat. We were remarking as we enjoyed it, why do we have it only once a year ~ LOL! I bought Raclette cheese just before Christmas, purely because it reminded me of you. I had never had it before and used it in homemade lasagne. Oh yum! Terry loved it too. I can't wait to see what adventures you have this year. Wishing you all the best in 2021, my friend, starting with a bountiful garden! Hugs to you and Alex!

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  10. Greetings from Bradford and Happy New Year to you and Terry. I completely understand about not blogging. I have barely blogged too. I think all my energy has been in keeping up our spirits. Those are great pictures of you and Terry. I love that pictures of you and the book and soft robe. What else would a girl want? I wish you safe health and happiness in this coming year as we all await the end of this crisis. Hugs to you both.

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Don, and your loved ones, Peggy! I think of you so often. You are the personification of all that is warm and loving about home and family. Please stay careful, healthy, and safe! May this crisis recede quickly and become only a strange memory. It's odd, but I find myself remembering all the good that has happened this year and recalling our challenges as less burdensome. I hope that our country, all countries, can focus on healing and helping those who have suffered so much. May the world be a kinder, more loving place! Hugs to you, my friend!

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  11. Happy 2021 to you and Terry, Louise! Looks like Santa paid a visit to your house. Good Luck getting the vaccine.

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, Barb! It's been cold up there on White Cloud ~ Burrr! I hope you had a happy and warm Christmas. I always think of you out on the trails, enjoying nature. Wishing you health, happiness, and many outdoor adventures in 2020!

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  12. Louise, don't apologize about blogging!! I'm still trying to catch up from last year! LOL! I just want to make sure, that you know, you mean the world to me and I'm grateful for you! I love the photos!!! So happy for you and your hubby! Makes my heart sing! Merry Christmas and Happy 2021!!! Sending you many blessings! Big Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacy! You mean so much to me too! I get frustrated because I fall so short in many areas of my life, and then I get a lovely comment from good-hearted you and it buoys me up. All the best to you, my friend!

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    2. Big Hugs!!!
      If you get the vaccine, let us know how you are. I have a lot of allergies, so I am a little nervous about it! Keep being you!

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    3. Will do, Stacy! It's likely four or five weeks before I can get it. The rollout is slow, disorganized, and opaque. Argh!

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  13. What a wonderful Christmas you had, and I do like the special decorations on your tree! There’s nothing like looking at something and remembering who gave it to you and when. I have a homemade clay dish, with Star Wars characters on it, my nephew made when he was about eight - he will be 23 in a few weeks! I use it for toast, and think of him.

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    1. How special to have that Star Wars dish from your nephew. Things like that are the true treasures in life. Have a happy 2021!

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  14. Precious Louise what a beautiful and uplifting gift your enchanting smile is :))) it always enlightens my day :) Terry looks like a divine Santa here who not just brings gifts for you but he himself is a remarkable precious gift for his lovely life partner :)
    what a love that strikes on eyes of both of you ,i am overwhelmed by the touch of love you have with friends !
    i do hope you will be getting vaccine Louise ,both of you for sure by the grace of lord !
    i am so happy that despite of all ods and terror 2020 went good for you and family !
    wishing you a healthy ,happy ,peaceful and prosperous new year my friend! hugs !

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    1. Oh, Baili, it is so good to see you!!! You lift my spirits up every time! I think of you, Ali, and your sons all the time and send prayers for your well being. It looks like it will be a month or so before I can get a vaccine. Terry has to wait longer because he is a year younger. We've been isolated at home for 10 months, like so many others around the world, and we can't wait to be FREE! There are far worse things than to be housebound, so we are very grateful for coming through 2020 safely. I hope that you can get a vaccine soon too, Baili ~ and Ali as well. Hugs back at you!

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    2. And have a new year of health, happiness, fulfillment, and LOVE!

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  15. Happy New Year! Wishing you and Terry a happy and healthy 2021. :)

    And hurrah for wonderful husbands/life partners!

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    1. Happy New Year, Madeline! I wish you all the best in the coming year. I hope that you had a lovely Christmas with your special life partner! Take care!

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  16. Happy New Year, Louise! I wish you a very happy and healthy 2021!

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    1. The same to you, Sherry! I feel very hopeful about the new year! Bring on more Bubba and Squirt!

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  17. Dear Gwen,
    Your story of survival and love of reading held me in your grip from first word to last.
    Reading the encyclopedia from a young age reminded me that I read the Readers Digest from cover to cover. Always saved the major story for last.
    Yup, that hunk under the Christmas tree is the best gift.
    Lynn La Vita blog: Writers Supporting Writers

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! My Grandmother MacDonald always had a stack of "Reader's Digest" in her bathroom. I have many fond memories of reading those issues in her sunny bathroom. I'd only leave when someone one pounded on the door to get in, since there was only one bathroom. All my best to you!

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