December 2020 - Merry Christmas!
We don't know about you, but we can't wait for 2020 to be over and done with!
The year started off well enough with Joseph's spring semester of teaching and Helene's seminar and coaching business off to a great start. She flew to L.A. to visit her dad for his 83rd birthday.
And then the Coronavirus pandemic spread worldwide and life as we know it became COVID-centered.
Joseph's spring break turned into an additional week off for the students as teachers scrambled to set up remote learning. This was a huge learning curve for everyone involved.
Most of Helene's onsite events were delayed or cancelled. A few understood back then about remote learning, so a couple of those took place. No new business inquiries came in for nearly four months.
To top that off, we each experienced medical setbacks this year. Joseph contended with urinary issues that landed him in doctors offices, urgent care and the ER. Helene was diagnosed with the same lung disease as her mom and started a year-long heavy duty drug therapy. We learned more about health insurance, deductibles and out-of-pocket than we'd ever care to.
And then there's travel. This was the first summer we haven't traveled since...maybe 2004?? We had to cancel our recon trip to Italy in June for next year's big group trip we're leading. Boo! But we're still in contact with our "mom and pop" vendors over there, and we all hope that our 2021 trip will happen.
But there were some bright moments this year. During our downtime/sheltering in place in the spring, we completed house projects we've been putting off since they weren't priorities. We cooked and paired wines up to five days a week instead of just once or twice. We had quiet, socially-distanced dinners with two friends at a time. Helene's brother and his family travelled to Austin to visit his wife's sister's family, so met all of them up there for a day of hiking and lounging.
Our fur babies, Freddie and Levi, are now 7 1/2 years old. They're getting greyer and sleep more, but they still chase down rabbits, squirrels and deer.
We count our blessings that despite the number of times we've been in medical facilities this year, we are overall in good health, have a roof above our heads, and enjoy plenty of food on our table.
We with you peace, love and happiness!
And here's to being free to move about the cabin - and world - in 2021!