As Another Year Ends.

It’s a strange time of year, between Christmas and New Year. …Cold, wet and dark. The tree lights are on in our house and it’s cosy. The year is dying, slipping away, the new year is awaiting it’s turn to breath new life into nature.

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It’s been another harsh year, we have lost two leading lights of our wordpress community. The beautiful Sue Vincent who can be found at Sue Vincent Daily Echo

© Sue Vincent.

and Mary Smith who can be found at Mary Smith’s Place.

©Mary Smith

What are the odds that these two amazing women would, at the same point in time both develope a rare and fierce lung cancer? They even joked about making a pair as one had it on the left and one on the right . Sadly as of Christmas day they are both gone from this world.
I hope they are together enjoying a good chat and a drink. Keeping eachother company.


Family wise it’s been up and down, we’ve all held close despite not living on top of each other we have all supported eachother by phone and video, we’ve even got together lockdown and travel rules permitting. We had a small family birthday party for hubby in May, youngest son did a BBQ it was a great success and we followed Covid rules.

Hubby sorted his mother’s estate, she died of Covid in 2020 not long after her 100th birthday. We managed to buy a house for our middle son, with agreement and help from our other two sons. Middle son is now settled and happy, as are the other two lads.

Eldest son and middle son have both had Covid and recovered though still feeling the effect of long Covid. The whole family except the grandchildren have all been double vaccinated and had our boosters plus our ordinary flu Jabs.

In June I got a reminder from wordpress that I have been with them for ten years. Blogging has been my constant, it’s kept me sane and healthy.

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In August hubby and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary our lads organised the whole thing for us all we had to do was to turn up and meet family and friends …even our best man! And we all recognised eachother!

September saw our youngest grandson start school so they are now both scholars.


Also September was my Birthday and we had afternoon tea out with friends.

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October saw me helping my friend’s daughter tame her Witches for Halloween, each year their garden gets dressed and opened to the public to raise money for charity….again Covid rules abided by!

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Mid November we found a lump in Ruby’s leg our vet took a biopsy and it turned out to be cancer. They referred us to the Noel Fitzpatrick Vetinary Hospital in Guildford. It was a shock and something we were dreading. Well we took Ruby to the hospital and they kept her in and operated the next day. We had to change her dressing four times a day for three days the for seven days we had to take her to the hospital daily for seven days…. anyway stiches are out now and fingers crossed the histological is good so we are hopeful 💜. We are still sleeping downstairs with her, we take it in turns.

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And so to Christmas which was lovely and very busy, youngest son, wife and the grand children arrived at ten am and we had a huge present opening. They were on their way to our daughter in law’s parents for dinner. We cooked two sets of Christmas dinner, one at 11.30am for middle son who had to go to work, then eldest son, hubby and I ate at 13.45 and it was tasty…eldest son is vegetarian so that was almost like cooking another separate meal .

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BoxingDay, we had had everyone in and out and it was lovely to see them all after a year of hardly seeing them at all.

So now we approach the New Year and I don’t like New Year at the best of times.. There is so much expectation of a brave new world that never appeares, of hopes of better times dashed. No I have hoped for a magical change for nothing to happen, nothing to improve so I no long expect it. You may of noticed I have not mentioned our government well that’s because I no longer trust them they are all self-seeking liars.

As for Covid …well it’s not showing any sign of going anywhere yet a while. That said I do want to wish you all a very, safe, healthy, happy and prosperous 2022 and I really hope things are good for you all.

53 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dan Antion
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 01:19:08

    It sounds like you made the best of 2021. I hope 2022 is a good year for your family (and for Ruby).


  2. John W. Howell
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 02:01:52

    A very Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, Willow. I look forward to more in 2022.


  3. Sadje
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 02:31:53

    I miss both Sue and Mary. A couple of wonderful women. I hope the next year is good for us all.


  4. Paula Light
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 02:32:32

    Happy new year ❤️


  5. newepicauthor
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 02:41:46

    Happy New Year Willow!


  6. 100 Country Trek
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 02:48:59

    So sad these two ladies passed away..but might be with each other. Let’s hope Covid will disappear from our world. Take care


  7. Betty Hayes Albright
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 05:13:00

    Willow, I’m wishing you also a happy new year, and hoping it’ll be a better one for all of us. Thank you for this post — seems we all have a mix of happy and sad things. Some joyful, some poignant, some maddening….

    I enjoyed seeing all the pics and especially love the one of you and your hubby. All the best to you and yours!


    • willowdot21
      Dec 29, 2021 @ 07:59:13

      Well it’s been an odd year for the world hasn’t it, life has been so up and down for us all. Here’s hoping 2022 can improve. Take care Betty and be happy, healthy and safe in the New Year 💜💜💜


  8. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 05:31:18

    Happy new year to you Willow/ It is so nice that you have been able to get together safely. We are a;; mourning the loss of two magnificent women. While I do have as long a history on WordPress. I totally agree that it has been a constant and a good way to keep in tough with wonderful people.


  9. ivor20
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 05:55:18

    A beautifully presented article Willow… and life is a bittersweet journey my friend ..and I’ve written this poem for you .. Lets hope 2022 is a better year ..

    Another Year Out Of Tune

    Two thousand and twentyone
    Dramatic events clouded the sun
    Damaging floods, the worst for a century
    But Mother-nature was not the enemy
    Again the foreign virus exploded
    And Earth’s atmosphere corroded
    Our lives were shrouded and uncrowded
    Covid even bloated and reloaded
    No country was immune
    And the World continues to spin out of tune

    Here in Aussie-land normality returns for Christmas
    And here’s cheers to next years unfinished business


  10. Ritu
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 07:25:52

    It’s certainly been a year, Sis…
    Ups and downs, but we’ve made it through! 💜


  11. Keith's Ramblings
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 11:18:36

    What a years it’s been, I can’t remember one with more highs and lows!
    i wonder what the new one has on offer. Whatever, I wish you and yours a happy one.


    • willowdot21
      Dec 29, 2021 @ 13:26:03

      Thank you Keith, of course I didn’t mention the other elephant in the room the climate believe it or not it’s changing and not to our advantage. Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornado, earthquake , polar ice melting you name it we have it….I won’t say the four Horsemen are here but! ….that said 😜 I wish you and yours all the best for 2022


  12. noelleg44
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 15:08:55

    Yes, 2020 was a year of losses and recoveries and additions (my granddaughter). Life moves on. I still miss Sue.
    Happy 2022 and I hope it is a year of more highs than lows!


    • willowdot21
      Dec 29, 2021 @ 15:48:23

      So sorry for your loss too, but we owe it to those we lost to not give up.
      Be safe be healthy and let us all be happier 💜💜💜 Happy New Year 💜


  13. pensitivity101
    Dec 29, 2021 @ 17:51:04

    Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year Willow. It has been a busy and worrying time for you, and losing two good friends is so, so sad. I miss Sue, but didn’t know Mary. However, like you I hope they have met in the next world and are keeping each other company.
    2021 was probably better than 2020, but not much for other reasons besides Covid, but we got through it. We look ahead to 2022 as getting a new dog. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later, but we shall see. Take care dear Willow ❤


  14. Steve Tanham
    Dec 30, 2021 @ 14:10:45

    Happy 2022 Willow😎


  15. Laurent Kelvin
    Jan 03, 2022 @ 20:19:37

    Happy new year everyone


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