Faith

Carry JOY in your heart where ever you go.

Winner for the Best Drama/Sitcom of 2020 is Farm Country Fabulous (me)

2020: The entire world and everyone in it were up in arms; fighting COVID and fighting each other. So much drama that it got to be a little entertaining. Like a sitcom more than a drama. That’s the way I want you to view this story. Drama evolving into a Sitcom.

I’m here to tell you about our year as a family, not to complain but, to show how we all relate. We can get through anything when we allow the Joy of God in your heart.

2020 WELL DESERVED BY ALL

February 29, my mother passed away

at the age of 88, Mama had been sick for several years and the last few years of her life she lived with my sister, hospital bed and all. It was tough on my sister and her husband, but  mama “will not be put into a home” as long as my sister was able to stay at home. Mama was so fragile by this time, there was no way she would last in a home. The family is so thankful for my sister and brother-in-law.

March 11, COVID caused shutdown

My birthday is March 11 which is usually when the AAC Basketball tournament is played. Granddaddy JB, Nana, Jackie Harris and a friend have attended for several years. This weekend is when the US and most of the world decided to shut down. No ACC tournament, no eating out inside restaurants, no schools and many more restrictions. Don’t forget those masks.

April 1, 2020, reactivated Real Estate career

with plans to eventually go full time. Had a lot of catching up to do. Realtor activities changed when COVID hit. Good thing is that all classes were virtual-yay!

April 10, Good Friday: lost my job

After almost 4 years of to giving all I had and more to managing a temporary employment agency, I was fired on Good Friday, with no notice, no severance pay, during a pandemic and mama had just died. That one sure did throw me for a loop. I would eventually realize that this was a blessing in disguise.

May 2019 – present, unknown illness

I had sudden onset of syncopal, vertigo-like episodes with temporary short term memory loss lasting anywhere from hours to days; Sometimes several times a week. After a multitude of tests, never did find a definite diagnosis other than ‘mini stokes” with evidence on my MRI. No treatment.  I should watch diet, exercise, and avoid stress. Avoid stress, that’s a good one! Still have those episodes but not as often. Thank heavens.

June 2020, fractured foot

Early one Sunday morning, I had a sudden onset of one of those episodes. Passed out and broke my foot in 5 different places. Non-weight bearing cast for 12 weeks, then walking boot for another month. The temps outside were a gazillion degrees at that time.

August 2010-Aug 2021, heartbroken

Many hearts were broken by a situation that lasted for a year. I prefer not to talk about this because it involved may others besides me. That situation is worthy of an award, too.

December 2020, a New Year

2020. Everything is going to get back to normal. Not happening. Why we thought that all was going to magically get back to normal, I do not know.

January 24, 2021, another loss

After a reoccurrence of renal cancer, our beloved Grandaddy JB passed away. Was the “head of the family” and was definitely one-of-a-kind. He loved God, his family, Jeopardy and NC STATE. Go Pack!

March 14, 2021, and another loss

And if that was not enough, my sister passed away after a long bout with lung disease. Still can’t believe all these people are gone from our lives. So many others have died and left us over the last 2-3 years. Not all from COVID.

You will have unhappy times and when those unhappy times come along…

Faith, Family

A Few of My Favorite Things…

My husband

My family

The smell of fresh plowed dirt in spring

Diet Pepsi

The Georges of Country Music: Strait and Jones

My dog, Flo

All dogs

My truck

Chocolate                                                     

Air conditioning

Chicken and rice soup

Snow

Christmas

the Good Lord…

How about you…..what are a few of your favorite things?