Sunday Stills: Your 2020 #Retrospective

Sunday Stills 2020 Banner

I had originally thought to take a break until January 10, then realized I’m a bit bored, so why not jump back into blogging? Especially with this theme of looking back on our 2020 retrospective.

A retrospective shows our year in words, photos, stories, and other creative endeavors. Share your good and bad, your best and worst, and what your hope is as 2021 begins. I have chosen to share images, old and new, of the highlights of each month of 2020.

2020 was not all bad. Certainly, the pandemic was (and is) a game-changer and we lost friends and loved ones. Some of us tested positive. Our kids and grandkids are still struggling in a two-dimensional world of learning. Most of us cannot travel to the extent we prefer, and too many folks are struggling financially. However, if this was a sci-fi movie, the plot would demonstrate the resilience of humanity as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Many wonderful events happened to countless people in 2020. While we grieve the losses, let us stay positive and look forward to our blessings and futures.

Here is my retrospective written for each month in 2020. This is longer than my usual posts so please be warned!

January Joyrides

In late December 2019, we headed out on another winter road trip from Sacramento, California, to Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. We spent time with Ingrid and her husband, then FINALLY got to see the Grand Canyon!

Winter in South Rim of Grand Canyon
Cold Winter’s Day in South Rim of Grand Canyon

My brother and partner lived for a short time in Vegas, so we all enjoyed a trip to Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park.

Entering the Narrows of Valley of Fire
Entering the Narrows of Valley of Fire

Later in the month, we made a trip up north to a nearby bird sanctuary to view the comings and goings of the Canadian snow geese that make their winter home in the Sacramento Valley.

looking up at snow geese

Canadian Snow Geese will cause you to look up abruptly as they fly in graceful formations, honking at each other to stay in line. Submitted for Lisa’s bird weekly challenge, birds with long wingspans. Snow Geese have wingspans up to 4.5 feet!

February Fantasy

The land hunt was over. In 2019, we started planning a life change and an eventual move to Washington State. We began the loan process of purchasing a half-acre of property in Nine Mile Falls, near Spokane, WA. We imagined ourselves making payments on the property for a year while fixing up the existing house in Sacramento at a leisurely pace.

Fixing a new deck

March Madness

On March 3rd, my 79-year old mother passed away from complications of age and pneumonia. Little did I know how blessed we were to spend the last days with her in the hospital and say our goodbyes.

Obituary Image

Covid-19 became too real as shut-downs in countries and local communities began just weeks later. Universities and schools began the arduous task of teaching online. We signed papers on our property the day before California counties shut down. Real estate prices fell and we got nervous about the future of the plans for our new home.

A toast to the future
It’s Ours!

April Angles and Angels

Church services were canceled or limited to online viewing. Our spirits were lifted anyway, especially when our pastor and his wife personally delivered the Easter lilies we purchased that were meant as memorials for loved ones.

Easter Lily Close-Up

During the shut-downs, the only fun we could have was going to the grocery store and various big box stores as people flocked to buy materials for home improvement, gardening, and backyard birding. Below, you can see the incredible siding job hubby completed.

Front of house completed

May We Begin Again?

Our delta campground where we windsurfed and paddled delayed its opening by almost 2 months. Honestly, we were lucky it opened at all. At that time, we didn’t know it would be our last summer.

Delta Sunset Painnted

In mid-May, we took a road trip to Spokane once Covid travel restrictions eased. I finally got to show hubby the land we bought! With some advice, we refinanced our property loan to include construction and the home itself and fast-tracked ourselves on the road to move.

Happy on our half acre

June Jubilee

Opening hydrangeas

This month, I reflected on what would have been my mother’s 80th birthday. She always had a garden full of flowers. Anticipating our move by the end of the year, I eventually rehomed my huge potted hydrangea to a friend in November before our move. My last crop of sunflowers began blooming.

sunflower

Joyful July

This month I celebrated Aeros’ 10th birthday.

Me and My Aero

Covid restrictions eased a bit and some travel was allowed. My gym opened for two weeks and I went every day. I had the absolute pleasure of visiting longtime friend and fellow blogger Marsha at her former home in Central Calfornia.

Two Bloggers

Then, to top it off, we got to see a black bear ambling along the highway near the south entrance of Sequoia National Park! Marsha recently moved to Prescott, Arizona and we have been checking in with each other about how our collective moves have been going!

Golden Black Bear

August Angst

Early August found me on my third road trip, this time to Mammoth Lakes on the Eastern Sierra Nevada. My family had originally made plans to stay in a large condo there and drive to Tuolumne Meadows on the Tioga Pass side of Yosemite National Park to scatter my mom’s ashes. Only myself, my daughter and her boyfriend, and my brother and his partner made the trip, so we saved the scattering for another date in 2021. I cried when I saw my family since we hadn’t been together since Christmas.

Near Mammoth is Mono Lake and we enjoyed a sunset stroll among the tufa towers.

Standing beside Mono Lake

Covid restrictions were well in place in Mammoth and people walked around in masks as if we had been wearing them our whole lives. Entrance into Yosemite was limited to pre-reserved permits. I stood at the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite wearing my mask—a sign of the times! Although we could not drive in, we could walk into the park through the nearby meadows. This marked my third visit to a National Park in 2020. Not bad for a pandemic!

Tioga Pass Entrance Masked

Sadly, we endured horrific California fires that engulfed the entire West Coast with smoke and hazardous air quality, along with oppressive heat. To add to an already eventful month, not only did we sell my mother’s home in August, but we also closed on our new construction loan…all in one 24 hour period! Whew!

August and September were unbelievably stressful months. If you haven’t had the chance, you can read more about it: Sunday Stills: Towering Turmoil.

Wake Me Up When September Ends

I started September teaching my university classes online. I gave up my third class to another professor because I did not have the energy or motivation to turn it into an online course. I was extremely sad knowing it was to be my last semester teaching after 10 years as a part-time lecturer and also disappointed to not be in the classroom with the students.

We spent the second weekend of September packing up and saying goodbye to the delta, where I had spent 11 summers learning new board sports and camping with new friends.

Sunset over wind turbines

Determined to continue packing and moving, we moved our travel trailer to Spokane a few days later, before winter set in…. Yep, a tire blew out on the trailer in central Oregon, but Hercules Hans (hubby) fixed it and we were safe!

I said goodbye to the last of my sweet sunflowers. Each spring, I grew them from seeds and their lovely blooms gave me three years of pleasure cultivating them, watching them grow, and taking endless photographs of them.

October Obstacles

I would categorize October as the second-worst month of 2020 (behind March) and the month where obstacles stood waiting for us. As we prepared for the last of the two-way road trips to Spokane, we experienced delays with the moving company. We finally had to drive the bumpy, noisy, 20-foot truck there loaded with 60% of our home and return the empty truck. By now we had packed and prepped to the point of exhaustion. As if that weren’t enough, we contracted mild cases of Covid from family members while staying overnight near Bend, Oregon.

super pink moon

Even the blue moon of Halloween was not enough to make the my month better.

Notable November

Once we got the nod from our real estate agent, all systems were “go” for listing the house. We made plans to take yet another road trip, this time to San Diego to visit our collective adult children and family and take some boxes of goodies to them. We timed the home listing and walk-throughs with this visit so we would be gone for a few days. Over 100 families visited the home in three days. My home of 32 years sold in four days, $16,000 above our asking price.

Japanese Maple Fall

Fall leaves finally made their appearance which gave me a sense of peace tinged with melancholy, knowing that this was my last Autumn at my home. We spent a quiet Thanksgiving as my two daughters came to visit and say goodbye to their childhood home for the last time.

We say goodbye to our family home

A December to Remember

December is traditionally a month of festivity and fun with Christmas and our annual road trips south. This month would be like no other December in memory. Mid-month, I said my goodbyes to fellow faculty on Zoom and farewell to my 10-year teaching career. Below is the last look at my walk toward the building and classrooms.

Sacramento State University

We spent two weeks packing the POD after Thanksgiving, filling it to the brim. Early the next morning, on December 13, I tearfully hugged my house goodbye and took one last look at the empty house as we drove away for the last time, me following behind my husband’s truck in my car.

Huggin my house goodbye

This would be our final, and one-way road trip through Oregon and onto Spokane for 2020. Although it rained all through Oregon, there was no snow, and we made record time on our second day with joy in our hearts as we reached our destination in Spokane. A few days later we visited our property and said hello to our new house!

New home selfie

Someone asked me what I learned from 2020. Like any year, I take away nuggets of wisdom from the choices I made. My husband and I walk in faith, understanding that both good and bad things will happen. The pandemic made 2020 a challenging year, but life went on in its usual fashion. This may sound weird, but the pandemic hastened our move out of California, and the timing for both buying and selling real estate was rather miraculous. Let’s just say, with two homes sold in 2020, Hans and I have enough money to live on for several years if we truly retire.

New Horizons for 2021

What is on the horizon? We are patiently waiting for our house to be ready. Within the next few weeks, it will be set onto the foundation, the two halves joined together, the utilities will get hooked up and the interior will be completed. I’m told this could take another 1-2 months. Meanwhile, we continue to live with my brother-in-law.

Once we get moved into the home, Hans will look for employment. His retirement pension from the City of Sacramento wasn’t as generous as mine, since he only put in 7 years. I am contemplating teaching as a lecturer at Eastern Washington University in their parks and recreation management program. But I prefer to wait until the campus opens back to classroom teaching. Heck, I may not work at all and be truly retired. Our only hiccup is we will have to pay our medical benefits out-of-pocket, at least until age 65 (4 more years). If he works, and he plans to, then our medical benefits will be covered.

I need to get my fitness level back to pre-2019. Between foot surgery in 2019 and gyms closing in most of 2020, I feel very out of shape. Once spring comes, I plan to visit nearby hiking trails and bike paths a few miles from the new home. For now, with winter in full swing, I bought a set of snowshoes and have already tried them. With the poles and 12 inches of snow, it is like an elliptical workout!

me and my snowshoes

As for writing projects, I plan to finish my fitness book, No Excuses Fitness, and get that self-published. I found it difficult to write about motivating others to be physically active when I was not. I am also reading more and have some review posts planned to highlight other bloggers’ books!

Did I mention I’m a bit bored? Living in someone else’s house limits a person. But as you read this post, we plan to drive to Couer D’ Aline, Idaho, just 30 miles away to watch the 100’s of bald eagles feed on the salmon in the lake. If I can capture an eagle with my camera lens, I can check off another bucket list item. Keep your fingers crossed!

I hope this post has inspired you to reflect on your own 2020 experience. The following photo challenges have inspired me as well:
Becky B’s Squares
Cee’s Flower of the Day
Lisa’s Bird weekly

Also linking to the Lens-Artists challenge this week Favorite Images of 2020.

I’m also linking this post to lovely Leslie’s at Once Upon A Time and Happily Ever After.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title your post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week. Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Won’t you join me for Sunday Stills in 2021? Thank you to all who have participated in Sunday Still these last three years!

Bitmoji

© 2021 Copyright—All rights reserved—secondwindleisure.com

120 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Your 2020 #Retrospective

  1. I thought I would have a go at reflecting on how 2020 worked for me – and a grand opportunity to share my favourite images. That was fun. Thanks for the encouragement lightwritelife.wordpress.com/2021/01/10/2020-my-reflections-and-favourite-images/

    Like

  2. Pingback: My Photo Week in Review: 01-10-2021 – Musin' With Susan

  3. A very enjoyable look back on your busy year, Terri. I’m sorry about your mom and happy for you starting a new chapter by moving. Lots of terrific images here to tell your story and I enjoyed your monthly titles. Wishing you continued happiness and success in your new home.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: Some Frosty Sunday Stills – HorseAddict

  5. What a year. I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. More than a lifetime of stress in one 12 month period. Bless your heart.

    Hope you are soon moved into your new home. It is difficult to live with someone for any length of time, no matter how close you are. Seeing you say goodbye to your little house touched me. It was a very hard day for me when I said goodbye to my little house where my daughters grew up. So many memories within those walls.

    Hope Hans is soon able to find a position that would give you guys health coverage for the next few years. Scary to be without. Paul is retired military so we have that medical coverage but hold our breath every year that that promised benefit isn’t taken away.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aww, so wonderful to hear from you, dear Leslie! We’re a few short weeks away to getting moved in to the new home. Time is flying by and it will move quickly. It’s funny to condense an entire year, but there was never a dull moment. I just took care of our medical and we are golden. I’m glad you have good medical coverage. Thank you for your sweet comment!

      Like

  6. Pingback: Sunday Stills – Year in REview – 2020 – Our Eyes Open

  7. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Thank you again for this place to share & learn from not only your blog posts and retrospective but those of others. What a strange, challenging and unique year it’s been for us all around this planet.

    Your #sundaystills caught my eye via my Aussie blogging Friend Deb from Deb’s world and this year seems to be timely for me to join in too.

    Warmest wishes sent your way Terri.

    I am self hosted blogger so my blog is here and readers can keep updated by Blog Lovin or following Facebook page for the blog Denyse Whelan Blogs..
    I am on Twitter @denysewhelan1. My Instagram accounts are private – ask for follow @denysewhelan @denysewhelan_blogs
    Today’s post is https://www.denysewhelan.com.au/denyse-blogs/retrospective-in-photos-our-life-in-2020-sundaystills/

    Denyse

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Pingback: A retrospective taking stock for #SundayStills – Deb's World

  9. Pingback: Puppy-Girl-Approved Reflection of 2020 – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write

  10. Pingback: Bird Weekly Round-Up – Week #29 – Our Eyes Open

  11. Pingback: 2020 Retrospective – Musin' With Susan

  12. You truly had an eventful year, Terri, especially emotionally and logistically. So many changes! I had no idea your home in Sacramento drew that many people and went off the market so quickly with bids going over the asking price. That is wonderful news. Time to really retire now! 🙂 Have a fanatic year ahead!!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. I’m happy for you, darlin 🙂 🙂 I presume this was all about downsizing and being near the people you need to for the next phase. Is your house transportable again in the future, should you need, or want to, or is this a forever place, Terri? Sorry I’m not better informed. As a non-American it strikes me that a lot of people are on the move and looking at property despite Covid restrictions. I hope you find a niche that will satisfy your desire to teach. And if not, you surely have good times to look back on.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you, Jo! You presume correctly as we decided to retire out of California! Ironically, we bought a half acre and the manufactured home is 700 SF bigger than the former house. We could move it again, but they are set on foundations for permanence and I ain’t moving again. Yep, droves of folks are moving from California to the northwest. We could never retire in California and we are closer to family now.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. California was once everyone’s dream. What has changed, Terri? Climate, population density, cost of living…or you’ve just lived that dream and it’s time to move on? Probably a combination of those and more. 🙂 🙂 Go live a new dream!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I think everything you list changed, Jo. Cost of living and real estate is very high, and prohibitive in places like San Francisco Bay area, and San Diego, where much of our families still live. Even my youngest brother and partner fled to Arizona. Crime was soaring in my former neighborhood as well. Time to move on and live that new dream!

        Like

  14. Pingback: Best of Each Week in 2020 | The Day After

  15. Pingback: 2020 a year of retrospection – JP the Wide-eyed Wanderer

  16. Pingback: One month one picture – Geriatri'x' Fotogallery

  17. Pingback: Lens-Artists Challenge #129 and Sunday Stills Challenges – Cee's Photo Challenges

  18. Hi Terri, What a beautiful, positive/real post. Your honest and uplifting attitude comes out in every word. The quote that captures the essence of you for me is, “However, if this was a sci-fi movie, the plot would demonstrate the resilience of humanity as we navigate through these unprecedented times.”

    I read the obituary of your mother. What a beautiful and talented woman she was. I love all the ceremonies you employed to make your year a positive one. My favorite picture of you is you hugging your house. I did not get that sentimental and I was the last to leave so I had no one to take my picture. LOL.

    Thank you for mentioning our visit. It was a highlight of my year for sure. Our years paralleled each other like no one else I know. Maybe it was the California lockdown as well as selling houses. I’m so glad you will have enough to live on. That is so important since moving is very important. I thoroughly identified with your statement of being bored and the experience of living in someone else’s house. Ours has passed smoothly, but Thursday our furniture may arrive and we can move. More on that in my post, which I have yet to write.

    You have some wonderful friends online as well as offline, Terri, and I’m so glad I had the fortune to meet you. I know it won’t be the last time. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aww, thank you for those uplifting words, dear Marsha! It really is amazing how much our lives connected with each others. 2020 was definitely a year to remember, both good and bad. I can’t wait to see more of your home in pictures when you are ready. We spent less money going the land/home route but certain details require heaps of patience. It would have been wonderful to move to a ready home. Oh and I will find a way to meet up with you again!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. What a Journey you have had! It almost seems a whole life in pictures. Beautifully done and best wishes for this new year and your new projects. Thank you for posting – and I link to my year as well. Not that many big things for me – but little things became bigger this year. I too lost my mother – which set its mark on Autumn and forever.
    https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/lens-artists-challenge-129-favourite-photos-of-2020/

    Liked by 1 person

  20. What a fabulous look back at 2020 in photos Terri! You’ve done so well to condense it. I like reading that you got bored and returned to blogging earlier than planned 🙂 Take care and good luck in getting the book done.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. I have re-read this Terri and took note of your monthly titles, which I enjoyed just as much on the second reading! Your year was up and down but your positivity shines through. We both lost our MILs and suffered in various ways. I have managed to write a post using my favourite photos from each month and answering a Q&A I found on q friend’s blog and used with her permission, it turned out to be a great combination!
        https://wp.me/p2juKh-aj8

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Wow, what a year of changes you’ve had! Buying, selling, moving and covid too! I love your gorgeous flowers and the sentiments they evoke – the beautiful lilies in remembrance of your mom – the hydrangeas and sunflowers you left behind. Perhaps you’ll plant some after you’re settled into your new home. May your 2021 be full of peace and joy! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Whew! A very busy year. I’m impressed that you took on so much with many new adventures in your future. I am sorry about your beloved mother’s death and hope memories of her will bring you comfort. It seems that retiring this young will give you plenty of time to find your place in your new community. Best wishes to you and Hans for a wonderful year and all future endeavors.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. It’s hard to imagine that you feel bored with all that going on… although I know that most of the action fell in prior months. Living in someone else’s home (even if it’s just for a while and they are wonderful people) can be stressful and I know you are anxious to get into your new home. 2020 was a challenge, to be sure, but it’s looking like 2021 holds a lot of wonderful experiences for you and Hans. Great overview of 2020… and happy New Year to you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Janis, I think the boredom also stemmed from not being able to just hop in my car and drive somewhere. I need GPS and there was a lot of snow and ice on the road. It’s melted now and we had a sunny day today. We drove over to Couer D’Aline, Idaho this morning to look at bald eagles (stay tuned)…nice to get out of the house! It is definitely stressful here with my BIL (talk about twins being exact opposites). Time is flying and we can get out any time. We all have much to look forward to in 2021!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Whoever dreamed that we would look to grocery shopping for a bit of excitement. My husband actually begged me to go along to Costco because he was desperate to get out of the house! Your post does remind me tht there were a lot of good things in 2020 as well. We enjoyed long walks and lots of time on the patio. Any I finally published my book- Morning messges, which is a guided journal. That was fun. I think that despite it all, we both found ways to thrive in 2020. Like you, I look forward to more dreams and good things in 2021.

    P.S. If you get that insurance thing figured out, let me know! My husband will return in June and so I’ll have to figure out insurance too.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Michele! What’s funny about the store, is, even now, when my hubby and I are about to walk into a store. we both look at each other and ask,”do you have a mask?” We walked into a fast-food place today in Couer D’Aline, Idaho, wearing our masks, but none of the food servers were. Weird. I hope your book is doing wonderfully and that you are off to a productive and healthy 2021!

      Like

  25. oh Terri – what a year. Ups, downs and so many changes but as someone else has said you made it. What an extraordinary achievement, your mum would be so proud of you, and I am honoured to be included in your retrospective. thank you. here’s to an easier 2021 for us all

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Becky! I think about my mom a lot these days. I’m grateful my dad is still going strong at 85 and we hope to bring him and my step-mom up on the train from the mountains of Northern California this summer. Your squared them of “up” is so inspired and will get a lot of bloggers thinking and linking 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  26. Hi Terri! WOW! You certainly had a great deal going on in 2020. And like you point out, some of the negatives actually helped you move forward into an even more “rightsized” life for yourselves. And I never heard about your COVID experience so I’m REALLY glad to hear you both came through that relatively unscathed. Looking forward to seeing how your life up north unfolds and how you embrace your new life. Happy 2021! ~Kathy

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I will always be grateful for reading your books and being able to understand and execute what “rightsizing” really means, Kathy. 2020 started out innocently enough, right? And whammo, here we are, staring down 2021 and daring it to be better! Several family members got Covid here in Washington at different times but we all came out fine. I’m glad you and Thom are well and embracing a new year!

      Like

  27. Well Terri, you’ve had quite the year! I traveled along with you on your journey to your new home, tricky tho it may have been! So glad you’re close to the goal and hope the house is coming along nicely for you. Here’s to a 2021 filled with joy,, good health and family! Thought I’d link this one to your challenge since we seem to be on the same wavelength this week 🙂. https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/01/02/lens-artists-challenge-129-favorite-images-of-2020/

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Pingback: Looking back at 2020 | Kamerapromenader

  29. Pingback: Pondering the Day – Heavens Sunshine

  30. What a year you had. Reading your mom’s OBIT, she seems to have instilled all the hard work in you that I see just from your blogs. I dated a McCune in high school in Texas. Wonder if there is any relation there. I know you are excited about getting your new home and I’m looking forward to seeing your pics once you get settled. I hope you get some great shots of the Bald Eagles. If you do and want to do another post on Bird Weekly, long wingspan, please feel free to do it. I got a photo of a bald eagle last week in flight, but it wasn’t good enough to post. It was a long way out. Not enough lens. Here’s to a much better 2021! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aww, thanks for taking a read of my mom’s obit (guess who wrote it?), Lisa. Most of the McCunes came from Kansas, but the spelling of that name is not as popular as other versions, so who knows? I did get some shots, I’m dropping into my dropbox now to see what I got. And I might just take you up on that post 🙂 If 2021 is worse than 2020 we are all in trouble!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It is not a common name. They are in Texas so who knows. Melting pot! 2021 has to be better. We had a great day of birding. Travelled down to Titusville and spent the day at Merritt island Wildlife Refuge. Got all our target birds and then some. Amazing start to our 2021 count. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Congratulations! They live in Washington year round. You are going to have so many opportunities to get photos of them. We saw one already this morning. We are heading to St Marks today for a full day of birding. We already have 85 species for 2021. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  31. Terri, you have certainly had a year of ups and downs! But, your attitude of faith shines through. Congratulations on the near completion of your new home. Take a breath and enjoy it for a while before jumping back into work. You may decide that life is good without it. Selfishly, I am glad you got bored and returned to blogging early. I love your January prompts and look forward to participating. I know you have already visited, but here is my recap of 2020 https://picture-retirement.com/2020/12/31/is-your-life-the-right-size/ Best wishes for a wonderful new year.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Terri,
    I loved reading about your Mom and her very interesting life. I’m certain you miss her dearly. Despite all of the challenges of 2020, it appears you and Hans had a year with many blessings as well as the opportunity to move about. Helen and I are grateful we enjoyed the same opportunity. Rather than post a picture of all our travels, I chose to show a picture of my brother outside my Mom’s window of her retirement home. I haven’t hugged her since March. Sending prayers that 2021 will be everything you want it to be…and that you get a picture of that eagle. Joe

    Liked by 3 people

  33. Happy New Year, Terri. You had quite the year, didn’t you? So many changes, but hopefully, as you settle into your new home and new life it will all come together for you. Onward and upward!
    I never did try snowshoeing, but I bet it’s a good workout. I hope you got to see your eagles and look forward to seeing the photos. Here’s my look back at the good bits of my 2020: https://grahamsisland.com/2021/01/03/uplifting-moments-from-2020/

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes, real estate is a challenge. The good news is your sales and purchase happened quickly. I can’t imagine what it’s like having a house on the market for months, or even years.

        Liked by 1 person

  34. Pingback: Uplifting moments from 2020 | Graham's Island

  35. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    Happy New Year Terri and congratulations again with the big move to Spokane! It’s good to see there were so many positives the year has given you as well as the faith and resilience to deal with the sorrows that came your way. You already visited my retrospective for the year, which I posted a few days ago, and am happy to link it here: https://tranature.com/2020/12/30/looking-back-at-2020-thank-you-for-the-love/

    Liked by 1 person

  36. Pingback: Looking Back at 2020: Thank you for the Love – Tranature

  37. Thank you, Terri, for sharing your review of 2020 with us. It was a very full year for you with great news and sad news. Your photos are amazing as usual. I see many Canada geese here when I go cycling by the lake. Snowshoeing is fun and a great workout in the winter. Happy New Year and all the best to you and Hans.

    I wrote my 2020 Wrap-up post before Christmas and had a nice blogging break:
    https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2020/12/20/wrapping-up-2020/

    Liked by 1 person

  38. What a great review of 2020, Terri. And it’s so refreshing to read about the positives and not just the negatives of a very different year. Just look at all the opportunities that 2020 gave you. If this post was turned into a movie, I think it would do well at the box-office, but who would play you and Hans?
    Your post also oozes out how much you’re looking forward to your new lives in your new surroundings. I think the smiles on the photos say it all.

    I couldn’t help but feel the sorrow of you leaving behind your work and home in California for the final time. Whenever we’ve moved house, I always go into every room of the house on my own before leaving it and think about the life and events it gifted me.

    Happy New Year to Hans and you.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Thank you, Hugh, for all your support over the years, with photography, writing, and hosting Sunday Stills on my breaks. I probably should have been more intentional about saying goodbye to each room, but I think I let myself get too exhausted toward the end. My daughters definitely lingered in their bedrooms and both reminisced about all the years spent there. I’m grateful to the blog world and my fellow bloggers for allowing me to tell the story. I hope your new year is off to a great start!

      Liked by 2 people

  39. Pingback: Sunday Stills – My Year in Review – Retirement Reflections

Leave a Reply to Hugh W. Roberts Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.