We Are Community for the week of Jan 4th, 2021, by Joyce Steiner


I’m thankful for friends, a home, kitties and my antique store.

To say the least, it has been an interesting week.  First it was the last week of 2020 and the first week of 2021.  That in itself is “interesting”.  Who of us is not happy to let 2020 fade in our memories.  We look forward to fresh starts in 2021.

I started out the week by going to Macomb to stock up  on groceries and kitty food.  That was good thinking seeing how the week ended!  While carrying in the last of my haul, a big package of TP, a bed buddy and a bag of groceries, I found my head meeting the side walk.  That was before the ice too.  Think I should have been looking at the sidewalk instead of the bird feeders.  Anyway I fairly quickly noticed that there were quite a few blood spatters on the walk and that they were increasing at a rather alarming rate.  Finding that a wet washcloth was not doing the job, decided to head to the emergency room at Carthage because it is close.  Was pleased with the speed of treatment.  Due to amount of injury, stitches or glue were not an option the doctor said so she taped my nose and I went home.  Has been a colorful week but I am amazed at how quickly my forehead and lip are healing and my black eyes are mostly gone already.  Thank you Lord that things were not worse and thank you Carthage ER for your service.

New Year’s Eve is not a big thing in many of our lives.  Has anyone else noticed that the TV shows are all about the “ball drop” at midnight but that they never actually show the ball drop.  I have always wondered just why that is.  Perhaps I watch the wrong channel but actually have tried both CBS and NBC in the past.  Anyway I would like to actually watch the ball drop!  It appears to be a very large ball made of may glass triangles.  Just imagine how that would look if it actually “went splat”.

New Years Day is the day that we were married so it is always a bitter sweet day.  This year it was also a day of freezing rain.  There are several weather related events which I don’t like and freezing rain is near the top of the list.  It was not so bad for me as it was not followed by zero temperatures.  What I fear are power outages followed by extreme cold.  That did not happen.  When the ice was followed by snow, the beauty became almost breath taking.  Many of my friends took photos and posted them on face book.  I was out taking pictures as well as sitting behind the garage and just enjoying the beauty of the ice and snow.

My bird feeders are over the sidewalk between the garage and the house.  I am feeding black oil sunflower, a good mixed seed, a cheaper mixed seed with quite a bit of ground corn, regular suet cake and peanut butter cake. I must have hit something which cardinals like as there have been dozens of cardinals, several types of wood peckers, junkos, and more.  I also have out a heated dog bowl of water and ear corn and sunflower for the squirrels.  Just love to watch all my feathered and furry friends.

So as we start this new year, what are you thankful for.  I started with some of the things for which I am thankful.  There are many more-a God in whom I believe and good health would also be at the top of the list.  I hope that you too have many things for which you are thankful.  Do not expect covid to be gone on January 1st.  That is just not going to happen.  There will also be more surges because some people were just not willing to shelter in place for the holidays.

Each of us can make 2021 better by being more kind to those around us.  We can agree to disagree and move on.  We can show respect to others with whom we may not agree.

May we just be thankful for all the blessings we do have and not worry so much about the things we do not have.

May God bless each one of you and may you bless God.  Have a great New Year.

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