Monday, December 21, 2020

Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2021

 Nana is taking some time off to enjoy the holidays with her family so a blog break is in order.  As this year comes to an end it is a good time to reflect on the trials and blessings of this crazy year that none of us will ever forget.  I pray that all my blog friends have a blessed Christmas and that 2021 is a refreshment for all of us. I never considered the thought that I might live through a historical event such as this one.  It has taught me many things. 

1. Value your family and friends. 

2. Extend grace to those who have hurt you. 

3. Pray for those who need the Lord in their lives.  I feel so much of the panic over this disease is because people are unsure of their eternal destiny.

4. Say I love you often.

5. Be glad for the interests you have that can be pursued from your own home.

5. Be thankful for technology that allows you to do many things from home.

6. Be thankful for all the caregivers who are putting their lives on the line every day.

7. Be thankful that we have two vaccines that will hopefully bring an end to covid. 

Now for some fun things I have learned.

1. Going without makeup for days on end is not too bad.

2. Weigh yourself every other day because being home and eating go hand in hand.

3. Toilet paper is a necessity. I now purchase a 4 roll pack every time I go to the grocery store.

4. Do I really look like I do on Face Time and Zoom??? Surely it is an optical illusion.

Check in with Nanaland on January 1st.


Nancy said...

Wishing you and your a very merry Christmas 🎄 and a brighter New Year.

Haven’t done the ornaments yet ,been in a slump, but will definitely start in the new year.

Sandy said...

Arlene, your list is perfect. I was saying Amen to all of the serious list, but chuckled with each one of the funny, especially #2 and #4. I would add I miss lipstick SO bad. No one can see it behind a mask.
Merry Christmas Friend!

Georgia said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS Arlene, to you and yours my friend. And, THANK YOU, your blog has been one of those that has helped me get thru 2020. Please come back refreshed and well and may we all have a blessed, and healthy NEW YEAR (2021). Your grace, and kindness has meant the world:) God Bless...

Robin in Virginia said...

Both of your lists are right on the money, Arlene. Wishing you and your family a joy-filled holiday and a wonderful New Year. Enjoy your time with your family.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Both of your lists are 'spot on'! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Jan said...

Merry Christmas!

Linda said...

Merry Christmas to you and Marvin! Enjoy your blog break! We will all be right here when you get back!

Terri D said...

Very cute, Arlene! I think we can all make the same two lists that you did! Merry Christmas to you and yours and see you back here next year!! xo

Carol said...

Merry Christmas, Arlene! Number 4 in the fun things list gets me every time! My poor grandson should be very afraid of Gramma Carol if she truly looks like I do in that tiny FaceTime camera :)

Seriously, though, what a year--both good and bad, but we got through it and I have high hopes that next year will be better for us all.

Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family ♥

Quiltingwiththefarmerswife said...

I agree with both your lists. On the second one #4 I would add a grey haired old lady jumps in front of me every time I video chat. She is driving me nuts! Have a very Merry Christmas. Patty McDonald

Gina said...

Amen to your lists, Arlene.

Have a very merry lovely Christmas and New Year! xo

Mari said...

Those are all good lessons!
Merry Christmas to the Grimms!

Mary said...

Enjoy your blog break and I hope to be back commenting regularly in 21. I learned the same lessons in 21!! Love not wearing skin is so much better for it. Staying home all day is not good for the diet. I hate is not a flattering look for anyone!!

Lets hope 21 brings good health and a new appreciation for all that we have missed in 2020. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Mary

moosecraft said...

Wise lessons have been learned this year, that's for sure! And yes, having the technology and having interests within your home are definitely the two things that helped this year. Keeping one's mind busy and having a way to reach out to people can be the best medicine! :-) Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful stitches with us this year.... inspiration abounds! :-)