so 2021 was supposed to be the year we all got vaccinated and freed the world of COVID.. fat chance-
we all battled for slots as the vaccines became available. we signed up for five counties nearby to get on lists to receive the vax. Phil was done by early February but because I had knee replacement in late January I had to wait longer. I was done by the end of March but the country was completely crazy due to an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 221. people were killed and our government has been under threat of the collapse of democracy since then with civil war looking like a distinct possibility. strange to put these words down but our country is no longer OUR country it is a country that is deeply divided between those who support white supremacy and those who support equal rights. to put it mildly - it has been a difficult year.
COVID still rages we are now on the Omicron variant - having lived through a Delta surge in the summer. In the last few weeks thousands of flights a day have been canceled so getting anywhere is a challenge. This newest variant is much more infectious (but appears to be less deadly to those fully vaccinated) Hospitals are overwhelmed again due to the half of the population who refuse to get vaccinated (those would be the ones supporting the anti democratic faction of our politics.
but you can read all about that in the history books
here's what our year looked like-
January - I got a total knee replacement in my left knee and Phil played nurse- buying ice so many times for the machine that iced my knee that he knew the 7/11 personnel even with masking.
February - rehabbed a ton so that when March came and Steve and Suzanne visited for a week from Oregon we could all go out to outdoor restaurants - they were all fully vaxxed and I was half way there. Larry came up from Miami for part of the week.
April we headed back north because we just couldn't look at the same walls any longer... numbers were getting better (before Delta arrived) up north and worse down south... we started dining with friends at mostly outdoor but a few indoor places but only with other vaccinated people. We did a lot of dining on the deck - COVID brought us electric lights outdoors once it was clear we were going to be using this location for many social gatherings. We carried in and we cooked and friends did the same when we went to the homes of others.