2021 didn’t start the way I expected and it didn’t end the way I expected! But it’s okay. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m stronger, healthier (for the most part), and just ready to begin 2022!
January was me trying to get my feet on the ground and settle into some semblance of a routine. I didn’t quite succeed, but I did get some amazing pictures of the animals in my life, and that counts for something, I do believe!
February was much like January. Which I guess is to be expected. We don’t really always do much the first of the year. We’re, like everyone, still trying to recover from the previous holidays, and 2021 was a weird year. We’d survived 2020 but 2021 kept bringing us more and more variants of Covid, scaring us all.
March was the month of some big changes. Changes I wasn’t expecting. Changes none of us were expecting. We started hanging out with this girlie a lot more. Her, and Thomas. We were making friends. Both Josh and I were. Real friends.
April 2021, Josh turned 40. We started doing Game Nights on the weekends I was off. We were spending time together. Talking. Hanging out. Becoming close again! Oh, and I got my nose pierced!
May was a crazy month! Madi graduated High School! My parents came to visit. They got to me our friend, Frannie! It was a pretty good month! ❤
June 2021. What a month! Madi turned 18. Madi got her first job. Frannie started spending even more time at our house. Things weren’t good for her at home, and we were a safe place for her!
July was a fun month. At least for me! I ended up with the coolest hair. It was rainbow no matter what way I flipped it BUT it wasn’t the SAME rainbow! It was so freaking cool! A big chunk of the colors stayed until December, too!
August was not a good month for me. Or for Frannie. I got smacked really hard right around the elbow on the 6th. I wasn’t diagnosed until recently with cubital orbital syndrome, which means my ulnar nerve is trapped, and it’s causing major issues with my whole arm, including aggravating tennis elbow that I didn’t even know I had. To this day, I still have major numb spots, and constant swelling. I actually have to see an orthopedist on January 11th to see if I need surgery (looks like an almost guarantee, since PT and nerve glides weren’t helping)
And for Frannie, that’s when she told her husband that she’d had enough, and that she wanted a divorce. It wasn’t an easy decision for her, and we’ve been there, helping her through it.
Oh boy. September. That was a month and a half, it felt like.
Josh and I celebrated 20 years together.
We added a third into our relationship. Can you guess who?
I found out how much love my heart has to give. I’ve gained 2 brothers, a sister, another son, and the missing piece of my soul. Seriously. September was a stressful month, but I found so much good!
October was about getting comfortable in my own skin. For once. I’ve never been that way, but Frannie makes me a better person, to myself!
November, we were open and honest about our relationship. Those who knew us, knew we were together. Friends and some family. Those who loved us were happy that we were happy and that’s all that mattered to them!
December. I turned 40. Frannie’s divorce was final. Her grandfather died. Her transmission died. We had a great Christmas!
We’ve had a rollercoaster of a year, but I can’t wait to see what 2022 brings for us!