2022… K: A to Z April Challenge: Time Traveling… Key Posts of 2020

YooHoo… I’m super excited to be back with everyone in the “7th” April A to Z Challenge… and my theme is “Time-Traveling” through my blog – “Everyone Has a Family Story to Tell“. If you have stumbled upon this post and wondering about the challenge… The Blogging A to Z April Challenge is one month of every-day blogging through the alphabet. 26 days, 26 letters, 26 posts! Daily blogging is Monday through Saturday… leaving Sunday to rest, read other blogs, and prepare for the following week! From the first day in 2016 when I happened upon this challenge… I”m still just as excited… and always eager to begin! Who doesn’t love a good time travel of events… so where would you travel to?

Grab a coffee… as you follow me down the rabbit hole… Hippity Hop!

K… “Key” Posts of 2020

First Published on January 1, 2021

Knitting at a time Canva

It’s always fun to review your writings for the past year… and I certainly started off strong in 2020, with my very first post of Knitting FAAT Socks, (four at a time) which I had every intention of finishing, but… at this time… two years later… they are still sitting on my needles, taking up space. Now why didn’t I just finish them… as I’m not far from turning the heels now. Probably because I’m like a fish… something else caught my eye and off I went in another direction. I am definitely going to push myself to put this on my list of UFO’s to complete before 2022 winter’s end… hoping to finish before the girls outgrow them… but in as I haven’t turned the heel… they still have a chance!

My Valentines Day post had me remembering so many things… from my saved Valentine candy box from hubby… to reminiscing and rereading our love letters, but the biggest memory was in remembering that our daughter married on Valentines Day!

A funny post I wrote entitled… If I Invited You to Dinner was quite comical as I set the table and thought about how it would be to have these family members at the table once again! Who wouldn’t want just one more meal with some of your favorite family members?

Finally in March I blogged on my annual Christmas ornament of 2019… knitting all the girls a very detailed Scandinavian-type mitten with their age knitted in along with the design. They were very time consuming, and actually intended to have been an advent calendar. My original intent was to make two advent sets… giving one to each family. After beginning, and finding them so detailed… I knew I could/would never finish in time… and actually didn’t want to knit that many… meaning 50 mittens! What came to me quickly was that they could easily become my yearly Christmas ornament… knitting the one that matched their age. The girls were thrilled!

If you enjoy knitting… I’m sneaking in this sheep hat I kntted in 2016… from the first moment I saw the Baa-ble sheep hat in my knitting Facebook group, I knew I was going to knit it... and I did… knitting 9 of them!

Every April I join in on the April A to Z… and I had so much fun on last years as I wrote Family Stories… mostly on my husband’s side. I began with All The Family’s Cars…. but the one that was the closest to my heart was the writing of Cleaning out the Family Home... it took me almost five years to finally be able to write it… even though it was my husband’s family home, it held many dear and loving memories for me. I learned to cook in my mother in law’s kitchen and where she taught me to knit and crochet. It always felt like home to me also… and I still miss it. I’ve recently learned a nice young couple have purchased it… and I hope it becomes a loving home where they raise their family. The Traveling Wedding Dress post was so awesome to write and I so wish that I had been at those weddings… as who ever heard of so many family members wearing the same dress! After coming up with that post idea, I had to follow up on my in-law’s Honeymoon Mystery… after discovering so many cute photos she had taken. If only I had asked more questions… I would have known exactly which Inn they stayed at in Vermont… and I could have had a conversation with dad on those roads he traveled in arriving there! I put my Nancy Drew hat on in searching out the name of the Inn… but every door I opened, I hit a brick wall. Memories of the Farm finally had me pinpointing exactly where their family farm was originally situated before I-95 came through their farm and shuffled them out. I ended my A to Z with Zee Things the grandchildren have said… which has led me to still continue in remembering and writing their funny quips… the ones that come out of the mouths of babes. I’ve learned from my own children… if you don’t write it down… you will forget!

And how could I be amiss in not mentioning my favorite heroine and detective Nancy Drew? Nancy celebrated her 90th birthday in 2020 and I didn’t forget to write on it in April. I always laughed with mama in calling her Nancy Drew, as she shared the same birthday month and age with Nancy!

2020 was a tough year for several reasons… one being that I was suddenly having to realize that my mother was now dealing with and changing daily due to dementia. My days of having conversations with her were few and far apart, and I began focusing more on stories I hadn’t written… begining with Best Friends; ironically, and sad how mama and her best friend both ended their lives with the same disease… but I know they both are back to their wild shenanigans in Heaven! After later discovering a new photo of mama in school, along with many other school photos that one of her favorite teachers had saved in a scrapbook… prompted me to write Mama’s School Memories.

With all what we all have endured in 2020… I chose this special mini doll as my annual Christmas ornament to make for the granddaughters… Do check them out over HERE... hope you like them. They are a free pattern and the link is posted on my blog post.

My last post of 2020 seemed fitting as part of my life had ended… the part I shared with my mother for over 68 years. If you have followed me along the past several years, you have possibly read some of my nightly conversations with my mama. It’s been a struggle this year for me… in coming to terms that I was losing her… and mama in herself knowing that she was losing bits and pieces of her memory, and her life was changing. I’ll not go into her life here, but I have written bits and pieces on it in my last and final Conversations with Mama… no. 51. I’m still finding it hard as I sort through her treasures… don’t we all have them. Ever so often I see or hear something and think I’ll tell mama… and quickly realize I can’t do that anymore. Often I only have myself to tell that to, as I have no siblings… it’s been all my decisions… right or wrong… and I pray I did my best in doing right by her at the end of her life, although I often still question myself.

If you’ve stopped by my blog during the year, I sincerely “Thank You” for stopping in and enjoying what I’ve shared over the past years. I hope your holidays, despite the pandemic, went well and that the “new year” brings you good health… as that is what we all strive for at this time. I’ll be writing in the yearly April A to Z of 2021… but it’s still up in the air as to my theme this year… which I’m finding to be so frustrating, as usually by this time, I have began my posts, but it’s now into the new year, and I’m still tossing ideas around… I need to get busy and solve that dilemma! Send some suggestions my way! In 2021 I chose to feature Mama in Photo’s… do give a look at all the many wild and crazy photos I’ve gathered of mama through the years!

See you soon… with more bits and pieces of… whatever pops into my head!

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7 Responses to 2022… K: A to Z April Challenge: Time Traveling… Key Posts of 2020

  1. Yes, losing your mother is a a seminal moment in your life. When I was young I was terrified my mother would die one day and I wondered if I could live without her. Then came the inevitable conflict in teenage years as I struggled to assert my individuality. I tried not to hurt her but I’m sure I did. With my own daughter I encouraged her to lead her own life but I had my husband as back up. My mother only had me.

    I suppose I find some solace in writing about my mother as you obviously do too.

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  2. trishafaye says:

    Oh my goodness! I can knit. But NOT like this!! I can knit/purl and that’s about it. That’s why scarves and potholders are the only accomplishments I can boast of LOL
    Great post! I really enjoyed it.
    Sorry to hear about losing your mother. I understand on that one. It’s been one year five months since my sister and I lost our mother. She too had dementia in the last year or two. Not horribly so, and she’d deny it all. I’m going to go check out some of your posts of your Mama Memories.

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  3. Those knitted baa-baa hats are beautiful. So cute! I love that you do annual ornaments. Ornaments are one of my favorite things! Weekends In Maine

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  4. dyannedillon says:

    The 2020 ornaments are so cute! And the hats! I can’t believe you knitted those! I can’t knit. Well, I can do a basic stitch, but I can’t quit and I can’t fix it if something goes wrong. I used to crochet, but I don’t even do that anymore.

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