It’s that time of year again…Time to read a faithful account of our 2020 Year in Review. And what a year it has been.
The pandemic has impacted everyone. For us, it meant a quieter, more isolated existence, but one that allowed us to appreciate long walks, chilly bike rides, and to marvel at a spring awakening that was undeterred by the health crisis surrounding us. I shifted to working from home with a view of birds, squirrels, and the occasional deer. Dave continued to build custom bicycle frames from his basement workshop. We meet for lunch on the first floor. It’s our new normal.
Like many, we canceled vacations, family gatherings, and yes, my 50th birthday bash (I had hired a band). While disappointed by the change of plans, we fully acknowledge how fortunate we are to have our health and financial security at a time when so many are suffering food insecurity, poor health, and evictions.
As spring turned to summer, we dusted off kayaks that had been unused for several years and delighted in day trips down the Fox and Bark rivers near us and a rainy Kickapoo river run. By the end of the season, we were enthusiastic enough to snatch up two new-to-us touring kayaks when they came up for sale. We are already planning our 2021 kayaking adventures.
Biking and a Birthday
The weather was uncommonly sunny this year and Dave and I spent many days roaming southeast Wisconsin on bicycles. On October 13 (the eve of my birthday), Dave was in a bicycle accident. After a diagnosis of three fractures to the pelvis and sacrum and an overnight stay in the Trauma 1 unit of Froedtert Hospital, they finally declared him well enough to come home. It’s been an eight-week journey of rest and physical therapy, but he’s finally back to work full-time. We’re both relieved it wasn’t more serious. And, hey, how many people get to hang out in an ER for their 50th?
Other Noteworthy Mentions
We have a new nephew! Alden Leopold was born on April 19 to Dave’s brother, Steve, and his wife Shannon. He was named after the environmentalist, Aldo Leopold. The tyke has already been on several hiking and rafting adventures, living up to his namesake. We can’t wait to meet him.
Deborah’s Mom and Dad celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Lucille, life-long neighbor and friend, died of COVID in December. Three generations of Deborah’s family were lucky to have known her and been guided by her.
The fine spring weather engrossed us in yard work. We ordered fifteen yards of mulch and distributed it to every corner of our yard over 1 ½ days. It was an exhausting task and we hope to avoid another round for at least three years.
The weeds were solidly contained this year except for the vegetable garden – which falter except for a bumper crop of garlic.
Dave mastered Thanksgiving turkey and strawberry jam and I baked a quiche.
And so, we come to the end of another Year in Review. While 2020 threw us a few curveballs, so many have faced much bigger hardships – going without jobs, food, and housing.
Wishing you good health and great happiness in the upcoming year.
Signing off from 2020, one heck of a year,
Deborah and David