Oh, what a year it has been! I imagine 2020 will go down as an unforgettable, even if we would like to forget much of what happened this year. That is not to say everything in our personal life was negative. Much of the year was good, even if it didn't turn out like I had planned.
In March, so many things were cancelled. We don't participate in very many activities in our resort, which was probably good then. They were all cancelled. But we still had to change our plans. We had reservations along the route from Phoenix to Memphis, TN, where we planned to attend Memphis in May, a national BBQ event. It was cancelled, so we cancelled our reservations along that route.
Then we learned that we would not be able to attend the graduation ceremonies for our granddaughter Rachal in New Hampshire. The date of the graduation was changed because of the pandemic but while they were deciding on a new date, we decided traveling half-way across the country without knowing if or when we could attend the ceremony, we decided not to go. We were able to watch it on Facebook. Not a good option, but better than not seeing it at all.
We ended up staying at our winter home in Arizona until mid-May. We then made a few stops in northern Arizona and New Mexico and on into Colorado. We had good family time, then returned to our winter home in mid-September. Probably our shortest travel season in years.
As I look through my travel diary, I find comments like, we're learning not to plan, life is on hold, life is so uncertain, it feels like we are living in a foreign country. Unfortunately, this hasn't changed much since March. We tried having groceries delivered, but have ended up grocery shopping with a mask on, visiting stores to obtain hobby supplies, talking to people from 6 feet away, outside only.
We have discovered Zoom and Google Hangouts, two virtual meeting apps that help us keep in touch with family. It isn't as good as seeing people in person, but we are grateful our two Colorado grandchildren want to see us that way each week. Oh yes, and their parents, too. Especially since they spend many hours each week working and attending school online, we are glad they want to see us, too. It is certainly better than phone contact only.
Other positive things this year. After seeing our IRA brokerage accounts showing a loss for year since March, today I checked and we are no longer down for the year. That may only mean we are back where we started in March, but it is always good to see only green on the chart, not red.
I long for the day when we won't need to wear masks or talk to people from 6 feet away, and outdoors only. But I have adjusted to the masks and the limitations. It is doable, at least for a while longer. Someday, I will be able to hug a friend or family member when we haven't seen each other for a while. And we won't have to ask how long they have been in quarantine to make sure we don't contract Covid 19.
Not only do I say good-bye and good riddance to the year 2020. I want to live the years we have left in our lives, not just avoid any possible contact with this plague. Good-bye and good riddance, Covid 19, I hope to be able to say soon