16 Jan

January is half over, already, and I haven’t even acknowledged another year has come and gone, lost to the history books, another year that was filled with great loss. So much loss, grief, pain. So many questions unanswered, the big one for me – will the virus sink into oblivion or will we have to live with it as part of life.

I want the pandemic done, over.

I also know I don’t always get what I want in life, learned that lesson early in life, has proven itself true over and over.

I did step outside of my rigid pandemic rules and got my haircut for the first time in two years, only my stylist and I in the shop, just a cut. But damn, it made me feel almost human again.

We also got another baby cat, she’s cute, she’s also feisty which is good because her new big brother is still young enough to play, and play hard, plus he’s huge.

Mom always said to count your blessings – so here goes.

You, who stop and take a gander at what I’m musing on.

You, who not only stop and take a gander, but join in the conversation.

My husband who keeps me grounded, well, most of the time anyway, sometimes it’s frustration.

My two cats, the birds, squirrels and the raccoons that visit on the regular (did you know raccoons sort of hibernate? Not true hibernation, but weeks at a time?) I didn’t, I learned something new. Which also, sort of, proves the old adage that dogs can learn new tricks.

The Sun, with the caveat that the heat can’t be extreme, just nice, warm, inviting.

Apparently, I need to work on accepting what is, without qualifications, will try, no promises.

Thank you all for stopping by, life is better with friends.



Posted by on January 16, 2022 in Adoption


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9 responses to “2022

  1. swiftabc

    January 16, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I appreciate that you keep pugging in there trying to improve things in Adoptionland, providing insights and knowledge to adoptive parents & professionals. We sure do need to hear what you have to say. I for one, am listening. I now many others are as well.

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  2. Dannie

    January 16, 2022 at 8:25 pm



  3. cindy621

    January 16, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I don’t like to wish time away, but I won’t be sad to see January come to an end. It’s gray and snowy here in North Carolina, I’m still trying to get over being sick (I’m assuming it’s Covid but since doctor’s visits and tests are extremely difficult to come by, I can’t be certain but treating it as Covid), and just feeling the winter’s blues.

    Your new cat is sure to bring you joy! Animals are so good at that. I didn’t know about the short hibernation of raccoons. It makes sense because we have a lot of wildlife in my backyard, and while I keep seeing all my squirrels and most of my birds, the raccoons have been scarce. With the snow today, the birds have come out in droves to feed. We supply them with peanuts and sunflower seeds because we like to be popular with the wildlife.

    Happy New Year!🎊


    • TAO

      January 16, 2022 at 11:39 pm

      Happy New Year to you to Cindy – I’m sorry you are sick, be kind to yourself. We sound very similar – we had a spell of bitterly cold weather around Christmas – well below freezing, was switching out the hummingbird feeders every hour during the day. Also the birdbath/squirrel water dish. And yes, I feed the birds too.

      Hugs and good wishes for whatever you have to get better fast.

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  4. Momengineer

    January 20, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Happy New Year Tao. Thank you for the warm reception when I add my two cents. Your comments often go against a billion dollar industry (infant adoption). KEEP IT UP. Every time someone gets irritated with your comments means you are effective. Please continue to voice the needs and concerns of the adult adoptee.


    • TAO

      January 21, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      Happy New Year to you too Mom. Wishing you only the best to come. And thanks.


  5. Robyn C

    January 24, 2022 at 3:33 am

    At this point, there isn’t a pandemic. COVID is endemic, and we need to learn to live with it, which is what several epidemiologists said at the beginning, but they were drowned out by the people who can make $$ off everyone’s continued fear.


    • TAO

      January 24, 2022 at 2:19 pm

      Which leaves me stuck in the never-ending loop of what my life is now.



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