Happy New Year!!!

I wish all of my friends and readers here at WordPress a joyous New Year in the Lord. Circumstances in the country and in the world are challenging, but our confidence is in Jesus Christ, our Rock.

2021 was an “interesting” year marked by the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and the continuing breakdown of society. Personally, after being laid-off for 15-months, which included many job search activities, such as “career transition” classes, searching Indeed and Ziprecruiter, submitting applications, and unsuccessful interviews, I started a new job at L3Harris company on January 9, 2021 at the age of 64. Following three months of training, I was assigned the task of coordinating the release and gathering of warehouse work orders, which has become more and more physically draining. After 12-straight days off from work due to the holiday shut-down, I’m back to the factory today. My retirement is slated for November 30, 2022, just forty-eight weeks away!

My weekend “home.”

The second big thing that happened in my life in 2021 involved one of my sisters. The second-oldest of my five sisters (age 71) had onset dementia and last January she had an accident with her car. That “crisis” showed she should no longer be driving, which meant I became her chauffeur. It was clear from her “declining” (to put it mildly) living conditions and mental abilities that she was no longer able to live independently, so the family (myself and a couple of sisters living in Florida) intervened and the huge project began of taking over her finances and moving her (despite her protests) from her house in Rochester to a seniors’ facility in Florida. She’s now happily relocated in the Sunshine State and I resolved the last of her dangling financial issues last month by selling her car. The new job at L3H and resettling my sister consumed quite a bit of my 2021.

Above: My sister’s former home in Rochester. The exterior belied the nightmarish conditions inside.
Above: My sister’s new home since June 2021. She has not used the pool.

Some years are more memorable than others because of major life events, but my wife and I were discussing the other day how our walk with the Lord is a day-to-day thing rather than a year-to-year proposition. I’m grateful for my salvation in Jesus Christ and for when I open my eyes each morning for another day with the Lord and with my wife, family, and friends, including my brothers and sisters here at WordPress. Thank you for your friendship, support, and encouragement in 2021!

34 thoughts on “Happy New Year!!!

    1. (Oops! I wasn’t finished! )
      May you and your bride also have a HAPPIER New Year in the Lord each new day of 2022! ❤️🙏🏻

      I do not know how people survive in the chaos of this world with out the Lord to cling to.

      We have had some chaotic things going in on our tiny part of the world this past week praying these things will turn broken hearts to see God’s goodness and love for them through the finished work of Jesus ❤️🙏🏻

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      1. Thanks again, Beth, and may you and yours have a Happy New Year in the Lord.

        Amen! to your comment regarding people without the Lord. I would go bonkers.

        I will pray this afternoon that the Lord will work in the hearts of the people you mention!

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    2. Thanks, Beth! I know many other families also have to pitch in and help out in these kinds of situations. My two sisters in Florida now do all the work by visiting her several times a week, picking up after her, chauffeuring her around, etc.

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    1. Thanks Mandy and Happy New Year to you and Nathan! Yup, I’m counting down the weeks to retirement!
      RE: pork and sauerkraut
      Thanks! This is going to sound ungrateful but every time we eat over at this particular aunt’s, the food always has a peculiar taste.

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      1. I always look forward to a pork roast and sauerkraut dinner, but there’s something going on in Corinne’s aunt’s kitchen.

        RE: shift.
        Thanks! First thing after I got into work yesterday at 6AM I ran into computer and systems issues. I was on the phone with IT several times and couldn’t start actually working until 10. Very few people were at work – only 6 of the regular 15. Work orders are light this weekend but with no one to help, I’m just as busy. I’m sooooo looking forward to 6:30PM tonight!

        Hope you’re having a great New Year’s weekend!

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  1. Thank you for sharing Tom. I pray the Lord strengthen you throughout the coming year as you work and look forward to retirement. And may the Lord bless you and your wife as you both continue seeking the Lord together.

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  2. Wow Tom, while I recall your sharing over the year, this overview of 2021 challenges really testifies how the Lord brought you through! Even the leaf challenge!
    I too am so grateful for our WP fellowship, it is such a source of encouragement. Thank you Tom for all your really varied posts – like even your savory restaurant reviews!
    May the Lord lead us, order all our steps through the New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa Beth! The years seem to meld together at this stage of my life, but I will always remember 2021 for those two big challenges – going back to work (doing a very physically demanding job) and resettling my sister, and…argh!…the leaves on top of all of that! Yup, the Lord gets us through, day by day.

      Yes, I appreciate you and our WP fellowship over the years. Your posts are always a blessing. May the Lord richly bless you in the year ahead.

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    1. Man, Jimmy, I could write a book about getting my sister resettled. Lots of personal drama and family tug-of-wars in addition to the nuts-and-bolts activities. But I know most families go through similar things at some point or another. Yup, retirement at the end of November! If I accumulate my vacation, I think I’ll actually be able to stop working the end of October.

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      1. Wow. I guest your posts was just an iceberg of the difficulties with the move! Also my Saturday went well! Didn’t go see Rose parade even though it was miles away…busy with studying and BIble study!

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      2. It was before your time but Lorne Green and Michael Landon of Bonanza used to host the TV coverage of the Rose Bowl parade. Yeah, Saturday’s your busy prep day.

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      3. C’mon! They were both on Bonanza, the most popular tv show of the early-1960s, and of course Landon went on to create Little House on the Prairie. 👴🏻

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  3. Every blessing to you for 2022 Tom. My mother in law passed away last night. Thank you for praying for her. There was great witness to her when she was still conscious and I have a good feeling for many many reasons. Now we must reach out to other members of the family.

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      1. Have you read “Exodus from Rome” by Todd Baker? It’s a polemic against Romanism, published in 2014. Very refreshing to see folks take a stand aagainst Romanism in this day and age.

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  4. Thank you for sharing, Tom. Happy New Year to you and your family. You are only a few months older than I. It sounds like you had an interesting year. I can relate well to your need to step in to help with your sister. I am four years out from an extended period of time that I was my parents’ main caretaker. They both had dementia/Alzheimers. Thankfully, my wife was working at the time so I could leave everything to spend many hours with them in their home trying to make the best of a situation that you are familiar with. I praise God that He helped me through those days.
    I appreciate your blog.
    God’s blessings…

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    1. Thank you, Chris, and Happy New Year to you and yours!
      It is definitely a demanding job being the caregiver for loved ones with dementia/Alzheimer’s. I mainly had to get my sister’s house and car sold and straighten out her finances while the two sisters in Florida are helping her. She’s in an independent living unit but will have to move to assisted care and memory care units down the road. There are several factors why my two other sisters in Florida don’t want Sue moving in with them (ornery personalities and cats).
      Thanks, brother, and God bless you.

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      1. Thank you for your kind words, Tom.

        I was very fortunate to be able to halt everything to spend the last few years of my parents’ lives to care for them. I know that so many aren’t able to do what I did for a variety of very good reasons.
        I know my parents were more organized than most but I had to learn many things over the years I cared for them. Finances was certainly one of the things but it was pretty easy to figure that out. There were several vehicles that had to be sold, one a “collectors” car that is one of the worst maintenance cars anyone would ever want. It did have a mahogany steering wheel which was cool. It was an Alfa Romeo that was quite old with very low mileage. Even if I had the money, I’m not the kind of guy who is going to spend thousands of dollars trying to keep a car up to “collectors code” and neither was my Dad. He got a good deal on the car and the only reason he bought it was the influence of a brother-in-law who is an Italian car fan. He was the one who bought the car from my sister and I, spent thousands to fix it up only to sell it probably at a pretty good profit. I guess some people don’t mind having a car with the reputation of breaking down all of the time.
        Then there was another old car that had been sitting in an old garage for years. It was a T-Bird from the years where they have little value today. My mechanic found a long deceased rat in the exhaust system. And it goes on and on. Again, I feel very fortunate to have been able to do this as so many can’t. My parents were wonderful Christian people who helped many others during their lives.
        My main goal with my Mom was that I was going to do everything in my power to try to help her not break her hip. She was still pretty mobile during most of her dementia but she only got past me twice. Both times she ended up outside, once with blood everywhere and a huge knot on her head. Needed an ambulance for that one but I was told she was fine after she was checked out at the hospital. The other time she ended up upside down on concrete steps. I still don’t know how she did that and escaped serious injury.
        There were many falls but, thankfully, she never broke her hip. I knew that that made things so much easier.
        I’ve gone on long enough but anyone who has taken care of someone with dementia/Alzheimer’s for any length of time can tell of some interesting experiences.
        I wish your mom the best. It sounds like she is well cared for.
        God’s blessings my friend.

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      2. Thanks, Chris. I could relate to much of what you wrote about your parents. My Mom (who died in 2014) had Alzheimers as well and had several falls and did break her hip which landed her in a nursing home for a couple of months rehabilitating.
        My sister is in the early stages of dementia. She sounds 100% normal in the first 10 minutes of conversation, but then starts to repeat herself.
        Thanks, Chris, and God bless!

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      3. Our dear mothers. Mine kept talking about “going home” during her illness not realizing she was in the home she had lived in for 30 years. She was a wonderful Christian who is now at peace. I can’t wait for our reunion in heaven!

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