2021 Year in Review

December 30, 2021: A sunny Thursday morning in Colorado brings with it the promise of a white New Year’s Eve and Day. I sit in my newly renovated kitchen and ponder about life, as 2021 is dwindling.

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Old House, New Home

When we started our house search in 2021, we wanted to find a place where we could be outdoors most of the time, hopefully in a drier climate than in Tennessee. We really wanted a good community, with diverse and friendly people who liked to hang out together. Unexpectedly, we found the answer right across the greenway from where we had been renting for a year in Colorado: a brown 70’s house in a peaceful and friendly neighborhood, with access to and a view of the park.

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Coming “Home” to Tennessee

We felt a slight jolt of joy and excitement as our RV rolled across the Tennessee state line: we were getting closer to “home,” or at least whatever version of it we remembered from before our trip. To be honest, I was ready to be in a sticks-and-bricks environment after ten months in the RV. As sweet as our home on wheels was, I had missed hosting friends and family, especially at holiday time—of course, thanks to the pandemic, we couldn’t have done much hosting anyway, so not much lost, I guess. I missed the familiar and I looked forward to returning to Knoxville.

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Birds-of-Paradise, Lilacs, and Verdant Woods

From Albuquerque, we headed east on I-40 and stopped overnight in Stinnett, Texas. We completely underestimated how far the little RV park (more like a dirt patch near a field) was from I-40. As we rattled down a country road through peaceful deserted fields, a pebble flew straight up and then came straight back down, leaving its mark—a spider crack—on our windshield. We cursed and trudged on.

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