Despite absolutely ZERO motivation to produce even a single tiny blogpost in 2021, I still highly enjoy looking back at the year that just went by. It helps me see all the highlights as the "downlights" more often than not are the ones I remember unless I make an effort. So here we go:
The absolutely very first thing we got accomplished in 2021 was to submit our citizenship applications and start this final dance with the US immigration authorities. A dance partner that will not be missed once everything is over and we all have our US passports.
We had barely clicked "submit" before we watched in horror how the Danish borders closed shut - even for Danish citizens - unless they could show a fresh negative COVID test upon arrival. Said COVID test was unfortunately impossible to get our hands on in this corner of the US, so with Teresa attending Danish high school, there were a few weeks of 2AM online schooling in store for her to make up for the 6 hours time difference to Denmark. Eventually she made it back to Denmark though.
Otherwise January was quite uneventful with the first snowstorm of the year coming on the very last day
This was all about Bailey. He had stomach issues for a while and after quite a few vet visits the culprit revealed itself on a late night walk where a solid tumor made it's appearance (I will spare you from the gory details of how and where it showed up.....). We were quite frankly shocked and with our very first decision that night being whether we wanted to put him down immediately or take him to the hospital, we chose the latter. Everything went well, and after some days with a very tired and doped doggo (and a hefty vet bill) he recovered quite nicely and we ended up having another good 6 months with him.
Do we regret coughing up the money for the surgery? absolutely not! But would we do it again - absolutely also not!
As the weather started to be nicer we also started exploring our local area a bit more. Here is the very first time we got to visit Font Hill Castle. For this visit we stayed outside in the park, but later in 2021 we got to actually go inside and get our minds blown by what you can accomplish in a lifetime if you are a local castle-obsessed weirdo, who happens to have inherited a bunch of money.
Also it was the month where I got to wear an N-100 face mask. In these pandemic times N-95s were certainly hot stuff, but I got to up my game.