Accomplishments for 2021

Where do I begin? In January of course. This is not as great as I would like it to be but it is what it is, and I have to live with it. Just making the list has been cathartic. I recommend that all who read this do the same thing at the end of each year.

2021 Accomplishment List

  • Wrapped up a successful winter coat drive, 735 coats collected and donated to ten charities
  • Launched a new sock collection with the District Grammar Schools
  • Began a new Intarsia project “Night Hunter”
  • Moved Lovely into a new job three times
  • Delivered lunch to Silver Cross Hospital Health Care workers
  • Met on ZOOM for the first time
  • Attended 12 OASIS meetings for the Sight Impaired
  • Received Shot # 1 for COVID-19
  • Prepared 100 collection boxes for the sock drive
  • Proposed marriage to Lovely
  • Entered two pieces of art into the Emerging Perspectives art show at Tall Grass
  • Began sorting socks
  • Joined OASIS Board of Directors
  • Drove Lovely to Rolling Meadows and Island Lake twice
  • Attended 10 Lions Board and Member meetings
  • Bought a Marriage License
  • Vaccination #2
  • Picked up socks from Walmart & Meijers
  • Shopped for a wedding dress, and suit
  • Sorted 23,000 pairs of socks into Men’s, Women’s and Children’s
  • Delivered Easter Food baskets with Lions
  • Hiked the trail between Frankfort and Mokena
  • Made funeral arrangements for Freddie
  • Attended Freddie’s funeral
  • Married Lovely
  • Met with the Stray Bar Wine club 6 times
  • Drained and cleaned the pond
  • Visited Holland Michigan Tulip Festival
  • Planted the 2021 Monet Vision ‘Gold Rush’
  • Installed anti bird netting over Lovely’s pickle patch
  • Spent three days at the family farm
  • Launched my Wurst Fest Ticket sale drive via mail.
  • Went to the Lithuanian Embassy in Chicago for Lovely’s birth certificate
  • Spent 8 hours in the ER with major abdominal pain to learn I passed a kidney stone.
  • Went to Ray Bodnar’s funeral mass
  • Took my grand daughter to see ‘Van Gogh Immersed’ in downtown Chicago
  • Drove to Michigan City, IN to get immigration documents signed
  • Attended brother Bill’s 90 bd party
  • Attended Artist’s reception for ‘Into the Light’ with Intarsia piece.
  • Visited Brookfield Zoo
  • Replaced the rear shocks on the Death Star
  • Placed two Intarsia pieces into a local salon for display
  • Marched in the Frankfort Labor Day Parade
  • Bought new hearing aids
  • Started Lovely on a 24 session regimen at the Chiropractor.
  • Applied to get State of Illinois special Medicaid program for Lovely
  • Completed ‘Night Hunter’ and put it on display in our house.
  • Visited Lincoln Park Zoo with Lovely
  • Collected money for Lions Candy Day
  • Walked many miles with Lovely
  • Attended Lion Les Egbert’s funeral mass
  • Hiked Little Red School House White Oak Trail
  • Hiked LRS Black Oak Trail
  • Hosted and cooked for family Thanksgiving
  • Designed a new Christmas Card, and had them printed
  • Sent 160 cards
  • Spent a week at Island Lake cat sitting
  • Launched the 2021 Winter Coat collection
  • Collected money at Jewel for turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Delivered 550 coats to FTFP, SSCC, TL, SA, MM, NLTFP
  • Refinanced the house
  • Hosted and cooked for Family Christmas
  • Attended Boyz Nite out Christmas party with wives.
  • Wrote 182 posts on GrumpaJoesPlace.
  • Read 56 books
  • Watched three hundred movies
  • Stayed on KETO diet for nine months
  • Attended Library Volunteer Night meeting as Lion
  • Spent untold hours gazing into space and wasting time.

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