January 2024 – The hits just never quit last year

Jan 28 2024
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Every January I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I’m trying to figure out how to NOT write something that is downright depressing. Guys, frankly, I won’t blame you for skipping this one. 2023 started out in the worst way I can imagine for my family. On January 9th I received the call that my nephew had passed away that morning. He was only two years old. And it was my dad’s birthday. Those weeks of January 2023 are a bit of blur as we supported my brother and his family as best we could. It just sucked.

February brought some better days and I was reminded that not all of 2023 was awful.

Lodi got a new job opportunity with benefits and a pay increase and even two weeks off before he had to start. I was really proud and glad for him as his previous driving job had been pretty awful on his body.

A year later the job change was a good one even though it is a lot of working nights, we have figured out how to make it work for us.

That February he gave me a lovely gift for Valentines and my birthday.

New butcher block counter tops!

We saw some pretty mild days in both February and January last year but then March happened.

I made the mistake of saying that after seeing 30s in what are usually our coldest months that we really couldn’t complain about winter after that.

I was so very very wrong.

Two months later and IT WAS STILL SNOWING. April was a nightmare to live here. We broke snow fall records of over 90 inches! And it was cold too!

On top of the weather though April was a crappy month for me even after spring FINALLY arrived.

Lodi took me by the hand and we went out to the barn.

It wasn’t like I didn’t see her every day and know just how bad the snow had taken her down… I guess I had just been avoiding it.

I cried a bit.

Lodi and my mom were both in agreement it needed to happen but gave me the choice here. Like Mom said when the barn broke down in 2019, “In the end she is YOUR barn. It is your choice, Hon.”

Not like I ever wanted to have to make a decision like that but it did need to be me who made the call… and so I did. We decided to have the barn torn down and hauled off.

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

January 2024

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

January 2024

With May came my nephew’s funeral and hearing that Lodi’s Grandma had made the decision to sell her home. Lodi’s Grandpa had passed a few years back, she just couldn’t bare being alone there anymore.

And though we were really glad for her (for both her safety and her happiness) its always going to be a shitty day when you help clear out your Grandma’s house.

Its just a sad absolution that most of us will get to at some point in our lives.

With her moving into a care facility she chose us to take her dog.

To say that Lodi and I were a bit apprehensive would have been an understatement. Neither of us wanted another dog. And neither of us wanted a Pomeranian Chihuahua!

We got very lucky with him.

Link turned out to be a polite little gentleman that seems genuinely glad to be here and we are happy to have him.

June came with (you guessed it!) more bad news.

We had vowed that in 2023 we were going to CUT BACK. The barn having to be taken out was already going to be a huge cost!

And then we started having septic problems.

With that news Lodi and I got away for a couple of days and got a much needed break. We went camping in Itasca for our 1st year wedding anniversary and I can’t wait to do it again.

Looking back those were my best days in 2023.

Between the loss of my nephew, the decision to take the barn down and then our septic going to hell…

I couldn’t do anything at that point but just wait for the big day.

And it came in July.

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

January 2024

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

January 2024

Well the big day(s) came and went and with it every last piece of our old barn. A few days before we knew the EXACT day, I realized

Seeing that barn go was really hard and then it took days to finally get her all hauled away.

Despite the giant empty spot in our yard July 2023 was a beautiful month weather-wise though, I’ve got admit, I didn’t appreciate it very much.

I have no idea how many times I caught myself just standing and staring at the empty spot in the yard, just trying to make sense of it. The barn had always been there.

Walking around up where it used to be just blew my brain. It left me in one helluva funk for weeks.

Not helping me in any way was my family (who didn’t at all have to see the giant empty spot in my yard every single day) reminding me about how my horse is going to be next so I better get pictures of us together before its too late.

Thanks everyone so much. *sarcasm*

Don’t worry – we got the pictures taken.

(I am aware I will be glad I got that done and they didn’t actually mean to be so insensitive, I was just entirely done with everything at that point lol.)

September came with more cost we didn’t want and even more destruction to our yard (that we also didn’t want) with our new septic system getting installed.

If I could somehow strangle 2023 I absolutely would.

Just writing this blog post put me in such a bad mood I had to go outside to cool off for a minute lol.

So nothing catastrophic happened in October or November and I was finally starting to feel like myself a little bit. I started working on my office in the house and setting up the garage so I could even start wood working again.

Lodi and I got some things done in the yard in October. We also had some fabulous weather supporting us that lasted over into January 2024 – no one in my crew complained about not having a white Christmas!

A bright note in 2023 is that my mom finally saw her dreams come true and moved in to her new home. We worked on designs for YEARS and I helped her every way I could. Seeing it go from just a design plan to reality was a really incredible experience.

We had our first holiday there over Thanksgiving and spent Xmas there as well.

A new year present brought us our washing machine breaking *facepalm* Meanwhile, I was pretty excited to have purchased us a new dishwasher which ironically arrived the same day a repairman came out and fixed our washing machine.

(I called it our appliance party day.)

Then, right before Xmas, we heard the very sad news that an old friend of Lodi’s had been placed on Hospice.

January 2024 – he passed only two days into the new year.

Cheers to the miles it took to get us here.

May 2024 bring brighter days.

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

January 2024

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

January 2024

Every January 2024 I devote our first blog post to a full recap of all the year before it and I'm sitting here trying to figure out

Comments

  1. Nmp
    January 28, 2024 at 9:58 am

    You are so blessed to have each other. You always look so happy and in love in your photos.

  2. Merlyn Dammer and Carol
    January 28, 2024 at 10:12 am

    May this year be a good one for you and your entire family. So sorry for all the past challenges you had. Here’s to better days ahead.

    • January 29, 2024 at 10:01 am

      Thank you guys, love you lots!

  3. January 28, 2024 at 10:26 am

    It breaks my heart to see the barn gone. I have read this blog so much and I loved the design of that barn and I know you were very attached to it and all the memories. It is sad and heartbreaking. I pray that 2024 is better to you and Lodi!!

  4. Jeannie
    January 28, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    I love the horse and dog photos, the dogs look so happy together. To a happier new year, Tarah and Lodi!

  5. January 31, 2024 at 7:55 am

    I just found your site and am so glad I did! First – sounds like you’ve gone through so much during the past year. I am praying that 2024 brings joy and light to you and your family. Second – I love the way you honor your family and the legacy and wisdom of the past. My blogging partner (Laurie) and I (Laura) live in suburban Minneapolis and we are retired kindergarten teachers who are at the beginning stages of being grandparents. We love this stage of life and are embracing it all! So happy to participate in your link up… we look forward to reading more!

    • January 31, 2024 at 10:04 am

      Its wonderful to meet you Laura, I followed you guys – love your name, that was such a great idea. Good luck in your blogging adventure and thank you for joining us!

  6. February 1, 2024 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks so much for following us and for your kind words! Your support means a lot!

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