Happy New Year 2021!



Hi and welcome to the blog!  Happy New Year 2021!


It’s been a crazy year but we made it. Friends all over Facebook have been celebrating in various ways. I miss the days of watching TV with Dick Clark as the host as the ball drops during the countdown to the new year.  Oh, and those New Year’s Eve parties were fun… but the hangovers are not missed at all!



Despite the tipsy “Scotty” meme from “Star Trek”, the party here was much more subdued… From a friend’s gift, I made a deer meatloaf (50/50 blend with hamburger, baked in a 9×9 pan for making sandwich portions). A little Chex Mix, sparkling fruit juice and a good TV show made for a relaxing evening as the new year approached. That’s okay.  Let the young folks have fun! Two of us are opening at work this morning; combined we’ve been on the planet for close to 120 years!

I’m hopeful for 2021 as we go into this near year. We have a Covid vaccine and I’m guardedly optimistic about getting a dose of it. 2020 has also shown me that people are still good!  Close friends are closer.  Even strangers say hi more than ever.  And customers?  They have expressed they like seeing me smile while wearing a face shield at work (as opposed to a mask).  Kindness still goes a long way!  I’ve also seen more co-workers complimenting each other and I try to do the same. Telling A.F. that “You have the sweetest voice in drive-thru” brings a grin that can melt the snow below!!


8 inches of snow? Whatever! I was out shoveling five times on Wednesday and once on Thursday morning. 🙂


Life is good at home too.  Whereas 2020 said, “Your roof is wrecked!”, 2021 is saying “There will be a new metal roof this spring!” Folks said the other day “We got 8 or 9 inches of snow!” I’ve been grinning and telling people that it’s holding the roof tarps down so they don’t flap in the wind and wake a person up.  🙂  There’s almost always a bright side.  (But 3 more inches of snow coming tonight?)


There’s a reason the paper plates are laying on the table upside down…   JENNY!


Now that the holidays are almost over, the plan is to start the wood working project.  Kitty Duke is with us yet and knows me but he is so very frail and I’m surprised he’s made it this far.  But he does not appear to be in any pain and having him here has been therapeutic.  The large wooden cat castle in his honor will be called “Castle Duke”.  I can honestly say, I’ve never had a fur baby that had bonded so closely.  A kind gift from reader R.R., a Christmas bonus from work, and a bonus for working on New Year’s bought a scroll saw to make this item and other fun woodworking crafts as well!  I am very grateful!

The clock says it’s time to get to work.  Thanks for visiting!  Happy New Year and best wishes to all!  Live long and prosper in 2021!


Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

2 Responses to Happy New Year 2021!

  1. Jo Harmon says:

    Happy New Year Brad!!
    It is for sure going to be a better year I have faith.
    Man you have lots of snow out there. Here it has been really cold for us 28 -34 for night time temps is cold the highs for the day have been in the mid 50’s to low 60’s but I refuse to complain since it will all to soon be summer : (P and we know I don’t like that.

    I hope you new roof happens and metal will be great. Wish I could do that here.
    Take care and have the Best New Year and lots of good health and happiness

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Jo! Oh, I wish we could have 34 for a high temperature! I can imagine that 28-34 is very cold in that area. That’s pretty extreme! Sorry that it took me a couple of days to answer your post. I’ve worked the last seven days and often both morning and evening (small shifts). Here it is 3:30 AM and guess who is going in at 7 until ? to help out. LOL. I hope you have a wonderful new year! I’m not sure when camping will happen again – it might just be a driveway affair but fresh air sounds so good right now. Take care! — VT

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