Day 3287: My Best and Worst of 2021

Hello, best blog readers! It’s time for my personal best and worst of the year.

This was not the best of years nor the worst of years, personally. I did my best to compile my lists and here they are:


My son Aaron and all his wonderfulness.

My husband Michael and all his wonderfulness (including his delicious meals, taking care of our home, and making me laugh every day).

Good health for me and my loved ones.

My therapy groups.

My friends.

Adopting our new adorable cat Joan and our old adorable cat Harley adjusting so well to that.

Walks near the water.

Sustaining music, including songs from Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown.

Trip to NYC with Aaron, including the Sondheim musical Company and the Stephen Colbert Show!

Trip to Nashville on my own, including a very successful Open Mic and meeting fellow blogger Chris!

The book “Radical Acceptance.”

Connecting with people here and on Twitter.


Climate change.


January 6 insurrection and other threats to democracy.

Pain, suffering, and deaths of good people.

Systemic injustices.

Toxic narcissists.

Gun violence in the USA.

Miscommunication and misinformation and the painful divisions those cause.

Extensive (and hidden) water damage to our home because of a leaking shower.

The nosebleed from hell (caused by a combo of Joan’s claws and my anticoagulant medication).

Joan’s medical problems which necessitated her being in a cone for MONTHS.

Stephen Sondheim (one of my musical heroes) leaving this earthly realm.


Do you see any bests or worsts in my images for today?

I celebrated Make Up Your Mind Day by making up my mind about what to include in my best and worst lists for 2021!

I think it’s best if I include my favorite song from Hadestown here.

What is your best and worst of 2021?

Thanks to all who made it to my best list, including YOU!

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18 thoughts on “Day 3287: My Best and Worst of 2021

  1. Thank you Ann. Every year is a good year. May 2022 be one of contentment and good health for you and your family.

  2. Debbie T

    Congratulations on another year of blogging! Very impressive.

  3. You are the best Ann ❣️ wishing you a Happy! Healthy! And Peaceful New Year 🎈🙏💖

    • It takes one best to know another one, Val! Wishing you all the best in this new year. 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

  4. I always look for the best, even if sometimes I see the worst, maybe because they can even go together. For instance I’ve now got the worst cold I’ve had all year, but I got tested yesterday and got the best news that it isn’t COVID.

  5. I love Joan guarding the tiger. Have a great 2022 new year!

  6. Your “best” list is full and inspiring. You always emphasize gratitude and that’s your gift to us. Wishing you health and happiness continued in 2022, dear Ann.

  7. puella33

    Warm greetings for the new year, Ann. My 2022’s list have more “best” than worse items.

  8. Your thoughtful and thought-provoking daily blog continues to bring out hope for the best for me, Ann. Happy hopes for 2022.

  9. Barbara Cunio

    I, too, enjoy your daily optimism. It lifts me up knowing that, I am not alone.
    Happy New Year!!

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