March 2021 – Exclamation Points!

Frozen Fort Bend –

A year to remember – etched in ice.

As we go to press with this book, it’s in the single digit temperatures in Fort Bend. We’ve gone to press during COVID, during hurricanes, during floods and now this. We’re beginning to feel like the postal service around here – neither sleet, nor snow, nor rain stops us! Of course, the postal service has been MIA for the past four days, yet we forge ahead by candlelight and batteries.  Yes, there could be multiple interpretations of that sentence, but y’all know what I mean.

Annie May and Lilly June hunkering down – in the back seat of Daddy’s truck.

From COVID and now to the frigid frost on the Gulf Coast, we Fort Benders have become hunker-downers. We’re getting good at it. I personally feel that it could be a category at the next Olympics – provided we have a next Olympics. But despite Mother Nature’s cool sense of humor, we are planning for spring.  In our Home and Hearth, we share some tips to getting your home spring ready, which may be more of a challenge this year for many of us.  Spring – it can’t get here soon enough for me.

The Honorable Pete Olson and Patti Parish-Kaminski.

We also celebrate a huge milestone for a Fort Bend business. Ideal Carpet and Flooring have been making homes beautiful in our community for 20 years, and if I have to stay home much longer, I’m calling Vangie and her amazing team to start redoing my floors! A girl can only take so much time on the home turf without making changes.

Perhaps the most exciting change to our absolutely! focus media family happens this month. Former Congressman, Fort Bend cheerleader and dear friend Pete Olson has joined us with a unique column entitled Fort Bend Strong. And with the challenges we hunker-downers have faced over the past year, I can’t think of a more appropriate title or man to tell the amazing stories of our community. Pete, we’re thrilled you’ve joined our Focus family.

Of course, March brings us the Ides of March, which is widely considered unlucky – at least it was for Julius Caesar since he was assassinated on March 15, 44 BCE. Personally, I’m ready for some good luck. So please be certain and wear green on St. Patrick’s Day this March 17th because we could all use a little “luck of the Irish!”

Stay focused,