2021 Finally

Well, we made it! I waited to post anything just in case 2020 refused to leave like someone south of the border. I have never been so happy to see a year end. I even sat up until midnight to make sure it left peacefully.

Each year that passes, emphasizes for me just how precious our time on earth actually is. Of course, it doesn’t help that I have also turned a year older since we rang in 2021. A friend suggested to me that we not celebrate birthdays until this damn pandemic is over. She reasoned that if everything else is on hold, birthdays should be as well. She may have a good argument. I sometimes reflect back to my youth when I wanted time to move faster because with age came the freedom and privileges of adulthood. Oh, how I now wish that I could make time stand still. 2020 has taken so much from each and every one of us, but it is time to gradually reclaim our lives…. ever so carefully.

So, instead of focusing on what we have lost, let’s look forward to what is hopefully ahead this year. I am pinning my hope and optimism on the vaccines. Yes, there are concerns out there about its safety, but I am confident that the scientists and doctors involved in its development and testing won’t steer us wrong. As a person who is afraid of needles, at this point in time, I would happily muster up all my courage and administer the damn covid vaccine to myself if I needed to in order to gain immunity.

Ready for the vaccine

I don’t know about you, but I am sick to death of hearing the ridiculous conspiracy theories being spread by so many idiots out there. I am all about free expression, but I draw the line when I hear things like the vaccine is just the governments way of injecting everyone with chips to enable “them” to control us. Give your head a shake! It is the government’s job to set rules and laws which ultimately control our lives. We elected them to make these decisions for the good of our country. They don’t need to “chip” us to control us. Do you wear a seat belt? Who said you had to wear it? Right, the government. Does it affect your life negatively? No! Wear the damn mask or stay inside your home; the rest of us would like to put this pandemic behind us sooner than later. I am not getting any younger!

Thanks for reading,

Penny xo

Coping With Covid

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Ten months into this bloody pandemic and life has definitely changed. Looking back to March of 2020, I honestly think that I was in some kind of denial about the seriousness of the situation and how long it would impact my life.

In the beginning, I stayed home. My daughter shopped for me and dropped things off on the porch. I talked to friends and family on the phone and on Zoom calls. Living alone, I most definitely felt loneliness set in. I had been use to doing everything for myself and had enjoyed a busy social life. That all came to a screeching halt!

Weeks turned to months and the warmer weather finally arrived. This gave new meaning to my days. I could spend time in the garden, sit on my porch and chat with neighbors, or go for a lovely walk in the sunshine. Life looked brighter and I felt more optimistic now, but I missed my friends and family.

With the warmer weather came the announcement that restaurants would be permitted to open their patios with dozens of restrictions. My close girlfriends and I were elated and we wasted no time in reserving places to eat and drink. We, of course, took all necessary precautions to keep ourselves safe. We were especially excited when our local pub finally reopened for service. Seeing all our old friends and the wait staff renewed my optimism that we would get through this nightmare. However, even this came to an abrupt halt when our beloved Tartan Tavern announced it would be closing permanently. Another victim of the virus!

2020 had no sense of humor and its bad news spared no one. As we started into the second phase of the pandemic, I was convinced that I might never have fun again, but a simple trip to a local country market restored my optimism.

I am not a regular customer at White Feather Country Market, but I have really been trying to support small businesses. Our area had just moved into the “red zone” which meant stores had to limit the number of customers permitted inside. When I arrived at the store, I was dismayed to find a lengthy line-up waiting to get in. As I made my way to the end of the line, I noticed a man emerge from his car in the handicapped parking and shuffle his way toward the entrance. The store employee told him he would have to wait like everyone else in line. I must admit that I felt badly for him as he leaned against the hood of his car hoping for the line to end.

After crawling along for about 15 minutes, I was almost at the door. The gentleman still waited patiently. Then, out-of-the-blue, he started to walk towards me. He leaned in and said, “Could I be your partner?” I was a little taken aback, but without a thought, I said,”Of course you can.” He then asked the ladies behind me if they minded that he got in line beside his “partner”. They assured him it was fine.

Once we reached the door, he announced to the employee that we were indeed a couple and linked his arm in mine. She laughed and said she could see that and motioned us inside. As we walked through the door, I asked him why he had waited so long to ask someone else to be his partner. His reply made my day. “Well, I looked at the other ladies ahead of you, but they didn’t seem like they would be receptive to my request.”

“But we’re all wearing masks,” I responded, “so how could you tell?”

“You smile with your eyes,” he said. “I just knew you wouldn’t turn me down.”

“Well, you made my day,” I replied. He looked puzzled. “You’re the first man that I’ve picked up in a covid line.”

“Do you come here often?” he asked. I laughed out loud. He made me feel like a million bucks!

Hang in there everyone! We will get through this. Just keep finding the humor wherever you can.

Thanks for reading,

Penny xo

Mask Up!

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When I heard the President of the United States complain that wearing a mask made him feel like the Lone Ranger, I knew there were problems brewing. (Can one of his aides explain how the mask works, please?)

At the start of this pandemic, everyone was was cautioned not to use medical masks because there was a shortage, and they needed to be available for front line workers. That situation created an immediate market for home sewers and since then fledgling businesses have sprung up in the most unlikely places. A large, vacant factory in my town sprung to life after being retooled to produce masks. Thousands began rolling off the lines. Companies who formerly made sports jerseys converted to these face coverings and you can now promote your favorite team by wearing their colours. I myself, got into the action. I was a sewer, I had lots of spare fabric, and plenty of time on my hands. I made them available for free to anyone who asked, but after making about 300, I was over my enthusiasm.

People started out wearing them cautiously not really certain they would protect them from the virus, but as more has been learned about covid-19, we now recognize that masks do indeed help keep infections down. As communities try to reopen their businesses, masks are increasingly being mandated. Some people have come up with creative solutions to the mask requirements.

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Masks definitely come with their own set of responsibilities. Don’t leave home without one; wash or change them after each wearing (yes, this is extra laundry; you’ll manage), and for goodness sakes wear it properly. It should cover your nose and mouth, not one or the other, not hanging from one ear, or slung under your chin.

If you are someone who enjoys a snack as you go about your business, then a mask may just be the ticket.

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For many of us, it is summertime and we enjoy spending time (which many of us have plenty of at the moment) out in the sunshine. Please remember your sunscreen.

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I know this virus is scary, but please don’t do this. This is more frightening than covid.

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Listen, we all have to do our part to contain this pandemic and get back to our lives. If everyone would just comply with the science, we will soon be able to enjoy going out socially again. mask#6

In the meantime, I need to get groceries. mask#8

Be safe. Wear your mask! Everyone needs to do their part.

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Thanks for reading,

Penny xo