long time no see… wow.. it’s been a few months again. Christmas Cookies part 2 never happened…
Abad cold/virus that lasted more than 2.5 months hit us hard.. All of November, December and right thru mid January. In the middle of it we spent 2 fantastic weeks in Mexico.
We celebrated Christmas with family & church in between bad bouts with our viruses.. and then I received a “miracle” and was able to sing for our Christmas Eve service after weeks with no voice ~~ then promptly got sick again the next day. It was a long haul for both of us ~~ Guillermo suffered through it just about as long as I did, which is quite unusual for him. But we “grin and beared” it throughout.
We’ve been struggling with our internet at home for 1/2 a yr at least, very poor service and big drops in connection.. i missed blogging but did not relish the fight of trying to post.
There were times I really wanted to, like when my
Veggie Wreath turned out the best it ever has.
Or when my tulips were stunning
Or to talk about crazy weather… not much snow, but big swings in temperature.
(18C today, -3 tomorrow?)
February flew by – during which our life group served a chili dinner to 70+ migrant workers on a Sunday night. We found ourselves so blessed by them, much much more than we could ever bless them. These are the people who come to work (very hard) here in our country, leaving their homes & families for months, to put our locally grown food on our tables.
the stock market drops lower each day, gas prices plummet, people began hoarding, non-essential businesses forced to close, effecting so many of our loved ones.. and a record breaking amount of people hit the Unemployment lines to apply for EI (Employment Insurance) including me.
My niece posted this on IG this week, which really struck me…
It was what i was sort of doing already, but without the Structure part. I want this time to be purposeful, structured, and I’d like to add Focused and to be proactive…. not reactive to how the world around me is changing everyday. So I’m making lists, cleaning, tidying, arranging things so I know where they are, and waste less time looking for things, use what we have in the freezer, pantry.. try to save money, spend less. Throw out less. Yesterday I took everything out of our 2 freezers (the mini chest in the pantry, and the fridge freezer, photographed it all and then made an inventory list. Tomorrow I’m doing our pantry.
I baked bread, 1/2 of which Bill ate when he got home from work. 🙂
I cleaned out the “tupperware drawer” and found an earring I’ve been missing a long while! Love the side benefits of cleaning!
Bill & I have been talking about retirement for a while.. what it will look like, when we can do it.. future plans etc. We’re not quite ready for it financially.. but suddenly we find ourselves in this place where I’m not working, and he may not be soon. The first question everyone asks without fail when you talk about retirement is “what will you do with your time?” My fear has been.. what will get me out of bed in the morning, cause honestly.. most days when i’m working i fight having to get up, and wish i could sleep for hours. Interestingly enough… not the case this week.
Maybe because i’ve had a lot on my mind.. or because i want to be focused… or i have a giant TO DO list,
or for some reason altogether different that I haven’t grasped yet. but for the last 2.5 days (that i’ve been home, self isolating) i am waking up early, making the bed (i never do on weekdays ’til i get home from work) dressing & putting my “face” on, making a good breakfast, general cleaning/tidying for an hour or so, making “to do lists”, crossing several items off the list.. and adding more as I go throughout the day. THEN I give myself focused & structured rest time for blogging, reading, writing, birdwatching. No TV on during the day.. and no music. Just quiet.
I guess i really needed a break from the noise of life.
I’ve tried to stay off Facebook and “News“.. but find Instagram to be my continued source of joy and connection. Seeing people post pics of flowers, nature, good things that are happening, my Greats (great nephews & nieces). Receiving Face-time calls has been fabulous. We’re learning new technology like Zoom to do group video calls, and watching Church on Youtube. In today’s technology we can be as connected as we’re able/willing to learn and have the tools to use.
In the meantime.. we clean, we sanitize.. our hands, steering wheels, phones, our credit cards, our handles, our light switches, keys and every thing else we touch – rinse and repeat… rinse and repeat….
So my dear blogosphere.. thanks for reading.. that was a big “catch up” after 4 silent months. I hope to blog more in the coming days, in a structured, purposeful and focused manner.. not sure about Proactive.. but there will be photos.. and food most likely. 🙂 In the meantime.. have some fun.. find Joy.. and a new way to connect with each other.