Here’s a collection of my photo’s from Fall and Winter. I haven’t been doing much blogging… I guess Covid has silenced a lot of things in our lives. Everything has slowed down over the winter. It is great to see the days getting longer and the weather improving slightly.
What have you been neglecting the last 4 Covid months?
Family texts or phone calls?
Keeping in touch with your friends?
Personal grooming? It seems pointless to wear a bra if you aren’t going out anywhere. And that messy hair? No one’s going to see me looking scruffy today or tomorrow even. And a shower every other day is probably sufficient, I’m not doing anything but sitting on the couch watching NetFlix or playing Ipad puzzles and games. I do wander in to the kitchen lots, (does that count as exercise?).
Housework? Dusting and vacuuming? You remember you didn’t do those chores before Covid because you were too busy having a life and they could always wait? Now you realize that they didn’t get done because they are boring to do and watching NetFlix, playing with your IPad and opening the fridge door just takes up so much of your spare time now.
Laughing? Has the joy gone out of your soul? It’s pretty hard to be amused when we are surrounded by so much fear, doom and gloom. If and when we take the time to watch network tv or read news articles, you wonder if there is any happiness in the world right now!
Hobbies? Can you still participate and pursue your hobby?
Sports? That’s a slippery slope right now. Team sports are complicated for sure.
ME? I’ve been phoning my family and friends and more than I was a few months ago. I have a cousin who has phoned me a couple of times and we haven’t been in contact for a few years. I will admit that some days I don’t get out of my pj’s until noon and showering days can alternate. I’ve done a good job of not eating my way thru the pandemic. Funny enough the housework and dusting is still a neglected chore. I have been able to pursue my photography hobby. I have been out a few times. I’m learning new skills thru online tutorials and applying those to my photo’s. I find it very creative and satisfying. I really really really miss watching professional sports competition. Hockey in particular. I wish and hope that there is some way to bring the game back safely. Time will tell.
I have been neglecting my blog. Maybe today will be the start of more regular posts? I’m glad I don’t have to write daily for a living. That would be a tough gig.
Gotta run now, my phone is ringing!!
Here’s a link to my Fine Art America site where I sell my pictures as Greeting Cards and Prints. If you see something you like you can order blank or personalized greeting cards. If you prefer a print, choose your matting and frame and its ready to hang at your home or office! 🙂 Fine Art America has also added some additional products that you can have made up using my photo’s. You can purchase IPhone cases, throw pillows, tote bags and shower curtains. I’m sure they will add more items as time goes by. Click on this link and it will take you go my photo’s. Thanks for taking the time to look at my site.
A week ago I woke up with a new friend. I don’t really need a new friend to be honest. I already have a friend called “tinnitus” – woke up with her 8 years ago. She’s really annoying. My new friend is like a one-eyed-smiley-face “floater” in my eye. She’s super annoying. Follows me everywhere I look. Right. Left. Up. Down. She moves quick. If she was a fast car I’ld be impressed with her speed. But she’s not and I’m not!
I’ve seen an ophthalmologist and nothing horrible is going on with my new friend. I have a follow up next week as well. And then today happened.. I put my contact lens in, dash to the grocery store for some stuff, get into all those brightly lit aisles with colorful tins and packages and they are all a bit blurry. Finish my shopping. Get home. Start baking and realize I can’t really read the recipe card all that well. Close my left eye. That looks better!
Open my left eye. BLURRY! Not just a little blurry, but BIG BLURRY!! OH NO – I’m going blind! My friend is causing me grief. OH NO!! This is horrible. I already can’t hear and now I’m going blind in one eye.
Might as well take my contact lens out I say to myself… I take it out and everything is peachy keen. Wait!! What?? What is that? Seriously?? I look down in the palm of my hand and I have 2 contact lenses there.
Turns out that 2 contacts in one eye does not result in double perfect vision.
The good news is I’m not going blind today!
The bad news is I’ve apparently forgotten how to count and separate my right from my left 😎
B O R E D
Me on day 3 with no Hockey!
Pulled up a lounger chair, sat in the sun and read.
That’s how I survived this day!
Phew! Survived Day2!!
How did I manage? Am I some kind of super hero? Nope I’m not.
I channeled my inner Doris Domestic and did laundry. Yup, it was special and so so rewarding! I didn’t watch Big Brother, Survivor or The Bachelor. I didn’t watch shows about cooking, or house reno’s. I didn’t watch Discovery, Nat Geo or History Channel. I didn’t break out a 1000 piece puzzle, learn to play bridge, or make a quilt.
Funny enough the world did not come to an end… I managed to survive ok. Well alright, I admit it, I watched yesterdays Tim and Sid on PVR and while I was at it I PVR’d today’s episode.
I visited with other Canadian friends who are here in Arizona with us and we lamented the demise of hockey AND all the other sports that we follow. But then our conversation turned to the serious topic of Covid19. We discussed how to distance ourselves from crowds and how to stay safe and healthy. Are we safe from it? Can we stay healthy by self-isolating ourselves and avoiding crowds and crowded areas? We can certainly avoid movie theatres, casino’s, bus trips, any gatherings and that type of thing. Will it be enough? Sounds like it should. We will do just that. We will keep to ourselves here in the Arizona sunshine until we head home in a couple of weeks. We can only take it one day at a time!
See you soon Canada!
So now what? If you are a huge hockey fan like myself you may have asked yourself this today. So now what?
No hockey. No hockey of any kind. I would normally fill my tv watching time with Sportsnet, TSN, Tim and Sid, Hockey Central.. you get the idea. I’m either watching hockey or listening about yesterday’s hockey or today’s hockey or tomorrow’s hockey. This is my favorite time of year for hockey. Playoffs looming. The perfect time of year to “hockey”. Now it’s gone for a few weeks? or months? or all summer? I guess we have to wait and see. No football, baseball, golf, car racing, rugby, soccer, basketball (notice these are in the order of my preference of viewing).
What will I do with my time? No sports of any kind.
- I can always catch up on my dusting – that’s special and so rewarding.
- I can watch Big Brother, Survivor, The Bachelor – that’s also special and so rewarding.
- I can watch shows about cooking and house reno’s – that’s special and so rewarding.
- I can tune to Discovery, Nat Geo and History – that’s special and so rewarding but would improve my overall knowledge of the world.
- I can break out a 1000 piece puzzle. Learn to play bridge. Make a quilt. – All hobbies and games that are special and rewarding.
Although the above things may be special and rewarding – I’m not prepared to launch into action just yet. I can: Read. Bake. Take Pictures. Sit in the Sun. Watch the world go by. All these things ARE special AND rewarding to me. If that fails I will go to plan B and plan C.
B – Booze
C – Camera
We are hiding out in AZ.. escaping the wet winter weather from the coast of BC. Here’s a few photo’s from the winter. I find that I’ve been drawn to create more black and white desaturated photo’s on this trip. Is it because I miss the blue and greens of home? Is it because there’s so many shades of brown down here? Whatever the reason.. here they are!
Today I’m heading to the laundry room at the resort we are staying at in Arizona and a guy pulls up in a golf cart with a bucket of laundry in the back of his cart. He stops, but the cart keeps rolling back down the incline to the street. He pulls forward again and says “do you know anything about golf carts?”.
‘Not much’, I say, ‘What’s the problem?’.
“Do these things have brakes” he asks.
I show him the brake and he says “well as you can see I don’t know much about golf carts”.
I say: ‘ do you know much about laundry?’.
He says: “a little”.
I say: ‘well you’re a keeper then!’.
He says: ‘ well my wife showed me how to do it and she just died’.
He kind of laughed.
His name is Dan.
I introduced myself and even used my real name!
as my mom told us many times… “no one likes a smart ass”…..
Flowers are my favorite thing to photograph.
Today I felt like getting close!