*The day after the American Thanksgiving is filled with contradictions. Black Friday heralded the best sales of the year is the day that was chosen to protest the commercialism of our current world and to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. Even when there is a pandemic many Americans chose to go home for Thanksgiving, an unofficial 4 day weekend. With less than a month to go before Christmas celebrations the Thanksgiving get togethers could mean less people around the table for Christmas.
* Only 1 month from the darkest day of the year, the winter solstice, and for some it is already the darkest day. COVID-19 numbers continue to rise during this second wave filling emergency rooms to capacity. The Canadian/USA Boarder remains closed for at least another 30 days. Parts of Ontario (Toronto and Peel) will be entering a lock down and only essentials will be available. Christmas is already being labelled as different this year because we’ll probably be sitting alone, zooming our family, and waiting for this pandemic to end. Hope is around in the New Year as a vaccine is being developed and distribution is anticipated.
Studio pictures aren’t my style either. I prefer outdoors without any special lighting. My grandneice ran up to the top of a hill and for a brief moment was on top of the world as the “Queen of the Hill”. Candid shots of people being people are my very favorite types of portraits.
As communities prepare to celebrate Halloween COVID-19 style there have been many suggestions on how to maintain social distancing while Trick or Treating.
For me, and many other Canadian Snow birds, it means we’re home for Halloween instead of traveling to our winter season in the southern USA. Unfortunately our Southern friends and neighbours won’t have the economic benefit of the Northern Visitors. Many of the usual travelers are stuck with no winter home and scrambling to find an appropriate winter nesting ground. Seasonal Trailer Campgrounds aren’t permitted to have people be there year round so these retired people need to find somewhere else to go for 2-6 months. Some have petitioned for an exception this year, but the petitions seem to be falling on deaf ears.
The American election is quickly approaching. For all my American Friends I encourage you to get out and vote.
My grandnephew was at my sister’s farm. He was absolutely fascinated by the old mare and she seemed to be equally in awe of him. So on opposite sides of a wire fence they stood on a perfect autumn day in a moment of mutual admiration.
What a wonderful day my sister and I had at Point Pelee National Park. When we came upon this piece of driftwood she insisted on taking this picture of me with her cell phone. I’ve always said the camera doesn’t matter as much as the content and composition of a photo.
I’m so lucky to have 3 wonderful sisters. We’ve gone through some very tough times together and I am looking forward to many years of quality time to take walks together.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, playgrounds were closed and children weren’t allowed on the monkey bars, swings and slides. Once the playgrounds were re-opened social distancing still had to be maintained. So children could climb, swing and slide again.
But they weren’t permitted to get too close or make new friends playing tag. My heart broke to watch children with social circles excluding others as if they had the plague. Only children faced exclusion even though they had been self-isolating for months before hoping to join the other children on the playground.
After playing hand sanitizer was used just in case someone using the playground equipment had left virus particles behind. During play the washrooms were closed, so many children had a temporary disappearance into the woods for a quick pee, before returning to play again.