I recently submitted my DNA to Ancestry.ca for analysis. The results, though not completely surprising showed a larger amount of Scottish origin than I had anticipated. So, although I’ll celebrate the poetry of Robbie Burn’s Night, I’m not very likely to eat haggis, but I’ll drink a bit of whisky and toast to your health.
Keeping with my Irish roots, I’d much rather have an Irish Coffee, a combination of coffee, rich cream and good Irish whisky. There seems to be a link here with a whisky theme.
Perhaps the misunderstanding is why it was necessary to devote a day for Better Business Communication. I spent part of my career writing procedures for different work centres at the London Mail Processing Plant. The most important part of COPSYS (Corporate Operating Systems) was the layout and sortation schematics. Changes were documented and posted as Information Book Notices. I enjoyed the technical writing and the challenge of implementing changes according to change control procedures. Yes, the job of Configurations Control Officer was one that I enjoyed.
My heart goes out to the people at the Gateway Processing Facility in Mississauga Ontario, as more than 160 cases have been confirmed on #3 shift (Afternoon shift). More than 4,500 people work at Gateway. Mail Sortation Clerks, Lettercarriers, and various Managers/Directors. I’m certain as many as possible are working remotely, but the front line workers and lettercarriers can only do their jobs in person. It’s ironic that mail volumes are hitting record highs as parcels and home delivery soars during the pandemic.
Today marks the first year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Canada. While remaining under lockdown during the second wave, I thought it would be a good time to look at the numbers:
Well, it’s official our province of Ontario is again under extreme measures, as the second state of emergency in less than a year has been declared. No one is to leave their house for anything except necessities. Luckily the list of necessities includes trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, medical appointments and exercise. For all other reasons we are to remain at home. When outside we are limited to groups of 5 and it is now advised that you wear a mask at all times.
Hospitals are reaching their capacity limits and tough decisions will have to start to be made regarding who will receive treatment and who won’t. The second wave of COVID-19 is much worse than the first. The good news is that for the first time in more than a week our number of cases was less than 3,000 per day.
Some regions won’t have in school classes until at least February 10, 2021 and I predict that other school boards will do the same even without the Provincial restriction.
People are now very anxious for the vaccine, but the availability has caused problems with priorities. Some non-essential workers or high risk individuals are butting into line and taking the place of those with higher priority. Those who didn’t follow government guidelines and travelled to Florida are able to pay for their vaccines ($300 per shot) and again get vaccinated before ones who followed the restrictions or can’t afford the travel/vaccine.
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
We’re now more than one week into the new year and I finally found the Daily Journal I like. It has a calendar in the front, a list of important conversions and 120 blank pages for me to write notes/journal on. The problem with finding something at the dollar store that you love is it might not be there the next time you want/need it. I was afraid my favourite journal wouldn’t be available this year. Last year they ran out of seeds, so I was forced to order through catalogues and was never so disappointed. I paid more than 10 times what I usually pay, the number of seeds were less and the germination rate was horrible. I will be going to the dollar store on a regular basis to try to get my favourite seeds.
I miss my winter travel to warmer places. I miss seeing my friends during this lockdown and the extended isolation of the pandemic. I miss going to church. I miss going to the monthly Horticultural Society Meetings. I’m saddened by the closing of the local Senior’s Centre. I miss being able to go to the Legion. I miss being able to have lunch at the local restaurant and having our favourite waitress greet us with a cup of coffee. And although the vaccine is bringing a ray of hope I will be in one of the last groups to be able to get it because I’m still under 65 and thankfully I’m in good health. So time to quit feeling sorry for myself and all the “I misses”. Bundle up and go for a walk because the forecast today is for sunshine and even with the bitter cold (-18C with the wind chill) at least the sun will be shining.
*The Ontario Province wide lock down began this morning at 00:01. Only essential services will be open for business. All none essential services are to remain closed. Gatherings are limited to immediate household members only. Hopefully in combination with the COVID-19 vaccine these extreme measures will curb the rise in the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccinations have begun with Health Care Professionals and the most vulnerable.
Boxing Day sales on line only or only in “essential” stores. So my daughter-in-law and I aren’t able to do our annual shopping at Whiteoaks in London ON.
*Merry Christmas. In Ontario we’re all spending this season in groups of 5 or less with our loved ones for tomorrow the lock-down begins for at least 28 days to try to curb the ever increasing COVID-19 numbers.
Don’t forget it’s also the Canadian Prime Minister’s Birthday. Happy 49th Birthday Justin Trudeau. 🎂
*Christmas Eve 2020 in Ontario and everyone is preparing for the Province Wide Lockdown starting Boxing Day (December 26, 2020). Our last time to be officially permitted to see family/friends in groups of 5 or less. With the vaccine being approved and distribution starting the number of vaccines available is still less than 1% of the population. Essential workers and the most vulnerable will receive the vaccine first. A vaccine hasn’t even been developed/approved yet for children.
*Weddings during the pandemic of 2020 certainly were different compared to what we had become accustomed to. The size of the wedding in mid-December 2020 was limited to 30 including the wedding party and officiant. Face masks were worn as people walked down the aisle, sat in their seats and witnessed the signing of the documents. Plexiglass shields were required if live music was to be included. Lysol wipes and disinfectant spray was required as soon as the live music was completed. In this picture of the December 12th, 2020 wedding the wipes and spray are still sitting at the bride’s feet. The Bride and Groom are signing the documents behind plexiglass. The witnesses are wearing their masks. And the officiant is advising where to sign on the other side of the plexiglass. The plexiglass holders (built by my husband and painted by me) were an original design to ensure we met the COVID-19 restrictions. To me this picture resonates with the love and determination of people to keep things as normal as possible during the pandemic.
Too many photographers try too hard. They try to lift photography into the realm of Art, because they have an inferiority complex about their Craft. You and I would see more interesting photography if they would stop worrying, and instead, apply horse-sense to the problem of recording the look and feel of their own era.
*On the eve of Christmas Eve (Just 3 days before the Ontario Lock Down) be certain to take lots of photos of your loved ones. They may be all we get to see of them for the next 28 days once the lock down is in force. There certainly is a need to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic is recorded in pictures to show the effect of everyday life in 2020. Weddings with masks, shopping line-ups, patients being turned in hospital beds, the faces of those to be remembered…..
Simple moments and simple pictures to document how we are living in 2020 with all the conflicted opinions of what is right to do during the pandemic.
*It was officially announced yesterday that Ontario will be in lock-down starting on Boxing Day and extending for at least 28 days. The one “gathering” we had scheduled for boxing day will now occur today to ensure that my oldest grandson can maintain some level of normalcy. I understand we need to do this to stop the spread of COVID-19, but at the same time my circle has been small during the last 9 months and the further restrictions will be very difficult. My grandbabies won’t be going to their new pre-school to make new friends and learn new skills. My newest grandson has learning disabilities and needs this interaction to catch-up on verbal and motor skills. How many children have been hurt by loosing so many days of school? My heart is breaking on the second day of Yule, instead of celebrating the end of the long nights.