*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.
*My new daughter-in-law shared her photographer’s pictures with us yesterday. It seems so strange and wonderful to see all the beautiful pictures. I’m glad that her photographer also let others take pictures so we can put all the photos together for wonderful memories.
*The shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year is celebrated by every religion on earth. The beginning of Yule and now we usually celebrate the victory of day over night as the days start to get longer on our journey to spring. Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic we will be celebrating alone in our homes as Ontario faces a major 28 day shut down because the numbers just keep increasing.
*Experimenting with my new free version of Corel Painter Essentials I used the charcoal effect to edit my new boots and cat picture. Although I prefer the actual photograph, this version fits in perfectly with the Daily Quote.
Only 1 week to go until Christmas. I have most of my shopping done, but still have to pick up a few items. I’ll pick-up my husband’s gift today and a couple of games. With gatherings limited to 5 people, Christmas will be different this year. I won’t be hosting the annual Timson Christmas Eve Celebration, so this will be the first year my family hasn’t been together on Christmas Eve. It’s a sad milestone that I thought would wait until I was much older. So instead we’ll attend 4 different smaller gatherings shifting from home to home and keeping the numbers down to 5. On the plus side it means I don’t have to cook for 4 days.
The bad news is regarding the number of people that haven’t sought medical advise for other ailments during the pandemic. I for one didn’t go to the dentist until I was in pain, which was too late. My tooth had to be extracted. A minor issue compared to my oldest sister-in-law.
My sister-in-law, put off going to the doctor when she had leg problems, until cancer had spread throughout her body. Her level of stress this year is inconceivable to me. Isolation, caring for her husband, loosing a sister to cancer, watching another struggling with cancer…… She is now waiting alone in hospital for test results so they can determine the best treatment (if any). Her husband, who has dementia, doesn’t understand why she hasn’t come home yet and keeps asking when they will bring her back. She has been his caregiver for more than 10 years (longer if you consider that they’ve married for more than 50 years). Their younger daughter is staying with him until the test results come back and my sister-in-law hopefully comes home. Their oldest daughter lives too far away to help. Their oldest son is staying at his younger sister’s home until she can return. Their youngest son is unable to be with his parents due to exposure to COVID-19 and 2 weeks of self-isolation. Prayers are all we can give, but it doesn’t seem like enough.
*12-12-2020 is the day that my youngest son and his beautiful fiancé have chosen for their wedding day. From this day forward we will remember the anniversary of the combining of their two families into one, and their pledge to each other. Last night they spend apart as per tradition and they won’t see each other until the ceremony mid-afternoon. Pre-wedding celebrations are done and when the dawn breaks they will begin the final preparations in earnest. Their timing couldn’t have been better.
*London-Middlesex goes into Red Covid-19 restrictions on Monday. Starting Monday, no more than 5 people can gather. Hopefully, this measure can avert a full lockdown. Christmas/holiday season gatherings are being pared down and cancelled. So much for our Christmas Eve tradition of meeting at my house for supper and gifts. But Christmas will still happen, just a quieter more intimate version as we all will be in our separate homes for the celebrations.
*London-Middlesex COVID-19 numbers have now pushed our area into “Orange”. The numbers were significantly impacted by an outbreak at University Hospital in London ON. Allegedly because the staff from all floors shared a common lunch area (rumoured that the administration wouldn’t let them use boardrooms on individual floors). 12 deaths are now linked to the UH outbreak, (The health unit said Thursday that the outbreak has now been linked to 124 cases at the facility, with 62 involving patients and 62 involving staff. )
*The impact on my son’s wedding next Saturday, December 12, 2020 is that there will need to be more tables at the reception as maximum number at a table goes from 6 down to 4. (Stupid because families of 6 can’t even sit together) So my sister won’t be able to sit with my husband and I.
*I will be playing my flute behind a plexiglass shield. I tried my new microphone for my Nikon D750 and with a little technical help from my Oldest son we were able to make the following clip.
*COVID-19 restrictions have added another wrinkle to my son’s wedding. I was hoping to play my flute for his wedding. The venue had approved it as I would be more than 6′ from others and could face away when I’m playing, but the officiant objected and is requiring that I have a shield as well. Finding a shield is proving to be more difficult than I had imagined, so I thought I would make a video with my new microphone. However, I can’t use the remote to start and end the video, so I’ll also have to learn how to edit the video. Then because of the file size I had to learn how to post it on YouTube. So if nothing else COVID-19 has made us all learn new ways of doing things.
*Tonight is the Full Beaver Moon, but with a snow storm threatening I decided to go an isolated dead end road to try to get some Full Moon pictures last night at moonrise. Unfortunately the clouds got in the way and the moon wasn’t fully visible until darkness had descended.
*The last day of November 2020. A vaccine is on the horizon while numbers for COVID-19 increase rapidly. Because Canada doesn’t make it’s own vaccine, it is predicted that 50% will be vaccinated by September 2021. So keep up the social distancing, wear a mask and stay home if you have even mild symptoms.
*USA remains #1 for number of cases as emergency rooms are now at or exceeding capacity. The Canada/US border remains closed for all none essential travel. Even though COVID insurance can now be purchased the Canadian government is still recommending that people stay home.
* 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.
Sunday and the world is going mad as the second wave of COVID-19 is even greater than the first. Restrictions are being re-introduced as numbers of confirmed cases keep breaking records. A vaccine is being promised as soon as January 2021, as announced by President Trump (in his days of denying that he has lost the election). Major staffing changes are being made in the military in the USA, as unconfirmed claims of election fraud are being seeded liberally by Trump supporters. The USA remains #1 in the world for number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.
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.