Sometimes the weather is just perfect such that when it snows the snow clings to everything in sight and for just a magical moment it waits there for the sun to melt it. Yesterday morning was one of those rare moments. A Sunday morning during lockdown when the wet snow fell slowly and built up on every surface it could find. A white blanket over everything and no one was in a hurry to move it. It was warm enough that you didn’t have to wear gloves, but cold enough to keep the snow in place until noon. Families were out walking along the trails in the Conservation Area and children playing on the hills with their winter toys. Yet the snow adds a layer of quiet that muffles all the sound of traffic and attenuates all the other sounds. Peace, quiet and beauty.
*As the end of 2020 is getting closer it’s time to review the year and finish our 2020 goals. Since I’ve been retired I’ve made a habit of not making any goals for the next year, but I think I’ll review that habit and try to make some goals for 2021. Some should be the SMART ones (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time) and some should be just general or yet to be defined. My financial one always is to have less debt than the year before. I’ve managed to achieve that one this year due to travel being restricted by COVID-19. I’ve stayed in my budget for gift giving and paid all my bills on time. Now to continue my financial goals for 2021. I always ensure that I go into the new year without any bills outstanding or due. It’s my own superstition that if I start the year not owing, I’ll end the year not owing. It’s a SMART goal and a self-fulfilling prophecy that I hope to continue every year.
*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.
Usually between Labour Day and the first day of Fall we have a killing frost. Walking with my sister and our dogs we saw this turkey running through the grass. Turkeys are usually in groups, but this one was by herself and must have been separated from her flock on this frosty early morning.
Predictions for the USA include numbers as high as over 400,000 deaths by the end of 2020 from COVID-19.
We’ve been so lucky in Ontario. In London-Middlesex we’ve seen days without new cases. But fear of Corona Virus has mandated the use of facial masks and still has limits on the number of people permitted to gather. Churches still remain closed and School openings have been delayed.
I went to the playground with my grandson yesterday. Although the equipment hasn’t changed it’s very sad to see the loneliness in my grandson’s eyes as he is no longer permitted to mingle with the other children and must keep his distance. The public washrooms aren’t open, so small children duck behind trees to pee.
My heart breaks for all the children that are learning not to trust others, keep their distance and constantly wash their hands.