Friday, January 29, 2021

Looking forward -- looking back


Late January Sky
Barbara Muir © 2021

We are so in the habit of this COVID-19 world now.  But I found a short blog
about the beginning, and thought I'd share those thoughts tonight.

The photo is of the sky as I looked out from our back porch today.  It is
super cold, and was snowing gently, but the sky always makes me happy.
It was a good day.  We worked hard, and then got to talk to friends,
on the phone and on Zoom.  So much fun

I've been marking today, and on Friday night Steven and I watch TV
together.  I love our time sitting on the couch, with the two cats
and the dog sound asleep knowing we are happy and together.

This was what I wrote on April 8, 2020.  It sounds so innocent now:

"We went to the grocery store tonight.  Together.  It was late
in the current hours -- 7 p.m., and because of the virus the
store closes at 8 p.m.  And I was thinking about what it was
like shopping a month ago.  On March 3 -- okay a month
and 4 days ago we had no idea what was coming at us.
I was blithely talking about an art show I was preparing
for.  I had coffee with the women I know in the neighbourhood
who meet on a Tuesday morning if they're not working.

Life was more or less normal.  Today in the grocery store almost
everyone wore face masks, and if not had their scarves
tied around their faces.  There are markers on the floor
telling you how far apart you have to stand waiting for
the cash (2 meters or 6 ft, 7 inches).  You are permitted to
cash out when a man overseeing the cash registers lets
you through.  Some people still don't get social
distancing, but they are rare.

So we had to remember oranges because someone in
our family eats fruit so she won't eat chocolate bars
and non-stop candy.  Yes it's me. And we did get all of
our regular groceries, and came home, had dinner, and
I had a banana for dessert.

Every detail matters.That is life right now.  Enjoy it.

Have a loving your life day."

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay happy.

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