|Posted on 9 January, 2021 at 15:50|
This year is starting out in a most peculiar fashion....Covid-19 is still rampant, with the added horror of yet an even more contagious strain just to keep things interesting. At the risk of sounding like a broken record I'm afraid I must report that our numbers continue to soar every day. People still aren't listening, and are actually becoming rather rebellious in their actions, gathering, ignoring public health officers and simply doing whatever they want. When did our society become so selfish? Perhaps it always was and Covid has just exposed people for who they really are. Our health care providers are tired, hospital capacity is becoming overwhelmed and some other procedures will have to once again be postponed in order to make room for the ever increasing number of Covid-19 patients. Yet still I see, every day people posting online claiming this is all a hoax, a fear-mongering tactic created by (all) governments in order to control us. Mustn't download that Covid app in case the government will track your whereabouts....but it's okay to have your cell phone (gps), your social insurance number (address, career and financial tracker for years) and post all your personal information and opinions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (algorithms). I am missing a lot of important milestones in my little grandson's life. I have FaceTime yes, but I haven't hugged him for months. Christmas was almost a non-event, as I was right when I mentioned in my previous blog that we were not allowed to celebrate with anyone except our immediate household. I accepted that, without too much surprise and thought instead about people who had no one to be with. However there was a poll conducted in Canada which resulted in the fact that 50% of Canadians said they were going ahead with normal family gatherings at Christmas. In a week or so we will see the results of that selfishness.
The situation in the US is another horror unfolding, but given the past year I can't say I'm at all surprised. I don't want to get into any further discussion because it's not my purpose of these monthly blogs, I will just say that it's my sincere hope that America can heal itself from all the hatred and division it has seen in the past four years.
The Square Foot Show at The Loft Gallery in Thornbury was of course, online. I submitted nine pansy paintings and happily I sold two. It was the first time the show went online and ran for much longer than usual. I was pleased to have been able to sell these two, and will post on my website and Facebook pages the remaining ones for sale shortly.
Today I was able to work on my 2021 Twitter Art postcard. This year's event is in support of the Leukaemia Intensive and Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) and is being held in Cheltenham, UK. I had started a piece prior to Christmas but I wasn't really happy with it. I went down another route today and am much more pleased with the progress.
In other news, I was offered a job in a florist in which I worked 21 years ago. I decided to return to the flower business after more than a year off. At first my back and feet protested but after a few weeks I'm feeling much better. I worked through the Christmas rush which went very well but now my thoughts have turned to the dreaded Valentine's Day debacle. No warm holiday to help me get through it either!!!
Stay safe. Do all those things that our poor public health experts have to keep telling everyone and above all, keep smiling.