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A Strange Christmas

This has been the weirdest year ever. I’m only grateful that everyone around me is still well in these times of COVID. I haven’t written since August because it seems that I’d be writing all day, every day, or it’s just too much to pick though.

Christmas has been especially trying because mom had to go to the hospital and ended up staying for a week, partly because there was a COVID-19 outbreak in her ward. Not only did the outbreak have her stay there longer, but she had to self-isolate upon her release, but it would mean that I have to self-isolate as she can’t stay alone for that length of time. So we’ve seen no one, beside her health aids, since the Friday before Christmas, and we’ll see no one until New Year’s day.

The timing is so unfortunate, but I saw no way to avoid it. So as an escape, I watch a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation each day on Netflix.

So as it stands, I’m just starting the second of the two weeks in isolation. Last week was long. This week will be longer, I’m sure. I’m just glad everyone is well.

I’m hoping that you and yours are well, too.

It’s a Top Gear Christmas!

See for yourself:

Christmas card ©2010 BBC Worldwide Ltd.


IMG_0457.CR2: 30D, EF 70—200mm 1:4L IS @ 97mm, 1/15, f/4.5, 800 ISO

IMG_0457.CR2: 30D, EF 70 — 200mm 1:4L IS @ 97mm, 1/15, f/4.5, 800 ISO

This photo may not look odd, but it’s an example of why fireworks are subject to government control. I took it on Victoria Day this year. It’s of the area around the back entrance of the building next door.The entrance itself is behind the tree on the right.

It seems that some people wanted to have their own fireworks show. They also didn’t want to be bothered to go very far to do it. So they lit them and threw them down from their balcony to land immediately outside the entrance. If someone had happened to leave the building as they threw them, they would’ve had time to walk into the middle of the fireworks just as they went off.


Happy new year

We’re almost there, now. Today is the last day of 2009. I think Don described it best in his Facebook status earlier today:

Don is looking back over the past 12 months and must say it’s been a good year, and next year will be even better.

The new year might work out to be better all on it’s own, but I’m going to do my best to help it be a better year. It’s up to us. You have the tools to do the same thing for yourself, so let’s all make it a good one.

Happy new year!

The christmas (tree) allure

Wolfie was mesmerized by my sister’s Christmas tree.

IMG_9932.CR2: 30D, EF 17–40mm 1:4L @ 17mm, 2s, f/4, 400 ISO

IMG_9932.CR2: 30D, EF 17 – 40mm 1:4L @ 17mm, 2s, f/4, 400 ISO

He would’ve stared at it all evening if I had let him!

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