While taking a bit of a blogging break, I decided to teach myself how to create a website from an existing blog. Meaning, I wanted to have a home page that was fixed (static) and add pages that will guide you to other parts of my creative journey. One of those pages is my blog, but there are other pages as well.
There is a reason for this. And you will see what my plans are soon. (I’m slow with progress, mostly due to external interruptions that are beyond my control, but I will not let anyone stress me out. It will happen when I’m ready.)
Life has been a bit of a slog recently. The neck pain plus the endless lockdown measures have worn me down, not to mention the whole parenting teens thing; one kid is turning 16 on the weekend. I mean…what? How does this happen?
Things are difficult and the lack of freedom, social activities, and other opportunities beyond these four walls have impacted us all, the kids more so than anyone I think. AND, the vaccinations are continuously delayed or otherwise messed up – we are far, far behind many other industrial countries. Did you know unemployement in Canada is higher than America, the UK, even Italy? I try to stay off the news as much as I can because it’s depressing watching them screw up things even more, but occasionally I get sucked in. Every single measure that’s happening now should have happened last April, May. But never mind. I will sit here like a good little Canadian and wait. Nothing much else I can do.
One new thing is I started dog walking again. There are two puppies in the neighbourhood, one is Nessie who was introduced in this blog. I started her yesterday and it went very well, although she didn’t really trust me enough to actually go for a walk. We managed maybe four houses down the street before she changed her mind and wanted back to her house and backyard. I will try the same walk with her again today and see if she’ll come further. If not, that’s ok. She’s a baby (3 months) and it takes time to bond with babies, even furry ones.
The other dog is a prospect still, a 6 month old Shepherd. Unlike with Nessie’s family, whom I’ve known for a dozen years, these people found my advertising on facebook (which honestly I forgot about, I rarely go on there these days). They are interviewing other people as well so it may or may not happen. Either way, I’m ok with that. I have plenty of things to keep me busy.
There’s our own Tucker, as well, Mr. Barfy-Puke dog. Every day there’s a new pile of puke for us to clean up. Today, we found evidence of his red rubber ball, made by Kong no less, in the puke pile. He chews stuff (he’s still teething a bit at 8 months) and then proceeds to EAT it. Silly pooch. But we can’t keep our eye on him 24/7 – I sometimes put him in the back hallway behind the gate so I don’t have to pay as close attention to him, especially when I’m writing or editing, but one or the other family members always let him out. “I feel sorry for him all alone back there,” they tell me, then grab a snack and head back to wherever they came from, leaving me to watch Tucker by myself again. 🙄
Anyway, the family will be on their own as of this afternoon because I’m leaving on a short trip for a few days. I will be family-less, and single, for a glorious two and a half-ish days. 😀 Can’t wait.
I’ll be back to blogging more consistently again as of later today, or tomorrow. In the meantime, won’t you have a look at my minimalist home page on my site? I love it, but I am interested in feedback. For one thing, do you think I should add some pictures? I do like the clean, minimalist layout but should I add something a little more designer-ish to my page?
See you in the comments!