The familiarity of *here we go again*

Two days ago a dad of a girl on my daughter’s ringette team said two nearby towns are shutting the league for the remainder of this year.

A day later our league reported a positive case in a U12 team on the house league side. (My kid is U16 rep.)

On the way to pick up my niece at University, my phone interrupted my GPS to announce from various people who chat with me that this and that is getting canceled. Mostly kid activities related to sports.

Even the NHL is on pause, I found out later.

“Out of an abundance of caution…”

That’s the wording they’re using.

Sounds awfully familiar, especially here in the Greater Toronto Area where we have suffered a lot of strict lockdowns.

Are we heading back to that? ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

My daughter seems resigned. She spent a full two years of crucial adolescent brain and social development locked up in her home with her family, plugged into screens.

Don’t tell me this didn’t damage the kids.

So…on the cusp of more tightening of restrictions, right before Christmas break, we are heading back into a dark and cold winter of zooming, virtual learning, and no activities.

I can’t even imagine what this does to parents of young children.

Please don’t quote stats about the vaxxed and unvaxxed, I read my own sources. I’m just sharing my feelings of resignation.

But I’m forging ahead with my plans. In fact, I plan on purchasing a big white board to place on my large, empty wall, to tie together my various business plans and all my creative ideas. It’s going to go right here:

I’m probably going to move that little night table. I have some ideas of what I want to do with that wall. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, I had the above-mentioned teenager help me with a sound check of my Bluetooth microphone the other day, which resulted in 6 short clips of silliness. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Head over to the new playlist on YouTube called Tarot Snippets to check them out. They’re each about 30 seconds short…

This virus isn’t going to stop my plans from forging forward. The creativity within me is in overdrive. I have an abundance of ideas, some of which I’ve already actioned.

So I’ll keep home when I can, wear masks when I’m around the public, wash my hands often, and keep my immune system healthy as I already do. Once the panic about the rapid antigen test subsides I’ll likely inform myself of that, and continue as best as I can.

As far as the teenagers are concerned? One kid is with me and grandma where she will be kept busy tending to her guinea pig, bake cookies, alter hand-me-down clothes from her cousin, and scroll her screens as they’ve all become accustomed to during this mess that is covid.ย  The other kid has landed an outdoor rink guard job, continues with his driving lessons and has Tucker to keep him occupied. ๐Ÿ˜

Tucker’s “it wasn’t me” look. ๐Ÿ˜‡

And the kids dad? Well there appears to be a labour disruption happening at the Ontario colleges. I have no idea what will happen since the public is not in a supportive mood toward people who voted in favour of strike (only 59% voted yes to strike). But there’s that. Ugh.

As you can see… Life is full in my corner of the ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ woods. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I think I might eat some Christmas cookies for breakfast. ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

See you in the comments.

21 thoughts on “The familiarity of *here we go again*

  1. From the western side of Canada I send you warm wishes of health next year and a return to the old normal.
    I sense you do well at adapting, have a strong sense of humor and your children (like most) will surprise you with their resiliency. Merry Christmas

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  2. Hooray for cookies! Thereโ€™s a positive ;). I feel the โ€œhere we go againโ€, yet stood shoulder to shoulder in some areas of our #1 place to see Christmas lights in the nation yesterday (me in my mask with two immunizations). Colleges are going online, schools rethinking policy even as our own Attorney General sent letters to all schools saying they were breaking the law with mask mandates. So many NFL players had COVID that games canceled. I get it. Merry Christmas my friend! Weโ€™ll hang on to hope here in this space always!

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  3. I overheard someone at an outdoor mall saying their cruise ship just sent a text about requiring masks while inside. Who in their right mind would be taking a cruise this year anyway? Yes, Iโ€™m judging, but those ships are Petri dishes of germs. Before Covid, they would have routine outbreaks of norovirus- no thank you! And I love cruises, but prefer smaller ships.

    Bah humbug. I got my booster yesterday and am having my next day plopped on the couch recovery. Please send cookies. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

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  4. Christmas cookies for breakfast – perfect! That’ll solve most everything – at least for the moment.

    I love that your creativity is in overdrive and you are embracing it!

    As for the rest, God help us and our young ones…

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  5. Life definitely is far from normal, I continue to refuse to say this is the new normal. I am sick of Covid whatever its mutations being the root possibility of illness. My wife has had a bad cold, but when she went express care it was only considered the possibility of Covid. She was swabbed for both Covid and the flu despite having two doses of the vaccine and a booster and the annual flu vaccine. Both tests came back negative, her GP then said it’s possible it was false so she was swabbed again..and guess what, still no Covid. Granted she still getting over her cold but that mindset to me is out of control. Bad enough this cold has derailed our plans to see A Christmas Carol live this afternoon and visit my brother and his family later today. I am hoping she feels well enough to visit her family on Christmas day, but I am okay I guess if we only celebrate with each other.

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  6. Christmas cookies for breakfast sounds perfect. While Iโ€™m fully vaccinated and boosted, these winter surges and shut downs make me want to scream as well. The numbers of hospitalized (mostly unvaccinated) have risen so high in my state theyโ€™ve called in the National Guard to assist. Weโ€™ll never get rid of this crap itโ€™s itโ€™s allowed to spread and mutate, but it looks like thatโ€™s our future. And Iโ€™m with youโ€ฆ itโ€™s awful for the children who are missing out on so many once in a lifetime events.

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      1. New York City is seeing its highest hospitalization numbers ever due to the new variant sweeping through the unvaccinated. The Radio City Rockettes just closed their Xmas show and some Broadway plays are halting productions. 3 NFL games are cancelled this weekend as well. Yet most things are open and people are gathering and traveling. It seems back to normal at times, but is it?
        ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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