As most of you know, my mom had been ailing for a few months and she passed away at the beginning of March. It was hard. Really hard. But my mother not only had the best attitude of anyone I knew, she was pragmatic. “It’s life,” she would say and it goes on. And so it does. Strangely enough, she helped me write her obituary a few days before she passed and while sad, it was strangely normal and we actually enjoyed doing it together. And while I can’t express how much I miss her, perhaps I can about how much I admire her. While her life wasn’t terrible, it certainly wasn’t easy. Unlike me, she wasn’t very curious or adventurous and preferred to spend her time close to home. In her later years, she developed Parkinson’s disease (thankfully with somewhat milder symptoms) and 6 years before her death she contracted an autoimmune disease and went completely blind due to a medical error. It must have been an awful experience but she was always happy and positive and really, an example to everyone around her of how to take what life gives you, regardless if it’s good or bad, and enjoy every moment. She will always be missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace, Mumsy!
So, as you see, I have so many personal things going on that I hardly noticed the advent of the coronavirus and I hardly know what to think. I realize that the media is usually the master of hyperbole to shock and awe in the quest for the almighty dollar. However, people are dying and it’s such a new unexpected circumstance that it’s sort of the blind leading the blind. I do find it interesting that countries that have decided not to self-isolate, such as Taiwan, Singapore, and Sweden (are there any I missed?) don’t seem to be having more cases or deaths as other countries who are self-isolating. However, time will tell and for the time being, Canada’s decision is to self-isolate so I’m towing the line as much as possible.
And what am I doing during the outbreak? I wish I could say lots of reading and I am reading more, but I’m behind on my income taxes so that’s a priority. So here’s what I’m up to:
- income taxes
- walks with dog and sometimes friends (of course, 2 metres apart … for the people, not the dogs)
- cleaning house, car, etc.
Given more time, when the taxes are finished, I’d like to try to do some drawing, photography and perhaps sign up for some on-line courses. Strangely, I’ve been watching almost no T.V. and have not been very present on social media. It’s been very refreshing! I have felt a little starved for social interaction but I’m getting some so it’s not too bad.
And lastly, after the turmoil of last month I picked up a Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus and have read Thank You, Jeeves and am just finishing up The Code of the Woosters. P.D. Wodhouse is a hoot! I’ve also begun The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. My plan is to go slowly and keep only two books at a time going but we’ll see how that goes. I’m already thinking of continuing my read of The Rougon-Macquart series for Fanda’s Zoladdiction with Le Rêve, and I do have to finish up my The Iliad read-along that was interrupted.
I hope everyone is keeping safe and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you as I slowly emerge back into the blogging world!