Spiralling affirmations for the new year

Back in the fall of 2020, my curiosity for the Golden Ratio re-emerged. It was a welcome distraction for keeping creative and sane entering the tenth month of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I pulled out leftover graph paper from my kids’ old school supplies and followed the pattern from a Wikipedia link. It provided a satisfying creative outlet with a blend of mathematics and art.

One of my first Fibonacci Spirals incorporated into art

On Halloween, I saw potential for incorporating into a drawing of a cat.

Doodle of what I saw as Fibonacci’s Cat

It could use more work.

Then came the New Year, transitioning from 2020 into 2021. It started out with a quiet and hopeful celebration at home, writing my goals, doodling and watching New Year’s events on television.

Self-deprecating humour depicting my New Year’s Eve activities

A dark mood lingered.

Let us pray for the courage, strength and patience to continue with our daily routines, struggles and joys as we wait for release from this bad dream

Then we focused on positive thoughts and affirmations.

New Year affirmations for 2021

The next day was full of creativity and bliss while mellowing out and listening to a CD titled Sanctuary – Beneath the Greenwood – Dusk til Dawn.

The Resident Millennial liked the creation and even took time to read the script. I was impressed since many of us older adults have concerns that young people some day may not understand cursive writing.

On the evening of the first remote work day after returning from the holidays, I created another work infused with positive affirmations.

More affirmations, words of encouragement and motivation

If you like these attempts at written art and other drawings, you can follow this new Google album link I created for 2021.

Thank you for stopping by and not waking the kitteh.

What are you doing to pass the time in lock-down and maintain good mental health?

Stay well. Stay safe. Be patient and kind.

T

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Family reunion word fun in our virtual new world

Like thousands of other families, ours wasn’t able to have an in-person reunion this year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we chose not to risk travel across provincial borders to the usual meeting places in the Georgian Bay area this summer. We managed though to get many siblings, offspring and offshoots to show up for at least one of the five virtual sessions.

Since it was the five-year marker for our family reunion, it was important to me that we have some form of recognition. I delegated three young people to research something suitable for virtual gatherings, for sharing photos and text for the five year status updates (if so wished). We chuckled nervously at the name of the one they chose.

Live your life in happiness, even though those around you live their lives in discord and wish to spread their struggles to you. Be happiness itself.

Discord is a community platform developed by video gamers so they could chat and display screens while playing and sharing tactics. Go figure since quite a few of the family tree offspring grew up playing video games. Some still do to pass the time during pandemic lock-downs.

At every monthly session, someone experienced problems with logging in, connecting to our server, or activating their cameras. If we had more than five users on the video channel, there were delays and spinning wheels.

The phrase “You’re on mute” came up often. It’s not just a Zoom thing.

At least with the other channels the young people set up, we could chat in text mode, share photos and links to external content.

Some of us shared current photos of the nesting grounds, and some from years gone by.

Bench by the water, summer 2017

The young delegates set up a games room channel on our server. Not many of the Boomer parents and grandparents are into video games but we like puzzles. I created word search puzzles with content representing our heritage, our shared status and feelings. Below are a couple of samples.

We are looking forward to the day the various vaccines will protect us from COVID-19 (and its mutated variants!), when we can safely gather in small geographical groups or one large family reunion come 2025.

I wrote a poem minutes before our final session last weekend and read it aloud to the captive audience on the video channel.

How about you? Have you been able to acknowledge family reunions or gather virtually over the holidays?

Thanks for stopping by. Stay well. Stay safe.

T

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A Sunday morning Christmas wish

It is snowing gently in my corner of the world. It’s not even the big fluffy flakes I enjoy, just small flakes that waffle between wet snow and drizzle.

Here’s hoping all is well with you and yours as you keep your holiday celebrations joyful and safe.

This year will be different for many of us not able to gather with family, with all of our young adult children, or to even get in short visits with grandchildren.

For those who are spending the time alone, I wish you good health and willingness to embrace the opportunity to reflect, to appreciate and love yourself. Find comfort and solace in the religious readings from your youth. Embrace the universal celebration of the hope and joy that arrives with the birth of a child. The cycle continues. Life carries on.

I am tackling three loads of laundry, getting stairs exercise to and from the communal laundry room, and trying very hard not to curse and judge neighbours who leave their items in the machines for hours and hours. The thought of moving to a newer, cleaner and more expensive rental with its own laundry en-suite is appealing to me more and more.

The cat and I are listening to CBC Radio 2, to the day-long European Union Radio broadcast of Christmas music. Some of the performances are repeats from 2019 since the various choirs and orchestras cannot perform together. Some groups are performing with their masks on. Bravo!

Miss Geneva Tabby, Home Office Friday Supervisor in her window box sun puddle cubicle

The Resident Millennial is still snoozing in his room, the guest room that used to be my home office.

I am preparing the coming week’s meal plan and chores list as we anticipate our humble celebrations and virtual gatherings. The workplace is winding down with many people already taking time off for the holidays. I am thankful I have a job where I can still perform remote IT support.

With 2021 coming, I hope people keep safe and considerate while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine. I look forward to starting another course in the part-time college program, and “seeing” old classmates again if only online.

Thank you for stopping by. Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!

T

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