Venturing farther from home

It was a restful, productive and otherwise quiet weekend during this pandemic. The high point was when we put a new collar on the cat.

She enjoys her new home, a house with stairs and a yard. The human servant is elated to have our own laundry facilities instead of relying on the communal laundry room that presented concerns about cleanliness and building security.

The cat has been enjoying her new porch and yard, the feel of grass under her paws after ten years of apartment life with only a balcony to the outdoors. She has also discovered gaps under the fence where she can squeeze through and explore the common yard before her humans have noticed. Being a plump old girl of 15 years, she doesn’t jump higher than two feet these days, not like the neighbourhood boy cats who like to visit her yard with intentions to say “hello”.

Posh Tabby with her new rhinestone studded collar

I think the rhinestone studded collar gives her a sense of stylish authority as she observes her domain from high vantage points or hides behind the porch steps to ambush and chase the furry boys out of our yard. It’s quite the entertainment!

Staying close to our own community

We don’t let her wander far without supervision.

Her human housemates are still staying close to home during Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening roadmap during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Being introverted personalities anyway, we are in no rush to join crowds at restaurants and theatres. We continue to work from home and only venture out for necessities or walks through nearby nature.

We had our first jab of the vaccine in June and plan to get the second one by the end of summer. One dilemma is waiting to get the same flavour as the first jab or believe the advice of health professionals to get the other MNRA shot. A friend mentioned that if you mix the brands, you won’t qualify to travel on some airlines. Well, it’s not like I’m in any hurry to sit in a tin can of recirculated air for two or more hours.

Gradual progress

We recently accepted single visitors to our home, masks on while inside for a quick tour then masks off while enjoying refreshments distanced on the porch and little yard. It felt so good to see family and friends “in real space” again.

How about you? Are you keeping within your bubbles and not taking risks with extroverted, crowded activities? I really don’t want us to go through a fourth wave and having to experience variants of this horrible virus.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe. Be kind.



About shewrite63

I am Theresa. I am a Mother, Grandmother and intermittent writer. I published a bittersweet novel in 2011 under the pen name of Florence T Lyon. I am also a real life survivor, community volunteer, Archives and Records Management graduate, and long-time IT support worker trying to keep up with technological changes. Can't eke a living off of my writing skills - yet!
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3 Responses to Venturing farther from home

  1. I doubt that I’m ever going to fly anywhere ever again. VIA for me wherever possible, please!

    • shewrite63 says:

      Same here. I prefer the train over air travel. One friend has taken the train for trips within the province and was impressed with the protocols and extra space allowed.

      • Been leaving replies asking for further service restorations whenever our current federal transportation minister posts good news about VIA on Twitter of late. No idea if it’s going to help, but I hope the suggestions are constructive ones.

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