The Current Normal – Blogging in the Bubble

The world is chaotic at best right now. When this pandemic began, I wondered what I would blog about, as travel as we knew it had just been curtailed. But, as my readers will note, there has been no shortage of bike rides, hikes and mountain visits, as well as some serious stuff and also some nonsense.

As I sit here blogging on my plastic “bubbled” back deck, in my toque and winter coat, with the infra-red heater whirring away, I am strangely content. I know this is not Thanksgiving on either side of the 49th, but as always, Gratitude is the Attitude.

The photo was actually taken on October 29, 2020, when the temperature got to +7 C. Today, I am back on the bubble deck in short-sleeves and the outside temperature on November 2/2020 is +14. I just mowed my lawn for the final time, but who knows and yes, the heater is in fact whirring.

In Gratitude ©

For a warm home that is all paid off

for not being ill with Covid cough,

for food to eat and good wine to drink,

for time for chores and some time to think,

for friends I see on computer screen,

and those who visit my bubble scene,

for my kids all with good paying jobs,

for not needing any nasal swabs,

for photos taken that aren’t half bad,

for all my readers, I am so glad,

for the strength to change my attitude,

I extend my utmost gratitude.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

22 thoughts on “The Current Normal – Blogging in the Bubble

  1. I love your poem, Allan, it’s a great reminder that there are so many things to be grateful for on daily basis, even with our lives on hold. By any stretch, this year has been…well…not what we all hoped for. Yet, when I look back on the last few months, I’m so delighted to be still alive. Thanks for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva

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    1. This is true. I always tell people to never say “Well, it can’t get much worse” or “Why Me”. Number 1, it can always get worse. Number 2, why not me? Others often face much worse than what we see as bad. I hope that when I wake up tomorrow, I will be grateful that the U.S. election is over and with a good result. Thanks for reading Aiva and stay well. Allan

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  2. Awesome

    On Tue., Nov. 3, 2020, 12:31 p.m. PhotoBlography3, wrote:

    > kagould17 posted: ” The world is chaotic at best right now. When this > pandemic began, I wondered what I would blog about, as travel as we knew it > had just been curtailed. But, as my readers will note, there has been no > shortage of bike rides, hikes and mountain visits, as w” >

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  3. Sounds like you have a lot to be grateful for. One of the things to come out of this pandemic is that I’ve had a lot more time to reflect and think about what I want out of life. It’s certainly made me more appreciative for all that I have. Also, I continue to be envious of your backyard, not just with your garden, but also your bubbled back deck. Take care.

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    1. Absolutely. Time to think, time to communicate, time to organize is all good. We are so lucky to have the back yard and the deck. It is going to get a bit chillier soon, but, we can still look out the back windows. Stay well and thanks for reading. Allan

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