Covid Restrictions, are Canadians Over Cautious?

Covid Restrictions, are Canadians Over Cautious?

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry right now. Christmas morning and hubby and I are sitting here, alone, with our turkey still in the freezer. The presents are all wrapped, placed lovingly under the tree, and stockings are stuffed, but no other family members in sight. Covid restrictions have put a kibosh on our Christmas plans.

Isolating and Covid Restrictions

One son and his family are “isolating” after a positive covid test. Both hubby and I have “symptoms” but we are not convinced they are Covid-related. Testing is not available so we will never know. Isolating is still recommended.

As a family, we decided it prudent (and law-abiding) to cancel our Christmas plans.

Two other sons and their significant others are symptom and positive test-free, so permitted (according to provincial restrictions/rules) to attend (scaled down) Christmas get-togethers with their partners’ families. I don’t begrudge them their holiday plans, but it does feel weird. And quiet.

Covid Restrictions Outside of Canada

The kicker is that I just read a Facebook post of a relative in Texas whose family attended a family reunion. Her husband and daughter tested positive earlier this week and she was feeling ill. I’m not sure which happened first. The difference? They don’t have the same isolation/quarantine rules so positive tests or symptoms don’t appear to slow them down.

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t begrudge them their celebrations either, I am just really ticked off that our governments (federal and provincial) are telling us to stay home if positive, feeling symptoms are even been in contact with someone that has tested positive…..

…And jealous, I am realllly jealous, even moping, feeling sorry for myself, getting greener by the minute.

Enough about me though, I really feel bad for business owners forced to turn away patrons to try to control the herd immunity that is not only imminent but a healthy thing in the long haul.

Who is right? I believe Canadians, in general, are more cautious etc etc, but is that a good thing? Are we turning into an over-cautious, judgemental, economy-tanking, Negative-Nancy or Debbie-Downer country?

Merry Christmas wherever and however you are celebrating. Or not.

Covid Restrictions, are Canadians Over Cautious?

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All

Merry Christmas or happy holidays to everyone, everywhere. Facebook and other forms of social media have lots of wonderful memes, poems, pictures, and so on this time of year with advice and wishes for a happy holiday season, regardless of what, how and with whom you celebrate.

I thought I would share some that caught my eye.

Christmases Past

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All

I remember doing just that, was lots of fun. There were a few houses in our neighbourhood that went all out with the decorations.

I am happy to report that several of my grandkids enjoy walking around our current block admiring and inspecting the lights and festive displays. This is the display one of our neighbours spent hours setting up; the kids just adore it:

Christmas Humour

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All

A(nother) Covid Christmas:

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All

This would be funnier if it didn’t hit so close to home. With the Omicron variant of Covid-19 marching rampantly through the world, holiday plans everywhere are getting the axe, once again.

Let’s hope 2022 brings the herd immunity that could result from all of us getting exposed this season.

Philosophical Words

Moving Forward

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All

This one is all about moving forward, letting go of the past, recognizing and embracing the positives in your life. It’s like a free psychology session!

Let’s hope we can leave the Covid virus behind as well.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Fun: Girls Sleepover

Christmas Fun: Girls Sleepover

My two granddaughters and I had a girls’ sleepover recently, with lots of fun, giggles, and sugar, but not much sleep.

We filled the evening and morning with lots of girly activities, something I was not particularly fond of as a youngster, and did not experience raising three sons, but am enjoying immensely with these two cuties. Their smiles and enjoyment are contagious.

We began the evening by painting our fingernails, all thirty of them, in a multitude of colours and sparkles…

After enjoying cheesy pizza and candy cane ice cream for dinner washed down with iced tea, we bundled up for an outside stroll around the block to inspect the Christmas lights. These girls are loyal; they voted our light display their favourite:

Our outdoor trek was followed by hot chocolate and painting our toenails, which we figured would hold up better after donning socks and winter boots for the outside adventure. When the toenails were dried and smudge-free, we changed into our pjs, matching Christmassy ones Grandma found just for the occasion:

We were supposed to roll out and bake cookies next (the basic sugar cookie dough was premade on Grandma day last Wednesday) but as it was already past bedtime, we decided Grandma would do that part solo and have the cookies cooled and ready for decorating in the morning.

After a pancake breakfast and healthy green (cucumbers were detected, and grudgingly consumed) smoothies, the decorating began:

When the cookies were glammed up then packaged for safe transport home, the girls enjoyed a dance party while Grandma cleaned up the sticky mess. (Not so) fun fact: sprinkles are like glitter, they end up everywhere!

I’m not sure who enjoyed themselves more, the girls or their Grandma. The only glitch was the actual sleepover part. They insisted on sleeping together in the same bed, something neither of them is used to, so quality sleep time was not ideal, but to be expected at a sleepover. It did not help that at not quite four years old, the younger one wanted to stay up with the eight-year-old who is a bit more accustomed to staying up past bedtime.

I hope they make it through the rest of the day today without any meltdowns due to exhaustion and sugar consumption.

Either way, it was unanimous: we have to do it again soon! Maybe next time I will convince them to sleep separately.

Did I tell you I have a third granddaughter arriving in the new year? Not that she will be enjoying sleepovers anytime soon, but eventually we will let her join the fun.

Christmas Fun: Girls Sleepover

That will make for three of each, a balanced six-pack of grandchildren.

Next up? A sleepover with the eldest of the brothers that were excluded from the fun last night. Grandma might need a nap first!

Decorating for Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

To steal a line from that famous carol, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my home. With the pandemic sucking most of the fun out of 2020, many are decorating for Christmas earlier than usual this year. Me too, as soon as remembrance day was over, I hauled out my decorations.

Outside Decorations

It helped too that the weather outside was not so frightening, so hubby was coerced into putting up the outdoor lights. This becomes trickier each season as the trees we adorn with multicoloured lights get bigger and bigger. This blue spruce was purchased more than thirty years ago, as a dwarf variety, supposed to achieve a height of five feet at maturity. Currently it sits at around 15 feet, no dwarf for sure, but hopefully as mature as it’s going to get. It sure does look pretty though when all lit up, even from way down the street. So my neighbours tell me.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Moving Inside

Moving inside, our artificial (due to hubby’s allergies) Christmas tree is up in our front window with more lights twinkling on it. My almost four year old grandson helped me add the ornaments, three per branch in many instances. It’s the thought that counts, right? I wonder if he will notice that I could not resist moving them around a bit to fill in some needier spots…

Last year, during a Florida vacation, I purchased these four beautiful Harvey Lewis ornaments, embellished with Swarovski crystals, one for each grandchild I had at the time…

This season I tried to order another “J” for our newest family member, the grandson that was lucky enough to be born at the beginning of the pandemic. Unfortunately, it seems lots of J babies were born this year as that letter is now unavailable. I will keep trying, my fingers are crossed hoping more will become available soon. As my sister in Texas is a little closer to Florida than I am in Ottawa, I have her looking for me within the USA.

My oldest granddaughter helped me unpack decorations from their designated buckets (yes, all labelled with the room they go in) and add them to the holiday decor, during her breaks from her online school lessons. Some decorations are very old (the bulbs in a vase on the dining room table belonged to my hubby’s grandmother!), some brand new, most somewhere in between. Many were handcrafted, like the wooden snowman-like guy at the bottom that my middle son made in grade two. He is now pushing twenty-nine years old. The point is that all have special meaning to us. Another example is the fibre-optic tree that was rescued from my Dad’s crawlspace just before his house sold after his passing…

I had to remove and relocate the (fake) poinsettia plants I had inside my fireplace, as my granddaughter was very concerned they might deter Santa…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

A beautiful, real poinsettia, received from a friend, looks awesome on my kitchen table. The white blooms pop against the colourful tablecloth…

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Holiday Crafts Make Awesome Christmas Decorations

Both of my granddaughters love crafts. I knew I held onto my craft bucket (for many years) for a reason, or two. We made snowflakes, a la Martha Stewart, ensuring every one is unique, just as nature intended…

My younger, almost 3 year old granddaughter helped me make loops of red and green paper to decorate the doorways.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I’m sure when she sees the snowflakes crafted by her older cousin, I will have a few more to add to my windows. I won’t tell her that I am counting on it. I also saw a neat (and kid friendly) craft on the Marilyn show I know she will love. A Christmas tree made of a paper cone and plastic spoons, decorated with glitter sounds right up her alley.

New Decorations for 2020

Shopping on Amazon recently for ideas on crafty decoration kits I could purchase to make with my granddaughters, I saw these really cute, very 2020, customizable Christmas tree ornaments. Spoiler alert to any family members reading this, I ordered some for each of our families!

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
customizable for your family!

Supporting our local shops, I purchased a few items from Wood N Delights & The Country Cottage out of Frankville, Ontario. Lots to choose from, visit their site for yourself for more ideas…

I settled on some stocking stuffers and a little something to add to my Christmas decorating. I am in love with the sweet cardinal-inspired salt and pepper shakers, now on my dining room table…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Where are you in your decorating this year? Have you started early or are you still waiting to get motivated?

All I Want for Christmas is You

This probably sounds sappy, but all I want for Christmas is to spend more time with my family.  Two of my sons have grown up and moved out, now raising families of their own.  My three grandchildren are growing like weeds.  My third son is not far off from leaving the nest, soon to graduate from university.  It is understandable that having everyone all together does not happen nearly as often as I would like.

I understand how busy they all are and how there never seems to be enough hours in a day to get everything done.  I remember those hectic days when my boys were young.  Sometimes it feels like just yesterday, although the calendar says otherwise. 

As much as I am proud of my sons and their achievements,  I miss their presence in my daily life.  So, when they ask me what I would like for Christmas, I tell them…

All I Want for Christmas is You!

Purse Project in time for Christmas

I am off to drop off purses for the Purse Project I saw in the OTTAWA CITIZEN.  Today is the last day for drop-off for this specific purse project, but there are many out there.  Find one in your community to which you can donate.  It is a wonderful Christmastime idea.

Like most women, I have lots of purses hanging out in my closet, collecting dust. Many of them have barely been used.  The idea is to fill a gently-used purse with personal items for women living in shelters or on the streets.  There are so many things you can fill the purses with, use your imagination. Here are a few to start with:

  • feminine products
  • soaps
  • shampoo/conditioners
  • disposable razors
  • kleenex
  • lotion
  • make up
  • face and foot treatments

Find unused products in your home or purchase some to fill the purses with.  Many drug stores have a travel section with miniature sizes of the products listed above.  Gift cards are another great idea to add to the purses.

purse project

I have come up with six purses, all packed with goodies, ready for drop off here in Ottawa.  There are lots of drop-off locations listed in the article above, including many Shoppers Drug Marts and most Ottawa Police Stations.