It has been a long time since I have written. I again have had some major health issues. Let's just say that Christmas and New Years' were a write off, and then I spent some time in hospital and have spent the last month at home recuperating. It has been a time of slow progress. My health improvements have happened, but not at the pace I would have liked. But here I am- better and able to do my blog once more.
So much has changed since I last wrote to you. The COVID second wave was in full swing when I last wrote. Numbers here in Alberta were scarily high. 1800 cases of COVID were reported each day. Now due to lockdowns numbers are still way too high but our hospitals are able to manage the numbers of cases. And there is now a vaccine. Sure the roll out is slower than everyone would like but we are told that everyone who wishes to be vaccinated should be able to get their shots by the autumn. So there is some hope.
Washington DC has had it's turbulent times. There was the riot on the 6th of January. The impeachment trial of former President trial and his ultimate, unsurprising acquittal. So things are not perfect there. However, the tone has changed. No longer do we fear what tweets the president might make. And no longer does it feel like the inmates have taken over the asylum.
The weather has been an issue. Like much of North America we had a gentle start to the winter season. Temperatures when I was in hospital were warm. But then came the polar vortex with its record cold. In Innisfail minus 40 wind chills went on for over a week. Snow fell in Houston, Texas and that city issued its first ever wind chill warning. We know that warmer days will come, but the blustery cold days remind us that we are not in control; nature is in control.
Time marches on. Since I last wrote, famous stars have died: Christopher Plummer, Cloris Leachman, and Cicely Tyson to name a few of them. The days ended their march of lessened hours of daylight in December and have now expanded to over 10 full hours of daylight. Tom Brady won another Superbowl. Valentines Day has come and gone.
Change. It is the one constant in the world. Yes I may have had some time of quiet days during my time off, but still time moved on. That is the one constant in the world. Blessings.