Covid-19 update – Post Quarantine

I am back at work! Hooray! I am so happy to be back in my office. It isn’t the biggest office but, it is all mine.

As you can see, I have a number of plants in my office. I don’t have any natural light coming in but, all these plants seem to do reasonably well. The two fig trees are, surprisingly, doing really well. They haven’t dropped any leaves and in fact, have a bunch of new growth. That makes me happy.

Since the start of this Pandemic, I have been working from home and during that time, I was constantly stressing about potentially gaining a lot of weight. I saw all the memes on social media about people sitting on the sofa watching Netflix and gorging on snack foods. I sword that wasn’t going to happen to me. I kept up with my regular routine but, I delayed everything by an hour – a small concession I had given myself.

So, I still went for a morning walk with the dogs every day. We would leave around 7:00 am and head out for an hour and a half (minimum) walk. I am happy to report that I actually lost weight as a result of the pandemic. My weight is now roughly 103.5 Kg – a loss of 5 kg from the start of March! Yay ME!

I do have to admit, though, that I haven’t been as good with my photo taking efforts during this past 6 weeks. I have been spending my time walking the boys, listening to music and finding recyclable bottles / cans / beverage containers. I have made almost $125! We are going to use that money plus any additional funds I collect to construct a new greenhouse in our backyard.

We have a new neighbour who Alex has been helping build a new deck, do major landscaping and more. He has graciously offered to help Alex with the construction of the greenhouse in the fall. We have to supply the materials and he will help Alex build it. I am thrilled with that. Saves me from doing it. I have to admit that I am not the best when it comes to manual labour. I keep throwing my back out. The last time I threw it out, I was laid up for almost two and half weeks. Eeek!

Alex has been working feverishly in and around the house with all the landscaping and gardening. It is definitely very therapeutic for him and he seems to be happiest when he is digging in the dirt. Hence, my want / need / desire to get him a greenhouse so he can continue to work in the off season.

Our trip to Europe has been officially cancelled and we are waiting, very, very, VERY patiently for our cancellation insurance policy to kick in so we can get a refund. I submitted the request back in March and it is now July. I guess it is time to call them AGAIN – for the the 6th time to find out what the status is. *sigh

We talked about rebooking for next year but, after a rather lengthy discussion about the pandemic and what the new “normal” is going to look like, I somehow doubt that we will be going back there any time soon. So, we are going to look at renting a small motorhome and driving up to the territories (NWT, Yukon and Nunavut) and checking that out. For the same cost of a trip to Europe including accommodations and car rental, we can rent a recreational vehicle and spend up to three weeks exploring Northern Canada. So, it is definitely worth considering at this time.

Published by Al Zylstra

a somewhat erudite wannabe writer with aspirations of not putting people to sleep with my prose....

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