With the many worries that come with living in a pandemic I wonder how are we all spending our days. I find I keep wishing that I would wake up from this nightmare, but every day is a repeat of the day before. I am not alone I have my husband but there is a cloak of uncertainty that hangs over us. When will this be over? The challenge during this difficult time is to find joy in whatever you do.

My heart swells when I think of my family and friends. As hard as this pandemic is the best thing that has happened is from the many phone calls and zoom meetings that I have been part of. We talk more; we check in with each other; we share our hearts.

Where would we be without technology? To talk and see each others faces is an amazing thing. In fact I have learned you can play Pictionary and “Grandma Guess What Room I’m In” on the Zoom App. Who knew.

But not knowing when I will see and spend time with sons, daughters, grandkids, aunts, cousins and friends is the hardest part. Whether they are a few miles away or thousands of miles the lack of the physical embrace can bring tears to my eyes. I just miss them.

I’m blessed to have a circle of friends where someone calls or texts each day. We each feel the emptiness of not being together. A band of women who have becomes sisters instead of friends. We share our blessings and our fears. In our circle new grand babies are born, new illnesses develop and life itself never slows down. So it’s important to keep moving forward.

I stop and start when it comes to my painting. I wonder what will I do with all this art that I have created. I simply do not know, but painting gives me joy so I continue to paint. I just did this little painting only because little pieces are easier; less canvas to fill. I enjoy painting chickens but those who know me know my favorite animal is sheep.

No sheep today just a couple of chickens walking on a cold Wisconsin winter morning.

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