‘Rona Virus – Goodbye Restrictions, Hello Summer Heat!

Covid Be Gone!
Good News here in Alberta. All Covid restrictions were lifted on July 1, in time for Canada Day! (Some municipalities and businesses will still have mask and/or social distance mandates and masks are still required on public transit, in taxis and in ride-share vehicles.)

Covid Virus – Spike and the Variants
In early May I wrote a post about ‘Spike and the Variants‘, likening them to a really terrible rock group. I’ve used my drawing of Spike and the group to make some thank you cards for the people who have helped us maintain our sanity for over a year now.

I also used the Spike zentangle drawing to make a dimensional paper tole picture. Using four printed copies of the Spike drawing, I cut and pasted successive layers, removing more of the drawing each time.

Here is the picture from an angle, to show the layers.

I mounted the finished paper picture on a glazed ceramic wall tile. The Car Guy built the frame, which I painted a semi-gloss black. I finished this project just a few days before the restrictions were lifted – good timing!

Heat Wave and Canada Day
Our part of the world had a week of unseasonably hot days, with temperatures peaking at 36.3C (97.3F) on Canada Day. Fortunately, our celebration this year was low key compared to Canada Days of the past. Some years we have hosted up to 40 people for a BBQ, but this year we opted for a small brunch with two close friends. Good choice. The temp by brunch was 30C (86F) with winds gusting up to 43 kph (27 mph or ‘umbrellas used with difficulty wind’.) Also, a wasp nest under the deck, directly under the shaded area I planned on dining at, was sending up swarms of attackers. We moved the brunch indoors – much easier to do for a table of four!

That night the city nearest to us had a half hour fireworks display which we could see and hear from our back yard!

The Heat Wave is over
… for now. We’ve had several soaking rains with more in the forecast. My garden is much happier. The Car Guy and I didn’t suffer as much as the plants did. Our 40 year old house was well built to withstand cold and heat. The original owners also installed an air conditioner. We normally only use it for a day or two each year. For the past week it has been kicking on like clock work when the outside temperature peaks at about 3 PM. Kudos to Sears for a reliable workhorse.

Perhaps after the past 14 months, we’ve learned and grown, and now that we’re once again free to do those previously mundane activities coronavirus took from us—hugging one another, crowding into concert venues, fighting a stranger for the armrest on airplanes—we’ll be so grateful to be back to our old ways. We’ll be walking around aglow in appreciation, utterly unwilling to go back to taking such basic everyday freedoms for granted.
– Clay Skipper, msn –

What denied ‘mundane’ activity have you resumed doing with a feeling of freedom and happiness?

20 thoughts on “‘Rona Virus – Goodbye Restrictions, Hello Summer Heat!

  1. We’re still “suffering” from restrictions here in Ontario (we’re at Step 2 of a 3-step plan; I’ve lost track of all the lockdown “tactics” the government has come up with and am just trying to keep track of what’s open, what isn’t, what the “rules” are [we’re still in “outdoor dining only” mode, but allowed up to 6 people per table, from 4; non-essential retail is open but only at 30% capacity, etc.], and who we can visit with “safely”). At least we’re on the right track (vaccination levels are high; hopes are rising). For me the “big news” is the re-opening of our libraries today (limited capacity; masks mandatory; distancing enforced). While curbside pickup has been available, I miss being inside a library.

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    1. The metrics for opening are not the same everywhere, that is for sure! I was at my pharmacy earlier this week to get the second shot, and didn’t have to wear a mask! Some people still wore masks. As long as we have the freedom to wear a mask or not, I’m happy.

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  2. Love your zentangle! Re mundane activities – going to the dr, chiro and dentist appointments I put on hold.

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  3. Who but you could turn a COVID bug into attractive artwork? Good job! My mundane activities include anything that resembles doing my own errands in the community and talking openly and boldly to neighbours without glancing nervously over my shoulder to see if we are being observed and maybe reported to the Restriction Police.

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    1. Thanks Val. Yes, it is nice to be back to normal in regards to not wondering if your neighbour will report you because you don’t meet with their restriction standards.

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  4. First of all, I love your Covid art! As for what I missed the most, it’s gatherings with family and friends. It feels so good to be social again!

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    1. Thanks Ann. Yes, it is great to gather with family and friends without violating an ever changing list of what you can and cannot do.

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  5. Who ever thought that shopping at Safeway with your bare face hanging out would make you feel liberated and somewhat risqué. Your pictures are great! You really are so creative.

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      1. I’m a happy non-masker too. I’m starting to see more people not wearing masks in the last day or so. It’s so nice to see people smile!

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  6. Well, that is clever to commemorate COVID! I’m reluctant to unmask and wear one every time I go out, even on my daily walks to the Park. I may have been on the cusp of giving them up for outside and been comfortable with that, but with this Delta virus and now a new Peru virus lurking out there, I will stay status quo as to masking. We thought 2021 would be better – hmm.

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    1. Thanks Linda. We each have to find our level of comfort!
      I expect Spike and all the variants are going to be around to some degree for a long time (just like the Spanish flu of 1918 – H1N1 – is still in the mix for seasonal flu.) The vaccine seems to be pretty effective in reducing serious illness, so I’m back to my normal way of living. (I never did wear a mask outdoors – and did not isolate to the full extent the government demanded, so maybe I’ve had Covid and didn’t even know it!)

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      1. Yes and I’d probably feel more comfortable Margy if I had family or a close friend I would know could help take care of me if I was very ill, yet not enough to warrant going to a hospital. I worry about that. Michigan’s low vaccination rate is worrisome to me, especially with the new viruses. I hear Pfizer arguing for a booster shot (lots of $$ for them) and the CDC and Dr. Fauci saying that having both shots means you do not have to worry about a booster. I was chatting with my mailman one day and he told me he had COVID last December and didn’t know he had it until he realized he had no taste all a sudden. He said he was not sick in the least!

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  7. We were fortunate to live in a part of the country where our governer tried to keep us as free as possible. After the first few months of lockdowns it was eased up quite a bit. Our kids have all been in class, no masks all last year….which was a blessing! Not all schools were that open though.
    Glad to hear it is easing up for you!

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