What are you most looking forward to post-pandemic?

It’s Wednesday afternoon as I’m writing this. It’s another miserable and cold day. Last night around 11:00 pm, I said to heck with this rain, and laid down on my new wicker sofa. It was surprisingly comfortable! My sister and her husband had dropped off the furniture on Sunday. It’s been raining non-stop since. Which is great for the condo, it’s nice and cool in here. But not so great for tanning weather. We need the rain though, so I’m not really complaining.

I am in love with my “adult” balcony. I’ve spent many nights outside in my cheap plastic chairs. They were not comfortable at all. But the new chairs provide enough privacy that if I sit outside at night time, then people can’t see what I’m doing. It’s great. I just laid outside and watched the sky until it got too cold. I still want to get some items to decorate it a bit more. There is still a lot of room left.

I stopped off at Walmart as you know on Sunday night to pick up a lighter and some candles. With the rains, comes the mosquitoes. The candle is mocking me now and beckoning me to come outside. It’s so pretty. I’m looking on Etsy and Amazon for other balcony decorations. Summer is just starting – I’d like to make my balcony really “homey.” It will be a great space to entertain friends and enjoy a summer drink.

Tomorrow, a lot of restrictions are being lifted here in Alberta. It’s a relief. I haven’t seen my entire family in almost a year. The last time we got together was in September when we said goodbye to my dad’s house. Our family home. It was an emotional night. I’ve seen my dad THREE times since January. This is the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other. He’s been moved into a new home, had a fall, broke his hip and had surgery since that time. He’s doing okay now, but the dementia – he’s too far gone now.

I’ve seen my sisters a few times. I saw D a few times in March as she helped me find my new home and gave me a lot of boxes and things to help with the move. And I’ve seen S many times since moving in here. In fact, she’s spoiled me. She gave me her daughter’s bedframe – which took a long time to get used to but now I love it. I’ve always just had a metal frame. It’s nice having a “real” bed and it goes well with my Ikea furniture.

That first weekend, she brought me five bags of groceries which is wild. Then she furnished my bathroom with new towels and a shower curtain. And then it was flowers for the balcony. An outdoor rug. The furniture and cushions. She said she bought a new set. I offered her money and she said, “Nope! It’s a gift from us.”

Ignore the stains on the balcony. They’re from the former tenants. I can’t get rid of them. I also need to wipe down the siding again. It was so dirty when I moved in. I also need to get some storage for the planters not in use – or I need to fill them with something. Maybe more plants?

Speaking of plants, sadly, my indoor plants are not doing as well as I’d like. The chamomile was dead on arrival and it just refuses to grow. The fern is brown. Thankfully, the aloe vera is doing well. I repotted everything yesterday morning, gave them plant food and am hoping for the best. The flowers outside are taking a beating too. And I also have a bucket of herbs thanks to my sister. I really am spoiled.

I think she’s happy that I moved closer to her. I’ve seen her and her husband more times in the last three months, than I have in years. We haven’t always gotten along. Maybe with dad being so sick now, she realizes that I’m pretty much on my own.

Anyway, back to restrictions…

My nephew who I’ll call Bear, graduated from high school yesterday. Sister D is so upset she couldn’t go in person. They had to watch the ceremony from home. I wish she had told me as I would have logged in as well. I’m so gosh darn proud of the kid. He’s 18, very tall, and takes after his granddad. He’s also wicked smart and is going into business school in the fall. It makes me so sad that not only did we miss celebrating his 18th birthday which is like a rite of passage here – but we also had to miss his graduation.

My third sister also turned 30 this week and we are hoping to have a family dinner once restrictions have lifted. This past year has been so hard on everyone. It’s not fair that we’ve had to miss out on so many important celebrations – like my dad’s 80th. I’m sure we would have had a party for him.

I’m looking forward to the day we can go shopping without masks. Or go for personal services without appointments. Or even hug each other in public without getting nasty glares from “Karens” that can’t mind their own business.

I think I’ll still wear a mask for doctor’s appointments and traveling. Because doctor’s offices and airplanes are a cesspool of disease. I definitely do NOT MISS getting sick every few months from allergies or colds. This is the longest stretch I’ve gone without getting bronchitis or a chest infection. Another bonus for working from home.

Well, I think that’s it in a nutshell for today. I’m debating on whether or not to actually go out and get groceries – or whether to get them delivered for tomorrow. It’s SO miserable out there right now. We actually had hail the other day and it made a real mess of my balcony.

So friends, what are you looking forward to the most when restrictions have lifted? We’re so close here to returning to “normal” – whatever that might look like from now on. For me – it will be seeing my dad without a mask on so he recognizes me right away.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Dakota Wild says:

    I am so looking forward to being able to travel outside of the Province! Hoping to see my mom in person, who lives out in BC.


  2. Wendy says:

    Travel in general would be nice! Would love to go away for a weekend. Hopefully you can see your mom soon.


  3. Hilary Tan says:

    The border is still closed. We used to go on road trips to the states and idk how long we plan on staying in Alberta for. It’s crazy to think that the last time we went to the states, it was February 2020! Also, I haven’t seen my parents since December 2019. They live in Ontario and can’t see their grandkids. My son is 3 weeks old on Friday and my parents are missing these milestones ☹️


  4. Wendy says:

    Yeah it’s definitely been hard for family visits this past year. Hopefully your parents will get to see the lil ‘nugget in person soon!


  5. Hilary Tan says:

    I’m an only child so it’s especially hard on my parents. My cousins (all older) live in Ontario and I’m not particularly close to them or their kids. We’re the only ones out here in Alberta.


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