I was reading something recently about those who have found themselves faced with depression during this pandemic. I can see that... especially if you're alone and have little communication with others.
Even though I have (luckily?) never experienced this, I have felt days when I really miss the people and activities that were part of our pre-pandemic life. And it's not that we were that active - or social. But we did go out to eat with our kids and grandkids, they did come over and visit, take walks, have coffee, etc. And I enjoyed my days at the pottery studio or meeting friends for coffee and/or lunch. DH and I also got our exercise year round by walking the top and bottom floors of the malls. We don't do any of this anymore.
More than mentally, I find this not good physically. We do walk the neighborhood if the weather is good... (which it isn't very much lately) And I do some exercising for my back at home... but not enough to make up for those long walks in the mall. And although I don't think we eat any differently (maybe snack a bit more), I know that I've put on about 5 pounds that I attribute to lack of enough exercise.
Then I think about all those people sick and dying with Covid and realize how lucky we are that we've gone this long without yet contracting it. How trivial the things we've missed are in the great scheme of things. And now that the vaccine is here, there is even more light at the end of the tunnel...
I don't know when we will get the vaccine, but it's there and I'm sure we will get it eventually. I'm not complaining that distribution is complex or about long lines. I truly feel that they are doing their best to get it out there for everyone. We will continue to mask, wash hands, stay home, and avoid crowds for a while yet, so things are not going to change that fast even after the vaccine.
And I do thank the wonders of technology that we have email, text, Skype, and Zoom (and blogging!)... ways to communicate with friends and love ones that isn't physical. We live in a strange, wonderful, scary world these days, but if we look hard enough, we can still find the joy that's hidden beneath it all.
This isn't what I planned to post about today. Sometimes my fingers take on a mind of their own and words spill out that I never intended.
I was going to post about my playing around with watercolor.
I'm trying to determine what works best...
water-coloring the paper before sketching
sketching and then water-coloring over or around it.
|example of watercoloring first, then sketching over...|
|example of sketching first and then watercoloring...|
Neither of these are finished products. I'm still working on both... needing to add more seagulls to the first and more watercolor to the second. Actually I'm totally out of white, so will have to order more before I can continue.
If any of you out there are good with watercolor, I'd appreciate any suggestions. I'm definitely an amateur and know it, but enjoy playing around with it just the same.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! It is TGIG... and although one day just runs into the other these days, I still love weekends!?
Take care, stay safe, find joy in your day... and as my little Cheeky Chickens remind me every day "Be Happy!"