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SO…

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Hermanus – taken on 1 January 2022, while on our trip with the motorbike.

Soooo…2022…

I have no idea what to say about it.

I cannot be happy the previous year is done and dusted, because what if this one is worse? (Remember end of 2020?) I cannot be sad that another year has gone by, because by most standards it wasn’t such a prize of a year. My only point of joy and light was the fact that I could quickly dash over half the world to see my family in Canada for the first time in two and a half years. And the fact that I saw my son, the one in Ireland, twice last year, which will probably not happen again this year. And I got to spend Christmas with both my boys (and their wife and girlfriend respectively), which hasn’t happened in years.

Wait…maybe 2021 wasn’t so bad after all! But, in all honesty, it was also extremely shitty (I’m sorry for those who are offended by me using this word, but it is what it is…) Not one single country on this earth, was consistent as far as their rules and regulations went concerning the pesky Covid virus. Not ONE. They all had the most ridiculous rules in place which made no sense at all to anybody. Did it make sense to them? It obviously did, which is very, very scary – those people make our laws and rule our countries!!!

I’m still wondering if there is something more sinister behind all of this, since nothing is making any sense. I’m vaccinated because I needed to be to fly anywhere. But I’m still not convinced this is on the up and up…

But back to 2022.

My SO and I did not have the best end of year, or start of the new one. I started feeling sick 28th Dec – scratchy throat. Which steadily got worse until on the 30th and 31st, I was mainly lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Nothing extreme. The scratchy throat developed into sinus infection, and I was feeling tired all the time. Oh – and headachy. By the 1st, I was feeling well enough to go for a motorbike ride with my SO, and by the 2nd he was feeling grotty. Yesterday and today was his turn on the couch. Probably Omicron, which is thankfully a MUCH MILDER form of the Covid virus, all over the world. I read that as much as half the people who think they have a cold, probably have the Omicron virus.

So I am very sceptical to get excited about the start of this new year. I am absolutely not positive that we have anything to be excited about. Yet.

Unless the world’s governments get together and decide that enough is enough, we should start living our normal lives again, that that is the only way forward. Then, and only then, can we get excited again.

I am excited about my second little grandchild who is on his way – I hope and I pray that by the time he is due to arrive, things have mostly sorted themselves out in this chaotic world.

I’m not huge on sending everybody I have ever met (and not met ) wishes for New Year, but I can make an exception – I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy and safe 2022!!!!

About this and that.

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Canola and sun.

Heat. Heat. HEAT!!!

I’m melting. I’m exploding. I’m boiling. I can’t breathe. I went to bed with a gigantic headache last night. I can’t sleep.

You understand what I’m saying? I can NOT stand the heat.

I know I’ve said it before, and I’m sorry to keep harping on about it, but it is bad at the moment, and it is nearly the only thing on my mind.

I am grateful that we are on the way to winter, even if the warmest month of the year is still ahead (Feb.)

On a different track, we are already in the fourth week of January! It was New Year’s only a few days ago, wasn’t it? I’m alarmed at the speed that time is passing… I’m still thinking ‘when things get going, I’ll…’, so I better get my backside in gear, and realize that the year is actually already in full swing.

I had a tiny change done to the guesthouse, as a prelude to the bigger changes I want to do there (remember my previous post on that?)  I took out an unused backdoor, and put in a window for some more light. (It is going to be a bedroom when I’m done.) I love the change! Now I have to get on with the rest…

Tomorrow, in the dark hours of the morning, my SO* is heading back up north to attend to business, while I will stay here, trying to keep things ticking over. Never something I’m excited about,  but that’s the way things are, so we have to get on with it!

It is going to start cooling down now, and then I can breathe freely again – yay!

*SO – Significant other.

Limbo.

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Esther Lui for NPR.

To me, this period between Christmas and New Year is like being in limbo.

Definition of in limbo, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary ~ 1in a forgotten or ignored place, state, or situation. 2: in an uncertain or undecided state or condition.

The one big celebration (Christmas) is over and done with, the next one is around the corner. In between nothing much happens, except to wait uncomfortably and/or impatiently for the next party to start.

In South Africa, we have our long summer holiday over December. Normally from around the first week in December, for more or less five weeks. Most people go away to the seaside for a big part of those 5 weeks, others have to stay home because they work harder than ever over the holiday season.

Whether you work or go away, some kind of get-together is normally planned to ring in the NEW YEAR! Yaaaay…

South Africans like to party and spend time with friends, and a ‘braai’ is mostly the way to do that over the December holidays, and most especially on New Year’s eve. I still have to do a post on a ‘braai’ for you, so you can fully understand the concept. In short, it involves the cooking of meat over an open fire, but it is so, so much more.

This picture gives you some idea of what ‘braai’ means… 😉

We (as in my SO* and myself), like most people, like to spend some time with friends, but somehow we end up being home on New Year’s, and in bed before midnight. I think we have decided some time ago, that time passes inexorably, one year comes and then goes, and the next one is there to take its place. Nothing much there to celebrate.

This (nearly) past year, was not deemed to be particularly kind to us, so we will not be sorry to see it go, but at the same time we have no idea what the new year has in stall for us, so we are not specifically excited to welcome it into our lives. Let’s wait and see…

So, I am quite positive that we will spend this New Year’s eve at home, in front of the TV, with no regrets – not that this year is finally over, or that we are not out celebrating.

Are you planning a party or celebration of some kind? If so, please put your safety and that of your family first.

*SO – significant other.

Here’s to endings, and the promise of better things to come…or not ?

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Cheers! We are creeping closer to Christmas day, and shortly after that, the end of this year.

We do Christmas softly and quietly, and New Year the same, maybe even more so. Weirdly enough, we do not have specific traditions at Christmas time, we sort of go with the flow. I do not do resolutions, ever. Not at New Year’s in any case. I often decide to change things, in my house, in my life – but that happens whenever I need to do it throughout the year.

I came across this post I did on Instagram nearly year ago, and it really shocked me. How is it that what I (we) felt about last year, we are feeling this year – x10!!!! I had forgotten all about it… :

I know, right!!! We thought 2019 was bad! I cannot even remember why… What I do know, is that it fades in comparison to what 2020 brought us.

There must be a lesson in that, surely?

  • Be happy with what you’ve got now, because you don’t know what’s coming.
  • Live every day as if it’s your last.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Appreciate the little things in life.
  • and really be thankful for everything you’ve got.
  • Never make any assumptions re the future.
  • You can make plans until you are blue in the face, that doesn’t mean it will come to fruition. “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.
  • Show and tell people close to you that you love them.

I will most definitely approach 2021 with a lot more caution, and a good deal of trepidation. I will let go of 2020 gladly but respectfully. I will absolutely NOT assume next year is going to be any better, but one can surely hope…