Sunday, October 11, 2020

Spanko Brunch 2.0 #352

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, but it isn't the same this year. Our family can't be with us; they live in a city in which covid-19 has spiked, and we are both at high risk, so the visit has been postponed indefinitely. Ron and I will enjoy our Thanksgiving feast alone.

We both manage to keep our spirits up, and find a lot to enjoy even as the virus surrounds us. Despite the constant threat of infection and the fear it causes, we find delight in small things, and have a lot to be thankful for. How about you?

What can you say you are thankful for in these dark times? What good things have you seen or experienced? How would you describe your emotions or general attitude?

Please leave your response as a comment. Once I have put away the leftovers I will publish an edited summary of our discussion.

From Hermione's Heart


Fred said...

I am in a bad way, depressed and unhappy. The whole world and the United Kingdom in particular has gone start raving mad. It's not all bad. I am in France visiting some friends, the last hurrah before Brexit makes this journey difficult. When I get home, after isolating, I will spend the winter with my lover. Stay safe everyone. It's always darkest before the dawn.

Anonymous said...

You should be MOST thankful that you live in Canada where your federal and provincials governments have mostly done a commendable job protecting you from the virus rather than in the states where our federal government has utterly failed.

Roz said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hermione! I'm so sorry you are unable to celebrate with family.

I am most thankful at the moment to be living in New Zealand and that our Government stepped in early to prevent the virus taking hold. We recently had a minor blip and were under a low level of restrictions again but are now again under no restrictions.


Dan - A Disciplined Hubby said...

Hi Hermione. Sorry your Thanksgiving must be isolated this year. I feel the same way about our Halloween here in the US. For the first time in a long time, I have time to enjoy it and won't be traveling, but kids "trick or treating" won't be happening nor will costume parties, etc.

In any event, what do I have to feel thankful for:

-- While friends and family members have contracted the virus, none have gotten seriously ill.

-- We expected our business to tank, but everyone has adapted surprisingly well to remote working.

-- While I'm spending less time with extended family and friends, there has been more time with immediate family.

-- With more time on my hands, I've rediscovered reading for pleasure.

-- I seem to be the only guy I know who has *lost* weight during the shutdown.

-- I've had lots more nice walks with the dogs.

-- When we do go out to restaurants, it is much faster to get in.


Baxter said...

I agree with many things Dan said above. In mid March, my company sent us home to work remotely and that was excellent because I was commuting via bus and train, packed in with a lot of people. Thankfully, that happened and I did not get the virus nor did I bring it home to my wife. But then I was laid off in mid April, but with complete company benefits. I was considering early retirement so the layoff was AOK with me. Since then, my wife and I have been wearing masks at all stores and social distancing by going camping so far 32 nights this year in three midwestern states. We have been successfull in not getting the virus and that is important for two people in their 60s with comorbidities. Very thankful. I have read at least 30 novels since being laid off. And I have lost 22 pounds due to diet and exercise with another 10 or so to go. And I am getting spanked more often and that is definitely good.

willie said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

We too live in a hotspot and B's business has had to shut down again. I am Thankful that this time, at least for the next 28 days, B was not laid off.

I'm also thankful that the sun will be shining this weekend so I can spend more time outside while the leaves are still colourful and plentiful.

Like Baxter and his wife B and I did a lot of camping this summer (some of this time while he was laid off) and recently lost 9 lb that I gained during the first half of this pandemic. More to go however


WendelJones said...

I am thankful for my wonderful little Misses. She has a warm heart and sometimes a warm bottom (giggle). I am thankful that we have essential jobs that can be worked from home. I am thankful for all the people that treat the sick, keep us safe, pack the meat, make the toilet paper, stock the grocery stores and cook food for us to pick up curbside. Finally, I am thankful for this wonderful blog called "Hermione's Heart" which puts a smile on my face whenever I read it. Thanks Hermione. Stay Safe

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful that my family and friends are well.
I'm sorry you won't be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family but I hope you and Ron will have a happy day.


Rich Person said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hermione. I'm thankful I found this great community where I can visit with like-minded friends online. Also, I'm thankful for a safe home. I hope the coming year will see improvements. I keep that future where we can see each other freely in my vision. Let's get there soon.


Happy Thanksgiving Hermione.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to enjoy a play date this year, although a second one fell through, I hope to get a chance for a pay to play before the year is out. that would be good.

I am thankful that my family seems to be in good health and that the two members that did contract Covid 19 seem to have recovered well and did not require hospitalization.

I am so so thankful that I had the opportunity to have two vacations this year, I did not think that was going to happen.

My emotions right now - I would not say depressed but definitely down in the mouth. This was because of the realization that the annual Christmas trip to see the family in the UK was not possible and it will be Christmas alone this year.


Anonymous said...

Irene and I especially miss our two sons and grandkids who live on the other coast. Other than that, we’re doing ok waiting for a vaccine, the election, the race war and the wildfires - hoping things will get better.

But we’re healthy, eating well etc. And every so often we have a tête-à-tête wherein there’s nothing else in the world except her feminine charms to distract me as I descend into pure bliss for an hour or two.


Barrel said...

It is sad not to share the holiday(s) with family as we normally do. But I agree with WendelJones, that these weekly gatherings with a unique family are a reason to be grateful. I am thankful to participate in a patient, kind and welcoming group for brunch where I learn and share with like minded folks across the globe.

Personally, I am grateful to be working from home and with my wife 24/7. This has been a great exposure to what retirement feels like as I hope to take that step next year.

MAGENTA said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy one another. Seeing family and friends again in the flesh is something to look forward to, something to keep us focused on a safer, HAPPIER future!

Anonymous said...

On a personal level, my wife and I have much to be thankful for, as do almost all of our friends.

That said, we don't live apart from the ugliness going on in the wider community. In addition to the virus, so many trends are bad. Not the least is watching democracy in retreat across the world. Once lost, it's hard to regain.

Perhaps even more disappointing is the refusal (in the USA, at particular) to respect the wonderful environment we were given on this planet. We continue to degrade it at an alarming rate, mostly to make a handful of people incredibly rich.

I could go on, but that's probably more than enough for a blog like this, but you did ask.

Best regards to you and yours. Stay safe and enjoy as much of life as you can.


Minielle Labraun said...

I am a glass half full kind of person. It’s a bit hard lately as I am remote teaching due to exposure x2. I am thankful I still have a job and a great deal of support!
As to fun, we were gathering with family outside (social distancing)for a drink around lovely fires but since we await a serious medical surgery for hubby soooooo..... We quarantine but are still trying to stay upbeat! :))

Bonnie said...

I am very fortunate, so I have a lengthy list. But I will try to be concise.

I am grateful first for my husband who is my partner, best friend, and fellow explorer. I am thankful for our brilliant daughter and our clever, funny, beautiful granddaughter.

I am grateful for my friends, who I no longer divide into real life and virtual because they are now all the latter. I am grateful for the privilege of having jobs where we can work from home. I am also grateful for the technology that allows us to maintain some degree of normality.

It was a horrible summer in our town, but we are watching the horizon for the sunrise of better days.