Covid Life…Extended Play

There’s an old colloquialism we use for when we’re reaching a deadline or time limit. We say, ‘I finished it at the 11th hour’, right? Well, here we are at the 11th week. Gah. Who knew? Not me. While things have ‘relaxed’ a bit here in Ontario, we are still shopping with masks on, physical distancing and isolating. I’m guessing that’s still happening in most places. 2020 has, so far, been a time of slowing down, self-reflection and also some stress. But another old saying I like to apply is, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. Actually, I never say that. Lol – But when you’re stuck in a situation that everyone else is also in, you have to make the best of it. For me and some pals from my ‘year’, 2020 was a milestone for us – we turned the big 6-0. The best laid plans (oh there’s another one of those sayings) of celebrating fell through to Zoom chats and sneaking in the back yard of a friend’s for a distanced celebration. Definitely memorable, if not what was on the agenda! Regardless, this will be a time for the history books. For me, that’s included walking Dre (a lot), finding new trails and nature perks, perfecting Zoom (yoga, book club, Euchre nights, work) and eating far too much. Life could be ‘much’ worse. I am grateful for the opportunity to pretty much live this out in comfort, if not in clothes with buttons and zippers. Waiting for the world to return to normal isn’t what most people want, and when the time comes to open the door, it’ll be interesting to see how we’ve changed, what we will change and how we will make the world a better place. It really needed a breather from us. I’m actually enjoying this strange journey. Tripping around without the usual traffic, crowds and noise, is pure joy!

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Covid Life

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything here since my trip to Peru. I wish I had as there was plenty to cover before we all got hit with the incredible news about the coronavirus.  I’ll have to save that for another blog when the world returns to ‘normal’ – if and when.

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Peru – La Magica Andes

In 2017, I went on a yoga retreat with my studio, Beaches Hot Yoga. Initially, I had no inkling to until my then yoga buddy, Jonelle, suggested it. It was a fantastic week. It was full of yoga, but also a time where new friendships formed and good times were had. And the location was to die for; a retreat that took one hour by boat to get to. Mexican Paradise, also known as Xinalani. Fast forward to February 2019. This year’s trip was Peru. I was not thinking of going until two of the gals from the Mexico trip booked. I thought about it, then looked at the photo of the yoga studio in the Sacred Valley and was sold. It completely surrounded by The Andes. I put down my deposit down that week and then the months went by without me thinking too much of it until a week or so before we left.

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Road Tripping

Featured Pic: Dre and the Goose look towards sunset, Wawa

 

It’s been way too long since I did a post here. I think I’ve lost the routine I had some years ago when I was posting nearly every week. Since I ended my neighbourhood stories AND have a dog that prefers the same parks to walking the streets, that clearly results in less new material! But, this past Summer, Dre and I did a few road trips that are definitely share-worthy. In 2013, I decided to make Canada my bucket list, versus travelling to other parts of the world. Funny how we seem to leave touring the places/country we grew up in when we’re younger and tend to stay closer to home later on in life. Well, that’s how it was for me anyway.

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