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Conquer, or divide?

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HELP!!!!

This has become more and more of an issue.

While I still have this platform to write and voice my humble opinions on things (I don’t know what happens at the end of this month if I don’t renew my subscription), here goes!

We, and by this I mean the WHOLE world, have been living with this little pest, also known as Covid 19, for nearly two years now. We have gone through lockdown after lockdown, we have gone through a myriad of emotions on a daily basis, we haven’t seen our families for weeks, months or in my case, years, and still the end is not in sight. I is a tough, tough situation. Hopefully nobody alive on this earth will have to ever go through something like this again – if we can ever manage to get past this global hiccup, that is. I probably won’t see anything like this again in my lifetime.

We, as the human species, were divided on – where it came from, is it real, is it really as dangerous as they say, will you or won’t you wear your face mask, sanitize your hands, your house, your life, obey lockdown rules, etc.

Then, as if that was not enough, along comes the vaccine. Yay!!! Now we can all get vaccinated and life can continue as normal! Or not…

Nope. That was not to be, because the very existence of the vaccine, managed to divide people even more! Now friends and family argue and fight and threaten each other. They stop seeing each other because some are vaccinated, some are not. The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard up to now, was that someone (opposed to the vaccine) told vaccinated family that they should not come near her, because they (the vaccinated ones!) are a danger to her! I kid you not.

This is taking on bizarre and ridiculous measures, don’t you think? If ever I was to consider the fact that there is some sinister force at work, this might be the reason – that they meant to divide and then conquer the world, when it is at its most vulnerable.

I TOTALLY blame social media for all of this.

Yip, you heard me. Social media is to blame. It has become too easy to put disinformation out there for the whole world to see. The amount of crap, combined with the efforts from real science and scientists, is enough to make anybody and everybody’s head spin. Nobody has a clue anymore as to who or what to believe. You try and sieve out the truth from the nonsense, but how? There is just too much going on. And then you get those bloody idiots who find it amusing to deliberately post stupid pieces of nonsensical gibberish, and you will always find people that latch onto that and go – you see?

I do not see a solution to this problem, and I foresee even darker times ahead – call me a doomsday prophet if you want to. But this is a huge problem, families should stick together. Friends should support each other. If you do not have those structures anymore, what is left? Chaos.

It would be interesting to hear what you think about this, how you feel, but I’m not holding my breath for a response…

PS. This is of course my opinion, and mine alone, and I reserve the right to voice my opinion (which is something of a luxury these days) – and I stand by it.

Olympics and stuff.

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Walking with Daisy. Can you see her trying to sniff out a field mouse?

I know I’ve said it twenty times already.

But I’m probably going to keep saying it, because it boggles my mind: I CAN NOT BELIEVE HOW TIME FLIES. There, I’ve said it.

The last while I somehow just did not get around to blogging at all. My SO was here for two weeks, and we did do quite a bit of driving around doing stuff and seeing places, but that is not really an excuse for not doing a quick post here and there.

I hate saying this, but I’ve just not had the inclination. Once in a while it pops into my head that I haven’t posted for a while, but it just as quickly pops out of my head again.

I have no idea why. I actually enjoy posting, so I can’t explain it.

I have also received notification that the renewal of my subscription is due, but I’ve decided not to do it – I can’t really see why I should pay so much money if all I do is write a few posts and get a couple of likes. I initially did it because I thought that if I write regularly, and I get more and more followers, I can start making a bit of money off ads and so on, but it seems I was very naive about how these things work. I doubt I’ll ever have the amount of followers needed to make that dream come true. And apparently people download ad blockers anyway? So yes, I will not be renewing my subscription. Anyone with any thoughts about this?

We’ve had some snow just after my SO arrived down here. South Africans always get very excited when it snows, we are not as used to it as the countries in the northern hemisphere.

And then, of course, I’ve been keeping myself busy watching the Olympics! Or as much as I can of the items I love, considering the time difference. I mostly watch gymnastics, swimming and athletics and maybe a random shooting, rowing or diving final. I’ve enjoyed every single moment, except when the poor athletes get disqualified after a false start. I understand it is disrupting, but my goodness, they’ve worked for years to get there, and then they can’t even compete. My heart breaks for them every time.

It is amazing to see the sportsmanship between the athletes from different countries. It really warms my heart on a cold day. I am glad to see that that at least still exists, with so many of the old world manners and traditions being thrown to the wind these days.

Other than that, I am thankful that we are all still healthy, although we did have a huge scare recently when my SO’s mom got the dreaded virus. She is out of hospital and getting better all the time, so we are hugely grateful for that. I still go for regular walks with Daisy, and enjoy the scenery around here every single time!

It is especially cold today, so I’ll be here, in front of the heater, knitting and watching olympics if you’re looking for me!

Mental well-being.

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False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

Be positive. Be positive. Be positive…

Easier said than done. I can pretend I am positive all the time, while I’m screaming inside. What good will that do? Maybe if I pretend hard enough, I’ll actually become positive? Maybe. I doubt it though.

I’ve written before about how I do all these little ‘things’ to stay busy and positive and happy. It’s not working for me anymore.

Let me tell you why. (You might not be interested to know about my woes, but I’ll tell you anyway…)

I AM happy about the fact that we (my loved ones) are all still healthy, have food to eat, and roofs over our heads. I AM happy that we are comparatively free to live our lives and go about our business (the ones here in South Africa anyway. The loved ones in Ireland and Canada, are much less free.)

But the fact that all of us cannot see the end of these limitations that have been placed on us regarding travel, the fact that a lot of things related to Covid and vaccines are still unclear and uncertain, is really, REALLY getting my goat now!!! And I know I’m not the only one. And it is also not only for the sake of traveling. Thousands, maybe millions of people have loved ones living in other countries – children, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters – and we are forbidden to see them. What does that do to family relationships? How does that impact on people’s mental health? I can tell you – very negatively.

My shoulders and neck are sore and stiff all the time. I don’t sleep well. I’m irritated. I have difficulty breathing properly. And I cry at the drop of a hat.

Maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m just a sugar lump, that melts at the first few drops of rain. But I’m thinking there must be others out there who feel the same way.

Weekend well underway.

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My valley.

In the end, we did do something last night.

We decided that we needed to at least end the week on a positive note, so we went out to dinner at our favourite local restaurant. A good ending to a difficult week. 🙂

I’m not always sure how to psych myself up, or someone close to me, when things are really tough. Spewing out a few platitudes and mumbling a few well meant phrases of encouragement, really doesn’t mean too much in those circumstances. But it is mostly all I can think of. Once in a while I can come up with some advice, which is mostly a bit redundant, because I don’t always know enough about the real way things work in the business to offer any meaningful input.

I try.

Today was a beautiful day, weather wise. There is a definite chill in the air, but it was a clear, sunny day with blue skies. We pottered around the house, and then went for a lovely drive past McGregor and Bonnievale, two of our gorgeous neighbouring towns. Just what the day called for.

I’ve been craving a good bowl of curry for a few days now, so at the moment I am busy putting a mutton curry together. I am sitting at the kitchen table, glass of red wine close at hand, and the curry cooking away on the stove, while I entertain you with my thoughts. I might tell you more about that tomorrow, if it comes out the way I want it to.

At the moment I am very cautiously optimistic that this pandemic nonsense is slowly but surely moving in a positive direction. A lot of unnecessary crap has come out of it, like now South Africans suddenly need a visa to enter Ireland. I mean, COME ON!!! Really, and after everything has settled down that will not be changed back to the way things were before Covid, so why???? So many governments’ decision making makes absolutely no sense at all.

Tomorrow we might drive around and have a little braai (barbeque) somewhere. We’ll choose a route, and stop wherever we feel like it, and do a bit of a barbie. ‘Wors’ (sausage) and rolls – something simple and easy over the fire. We will have to be very careful where we do it, as the veld is very dry at the moment. All though we’ve had some rain, it has not been enough to change the fact that fires are a real threat.

I hope you have a lovely rest-of-the-weekend, and chat to you again soon. 🙂

So, what changed?

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On the edge of a precipice… Not the photographer’s caption – that is completely mine. Photo by Erik Mclean on Pexels.com

And with that I mean for you personally, in your life.

Because of the pandemic. Have you come to any profound realizations during this time? Important enough to change how you do things on a permanent basis?

I have realized that I need people even less than I thought before. I find that it is increasingly difficult for me to go out and cope with the ‘stuff’ that comes with people. So, when this pandemic has finally run its course, I will probably still prefer to go out as little as possible, deal with people as little as I can.

I have discovered that I need less clothes than I thought before. It is nice to keep buying new clothes, but have you ever sat down and thought to yourself how much of the clothes in your closet you actually really need? Especially if you don’t have to go to an office everyday. It is scary if you start doing a bit of research into how much money goes into the buying and making of clothes and accessories! Can you imagine how much resources (cotton, bamboo, silk, leather, etc.) are needed to feed that greed? Our earth will be so much better off if we can wean ourselves from the hunger to have closets full of the latest and best in fashion…

And food. Do you know more than a third of food produced in the world goes to waste? Why? Why are people so wasteful with food? Because it is too easy to just go out and buy more? Maybe it is because hardly anybody produces their own food anymore. To most people, it is something you buy in a shop. No thought is given to how it got there. Or what it is made of. So now because X amount of food is needed, and the population keeps growing, more and more food ‘needs’ to be produced, when actually a third less is really needed – if only people were not so wasteful.

But. Yes, there is always a ‘but’. But because of the fact that I need less people, I need more of the WWW. I do spend a fair amount of time on YouTube, Google and the TV, which is most certainly far from ideal. If I can get myself to do a whole lot less of that, I’ll be happy. I do grow more of my own food, not close to what I would like to do, but I’ll get there. Baby steps. And I’ll keep doing it. I’ll keep baking bread, and I will try to not buy any at all, in future.

Finally, I have realized that we have given away waaaaaayyyy to much of our personal autonomy. How did that happen? I will keep fighting it in my small way. I will not sit back and be passive about it. We are not puppets. We are not programmed by uniform micro chips planted into our brains (yet). I find it hard to believe how so many millions of people are happy with the fact that all decisions about their lives have been taken away from them.

What has changed for you? What realizations and conclusions have you reached? I’ll be interested to know. I doubt anybody will come out and talk to me about these things, but someone out there might just surprise me…