Home Is Always a Place to Seek Shelter
On New Year’s Eve, I remember thinking how amazing 2020 would be. Could not wait for a New Year that would decidedly top 2019.
Of Course, it’s early in the year, but I am speechless. Ker-plunk, so to speak.
COVID-19 has kept me home sweet home, AKA, sheltered in place. Fortunately, my home is filled with projects, yard work, and hubby. My to-do list is a page long, though I am clever to avoid, re-write, and re-prioritize items on that list.
Now a home body, I spend much time learning to paint while adding to my list of hobbies. I have enlarged my circle of artists gurus and watch countless tutorials.
I have joined the world-wide pajama party who stay up late, drawing and sketching and snacking.
Hubby and Istop to smell the roses. We order carry-out on a regular basis. We picnic and eat on the patio more than before as we devise ways to safely escape to the great outdoors, masks in hand.
Living in the Ozarks gives us ample freedom to picnic and bird watch. Social distancing is easy to achieve. We can drive through Chic-Filet in Branson and head for The Landing on Taneycomo or Table Rock Lake with sandwich and shakes in hand to watch ducks and fishermen as we munch.
Discovering New Artists
With everyone snugged down at home sweet home, the World Wide Web and Zoom are humming. Myself, I stay busy logging onto my favorite creative sites.
-I joined Patreon to follow:
- Timree and her clever painting style, from sunny California.
- Stefan Kunz and his imaginative lettering, from his home in Zurich.
- Mitzi Kral and her watercolor with over 19,000 followers on YouTube (MICHELLE KRAL WATERCOLOURS & MITSI B KRAL), where you can learn to paint flowers and watch her garden grow in Sussex UK.
- I subscribed at Skillshare to study tutorials on animation and the Procreate APP for my iPad.
My reason for anticipating a bright new year seemed natural following a year filled with loss. It was all rather surprising how life’s events turned me upside down and shook me out of a rut.
- A season of mourning brought new insights and treasured memories. The value of moments centered on friends and family gleam like gold. Gaining time to call, write, and text friends and family is a bonus to sheltering in place.
And it is just now springtime ….