As I reflect on the year 2020 I can't help but be saddened by a year that was so difficult, for so many. Yet I feel fortunate. Even though my business came to an abrupt end after the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, my loss has been minimal compared to the families who have lost loved ones to the Covid 19 virus. The pandemic has forced me to examine what is really important in life. I am blessed to have a support system which allows me to make decisions for myself, and my business.
I miss my family and friends in Canada. I haven't been able to go home since last Christmas. The loneliness is real, but the gratitude is also real. I feel fortunate that I have mostly been able to entertain myself. Many are not so lucky. I have spent my days reading, drawing, painting, and cooking (and drinking a little wine). All things that I have historically not had time to do.
I am sharing some drawings and paintings for you below. I will continue looking for ways to develop my talent and abilities that may never have been discovered had the universe not forced a pause.
During the summer months I was able to swim lengths in the outdoor pool. I found this to be very good for my emotional and physical state. The cold winter months of Minnesota loom large ahead of me. I have never been one to enjoy exercise, but I do recognize my need to stay healthy. So who knows maybe this is the year I will make a change and learn to enjoy working out. Maybe I will do a better job in writing in my journal and my blog. It could happen.
We celebrated two Thanksgivings (Canadian and American) which provided me with all the turkey I could handle for the season. So for Christmas I tried roast duck. We were very pleased with the results and it was a nice change.
To all my customers, family and friends who follow me, and Altogether Anna, I wish for you a happy new year and may you receive many blessings in 2021.
I'm Anna Longo,