We didn’t have any snow at the beginning February. Not a single snowflake. But for about two weeks, we’ve been making up for lost time. And for anyone who likes outdoor winter activities, the snow conditions are amazing.
It has been a glorious winter day here in the Greater Norton’s Cove Area. Duke and I took a snowmobile ride today (we’re very new to this activity) on the old woods roads, and wanted to share some snaps…
And now, with the local pandemic regulations back to alert level 4, I’m back in my studio, continuing with my early spring cleaning (similar plan to “if you build it, it will come”?) and enjoying a spectacular sunset.
Lockdown continues at Norton’s Cove, with the province at the highest level in the COVID-19 Alert Level System. I am working away as usual at the studio & café, as I always do during the winter months. In January, while we were open to the public, I had 6 visitors in store- so no great loss for me by not having to shovel the front steps! I am thankful every day for how lucky I am to be able to continue on with life as usual while others are really struggling with loneliness and fear of contracting the awful disease. I feel very privileged.
Seeing as how no one is allowed to visit Norton’s Cove Studio while we are in lockdown again for a while, I am taking advantage of the alone time to empty, wash, and refresh all my display shelves. What that results in while this is in progress, is a holy state! My goal is to go from ‘state’ to ‘some smart looking’. Deciding how and where to place each item so that each piece is displayed to best advantage is actually quite a challenge.
Here is a link to a TEDtalk with Mary Walsh that has changed the way I feel about getting older:
Thank you Mary! I am one of those in my forties as you say, in an “extended, unpleasant, but manageable downturn”, with plenty of “self-defeating illusions” going on in my head. Last week I felt like I was falling into a deep dark funk just because my birthday was coming up soon. I listened to your short speech a few days ago, and have been feeling more & more positive since. Taking your advice, I will try my best not to do anything stupid, and I’ll book a pedicure ASAP! My new goal is to become a “wrinkled radical”. Happiness is before me after all.😁
Well, here we are again! No Feast of Saint Valentine for us! Norton’s Cove Café is closed until Dr. Fitzgerald tells us it’s safe to reopen. (What an amazing job that woman is doing! Incredible patience!) I am still at work though, as usual, and the online shop is open 24-7! We ship everywhere via Canada Post or FedEx.
I’ve got it pretty good- I’ve got my little bubble of four to keep me company, my studio workspace is not compromised by the lockdown, and neither is my Lower Deck project, I suspect. So, onward with the winter’s work! I hope you all have lots of positives to think of in crazy times like these.
I really miss getting visits from the local school children. Most years, one or two of Memorial Academy’s teachers bring a gaggle of kids the few doors down to my place so I can show them what I do here. Hopefully, next school-year, we can resume the visits!
Valentine’s Weekend is almost here! With the recent news from our Townie friends, I thought I’d make sure that all of you who have reservations for The Feast of Saint Valentine at Norton’s Cove Café know what’s happening. We are most certainly going ahead, with our usual COVID-19 regulations in place. I am not taking reservations from anyone outside our region, and even Duke did not make a supply run to town this month! We want to keep our community as safe as possible!
We do have a few reservations left… If you’d like to go ahead and make a reservation, you can contact me any way you can: call me at the studio or on my mobile, send a text, send a message through what’s app, twitter, or Instagram, drop in at the studio in person, or drop me an email!