This was my son's week to work as well, though of course, he had Wednesday off for Remembrance Day. As I usually do, I watched the ceremony held in Ottawa. In 2007, I actually attended the Remembrance Day ceremony with a friend and former co-worker who lived in the city. Since I've very few photos from this week, I'll share a couple from that visit.
In comparison to this year's ceremony there was a huge crowd. I recall we parked about a half mile from the Cenotaph and walked to Parliament Hill. As we are both vertically challenged we stood up on the hill to see what was happening.
I remember being annoyed during the two minutes of silence, as there were people still talking!
My favorite part of the event was the march by the various forces including the RCMP, military and most touching were the veterans.
I'm glad I got to experience it once in my lifetime - it truly was a special day!
There was a ceremony at our city's Cenotaph as well that was live streamed on local television, but I forgot about it until it was nearly. My brother R watched with his family - they normally would attend - and said that the vocalist who was to sing "God Save the Queen" forgot the words and had to start over three times before he got it right. Oops, I'm sure he felt horrible.
On Monday, I bundled up and walked over to the nearby school to vote in our municipal election. It was -19C (-2F) but not overly windy. I was grateful for my face mask! I voted for mayor, ward councillor, and area school board trustee. For the first time ever, all of the three candidates I voted for were successful in their run for office. We have a new mayor and half of the council are new as several incumbents lost their seats. It definitely appears that our city is ready for a change from the current same old, same old.
I did my shopping on Tuesday, picking up some groceries as well as cat food and cat litter. In addition, I found some really cute Christmas items at Walmart. I picked up these two placemats that I turned into pillows for the couch. Using a stitch ripper, I opened up about a 5-6 inch opening on one end and stuffed them with fiber-fill, and finished the ends by top stitching them closed. Easy peasy, and I paid $2.50 for each place mat, and used fiber-fill I had on hand.
Speaking of finishes, I had completed Eli's sweater, including the hood but when I put it together I was so disappointed with how it looked, I took it apart and started again. After a chat with D, I convinced her a pullover would work as well as a cardigan or hoodie. I've got the back nearly finished and expect I'll have the sweater finished early next week.
On Thursday I made a run out to Costco to pick up a Christmas present for D (for Eli). I almost turned around and went home, as it was a zoo in there. But everyone was wearing masks, and I was generally able to keep my distance. I did sigh with relief when I returned to my car. Since I was out, I did stop at Michaels on the way home as they had florals on sale. I want to make a centerpiece for my table and needed a few more pieces. I could not find any greens that were a decent price, so I'll probably raid my evergreen later in December for fresh greens. If it turns out as I hope, I'll share a photo.
The curling started Thursday evening, and continues through the weekend. In addition to Facebook and Youtube, CBC is also live streaming some of the curling. There are two men's events, one in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the second in Penticton, BC. The timing was almost perfect with a game ending in Halifax, just in time for me to catch the next in Penticton. There was also a women's event in Okotoks, Alberta but after one draw, the event was called off. The province announced new restriction requiring the event to end.
Cases of the virus are increasing by leaps and bounds in many provinces across Canada. Even here in Saskatchewan, we have almost 1500 active cases in the province, and nearly 300 in the city I live in. Those numbers are low in comparison to many other provinces but still too high for my liking. I'm glad I've got my gift purchases nearly complete, just two gift cards needed, as I plan to stick close to home as much as possible. I think I'll try curbside pick up again, until the numbers start coming down again. Sadly there have been a couple of long term care homes in the province who have announced outbreaks and I fear there will be several families who will without loved ones this year during the holiday season. On a positive note, there seems to be very good potential we'll see an effective vaccine or vaccines in the first quarter of 2021, and I've read that our federal government has ordered ten doses for every Canadian. I assume this is to ensure an adequate supply since some might be ready before others, plus to allow for a second booster if it is needed. Better to be prepared.
Today I've been puttering around in between curling games. I finished another craft project, worked on Eli's sweater, fed the birds and cats, and chatted with my daughter. It's simply more of the same. I'll take it.
Take care everyone, stay well and have a good week!