So long, 2021, and thanks for all the strength!
Hello, Reader. It's been a while, hasn't it? To be precise, it’s been thirteen months and seventeen days since my last post. It’s been quite an interesting time of things, to be sure. I’ve been really struggling to get my creative voice back, but it’s not been easy.
As 2021 wraps up, I can’t help but think how long this year seems to have been. This isn’t the first attempt at writing this post, but I want to just address a few things.
Firstly, this entire year has been the sandpaper I’ve needed to slough off some rough areas. I’ve lost people I thought would be in my life for a lifetime - for example, my high school sweetheart died in April under very suspicious circumstances just days after his birthday. He was – is – one of the few most important people in my life, and I miss him. I have a job that I once enjoyed, but now I’m having a difficult time looking forward to doing these days, but I’m trying. This is a picture of us from when he came to visit for six weeks back in 2014. The first time we'd seen each other since 1991, right before his graduation from high school. I love you forever, Gimli...
On the positive side, my daughter and I are forging a closer bond every day, and I’m grateful. She will be 22 in a week, and she and I have some of the most random, off-the-wall conversations. We make each other laugh, we make each other think. She’s listed in my phone as “Mini Me” for a reason.
In July, my dog, cat, and I were all displaced, because the hot water tank in my apartment expired and sprung a leak. The shelf-life of hot water tanks, apparently, is about ten years. The one in my unit lasted for a little over eleven. It’s crazy, I had been thinking about moving for about a year (I’d lived there for almost seven years), but I’d hoped to do so after I graduated from CSCC, where I’m working on an AA degree. Apparently, that wasn’t meant to happen, and thankfully I’ve got renter’s insurance, so the gremlins and I were able to stay in a hotel for a couple of months. When the money was about capped for that, my ex-husband was kind in letting my animals go stay with him until the apartment I was able to get us into another apartment. Only took nearly four months, but I am stronger in my faith as a result, so that's been a huge provision...
The apartment where we live now, it’s so much better. It’s quiet. There’s no loud neighbours, and my apartment is smaller than my last place, which is probably my favourite part (in addition, of course, to the quieter environment haha). Bills are much cheaper here, and I get to keep my pets. My fish tank needs a new filtration system, and after the holidays are over, I’m going to work on getting that handled and get some more fish eventually. Perhaps around Valentine’s Day I’ll be welcoming some new scaly roommates.