What I Did On My Winter Vacation

I didn’t actually take a vacation, in the normal sense of the word. I took a Covid induced vacation, as in, I stayed home, and social distanced from the rest of the world. In Minnesota, Winter lasts about four months, give or take. That would be, November, December, January, and February. I’m not a big sports guy, but I do like to get outside when the weather isn’t life threatening, which it can be here in the Northland. However, I bought a treadmill for walking because I’m 64 now, and I need to be more concerned with my health than ever before. Ice, snow and cold are things I’ve never worried about, overly much but as I age these things become more of an issue. So I spent most of this Winter in the house. I have not been idle however. Today I decided to take a look at what I’ve done for the past four months. You will not find anything here that is Earth shattering or world changing. I try to stay abreast of social issues and do what I can with my writing, but I’ve never been a social butterfly and I often shun companionship and social settings. That’s just me, I guess.

So what have I done for four months? Well, I read fifteen books. Fiction, non-fiction, biography, history, etc. I’ve studied parts of many others, poetry, philosophy, history, religion, etc. I also walked 122 miles on my treadmill. I’ve watched countless movies and TV series on television. Those have mostly been for entertainment, some have been documentaries. And I’ve written 27 blog posts. I learned a couple new crafts, such as Mala, and necklace making. I bought a (wood) burning tool and learned to make Ogham writing on leather and wood. Ogham is the earliest known Irish Gaelic writing. It was used somewhere around the 3rd to the 7th centuries in Ireland, and some has been found in Scotland and Wales. It was carved into stone and wood.

I wrote several fiction stories during the dark days of Covid (and Winter). And I had surgery on my tongue. I wouldn’t recommend it for the entertainment value. Other than the day to day job of basic living, that’s about all I’ve done.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not much, but it was enough to keep me sane or at least my version of sane. Spring seems to be coming to the Northland now, but knowing our weather, it could be false Spring. March has been known to be quite cold and snowy here, so we’ll see. That’s my list. It’s good to look at what you’ve done, to see if you could have done more, or less. I’m not a get out and change the world kind of guy, except for my writing, and maybe that’s okay. Sometimes I think I should be, and then I get over it. What have you done this past Winter? How has Covid changed your life?

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