There is nothing better than a White Christmas and if the weather man is correct snow is on the way. The wind is howling and the rain is currently pelting down. As temperatures drop the snow will start falling. There is concern that road conditions could become harzardous in Southern Ontario later today and on Christmas Day. Maybe this is Mother Natures sneaky way of keeping us at home so she can protects us from COVID.
In a couple days Ontario will be in official lockdown but it isn’t near as strict as others imposed by governments around the world. Lockdowns if strict enough do work so we have to hope that the Ontario Ford Governments measures are enough to bring COVID infections down to a manageable number. The Walters Family understands the importance of this lockdown. All summer we’ve kept very strictly to our family ONLY bubble and we are joining many other who have decided its best to make the sacrifice so we are are not gathering tonight or tomorrow. We of course will be chatting on the phone every couple of hours!
2020 has been a challenging year that we won’t quickly forget. 2021 will offer more challenges but at least there is now a glimmer of light at the end of this long COVID battle because vaccines that work are slowly starting to be distributed.
Although at times its tough to remain “positive” we must try to find the good in every situation.
Before COVID some of my passengers were concerned that I was working too hard and traveling too much but I thrive on that hectic pace and enjoy every minute of it. I sure do miss it.
Since March all my International travels have been virtual. Industry Travel conventions from around the world have been held on-line so I’ve attended every single one possible. Due to time changes I’d often be up in the middle of the night, dressed in business attire, sitting in front of my computer while chatting with the worlds best travel suppliers. I’ve made hundreds of new contacts and in turn have developed new, very exciting journeys.
When you are ready to travel, I will be more than ready to explore the world with you. Most will appreciate the security and safety of group travel in the future.
Since it’s been impossible to travel internationally for a number of months I took the opportunity to explore Ontario. I now have cherished memories of many local road trips with my Mom. We of course didn’t take any chances so our journeys took us through many rural areas. We visited so many outdoor farm stands, took in some stunning scenery and from a safe distance met some wonderful country folk.
During this strange time we are not comfortable dining in a restaurant or on a patio but that didn’t stop from us from ordering take-out especially if the food could be delivered to my car. I learned to keep a stash of cutlery in my glove compartment. In-car picnics with my awesome Mom are so much fun. I couldn’t ask for better memories.
In past years my home has basically been a place to crash for a few days between International Journey’s, singing engagements or dinner theatre performances. This year I’ve finally learned how to enjoy my comfy dwelling. Those of you who travel with me know I am a shopper. I’m always looking for unique purchases that will remind me of my travels. This Christmas I spent many hours putting my favourite travel Christmas trinkets on display especially for ME to admire, because this is a year where its not possible to invite guests in. There are so many talented people around the world who are gifted with the ability to create beautiful works of art.
I’m also spending tons of time in the kitchen perfecting some cooking skills. I have a massive cookbook collection but I’m not one to follow a recipe to the tee. My cookbooks give me inspiration and ideas. Up to know my greatest cooking feat was when I recently tackled “perogies” for the first time. My first batch of dough was a disaster so I threw it out. I didn’t give up and the next batch turned great – that dough was so perfectly soft. I was shocked! I learned that it’s most important to get my fingers in that dough so I can feel when it’s ready. I didn’t tell my family that the perogies that I brought to the farm were my homemade ones. Part way during our family meal my sister said “the perogies are delicious – where did you buy them”? When I answered, “I made them”, I’ll never forget Mom turning her head towards me saying “you are kidding”! She didn’t believe me for a second but soon they were all praising me and they now want my now “secret” perogie dough recipe!
I think we all realize that this upcoming winter is going to be a tough one but when the spring flowers start to bloom hopefully we’ll be over the worst.
In the meantime don’t take any chances. Be extra careful in order to be safe. I unfortunately personally know too many from South of the Border who have been afflicted with COVID – battling it is often not easy so lets avoid getting it.
I will certainly miss the annual “Travel With Bradley Mystery New Years Eve Journey”. This event attracts so many of my faithful passengers. The same ones sign up year after year and we have a blast! I always look forward to the big countdown but Im embarrassed when my eyes tear up after “Auld Lang Syne” is sung.
Let’s celebrate the New Year with a toast of HOPE.
A Merry Christmas to YOU and your family.
I’m sending you a big virtual hug.
Your always friend,