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Pandemic Holidaze

2020 has been quite the year. It started out with great promise. We were all excited to the back end of 2019 and looking forward to a fresh, new year. (2019 doesn’t look so bad, now. LOL.)

That changed in hurry. The international pandemic has taken us all in new, unexpected, and undesirable directions. 2020 has NOT been the year we expected or wanted.

With extended shelter-in-place orders, mask wearing, handwashing, and social distancing, we’ve been coping as best we can. Working from home, schooling our children from home, no travel to see loved ones, creating “social pods”. It has been a crazy year.

Not everybody has survived this year. The pandemic death toll is astronomical. Families have lost loved ones.

Taking time to note the things I am grateful for is a part of my daily ritual. It is a good reminder that there is always something for which to be grateful.

But there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. It may not be an oncoming train. There are several promising looking vaccines in the offing. While it may be another year of pandemic protocols before enough of us are vaccinated, we can all look forward to a return to a more normal life.

Until then, we are celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza, and New Years in new and different ways. Trying to work through the pandemic as if nothing was different has been an abject failure. Because everything is different. We have soldiered on with our work, as I’m sure you have. But without our planned vacations, taking time during the holidays is even more important for not only our mental health, but for our productivity as well.

To that end our Holiday Schedule will be generous with time off. I need time away from the office to reconnect with our family and friends (even if virtually), time to cook and bake, read, nap, and wonder at the colors of the changing leaves. I hope you will be able to do the same.

This year my studio will be closed

  • for Thanksgiving from Wednesday, 11/20/20 thru Sunday 11/29/20.
  • for Christmas and New Year from Wednesday, 12/23/20 thru Sunday, 1/03/21.

I will be away from my desk and my computer for all of that time and only checking email once a day. When I return to work after these breaks, I will be diligent about getting back to you and catching up on work.

I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We may not be able to gather with our families and friends, but we still have so much to be thankful for. I hope your holiday is relaxing and rejuvenating and that you find the time to be still and calm, for even just a few moments.

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