Tuesday, July 7, 2020

What Have I Been Doing?

Hello friends,

I pray you are all safe and well during these tumultuous times.

In my little corner of the world I am super busy. I am catching up with many jobs and tasks that should have been done earlier but I lacked motivation and energy so other more immediate priorities took precedence. Like the seagull in the photo above, I would rather soar high away from the mundane things in life, ha ha. Now I have to roost for a bit and get caught up.

I can tell you I am so glad to be moving forward and getting things organized once again. In my former life I was a super organized person.  Over the past many years though I have done a lot of travelling.  Mostly to look after my dear late mom and also to undertake the missions in Kenya so it gave me less time to keep things well organized.

I hadn't really realized just how behind I was because I managed to keep everything moving along fairly well.  But now that I no longer spend so much time in care giving and I've been travelling less, it hit me that I have too much stuff and not enough space for it all. I don't want to simply organize it anymore. I want to get rid of of a lot of it.  Those of you who declutter on a regular basis would take the view that it is a never ending process to be clutter free. I still have some work to do before I get into the maintenance mode. I will be very satisfied when that time comes.

I've been doing this decluttering project for some time now and I've reached the stage of dealing with paperwork and files.  I've made a lot of progress over the past few days.  I'm excited that this task is well in hand especially since it is one of my least favourite things to do.

Some of you may be at the point in your own life where you need to get rid of things. Others of you still like your collections and sentimental items and you don't mind the extra time it takes to maintain  them.  Some people I know have far more paper than I do and others have virtually none.  We are all different.  I  just want to pare everything right down to the essence so that there is little left for someone else to have to deal with when I am no longer here. While I'm still here, I want to be able to easily access information and not have to dig here and there.

Anyway as you can imagine the week went by rather quickly with all this work.

Kenyan Missions of Hope Update:

The Kenyan Missions of Hope also occupies a good portion of my time.  On a regular basis I communicate with various Kenyans, do a lot of financial number crunching to figure out how to meet the needs and try to keep abreast of the many changes that regularly occur in Kenya in the political, economic and health areas.

The specific mission activities included:
  • follow up on the application for Eunice's pension and hire someone to do the leg work (the elderly widow who has been in hospital all year).
  • preliminary investigation as to whether Eunice can be moved to her home town and what will be required.  This initiative will take considerable communications with multiple levels of medical personnel and government politicos.  It will also take a lot of prayer and wisdom.
  • sourcing and buying food, medicine, vitamins for Ernest (the diabetic man who broke his leg last year)
  • assisting Alvin (the young university graduate who is looking for work in Kenya).
  • researching work ideas to assist Alvin and others in Kenya where the unemployment rate is staggering
  • preliminary investigation on land transfer issues relating to gifted property in Kenya.
  • communicating with a Kenyan doctor friend about his plans to seek employment in the UK or Canada and helping him identify the English requirement examination (process and costs available in Kenya).
  • considerable research and review about Kenyan political and economic developments.
  • assisting with burial costs for the widow Esther who was laid to rest a week ago Saturday. You can read more about that here. Though no one from Esther's home area would step forward to help with burial plans and costs, many of them did arrive to pay their last respects when she was laid to rest. We thank God for that. I did what I could to ensure Pastor Jonah stays safe with social distancing and face masks while he undertook the organization of the funeral arrangements.

    Of concern is that people in the villages do not tend to wear masks.  I see that some at least tried to keep social distance.
On Monday July 6, 2020, the President of Kenya lifted movement restrictions (effective Tuesday, July 7th) that have been in place in Nairobi, Mombasa and and Mandera.  These restrictions were put in place to try and contain the spread of the Coronavirus. However curfew restrictions are extended for another 30 days as are public gatherings.  Masks must be worn in public and social distancing maintained.  Schools will gradually be opened as of September, bars remain closed and churches can meet for no more than one hour with a maximum of 100 people in attendance with appropriate social distancing measures.  Domestic flights will resume July 15th and international flights as of August 1st.  As of Monday, July 6, Kenya has recorded 8,067 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 164 associated deaths.

Covid 19 Update in Canada
Most provinces and territories in Canada are returning to business since the Covid 19 pandemic was announced.  Today. July 6, 2020, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Officer issued the following statement 
There have been 105,536 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,684 deaths. 66% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 2,940,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 39,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive.
I live in the province of British Columbia (BC) on Canada's west coast.
  • There have been 31 new cases across B.C. since Friday.
  • 6 people died from COVID-19 between Friday and Monday (all at long-term care homes).
  • There have been 2,978 positive cases in B.C. since the pandemic started.
  • There are 166 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
  • 16 people are being treated in hospitals, including 4 in ICU.
  • 183 British Columbians have died because of COVID-19 as of July 6.
  • Benefits have been extended for low-income seniors and those on disability and income assistance.
  • Over the weekend, Providence Health Care announced three new deaths at one of the hospitals.
One emerging issue is that there are American tourists who have been founding touring in Canada despite being told that the country and the province of BC is not open for tourists. In BC, Americans have been given the courtesy of travelling home through the province up to Alaska. However some of them have been found off the beaten paths in areas that are clearly not on the way to Alaska. This has been going on in several Canadian provinces and sadly due to lack of compliance some Americans have now been fined.  If you have any American friends who want to travel to Canada please let them know that it is not advisable at this time.

In reading goals I finished reading  The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. It was quite enjoyable and I learned something I did not know before about the Korean Island of Jeju where women were fishers and divers and the men stayed at home.  The novel is based on actual events and was very interesting as it is set in wartime when the Koreans had to contend first with the Japanese then with the American soldiers.  I am still reading The Power of Praise and Worship by Terry Law, Book of Signs by Dr. David Jeremiah and have started a new book called The Miracle of the Scarlett Thread by Dr. Richard Booker.  

I started watching a Netflix series called "Dead to Me" which is rather quirky kind of story about a woman named Jen whose husband dies in a hit and run and she wants to solve the crime.  I also picked up where I left off in watching Season 3 of "The Crown", a series about the British Royal Family through the decades.  Soon I hope to  begin watching Season 2 of a series called "Hanna";part thriller and coming of age drama about a young girl raised in the deep forest by her father who trained her to be a perfect assasin.  She is dispatched to Europe and pursued by an intelligence operative.


 I've been longing for a cat companion. I told one of my blogging friends that it has been difficult to find a cat to adopt. I just read in the news today that shelters are struggling to keep up with adoption requests and a single puppy can get up to 200 requests to adopt, similarily with other pet friends.  I submitted two adoption applications last week. I was told by one agency that I am on a back up list (they don't give you any idea who is ahead of you on the list.  I think most adoptions go through so that one probably isn't going to work out). I had another agency call and want to schedule an interview.  I've responded and am now waiting to hear back. Apparently this province often gets adoptable pets from USA and Mexico but with the borders restricted this has created a lack of adoptable pets. More news on this front as time goes by.

Last but not least, I am still taking early morning photos off the balcony. I cannot believe that it starts getting bright (like the light you get at twilight) anywhere from 4:45 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. I'm not sure how long this will last as summer solstice usually means the days get shorter by a few minutes each day.

That concludes another post for now. It is quite long as I am not posting very frequently these days. That might change in future but for now I want to focus on getting things organized however long it may take. Once the weather turns hot, if it ever does, I will not want to be dealing with decluttering.

Take care until I see you again. 

Joining in with Our World Tuesday


eileeninmd said...

Hello, Penny

Your sky images are beautiful. Your balcony plants look great and all growing well. Hubby and I have reduced the clutter, we would not want put that burden our son. I always thought there were plenty of cat, kittens to be adopted. I guess it depends on where you live. Take care and stay well! Have a great day and week ahead.

Red said...

You are one of the few people who are making good use of their time during Covid.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Congratulations on tackling your decluttering projects. I'd like to soar among the clouds like that seagull, too!

Joanne Noragon said...

I have been amused by borders closed to American citizens. As in, "That's what you get and deserve." So I say, "Fine them!'

Mari said...

Beautiful sky photos! Your flowers look good too.
Sounds like you are really busy, but doing good things!

Jeanie said...

Well done on your organizing. I'm trying to decide what needs to be tossed or donated, and what to keep. I'm one of the ones not ready to give up the collections but... Ah,yes.

I do hope your cat adoption comes through. And as always I love your skies. What a fabulous view.

Joyful said...

That's funny Joanne but borders are not really closed. There are countless instances of Americans in Canada who somehow managed to get across the border to the north.

Joyful said...

Thank you Mari. Yes I am super busy. In addition to everything else I'm preparing tax returns. This year there was an extension due to CV 19 and I'm a wee bit late.

Joyful said...

Jeanie I know you have a lovely and cosy home and many hobbies. Hobbies require keeping a lot of extra stuff. One day you may be ready to give up some stuff but not everyone gets to that point. Well I still haven't heard back about interview. I've let them know when I'm free. I guess they are just swamped these days with adoption requests.

Joyful said...

You are very wise Eileen and also very organized. As a daughter who had to take care of her mothers stuff (not really through fault of her own), I appreciate that you don't want to leave that burden to your son. I always thought there were plenty of cats and kittens too. I think the public education about spaying and neutering pets must be getting through to people. Take care.

Joyful said...

Thanks Red. It took me a few weeks but I managed to get off my bahookie and gets things moving in the right direction.

Joyful said...

Soaring among the clouds sound divine.

EricaSta said...

Thank you for your nice comment...

...now, I'm here reading. It's indeed a terrible time of Corona. We can only do each day our best. Day by day. The last sky capture give hope. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Stay healthy and well, dear blogfriend

Annie said...

Gorgeous photos my friend. I hope you find a cat that is perfect for you.

Joyful said...

Hello Erica, welcome to my blog space. I appreciate your visit. Keep safe.

Joyful said...

Thank you Ann. At least I am still able to capture a few photos and enjoy the beauty of nature. I so appreciate the ability to do that. I hope to find the perfect cat too but still haven't heard back about my interview. If it doesn't work out I think I'll wait a year because many of the people now adopting will likely have grown tired of their pets. I see that happen at Christmas too when people make decisions based on the wrong reasons. Hugs and love and stay safe.

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots. Glad to hear you are keeping well and busy.

Saucy Siciliana said...

Beautiful and interesting pictures Joyful. I really enjoyed reading about all the things you do.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

I enjoyed your beautiful pictures from your balcony, and also all of the information about the things you are doing. You do stay busy! I hope and pray that just the right kitty will come your way. What a sweet blessing that would be for both of you! We will be waiting to hear. Thank you for your inspiring thoughts and things that you do for those who are so needy around the world. May God continue to bless this mission/ministry that He has given you and help each of these dear saints who are in much need. Thank you.

Tanza Erlambang said...

amazing views of sky.....glad to know about program to avoid Covid-19....
Have a wonderful day

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