In Texas we are still facing a pandemic, COVID-19, but here in South Texas we are now facing the wrath of Old man Winter. Well the whole states is. Starting Friday, February 12 temperatures have dropped and dropped below freezing. Yes, we do see our seasonal half day freeze just about every year, maybe skip a year sometime, but to stay below freezing for longer then a day, that not something most of us are prepared for. Waking up Saturday I think we were just hovering above freezing until the late evening hours. We had some rain and early Sunday morning that rain with temperature falling below freezing cause iceing conditions on freeways. The freeway near my neighborhood, people where evacuated from the cars cause they lost control. Their car left on the overpass until conditions improve to move them. Sunday we were just at freezing until the evening hours when the temperatures drop in the 20s. Around 10pm, old man winter, brought us snow. In South Texas, it doesn’t snow that often, so it a big big deal. Most kids here don’t experience snow unless they go somewhere where it happen so often. The last time it snowed here was three years ago, December 7, 2017. It wasn’t a lot but enough to cover the ground. So on Sunday night from 10pm to 4am Monday morning, it was snowing. The snow was falling fast and it was cold. Nothing compared to what happen here in 2017. We haven’t seen weather like this since 1985 which was the last time we saw a heavy snow fall. I was like 4 years old at the time and still remember it. Monday morning everything was cover with snow and with the sun out, we were able to defrost. I actually did my first, shovel snow off the side walk since it was cover with snow and ice below it. With this wintery weather, it been tough on the power grid, so many people have experience power outage. People having to bundled up cause they had no electrical to run their heaters. I lost power today for about 8 hours only to come back on for me to start typing this post. My family and I were getting our self ready to sleep with no heat until the power came on. I feel lucky cause other people have gone without power for a day, maybe more and some don’t have running water either. Monday evening, all that snow that melted, refroze with temperature dropping again below freeezing. Grocery stores closed early on Monday and Tuesday, today, open later in the day. Just like last year when this pandemic started, there were long lines of people. Longer then what I saw last year when the pandemic was beginning.
As for work, well I didn’t have to report in on Monday nor Today. As of now I don’t have to report in until further notice. At this moment the weather forecast for tonight is freezing raining and another chance of freezing rain with snow Thursday evening. It won’t be until this weekend when temperature will climb into the 60s with sunshine that we can defrost and warm up. I can say we will still be feeling the after effect of old man winter wrath such as water pipes breaking cause by them freezing.
NOTE: I was type this post Tuesday night after our power came back on. Three hours later, it went off. So we were without power through out the night until 5am Wednesday morning. That change when the power went out again around 8:15am. It came on again around 1pm, so who knows how long will have power for the rest of the day into the evening.
At the end of February, I will reach my 8th month working at my job during this pandemic. It been an interesting ride working during this pandemic. Having to wear face mask awhile am in the building or having to walk through the office to talk with co-workers or other people in other departments. There are still a lot of people I haven’t met since the company has people working from home, but they have hired several new people who are working from the office. Lunch is an interesting time since the break room has 9 tables, but only one chair for each table. The company is follow the guide lines of social distancing, so now during lunch the few who eat there look as if their in a detention class. Most people eat at their desk which I don’t know how people can do that. I just need to get away from my work and enjoy my lunch. Just able to walk and stretch a little and not seeing all the work I still need to do. Speaking of my work, I handle a lot of paper work that I review, make small correction if needed, review the information on the data base that it matches what on the paper. If something is incorrect on the database I correct. Then I scan it, and enter into another data base where I also review the information previous entered. In addition, I enter in other information. There are certain paper work that I can’t correct for example, forgotten signatures or wrong person signed or incorrect/unreadable personal information, that where I have to send the paper work back to the department who worked on it and communicated with the client who filled it out. That basically my day and every now and then I be ask to do something different. It kind of boring, but for now it a job and until the job market pick-up I’ll be there for awhile.
Another two more drawings colored in with prismacolor pencil. The coloring of the hair need a lot of work. As for the skin tones, well am limited by colors that are available to me, which are the 24 that came in the set.
It was the beginning of 2015 when I started this blog, Staying the Course. I was unemployed at the time and already keeping a film photography blog. I started this blog to practice writing, to put my thoughts into words and not just keep them in my head. Also just to blog about my experience of searching for employment with little work experience. Maybe to connect with others who have similar experience in searching for employment. That goal is accomplish, am working full-time.
Fast forward till today, I have learned that I enjoy blogging. My blog isn’t a hit when it come to followers, just about 245 followers. Just the small cyber-interaction you can have with people you never met, even if it just 2 people, who live in another state, city or on the other side of the global is satisfying. As for content and writing, am sure I could do better. I don’t know if my writing has improve since I first started blog, but I do my best that am writing to the highest standard possible. Re-reading what I write and re-reading it again and again before hitting the publish button. Sometimes I wonder if am making any sense with my words, but so far no one who has visiting my blog has mention that my writing sucks or somewhere along those lines. Content, coming up with new content is a struggle sometime which am sure it is for most bloggers. There are time I just don’t know what to write about. So far my only solution to this is writing a book review or posting my progress in drawing.
How long have you been blogging and why do you blog?
Happy New Year!!! I hope you all celebrated welcoming in 2021 safety and with close family members. Hopefully 2021 bring us much more happier and social time that we all have been deprived of this past year with the pandemic.
Personally I hope to get back to reading a little more. Didn’t do to much of that in 2020. Any suggestion on books to read? Trying to stay healthy and workout more. With work, I only have time to go to the gym on the weekend. Am trying to get myself in routine working out here at home. Already brought me one set of weights and just need to get a work out matt. I did gain a little weight during 2020 cause of the pandemic. Career wise, well am still working at the job I started in late June 2020. I’ll be doing a separate post on this and giving an update on how that being going. I really hope 2021, I can do some traveling. Traveling has been something on my bucket list. I haven’t left the state that I live in nor the country. The one thing that holds me back is money. I don’t know how people travel so much and able to afford it. Now that I working, am also saving, so when that time comes, I hope I can visit another state before taking the leap to travel to another country.
To everyone in all corners of the world, Merry Christmas!!! I hope that today on this holiday season we enjoy the company of those we share the same roof with. For many years in my family since I was little, it is and still is a tradition to go to my grandmother home to have a Christmas dinner and open present with the rest of my cousin. The Christmas dinner is the traditional mexican food, tamales, rice and beans and ham. Top it off with dessert, my grandmother top secret cake. It the one thing everyone looks forward to eating since this is the only time of year she make it.
With COVID-19 this will be the first year she will not be having this Christmas dinner. It kind of sad, but it better safe then sorry. Having everyone safe and not someone or everyone getting sick. I always have a positive feeling when going and seeing my cousins and the next generation in the family. Kids running around, a smile on their face opening presents. Seeing that, takes me back when my cousins and I were doing the exact same thing so00000000 many years ago. Sitting on the exact same floor, running through the hallways, eating at the exact same table in the same room. I will and willing to wait until next year to continue on with this family tradition.
The journey isn’t over yet, even as we soon to welcome in a new year, but hopefully 2021 isn’t as depressing and rough as 2020. As we approach the last few days of 2020, many of us will be reflecting on this journey that we’ve all been experiencing, the pandemic. Its been a tough journey for everyone and it will be one that will never be forgotten. Who would have thought that we would be able to say that we lived threw a pandemic and add it to our life resume experience.
Since the beginning of the year I’ve not only been blogging about this pandemic and my personal experience like many bloggers around the world, but I’ve also been keeping a journal. Writing and sketching. It something that has kept me mentally focus since this whole pandemic started and we entered a world of social distancing and wearing a mask. Looking threw my journal entries, am still unsure how to process and reflect what has happen these past 9 months. Am still unsure how this pandemic has effected me, personally. Has it change me? Have I grown? Is that kind of strange? Maybe two years from now, I know, but am sure re-reading my journal entries and my blog posting will be interesting. From the beginning of the pandemic when I was looking for a job, when the world was hoarding and looking for toilet paper, my birthday, finding a job was possible during a pandemic to the present day.
Where ever you may be reading this post, I hope you are well. Please, seek help if you are struggle during these tough time.