I'm amazed at what they've managed to achieve.
In contrast, I pretty much shut my studio door and moved into the garden. When you've had to suspend your business for a while it's hard to feel motivated to keep working. So my usual work habits vanished , along with my mojo. I have got the garden ready for winter and helped my Man with a few tasks (he's been one of the big achievers through this - a new woodshed, new flashings on all of the buildings, walls painted , repairs carried out, new back porch etc etc!).For him it's been a bonus time at home, and I can understand that.
But for me I feel derailed, and speaking with other friends and family some of them feel the same. Uncertainty about the future , possibility of economic woes and of course, the C word itself- which is on every screen you glance at. Concern about family and friends who are losing employment or their own businesses. Other people facing loneliness in isolation , meaning lots of phone calls - it's been nice catching up.
We've watched our kids in admiration as they've dealt with financial problems, employment issues (two pilots in the family) and being confined to home with small children. From climbing walls built in the stairwell with an extension ladder , to school being taught at the dining table each morning, they've stepped up to the mark and all look happy despite the cloud hanging over us all.
Our own neighbourhood has been great, everyone is keeping an eye on each other , and we've gone to great lengths (4 metres!) to ensure that we keep on having street get togethers for a cuppa or a glass of something. So there's no reason for me to feel like this, but its a comfort to know that other people feel the same - I guess it's just a part of the social effects of the pandemic , which I didn't ever think would affect me...
I'm just beginning to think about painting again , having done a few small watercolours. My studio is frighteningly tidy and organised, but it won't stay that way for long! I trust that you and your families are safe - please continue to stick to the rules, none of us want to start this again from the beginning.
Jan (Prisoner in Paradise)