This year we are not going to Vancouver to visit family. Our family has decided not to chance it. That doesn't mean we can't still see them. 30 years ago we would just have to call them and wish them well, but now with computers we can still video chat so that the kids still get to see my Mom and other family members. It's not the same as being there but it is a small sacrifice to make to keep everyone safe. We will plan a big party at the first as soon as it is possible.
Christmas will be toned down this year, and maybe that's a good thing. It will make us appreciate the small things more and we won't have to run around to everyone's house and not feel rested. Don't get me wrong I enjoy the parties and seeing everyone but maybe just maybe it will make us concentrate on our own family. With no events going on we will have to be more creative than usual.
This year we have noticed more people sending calendars, photo books custom cards as people are still trying to make sure their loved ones get to see the past year of kid photos. As usual I'm not ready, but at least I can send things late and blame it on the Post Office. It's never to late to send a loved one something special to show how much we miss them. If you don't do it now, then do it in the new year, I'm sure they would love to get something special then. I have tried to send the odd little thing to my mom every once in awhile just to make sure she knows we are still thinking of her.
Have a good Christmas, and make sure to tell the people you can't be with that you are thinking of them.
Halloween was different this year!!! Not everyone did things the usual way this year. We chose to have a family day and just buy the treats the kids wanted this year. (Disappointing to say the least) With the way things are going we were a little more cautious, which worked for us (sort of). We did see some kids out there with their masks on. (scary and otherwise)
With lots of businesses trying to stay open as cases rise again, masks are becoming more the norm. I think that wearing a mask can be inconvenient, but if we all wear masks those small stores will be able to keep their doors open. We have been printing more mandatory mask signs lately and also custom face masks for businesses and individuals. It's a small price to pay to make sure we keep our spread to a minimum here in town. This will allow us to keep being able to take the kids to soccer and dance safely.
Keep Safe and if possible wear a mask when in the stores. We will get through this and hopefully sooner than later.
Some people have a way with words... and some of us struggle a bit. Sometimes it's good to write thing down to work things out for yourself, and sometimes we can share those thoughts to help others. Once in awhile the written words are poetic... and that can be a special thing to share.
I had the privilege of installing poetry on some downtown business windows today. It's pretty neat to see all the talent from different poets all displayed on the windows of stores along Shopper's Row and a few others. Our town is full of artistic people, and it's nice to see that we get to show their talent to everyone.
The Art & Earth Festival is coming September 24-27. Check out their website at https://crarts.ca/artandearth/ or take a stroll right now to see some the poetry displayed right now. Get inspired or just enjoy!
Lately Iv'e been trying to get my mountain bike to move me, but it looks like I have to do the work on that one. What keeps you moving during this weird time? For some it's something like a book to take your mind on a journey, and for some (like my son) it's video games. At work here we just did the outside of the CR Movers big truck with new cut vinyl and it looks pretty good. I guess the people down at CR Movers might be moving you if you're moving your stuff to a new location. Anyways, I hope you can find something to keep you moving! Campbell River is such a great place to explore the outdoors with hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing....the list is endless, so find what moves you and get out there. Good luck and stay safe!
I have had the pleasure of helping a few places get ready to re-open with floor decals. It’s nice to see businesses getting back up and running. There are different challenges to opening back up, and some will be easier to deal with than others. Customers can help by keeping their distance, and businesses by offering a safe, well designed plan for us to follow. I have noticed that some businesses that rely on volunteers may have an additional challenge, and that’s finding volunteers. Most volunteers are of retirement age, which is the most vulnerable age, and some might be or have loved ones that are immune compromised. We should make sure we give workers and volunteers that are older the space and respect they deserve. If you are healthy and have extra time, maybe you should think about volunteering to help cover the people that can no longer volunteer. I really enjoyed installing floor decals at the Campbell River Thrift Shop today, and am looking forward to the day they can open safely. It looks like they are getting ready around the store preparing everything to be as safe as possible. Good luck ladies! Mark
Luckily Bob’s Floors didn’t have to close during the lockdown. Most businesses didn’t have to close but chose to out of caution. For those who did stay open and found a way to do it safely, I commend you, and those who chose to close, thank you for your sacrifice. Most businesses are trying to find a way to open back up in a safe manner and to try to make ends meet. I would encourage you to shop local and to support your small shops and restaurants as best you can. I personally have tried to order out at my favourite restaurants to make sure when things get back to normal, they are still there to serve us. Bob’s Floors helped us by keeping their signage needs local, and ordering new lettering and banners from us. Thanks! If you own or work at a business, try to look through your customer base and make your purchases through them. I have always tried to make my purchases from businesses that print with us. We can get through this together by supporting each other. Mark
Is this ever going to end? The long weekend is upon us and I don’t know what to do. My kids have had enough, well one of them has, and it’s hard to find things to do. Both my wife and I have been lucky enough to have kept working during this whole mess, but that doesn’t mean that we are any more sane than others who have stayed home. The shop here has been able to stay open helping the other essential businesses with their printing and sign needs. Hopefully everyone can have a good long weekend and try to get back to some sort of altered normalcy. Here at the shop we are trying to help others find that “new normal”. Stop by the shop and see how we can help your business get back running with safety stickers, signage or promotional materials. Stay safe and enjoy the weekend. Mark