Where do I begin? What a rough year this has been! We now are running into our second season with heavy hearts and uncertainty. With the borders still closed and the government still dangling that proverbial carrot in front of our faces month after month, we still don't know what the season holds. We are hopeful that with the vaccine rolling out on both sides of the border we will see an end to the border closure sooner than later.
The tourism industry has been hit hard. All of us operators here in the Red Lake area are feeling the strains of the pandemic. We have seen little to no help from our government. There are businesses that will close if they have to endure losing another season. It is devastating.
We are surviving! The kids are good! There was a small window of hockey for Quintin, and Jemma is still dancing and will continue to do so into the summer months. They did endure a few school closures and some online learning, but for the most part things were pretty "normal" here in Red Lake. We have had a handful of Covid positive cases, but there hasn't been any community spread and everyone seems to be doing their due diligence with hand washing and face masks.
Ian reentered the work force in the fall. He is working for a smaller exploration company and loves it! And they love him.. of coarse! He is now a "supervisor"...Climbing away at that ladder! LOL The company does know they will have to let him go as soon as that border opens and we can get back to some kind of "normal" here at camp though!
I have done some substitute teaching at the schools and am keeping busy with my crafting and day to day life here with the kids. Someone has to hold down the fort right? I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last year and am just trying to figure all that out. So a full time job on top of running a business is out of the cards for this girl.
Ron and Kathy are keeping busy! Ron has almost cleared out the bush coming down the road! Joking of coarse, but that man has a mission to supply all of Red Lake with fire wood for years to come! LOL
My folks are doing well. They have still made their way here almost monthly. They are super careful in the city they live in and managed to stay Covid-free! Both of our parents are due to get vaccinated soon, so that is a relief. Not sure when Ian and I will be able to get it. As soon as its available we will roll up our sleeves.
Ian has touched base with a lot of you through the year and we all miss you! I hope you all are staying well and have weathered this storm with a strong paddle. We really do hope to see you this season! Love you all! Stay safe.
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