During last year's RenFaire I put up this barrier to keep guests out of an area in my yard I felt was prone to accidents:
"Okies" & "Az-holes" are playfully derogatory epithets directed at the residents of the two fictional shires of Ochershire & Azurton.
Little did I know at the time that a genuine plague was indeed destined to strike within months. Now that the Covid-19 Plague is a reality, the RenFaire for 2020 is officially canceled. This is the first time in years that I will not take up the mantle of my alter-ego "Sir Dynaden" and preside over the contests, activities, and feasting. It's a bit of a bummer for certain.
On another note, later today I will be attending an abridged, Covid-curbed service for my brother who succumbed to brain cancer last week. The 2019 RenFaire was the last time he was at my home. It's been a heckuva week. The unfortunate aspect of my brother's passing is that he and I had a pretty significant falling out not long after Halloween last year and never resolved the issue. The only reconnection we had was a Skype call about a week before he passed where his personality was intact but his memory was severely impaired......to a point where he had little recollection of the issue between us. I am also very concerned over my nieces' welfare going forward.....but I am taking a wait-and-see approach based on advice from many around me.
Some good news is that I had a very nice day Saturday with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. A lot was said that made me feel pretty good about my choices as a father.
......oh, and the bathroom remodel is 99% done. The room is fully functional, looks good, and only requires a bit of cosmetic trim. (Pictures will follow when 100% complete)