Good morning lovely peoples of WordPress land!

It’s that time of year where we all sit here thinking about the year past and the year on its way in.

Well, the year past almost killed me and not figuratively speaking either, on the 23rd March 2020, (Yeah, National lockdown day in the UK, my timing is impeccable!) I was rushed into hospital with pyelonephritis (severe kidney infection to us lesser mortals) and sepsis. Go me! I’ve always been of the mind you should either go big or go home in life and apparently that ethos carries over into illness as well. I was incarcerated on a Covid free ward for 15 days and basically had my system bleached with the Super Daddy of all antibiotics, TAZ. Never will I doubt the ferocity of that Tasmanian devil again. I don’t know whether they named it after that little cartoon character on purpose but let me tell you, that stuff wipes the floor with you.

I had hallucinations for 10 of the 15 days I was in there! Tripping became my new normal and I scared a lot of people for quite a few weeks, including my Consultant. He was rather concerned at the turns some of my hallucinations were taking, I patiently explained to him in one of my more lucid moments that I’m a writer so have no limits to my imagination. He was most interested in my chosen genres of thriller, comedy and erotica and not necessarily as separate genres. He asked for the blog address anyway. I believe he may be following Karla’s journals with interest.

Regardless, I got better and to prove it I’m here! Many thought I was checking out but as we know I’m rather stubborn and ornery and I have no intention of getting off.

Which brings me to how I brought in this new year.

With another kidney infection. I have deduced that I have kidney behaving badly syndrome! It’s all good, I am medicated up to my eyeballs on antibiotics again and I am on the other side of it now but really? It’s not the way to bring in a New Year. Just sayin…

Aside from the strange behaviour of my kidney, I am happy to report I am the happiest I have been in a very long time. There are a few reasons for this none of which I am willing to share right now, but change is good people. Old habits have left, and new good stuff has come in.

As far as Covid is concerned? Enough people have talked about the strangeness of the world these days that it made me think.

Is it strange? Really? I mean think about it this way, before we had super tech running our lives, before the advent of 20 cars per family, before mass consumerism took hold of the world, before instant gratification became the norm, before ‘I want it right now’ was the demand of the impatient, we kind of lived at this slower pace anyway. Okay, so the isolation aspect is newish for most of us, but not to those people who have always lived alone. Not to the people who have lost their life partner and find themselves isolated in their own homes 24 hours a day because they are lost without their other half. Isolation is not new to them. Or those people that for whatever reason have found themselves living an isolated life, their isolated world got a whole lot scarier and they have no one to share their fears with.

What Covid should have taught us all is that we need to slow down and look out for each other in a more conscious way. Instead of buying up every bar of soap and roll of toilet paper to be found and hoarding it, make up a box and gift it to an isolated person who has no one who can shop for them. Not everyone is internet savvy. Not everyone has a person they can ask to do something for them, go and collect prescriptions for them, you know, the stuff we all take for granted. Talk to them, spend some time standing at a socially acceptable distance from them and just chat for a little while. You could save so many people from tumbling headlong into depression that way. It would help them feel connected, even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day. It’s a connection. Human contact is out of the question physically, but not verbally. Take a moment to discuss someone’s garden with them, watch them light up like a Christmas tree because someone noticed the work they’ve put in. Take a moment…

For many people, covid has been an irritation, why do they have to stop their lives because of a bug? I kid you not, there are those people wandering among us who think they are immune based on either their religious belief that god will save them and therefore they don’t have to do anything about protecting themselves or others, or those who think they are too young to catch it and even if they do, it won’t kill them will it? They are young and fit and healthy, (and particularly selfish and stupid too) they think it doesn’t apply to them. They believe themselves to be exempt from catching it based on their age. They want to party, because, well, it’s their right!

Wow. Did anyone give Covid the memo?

I believe it may be too late for a lot of the idiots out there who are impatient with living in the time of a Pandemic. They needed a haircut and a glass of alcohol, that was far more important than staying safe. The list of stupid behaviour is endless… it makes me tired just thinking about it.

Then there are the really special people, the conspiracy theorists, who believe this is a world wide government con to get us all vaccinated with a secret microchip so we are all forced to be part of the ‘matrix’. Really? I mean really?? They believe the virus is a hoax. Oh my goodness.

Tell that to the families of those who have died from this dreadful virus. Tell that to those who have caught it and thankfully survived the ravages of it on their system.

Conspiracists, tell it to your toilet bowl, because that’s the only place ideas like that belong, in the pan. Stop spreading wildly paranoid theories cobbled together from tiny pieces of information all sewn together to make up your fantastical theory that every government was willing to tank their economy on a world wide scale in order to control us all. Please… just pack it in now, you are all looking and sounding very silly not to mention ill informed and coming across as unhinged. There could be a special place reserved just for you in Karla’s world.

There will be no quick fix for Covid. The vaccines are only one step in a whole host of many that need to be taken in order to stamp this virus out. The main steps are those we take ourselves. We need to continue to be vigilant, we need to keep our social distance even though it’s a right royal pain in the backside, we need to make sure we disinfect surfaces, packaging, homes and we need to keep washing hands, wearing masks and only coming into contact with people when we absolutely have to. We need to self govern and stop waiting for our hapless government to tell us what to do next. Quite frankly in the case of the UK I think it’s safe to say this tory government couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. We need to self govern. Common sense and practical application of the knowledge we already have will guide us through the coming year of pit falls and spikes in viral growth. If we all just do it right… all of us…together… please.

That is the way to stamp out this virus, starve it of food. Currently, we are not at the top of the food chain, we are food. This virus has a ferocious appetite, quit feeding it!

So, my message for everyone for this New Year? Don’t be FOOD!

Stay safe and well my lovely peoples, this too shall pass, but it will take time and effort. Let’s continue to put in the effort. It will be worth it in the end.

Happy New Year peeps, may it be kinder to you all than 2020 was.

Published by gemstrong63

So, One blog year later, I've been spanked, hard! I have spanked myself almost as hard, I have spanked others even harder. I'm now heading for a different road, one that still includes all the best bits of me, all the naughty bits, all the spanking bits, all the hot steamy bits, and I'm creating characters to play out my delightful erotic fantasies, I hope you enjoy the new ride as much as the previous one…

11 thoughts on “2021

  1. Happy New Year my friend. Stay safe and stay heathy. You are right, and your stories do not write themselves. So stay out of harms way. Do all of the social distancing stuff and I hope that damn infection leaves you alone.

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    1. I can’t actually remember the last time I had a physical hug from someone that matters.
      I can’t hug Dan, it’s too risky, we maintain the minimum of contact in order to reduce any possible chance of him going down with anything at all! Plus he’s sat in a wheelchair, it’s difficult to hug him at the best of times! I will just truly appreciate the physical contact when I can do it safely!
      Happy New Year Lil Sis! Love you xxx

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  2. You are truly an amazing being, Gemma. I love your spunky, wise ways. I couldn’t agree more that this pandemic has hopefully given us reason to slow down a bit, smell the roses as they say, and focus on what really matters. I want to take this time to say…thank you for being you, and for being my friend. And, after reading the comment above…please know that I am sending you the biggest, warmest virtual hugs. I know it’s not the same, but if I could, I would hug you tightly. To a FABULOUS year! May the creativity flow and our hearts be open wide. Much love, gorgeous lady. XOXO ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. Awww thank you Nora, virtual HUGS are just as good as the real thing when they come from someone who matters to you. It’s in the intention. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—
    I’m lifting my head up and looking outward, I still see stupid people everywhere, but I also see those who care, those who want to do the right thing, and those who are doing the right thing. It’s not a bad world we live in, the human race is just a bit dim sometimes and slow on the uptake!
    Here’s hoping 2021 will manage to educate people in the ways of not taking life and its myriad of offerings for granted.
    I’m all for the creativity flowing freely and hearts open wide for all the good stuff to come in. Our year will be FABULOUS because we are Fabulous Nora! Ask any person who ever read our spanking blogs! They all love our antics! As do we!😘 πŸ‘πŸ’₯βœ‹πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  4. Ok ok. I will admit that both you and Nora are fabulous! I will also admit that there are many out there who believe crazy things about this pandemic. The chief caretaker in our building believes that this is a global conspiracy run by all the governments. We have had some interesting chats! lol
    But first I am so glad you recovered in March. I hope this latest infection doesn’t cause you any issues. Stay safe and get better! I also send you virtual hugs! Maybe we can have a group hug with Nora!! Happy New Year!

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    1. Hey Michael, we’re like the three musketeers! Or is it Curly, Larry and Mo? You, Nora and me! Group hug sounds wonderful and you are as fabulous as we two! Wouldn’t have it any other way!
      As for the conspiracy theorists, they are the scariest people on the planet right now because they actually believe the drivel they are spouting. In what fictional world would the whole worlds governments ever agree on anything, never mind act on it as one body? I face palm every time I hear someone spout this nonsense. The anti-vacers are just as bad.
      My kidney is in recovery again and I am feeling well once more. It will take more than that to wipe me out, I promise. It may have been a different story back in March had the doctors told me how poorly I really was with the sepsis running amok through my system, thankfully they didn’t and I just assumed I was going to get better and so therefore that’s what happened. Mind over matter… I had my son to get back to, he was on lockdown alone and was struggling to cope. Fortunately I had people who were quick to come to his aid so all was well.
      2020 was a year best forgotten for a lot of reasons, but a year to remember for one or two happier ones. Most years are like that, the bad stuff is just usually spread out more and doesn’t run worldwide a lot of the time.
      Bring on 2021, Karla has some business to finish and some stories to tell… πŸ˜€ Much love Michael and Happy New Year to you and your Queen and the kids of course… πŸ˜› xxx

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