Where’s the Fun?

Cassandra Tondro art

Hi Friends,

Businesses were beginning to open up here in California, but then the COVID-19 numbers started to rise, and now some things are shut down again. Everything that I used to do, aside from my art, came to a screeching halt last March, and none of it is coming back any time soon. Some of it will never return.

There’s a feeling that there’s nothing to look forward to anymore. There’s nothing fun to do. So my friend Toby suggested a game night, and she came over to my house with a bag full of possibilities. It’s been a long time since I’ve played cards or board games, but it comes back pretty fast. It’s like riding a bicycle — you never really forget.

We spent an evening on my deck playing Yahtzee, Trouble, and Kings in the Corner, and it was a lot of fun! It occurred to me that we’re returning to a simpler time when this is what people did for entertainment. They got together at one another’s homes to play bridge, poker or some other game. I wonder if this is how our future will look. Small groups of people gathering to talk and entertain themselves rather than relying on something outside of ourselves for entertainment.

​I’m lucky to have a friend who’s willing to get together and do things. I couldn’t have made it through lockdown without Toby.

In painting news, I created this lovely background, and now I don’t know what to do with it. It’s so pretty that I don’t want to ruin it, but it’s not so pretty that it’s done the way that it is. I have several of these pretty pieces sitting around waiting until I muster up the courage to do something with them.

Cassandra Tondro painting

What has helped you to get through lockdown? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,

Painting at top: “Storyboard for the Apocalypse,” 24 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.



  1. It’s been pretty boring, but iam getting the hang of it. Focusing on myself and immediate family who are near by,
    I have returned to art class with Lois and we have reduced to only 5 people only instead of 10.
    my yard looks amazing and im feeling healthy with all the good food i eat now 3x a day. Whats really weird is I have lost 8 lbs since Covid started. I don’t understand how since I eat so much food. I guess I am pretty active with my dogs

  2. I have never experienced a richer time, I became calmer, more focused. I ride my bike every day, plan an exciting meal or two, and do art. This pandemic has changed me in many ways…

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