Hello and welcome to Inso's World. I'm sorry that we are in the confines of a bunker but after the year we've all had, I felt that a bunker would be the best place.
I'll start with the inevitable COVID bleating. It's been tough for us all. Everyone has been touched by the repercussions, lock-downs and restrictions that have rocked the world. I'm not going to say too much more, other than reflect my hopes for a better year in 2021.
BREXIT. The UK is now alone again. I, along with everyone else here, am holding my breath to see how this will affect us. I predict quite a few stark realisations and some shortages of things (short term) that we are quite used to having. I was a remainer... but now we all just have to deal with the new order and get along with it, the best we can. We must all be positive and try to make the best of it.
Health. I went mad this year. I've been in therapy for a year and am finally getting back to being myself again. It was a journey but it was necessary. The only thing I will say is that, if you are feeling depressed or anxious and you are in the depths of something you can't control... talk to someone. It helps and may reset you. At the worst, it's a shared problem. At best, it could erase the problem and help you get back to a better place.
Physically, my frozen shoulders have stopped hurting so much and I have recovered about 80% of the mobility in them so that is great news.
Work has been wonderful but challenging. Dealing with the death of our residents has been hard but a privilge. Luckily, COVID wasn't a factor because we have worked really hard to keep it away from our setting... it was Dementia that did it... and with Dementia, there's no getting out alive. 2020 took a heavy toll on many residents who have been there for a long time.
In other areas of life, things have been up and down, with a few personal losses (family and friends) and some new friendships.
My hobby has been one of the things that has consistently helped me to both hide and achieve. The biggest news is that I am working with my friend Chris, at Macrocosm Miniatures, to create a range of Space Dwarfs... so far I have sculpted and converted about 20 miniatures and am continuing to sculpt more for the range. Chris has been creating Kickstarter projects for them and they are also available in his shop. From the beginning, this project has always been about me, creating an army for myself... with the added bonus that other people can buy the troops as well. As a result, in between the sculpting, I have been trying to paint a few as well... and I have plans for a company sized army but need to continue sculpting, in order to get the right miniatures to achieve it.
Here are a few images of what I have finished/started painting: