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Friday Reflections — WDIIA

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This has been an odd week. I had a couple of days I did not feel well with a scratchy throat. In these times, it is hard not to imagine the worst when any little thing happens. But a few home remedy gargles and some much needed rest and I am recovered.

I spent some time thinking and talking with family and friends about my sister. Grief anniversaries can be tough. I tried to focus on my daughter’s birthday while keeping good memories of my sister running on a loop. I made a fun little iMovie for my daughter’s birthday trying to make it special for her since we could not be together. She put up a fund raiser for Kidney Cancer research in honor of her aunt (my sister) which was so touching and so like her to think outside herself.

As a result I haven’t spent much time blogging or reading blogs this week. I have managed to keep up with my 39 day film challenge, however. It is a fun post to consider and does not require an immense amount of thought.

Our numbers are continuing to go up. I am hopeful the mask mandate will show a reduced amount of cases, but it will require a two to three week cycle before we know.  Stores are having a difficult time getting customers to comply, even when they provide free masks. Neither the police nor the District Attorney will cite anyone, so there are no repercussions if people refuse to wear them. Other than that small thing like possibly infecting someone who could die as a result. 🙄

The garden is doing well. We continue to have loads of cucumbers and tomatoes. Last night we had fresh kale from the garden mixed in with some kale we purchased at the store. What a difference. Ours was purple kale and was so tender in comparison to the other. That will definitely go on my planting list for fall.

I continue to connect with people over the phone or through Zoom or FaceTime. It is becoming oddly normal now and seeing people is oddly unsettling.

Hubby went out Wednesday to glaze some bowls he made under the tutelage of our amazing potter friend. They were socially distanced and masked. Tonight he will go and help fire the wood kiln which consists of feeding wood into the fire to keep the kiln at a constant temperature. That is a lone activity. His shift will be 10:00 pm — 2:00 am.

The cabinets are still coming along. Hubby needed to buy a new router bit this week to round the edges of the desk surface. It won’t be long now.

My jigsaw puzzle was frustrating me. I thought I had missing edge pieces. I sat down for breakfast and looking at a different angle I saw there were sections that needed to be moved around Voila! All the edges are now complete.

Life is all about having the right perspective.

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Monday Missive – What Day is it Anyway?

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Another flip of the calendar has brought us into July. It continues to be that crazy mixed up world where there is so much going on and nothing going on. How is that even possible? But yet here we are.

So, just what has been going on in my world?

The end of June would have been my sister Rosie’s 70th birthday. It is hard to believe she has been gone 10 years. This week is the anniversary of my other sister BJ’s passing. She has been gone 4 years. It is all a blur, the years. My brother may need a biopsy, too, so lots of emotional thoughts these last few weeks.

My daughter’s birthday is this week so that is a cheerful note. It would be nice to see her, but that is not possible so we will celebrate with her from afar.

We are eating cucumbers, lettuce, spicy peppers, and tomatoes from the garden. We also have basil, cilantro, rosemary, dill and oregano. I have been enjoying cucumber sandwiches most days. The tomatoes are small cherry tomatoes, but they are delightful for salads.

The heat and humidity has been rough these last few days. I work in the garden when I can, but it doesn’t take long for it to be unbearable. Our walks have been early morning and less frequent. We did walk this morning. It was cool but SO humid. The neighbor’s horses were out grazing, but they were masked up which made me chuckle.

6EF13E75-2879-4C14-9296-B5BD06F47492My friend Molly made this beautiful necklace for me. Her husband is a potter and made the precious bluebird. It is a piece I will cherish for a long, long time.

We still are not dining out or even doing takeout. We are quite content to cook and eat at home. We have watched all seasons of “Doc Martin” and “The Split”. Not back to back binge watching, but over 4 months. Gardening has been a nice way to spent some time.

The cabinets are coming along. Base cabinets are in place as well as the wall cabinets. Hubby is making the surface because with our confined space we could not use a prefab countertop. Pics to follow.

I started a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I have most of the border complete but it is slow progress! I am also reading Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. Just things to fill up time.

I hope all is going well in your world!

 

 

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Monday Missive — What Day is it Anyway?

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Star Date Monday, June 22, 2020. It has been three months since we last saw life.

That’s how it feels, folks. The prelude to an episode of Star Trek. The last social interaction we had was March 13, 2020. It has been a long trek (Ha! See what I did there?)

  • Yesterday was Father’s Day. I think this is the first year since my dad passed away that I have not written about him on Father’s Day. I thought about him all day, drifting back into memories of long ago, wishing there were more of those memories to look forward to.
  • I made breakfast, lunch, and dinner for hubby — all things he requested. I even made a fresh peach cobbler. I felt sad for him to not have our children here. It’s funny, I did not feel the same sadness on Mother’s Day.
  • I’ve been reading again. I had not for a long time. It started when my friend Molly suggested I might enjoy Where the Crawdads Sing. My friend Lauren (LSS Attitude of Gratitude) and I are reading together virtually. We finished that book, then In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, and now we are on to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.
  • Our garden is doing well, other than a few insect problems. I am dreading this week because of the extreme heat they are predicting. The plants seem to do better in the cooler air, especially with a slight breeze to move the leaves around. One of my cucumbers has climbed all the way to the top of the wire garden walls. We are harvesting tomatoes and will have a fresh garden salad to use the lettuce before it bolts. I doubt it could survive the coming week.
  • Our governor is due to announce whether or not we are moving into phase 2.5 of opening the economy this coming Friday. Our new cases are still hovering near or above a thousand every day. There is a discussion about making face mask wearing mandatory. I don’t hold out much hope for slowing this virus down unless they do.
  • Hubby is installing some cabinets in our rather large utility room for storage and also to give me a little art space. It will be nice when he gets the work completed.
  • I have a lot of donations to drop off at the thrift store. I heard they might be open for donations again starting today. I will be glad to get some things out of the way. That was the problem in clearing out stuff with no place taking donations. It just piled up.

That’s about as exciting as my life gets these days. Hope you are all doing well. Feel free to drop me some book suggestions. Easy reading, good writing, and escapism is what seems to interest me these days.

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Monday Missive – What Day is it Anyway – June 8, 2020

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Time is certainly moving at a fast pace although each individual day crawls by. Salvador Dali’s painting “Persistence of Memory” might be the best artwork to represent this time period. If you are not familiar, it is the painting of the ‘melting’ clocks. It is interesting to note during this time period, Dali use a method of  “self induced psychotic hallucinations” to create his art. Maybe we are all experiencing something similar.

Friday our oldest grandson graduated from high school — with honors. We are so proud of him. We were able to see him walk via a livestream broadcast. They held the ceremony in the football field seated 6 feet apart. Every graduate had a mask printed with the school name and logo. The only time they did not wear them was when they received their diploma and had their photo taken. It is hard to believe this is the same little boy that started to spend a week every summer with us in Florida when he was four years old. This fall, he plans to attend Clemson University. No one yet knows what the college outlook will be in the fall,  but we are hopeful it will be a good experience for him.

Our walk this morning was difficult. 99% humidity makes it tough for me especially going up and down our hilly walkway. We cut the walk short, though. I stopped to take a photo of a flower which was evidently ample time for a yellow jacket to find its way onto hubby’s sock. He did not notice it until the sting! He is not allergic, but the sting does swell so we decided to head back home and tend to the sting.

I posted a two new pieces from my writing class here if you are interested in reading. These are exercises so I put a short explanation above each for clarity. The new work is at the top of the page.

Hubby continues to find something to change on the container garden. It now has a door and wire surrounding it in hopes of keeping visitors at bay. Most of the plants recovered after the rains we had. I have one cucumber plant that has taken off like mad! I love cucumbers, hubby not so much.

The virus continues to forge ahead claiming more victims every day.  Yesterday we dropped from 1370 new cases down to 921. I am sure some will see this as progress, but we have seen 996 deaths since March 22 and a total of 35,546 cases to date. We had our first pediatric death in the last week.

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So, we continue with our same precautions. Very few people wear masks locally which increases our exposure even if we try to take every precaution possible. I feel less safe now that more people are out in the grocery stores unmasked so we continue to do curbside pickups with the exception of going to purchase meats and fresh vegetables when we run low.

 

 

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What the Hell Day Is It Anyway – June 1, 2020

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I was not forced to use the new editor. This is my joy for the day!

I cannot believe it is June. We still have fears of the Corona virus, our citizens are dying at the hands of those in authority, and there is civil unrest the likes of which we have not seen for years. It is devastating and heartbreaking at every turn.

The virus continues. Our numbers are still on the rise. They have been hovering around 1000 new cases every day for almost a week. With the current state of civil unrest and protests, we will soon discover whether or not it was really safe to come out of quarantine. For me, I remain in my cocoon.

I have a culturally diverse family and network of friends. I love them all with a full heart.  I do not understand the prevalence of hate in this world — our differences could make us better, but fear has been woven into the very fabric of our nation. Civil unrest is the top blowing off after years and years of a systemic racial divide in this country and I will admit feeling helpless at times which I know serves no one. My heart breaks over and over. I do not have any eloquence in conveying the pain our nation is experiencing. Please do not try to engage me in debate about what is right and wrong. I will not participate in useless banter.

Yesterday our governor mobilized the National Guard. Today state flags are flying at half mast in order to remember those lost to the virus. What a dichotomy. I just spoke with a friend and we talked about how our outlook, our decisions, our hopes, our dreams and our challenges change on a daily basis. It can be overwhelming.

So that’s about all I can manage today. I hope readers are maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing. It is a challenge on the best of days.

(Still having trouble with the media functions. Anyone else?)

 

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