Monday Musings: Checkin’ In

Another week, and we are still on lockdown. Most of the medical experts are saying that, here in the US, we should hit the surge for the COVID-19 infections in the next two weeks. We are being strongly urged to stay even more isolated than before. Which means the recommendation right now is that, for the next two weeks, all of us should go nowhere- not the grocery store, not the pharmacy, nowhere. I know that is not going to happen, of course. A lot of people haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to the restriction guidelines up to now, so why would anyone think they are going to listen to even stricter measures? I just hope that enough do so that our medical services aren’t strained past their breaking point.

Otherwise, things are going okay. The BaldMan is still working at home. Daughter #2 is doing our shopping as she works in a grocery. We’re having some things delivered. I’ve been taking the dog out back to play fetch- a game he loves!- so we don’t run into too many people. I’ve worked on the garden, and got some seeds started indoors. This past weekend, I put the greenhouse cover on the big raised bed and planted some cool weather crops. I’ve been reading more, both e-book and print, and audiobooks. I’m catching up on Terry Brooks’ Shannara series. I have the books but I am behind on reading them. And with the last book coming out later this year (it was pushed back from July), I want to catch up. I also started listening to the Witcher books on audio. I watched the Netflix series and enjoyed it, so figure while waiting for season 2 next year, I will try the books.

I am seeing some Spring flowers starting to pop up here and there. There are buds on the trees. The grass is turning green again. The birds are enjoying the feeders, and we’ve had a couple robins on the deck this year. They are enjoying the mealworms I put out, I am sure. The world, it seems, is capable of moving on without us.

We’re getting through this. There are moments, of course. I think most are having those moments. Fear, worry, anxiety. I also think that is perfectly normal given these decidedly un-normal days. One day at a time, as they say. Or if that’s too much, half a day, an hour, a minute. And then the next, and the next, and the next. That’s all any of us can do.

Stay home. Think twice or three times if that trip to the store, any store, is really necessary. Get a mask if you need to. Wash your hands. Stay safe, my friends.

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