I’m such a loner. The “isolation” of this virus hasn’t bothered me a bit. We Garden at this time of year, starting seeds and breaking up new ground for planting, and that’s just what I’ve been doing. Other than wearing mask and gloves when I grocery shop at 7am, not much has changed around here. I sort-of started Spring Cleaning, kind of, which is totally normal for me. What has bothered me is how Time is Warped right now… Every week seems like a year and the days lumber along slowly — what day is it, again?
I know that many of you are concerned about my daughter. She and her family are doing well, thank-you. If you are friends with her on facebook you can see for yourself. We stay in touch and there’s not much else that can be done right now. In order to keep a handle on my anxiety, I stop and Practice the Presence more often and that’s a Good Thing.
We had some storms fly through last night and tornadoes touched down about 10 miles from here, both sides of the river, just adding to the Stress on our First Responders. With All my Heart and Soul, I am sending Love and Strength their way. The clean-up efforts will only compound the hazard of spreading the virus. Please stay safe if you are inclined to help, and Bless you for it.
This week I’m starting a series of posts about the “genealogy” of our house and grounds, aka Sonnystone Acres. We continue to garden and I post at Growing Every Season on Thursdays. I’ll try to be friendlier over at the facebook, but you can always call or text or email, as well.
Last week seems like a year…
I didn’t realize that the Jose’ fam had been out to see Riverdance on the 13th just before they shut Broadway down. I asked that Melissa delay her visit until they had been isolated for 2 weeks. She readily agreed, expressing her concerns for me. I was wracked with guilt that I had to disappoint her kids, who you know I love beyond words, but I felt it was best for all.
Here in Eville, my daughter-in-law’s trip was cancelled, but I went ahead and had the Jr. girls over to play. I was thinking that the risk from Evansville was not as great. It’s true that we’ve not had any tests here until a couple of days ago when there was one person who tested positive, but that’s because we didn’t get any tests until last week. We are now under Strict quarantine, refusing to let the Jr girls visit, either, but I don’t think that’s making anybody feel better.
The New Yorkers are under SuperStress right now. Both Melissa and Eric are immunocompromised and Melissa’s job is at risk. There is no bailout for them, yet the bills have to be paid. All I can do is continue to send Love and Peace her way and not add to the tension she must be feeling.
My trip to England, scheduled for the Queen’s Birthday celebration in June, will undoubtedly be cancelled. I’m pretty sure the airline will waive change fees and let me reschedule eventually, but it’s a major disappointment. Royal Ascot sent my tickets out with a message that they will promptly refund if the meet is called off. Britain has been super-slow responding to this pandemic so I have just written off the trip until next year…if there is one. God Save the Queen! I’d sure like to see her before she checks out.
How dare I whine like this! I feel so guilty about my constant anxiety. Unfortunately, worry is not rational and many of us who are just fine are still waking up with fear. Stay Strong, Friends.
To Those of you working essential jobs: You are the salt of the Earth–Bless you!
We’re all in this together…We are All One…
P.S. The Garden Blog has been revived.
We’re All feeling it, though some are scared and others defiant. All of us are affected by the shut-down of schools, libraries, museums. I still don’t get the run on toilet paper and groceries, but my usual grocery pick-up order from Walmart was cancelled because they ran out of stock. I made my way down to Schnucks and the IGA today and witnessed for myself the empty shelves. The workers are somewhat stunned from the long lines and the supply trucks have been diverted to larger stores, so they’re not sure when they’ll be able to restock. Crazy.
Yes, there have been so many reactions of this pandemic. My heart goes out to the healthcare workers and their families on the front line of this epidemic. I am so grateful for their selfless service. Our governor is doing a good job of handling things here in Indiana and I’m hoping that other state governments have stepped up, too.
Life here at Sonnystone has always been a bit like “self-isolation”, so it hasn’t changed much. Seems to me that it’s a good time to Practice Being Present. We are fine and so are our loved ones. We are grateful beyond words for our health and wealth. No dark imaginings, we are distancing from fear or worry. There are books to read, Netflix to watch, music is everywhere. Right Here, Right Now I breathe in Love and breathe out Peace. Now Smile. Really, make yourself Smile…it’ll do you a World of Good.
Since getting back from Florida we’ve planted potatoes, onions, and peas, brought out the over-winters, and started work in the Peace/Bird Garden. I’m ready to Revive my Garden Blog this week andsSince you will have a little time on your hands, you’ll want to follow along.
Remember this from “Desiderata”
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams
it is still a Beautiful world.
Be Careful. Strive to be Happy.
Peace, dear Readers
The last two weeks have been filled with six dentist appointments, lots of pain meds, several emotional outbursts, and I’m still not done. What can I say?
My dentist and his assistants are just the best people, though, and I’m so grateful for their professionalism and kindness. We have worked as a team to get this all done before my Birthday next Sunday.
This coming week Samantha and I will have Our Brrday party before she has her own kidsfest at GattiTown and I have my own celebration at…who knows where?
I hope you’re having more fun than I am…
This week sucked, didn’t it? Kobe Bryant and his daughter dying was a helluva start, may their memories be for a blessing. My soap opera, General Hospital, has been pre-empted for weeks by another soap opera, Impeachment Farces by the Arses…hahaha. Oh, lighten up.
And then there was the Dental Disaster.
Wednesday I spent two-and-a-half hours in the dentist chair getting the root canal that wasn’t. I had the laughing gas jauntily strapped across my nose, breathing in peace and breathing out love, so all I knew was whirring and “open”. Turns out, something about the canal and he couldn’t get through it, so he finally gave up. I was a little beleaguered and left without a plan, but called later to schedule the tooth to be removed on Monday (tomorrow). Friday evening I was minding my own business, reading and eating an ice cream sandwich, when the tooth broke off. I feel an oral surgeon in my future.
So that’s all I’ve got to say.
People have got it worse, that’s for sure. But my mood is definitely Disgruntled. dreading the upcoming drama.
Still smiling, though…
P.S. Two new posts last week over at All My Ancestors and I hope to stay on schedule despite this…interruption. See you there!
It was Birthday Week at the Jose’ Casa in NYC! My #1 and #3 grandies celebrated Numbers 9 and 14! Oh, those girls! My heart just overflows…
Emma Magnolia Mayne Jose’ is in the 8th grade at Towne., where she was awarded the part of Rafiki in “Lion King” (ever heard of it?). She can sing, she can dance (top Irish Dancer), but more importantly, she is seriously a sweet young lady, kind and caring.
Eliza Belle Mayne Jose’ is in the 3rd grade at Avenues: The World School, where she has started piano lessons. This summer she started right in picking out tunes and I wonder if she might have the old “playing by ear” thing that my grandmother had. She’s a Super Irish Dancer, loves to skateboard, and is just generally a funny, loving little girl.
Obviously, I love these babies. I’m hoping to be in NYC in April for the “Lion King” and I Know I’ll be there in June for Emma’s graduation.
We had the Jr. girls for a couple of days earlier this week, requiring me to wake up at 5am…I”m proud to say that I still have my miraculous inner alarm and was able to wake myself when my outer alarms failed to alarm. It’s kinda fun to get up in the dark and hear the birds singing a prelude to sunrise.
We’ve got so many birds visiting the feeders that we decided to add another suet. We had two finch feeders out, and in years past they’ve been covered with upside-down and downside-up little birds, but I’ve spotted just one molty goldfinch in the last month. I hope they’ve just found somewhere else to feed. The suet has been a real draw for woodpeckers. We’ve seen hairy and downy, both male and female, and even an awkward red-bellied woodpecker that also feeds at the houses. The indigo buntings seem to favor it over fighting at the houses, too.
The dreaded root canal is Wednesday. I’ll be fine. Thank goodness the tooth is still hurting just a tinge, or I’d probably back out. I’ve got plenty going on over at the ancestry blog, posting on Mondays and Thursdays until I finish. You’re welcome to visit…All My Ancestors.
It’s been a busy week here at Sonnystone Acres. Monday the Casey Sisters spent the night. Olivia had Tuesday off of school, but Samantha went to preschool in the morning, After lunch at McD we all wound up at Barnes and Noble. I bought a beautiful book, “Mythos” by Stephen Fry and I’m hoping it does for Greek mythology what Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology” did for me. So far, so good.
As a start to gearing up for holidays we’ve been Cleaning, deeply. I really thought our 25-year-old refrigerator was beige. Lo and Behold, it’s quite white if you remove all those magnets and kid-pictures and Clean it. It’s inspiring to throw stuff out and reorganize, especially since we’ll be bringing the Christmas downstairs and moving the mundane upstairs Friday.
O&S will be back for another sleepover this Wednesday evening so that we can jump up early TurkeyDay and watch the Macy’s Christmas Parade. When Santa and the Mrs. arrive, we’re allowed to start singing Christmas songs. The Jrs will go up to Dale to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with Jessica’s family in the evening, so we’re just having a meat and cheese tray here.
Casey’s birthday is Saturday, prompting my annual clothes drive to get him covered. He hasn’t said that he wants to do anything or go anywhere to celebrate the occasion, but I have planned a Big Turkey Dinner (with a turkey that Jess’s company gave her) on Sunday — and maybe Balloons.
I’m still obsessed with the Ancestry to the point that I had to make myself stop and get some stuff done. I tend to get all caught up in my imagination with these characters, almost as if I were reading a book. It’s a story, but it may be a while before I can write it up.
My African Violets are adjusting to their new homes – one is even blooming! The spider plants seem to be settling in pretty well, too.
Today the Sun is Shining! I think I’ll take a break and go for a stroll down in the woods to visit my Thoughtful Spot.
No matter how Noisy it gets, Remember: there’s an Off switch on that device…