Mary Beth Writes

I hope you have had a good Easter Sunday so far and that you have a few more happy eats and chats and relax-on-the-sofa-with-a-cat-or-dog moments left in it.

I thought it was supposed to be raining this morning but … nope. So out I went for a “short” walk and the next thing you know it was several hours and miles later.  Sixty degrees and mild breezes and a lot of singing birds was a pretty nice way to spend a morning.

Came back, joined my congregation’s virtual coffee hour and no one even knew how sweaty I was. I mentioned the sad, sad fact that we had ordered Peeps and a chocolate bunny in our grocery order that Len picked up last night AND THEY WERE ALL OUT! First Easter of my life I would be celebrating without sugar bomb bunnies.

Then Meg and Moni and Adia walked over this afternoon to buy some of Otis’ masks – and guess what they brought?  More Peeps and chocolate bunnies than I can believe. I may have gotten tears in my eyes… I certainly laughed.  I have Peeps for a week. 

I am rich now.

Meg noticed this simple thing that I think all of us are feeling.  She was at a grocery store (with gloves and mask). The line to the cash register was very long.  People were complaining and she started to sigh until she remembered that being secure enough to shop for food - is being lucky and rich and blessed.

Did you comment on the letter to Kapenga yet? Read and comment here. 

"There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."  (from Harry Potter, of course)

 

 

 

 

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I Did everything I said yesterday that I planned to do except that instead of going for a nice short ride I rode maybe 25-30mils... It made me forget the bad stuff and appreciate the simple little things... And I burned off the calories from the overly sweet things Michael fed me this morning... My whole body is tired... Be safe everyone...
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Sometimes doing way too much is just the right amount, when what you are doing is slaying dragons.

So true (about the grocery store)! In general, I believe we all have the right to feel whatever we're feeling--even if it's annoyance while standing in line at the grocery store! However, during these heightened times, I am trying to be more conscious of all the ways in which my privilege is keeping me safe, fed, well-rested, and (mostly) happy.
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This is from Joyce in Vermont. (Somehow my postings got split into two and I am fixing that right now.) Has it been 30 days already for you? I think we are a day behind. Our governor (VT) says we will be free on May 15. Compared to a lot of New England and neighboring states, Vermont is doing well. Many of our local restaurants are open for take out. With the exception of farmers, most of our neighbors are out of work, though. This is really hard on folks. We hurt for them.

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Quarantine Diary #67 5/27/2020 White People

When I’m not here at my desk, I’m outside in the dirt. I have spent much of the past week in my backyard doing cute projects, clearing weeds, planting seeds, moving plants. I even moved a tree! (Granted, it was a small tree.)

In about an hour I will be out there again until all my little vegetable and basil plants are planted. It’s supposed to rain this afternoon.

So that’s part of my quarantine, I’m dickering around in my own yard. Suits my introverted mood.

Quarantine Diary #66, 5/24/2020 Zoom Birthday

This week we Zoom-celebrated (zoom-abrated?) the first birthday of our grandson. This was a very different kind of party in our family which ALWAYS celebrates kid’s birthdays. We always have over a few too many friends and relatives. We always have a mound of presents the kids doesn’t actually need. We always have appetizers and pizza, an activity for kids, and a cake. We always sing Happy Birthday too slowly while the kid stares at the candles.

Quarantine Diary #65 – 5/22/2020 Shontay & Irresistible Iridescence

Science Daily website reports this scientific discovery. Bats have an unusual mammal response to viruses they encounter; they don’t get sick to fight the virus like the rest of us mammals do. Instead they act as a kind of long-term host for viruses. A bat is a repository of the viruses it has encountered in its batty life.

Quarantine Diary #64, 5/20/2020 Twenties & Assets

First of all, tonight at 8:20 the time will be 20:20 on 20/2020. If you have kids, or if you are your own odd duck, I think that would be a good time to celebrate. When our kids were young we celebrated New Year’s Eve by piling, on a table on a tablecloth, a crazy stack of metal cookie sheets, muffin tins, bread pans, and bowls. When midnight struck they would try to pull the tablecloth out from under the stack, everything would teeter and then tumble with a terrific crash and the cats would run and it was satisfying.

New Photo & Old Column About Spring

The photo is from this morning and is for you, Michol! This dam on the Fox River is alive with rushing water.

Quarantine Diary #63 - 5/18/2020 Flooding, It's changing now

We had three inches of rain here yesterday. This is what the Fox River by Riverwalk condominiums looks like today.

While I was walking along here, an older woman (says me, ahem…) was standing on her sidewalk with her nervous beagle, looking at the over-its-banks river.

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