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 #141 August 5, 2020 "Red Dust"

I just finished reading “Red Dust – A Path Through China” by Ma Jain. It is a quietly stupendous memoir.

Ma Jain was born in the 50’s, grew up very poor in a small Chinese city. He remembers when his mom would simmer stones for dinner - not because they were going to eat that - but so that the neighbors would see her cooking and not know how poor they were. A whole different take on the children’s tale "Stone Soup".

Quarantine Diary #140 7/31/2020 Wishing you a Merry Quarantine Weekend

When I’m in a certain mood I love how-to articles – and I’m in that mood right now. I think it happens at the intersection of reasonable weather and Friday ... when happiness still seems possible.

I googled “How to have a nice weekend in the time of Covid” and guess what? There are no Wiki-How articles on how to be happy in a pandemic.

Let’s invent this right here, right now.

Quarantine Diary #134 Written while sweating …

My best coping skill for appalling weather is to show it who is boss. 30 below?  Cool. Let me put on all my clothes plus a hat down to my eyebrows and another one up to my glasses, and I’ll go out there.

Quarantine Diary #131 7/23/2020 "Becoming Labrador"

Yesterday I forgot to write about a movie we watched which I think many of you might like to watch, also.  We’ve been talking here about what one can stand to read and watch these days when our spirits are stressed and anxious.

I thought I wanted to reprise some of our Canada travels.  FYI, if you’ve traveled in a place you loved, put that place into your streaming service Search window, find some great or mediocre documentaries about that place, and revisit your memories.  It’s fun.

Quarantine Diary #130 7/22/2020 What's in your glass?

In the last few weeks one of my knees has decided it is the current star of the MB show. I overused it one day, I know when that was, ever since it’s been wonky. I have to baby it otherwise it hurts more than a little. Aging isn’t for wusses. 

I am walking less because walking a lot makes it worse.  I CAN ride a bike as much as I want since that doesn’t exacerbate the situation. I’m trying to weigh less, which is its own comedy.

Quarantine Diary #124 7/17/2020 As if it makes sense …

Our family lost a friend this week. I won’t go into too many details other than Tom died of a bike accident on a sunny day while riding in the country with friends. His wheel somehow got stuck in gravel, he fell, the fall twisted, and he died.

This is not his obituary or eulogy. This is a just a reflection on losing friends and how do we make sense of this?

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