Where to start?
We seem to have hit our limit, crisis-fatigue (if that can be a thing) has set in…there have been incendiary remarks, protests, arguments, altercations that took a tragic turn, gunfights… I think someone even died.
Oh. Wait. You probably think…
I am not talking personally here. Although, there has been more swearing more than usual, serious tension, at least one meltdown and far too many frustrated tears. But I was talking societally, locally...every day is some new shocking story. People are reacting to this crisis in some disturbing ways. These are scary and unsettling times.
I probably should stop reading the news.
The Virginia stay-at-home order remains in effect (until June 10th) and the governor angered some folks when he extended the “non-essential business” closures until May 8th. I totally understand the concerns regarding the economy, I do. And, I’ve got some serious financial worries, so I get it…totally. However, dead people can’t work at all and once the medical system is overwhelmed, we’re all going to be in a very bad place.
But, you didn’t come here to read about my opinions or tales of other people’s bad behavior. You’re looking for some pretty pictures and maybe a funny animal story…
And, that’s probably all I’ve got for you this week.
The sheep are enjoying the lush grass of early Spring and there are SO many flowers this year that it is absolutely gorgeous out there. (we just try to overlook the pollen that threatens to overwhelm our sinuses) I don’t know if we can attribute that to the lack of any real winter, or what. But, it has been amazing. It has also been cold, hot, windy, rainy…SNOWY. (yep, on April 15th!) The crazy weather has just added to the overall uncertainty of EVERYTHING these days, and I keep thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Eeyore (and quite possibly my true “spirit animal”) when he said “at least we haven't had an earthquake lately.” (which, is really a good thing, people are still talking about the one we had in 2011) That may be the only thing we haven’t had.
|the first dogwood flower|
|a profusion of apple blossoms|
(and a little fly)
|more apple blossoms|
|lots and lots of tulips|
|amazing redbud flowers|
|bumblebee at work|
|pretty flowers can't take incessant WIND|
Adding to the weirdness is the lack of the Farmers’ Market as an anchor in our lives. When I anticipated leaving the Market behind, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to develop a new rhythm and routine to keep life moving smoothly (I also didn’t anticipate how a global pandemic would affect absolutely everything) Even though it didn’t directly affect us, finally… after much planning and consulting, Staunton’s “modified market” opened on Saturday. Vendors and customers reported a smooth operation. So, there is at least some good news to report. You can see the few photos .here.
|wild crabapple blossoms|
|autumn olive in the fencerow|
This developing a new chapter/a new plan/ a new persona is hard. Some days I think it is beyond me. Our market-vendor routine is gone, and nothing works like it used to. (and I do mean nothing…health and age-related issues are major hurdles that affect us on a daily basis)
The other day I read a story about a girl, who in the midst of a health crisis and mental/emotional meltdown, looked at her mother and asked, “any strategies?” The reason this story is in any way a story is that the girl in question is autistic. And, if any segment of the population is struggling with this whole world turned upside down, it is those dear folks on the spectrum. But, in that moment, this girl who struggles so much on a daily basis was cognizant of her need AND willing to ask for help. That is amazing…that is inspiring…neurotypical folks could learn a thing or two from this chick.
So, all week, I’ve been thinking about finding/needing strategies…strategies to cope, to deal, to figure things out…to just keep going.
Sometimes, it’s taking a walk. Getting outside in nature helps. And, even during the pandemic it is encouraged. Just don’t get too close!
|chillin' with the sheep|
|Otis is always chill|
|cardinal in backyard maple|
(best thing we ever did was put the birdfeeder outside the kitchen window)
|the bumblebees seem happy|
Sometimes it’s looking at things from a new perspective. Again, getting outside helps…or maybe bringing the outside…in.
|when I brought crabapple blossoms inside|
Remy seemed to appreciate them too
for days, she would sit beside them
Sometimes, you just need a whole new day...
|even a "broody" sunrise|
holds the potential of a new day
...and there are always "acts of service" to get your mind off yourself and your troubles...
I suppose I could get all serious here...but, the heavy crisis situation needs a little levity...
Otis often accompanies me up the driveway when I head out for a walk. However, he expects treats when I return. He is partial to a fine dandelion bouquet.
have ya got any MORE?
One of my favorite authors posted the following. I know she’s said this before. It’s kind of her “thing”. Read Happiness for Beginners
Katherine Center: “…start keeping a list of 3 Good Things every day. I’ve been doing this lately—and it genuinely, truly helps. I do it first thing in the morning, thinking back over the day before. It doesn’t fix things or change things or solve things. But it shifts your perceptions. It forces you to notice good things in a way you wouldn’t have otherwise. It trains your brain to collect upsides, moments of grace, and little blessings. Honestly, once you make yourself start the list, you often wind up with more than three things. But it’s not what’s on the list that matters. It’s the act of looking. I promise, it helps. Try it.”
“the act of looking” …there is an epiphany in that phrase. A shift in perspective…perhaps it’s a new strategy…
|the end of another day|
So…while I’m thinking about that one, search for strategies and trying to figure out just what the heck I’m supposed to be doing now…
I hope you have a
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