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A good thing

Look what’s popping up!

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation.  The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness and seen the good in your at last… Everything is waiting for you.

~ David Whyte

A pink glow in the morning.

Today’s April Love 2020 prompt is:  A good thing.  There are so many good things going on outside right now that it was tough to pick one until I spotted the first asparagus spears.  They are the best of the best for me right now.  I’ve been having some irrational food anxiety lately, mostly due to seeing too many stories about empty grocery store shelves, but there is also the issue of us over-60 folks being out and about in public.  I’m running a little late getting my post up today because M and I went out to a local farm market, to the grocery store, and then to a favorite local restaurant to pick up food.  We should be good for 3-4 weeks, if we keep stretching out the food the way we have been.

I am happy to report that most of what we went to the store to buy was well stocked.  Lots of fruit and veggies available.  We got a few bags of chips, some pretzels, and a jar of Nutella.  Being in isolation without junk food was too much.  We also managed to get some cheese although there wasn’t a lot to choose from.  It’s a good thing we didn’t want frozen pizza, TV dinners, or other prepared and frozen foods.  Most of that was gone.  I didn’t bother to check the toilet paper aisle.  We have some for now, and I don’t want to deprive someone who might really need it.

This trip should ease some of my food anxiety for now.  I referred to it up above as irrational because, honestly, we were not going to starve.  We still had plenty of rice and beans, canned tomatoes, and some veggies from last year’s harvest that I froze.  Now that the food anxiety is taken care of, all we have to worry about is whether or not we picked up anything else while we were out and about.  This resets our isolation clock back to day 1.  *sigh*

The redbuds are doing well this year.

It’s day 4 of the self-care challenge.  How are you doing today?

I walked for about an hour outside.  It was a rather slow walk because I was busy filling up with all the spring beauty.  I think that’s just as good for the body-mind as any other exercise.  Sometimes we need to stop and take in what nature is offering us.  I did my full yoga and meditation practices, too.  These things are keeping me mostly sane during an insane period of time.

Here’s a little something for your enjoyment:  Everything is Alive.

The beauty of a single leaf shining in the sunlight.

Thank you for dropping by today.  Let’s meet out at the Point for sunset this evening.  It’s a beautiful day.  Sunny, high around 56°F.  Sunset is scheduled for 7:21 PM.  I’ll be there early, meandering around on the beach.

Be safe, be well.  ♥♥♥

The Asian Pear trees are blooming.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,301)  Fresh asparagus from the garden!  1,302)  Pleasant, mild weather and blue-sky days.  1,303)  A successful shopping trip.  1,304)  Fresh seafood from our favorite restaurant for dinner tonight.  1,305)  Funny podcasts.  Seriously (or not), check out Everything is Alive.  It’s interesting, in a funny way.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

15 thoughts on “A good thing

  1. Our morning walk this morning was even quieter than yesterday. This is Day 2 of #nzlockdown It is cooler today and there are more clouds. Yesterday was like a perfect summer day and while it invigorated me it was hard not to want to go out for a walk with a friend….. It made me aware that for you northern hemisphere folk, it being spring, how much more challenging it is to self isolate. Here, especially as the winter shows signs of coming in early again, the hunkering down is easier, more natural I think. Though of course you have all that budding and burgeoning to admire ❤

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    1. So true, Pauline, about winter being a more natural time to hunker down. I am extremely fortunate in that we have the space to roam here. That’s true of most of this area, which I hope will help when it comes to people not spreading the virus. I think that is what has kept our numbers low so far. However, I was surprised at the number of people out and about when we went to do our shopping on Thursday. Perhaps it was a coincidence and we all decided to shop on the same day.

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  2. I went to the grocery store today for the first time in over a week. It was stocked with most items and thankfully I can make dinner out of most anything so I can adapt. It’s the small things at this point that make me feel calm.

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  3. Asparagus, lucky you! We’ll be waiting another 8 weeks for ours.
    There is much to be anxious about these days– who would have thought grocery shopping would be one of them? Like you, with every new exposure, our countdown clock resets to 14. It is nerve-wracking!

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    1. Very nerve-wracking, Eliza. My husband went out this morning (to take our trash to the landfill — there is no garbage pickup here). I keep reminding myself that he’s a scientist, and that I can trust him not to be stupid. Actually, it’s not a lack of trust in him. It’s a lack of trust in those who are not taking this seriously. There are plenty of people here who are not, and think it’s part of a Deep State conspiracy.

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      1. I believe it. I remember years ago, at my grandmother’s, coming across a little patch of what seemed like wild grass, only to find three foot tall asparagus! She didn’t even know she had it!

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  4. So much to comment on in this post. First, food anxiety is real. I think in our bones we all remember when our ancestors did not take food for granted and starvation was not uncommon. Second, oh, those pictures! Third, how I love David Whyte in general, and that poem in particular. I especially love hearing him recite it. What a voice! Be well, stay safe!

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    1. I’ve thought about the food anxiety quite a bit, Laurie. I agree about the remembering. I also think about how it might relate to my grandmother’s stories of the Depression, and even my own upbringing. We never went hungry, but I realized, when I reached adulthood, how much my mother had to stretch food to feed seven. I was reminded of her potato soup. I was married and off on my own before I learned that potato soup wasn’t just a lot of water, a couple of potatoes, and some celery, that was then flavored with ketchup. The first time I had a creamy potato soup, I nearly swooned. lol!

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed the images. 🙂

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