Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, society, is the relationship that we establish or seek to establish between each other. So you and I are the problem, and not the world, because the world is the projection of ourselves, and to understand the world, we must understand ourselves. That world is not separate from us; we are the world, and our problems are the world’s problems.
~ J. Krishnamurti
There are many things I miss during these strange times. One of them is going to the beach during the off-season, and being able to hike around without seeing another human soul other than M (or whomever I happen to be with at the time). This is not one of the most important of all the things I miss, but it is one of the experiences I look forward to being able to do again someday. Assateague Island National Seashore on the Maryland side was closed on March 28th due to Covid-19 and the shutdown orders in place in Maryland. From what I’ve read, the Virginia side (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge) is still open and they have waived the fee for entry. However, the island and town of Chincoteague, Virginia, would rather you not come there. Since you have to pass through the town, I’m not quite sure how one who is not from Chincoteague could visit the refuge. I don’t suppose it matters. They really don’t want people crossing state lines right now.
Sometime back in March, I published a post showing you part of the hike M and I took in the backcountry of Assateague Island (it’s here, if you haven’t seen it and you’re interested — it was interesting to me to note that it was my first post since we went into this vague sort of isolation). We were just getting to the old hunting lodge when I left off. This is Valentines Lodge. I’m not sure how old this lodge is. The original burned down, and it was rebuilt in the same location at the edge of the marsh on the bay side of the island. It really is a shame the park service didn’t do something to preserve one or two of the lodges.
Our weather here today is nothing like what you see in the images. It’s been clouding up. There are storms and rain on the way. The wind arrived first, starting to gust and bluster sometime during the night. It’s a crazy kind of wind, blowing things all around.
M and I did our grocery shopping on Tuesday. Still no rice or toilet paper to be found. I hope that doesn’t continue to be the state of things. I can live without the rice, but neither M nor I want to resort to using catalogs or newspaper. It would be uncomfortable, I imagine, and those types of paper cannot go into the septic system. I’ve looked around online. I consulted with the local Facebook group. I’m told there is plenty of toilet paper available in the stores north of us or online. I’ve not seen evidence of it online. The stores north of us are off limits, by choice, because the number of official Covid-19 cases up there have been going up fast. Really fast. Probably due to the meat packing plants up that way.
Today is day 40 of the 40-day self-care challenge. How are you? Are you taking good care of yourself?
I exercised, did my yoga and meditation practices, and got outside for a short walk. There was debris (mostly pine cones and leaves) flying about so I didn’t stay out too long. I can get out for a longer period of time after the rain and wind find their way out of here. Usually those things — exercise, yoga, meditation, and getting outdoors — are enough to keep me on a fairly even keel, all things considered. Not today. There’s some kind of weird crankiness going around. I’m certainly feeling it and I noticed that others are, too. I think we’re all just exhausted, but maybe that’s just me. Because I am exhausted. And really, really cranky.
Thank you for visiting with me today. I apologize for the crankiness. That’s how it is some days. We might see the sunset this evening. It depends on how fast the rain moves through. It’s scheduled for 7:54 PM. We can meet out at the dock or at the edge of the marsh. Your choice. It’s been fairly warm (short sleeve weather), but the rain is part of a cold front so you might need a jacket. Boots are not a bad idea, either, since we’re supposed to get between 1-2 inches of rain.
Please be safe, be well, and be kind. Even if, like me, you’re feeling cranky today. ♥
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,391) Spinach and feta risotto and a salad for lunch. (We eat our biggest meal at lunchtime so that we can have a light supper in the evening.) 1,392) M, always and forever. 1,393) Crankiness. Eventually I get over it. Even when I’m in the midst of it, I find ways to laugh at myself for being Princess CrankyPants. 1,394) The crazy dance the trees are doing in this crazy wind. 1,395) Afternoon naps, of which I shall partake once I get this post ready to go and scheduled for later.