How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
~ George Washington Carver
Summer is upon us, the heat and humidity oppressively weighing us a down. At dinner the other night we recounted the story of moving to NE Ohio, and how we were told by all and sundry that we would not need air conditioning here because it rarely got hot enough for it. Our first summer here disproved that myth. We made do with a window air conditioning unit, but when we bought the house and property we call Breezy Acres (a major fixer-upper), we had central a/c installed.
It is, however, unusual for a heatwave to hit this early in the season. The high temperatures have been in the 90’s since we arrived. It also looks as though the earth around here could use a good, soaking rain. We have had air quality alerts as well. The weather prognosticators are saying there is a good chance for rain tomorrow (thunderstorms). Perhaps that will clear things out a bit.
We had a busy weekend. The little ones keep everyone hustling and on their toes. Our 4th of July celebration was small but good. Just us chickens, as they say. M, me, M the Younger and his wife, and the two boys. I was stunned to see that the neighbors two doors down were holding a big celebratory party. With all the coming and going, there must have been 75-100 people attending throughout the day and evening. Physical distancing and masks did not seem to be part of the celebration. There was a live band and some fairly big fireworks.
I should not have been stunned. I read the news occasionally. I knew that the numbers for those infected with Covid-19 in Ohio were going up, pretty drastically, but not in this particular county. Therein lies my mistake. I thought that meant folks here in a somewhat rural area would have a little more sense even if they did vote for the creature squatting in the White House. I’m sorry to be wrong. I’m equally sorry that public health and safety have become political issues. In some cases, they always were and many of us have been blind to it. I’m sorry for that, too. I, for one, have a great deal of unlearning and learning to do. I hope to find more time to write about that soon.
That’s pretty much it from here for now. Today M and I started the beginnings of what I hope will be a routine while we’re here. We spent the morning working. He with work-work (the kind that comes with a paycheck) and me with yoga studies, setting things up on the laptop I’m using, cleaning, laundry, and playing with Lightroom for a little while. We spent the afternoon and part of the evening with the family. And now, I need a good rest after a very full day.
Thank you so much for visiting with me. As we get settled in and establish some kind of routine, I should be around to visit you at your place soon. Our sunsets have been really pretty. There is a cornfield to the west and we’ve been watching as the sun goes down behind the corn (that was more than knee-high by the 4th of July). The moonrise has been something to see, too. Sunset is scheduled for 9:00 PM. The days are a bit longer this far west and north. Join me out by the cornfield and we’ll watch whatever shows up.
Please be safe, be well, and be kind.
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,456) Family. Always. 1,457) Safe travels. 1,458) Being back on what feels like home ground. 1,459) Taking a chance. More on that in another post. 1,460) Cornfields and sunsets.