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A Monday meander: Short and sweet

A July full moon.

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

Sunrise on Day 2 of our Ohio experiment.

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.

Close to the ground.

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.

Flowers in the yard.

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.

Coming up from behind the barn.

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.

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.

17 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Short and sweet

  1. Glad you are settling into your new routines, but sorry it’s been beastly hot with no cooling rain. When it gets that hot, I’m totally useless. I’ve been working more in the early morning and after supper when it is more bearable.
    Looking forward to reading more of your daily impressions on the area and folk thereabout. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Eliza. 🙂 I’m useless in this kind of heat, too. I was hoping we’d get some rain. We did get a few drops yesterday. Just enough to make the humidity worse, but not enough to clear the air. Ugh.

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  2. Wonderful. We never have heatwaves in June like we did. It’s been terribly awful. We are heding into another one again. Ugh. They keep calling for thunderstorms but none come. I would dearly love one!

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  3. Sounds as though you are settling in very well. Must be heaven to be near your family. That first picture is a beauty. But yikes to that family with the big party! Hope none of them catch and spread Covid-19.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. 🙂 Yes, it is a bit of heaven being near them, but there are some drawbacks to it as well. Even though we’re being careful, there’s been an indirect possibility of exposure already. Given all the precautions involved, the risk is small, but it still exists.

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  4. It’s hot and humid, too–AND we did have thunderstorms. The temperature did go down, but it went back up again today. I’m glad we have central A/C.
    Such reckless behavior by your neighbors. I know people have gathered together here, too, and now rates are going back up in NJ. Sigh.
    Enjoy being with your family!

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I’m sorry to hear NJ’s rates are rising. You guys were doing so well. I talked with my father last night who, unfortunately, listens to the president. He’s sure this will be going away soon and that the scientists are wrong. Even so, he’s wearing a mask when he goes out and still isolating for the most part. Seems to me he’s not quite a believer.

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    1. Very sad indeed, Kathy. I thought they might be a little common-sensical about it here since the rate of infection in this county is lower than many around here. Alas, that turns out to be a fluke more than any sort of enlightenment.

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  5. I’m pleased to read that you’re settling into your new lifestyle, doing what needs to be done, while enjoying your surroundings. Well, enjoying everything short of people who won’t take this pandemic seriously. That’s not cool at all.

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