This is not a season
but a pause
between one future & another,
a day after a day,
a breathing space before death,
a breathing, the rain
throwing itself down out of the
bluegrey sky, clear joy.
~ Margaret Atwood, from Rain
Phew. What a mess. WordPress switched me over to their new block editor. Staring at what appeared to be a mostly blank screen with icons (I am one of the “icon challenged” and have trouble figuring out what they mean) and no direction whatsoever, I had no idea what to do with it. It was quite upsetting, to be honest. 2020 has been rife with change and to be faced with yet another one this morning, with something that always seemed so familiar, felt like too much for right now. I know how silly that sounds. It’s a small thing in the grand scheme of life. Yet it was that small thing that broke me for a little while. Lately, that’s all it takes. A small thing.
At any rate, I’ve figured out a work-around for now. We will somehow get through Walktober. Then, who knows? I’m feeling much too exhausted lately to try to stretch my brain around the new editor, but that will likely change with time.
The Official Walktober post will go up on Monday. It was going to be today, but you know how it is with plans and life. Today IS the official start of Walktober. It runs from today through October 18th. Walk, ride your bicycle, whatever you wish to do, blog about it and then leave a link (or pingback) on the official Walktober post (which I hope will be Monday’s post). Have fun, whatever you do.
Today is also the start of the Seagull Century, a cycling adventure. Normally this is done in person, as a very large group, with rest stops along the way. This year they have gone virtual. That was the main reason I felt confident enough to sign up. Instead of doing all of the ride in one day, I have all week to complete it. A friend in Hawaii is participating with me and we’ll be exchanging emails and photos about our rides. I am really looking forward to seeing her photos because I’m sure her scenery will be much more exotic than my own. My ride starts today, hopefully with a 10-mile ride. I’ll let you know how it goes.
The Seagull Century normally brings a lot of tourist dollars to our area. In 2019, it brought in approximately $2.9 million. Going virtual is another hit to the economy here. I wonder, sometimes, where we’d be right now if there had been a national response to the virus rather than the piecemeal, “every man for himself,” plan and mentality. Maryland, even with a Republican governor, did fairly well at first. Our positivity rate is still below 3%, but if you’re in that below 3%, does it matter? (Might want to ask the folks at the White House about that.)
Most of Maryland is currently in what the governor calls Stage 3 of recovery, meaning most businesses are able to reopen, schools have been told they can reopen, childcare facilities can return to full capacity, and some nursing homes will be allowed to resume indoor visits. If you are over the age of 5, you are required to wear a mask, and physical distancing is still in place. I’m not sure what the limits are for gatherings at this point. It changes all the time.
M and I went to a local orchard yesterday to pick up apples. We were disappointed to see that the folks working the cash register were not wearing masks. It’s an indoor space, although there is a large garage door type of opening to the outside. Inside, with the workers not wearing masks, were customers who were not wearing masks. It was a group of young moms with their kids who had gone to the orchard as a homeschooling outing to pick apples. How nice and wholesome that would be except none of them were wearing masks and one of the moms was coughing without bothering to cover her mouth in any way. We left after watching all of this for a few minutes, from a safe distance outside. We went to another orchard where they were wearing masks.
Because this was supposed to be the Walktober post, and because I’m in a somewhat whiny mood today, I’m going to end this early. Thank you for stopping by today. I apologize for the mix-up with my posts and for my mood. It’s just been one of those days. *sigh*
Please be safe, be well, and be kind.
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,556) Another beautiful autumn-like day with a gorgeous blue sky and cool temperatures. 1,557) Starting the Seagull Century. I’m doing the metric century (unless I feel really ambitious and think I can pull off 100 miles). 1,558) Greek salad for lunch. Cooks Illustrated had a recipe we decided to try. Yummy stuff! 1,559) Autumn. It’s one of my favorite seasons. 1,560) Last night’s rocket launch from Wallops Island (Virginia). We were able to watch it from our front yard. Pretty cool.
Walktober reminder: The dates are October 3-18. Take a walk (run, ride, whatever) and post about it sometime during those dates. I will gather it all together and do the round-up post sometime after that (I’m looking at October 26th as a possible date — it depends on whether or not anyone needs more time). The official post, where you can do your pingback or post a link, will go up on Monday. I hope