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NOT the Official Walktober Post

Golden light.  (An old shot from October of 2011.)

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

The glasswort is in bloom in the marshes.

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.

Looking over the marsh. Chicoteague, Virginia, near sunset.

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.

A steady flame. (Glasswort in the grasses at the Point.)

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 starts today.

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.)

An evening at the Point.

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.

Goldenrod at sunset.

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.

Sunset reflections through the grasses.

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

From today’s ride. 16.4 km, done.

 

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.

10 thoughts on “NOT the Official Walktober Post

    1. Thank you, Laurie. And thank you so much for offering to come to the rescue this morning. I probably should have started using their block editor a while ago just to get used to it. I did use it for a few private posts, hated it, and gave up on it. Hopefully they won’t completely disappear the old editor.

      I was really surprised they weren’t following state guidelines at the orchard. Most places are, even if they don’t want to, because they don’t want the health department shutting them down.

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  1. Wearing a mask in public is fairly easy and there is data to prove it lessens risk, so why are folks so resistant? It seems a no-brainer to me… sigh.
    WP keeps trying to give me the new editor, but it DOESN’T seem so straightforward to me. I scrabble around getting more irritated by the second, then I fiddle around to get my classic editor back up.
    I took my Walktober today – now I have to wade through dozens of photos to process! It’ll be a while before I get the post ready to go – so take your time! ;D

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  2. I’m slowly getting used to the new editor. I guess they’re switching people in batches.
    Enjoy the biking. I’ll try to participate in Walktober this year.
    The whole mask thing–people being so heedless of other people just because the current resident of the White House (now at Walter Reed Hospital) ignores science. UGHHHHHH!

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  3. I don’t know why it is such a problem for some people to wear masks. Good grief, people! Just shut up and put it on, already. Sigh.
    I’m with you on the forcing your users to change. Why? Offer the option, don’t force us to use it. I am not pleased. I wonder if they left that option for a period of time or if they will be wise and keep it. We shall see.
    I want to participate in Walktober. Will be difficult as I am presently working two jobs, so 7 days per week until October 11th. The 12th is our Thanksgiving so, weather permitting, will be the only day I can go out during the day! Oh, and the weekend following works, too. I’ll be more last minute than usual 😉

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  4. The new WordPress editor is confusing, I agree. I managed to locate the classic, so have continued to use it, but I wonder how long it will remain available. When my uni semester is over – just two weeks to go! – I’ll have a play around with the new editor and see if I can work it out. You’re right though, we don’t need more change, but I can always rely on your lovely photos when I visit. 🙂

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  5. Ugh, the new editor is making me want never to post again. I just hate it. And you’re right, there’s no explanation of the horrid little graphics. I used the classic, but hope to futz with the block editor when I next have time. As for the folks not wearing masks–home schoolers are likely to be in the camp that thinks they’re sissy, awful as that is to say. I was in a museum a few years ago where we were driven out by a home school mother shouting her lessons to her children. I doubted she would be receptive, but my friend asked if she could possibly use her inside voice. She didn’t respond well. We’re all pretty cross now–or easily made that way. Take care.

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  6. I’m right there with you, Robin! I HATE the Block Editor and am trying to avoid it whenever I can. Part of me thought I’d switch from Word Press to Blogger, but even there, folks are complaining, so I guess I’ll stay put. Why, oh why, did they force this on us NOW???

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