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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Living in the days of pandemic

Spring day yesterday, snow day today... but spring is gaining on winter day by day. I'm sitting here waiting for my hair to dry enough to go back to bed for a while, feeling so sleepy I am fading out while typing. But the parakeets are chirpy enough to keep the house from being too quiet. I noticed when I was outside that the sounds of the surrounding city and the interstate highway about two miles away are much quieter. So much we hear without hearing in normal times! The 'keets seem to react... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Avocado Wonderland

My favorite avocados are the great big ones grown in Florida, sometimes called Alligator Pears, and only available at grocery stores rarely and briefly. So I signed up with the Miami Fruit Company about 3 months ago, committing to at least 4 shipments of their really large avocados. They are not so much large, as huge! These big ones have big seeds that I've had better luck starting than any of the smaller Haas seeds, so that's a bonus along with the bigness and flavorfulness of these mighty... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 13, 2020

"...And one more thing!"

And so here comes Winter again, unwilling to quit the argument with Spring. Several more inches of Winter on the back porch railing greets me this morning, and lazy flakes are dancing in the air. It is stacking on the spruce branches, looks like a heavy one. The lilac leaves, just getting started, are all encased with snow. This isn't as bad as it sounds: the snow insulates against the hard-freeze temps in the teens. I am not tired of being manditorily at home. I am sooo very tired of living in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

We are not alone

Today is the second anniversary of the passing of Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Her legacy is the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the several stations in Kenya where orphaned African wildlife are rescued and raised to be returned to the wild. All those moments when you deplore the actions and effects of human beings on the planet, remember it's not all humans: There are the Jane Goodalls, the Daphne Sheldricks, and the David Attenboroughs and so many others, many we don't know by name, who carry on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Return to Normal is the last thing we need.

Normal is what got us into this mess! To walk through this crisis into a cleaner, more sustainable, more humane world is what we need: A clear, determined change of tide to finally overcome the turmoil and resistance of the old tide. Many of those invested in the old will still fight in every desperate way they can against the new, and many will just sit back and let others with more energy, more willingness to put themselves on the line, make the change happen. Not surprising, that so many of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Spring Winter Spring Winter...

Got my stack of bills all lined up for a pay-by-phone or online session later today. Then I can quit thinking about them for another month. I'm lucky, I can handle them all without anxiety for now. I feel for those who can't, I've been there, too, but without the circumstances of a pandemic to call for rent and mortgage relief. I dread ever being there again. Another bout of winter is coming. The past several days have been warm, up into the 70s F, but today the forecast high is below 60. Snow... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Going out today

Sunny and warm again today, half a week away yet from the next forecast below-freezings and snow. Yesterday I worked in the yard, adding soil from otherwise empty plant pots to the big new planting box on legs. It's about half full now. There are also several large planting tubs large enough for salad gardens and herbs. The old triangular boxes against the fence need freshening, but they will go for food gardening, too, I think. Last night I ordered seed potatoes and seed packets for various... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The potential of crisis

Thinking of all you writers and readers of Blogitland, hoping everyone is staying well and coping with the social-distancing/staying home directives. It gets harder to stay indoors when the weather is turning to spring. Those of us with yards are lucky! It is taking longer than I expected to finish with the two blogs I want to delete. It seems that I must actually do a lot of cutting and pasting to preserve both my posts and the interesting comments that are all part of the blog's history. It's... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

In The Time of Plague

That's settled: first thing once the salons are open again, is to make an appointment for a proper haircut. For now, I'm glad for the time for my home cut to grow out. I set up the air purifier this morning. It will make a great summer air-mover. And it may be imagination, but the air feels cleaner already, my allergy sneezing and itchy eyes have ceased. Charlie made the grocery run today. For just a few groceries it took half an hour of washing and prepping and repacking, following all the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 3, 2020

At the end of another week

(I accidentally posted this over in Kabu's comments, as I sat poised to say something about her post, got distracted, and came back to an empty field waiting to be filled!) Ten inches of new snow... Good morning, happy April! The tendonitis in my left elbow is still a thing, so I'm resting it and becoming more right-handed in lifting and carrying situations. My food still tastes good, the aroma of coffee grounds still delights, and there is still plenty of food in pantry, freezer, and fridge.... Sign in to see full entry.

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