We have now been at this for over four months. Four months! I’m tired. It feels like one endless cycle of workdays and weekends, with the occasional grocery shopping trip. Well, who am I kidding. It has been that endless cycle – the furthest I have traveled in the last four months has been to work, and even that is very rare. I need a vacation!
I’m still trying to keep track of an endless series of rules and guidelines. Last week I could still eat inside in a restaurant but this week that’s banned. You are supposed to wear a mask in public, which is simple enough and has been in place for weeks, but apparently being at home with people you don’t live with is now “in public.” That’s new. How are people supposed to keep up? I still haven’t been able to get a haircut and now I wonder if I’ll get in before that rule changes again. Good thing I don’t dye my hair or have a fancy hairstyle.
This week in the sermon the priest said, “hell is an absence of anything and everything but yourself. Do you really want to spend an eternity with just you?” He wasn’t talking about COVID, but it certainly felt relevant. Of course, lately I’ve been feeling like maybe that’s not so bad. The ranting, the judgment, the call out and cancel culture, and some people’s beliefs that their opinions are the only right opinions – it is wearing on me.
The sun has been out though, and I have been spending some time on the deck reading. COVID is definitely a boost for churning through books!
Thursday night I went with Lelani to the beach after work. We picked up fried chicken dinners from the grocery store along the way, hiked in and relaxed while drinking wine from a can with our dinners. An impromptu photo shoot and my sassy mood resulted in my new favorite photo of myself! The weather was windy and slightly chilly, my hair was a mess, but the waves on the shore did the trick. This girl’s soul needs the ocean.
My sassy self!
I have also been working on pruning some of the big shrubs and trees in the yard; they were badly pruned five years ago (not by me), and they have finally grown back in the right places to attempt to prune them back into a better shape.
I pinched a nerve in my right shoulder a few weeks ago and ouch! It has been painful. Hopefully a second trip to the chiropractor this week will have me on the mend; it is not fun!
Last night I went to a very small BBQ, and had salmon, shrimp and home grown zucchini. I brought the wine. It was a rye barrel aged red blend from Beringer, and it was quite good! It was this month’s wine club red, and it was certainly not something I would pick on my own, so it was great to be introduced to something new! It paired well with a warm evening and good company.
I hope you are all well, and able to get out and enjoy the summer!