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First Thing

First thing I want to do when the pandemic is over is…I am so tired I don’t know what I want to do. I have been reading about mindfulness and how we need to find acceptance and peace in our lives no matter where we find ourselves. It is a big challenge to feel at peace these days. I do think I am lucky that I am an introvert and my kids are adults. I don’t have to work and have a lot of exposure to the public. But I am in my older years and did not plan to spend my time on house arrest. I thought I was ok with waiting for the vaccine, then the news my husband and I would be eligible for it now but it is not available in our county. This made me angry because people in other counties are able to get it. Have to try to be patient but it’s hard. I’m in the middle of packing up my house for a move to the desert. I still have things to look forward to. I always considered myself an optimist. Have to find what brings me joy again. Last thing I want to do is lose my ‘joie de vivre.’

After I started this post, I spotted an article in the New York Times, that asked several people ‘what is the first thing you will do when the pandemic ends?’

What is the first thing you want to do when the pandemic is over?


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘first thing’, start you post with ‘first thing,’ bonus points for ending post with ‘last thing.’

Featured image by S. Hermann and F. Richter on Pixabay.com

My Corner Of The World

In my corner of the world we are told we are now an epicenter of the pandemic. I read in the LA Times every day now that our hospitals are overcapacity with people waiting to get in. I stay sheltered in place pretty much receiving grocery deliveries at my door which I have done for months. I feel fortunate that I can stay at home and have been able to avoid infection up to now. Yet there are people who still refuse to take this seriously. I can understand the fatigue with it all. We started the first lockdown in March. When you can’t see the virus affecting people close to you it is easy to deny it is a threat. We all want to say it is a New Year and the pandemic is behind us. It isn’t behind us yet.

by Zakhx150 on Wikimedia.org

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘in the corner.’

Magnetic Fields

Aurora Borealis by nikolaytman90 on Pixabay.com
Fridge Magnets by Mervat Salman on Wikimedia.org
Magnet at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco by Ariel Glenn on Wikimedia.org
Magnetic field of bar magnets by Alexander Wilmer Duff (1916)
Dictionary image via PDPics on Pixabay.com
‘The Detective’ by József Rippl-Rónai (1861–1927) via wikipedia.org
‘The Kiss’ by Edvard Munch

Things I’m drawn to like nature, a bit of kitsch, science, words, mystery, and romance.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is ‘magnet.’

Mini Doses Of Wonder

I find some relief from the bad news and stress in nature films. They remind me that there is much I do not know about this world and there is so much beauty in it. Here is one.

Rainbow Blanket Octopuses filmed in Philippines

And still one of my favorites:

Flapjack Octopus filmed by EV Nautilus in California
Filmed by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Monterey Bay Aquarium has videos from their mini-subs and films from around the aquarium for meditation and relaxation. They call them MeditOceans.

Here’s one with Sea Nettle Jellyfish.

From Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, miraculous:

I think I need to look at these nature videos daily at least.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘mini/maxi.’

 

Top Of My Wish List

At the top of my list is good health for myself and my family. I know I am not unique in this. It has been given priority with all the threats to our health this year, the loss of my brother to COVID, and recently a family member has been very ill, (not with COVID). I have been listing around the house from the stress and fatigue. Things are looking better and I hope it keeps going in this direction. 

Hope we all get through the next months in good health until we can receive the vaccine. May our New Year be healthy and see a return to life as we knew it before this terrible time started.


 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘list.’ Image of ‘Wish Tree’ by Regina Basaran on Pixabay.com

Ring Bell

‘Ring the bell, and leave it at the door.’ That was my online instruction for the pizza delivery. It is called contactless delivery. We receive most deliveries that way now. No contact. When I do open the door, brief thank yous and well wishes are exchanged through our masks. 


 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘ring.’ Featured image of Door Bell by cocoparisienne on Pixabay.com

Hope Du Jour

I am not up to writing too much because I am tired, pooped. Want to keep calm. I have been watching so much CNN. In the middle of a pandemic we’re having our Presidential election. It is great that so many people voted. Now we just need to hang on until the winner is declared. It would help if some people did not act crazy, including our current President.

I have been reading a book before I go to sleep every night. Sometimes I get too tired to read very much. It’s ‘Hope Dies Last, Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times,’ by Studs Terkel. In in he talks with people from all over the country, some famous others not, and tells their inspirational stories. This book was published in 2003. Terkel died in 2008. I had forgotten I had the book and discovered it in a box tucked away in the garage. The title called to me because we are going through difficult times now. I helps to read about other humans who have met challenges with courage. It helps me believe that we will get through this.


 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘jour.’ Featured image ‘Sunrays’ by Richard Banton on Flickr.com

No Trick Or Treat

We are not expecting Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween because LA County has told us all that it is probably not safe due to COVID. We will keep our porch light off and I feel a bit like a Halloween Scrooge. We did not put up any decorations either. It does not feel like a holiday this year. One good thing is that we won’t have those bags of left over candy in the house to tempt us.

Halloween image by Nancy Sticke via Pixabay.com

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘trick.’