I am sorry that I have been lax about blogging. Like many of you, I have been staying home during to restrictions to control the pandemic. I realize that a lot of times I blogged after getting inspired after traveling or going on a hike with friends. The trails are closed, and we are not supposed to go on non-essential travel.
I have been staying indoors a lot to avoid the heavy pollen. My allergies are pretty bad. The tree pollen should die down pretty soon, and I will be walking more in my neighborhood in celebration. I went on a hike in the neighborhood yesterday, because it had rained which cleared out the air. Here are a couple of photos from my hike.
The river view is at the end of my street.
Oregon grape is our state flower. I love the cheerful yellow blooms.
I have been following the social isolation rules for about six weeks now. After about two weeks, I realized that I would have to schedule exercise at home and try new projects in order to keep busy. I made a commitment to exercise at least 30 minutes daily with aerobics, dance, yoga or strength training. I am happy to say that I have met that exercise goal almost every day (I missed one day). I have done a few zoom or Facebook video classes, but mostly I exercise at home at my own pace.
I also committed to doing at least one creative thing daily, whether that was an art project or learning a new song on the guitar, or playing music with friends. I have met that commitment also; I have tried a new song daily. A friend and I play music over FaceTime once a week. I have not done much in the way of art projects, but here are a couple of things that I have done.
This pencil sketch of a belted kingfisher was a study for a watercolor painting. I liked the sketch much better than the final painting. (The poor bird looked dead in the final painting)
Jan (2bodydynamic) suggested ( on Facebook) that I join Hearts on the Door Facebook group, where we create hearts from items we have around the home and place them on our door or window as a sign of love and support for our community. These hearts are on my door, they are made from paper left over from my prior job ( I used the neon paper for meeting notices). My friend who owns a downtown café was very moved when she stopped by her closed business and discovered hearts posted on the cafe door (it was placed by an anonymous community member, not me; it was a very loving gesture).
I am in good health, and I am enjoying cooking. I have tried lots of new recipes; some of them inspired by what is available in the grocery store. My favorites have been homemade Chinese wonton soup, and homemade tortillas for my chicken tacos. I have stayed on WW; the meetings have moved to virtual meetings for the duration. I am still losing weight, but I am losing weight at a slow rate. I have lost about 49 pounds so far. I can’t wait until I hit 50 pounds down.
I haven’t mastered the art of taking selfie photos yet; but here’s a current picture anyway.
I really appreciate keeping in touch with my friends by telephone, zoom or FaceTime meetings, or by email. I live alone, and I have to make an effort to reach out and keep in touch with friends and family.
My family is all in good health, but many of them are feeling the impact of the economic downturn. My younger brother has been laid off from his part-time position; my older sister’s independent employment has ended for the duration. My nephew has been laid off. My younger sister’s employer is planning a massive lay off: she will likely take an early retirement. I am grateful that I am already retired. But of course, like everyone, my retirement investments have taken a huge hit.
I hope you are all staying well, and keeping busy. Let’s stay positive and keep on sparking through these trying times! Tough times don’t last, and we will survive and thrive again.