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Day 220: Work/Life Balance

Way back in March when we started our work-at-home lockdown, I fussed a lot about having to stay at home all the time, enduring the “sameness” of every day. Of course, there is still a lot of that feeling, but I have come to appreciate the benefits.

The primary benefit for me is the work/life balance.  I don’t have to rush home to meet the handiman. I don’t have to spend my weekend or evenings doing laundry or vacuuming. No stress in dealing with commuter traffic. I can make a pot of tea and drink it like a civilized person instead of gulping it from a paper cup. I can go out and weed my garden on my lunch hour. And I don’t have to binge cook on Sunday afternoons. I have time to tend a simmering caldron of soup on a Thursday afternoon. And this morning, I roasted a kabocha squash while answering work emails and preparing for zoom meetings.

Yes, I can get used to this.  Wait, I think I have gotten used to this. 

kabocha squash roasted in olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper and drizzled with maple syrup


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Day 205: The Blessing of the Animals

Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology.  Our church had a blessing of the animals service via Zoom.   Participants brought their dogs and cats to their computer to receive the blessing from our priest.

I don’t have any pets right now.   I attended the Zoom anyway and requested that we remember the variety of creatures that live in my backyard:    squirrels, feral cats, raccoons, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and a family of raucous crows.   They are part of the ecology of neighborhood.

Also, here is something else in honor of the day:

 

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/10/03/rdp-saturday-variety/

 


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Day 174: Basking Raven

Ten years ago—I can’t believe it’s been that long—I was big into photo manipulation and the creation of what I called “Digital Constructions”.  I made a deck of cards depicting a series of animal archetypes. This card, the Raven, was a manipulation of a photo of a raven I took in a park   Unfortunately, I cannot find the original photograph.

Ljgloyd 2010, 2020
https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/09/03/rdp-thursday-bask/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/09/03/raven/


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Day 150: At the Beach

It is day 150 of my new normal. That is, it’s been 150 days since I was sent home to work. And I just found out that we will need to work from home for the rest of the year. It is all good: it’s designed to keep me safe and well. But I freaking need to get out of the house! So yesterday I went to the beach. I went just to walk the Strand because I need the exercise, not to splash around in the waves. It seems like everybody else had the same idea. A lot of people did have their masks on, as did I, but obviously there’s only so much mask wearing you can do when you’re trying to catch a wave.


ljgloyd 2020

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/08/09/rdp-sunday-beach/

 


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Day 127: Blueberry Galette

I made a galette this afternoon, which is just a fancy name for a rustic fruit tart—and “rustic” is just a fancy way of saying “let’s not worry about how it looks – just how good it tastes.”    😀

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/rdp-saturday-mouthwatering/


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Day 115: The Zen of Airing My Laundry

Today is supposed to be a major holiday where I live. But there is no excitement for me today. It is going to be just like any other Saturday. I will work in my garden, do my laundry and get rid of some recyclables.  I may even vacuum.  It will be more of a day of quiet circumspection than a day for watching fireworks and eating barbecue.

Last week my dryer broke down.  Right now I am not inclined to get it fixed. There are several reasons for this, but basically I just don’t want to deal with it. It just seems so irrelevant in the middle of all the global chaos. Instead, I bought a clothesline and some old-fashioned wooden clothespins and this morning I hung my wet laundry out to dry in a discreet place in my yard.

I noticed right away that this is a slow process. It is not just throwing the clothes in a metal box and pressing a button. I had to take my time and hang things properly.  It was pleasant standing out in the warm summer sun. I was transported me back to my childhood before we had a dryer in the house and watched my mother tend to this task.   (I am sure my mother would not have seen this chore in the same way as I do now which is why I suspect we eventually got a dryer. And ask me my feelings about this again in January when I can’t hang my clothes out because of the freezing rain.).

But today in my yard near my sunflowers and ripening tomatoes, in the midst of a global pandemic, financial crisis, and social unrest, I am reflecting on the state of the world and finding a few minutes of serenity.  Or at least I will try.

Ljgloyd 2020

 

.https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/07/04/excitement/

 

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2020/07/04/your-daily-word-prompt-discretion-ydwordprompt-July-4-2020/

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/07/04/excitement/

 


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Day 107: One Book July 2020

 

In the planner community—folks who like to collect and use planners and journals to organize their lives—there is a yearly challenge called One Book July.   Planner enthusiasts often have more than one planner or journal—I, myself, use two— so this challenge provides us with the opportunity to streamline by limiting our planning activities to one book and one pen for one month.  Here is a very brief video explaining my one book plan for this challenge and how I will deviate from the guidelines — which is perfectly okay according to the organizers of the challenge:

#onebookjuly2020