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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/

 

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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:

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Day 100 of the New Normal

I don’t have much to say today, but I felt compelled to mark that today is the 100th day that I have been cloistered away from my workplace. I can’t really call it a quarantine anymore because I am out and about and doing things. (I went to a socially- distanced Black Lives Matter gathering yesterday). I guess I’ll just call it Day 100 of the New Normal. One hundred days ago I would never have thought that our world would be where it is right now.

SMH

ljgloyd 2020

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Day 84: Making My Own Sacred Music

Music is a big part of my worship experience, and since we cannot go to a physical church these days to do that– and when we return, there still will be no singing so to keep the Virus from spreading– I have been trying to make my own music.   I fell in love with the steel tongue drum when a drummer-buddy of mine let me play his.   I finally got one and now I can sink into live music once more.  Here is a little demo:

 

 

 

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/06/04/worship/


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Day 82, Day 8: Signs of the Time

It is Day 82 of my quarantine, and Day 8 since the murder of George Floyd.  I feel like I’m living inside a dystopian novel. First I am confined at home because of the virus and now because of the curfew.  You can’t make this stuff up.

It is my custom to go for a walk around my neighborhood every evening, but because of the curfew, I went for a walk at noon time instead. Here is what I found just a four minute walk from my home.  Yes, violence and destruction of property is not something we want, but don’t let us get our focus off of what this is really about:

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/rdp-tuesday-curfew/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/your-daily-word-prompt-justice-ydwordprompt-june-2-2020/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/respect/

Ljg 2020