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So It Is....

Monday, August 10, 2020

August is the month when it seems everything is melting in the heat of the sun. It is the last gasp of summer, when we savor every minute before we go back to whatever we were doing in those chilly winter months with their shortened days and r’s in their names.

But wait – we will not be doing that this year. We will not be going back to school or work the way we did before. We will still be at home, trying our best to be safe and do our part to get a handle on the pandemic that is still rampaging through our country.

And as tough as it is now, it is going to get tougher when winter comes, and we cannot escape to our patios, pools, parks and outdoor cafés or even our secret gardens.

The effect of the sun plays on our emotions, laid back with dripping popsicles and social distancing at the same time. We know it is bad out there but the safety of our homes keeps our fears away.

I am now staying close to home and only go out for necessity. There is so much that was a part of my life is no longer. A new normal has set in and I believe it will be this way for a very long time.

But today when I get up, I immediately throw open the windows and sliding doors and take a deep breath of fresh air and know that I won’t be hugging anyone soon, I won’t be cooking for guests, but I will do what they say to do and hopefully stay healthy.

I hope you can find your own special place in the sun each day, be grateful for the light, and finding it shining like hope on these dark and troubling times.
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  • JUDYAMK
    I spent a lot of time this summer reading on my porch .I like my summer reads from fiction authors they write of stories at my favorite vacation spot the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I can't get there this year so as I read I put the sounds of the ocean waves & seagulls from my phone it sets a nice back ground mood. Once in awhile a summer breeze passes by & I close my eyes & imagine it is the ocean breeze.
    When winter settles in I go to my historical reading
    Last evening I lay curled up outside with a blanket as the air felt like late Autumn & the tree peepers burrowing in as when you hear them at this time one knows summer is drawing to an end. My beloved sister in law had 3 friends die from the virus they came back from Dubai There are 16 that travel some where once a year to another part of the world This year it was Dubai to see the gardens with over 50 million flowers & over 250 million plants it is called the Dubai Miracle Garden My sister in law said for the very first time I am not going . The rest went & 3 came back 40,60 & the one in her 70's died in February of the virus Then my Mom's friend her son died 54 of the virus we had 23 in our small town of over 10,000 that died at the nursing home. My husbands 2 cousins in North Carolina their husbands still have it one is a mild case the other 25 percent of his heart is damaged they are 30 & 33 years old
    So many I know have died of it We have a Doctor & many nurses in our family they are so livid to those that will not follow the guidelines they see it all day My niece & great niece work in it there worry is bringing it home to their children .
    Take care

    63 days ago
  • EISSA7
    While I am blessed to live in an area that offers countless outdoor opportunities for safe activity, and I partake daily, I miss being able to leave my space and travel. When will we feel comfortable
    visiting friends and relatives scattered across the US? The risks are great...so we continue to hunker down in an almost isolated way. After exactly 5 months of this with NO end in sight, I am sad.
    69 days ago
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  • TERMITEMOM
    You are right: it is the new "normal" and we must accept it and live with it...
    70 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Definitely unsettling times. Routines are just cast aside. That makes people uncomfortable. So, now it's getting some kind of a new routine going.

    HUGS and good luck.
    70 days ago
  • PACEKA1
    I am so very appreciative of being able to have the windows open and be outside in my yard whenever I want. That is probably the only difference between now and winter in Minnesota. But then we get to look at some beautiful scenery when the snow falls!
    70 days ago
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  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    It is getting harder and harder to keep a positive attitude about all that is going on. I didn't go out much before, but now I go out even less and less. We didn't even go out to the youngest granddaughter high school graduation last weekend, neither of us felt that being with all the strange people was not something we wanted. And then on top of that all the disorder with the riots, what is with these people. I so want to return to normal, but I think we will have a totally new normal and it isn't going to be pretty. We are going to have brothers against brothers again. Look how they can't even decides if it is safe to have in school classes.
    70 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Yes, a summer like no other and the rest of this year too, like never before. Here in France things have started to lighten up, but we avoid the larger gatherings, sticking to those groups of friends who we know have been careful like us...
    70 days ago
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    It’s like the old song, “ you don’t know what you got, till it’s gone.“ I miss my old life as well. I think we may have another year of this but then our lives will be back to normal. Maybe better for some giving us a new appreciation for the little things in life we just took for granted before.
    70 days ago
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