As we continue to hear bad news from all sides, we concentrate on anything we can do, as individuals, to help – either at the source of the bad news or the people reeling from it. We try to stay calm, keep our heads on straight, our hearts open, and keep on keepin’ on.
Monthly Archives: August 2021
My scales are laughing and me and smirking. I’m not getting on them every day, since I’m juggling two pounds back and forth over and over. I’m continuing to concentrate on one day at a time, watching what I’m eating and doing my exercises of weights and yoga MWF, and elliptical trainer and yoga T-Th-S.
I’m going back this morning to MyFitnessPal.com I had figured since we are eating mainly good, real food with portion control from Real Food and Stu’s Clean Cookin’, I didn’t have to do that, but I’m going to start it again to find out for sure how many calories I’m eating.
Dieting with my husband complicates things. He is very happy with what we’re doing now, and that’s very important to me. If I were by myself, though, I would be doing keto.
The MyFitness Pal will give me a better idea of what I’m consuming versus my exercising, so hopefully that will help.
I’m afraid for all the good people trying to get out of Afghanistan. My heart breaks for those left behind. This is an unending nightmare from which we will probably never recover. We have all lost so much already. People in pain over the situation, the incredible lack of planning, bad decisions, broken promises, loss of life, the desperate prospects on trying to get out, what we’re leaving for the people behind. Incredible bravery in the face of all this.
The people in Tennessee are trying to pick up the pieces after the devastating flooding. Relentless wildfires in California continue to wreak havoc. Ida is bearing down on the Gulf Coast today.
Each of us reacts on a personal level to all happening around us. Things boil down to each of us handling things in our own little world the best we can, plus reaching out to try to help others. The cliche’ is that ‘we’re all in this together.’ Our world is small enough that things happening across the world affect us. As we have painfully seen, a virus starting far away is lethal to people all over the globe.
We need to concentrate on being aware of what is going on, protecting ourselves and those we love the best way we can, and reaching out to others – if not able to help – to at least show we CARE. We can’t put our heads in the sand. We can’t just simply close off. We have to be as strong as we can and be there to do what we can when we see a way we can help.
Animal SnapChats – Giedre Vaiciulaityte – BoredPanda.com
Louise Peterson – danesculptor.com
Animal Friendships – Jonas Grinevicius and Mindaugas Balciauskas – BoredPanda.com
Simon Brown – Brush/Felting Art – via BrightSide.me – thegentlemanfelter/instagram
To be honest, I’ve steered away from any new versions of “Sound of Silence” because I loved the Simon and Garfunkel version and thought that no one else would be able to stir me as much as that one did. I was wrong. I heard this one yesterday. I had never heard of Todd Hoffman. Now I will look up other songs by him on YouTube. I told my husband about this last night because I still had goosebumps after listening to it. I just finished listening to it again this morning and I’m trembling inside. I think this truly special and wanted to share it with you.
We will join our friends for Lunch Bunch today – always a comfort.
I’m hoping to spend some time in our shop this afternoon working on the Christmas presents I’m making, plus re-painting the dragonfly. I may break down and turn on the a/c out there.
My heart continues goes out to all the people in harm’s way.
Stay safe and well.
“The world is too much with us…” ~ William Wordsworth
My heart is in my throat as I watch the latest on Afghanistan on TV – helpless to do anything – afraid for U.S. citizens, the Afghan people who have helped us for 20 years, Afghans at risk, women and children who will be left there to live under Taliban rule the best they can, and, of course, our men and women in uniform trying their best, under incredibly awful restrictions, to try keep everyone safe and make it out of there alive. I watch all I can, then come in here and try to calm down and catch my breath. A truly terrible situation. The coping mechanisms about which I wrote yesterday aren’t helping much today.
With all the pain and suffering going on in our world today, I’m conscious of trying to stay emotionally afloat. I thought you might be having some trouble from time to time, too, and thought it might be good for us to share ways that we try to cope. These are some of the things that help me – in no particular order. I hope you’ll share what helps YOU.
- Writing this blog. I love finding things that I think are heartwarming, amazing, or wonderful to share.
- Trying to learn new art techniques and trying them in my art room.
- Working in the yard and/or square foot garden and taking pictures of successes.
- Reading books by favorite authors and/or discovering new ones.
- Refurbishing our yard art and working on making Christmas presents for friends.
- Discovering new websites and reading articles giving me new information and new perspective.
- Reaching out to friends and family
- Listening to music
- Hugging my husband and making him laugh
- Making a ‘SHOULD’ list and checking something off
These are from the bulbs I gave up on when nothing happened in the spring when I re-planted them after over-wintering them in peat moss in the garage. Even though our heat index is still around 105 degrees F., these continue to bloom. I threw them off “the edge of the world” in the front yard. There is no irrigation there. Amazing.
These are in the planter to the east in our yard. This planter has a lot of shade – I think TOO MUCH shade for the plants to be happy.
These are much happier. They are in a planter beside the front porch.
And these make my heart sing. I don’t know whether they will get taller than the windows behind them or not. They are way over my head now and seem to be smiling.
Still playing with the same 2 pounds. Today I’m down 1.2 pounds. Yesterday I was up. Up and down. Down and up. Trampoline weight. Since my scales are so frustrating, I’m concentrating on trying to do my exercising and hope for the best.
Today is Wednesday, so it’s several short sessions with weights and yoga.