There's the hurricane lily today. I've seen another shoot and soon there will be plenty more.
The firespike by the front gate is finally blooming. I'm proud of those. I rooted every one of them during winters and planted them in spring and now they line the fence in the front of my yard.
Been a lot of sadness in my family today. A friend of Rachel's and of Lily and Lauren's died and no one is sure about the circumstances.
And all three of the little rats that Owen just adopted have died. They must have been sick at the pet store and that's hard for the kids. I'm not equating the death of rats to the death of a person but sadness is sadness, grief is grief. Boppy pointed out that they would have died at the pet store but instead, got to have a few days of glorious luxury and love before they went, and I hope that made the kids feel better.
For me, personally, things have been fine. I decided not to walk today. My ribs were a tiny bit achey and why push it? It's been six weeks exactly since I fell and all of the websites and my doctor, too, agree that six weeks is how long it takes to heal a broken rib and by golly, they're all correct. So I've just been doing lazy things although I did clean out the hen house. Fifteen hens and two roosters sure do poop a lot but I look at that as fertilizer and am grateful for it. There's just not a lot about chickens that I don't admire.
Hank came out for a little visit and it was good to see him. I'm so proud of that man. He's doing his trivia online and doing okay with it. He's also designing flyers as a side hustle. For someone who's self-employed, he's making it work. And Rachel has started her classes for the MSW program at FSU she got into. It's all online now, I think, and that does not make it easier.
Nothing is easy right now and everything is different. I've been quite content to live my life in an even smaller way than I did before but that's not possible for most people and even I desperately miss hugging and holding my loved ones. And of course, as the election draws nearer I become more and more terrified, fearing as so many of us do that the damage already done will be almost impossible to repair and that if that man is elected for four more years, it will be impossible and our country will not be recognizable.
I'm keeping this short today. I have nothing new to say, nothing profound to discuss.
Here we are. We are making our way through uncharted territory the best we can, discovering things about ourselves that we never had the time to ponder, realizing that a great deal of our lives have been spent doing things that really did not make us happy or perhaps, we have been able to define and refine exactly what has made us happy. What does make us happy. What happiness actually means.
Here's a question- what have you discovered about yourself and your life that you never would have known before 2020? I would be interested to know. The positive and the negative.
Meanwhile, let us try to be at peace with all of it.