On the bottom of the front screen of my cell phone there is a daily message from my security software provider.
You are protected. No problems detected.
Yes, my phone is protected against hackers, robocalls and malicious attacks. My home is protected by security cameras and motion detectors. There are no problems detected.
Yet, where is the software that I could wrap around my family, my friends and others so that all of us are protected in the world today? The only software that I know is loving compassion, kindness and respect for all beings.
It is important to care. It is important to connect.
Thank you for reading.
Well, it seems Americans are in this mess for much longer than expected.
Most people I know are wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
But as with the proverial rotten apple…
It took awhile for it to sink in that life, as I have known and enjoyed it, will not return anytime soon.
The worst part is not seeing my two grandchildren ages 9 and 3.
I am glad that I was able to visit the 9-year old in February.
In fact, it was one of my best trips to Denver.
I last time I saw the 3-year old was at Thanksgiving in Alabama. I went for her Mother’s funeral and stayed a few weeks.
She and I video chat but it is not nearly enough.
There is so much that I took for granted such as the availability of flights back and forth to Denver and Alabama.
A long road ahead, but not a never ending road.
Beauvoir, while no fan of sleeping in cars, wasn’t really worried.
This was the great benefit of seeing worse.
Fewer things worried him now.
from The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
We have to help those in need regardless of our feelings about them. We feel good helping those we like or the people whom we think deserve to be helped. It’s harder but still essential to help the people who dislike us or resent us or are indifferent to us.*
I find this to be true and worth remembering as I consider my actions in helping others.
There is much to be done.
*Where I read this, I don’t know. Sitting in my chair by my fireplace reading and sipping coffee, I was moved to record this thought but neglected to cite the souce. My apologies to the author.
Peace & blessings to all,
I was tired of seeing the graces always depicted as beautiful young things. I think wisdom comes with age and life and pain and knowing what matters. “
This is a comment by Clara, a character in the mystery novel A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny, referring to a painting of three elderly women depicted as the Three Graces.
Age, life, pain and knowing what matters.
Today was a new adventure for me in food shopping.
On the red tray is my haul from Coquine , a delightful French-inspired restaurant in SE Portland.
As Coquine is open for take out only. Customers can buy prepared entrees, baked goods and other delicious items from Coquine.
Also, Coquine allows their farmers and other food purveyors to sell direct through their restaurant. The menu is quite extensive with produce, meat, seafood, coffee, tea, eggs and dairy.
It was hard to just order a few things but since I crave vegetables, I opted for a fresh produce bag.
Since I can’t always find locally roasted coffee, I added a pound of Coava Coffee beans to my order. Coava describes their coffee as “northwest coffee roaster notoriously fueled by good folks and Led Zeppelin”. I like their coffee and was happy to find it on the Coquine take out menu. Continue reading “Bounty from Coquine Restaurant in Portland”
Brave new world.
I have an appointment today at 3 P.M. at my bank.
No more stopping in unannounced!
I used to walk my dog Ginny and pop in to make a quick deposit, have a cup of tea or coffee while Ginny enjoyed a biscuit and water inside the lobby. I knew the tellers and they knew me. It was one of Ginny’s favorite stops.
Another aspect of my life that I have to plan…
Really, it’s not such a big deal. Just another change to my way of life.
I have a somewhat smart home…thermostat, doorbell, mesh wifi, and security system all from Google except for my August Smart Lock.
I can adjust my temperature, see who’s at my door, unlock the door… all from my phone. The security system gives me a lot of comfort.
Every month, I receive a Nest Home Report from Google.
It tells me how much energy I saved the previous month among with other useful information such as
Grow it Yourself
This month, we’re using leftover produce to grow new, healthy plants. Place leaves from celery or romaine into water on the windowsill, or plant potato skins or seeds from tomatoes into soil and watch it all grow. ~Google
I am going to try all four-celery, romaine, potato skins, tomato seeds- and see what happens.
I am a city girl but I can learn!
Sometimes I feel like this doll
Jammed in a car handle, along for the ride.
Life in quarantine.