Goodbye, May!

mask

This really is the time that introverts have been training for all of their lives!

I blinked and it was gone. The month. Which is pretty hilarious considering time has slowed down so much it’s ridiculous. I’m fairly certain that each day has doubled in hours, if not more. I clearly remember the last day life felt normal. March 13th. Yes, Friday the 13th. I guess I should have taken that as a sign! And I know where the month of May went. It was consumed by that all too familiar thief of the times- The Virus. I can just picture it in my head…. like a secret agent complete with dark glasses, trench coat, dark hat pulled low over his forehead sneaking in the steal away with the month of May tucked under his arm.

After that day, while restrictions piled up on a daily, if not even more often, basis, normal everyday life just slipped away. In those early days I battled with anxiety in a way I had never experienced in my life. Luckily I got that under control and these days although it creeps up on my from time to time, I’m usually able to get a lid on it.

The thing is, I understood the need for the restrictions. They were for our own good. To keep us safe. To save lives. Maybe I wouldn’t die if I had it, but the at risk members of my family quite easily could. So logically I got it. Unfortunately in those early days, my anxiety did not.

In the months that have followed, I’ve discovered so many things. Here are just a few-

  • I learned that e-learning is the pits and I’m so glad I didn’t have to deal it with my own kids when they were in the 5-10 year age group!
  • It’s really easy to lose track of time. Although my month of May was stolen, I’m never sure what day of the week it is and I spend a lot of time checking the calendar, as if it’s going to shout out a message, “Welcome, Kat- today is Sunday!”
  • Living by Zoom meeting is a totally different experience than life before zooming.
  • It’s easy to get caught up in shopping online and spend, spend, spend.
  • If I didn’t want unexpected visitors before, I REALLY don’t want any visitors now.
  • I’ve never been so suspect of people that I thought I trusted. Face coverings and social distancing…. this one took me by surprise. In 2-1/2 months we have only had one person inside our house who is outside our 5 person circle. And the only house I’ve been in besides my own is my dad’s. Keeping him safe and inside (meaning not out in public) has been a challenge. (He touches everything and then his face.)
  • I found out what was truly essential.
  • My worry for the 2/3 of my kids who continued to work throughout grew in epic proportions. Both were essential workers- a first responder and store cashier.
  • Although my state has moved into the next Phase, I’m not ready. What little I’ve seen in the past two days causes me major concern. Face coverings and social distancing are being thrown by the wayside. For more reasons than I could list, people are desperately trying to grab onto their former lives and freedoms. I am not.

And last and most important of all-

  • While the world was shut down, life kept moving. There were birthdays, births, graduations, health issues, pet health issues…. some passed by with little fanfare and others will be celebrated like crazy when it truly is safe to do so.

And so, I’m saying goodbye to May and holding on to hope that June is filled with better things!

Please stay safe!

-Kat

Fandango’s One Word Challenge- thief

Ragtag Daily Prompt- For our good

Photo a day challenge- Goodbye May

 

 

 

 

A Veterans Day Snapshot

Kind, loving kids on Veterans Day

cbw kind loving kids

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Starting with Letters K or L

Photo a Day- Black and White

Have a great day!

-Kat

Welcome, September!

beach walk

I started the day with the best intentions. Ignoring the rain, I headed out to a local beach to take photos. Oh, did I mention the rain? It had stopped by the time I got there but any plans of taking beautiful photographs of the sunrise…..well, that wasn’t happening. (Rain. Clouds.)

before the fall

I was excited to explore and since it was early morning (and crappy weather), I didn’t encounter many people. As I walked down the pier (is this considered a pier?), I stepped down to the lower level on the left side to stay out of any shots that the folks down the stretch were taking. Please note the water that pooled into puddles, because I did NOT. Two steps later and my feet flew out from underneath me. I did not have a chance to save myself and seconds later I found myself flat on my back on the concrete in a puddle.

I casually got to my feet and straightened my hair and pulled my soaked hoodie down to cover my sand- coated, wet bottom. I turned and strolled back from where I came, secretly rubbing my hands on the front of my jeans to wipe them off. My back side was dripping from head to toe and as people would approach, I would stop and lean against the railing, angling my back to the water so they wouldn’t see what a mess I was.

friend on the beach

I made my way down the beach, feeling a new ache or pain with each step I took. I must have been a pretty pitiful sight because this feathered fellow kept glancing over his shoulder (do birds have shoulders?) at me as he strolled along.

My posts have been sporadic and my writing non-existent. This month is not off to the greatest start and while I struggled to stay positive, the best I could come up with is- at least I didn’t break anything or knock myself out when my head hit the ground. All I can say is bring it on, September!

Ragtag Daily Prompt- Sporadic

Photo a day challenge

Stay dry and on your feet!

-Kat