Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Furniture and boxes moved in. One bed assembled. Fridge just arrived - no washer or dryer yet. Purchasing basic tools as all that we shipped were stolen in shipment.
Afternoons feel like temperatures at 110 degrees. But, we are here in the new home and setting anchors in the back woods.
This week is one box at a time, fixing broken furniture and trying to put away stuff without having to do it twice. This will continue for some weeks getting the home looking and feeling. First home cooking, too. I have enjoyed eating out every meal, but it is time for getting back to an old normal in the home cooking department.
Garbage pick up; internet hook up; carport shop pad pour; home generator install; front yard clean up for planting of things green; all in the queue.
My wife's Valentine Victory Rose to find a forever home off of the front porch. From a single blooming bud, riding passenger all the way to Texas, it appears to be healthy and happy in the hot weather. Maybe it is the daily talking to of encouragement and praise, along with water during the hot dry days, that the plant appreciates.
It is next to impossible for me to negate or ignore the comings and goings of life in the larger towns around us. Mask wearing and distancing is on the rise and stores and restaurants that just weeks were up and running w/o issue (normal of the old days) are this past week in full tilt C19 bat crap crazy.
The products being sold come second to C19 and a constant cleaning crew moving about spraying, wiping, and pushing a product through mid-air to the customer. There is no escaping the feelings that we are some how infected and danger exists in the imaginary empty space around us. Mask and glove wearing minions seem to visibly shrink in size while they hand over of a product.
Just yesterday I saw a hand holding couple walking alone on a small town back country sidewalk wearing masks. I can only shake my head in disbelief.
Signs say to wear masks and half the folks do not. We avoid, if we can, the mandate of mask wearing posted on the front doors of some shops. And yes, the chin masks suffice in all venues. I tried that in one such store and no one batted an eye. Also works in restaurants with "no mask no service."
In we go with masks on chins which meets the mask wearing mandate. The eye doctor office gal had to come to me to tell me to get my mask on. I politely told her that some employees were not wearing masks so I thought it ok. Her blinking must have hurt. And she was one of the folk walking through the office just minutes earlier w/o a mask on.
The choice of any mask wearing in any business seems to fit the moment for the individual. Say "huh?" twice is always followed by a mask removal. Always!! And here in lies the global absurdity of all of this. I do enjoy going against the arrows painted on the floors. I notice that I am far from alone.
People pushing back (against C19 mandates) is quiet and some what out of sight. It looks normal and fits in the flow of current main stream. Watching people wearing and not wearing are teachable moments for me.
There are still a few good restaurants where the food is beyond excellent, tables are free to sit at and freedom is alive. Each day and meal is a gift in all aspects of the old normal. Every meal and dish constantly as good or better than home made.
Of course the "no mask; no service" is in bold all black caps pasted on the front doors of some businesses. I have never seen businesses going out of their way in signage and employee confrontation to push paying customers out of their doors and towards their competition. How does a business model like this pay all the bills and make a profit? As long as the paychecks keep coming; who cares how customers are treated?
AND AND just down the street a very nice restaurant is open at 50%, clean and customers are met with a smile and are welcome. Service is prompt and the food excellent.
Take five minutes of your time. Watch and listen. Short post this week so you have time.
Probably be a couple weeks before the next post. No Internet. We are in the queue. Apparently folks who have signed up ahead of us come first. Normal things in an abnormal world!!
Appreciate the visit. Heads up, knees bent and keep on keeping on.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Biscuits for one x 3. Breakfast sausage packages x 2. Breakfast for four with leftovers.
Visiting family in Dallas. Homemade cooking was soaked in white gravy. Smothered pork chops and rice for dinner, biscuits and gravy for breakfast.
Leaving homeport knowing that returning is in the plans is one thing, but throwing off the security of the lines, angling away from the dock with doubts of ever returning is noticeably different.
Everything on the boat is all we have now. Twenty years of preparing left on the dock.
The weather, the roads and destinations hold wonder, excitement and challenge.
The strength of my wife and I are paramount.
The colors of every day life is noticeably brighter.
Today and tomorrow dominates.
Add a world in turmoil
Mistakes and successes write the next test.
Worrying and patience are proving to be some of life's best taught lessons.
Acting on those lessons daily.
Recognizing helping hands from greedy hands is learned quickly and dictates who handles a bow line.
My wife says, "it's just you and me!" Is this not the case for everyone when all is said and done?
And herein lies the last 20 years of marriage, changing our lives, our homes and learning about growing old in The After.
If we had waited until today to do all of this, it would be too late on most levels. How the world worked just months ago no longer exists. Or at least the difficulty of "working" has increased several fold. Short problem solving times have turned into longer time spans.
Availability of basic goods are one to two months out delivery with a caveat of "if they still make that or provide that service and if it will be available." Hope is now at work in doing a lot of daily business.
I would guess that half the population we see in the back country is buying into fear of Covid19. Mask wearing or not mask wearing.
It appears that in the larger cities (like Dallas) the whole population who is out and about are believers and in some degree of fear. I am not sure how else to qualify this other than all of the visual clues watching people shop and stepping out in public. Driving in public. Walking in public.
All I can do is shake my head when many of these folk wear their masks under their chin or partially covering their mouths. Many masks appear to be well worn like an old t-shirt worn for weeks.
Government mandates seem to be observed. Yet protesters gather around the country at will in complete disregard of any Covid19 regulations. Up is down, down is up, there is here, left is right and right is left and the use of guns is on the rise daily with killings of innocent people a no-never-mind. "Social distancing" is everywhere.
We have noticed that prices have doubled on many familiar goods over the past 6 months.
Manufactured food shortages are in the news pre-shadowing what is still ahead.
" No. Try not. Do. ...or do not. There is no try." Yoda
SOCIAL DISTANCING. You likely have the seven minutes to watch the video.
I cannot imagine what schools are going to look like across the country and the world. Personally I believe all of it is going to disrupt and damage all children in the name of all that is deemed "good and safe". It is not good/safe and the agenda at work be as plain to see as a car wreck.
Having children or grandchildren heading into the public school systems ought to strike fear in the hearts of all. What to do; how to do; when to start; what groundwork needs to be laid; managing a working household; how to help other like minded parents/grandparents; standing ground when push comes to shove???
Be wary of anyone promoting "social distancing" in public schools or some sort of mix. Be wary of mask wearing mandates. If any/all of this is affecting you, step back and consider the impact on the children; your children.
Some feel good educational jargon to get use to:*interactive tools for students, parents and educators
*tools for planning and tracking academic progress
*for the sake of the child parent webinars and of course podcasts
*child serving professionals
*for the family during this trying time*team collaboration
*insights and assessment tools
*asynchronous assignments and collaboration
*from the comfort of your home
*normal for your child to feel nervous or worried
*masks and distancing???
*changes may create challenges for families
*still details to be worked out...
and will leave all of this here. There is no lack of this kind of school jargon and balonium on the net. Start reading all that your school district has online.
Develop and foster strong central family(s).
Our living out of a suitcase, boxes of stuff and two cars has worn out its welcome. The security of the AirBnB also provides basics of living spaces provided and a view. One week left on our rental and we need to be out of here.
Daily heat index now 105 degrees or more mid-afternoon. Car ice chest full daily with water and a few GatorAids. Locals say get done what we need to get done by noon. Find things to do inside. Lasts into September.
".... the best places to be in tech have now become some of the worst places to raise a family, practice a faith, or even think freely."
The wanting of freedom is a powerful motivator. It was the driving factor for my grandparents leaving everything/family and coming to America.