Rocking on the porch

Panoramic view from George's glider. Potted grasses, empty planters, a bright blue bench, empty planters, a white, Greek statue. In the lawn is a tree without leaves. Sky is deep blue with white clouds.

Day 6

This evening marks six days of officially Staying Home. More to come, of course. The only question is for how long. In the interim, Sandy and I are rocking on the porch. We both have health conditions that put us at risk, and we are staying home. Social distance, as it were. Talking to our neighbor from a respectable 30 feet!

Sandy in a blue and white glider chair. She has red hair, a light green t-shirt, white shorts, and glasses.

It isn’t that we don’t have things to do. We do, indeed. Who wants to do “projects” when the spring that finally arrived is beckoning on the back porch? We have watched the sunrise and the sunsets. I’ve taken some pictures of the ordinary. These things become beautiful if we wait for the light and take our time. It has been rather refreshing.

Natural pottery colored planter in the form of an antique truck. In the bed is a large, soft cactus plant that overflows the sides. The morning light is angling across the plant and front of the truck.

 

 

Sometimes we need to follow local events and ignore the hype and misery of the press. This is one of those times. We are trying!

George is in his blue and white glider. Beyond is his wheelchair. He has blond hair, sunglasses, and is wearing a blue, classic Mickey Mouse t-shirt, and dark blue shorts.

 

 

It’s not like I don’t have anything to do. I need to take advantage of this nice weather to spray liquid fertilizer on the shrubs. Then I need to fix the weed sprayer and eliminate the pesky plants that we don’t want. Ironing! If I ironed the summer shirts that have been waiting since fall, I’d have some crisp cotton and linen to wear whilst staying home.

A word about small business ingenuity

Two loaves of freshly baked bread. Each is wrapped in a clear wrapper with the type of bread printed on the label. White on the left and wheat on the right. They are on a wooden cutting board on the granite countertop.

The grocery stores are picked clean. There is literally no bread to be found, for example. (And I promise I won’t mention the toilet paper crisis.) Meanwhile restaurants are empty with the fallout being that our small town, wholesale, French bakery needs customers. They posted on the local Rants and Raves Facebook group that beginning today they would have bread and sweet breads available. And cookies. They created a drive thru system of ordering and picking up bread at the first entrance and paying at the second entrance. Employees are wearing gloves and masks. They report a steady line all day today. Tomorrow they will expand the menu. The public gets bread. The bakers get work. Win, win! The bread is delicious, and the cookies (biscuits for y’all in the UK) are soft and yummy. Chocolate chunk, peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin. Awesome! We did leave the house for this fresh, wholesome product delivered in a safe manner outdoors.

Tomorrow, day 7

Maybe tomorrow will bring fertilized plants, dead weeds, wrinkle-free shirts, a clean floor, and dust-free furniture. Maybe it will bring more quality time together on the back porch. What do you think it will be? If you guess quality time, you will be right, for sure. With Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn directly above in the crystal clear sky, Sandy and I bid you Good Evening Sandy in the evening, in the glider.and wish you and your families health, safety, and quality time together. And before I stop, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our first responders, medical people, and everyone who are working so hard, taking chances to protest the rest of us. And let us not forget their families. Blessings. πŸ™

 

Picture Descriptions:  Main photo is a panoramic view from George’s glider. Potted grasses, empty planters, a bright blue bench, empty planters, a white, Greek statue. In the lawn is a tree without leaves. Sky is deep blue with white clouds. Second photo is Sandy in a blue and white glider chair. She has red hair, a light green t-shirt, white shorts, and glasses. Third photo is a natural pottery colored planter in the form of an antique truck. In the bed is a large, soft cactus plant that overflows the sides. The morning light is angling across the plant and front of the truck. Fourth photo shows George is in his blue and white glider. Beyond is his wheelchair. He has blond hair and is wearing sunglasses, a blue, classic Mickey Mouse t-shirt, and dark blue shorts. Fifth photo shows 2 loaves of freshly baked bread. Each is wrapped in a clear wrapper with the type of bread printed on the label. White on the left and wheat on the right. They are on a wooden cutting board on the granite countertop. Final photo shows Sandy in the evening, in the glider.

23 thoughts on “Rocking on the porch

  1. George, thank you so much for sharing this uplifting post. I’m so happy to hear that you and Sandy are hanging in there spending quality time with one another. While spring hasn’t quite sprung here I think we’re heading near the 70s today. Heck, I might do some spring cleaning. A rocking chair sounds devine.

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    1. Thanks, Steph. We are trying not to stress and are keeping track of the necessities, managing carefully. I saw a post this morning reminding us that time and patience are what we need. Let me know if we can be of help. 🌞

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  2. What a beautiful place to enjoy each other’s company! I’m glad you two are enjoying your time together and finding ways to make the most of your time ‘apart from the world.’ It’s so important to look for all the good in a bad situation, and it looks like you and Sandy have done that. I love that the bakery is doing the drive-through baked goods. That’s a win-win situation! Blessings to you and Sandy! Stay safe my friend!

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  3. Today is day 5 of staying home for me here in the UK, but finding it tough that there’s no-one to rock on the porch with! Our houses will soon be spotless and our gardens weed-free. Those biscuits sound delicious! Look after yourselves.

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    1. You, too! I’m finding it very easy to get lethargic. I’m starting the 3rd month of a self-improvement course, and today they stressed movement. Cleaning is one of the things we are doing, too! Stay safe! πŸ™‚

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  4. I’m hoping to do similar next week after a week of ridiculous busy-ness with all of this going on. We’re all at heightened risk here, me and my elderly parents, so like you we’re looking at an undefined time of isolation. Better safe than taking unnecessary risks where possible. That drive-through style idea is such a good one – well done to them for setting it up, that’s a very much needed service so they must be helping a lot of people by doing that. Glad you’ve got some of the essentials you need (I’m talking about the cookies, forget the bread πŸ˜‰).
    Both of you stay safe and as well as possible. Take the time to breathe in, relax, find joy in the small things.
    Caz xx

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    1. Thanks, Caz. We wish you and your parents the same. We have food and ordered a large pizza 2 nights ago. Pay online; they put the pizza outside your door, ring the bell, and run for their car. It was the best delivered pizza we’ve ever had. We got 2 dinners out of it. These places are getting ingenious with creativity.

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