Keeping it Festive
Pandemic worries only got crazier in July, so we kept our simple home routine.
Instead of focusing on current times, we channeled old fashioned July 4th celebrations. Lots of food and decoration and a cake in honor of my grandmother. She would have been 124 on the 4th!
Don and I cranked up some Sousa marches and practiced our juggling skills.
Thanks to Covid, we've finally learned how to juggle.
There were no fireworks in our community this year. We watched some on TV. Odd to see celebrations around the country... with no people.
We did step out after dark and spotted the "Full Buck Moon". Perfect!
Our biggest patriotic celebration, came on the day after the holiday weekend.
We voted in the Texas primary runoff election. I've never been more eager to exercise my right to vote, as I have been in recent months!
The hot July temps made it trickier to keep the yard and plants from shriveling. Let's just say, I haven't killed too many.
I had a hard time attracting the hummingbirds. Was the heat warming up the nectar, too hot? Finally the tiny birds came!
We had some cabin time, away from TV and internet. Yay, for ukuleles.
The pool got lots of use in July... probably the most use, since the kids moved away from home.
We've been missing family this summer, but we've had numerous Family Zoom times!
We didn't get to celebrate with this sweet gang in person, but we toasted to 3 birthdays in early July. Another family Zoom came a week later with a couple more birthdays.
Yay for birthdays! Yay for technology!
I had to work a little harder this month to find the positive things. After three months of pandemic worries, we added nationwide protests.
In June, our state and city began to gradually open, but Don and I kept close to home. We went on lots of walks and we talked... about our crazy world.
On June 8, I went for a little change of scenery, 20 minutes from home. From the car, I saw the flags lining Hillcroft. It was the day before George Floyd's funeral service and I felt drawn to see and absorb. It was peaceful and calm. I needed that.
We took a few days to go to our cabin, where there's no TV. Our deck is finally redone and I could sit and read.
We played games and ukuleles and did puzzles...
Don and I have obviously had more time to hang out. We've been making use of different spaces, like the balcony. Sweet rolls and bagels on Father's Day!
We've worked at a few new hobbies, like juggling. It's pretty comical when we attempt to add music to our fine performances! Ragtime... J. P. Sousa! Now, Don is teaching me how to use the speed bag. That's harder than juggling!
Laps and Lounging
The weather in June was perfect for swimming. I've been doing laps and kicking, with my 35 year old kick board!
Then I reward myself with some floating.
In June, I hardly ventured out. But when I did, I wore a mask. I've got some stylish ones to choose from.
I haven't been to a grocery store in 4 months, (thanks to Don) but I finally made the big step and had my hair cut. I had the first appointment of the day and we both wore masks. ( So tricky)
Skies and Water
It's been nice to just enjoy changes in skies and weather. One evening, I spotted a rainbow and that was a treat. I've studied clouds a lot.
We watched turtles underneath this bridge one morning. And I ran through the sprinklers another day. I'm easily entertained.
Connecting with Others
Best of all, we've stayed connected with family. Luckily our kids haven't gotten tired of Zooming!
And we've had a couple Zooms with my siblings and spouses. Everyone wore hats for our last gathering.
I'm eager for this pandemic to end, but I hope the family Zoom connections don't stop!