Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day. My memories of this holiday from childhood include sitting on the grass at Hayward Field in Eugene at the University of Oregon with my family at dusk. Mom had a thermos of Kool Aid and we sat together on a blanket with anticipation as we sipped theContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY # TMTC*”
CORONA JOURNAL: DAY # 443 STRANDED I am writing this as I sit in our room at the Best Western Motel in Clive, Iowa (a suburb of Des Moines). Steve is gone playing pool with some colleagues from the Des Moines VA, and I am basking in the glory of being alone for the firstContinue reading “STRANDED”
May 2, 2021 It’s been well over two months since I wrote in this journal. It seems that when the one-year anniversary of the beginning of COVID restrictions and lockdowns rolled around, my desire to write anything just melted away. There are probably a few reasons for this lack of initiative: First, I was justContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #421”
February 21, 2021 I bought new “guest” towels yesterday. We remodeled my bathroom and the color scheme changed from pink and grey to light green and grey. So, I bought some grey guest towels at Target yesterday. (It wouldn’t be hospitable to have our guests use regular white towels!). But I have no idea ifContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY# 351”
January 17, 2021 A GRANDMOTHER’S HOPE I haven’t blogged for almost a month, and my friend had noticed. “When are you going write another blog?” The truth is that the past month has been full of Christmas, riots, the surging pandemic, and insurrections. I honestly couldn’t see that I had anything to add to theContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #304”
December 20, 2020 Did anyone think we’d still be hiding out in our homes at Christmas? Last March we all rallied together, Facebook pages were full of offers to help strangers, and there was a sense of “We’re all in this together”. One time I posted on the Community Facebook page that we were gettingContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY # 276”
CHRISTMAS LETTER: 2020 I had a hair appointment today with Suzie, a down-to-earth friend I have known since 1995. I told her that I was almost finished writing my annual Christmas letter and she said “Just don’t say anything about COVID. Everyone is sick and tired of COVID.” Greetings from Stayton Oregon! January:Continue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY # 257”
November 13, 2020 WAITING It was a quiet Saturday morning, and I was sound asleep when Steve gently tapped me on the shoulder. “It’s over”. That’s all he said. That’s all he needed to say. He sat on the bed as we hugged one another, so relieved that we no longer had to wait. Waiting. Continue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #236”
CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #200 October 8, 2020 A GOD THING I refer to what occurred this evening as a “God Thing”. A God Thing is when a seemingly random event occurs at the right place, the right time, and for the right people. That is what happened this evening. A God Thing. I wanted aContinue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY #200”
September 26, 2020 CHANGE OUT DAY Today was “Clothes Change Out Day” and, as usual, Steve responded to my announcement with a groan. But this year the process was very different. I’m not sure when Change Out Day began. I remember gathering up my shorts and short-sleeved blouses (we didn’t call them tank tops then),Continue reading “CORONA JOURNAL: DAY # 188”
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