2020.10.15

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” Rumi

The past week was emotionally challenging. COVID continues, the American election season is in full gear and work life is demanding. Perhaps it was the combination of all these things that sent me spiraling into feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness.

After a few hours, I was calm again, and able to talk with my mate as we had a glass of wine and watched the chickens run about. We wondered about the effect of daily news reading on our emotional state, and we decided to stop reading any news until the election is over.

No more news, no Facebook, no Twitter and no email newsletters from the Morning Brew (this one’s tough) or OZY. Easily done.

After 48 hours, I am happy to avoid all the news sources. Still I felt I needed to something more. Time to add daily gratitude back into my day. A photo I’ve taken with a quote on gratitude for each day… Today is day 1 of a new format.

Thank you, Summer 2020

Fall begins and I am looking back on our past summer.

We safely experienced different places, and enjoyed being in nature everywhere we were. Golfing was great in GA and MO. Payne’s Valley golf round on Kenny’s birthdate – a hi-light. Work became a larger part of our days, and much effort continues towards moving things forward.

At the end of summer, we are in the foothills outside Santa Fe, NM. Our stay here was a challenge to settle into, more life’s bumpy ride than the rutted desert road into the desert ‘s beauty with its breezes, pine and cedar scents, big sky and smoke enhanced sunsets. Today, with one week left after 5, I have mixed feelings, ready for the next adventure and grateful for this moment.

Grateful for a summer nomad journey with MAO, the memorable spots we stayed in, and for all the things we’ve moved forward.

Dear Ken,

Hard to believe that 10 years have passed since you were here.

Brien and I played a round for your birthday at Payne’s Valley Golf Course today. Inspired by how much you loved Tiger Woods, we played at the first public North American golf course designed by his design company. It is not fully opened yet – our round was 13 holes – which was plenty on a sunny 35C day. Pretty amazing to see a golf course under construction at the top of a mountain. The golf is challenging and fun. And the views are spectacular.

I passed a photograph of Payne Stewart in the clubhouse and it reminded me of this photo. What a swing you must have had. I wish I could have seen it. I know you always wanted me to take up golf. I couldn’t then. I’m glad I have now.

Wish you were still here to play a round with us and share a golf story or two.

You are loved and missed.

xxoo Sabina

Virtual Choir 6

Grateful today for Eric Whitacre and his virtual choir projects.
Watching the first one felt like a visualization of the best of us through the newish internet.
Virtual Choir 4 was the first time I participated.

Recording my video for upload was a laughter filled event, with many takes.
A very naked experience to record myself singing without accompaniment…Yikes!
Premiered at the Queen’s Jubilee…wow.

Virtual Choir 6 happened during COVID.
There were 5,500+ participants in VC4, and 17,572 in VC6.

Grateful for the music, the technology and all the people that make the virtual choirs happen.
Food for the soul.
Thank you, Eric Whitacre (+team)

Dream

May 2020, St Petersburg, FL

Life is but a dream…

There have been many a night when I hoped that I would awake to find that COVID was a bad dream. The virus, the conflicting news, the variety of opinions (always based on facts), the social media posts and memes combined to be a nasty brew of information. Occasionally, a laugh or two.. and most of it leaving me frustrated and lost.

Moments of joy came in a few forms.

Being in the kitchen has been comforting. I have enjoyed looking for different recipes to try. In the process, it’s been wonderful to come across great blogs. Cooking with the New York Times, Monkey & Me Kitchen Adventures (WFPB recipes) and Korean Bapsang have been great sources for many delicious dishes made. Definite sparks of joy when we use all our produce and very little is wasted.

Video calls on FaceTime and Zoom have kept us in touch with friends and family. Adding a game of scrabble or chess as we zoom has been a fun way to hang together. In the last 6 weeks, we have been to a zoom 40th anniversary, a zoom club quarantine that featured live musicians of Iverna Island, and we had a friend play the piano for us. Wow. It’s all been amazing, fun and really weird to have this as the primary social spot.

My nephew came online this year. Texts, videos and messages from him always bring a smile. His creativity has been a joy to watch. Whether he is making a video for TikTok, doing a dance routine with his brother and sister, or using his 3D pen (a recent gift from Gomo), it is all a complete delight for me.

So, while I may have wanted it all to have been a dream, I am grateful.

Grateful for the many moments of joy from cooking, zooming and from the Song family.

Video below made by the Song family for the kids in their Sunday school… Enjoy!