2020.10.16

The office while in Taos, NM

Grateful eyes look at each thing as if they had not seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. David Stiendl-Rast

We are coming into the last days here in Taos. Over 2 weeks, this casita became home. Waking to the rooster crowing, the morning light into our office, and the surprise baked treats made by Richard have made our time here wonderfully cosy and warm.

Sitting outside at the end of each day to watch chicken channel has been a joy. Amazing to watch them do the same things each day. We will miss our little black hen, Stumpy.

Grateful today for my mate – for finding this spot… for our host and all the care he puts into Casa Gallina…and for all the memories (and of course, photos!) we will carry with us.

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.

Keeping it together

2020 began with renewed hope and new directions.

From 2017 – the end of 2019, we traveled on our nomad path, alongside a cancer diagnosis, surgery and radiation treatments. By the end of 2019, all that could be done had been done. All the doctors said “live your life” and get blood tests done every 4 months. It seemed that we could start to think a little longer term.

By February, we could not peel away from the news of the virus or the John Hopkins dashboard showing the global number of cases, number recovered and number dead.

Today, safe at home is in Florida. If I were to believe everything I am seeing online, we could not be in a worse place. Our day to day does not reflect this in any way, nor does what we experience each day.

Each day blends into the next. Crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, streamed content and zoom get togethers are a part of the day. We’re now watching our first K-drama together…took 20+ years and a pandemic.

The toughest moments often come from those that are the most beautiful – watching videos of health workers, inspired concerts on empty streets, people coming together to support one another during difficult times… These are the moments that bring tears to my eyes as I wonder… What is happening out there?

A glimpse of longer term planning turned to complete and absolute uncertainty.

MAO has been my rock during these times. We greet each other brightly throughout the day – even though we are together all day. We hold hands as we watch our K-drama and hug each other tightly when we go to bed. And we laugh together at silly things.

I am ever grateful for my MAO. Thank you for helping me keep it together.

On the road again…

The BreakersLeft Pompano Beach this morning via the scenic A1A, aka Ocean Drive.
A leisurely drive to West Palm Beach,
where we stopped for lunch at The Breakers.

This was our second time at the Breakers,
the first time a few years ago to see D+K.
The perfect place to stop,
as we were on our way to visit them.

Loved our moment with D+K and their family.
Such a joy to meet their grandkids,
and all the others – son, daughter, mom and son-in-law.

Grateful today for
our place on the beach – a perfect place for my mate to recover,
time to take leisurely drives,
and for D+K – Thank you so much for your hospitality and a lovely visit! xxoo