This week Patti’s challenge is to show what Simplicity means to me.
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
After three weeks of social distancing I have really come to appreciate the simple things – a phone call with my brother who lives on the other side of the country, a video of one of our granddaughters, social distancing outside with neighbors, and enjoying the little things in nature.
Here are a few of the simple things that brought me joy this weekend.
This week Tina has chosen Distance as the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge.
From Tina’s post:Bottom line; we are all in this together despite needing to avoid each other physically. Please share with us the creative ways you’ve found to address your need to connect while keeping your distance. Have you found interesting and productive ways to pass the time? Are you enjoying comics/funny stories or do you find the situation too serious for jokes? The Lens-Artists team hopes our weekly challenge brings at least a small opportunity to look away from the news for a bit to connect with the rest of us. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing your Distance images – whether related to the COVID-19 crisis or not.
The photo at the top of the page was taken the morning of March 13, 2020, the same day President Trump declared a National Emergency because of COVID-19. It was the last day I was able to take a walk on the beach. I wasn’t the only one on the beach that morning but everyone was already practicing social distancing. Here’s two more photos from my walk that morning.
Since that day, we’ve have been practicing social distancing. Except for my morning walks, my only outings are to the grocery store or to pick up a to go order to help support local restaurants. Sadly, the beaches were closed about 12 days ago. My morning walks are through the neighborhood now and that gives me a chance to say hello to neighbors I haven’t seen for a while as we practice social distancing by walking on opposite sides of the street.
Some days I have a hard time concentrating because of what is happening but during this time I have been able to take care of a few tasks I have been neglecting for a while. I’ve also pulled a lot of weeds and planted sunflower and zinnia seeds. I’ve had plenty of time to sit in my garden and watch the bees and butterflies.
I keep up with friends and family with phone calls, texting, social media and blogging. I’ve also learned a new skill – attending a Zoom meeting! Woo hoo!
Many, many thanks go out to all of the doctors, nurses, all hospital staff, first responders, farmers, truck drivers, grocery store workers, restaurant workers, teachers, volunteers who are making masks, distillers who are making hand sanitizer, manufacturers who are making ventilators and masks, volunteers feeding hospital workers and making meals available to kids who aren’t in school, all the parents who are at home with their kids now, neighbors who are helping out their neighbors. Thank you!
We are all in this together and I believe we will get through it and be stronger for it.
This week Amy has chosen “A River Runs Through It” as the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge. When I saw Amy’s challenge I immediately thought of the Mississippi River which runs through ten states in the U.S.
“The Mississippi River will always have it’s own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise” – Mark Twain
The Mighty Mississipi runs from the headwaters in Itasca State Park, Minnesota south to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.
” Here 1475 feet above the ocean the mighty Mississippi begins to flow on its winding way 2552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico” ~from the marker at the headwaters
Marker at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River
The Headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, Minnesota
Mississippi River at the headwaters in Itasca State Park, Minnesota
Ordered from north to south, the rest of my images are from several different viewpoints along the Mississippi River.
This week Ann-Christine has chosen Chaos as the theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge.
I experienced chaos first hand this week when I made a routine trip to the grocery store. I wasn’t there for toilet paper, hand sanitizer or cleaning supplies but apparently every one else was. It was a total mad house with not enough cashiers to handle the crowd. I was glad to get out of there with my few groceries (and wine)!
So, to bring a lighter note to this post I chose some photos of chaos in the animal world.