Let the Sunshine

Day 17

I almost forgot to post today!  Not because I’ve been so busy, just because I think my brain is actually starting to turn into mush.  The days meld into each other and I thought I had done this already for today.  Clearly I have not.

Today I was very productive. All the laundry is done. The bathroom is cleaned. I cleaned off the front porch area and wiped down all the outdoor furniture because the weather was beautiful again today and is supposed to be tomorrow.  I want to be out there as much as possible. The walls in this house are CLOSING IN!!! I had the windows open again today – it was a little cool for that choice, but I couldn’t help it. The sun and breeze were inviting and felt cleansing.

When Terry got home from work, we all took a long drive through the country and surrounding towns.  We went through the McDonald’s drive thru and parked in the next door bank parking lot to eat.  We opened the sunroof and windows and watched the traffic. 3 weeks ago, that would have been the most bizarre activity imaginable, but today we were not alone. We saw many vehicles parked with people enjoying their dinners. We waved at every car that passed.

We took a drive through neighborhoods.  We passed by one house where we saw a (what I assume) young mother sitting on her front step – her head in her hands. I don’t know the situation she was facing, but I felt her emotions in that moment. I have felt that same way over these last few weeks. There is a level of unqualifiedness (I not that is not a word) that overwhelms me at times. I have sat with my head in my hands many times. I wanted to go give her a hug and tell her the moment will pass and she will keep going. I, of course, didn’t do that.  1. Because we aren’t supposed to be touching people these days and 2. Even if we were allowed to touch people, strangers tend to freak out when you just walk up to their front porch and hug them. But it’s the thought that counts!

We start online learning on Friday. I was informed yesterday that all the work we’ve done thus far (for the last 2 1/2 weeks) will not be counted or even turned in.  I realize that keeping skills sharp and in use has real benefits, but hearing that we would get no credit for the hard work we’ve been doing (yes, I am including myself in the hard work!) was enough to send ME to the porch to put my head in my hands. So, we decided to be done with the paper classwork and just start up again on Friday when the online learning begins.  With the weather being so nice today and tomorrow, we are going to open the house, turn up the music, bake, cook, clean and plan for the next push.

News of the Day:

According to tracking from Johns Hopkins, there are more than 932,000 coronavirus cases and 46,000 deaths worldwide.

The U.S. leads the world with more than 203,000 confirmed cases. As of Wednesday, there are more than 4,400 deaths in the U.S, surpassing the death total from 9/11.

The UN secretary-general warned that the pandemic is the most challenging crisis the world faces since World War 2.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain rose above 100,000 as it recorded its biggest one-day death toll from the outbreak on Wednesday, with the second largest death toll in the world. The United Kingdom saw its biggest daily jump yet as the death toll surpassed 2,000.

Plan for the Day: I need to write these things earlier in the day.  It’s 11 p.m. my plan for the day is to go to bed!

See you tomorrow!

Cheers!

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