Today, I’m grateful for a pandemic-inspired Halloween.
As I put away the Halloween paraphernalia today, I can’t help but admire the way friends and neighbors stepped up to the challenge of celebrating safely this Halloween. Treats were delivered via chutes, on sticks in candy-garden fashion, individually wrapped on help-yourself tables, and hung in grab bags from ropes tied across driveways. More industrious friends planned outdoor games and treasure hunts, and made other activities possible while still socially distancing. It boosts my faith in our ability to adapt in difficult circumstances. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for connecting with friends on Zoom.
After months of social distancing, some friends that I used to see on a regular basis last spring, have settled into the new normal and are using Zoom to get together now. It’s good to see them again, even if it’s only on a screen. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for a second parking lot gathering with my chorus-mates.
We haven’t been physically meeting together since February due to Covid-19. Every week we meet online, but it’s just not the same. It was fun last weekend to see some of them in person and to sing together, albeit distanced from each other and hard to hear the harmonies. It’s given me motivation to sing more at home, to get my voice back in shape for the next in-person songfest.
Today, I’m grateful for this first day of October.
The year 2020 is moving right along. Maybe I’ll celebrate this new month by putting up a few fall decorations. All the antisocial-ness that’s come from Covid-19 social distancing has put a damper on my desire to decorate. But today, I think I’ll make the extra effort.
Today, I’m grateful for yesterday’s parking lot get-together with friends.
I hadn’t seen my chorus-mates face to face in more than six months. We meet online every week, but it’s just not the same. One of our members secured permission for us to use a local church’s parking lot and we gathered, safely, socially distant from each other, for some much needed in-person socializing. What fun!
One of many projects I’ve attempted during this summer of (mostly) isolation has been sending notes to people via snail mail. I used the last note card in a pack the other day and went searching for more. I found a shoebox stashed away in the home office containing various note cards, some in packs and some odd single ones. So many notes to write, now! Until I run out of stamps, that is. 😉
Today, I’m grateful for singing Christmas songs in August.
This time of social-distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic has left a lot of choirs and choruses with nothing much to do. Once a week, the chorus I belong to meets online, but we can’t easily sing together. One of the local community television studios is going to help us record a virtual Christmas performance, so we can still bring our music to audiences for the holiday. Starting this week, I get to pull out my Christmas music and brush away the cobwebs, so I’ll be ready when it’s time to record my part. Looking forward to it. 🙂
Today, I’m grateful for cooler weather after a heat wave.
I think we chose one of the hottest weeks of the summer this year for our New England vacation (a strange, social-distancing kind of vacation). Now, we’re back home and the air has changed. The cooler temperatures make it much more enticing to head outside for a walk or to do some much-needed yard-work.
Today, I’m grateful for the time and energy for a small landscaping project.
This strange season of relative isolation due to a global pandemic has left many of us at home with time on our hands. Sometimes it’s hard to focus and channel our energy into being productive (or creative). There are projects, large and small, on our wish lists. One of mine is to upgrade an area under a tree in my front yard where nothing grows well. The project is finally begun! 🙂