I had an interesting email exchange with a friend yesterday. He commented about how Kathy & I always seemed to find the silver lining in things, even when the outlook seemed bleak. We do consider ourselves to have a positive outlook, and I’m often surprised when others’ comments seem to reflect the opposite. Sometimes the silver lining can be hard to see, but there is almost always something to latch on to.
Considerable time was spent “contemplating” the proper way to photograph this particular subject. Take comfort in knowing that I was actually seated on the floor for this photo. 🙂
This photo is appropriate for these times, and also for the fact that for practitioners of the faith, it’s April Fools Day. 😉
I walked at least 5,000 steps per day – usually many more – for 30 days in a row in March. I took the 31st off to break the streak. To my way of thinking, there is little to be gained with streaks, and the longer they go the more the pressure builds to continue. So by purposely breaking it, walking becomes just something I do, and not something I have to do. And I was back at it again this morning! 🙂
It’s been a cool & rainy day here today in NC – a good day to find things to photograph for this project. I’m hoping to create a bit of a stockpile, just in case I run out of ideas. 🙂
Kathy & I made one of those “essential errands” today with a jaunt to one of our favorite destinations on the other side of the SC border. Yes, it was a liquor store. 😉
On the way there we took I-485, which circumnavigates the city of Charlotte and is the most efficient way to our destination. On our return, we made an intentional “wrong turn” and took the rest of the loop which results in about a 65-mile journey. But what else is there to do? 🙂
Along the way, we were excited to see the green popping in the trees, white and pink Dogwood in their spring splendour, and relatively empty roads. A reminder that, for Mother Nature, life goes on with or without all the pandemonium that we mere mortals are dealing with.
To top it off, I used “Fuelpoints” from our local grocery store and filled up the gas tank for $.80 a gallon!
Kathy & I love to eat out but we had already cut back a lot in order to offset all of the “travel eating” we have done lately. We aren’t big fans of “takeout” food, generally preferring to “dine in” or just cook at home. About the only things we’ll do takeout with are Chinese and pizza. Last night we had planned to get Chinese from our local restaurant, but they didn’t answer their phone so we don’t know if they are open or not. We talked about alternatives, including driving over there to see, but in the end we just decided to eat in. In “normal” circumstances we would never have hesitated to just go somewhere else, but these times seem to be far from normal.
Our recent “stay-at-home” order states that we should limit travel “upon public streets, alleys, or roadways or other property except by those in need of medical assistance, food or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves or their families or some member thereof.” But in a publication of FAQs, the hypothetical question of “Am I allowed to go out on the lake?” is answered with “Yes, you can take your boat out on the lake, but practice social distancing if you go out with others.” So I can’t get in my car and drive around, but I can go out in my boat? Seems a little silly, but if I decide to go out driving and someone stops me, can I just say that I’m going to the lake to ride around in my boat? If that’s not necessary travel I don’t know what is! Now I just need a boat…. 😉
It’s pure coincidence that the first two objects are related to adult beverage consumption. That just happens to be the drawer I opened first. Really! 🙂
One of the things that I hope comes out of all this stay-at-home business is a shift away from the gross consumerism of the past several years. My daily walk takes me past a Walmart and 2 fast food outlets. None of them seem to have slowed down much. And work continues on the self-storage monstrosity that is going up nearby. I understand that the American economy is very consumer-driven. But when people have more stuff than they can store at home and need to rent space to keep the overflow, that might be a sign that maybe they should stop buying more crap!
Mecklenburg County, NC is under a 3-week “stay-at-home” order starting today through April 15. I need another project, so I’ve decided to start a “Photo a Day” project based on closeup photos of ordinary household objects. It may take a few days to get my bearings & directions, but I think it will be fun! Kathy likes it because it will keep me from bothering her (maybe!). 😉