Enjoying the view from the patio

There are two hummingbird feeders, three flowering hibiscuses, about a dozen sunflowers, some zinnias, and a few hyacinth bean vines wrapping themselves around some trellises. There are flowers and flora as far as the eye can see. Oh, and weeds too. There are always weeds.

That is what life looks like from the patio these days. In the fifteen years that I’ve called this house my home, I’ve never spent as much time on my patio than I have this year.

But this is no ordinary year. The world we knew just four months ago is not the same world we know today.

Needs are real even if in a virtual time

“But in light of the current pandemic, so many nonprofits are having to go virtual with their fundraising events. In addition to virtual 5Ks, there are or will be galas, auctions, bowl-a-thons, benefit concerts and more all moving in a virtual direction.

Nonprofits organizers don’t really have a choice. Going virtual is better than not going at all. The reality of the pandemic doesn’t lessen the importance or needs of all the great nonprofits in our areas doing great things.”

You bet we’re getting complacent

“When this all started, we all really felt we were “in this together”, as we adhered to stay-at-home orders in an effort to “flatten the curve”. Everyone told us these were “uncertain times”, and we believed them.

But now we’re over it. Our collective quarantine batteries are slowly dying, and we don’t quite react with the same level of vigilance we once did.”

These days we need to find our happy place

“Despite the new restrictions, the kids are still jumping into the pool with wild abandon. Mothers and daughters are still laying out trying to catch some rays. Even the old men are still swimming in slow motion up and down the length of the pool, getting in a little aerobic exercise where they can.

For a moment, if you close your eyes long enough, you can temporarily escape from this crazy world that we’ve somehow been thrust into lately.”

Getting back to simpler times for kids

“Times have changed. In addition to the flu shot, kids are now having to get tested for the coronavirus. Currently this level of testing involves pulling into a drive-thru where spacemen-looking medical professionals reach into your car window and shove a six-inch Q-tip-like instrument up your nostrils and tickle your eyeballs. Or at least that’s how I’ve heard it described.”