Try Something New

It is the first day of September, 2020, and I am feeling low. In order to feel better I have decided to set some new goals for myself. There is nothing better to motivate me than some new and exciting goals. I can fathom new, but exciting doesn’t always happen.

This is the first year in sixteen that my Lions Club is not working hard to sell two thousand raffle tickets. COVID-19 has caused our state governor to rigidly follow the National guidelines for keeping the virus at bay. We as a club reluctantly decided that in the interest of public safety we would not hold our raffle. What that means to the club is a huge loss of funds which fuel our projects within the community. My club is not alone on this matter, every Lions Club in the world is dealing with similar issues.

Without money our club is severely handicapped as we are what is known as a check writing club. We raise money once a year in a giant fund raiser and then dispense the money toward worthwhile causes within our community. Our entire reason for being is in jeopardy this year. We struggle with how to cope.

My every week social group has disbanded. We are a small group of friends who met every Tuesday at the Stray Bar for drinks , and who have not seen each other for twelve weeks.

So, with these social set backs I am going to try something new to brighten my day and to give life some meaning. Here is a list of some of the things I will do:

  1. I will visit a new blog every day, and comment on the blogger’s post.
  2. I will write a new blog post every day. This means having something meaningful to write about.
  3. I will structure my day in a rigid pattern of activity to ward off boredom and to minimize my daily screen time.
  4. I will read one new book per week.
  5. I will call a friend everyday so I won’t be so lonely for human contact and voice. I never thought I would be affected by such loneliness as I have in the past months. There are a couple of reasons for that, one, because I still miss my partner Peggy, and two, because I truly don’t like living by myself.
  6. I’ll cook one new recipe every week.
  7. I’ll walk five thousand steps every day.
  8. I’ll write at least four letters this month.
  9. I’ll take the initiative to lead one new service project every month.
  10. I will accept invitations to do things which I would normally turn down.
  11. I will faithfully pray for all the people on my prayer list daily.

I will measure progress toward these goals throughout September and report back to this BLOG with results.

GOOD LUCK JOE!

ZZZZZZZZZ

In the past week I have lost my blog-post twice by falling asleep at the keyboard. Both of them were ready to post.I wake up and the post is gone. Damn, grrrr! The only way I can think about this situation is that neither of the posts were worth your time to read. Some force of nature struck them down and I am a better man for it.

Finding meaningful subjects to write about is difficult on some days. On other’s I have several topics in queue. Today is a day where I’m struggling to make sense of what and why I am writing. The best thing is to cut it short and go take a real nap. I’ll be back later.

Day 45-Quarantine-May Day

It is the first day of May already, and it seems like New Year Day was just yesterday, and then again it seems like it was two years ago. Time is passing quickly. For an old timer that is a good thing. It is when time begins to creep that we are in trouble.

There was a time when the first of May signaled the communist world to celebrate. It became their day to waltz around the Maypole and to show off their mighty weapons. Every year I remember seeing photos on the first page of newspapers heralding the big parade of military rockets, tanks, and duck stepping troops through Moscow. I’m sure they still do it, but I don’t pay attention anymore.

The current big mystery is where is Rocket Man also known as Kim Jung Un? There are several theories floating around the net. One is that he is dead, two is that he is hiding from COVID-19, three is he is sick. No one knows for certain what the truth is. Frankly, I don’t give a damn.

I broke my quarantine yesterday by shopping for food. I am surprised to learn that there are shortages in the meat department. Normally, one can find an abundance of any or all cuts of meat, but yesterday the pickings were slim. I’ll survive.

It is a bright sunny day and my demeanor is much brighter today. They always said April showers bring May flowers. This may be the year we find out if that is true. I took my bike down from the rafters and loe and behold I have two flat tires and no way to pump them up. Alas, Amazon to the rescue. A new pump is arriving within the week. I’ll be back in the saddle again soon. I just hope my sciatic nerve stays undisturbed.

I had to take a window-shade to the shade shop today. Lucky I called ahead yesterday to find out if they were open. The lady made an appointment with me for this morning. It was as close to drive up as is possible with a shade. She stuck her head out the door and hailed me in. I gave her the shade told her what the problem was and left. We were both masked, and six feet apart for the entire five minutes. On the way home I decided to get my car emissions tested. The State police had a road block set up and there was a large sign stating “COVID-!9 testing.” I rolled down my window and asked if the emission test facility was open, “no, not until the end of May” I kept driving.

Because the appointment for the shade was early, I got up an hour early, and now my head is bouncing off the key board from sleepiness. I can’t believe that an hour less sleep has such a huge effect on me. Once I post, I’ll quit fighting drowsiness and take a mid-morning nap. Then I’ll head out into the garden for some pond maintenance.

Day 39-Quarantine-Random Thoughts

It is eight-thirty p.m. and I just ventured out of the house to pick up my mail. It is the only time I have been out of the house since yesterday. The phone hasn’t rung, and I have spoken to no one. I am in complete isolation, but I am determined to beat the Chinese scourge.

The day has been dark, grey, cold and rainy. It is like November except it is late April. The difference is that in November the landscape is brown and grey in April it is bright green and white with blossoms.

This evening I made myself a hamburger without a bun. Instead I used a couple of lettuce leaves. It is not the same as a Big Mac or a Whopper. It sufficed. A couple of glasses of red wine made it go down easier.

My weight has not dropped for three weeks now and I am worried that with all the KETO I am scarfing down that I am doing something wrong. By now I should be at my target weight. It is not because I am out of ketosis, but I may be eating too many calories. If the weather was warmer, I would try riding my bike to use more calories, walking isn’t doing it.

I did finish an ebook today titled Ivanhoe. Written in the early eighteen hundreds it is a great tale but hard to read because they spoke a different style of English. I found myself stopping to look up too many words, like “palfrey.” In case you are wondering a palfrey is a docile horse. One thing I learned in reading this story is that they had many different words to define the types of horses they rode. Any way, the story included a rescue by a character named Robin Hood.

Thank God, President Trump didn’t have a press conference today. I’m convinced he has finally come to his senses and decided not to take any more abuse from the press. Up until last week these daily updates were great, but as more and more is learned about COVID-19, there has been less interest in solving the virus problem and more in unseating the president. Politics have returned which tells me the country has, or at least the press has, changed back to dirty reporting.

I thought a lot about the Chinese and how they are using the virus to destroy America and the rest of the world for that matter. It seems that everything they did to hide the disease from us was also aimed at spreading it out of their country. Of course, if I were Chinese and in the middle of a epidemic, I’d get the hell out of there anyway I could, and they did. They went all over the world. Maybe China believes they will dominate the world when this is over. I have news for them. I for one, will not let that happen without taking out a few of them in the process (not a threat, a promise).

Hopefully, Americans will wake up and quit buying Chinese made goods because it is cheap. We can afford to buy good stuff made in America.

Bear With Me

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Life is like a road trip. Often, we spend time on a super highway with a very definite destination. At other times we are on a side road through a very dark and dense forest with lots of curves, and the destination is unknown. My life is now on one of those twisty paths where the next mile is unknown, and the destination is unclear, yet the journey consumes life.

My writing has been sparse of late because of the twists and turns of daily living. Many unforeseen incidents have arisen which have taken precedence over the joy of transferring thoughts to paper. A friend with dementia, a child with cancer, a second house that needs preparation for sale, all of these twists have cut me off from the interstate headed for enjoyment.

Perhaps, when this curvy road straightens out, and I return to the super highway, then, Grumpa Joe’s Place will again become a priority. Until that happens, please bear with me.

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