As I awake, I give thanks for all that I treasure. Before I even get out of bed, I do some basic yoga stretches for the back and legs. I drink a glass of water, while fresh ground coffee is brewing. Later in the morning, I call to check on my parents and then follow the same routine that has served me well for many years.
I try to get regular vigorous exercise and eat mostly plant-based foods. I listen to the news only once per day. (More often can worry us way too much.) I study the things I want to learn more about or work on the next blog post. Some posts take several days to prepare.
I’ve also been cleaning my house and attic. Many of my friends tell me that they are doing the same thing. The charity shops will be bursting with new inventory when the quarantine is over.
When the weather allows, I go for a long brisk walk in my neighborhood early in the morning. There are very few people around at that hour. (I took these photos using a tripod and timer.)
I thought you might enjoy coming along for part of my walk today. There are three miles of sidewalks in my village. I enjoy walking on all of them, but especially the workout from climbing the hills. There is often abundant wildlife to see and always blossoms to enjoy.
Nothing I’m wearing is new, so I’ll share highlighted links to similar current items if not the same. The shopping links in my posts may result in a small commission for me at no additional cost to you.
The Tonga Navy vest is here. I also have it in black and enjoy wearing them under any jacket in cold weather. They add no bulk but give you another layer to keep you warm. Wearing a waistcoat or vest takes the emphasis away from a large bust.
I often see an osprey, green herons, Canadian geese, wood ducks, loons, mallards, kingfishers, and herons from the walking paths around the shore of the numerous small lakes here.
That’s a bearded iris above and double bloom cherry tree blossoms below.
My Japanese maple is resplendent with new leaves, and the dogwood is in full bloom.
My neighbor’s red azalea bush below is visible from my kitchen window.
Are you eating mindfully during quarantine? I’ve carefully planned my grocery needs so that I don’t have to shop more than twice a month. I wear gloves and a mask and get out of the store as quickly as possible.
Vitamin C is essential, so I buy oranges and lemons to alternate. I squeeze the juice of a lemon into filtered water one day, and the next day I enjoy an orange.
My breakfast (below) includes warmed frozen blueberries, pecans, walnuts, cinnamon, and dates poured over half of a warm baked sweet potato. I topped it with the last dollop of my all-fruit orange marmalade this morning. It isn’t a pretty dish, but it is delicious!
Everything tastes better with seasonings. I enjoy a variety of balsamic vinegar and a high-quality pure olive oil on all vegetables. A few Italian Olives and some shavings of extra sharp cheddar over broccoli or roasted Brussels sprouts are my favorite combos. My local Olive Oil store ships your order, or you can pick it up.
I stock my pantry with the only beans I can digest, my favorite crackers, organic chocolate, and some canned wild-caught fish. (One can of beans lasts me for three meals.)
I have plenty of frozen vegetables and wild-caught salmon in the freezer.
A late in the day lunch/dinner includes the other half of the sweet potato from breakfast topped with some warm vegetables, beans, a few shavings of cheese, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and of course, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I buy bright green avocados to ripen on the counter for a few days and enjoy a few slices with lunch and or breakfast with veggie omelets. There are always sweet potatoes in my shopping basket.
I hope that you are well, both mentally and physically. We shall never forget this part of our human history when the whole world became one village, united to fight the same foe.