Looking for answers to life's questions

The Answer

I’m always in search of the answer to so many questions in life but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why I wanted to give up blogging. I made lots of excuses.

It takes so much of my time and energy was a big one. Summer is so full of other chores that each summer I struggle to find presence of mind to write intelligently.

Remember this mystery plant?

Surprise! Mystery Potatoes.

Right after my last post in June, my heat pump stopped working. It didn’t make a sound. Just died a quick silent death. I have insurance on my appliances which saved me a great deal in the end but the time line was three weeks long and we had to tough out an excessively hot week. It took two different service men to find the problem. I was a puddle in the floor unable to think or do. At first, I thought it was just the heat that was slowing me down.

Yesterday I received a card from a former blogger. We have kept in touch and even met once. Jan from momermom said someone she knew passed on the phrase “Covid Fatigue” that really resonated with both of us. I’m not sure where it came from but after almost four months of home quarantine, I found myself unable to sustain the desire to sew, write, or do basic chores.

A tired neighbor’s car. She’s obviously a nurse

We worry about every exposure and at night, sleep is fitful and brief. We can’t plan anything or hang out with friends unless it’s just a few and we’ve taken “precautions.” Everyone is trying to find ways to stay upbeat, but the fact is, it’s taking its toll on us.

I was going to put just these 8 in a wall hanging. Have been persuaded to do a 9th.

I  recently had a nice call from another friend. Linne who blogged at A  Random Harvest and she spoke to this feeling as well with ideas and encouragement. Today I read another post from Sarah at Art Expedition  that addressed how she was handling the stress of this same issue. Another blogging friend, Sue at Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary has also found this to be relevant. She’s offered much encouragement.  Most of us are using as much humor as we can muster. I’ve read through book six in my cozy mystery series that was a mix of mystery, quilting and flat funny, devouring them like they were cookies. Well, yes, I’ve been devouring cookies too. Sarah has nothing on me there.

Albizia and hydrangea need trimming.

This weekend my daughter found one of our local breakfast places was doing take out so on our way home from grocery shopping, we ordered over the phone and picked up something different than we have been eating for the last four months. A simple pleasure but it helped. I’m still not getting a whole lot of sewing projects done but the work outside is coming along nicely and everything should be ready for the four-point inspection on each house in a few weeks. That adds a bunch of stress though now that the heat is back to normal hot, I think it will go well.

Since I realize now that I’m not just being lazy and this fatigue is something so many are experiencing, I’m relaxing a bit more between pushes to get it all done in time. Now to see if we can get the stubborn pressure washer started without pulling out my shoulder.

Tiny new hydrangea variety.

Are you itching to go play with your friends on your regular playgrounds?

From my heart to yours,

Marlene Herself

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  1. What a multi-talented family! And yes, the stress as this drags on is becoming quite bothersome.

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    • Thanks so much, Cindy. She took to embroidery quite well and I’m so happy she has found something she enjoys. I want to have friends in or go visit but we just don’t dare. Hope you are doing well in the Holler. Hugs..

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  2. I think you have hit the nail on the head for all of us. I’m so tired of this.

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    • I’m sorry you are feeling it too, Linda. I was ready to admit defeat and give it all up here. My brain just shut down. I need people to help inspire me and I found them here. At least I have my daughter living with me which is nice but she’s VERY protective. 😉 Hope you are doing well. I’ve not been by in a while but I see light at the end of this tunnel. I am so ready for Autumn cool. Thanks for the visit.

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  3. Accepting “what is” really is the answer Marlene. As long as we wish things to be different it’s will get us down. I love how you are still connecting to friends, making the most of special embroidery projects and trying new take out options. It’s the little things that can lift our spirits in these challenging times. Sending a virtual hug your way 🤗❤️

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    • I agree about accepting what is. I’ve not minded the quiet time and for a while it was full steam ahead. There is always plenty to do to keep busy but I’m a people person. I love to socialize with even strangers. Now I can barely hear what anyone is saying from six feet away and masked. The heat drains me unlike most people. We did survive 2 of the hottest weeks we had without AC though. I’m lucky so many of my blogging friends are also pen pals and we can lift each other when the going gets rough. Humans tend to pull away when they are struggling but that’s when we need to reach out even more. I just needed to be reminded. Thanks for the hug and sending it right back to you. I’ll be stopping by soon.

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      • You have such insight here Marlene. How can you make those nourishing connections without having to be in person? So many of us are setting up online meetings and telephone connections. That’s one way to keep feeling connected

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      • I’ve done some Zoom too but speaking on the phone is harder. I found that out the other night again. I send lots of cards and letters though. The old fashioned way. 😉

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  4. Aspen said:

    I love that you took the fan apart.
    Enjoy those potatoes.

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    • The fan is very noisy now though. I didn’t do something right. The potatoes were delicious with butter and salt. Thought about you today. Hope you are doing ok. Hugs.

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear about your heat pump, Marlene. Our air-conditioning went out on one of the hottest days so far this summer. Our upstairs was over 90°. The fan just didn’t cut it. Your daughters embroidery is beautiful! I know it’s hard to stay away from family and friends, but right now it’s what we have to do. I’m glad you have your daughter there with you. Take care and stay well.❤️

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    • Oh, Jill! You know what I’m talking about. It was 96 here that week and stayed hot all night. A whole week of that and I couldn’t even think anymore. The fan just blew hot air. Three hot weeks and I do not sweat due to a childhood heat stroke. My daughter was more surprised than I was at how well she took to embroidery. All free designs from DMC. I’m grateful she is here to isolate with me. Working from home suits her though. She’s never been happier. Sending hugs.

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  6. I’ve been wondering how you’ve been getting on. It was good to see a post from you. Your daughter’s hand emboidery is beautiful!

    My “COVID Fatigue” seems to be taking the form of irritability and impatience. Weekends help.

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    • I think my daughter is having the same result as you. She works from home now and things are not always running smoothly. My daughter does a wonderful job of embroidery. She’s shocked at how well she took to it and how fast it goes for her. I laugh telling her she’s faster because I sew by braille. 😉 I haven’t even been able to read all the blogs I follow so I was behind on everything. That felt stressful for me. At least I’m still walking everyday and yelling across the street to anyone that’s out. Six feet apart and you need a hearing aid. 😉 Lets all hope people wise up and this grinds to a halt soon. Keep your chin up and stay well, Liz.

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  7. Work has helped somewhat. At least I get to interact with humans so that makes me feel a bit less isolated. I will put up with as much as I can though to avoid exposure although I am right there with everyone who is so very tired of all this… I love that back window on the nurse’s car!

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    • I loved that window too! Her mother had to watch the kids for a couple of the early months and she couldn’t even see them to avoid exposing them. Her mom was laid off from her waitress job so it worked out but a bit exhausting for grandma. 😉 It can be nice to go to work but you have the additional worry of exposure. I’m just glad to know it’s not just me. You keep taking care of yourself there. Thanks for the visit. Please send Autumn if you see it. 😉

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  8. Just enough spuds for a nice cool potato salad if that’s your thing. One wonders how they got there?
    the embroidery is outstanding, and the hydrangea may need pruning, but it’s spectacular!
    Best wishes, Lou

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    • I think I put them there for compost last year, Lou. I can get very forgetful these days. We steamed them and had them with a bit of butter, German style 😉 My daughter was surprised at how well she took to the embroidery and it helps a lot she has decent vision. That hydrangea is really quite spectacular though. I’ve trimmed the neighbors driveway side this week and will do more as the temps cool down. I don’t do heat! I’ll be by to see you soon. I noticed your posts but I’m quite slow in getting all the reading done. Please send Autumn if you see it. 😉 Thanks for the visit, Lou.

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  9. Blogging and my website has perfected writing skills put away since college. Mother had a desire to see writing a part of me

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    • I guess that’s why I second guess myself about blogging and writing. No college. Just flying by the seat of my pants. I’ve been doing this for almost 8 years and thought I might be getting stale. We need connections for inspiration. Isolation is harder on some than others. My daughter loves it. Thanks for stopping by, Cathy.

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  10. I planted a potato but the top is dying off… not sure why – it has only been in a few months. I think our soil is a bit toxic…
    I can understand about your blogging dilemma. I hear it all the time across the blogosphere now. I have also had some doubts. Funny that the pandemic has this effect when at the start everyone was saying well at least we have more time to blog! Now further in, I feel like people’s mood has shifted.
    Your daughter’s embroidery is beautiful and extra special that it carries a message too!
    Your hydrangea is a delight.
    Be careful with that shoulder! Think before you lift!

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    • I’ve been vacillating about the blogging for quite some time. Every time I decide to quit, someone says something that causes me to rethink my decision. I have more time now but people give me inspiration. I need the connections to people. The heat also affected my energy level.
      I put a potato in the raised bed for compost at least a year ago and forgot about it. Who knew it would grow more potatoes? 😉 We built the raised planter bed because my soil is toxic too. The terraces are held up with railroad ties that have creosote on them. Not good for growing food.
      It’s the pull cord to start the pressure washer that is so hard. Even my neighbor had a hard time with it when he borrowed it. We will try it next weekend and hope for the best. Sending hugs your way.

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      • I hope you don’t quit, Marlene, but can understand if you do decide that it is better for you to do so. The heat does do strange things to our cognitive function so it may be doing that. Your time is limited, everyone’s is, I guess, but you must prioritize. Where can you make the most contribution that will give you the most contentment? Blogging does give to wonderful connection that don’t require travel, or cost. I find blogging inspires me but can be a time guzzler. Find the way to achieve both objectives. My email is there too if you decide blogging is not for you and you still want to communicate. Your words of wisdom will always be treasures I hold in my heart! Thank you!

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      • Thanks for the sound advice, Amanda. I’ve been going back and forth there. Fall will make a big difference for me. Now for a nap. Only 4.5 hrs last night. Sigh. ;(

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      • The weather is turning here, so hopefully it will bring a cooler change for you. Did you ever try meditation as a sleep aid?

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      • Often. I go to sleep like a rock but never stay asleep. Tried so many things already. Last night was the best so far but it’s cooler today. That may be part of the answer.

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      • No doubt the temperature does have somethign to do with it, Marlene! I don’t like to sleep in airconditioning, so me and many others without air con do have trouble sleeping. Some people just have air con in their bedrooms. I want it in my living room, thanks. I use a technique I learnt at yoga called alternate nostril breathing to cool down my body. Apparently it is a natural way of air conditioning one’s temperature, and then body scanning meditation to become drowsy. Even if I don’t actually sleep, it makes me feel more rested. Good luck with the temperatures. Ours are increasing so I hope your are diametrically opposed and dropping.

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  11. Good to ‘hear your voice’ again, Marlene, I’ve been concerned.
    I’m suffering a different kind of Covid-fatigue. Not fear, but impotent rage at the selfish morons who flout the rules, ignore expert advice, insist on knowing better, put everyone at risk and bully and intimidate the poor souls who put themselves at risk to serve the public. I just want to lock the lot of them up in a big tank and hose them down with undiluted Covid-19 virus. And then refuse them treatment, because, yeah, *of course* Covid-19 is a government conspiracy and there’s no such illness, so why do they need treatment? Sorry about the rant… Each of us deals in different ways, and it can be difficult to blog when our movements and activities are necessarily restricted. Sometimes, there’s nothing to say. Stay safe and well, my friend. This too shall pass.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Kate. I really hear you. That’s why the sign on the nurses car struck me. She feels just like you do. I find them plain thoughtless. I’m thinking that as long as they are being stupid, they should be stupid close together. I think it’s in the plan. I’ll keep my distance and keep chatting with wise people like you and the rest of my blogging friends here. I have no desire to be a statistic either nor put my friends at risk. I’ll be better as soon as it cools off here as well. I just can’t do heat. Hugs to you and Mr. Mouse as well.

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  12. Its about all i can do to read and “like” posts never mind muster the words to comment AND write something on my own blog. As always, your voice is good to hear. You are not alone, Marlene.

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    • Thanks so much, Susanne. I’m glad you understand. Those that write a post every day leave me wishing I had nothing but time so I try to get to most at least once a week. I may be retired but I have so many other obligations taking care of my place alone and having time for other creative endeavors. I could fill up a 48 hr day easily. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking an extra moment to join the conversation. That is the part I like best. I learn so much from all of you.

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  13. I am feeling the same way, Marlene. Today when I was supposed to be working, I kept sitting down for five minute cuddles with Perry. He is the best cuddler. Never met a cat like him before. I am so exhausted all the time and have brain fog. Your daughters embroidery is beautiful. The aprons are adorable. I have an apron “collection” on Pinterest. Such an image of nostalgia. I have been reading cat cozies. There are so many. Problem is they are unavailable from my library. I have a kindle budget, so am reading free books now. Not as much fun as my cozies! Ok. I’m done because the brain fog is back hahaha.

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    • Oh Luanne, I hear you!! Glad you have Perry. I’ll have to take a look and see if I can find your aprons on Pinterest. 🙂 I have a lot of brain fog too and not sleeping well. Thanks for taking a minute to stop by. Maybe you can get a nap. That’s where I’m headed in a few. 4.5 hrs was just not enough. Our library hasn’t been open in months. Good thing I have plenty to hold me over. Called the cable company and renegotiated my bill to have more money for books. Told them there was nothing but reruns so why was I paying prime rates. Now I can buy more books. 😉 Get some rest and keep taking those breaks. It will get much better soon. Hugs ((( )))

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  14. Good to hear from you Marlene and sorry that you are feeling Covid fatigue. I think there are many in it. Love the garden!

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    • Thanks so much, Maja. I thought it was just laziness. 😉 I haven’t read blogs in weeks either so I’m working on catching up. Summer saps my energy anyway but this adds a whole new dimension to it. We have too many stupid people here. It starts at the top and works it’s way down.;( Stay well and happy.

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  15. I had a good laugh at your mystery potatoes, and your daughter’s hand embroidery is absolutely stunning. She’s a natural – must have got her creative genes from you.
    Covid fatigue is definitely a Thing. Everyone has different circumstances to deal with and adjust to, so no judgements from me about how other people respond or what they do or think about it all. I just try and get through each day managing my anxiety as best I can. I hope you stay well, glad your daughter is with you xxx

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    • Thanks for the visit, Jill. I’m glad you had a good laugh over the potatoes. I think I threw one in the dirt to compost but low and behold, I have more. 😉 I do pretty well most of the time but heat, poor sleep due to heat and I’m a basket case without a functioning brain. 😉 Most people think I’m that way all the time. 😉 There is a lot of anxiety with this. People are losing jobs and homes as well as loved ones. To stay upbeat seems out of place amid all the catastrophe but we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I’m very grateful my daughter was living with me when this started and she is working from home. Hope the job holds out for her. She will always have a place here though no matter what. Hope things are getting better on your end. Know you are being thought about with the best wishes for health and happiness. Hugs, ((( )))

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  16. You have no idea Marlene.. Just how lovely it is to see this beautiful post with your daughters embroidery along with your own.. Of Course that is potatoes… Why didn’t I spot that…. Just must not have been in my radar at the time.. Those potatoes look great by the way as does your hydrangea.. .
    Hubby propagates takes cuttings each year to grow on. and we were able to donate two huge pots of them around two foot high to my daughters elderly neighbour who is 90, who still gets about..

    My daughter has started helping do her garden, keeping it tidy and she was reminiscing about how she loved the flowers of the Hydrangeas .. As two of her huge pots had nothing in them any more..
    So when my daughter told us of her wish to get some Hydrangeas We donated a pink and red one…
    She passed a message back, thanking us along with the bunch of sweet peas we gave our daughter to give her… Saying she loves them… And sits by her window and and on her patio admiring their flowers… The old lady only recently was allowed back from Spain after being locked down their for months when she went over to visit her in Spain before all this started.. That is when my daughter began keeping her garden tidy … 🙂

    Love your blue one’s Marlene..
    Such a lovely post Marlene… Keep that sense of Humour…. We need to hang onto it.. ❤
    Lots of love my friend ❤

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    • Thanks so much, Sue. All of you inspired me to write. I don’t know how to propagate them but could look it up. My daughter is so happy with the outcome. I got her started and she’s really taken off. If we are watching TV, we are doing handwork. Your daughter was so kind to keep her neighbors plants alive while she was gone. I threw a potato in the planter to compost. Guess it didn’t. 😉 Without a sense of humor, you have next to nothing. It’s vital. Now for a nap. 🙂 🙂

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  17. Hey Marlene! Fatigue. That’s the exact word I’ve been feeling, too. While I am working, it’s different. There are no hugs or handshakes. I try to be expressive with my eyes since that is what people see!

    We have started to get together with a couple of friends at a time. And, we are fortunate that our kids and grandkids live here. Our yard and garden have been a haven.

    Honestly, I have not blogged since October. So, both blogs sit silent at this time. And, actually I’m ok with that. I stay connected and use my words more on my social media.

    Last weekend, we spent time at Crescent lake. I paddled my kayak many miles. It felt good, the water, fresh air and sun.

    Take care my friend! I enjoy seeing your posts. It’s a way to stay connected. 🙏🏻

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    • Thanks so much, Missy. I wondered why I hadn’t heard from you. I may not post often but still like to hear from people. I get my daily walk and work in the yard till it gets too warm but go nowhere. Sorry to hear you understand the fatigue. I’m sure going to a job helps keep the isolation at bay. Keep enjoying the outdoors. I’m a bit envious. 😉 Take care and stay well. Hugs.

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  18. Hey Marlene, happy summer days. Too bad about the heat ! We’re in week two of very hot weather. I suppose after a whole month of rain, we were due. But I’m a true blue northern girl and hide inside when it’s warmer than 23 C.
    That plant, Albizia, is giant! Did you just plant that when you moved in? Last weekend, I got the reciprocating saw out and chip chopped a 1/2 dead tree from our front yard. Jim was out for a bike ride and was a bit surprised when he got back. Now I have to get the stump removed.
    I must be a weirdo, I’m loving being at home, crafting, gardening and whatever I want. But I sure do miss hugging friends. We’re still all connected on-line but it’s not the same. Hang in there, enjoy the days you have momentum and relish the days you don’t with one of your many books. Cheers Vonderfrau! xK

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    • Thanks for the visit, Kelly. I’ve missed you. I do not do heat!!!! Winter is my friend. I too love being inside working on projects but in the summer, someone has to do the yard work. That be me.;) I can see you now chopping down the dead tree. 🙂 I rented a stump grinder the first year I was here for a tree we took out of the front yard. Roots were growing under the house and driveway. Planted something less invasive instead.
      The Albizia tree was planted by my son about 3 years ago and really needs to come out. I had no idea it would get so big, they can get over 20′ tall and take over everything. He saw them in Hawaii and fell in love. I’m thinking it needs to come out soon before it takes over both homes. I do miss hugging my friends too. Friends in assisted living I can’t go see or friends in hospital we can’t visit. This is really hard for so many. I’m happy to hear you are both doing well and staying well. Lots of love and hugs, sweetie.

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  19. I can usually eke out just enough energy to do the work that I’m being paid to do every day and maybe a load of laundry, possibly cook dinner, but that’s it. My knitting has slowed considerably. We have a “date night” once a week and get takeout from one of the nicer places close to us, but other than trying some new recipes that’s about it for our adventures.

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    • I agree with you that it”s probably enough to manage right now. I even stopped reading blogs because it took more energy than I had. This thing is trying all of us in one way or another and the fatigue is wearing. You have a double dose. At least you have Lancelot to buffer some of isolation fatigue. I have my daughter. She’s a hermit and working in her room all day but we can have a few passing moments and that helps. She does most of the cooking too. 😉 Keep hanging in there. I know how hard it is.

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  20. Hey, I’m so glad you got potatoes! That’s really neat. I’ve been gardening like crazy and that’s where I have most social exposure. I’m still working, so I have things to do every day, but…man sometimes I feel like I’m on a rudderless boat. I’ve been working on creating more structure, getting more exercise, and doing more meditating. It helps when I keep at it! But we do need to give ourselves a bit of break during this.

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    • I was so happy to see those tiny potatoes! I can see you have been gardening like crazy! Wow! I don’t know how you do it and still work. I like the phrase of ‘a rudderless boat’. Sometimes I feel like I’m going in circles and getting little accomplished. We have RAIN today! I’m so excited about it. Today is an inside morning to get things done here. Don’t you feel you are being pulled in too many directions sometimes. Even with isolation, I’m still flitting from one thing to another. Thanks for stopping by and I’m going to check now and see why I’m not getting your posts. Gardening is meditation. 😉

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      • What I find is that I’m not doing much at all–that things fall by the wayside (other than the gardening, which is likely keeping me sane). That’s why I’m trying to be more scheduled and deliberate. Ugh. It wasn’t bad at first–just a relief from having to go and do things, but now, it would be nice to have meals with other people or have people over…It could be a while. Stay well and safe and sane!

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      • I hear you. I miss inviting neighbors in for a visit. Safe I can do. Sane is questionable. 😉

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  21. Yes, I’m certainly feeling the fatigue. I’m counting my blessings, though, that I have my wonderful husband and two cats to share this journey with me. And thank God for Zoom!

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    • I thought many would be feeling it so I thought I’d give us a place to share. We are all trying to find ways to re energize when we are feeling a bit drained. This is mostly to know we aren’t alone in this. It’s perfectly normal.Thanks for joining the conversation.

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  22. You say what so many of us are feeling. You always seem to do that well, Marlene. Your plants are truly beautiful, and your sewing is, too. That in itself is a joyous thing. I seem to feel lost, some days I’m fine, and other days I swirl round and round, never really going anywhere. I have met up with fellow teachers. We stay outside and at a distance. Now that August is here, I feel I must see friends at least once before school begins (we still have no idea what all that will be). So, I have made a date with each friend to visit outdoors. It has made me put one foot in front of the other. I hate the uncertainty of school. I can’t plan anything yet. Schools are worried that if they reopen another wave of Covid will happen. So, I take one day at a time and stop to see the beauty, like the sky and the birds. Hubby and I too a drive through the back roads of Vermont, which was delightful (blog post soon). Museums have opened, and that has been a great joy. I must get cracking on writing. One day at a time, Marlene. My best to you!!

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    • Thanks so much for the visit, Jennie. I worked outside in the front yard yesterday since it was nicely cool and cloudy. As I worked, neighbors walked by and stopped for a chat at a 6 ft. distance. I didn’t get a lot of work done but the whole day was lighter. You are wise to connect with other teachers and friends outdoors. It’s all we have left and if enough people would just do that simple thing, we could be done with this in short order. It’s interesting how our routines being upset drain us. One day at a time is all we can do. Hang in there. Keeping good thoughts.

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      • I am so conditioned to routine, too. It really does upset the apple cart when things change so much. Those visits outdoors are mood lifters. You had that today. Honestly, it doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. An hour with a friend or neighbor does wonders. The difference is that I am making an effort to make sure it happens. Like you said, it’s all we have left right now. Hang in there, too. Stay outdoors. Smile and wave at people. Yes, I’m working to keep good thoughts. Thank you for being a good friend, Marlene. I love our talks. 🙂

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  23. What a lovely post, Marlene! I received your card this morning and it really brightened my day. I quickly looked to see if you had posted and sure enough there you were! Twice blessed in one day. My “fatigue” feels a little less and my step a little lighter. It is so nice to have letters, blogs, friends, phone calls, and any contact we can to keep us all moving in a more positive direction. Thanks for your encouragement. 💙

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    • You definitely inspired me as you can see. That lethargy has been predominant among many around me here and on my blog. Making lots of changes to help bring me up and out of it. Glad to hear the card got there. I received one from another friend today and it does help so much so I’m going to keep doing that. Thank you so much. You think your card was a small thing. It turned into a big thing. I have another post ready for tomorrow since I’ve been so inspired. 😉

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  24. Your mystery plant potatoes look so good, Marlene! All gone by now probably but still. 😄 And that hydrangea is enormous and so pretty! I understand that it needs trimming but I kind of love it this way, all wild and exuberant. 😄
    Thanks for linking your post up with mine – it’s so sad and yet helpful to know that it’s not just heat lethargy that’s bothering us all but Covid Fatigue (perfect name btw). I feel that we need to speak up so we’re not burried by it and hope that our posts will help people to express themselves in a similar way.
    Your daughter’s embroidery is so beautiful! That’s a wonderful new creative hobby she has found for herself and I love her uplifting messages.
    And kudos to you for taking the heat pump all apart yourself! I hope it works again? It’s become very hot here too these last days but the worse part is that the nights don’t cool down. The only thing I feel up to is reading and eating cookies (again 😉). Glad you share these passions too. 😁
    Sending you a big hug! ❤

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    • Reading and eating cookies sounds like a great plan to me. That was just a fan I took all apart. The heat pump I left to the professionals. Took 2 of them to get the job done. The lack of AC in Europe is the one thing that keeps me away. On my 2 visits back to Germany, I would buy a fan somewhere at the first opportunity and drag it from hotel to hotel until our last night. The first one we mailed to friends in Badsooden/Allendorf, the second trip we left it in our last hotel room for the staff or hotel. Our older friends never used the fan we mailed them. I cannot sleep in a hot room. I am delighted daughter has loved doing the embroidery. Something to share. She is very good at this. Stay cool somehow, Sarah. Thinking of you always. Hugs.

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      • Yes, there’s not much AC to be found in Germany though this is about to change thanks to global warming I think. Even I did give in two years ago and bought a fan! LOL! But you’d be guaranteed to find AC in south of Europe like Spain and Italy. I admit I almost never used it when on holidays there, I tend to get a cold because of it. And even the fan hasn’t been in action these last hot days because I can’t read when it’s on as my eyes start to complain! LOL!
        thinking of you too! ❤

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  25. Covid fatigue is very real and experienced by many of us. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Marlene! But you must keep on blogging – I look forward to your posts (even if I don’t always get to them right on time – Covid fatigue!). I LOVE hydrangeas and have never heard of these mini – ones. I’ve off to see if we can find some around here!

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    • I’m not sure if it’s a mini. Just a new plant but the flowers are very different. It’s not happy where it is so I will move it before first frost. Not blogging lasted until Jan inspired me with the “Covid Fatigue” phrase. It explained everything, I’m sorry if you are feeling it too. My daughter is immune. She loves being locked in her room without people around. Hermits are very different from us social butterflies. 😉

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  26. What a beautiful garden you have Marlene, love your name by the way! AND your needlework, brings lovely memories back of being with my grandma who loved to spend time making beautiful works of art❤️ Yes we are all feeling the weariness now as we find ourselves amidst this great shift in consciousness. The trick is to rest a lot, be in nature, drink lots of water and do a few things you love. Our whole body is actually physically transforming and this takes a toll. I believe many of us have slowed down on the blogging front, putting ourselves first❤️ take care, Much love Barbara x

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Barbara. I love having things to do with my hands that keep my mind in a meditative state. Gardening and sewing by hand or machine keeps the mind focused and still. Walking 5 or 6 days a week brings oxygen to the lungs and the brain working better. You are right about this being a time of transformation. The uncertainty of how the transformation will play out IS exhausting and it does explain the fatigue. Glad to hear there is a good reason for it. Thank you for stopping by and do keep taking care of yourself as well.

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  27. Somehow I missed this post, Marlene. I loved seeing your pretty garden once again, and was reminded of the fun we had together just a few short years ago. Covid Fatigue is a great term. I’ve got it in spades. Sleep is fitful, compounded recently by our unsettling weather and the fires.

    I’m happy to see so much embroidery, both from you and your daughter. Busy hands sooth one’s soul. I’m glad you are back to blogging. So many hear enjoy your voice. Love and a hug xo

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    • The Fatigue causes us to miss many things and we just have to forgive ourselves and move on. I’m barely productive these days. I remember only too well waiting for evacuation orders. Packing cars and trying to follow taillights in the dark to anywhere there was no fire. Those shelters have a lot be desired. You can’t sleep in there and you can’t bring your pets. Daughter slept in her truck with the dog and a pistol. Terrifying. We are being hammered by so much until the majority GETS it. I’ve had nights in the last 2 weeks that I did NOT sleep at all. You can’t function like that. Keep taking care of yourself. Hugs all around. Hope Sharon is doing well too.

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      • Marlene, I can’t imagine what you went through. Were you living in Arizona when you evacuated? Or was it SoCal. The shelters are surely worse now with all the COVID protocals in place. Can you imagine?

        It’s cruel expecting people to abandon and animal. I understand the challenges, but surely they can create a kennel short-term.

        I’m with you on this lack of sleep. I’m taking naps, waking up too eary, having trouble getting to sleep, etc., etc. It’s exhausting. I hope we can both get some regualar sleep soon. xo

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      • I think fall with less daylight and cooler temps may help our sleep. The evacuation happened in Arizona. It was the Rodeo/Chedeski fire. in June 2002. I can’t imagine it now with Covid. I’m more frightened of fire though.

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