Life Without Distractions

It’s nice isn’t it…all this checking in with friends and family…”Are you all right?”  So far so good.  One friend wrote that she was looking forward to the week ahead without distractions and this caused me to think of my typical life…FULL of distractions.  It sometimes seems hard to get stuff done there are so many distractions…so now life lived at a different pace as we await disaster.  Our son works for FEMA in hurricane relief on St.Croix (USVI) and this moment seems to me very like waiting for a slow moving hurricane.  Will it overwhelm us or just ruffle our feathers?  Of course, I make my own distractions and here’s what today looked like.

Everyday we do the Spelling Bee in the NYTimes and we’ve come to believe we must “genius” everyday…

and today I attained the genius rank before I was out of bed finally for the day…the panagram (the word that uses ALL the letters) was “ARTFULLY”

the rest of the day looked like this…drawing of course…

working on the spring placemats…

the dining room table residency…

water the plants…

do some weeding…

check the one year laurel hedge growth…

admire the garden…

go out and take a drive…

Starbuck’s is still dispensing coffee and cheer…

head to Minto Park…whaaat?  …everybody had the same idea…

let’s go check the cherry blossoms…

pay the bills, write a blurb for the garden tour and then settle in…

Stay safe, keep in touch.

 

13 Comments

  1. Exactly Bonnie. I grew up in Iowa and SD where blizzards day on end made you become creative. I drew, painted, wrote stories, sledded, read many books in my mom’s library, arranged and rearranged my room, sewed, baked with mom. Can still smell her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Life is short, be creative, enjoy. I so enjoy your posts Bonnie. You have captured it perfectly. ?

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  2. Biggest down side here is that our lovely bakery closed yesterday for the duration and the Rose theatre will close tomorrow. We enjoyed the National Theatre performance telecast of Cyrano de Bergerac at the Rose this morning. I may have to bake some bread myself.

  3. Had a lovely chilly walk by the river today, and checked some things off my to-do list. Solved a printer problem with some help. Saw “Casablanca” shown in our building’s TV circuit, which was a treat. Nice dinner conversation. I like to see your how day was . With love, Helen

  4. Dear Bonnie: I love, love, love this letter: The pictures of the cherry blossoms—being, appropriately, observed by tourists brandishing face masks; your reference to Spelling Bee—(I’ve vanquished alcohol, cigarettes, and other obnoxious habits that shall go unspecified, but for months now I’ve been addicted to this game. I, too, discovered “artfully,” so I must be a lot smarter than I look.)

    Most of all, I delighted in your upbeat commentary. Jeff’s and my lives, as the lives of everyone else we know, have been upended; still, we’re experiencing new pleasures: Fewer distractions; fewer deadlines; binge watching Schitt’s Creek; solitary romps in the near-by Reservation with my pooches. (I may even break-down and do some de-cluttering, although so far I’ve resisted this novel undertaking.)

    Love to you, Roger, and all your little ships a-bobbing in the sea.

    Lisa

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    1. the economy is tanking, we have a sobering new look at world-wide illness and a president who seems to not know who the administration is, but from my sunny back room all I can see is the garden. I’m calm because I still have 36 rolls of toilet paper. love to you and Jeff

  5. Hi Bonnie, I was just lamenting my old ratty place mats and thinking I needed to buy new ones, but you have inspired me to make some myself. That is a great shut in project, and reading of course. Did I ever tell you that an old blog post of yours got me hooked on the Maisie Dobbs series? Aren’t books wonderful? With our imaginations we can go anywhere. Have a great day!

    1. Still grateful for our conversation in the Print study room years ago so I can follow you on bike rides, see what you’re reading, and…most importantly of all…learn that my computer can be fixed!!!!

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