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The Remote Life #COVID-19 #remotelife

The remote life is not so bad. Not as long as you have plenty of food, you’re not sick, none of your family are sick, your cats are healthy, and you’re able to work at home and maintain your income (alternatively, you could be retired like my husband in which case the remote life is a bit better than not-so-bad). It helps to be a homebody who doesn’t really care for traveling, to be someone who, for a long time, just wanted to stay home.

But I sense everyone else’s restlessness, the growing irritation with the shops all being closed, no restaurants or bars to hang out at, police breaking up parties, infringements on one’s individual right to move freely and congregate. What perplexes me is that, on the rare times when I do leave my neighborhood, I see a fair amount of free movement and congregating. It’s the congregating that scares me.

Some Florida beaches opened this weekend and two things happened: the beaches quickly became crowded with few if any face masks in sight, and a new hashtag was born. #FloridaMorons. My governor takes his orders from the president so Florida no doubt will go through much more heartache before (if) this is done.

I haven’t done much writing lately. I haven’t really felt like it. Who knew that spending eight hours a day on a computer working for my employer would effectively kill any desire to stay on the computer after hours and write? Honestly, I didn’t know until it happened.

People are writing, though, and if you’re one of them and you’re writing about the pandemic, then think about submitting to The Disappointed Housewife, a special place for offbeat literature. Call for submissions is here: https://thedisappointedhousewife.com/2020/04/17/call-for-pandemic-submissions/. Tell them Marie sent you.

The upside of not writing is I’ve been walking.

I see trees! They’re everywhere …

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A couple of weeks ago we went walking at one of the few nature trails opened to the public. We were initially dismayed by the number of cars parked at the entrance but, to our relief, no congregating was going on. I saw no more than three people together at one time, and we all gave each other ample space to pass, even on the narrow trails. People smiled and said hello. Imagine that.

I hadn’t been to this trail in a long while so I got a little camera-happy.

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It was exciting to see such variety of color. I love all the shades of green that a good nature trail provides, but some yellow, blue, and red is always welcome.

Although I still have a spider phobia (somewhat mitigated after thirty years in Florida), I am fascinated by the very tiny spiders that make these delicate hammock-like webs. My husband referred to this group of webs as the spider condominium.

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Best of all for me was the dragonfly that graciously rested long enough for me to get this photo.

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Nature can be accommodating when she wants to be. Especially when I’m willing to be patient.

I hope you enjoyed this walk through one of our favorite trails. I hope you are staying safe and well.

Namaste, y’all.

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

24 replies

  1. I’m glad you’re getting out and enjoying spring, Marie. We’ve had a beautiful burst of color in our backyard, and the birds are everywhere. I’m loving it! I’ve been hanging outside listening, watching and getting a lot of writing accomplished. Like you, I’m at my desk all day for the day job, so writing outside when I’m off the clock works well for me. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you, Jill, and thanks for the remainder that I can always change my setting if I want to write. In fact, I did do that this weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although the bird activity is very distracting. Even the hummers were active this morning. Yesterday I believe there were two different hummers taking turns at one feeder, although we have a second on the other side of the porch. Then this morning, one ruby throat was zipping back and forth between the feeders. Quite entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay safe and well (and enjoy the respite from your commute ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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  2. I feel very fortunate during this crisis. The people I know and love are mostly being careful and felling healthy. My older son’s family usually suffers from respiratory infection until late spring, but they have been healthy and he is able to work from home. I try not to visit the Johns Hopkins site more than once or twice a day, but I have been worried about the direction our nation is headed is not new. Mostly I am grateful.

    Grateful for a walk. Grateful to hear from people. Grateful to live with a person I love and admire. Grateful to have meaningful work. Grateful.

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    1. Indeed there’s much to be grateful for. Every time I want to complain (and that is often), I remind myself of what I can be grateful for … and I shut up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or at least limit my complaints to my husband, although he would agree: we are very fortunate.

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  3. We are fortunate to have food, shelter, jobs/income–and places to walk. I’m sorry you’re stuck with an idiot governor, and people who are foolishly going to beaches and hanging out in groups. Except for when I went to the animal ER hospital (and they gave us gloves and masks), I haven’t been anywhere. My husband has been out to do some shopping, and he dropped and picked up some things at our daughter’s that were left outside. I usually take walks early in the morning. There were some cars, but I only saw two other people walking the whole time I was out.
    Thanks for sharing your nature walk.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Merril, especially at this difficult time. I’m so glad the animal ER hospital was mindful of your need to be with Mickey. Our animal hospital has a wonderful system for “curbside” service so I’ve been able to keep their appointments and their meds up-to-date. Early morning walks sound like a wonderful way to get out a bit. โค

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  4. Thanks for the Disappointed Housewife promo, Marie! Hoping to see some interesting stuff about the pandemic.

    We were able to go on a walk on a nearby trail last week, and it was such great food for the soul. Even though the park is technically closed, we know a secret way to go in, so we nearly had the place to ourselves. Heaven!

    Good to know you guys are doin’ well in spite of your idiot governor … ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. lol … it’s amazing how reckless our state leaders are behaving. Glad to hear you all got out for a walk. Some of our parks and trails are closed, others aren’t. We all need some forest-bathing now and then.

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  5. I feel all the same ways that you have mentioned here! In our area, most are wearing masks, but the “congregating” really scares me too. We have trails in our community, and people seem to be doing well with avoiding getting too close, yet we all wave to each other. Lovely photos!

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    1. Thanks, Carla! We went for a walk today. I’ll admit we didn’t wear masks although we had them with us just in case. There were people in the park anyway and we all gave each other a lot more than six feet distance. People were friendly but personal space was respected ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay well and safe!

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  6. Thanks for the respite in the photos – looks like our gvnr is following suit with yours…according to ‘pre-announcements’ on tomorrow’s official announcement – all beaches are re-opening along with all retail stores…

    Hard to imagine, but there it is…

    Hang in there!

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    1. Our governor can do all the “reopening” he wants. I’m sticking with my current stay-at-home, social distancing routine ๐Ÿ˜‰ You, too, stay well and safe and sane ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Marie, thanks for allowing me to vicariously enjoy your walk and nature along the way. We are still under rather stiff regulations here in Oregon. And I like it that way! Like you, my husband and I have agreed that even when they say seniors can mix and mingle, we’ll likely stay home and be safe for a while. I have been getting out to do some walking to continue my strengthening from surgery, and it was going well until today–RAIN, which we really need. Thanks so much for your writing here. Always a joy to read!

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  8. What a lovely post. I’ve worked from home for years so this doesn’t really feel too different. Plus, I’m a homebody–don’t go out much. My husband and I do miss our monthly trip to Cheesecake Factory so we did curbside pickup. That was fun! I’m subscribing, Marie. You sound like my sort of person.

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    1. Thank you, Jacqui! We don’t go out much either. Since my husband retired a couple of years ago, we’ve been eating in more, partly to save money. We’ve done takeout once since we got stay-at-home orders although we would like to support our local restaurants. Now I’m a little concerned with Florida “reopening” that takeout might be a little tricky ๐Ÿ˜‰

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