life during the pandemic

Day 3135: Having people over

For the first time since the world got Covid-19 (including me, in March 2020), we’re having people over today.

Yesterday, Michael brought the table and chairs up from the basement and put them out on the deck he recently redid.

I’m nervous and happy at the same time. I feel very out of practice.

I wonder if any of my images for the day will help me prepare for having people over.

The people I’m having over today love the Daily Bitch, and this is the first time they’ll be seeing her in person. (She’s also great on ZOOM.)

This is what I find on YouTube when I search for “having people over.”

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This showed up, too:

What are your thoughts and feelings about having people over?

As always, I’m grateful to be having you over here, now.

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Day 3134: Mindfulness over 50

Mindfulness — staying in the moment as much as you can — is healing, no matter how old you are.

Yesterday, over-50 me was mindful of people I love and the beauty around me.

I am mindful that today is National Mutt Day, but I’m still going to look for a shelter cat.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “mindfulness over 50.”

I’ll be mindful of any comments you leave, below.

Thanks to all who contribute to my daily mindfulness here, including YOU!

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Day 3131: Witnessing

As a therapist, I am constantly witnessing people’s pain, progress, traumatic experiences, growth, despair, and hope.

These days, I am also witnessing the stories and performances of Olympic athletes, who spend so much of their lives in the pain and promise of preparing for the games. In addition, yesterday I spent several hours witnessing the agony and bravery of the four Capitol Police Officers who were part of the very thin blue line between a violent mob and the members of the U.S. Congress on January 6.

While witnessing pain can cause second hand trauma, I cannot turn away, nor do I want to.

I think our best chance for survival is to commit to witnessing each other’s pain, as well as the pain of other species throughout this planet.

Yesterday, during a heavy day of witnessing, I was witnessed on Twitter posting this:

I appreciate, more than I can say, your witnessing that and all my other images for today.

After witnessing that shrine of candles on my walk for several days, I am now witnessing the loss of Carlos Soto-Mendez, age 23.

When I search YouTube for “witnessing,” I find this

… and this:

I look forward to witnessing your comments, below.

Heartfelt thanks to all who are witnessing, here and now, including YOU.

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Day 3130: Predicting the future

I haven’t looked at the news yet, but I’m predicting that much of it involves people predicting the future.

We humans specialize in predicting the future, especially when the present is uncomfortable and confusing.

When I’m predicting the future, I’m usually catastrophizing — assuming the worst case scenario. I do that to prepare myself, but that prevents me from being in the moment — which actually helps me to prepare better for what’s coming.

Two of my tweets yesterday were about predicting the future.

I was predicting that those tweets would be much more popular than they were. I couldn’t predict that this tweet would be MUCH more popular:

As always, I’m terrible at predicting the future. However, I predict that I’ll keep trying to do it.

Certain things are easy to predict, like my sharing images every day in this blog.

I wouldn’t have predicted that the Daily Bitch would be so non-bitchy today! Maybe that’s because it’s “National Love is Kind” Day.

I’m predicting that I’ll find something interesting on YouTube if I search for “predicting the future.”

Here’s a song from Donald Fagen about predicting the future:

I’m predicting that some of you will comment on this blog and some of you won’t.

If you predicted that I would end this post with gratitude, you are correct!

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Day 3129: Be a Good Human

Yesterday, while I was trying to be a good human on National Ice Cream Sundae Day, I saw this in our old neighborhood of Belmont:

It struck me that the sellers of those signs believed that I would be a good human, because their outdoor display depended entirely on the honor system.

What do you think it takes to be a good human? Do you see any evidence of that in my other images from yesterday?

On National All or Nothing Day, here’s a great song about how to be a good human from the musical “Catch Me If You Can.”

Because I’m a good human, I’m also going to share the wonderful dancing from “Don’t Break the Rules.

I try to be a good human every day by expressing my thanks and appreciation for all good humans everywhere, including YOU!

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Day 3128: When you look around you, what do you see?

Yesterday, as I was looking around me, I posted this on Twitter:

As I expected, the answers to my question opened up new and wonderful windows for me to look through.

Here’s what I saw when I looked around me yesterday:

When you look around you, what do you see? I’ll look for your comments later.

I looked around YouTube and saw this:

When I look around me, I see and feel gratitude, so thanks to everyone who helps me see more and more each day, including you!

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Day 3125: A year ago today

A year ago today, we said goodbye to our amazing kitty Oscar, who was a wonderful presence in our lives and in this daily blog.

Oscar — who was chosen by my son Aaron from a shelter after a long search — was a loving and chill creature who was always RIGHT there, and we miss him very much.

Unlike Aaron, I usually choose shelter cats who are shy and scared, because I think they are less likely to get adopted. Case in point: our kitty Harley.

Now that my year of mourning Oscar is over, I’d like to get another shelter animal that won’t make Harley’s life a complete misery. We’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here are my images for July 22, 2021.

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While I don’t love the way my voice sounds in this 2014 video where I’m singing along to Pat Metheny’s “Third Wind” (in the bathroom for the acoustics!), this shows how loyal and present Oscar always was, so I’m sharing this today.

And here’s a much older video that Aaron made — “Graduation Cat” — which again demonstrates Oscar’s sweet and patient nature.

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I’m grateful for all the years we had with Oscar, and thanks to all who are here with me on this precious day, including YOU.

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Day 3121: Appearances

It appears that most people have many thoughts and feelings about appearances.

Here are some quotes about appearances currently appearing on-line:

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What kinds of appearances do you notice in my images for today?

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It appears that many of us are trying to figure out the importance of appearances.

Also, I have no idea what the appearance of this General Mills slogan (appearing at our local supermarket) means.

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Here is what appears on YouTube when I search for “appearances”:

I look forward to the appearances of your comments about this post, below.

Appearances may be deceiving, but please believe all appearances of my sincere gratitude for those who help me blog every day, including YOU.

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Day 3120: What day is it?

Many people tell me they have trouble keeping track of what day it is, especially since March 2020.

I hope this helps:

Today is also the first anniversary of American Statesman and Civil Rights Activist John Lewis’s death. And it’s the birthday of Angela Merkle, Phoebe Snow, Peter Schickele, etc.

July 17, 2021 is also just another day when I share new images with you.

How are you going to celebrate July 17, 2021?

I’m going to share this song that always cheers me up, no matter what day it is.

Thanks to all who are sharing this day with me, including YOU.

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Day 3118: How are you going to celebrate this precious day?

As I tell people in therapy, it helps to celebrate whatever you can, especially these days.

How are you going to celebrate this precious day?

As usual, I’m going to start celebrating this day by blogging and sharing images with you.

I’m also going to celebrate this day by putting my phone down after I finish this blog post.

Here is Kool & the Gang celebrating a precious day in 2011:

As always, I celebrate each day by expressing gratitude to YOU.

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