Yesterday’s writing was so easy and fluid. The SoCS directions are to write using a stream of consciousness. It was easy because I didn’t have to give a lot of thought to what I wanted to say. So today I had a strange day already and random thoughts popped in my mind. I decided I wanted to go with the flow and comment on what today has been like.
1. For some unknown reason I woke at 4:45 AM and could not get back to sleep. The Melatonin has made this habit disappear recently and I was not too happy that it returned. I figured I should just go with the flow and not fight it. I thought of my mom first thing this morning, and though I am sad for missing her, I am glad for the memories I hold dear.
2. (Enter Facebook) I have friends and family in different time zones, and I was gleefully met with Mother’s Day greetings early this morning. This made me smile and brought joy to my heart. I happily responded to all the sweet greetings and returned the sentiment. I tend to think I am an island until caring people reach out and I realize how many people I love. Of course, Facebook posted a reminder picture of the last Mother’s Day I had with my mom. It was a sweet visit and I was thrilled to have spent the weekend with her. I debated reposting the picture. I did so because it felt like such a joyous visit. I had no idea it would be our last Mother’s Day.
3. The dog was going crazy out back early this morning, so I went to see what was bugging her. I finally saw a creature stuck in the jacaranda tree. I was leery because we get all sorts of critters in our yard. I cautiously walked up the steps to the balcony and discovered a cat stuck in the tree branches. She/he seemed to not be able to move. I put Annie in the house and locked her in the upstairs bedroom. She could see me in the window and was anything but pleased. I slowly walked over to where the cat was stuck and calmly told her/him it would be OK and that I would help him/her get out. The neighbor’s dogs were going crazy which made my neighbor come outside to see what was going on. My spouse donned a bathrobe and I called for him to come see the cat and asked for assistance. The cat was just out of reach. My spouse went into the garage and got a large pillow to try and allow the cat to move from the tree. He/she seemed either stuck or too scared to move. As my spouse held the pillow near the cat, I gently broke off some smaller branches that the cat’s leg seemed to be trapped between. After removing a few branches, the cat moved its hind leg. I continued to talk to the cat softy and told him/her that she/he was safe to move. A few minutes later the cat stretched both legs and moved from his/her spot. Then he/she cautiously climbed down the tree and ran off. I told her softly to not return for her own safety. I went down the stairs to make sure he/she wasn’t still in the back yard before letting Annie back out. I felt such joy and happiness for the cat being OK. It was obviously why I was awake so early this morning.
4. Yesterday, while I was on the phone talking to my cousin, I saw a long train of vehicles at the high school. From my backyard I can clearly see the parking lot. I told her I thought they were doing graduation in their cars. Today on the district Facebook sight they explained what was happening. Each student, practicing social distancing, could pick up their cap and gown. Then, professional photographers took their photo and they were asked to make a statement. These will be joined for a virtual graduation at the end of the month. I am so proud of my school district for doing what they can for the graduating seniors. Most of the seniors took it upon themselves to take pictures with friends around campus. Another feel good moment for me. https://www.facebook.com/wvusd/videos/681141422719177/
5. Annie and I had a great time playing outside. It was 72 degrees with a wonderful breeze. She tired herself out so much that she jumped on the swing and wanted to rest instead of wrestle. I am so grateful for having her in my life.
6. I felt like something sweet for my solitary Mother’s Day brunch today. I am a known chocoholic. My spouse purchased the pop and cook cinnamon rolls last week, so I had a starter. I popped the container and tried to add dark chocolate morsels to the precut spirals. It was a classic disaster and I ended up with lumps. It didn’t matter and I laughed at my attempt to upcycle the rolls. Luckily, I only “altered” half of them. After removing the rolls from the toaster oven, I added more chocolate to the four lumps, along with the icing. Now, the normal me would have eaten the four chocolate mounds of cinnamon deliciousness right away. But, instead, I ate my brunch first and only had room for one. I was delighted with my restraint and the yummy warm lumps.
7. My cousin and I had another marathon call. It is not our norm to talk two days in a row. We both had things to share and she is such an important member of my tribe. There is nothing I cannot talk to her about. She is a furbaby mom and a long-time mother to her inner child. Her spiritual enlightenment is such a gift. I learn something from her every time we speak. It was fun to laugh out loud and joyful to share part of my day with her.
8. While I was listening to Melissa Ethridge’s home concert I decided to make some chocolate cake. I told myself I deserve to pamper myself today. I started getting the ingredients together and I realized I needed to get more butter from the freezer. Low and behold there were many individual brownies packaged and ready to be consumed. No need to make anything else. Portion controlled packages were waiting for me. Chocolate brownies are good for my soul.
9. ME’s wonderful concert reminded me to “dance” to the music. I spent over twenty years in agonizing foot pain before discovering acupuncture. My feet are currently at a 2 or 3 on the pain scale. I was listening to a SARK call the other night and a woman was explaining dance movement as a means of therapeutic release of stress. I have two left feet and was actually asked politely to stop coming to dance classes years ago. (I know I shall never be a dancer in the true sense of the word.) I am now trying to accept dancing, AKA just moving my body about, as a release of stress. I hesitated after one song, then told myself, no one is watching, do it for your own joy. Another win for me today.
10. While still in the kitchen I happily finished the dishes and baked some garlic for the delicious soft garlic I love to use in food. Dishes don’t usually bring me joy, but today they did. I did not feel it was a “should,” just something I felt like doing. My “should” for the day was to bring things in from quarantine in the garage. Some meds had to enter the house because they were needed. Some vegetables had to be washed and put away.
So today I talked with a loved one, I sent love to many, I received love from many, I did my “should,” I played with my dog, I rescued a cat, and I had some chocolate. I count that as a good day, even if it was in isolation.