Good Saturday to all of you from our corner of the upper Midwest where Fall is hanging on and we are enjoying it. On Monday a buck came through our yard and onTuesday we went for a drive and saw 4 eagles in a field! We watched them lift off and land a few times. So beautiful, and since God has brought eagles to my attention lately, this was extra amazing to see. Thursday we had a deer, less than a year old, staying in our backyard for a couple of hours. We were able to watch from the living room window as he resting, grazed, and wandered around without a care in the world.
I think the deer is about the only one wandering around without a care in the world right now. What is happening in our country politically, and with this pandemic that is real, people, is more than a little disturbing. In our county we have 4 floors in our hospital packed with Covid patients. Cases are going up between 60-100 daily and deaths have risen. When I told the OT that I was taking a long break right now, she said she completely understood. She did everything to keep me safe, and her other clients, too, but it is what it is. No need to put myself at risk if I don't need to.
We have been having trouble with our Internet server for years and finally this week when Joel was knocked off a Zoom meeting 6 times in an hour, we had had enough and set up Internet with the only other company in our town. What I did not realize was that my email address was connected to the account for the phone and Internet, so after 20 years with the same email address I am now scampering to change endless accounts and sign ins that use my old email address. I have until Monday if they keep it going as promised. I was more than a little frustrated when we called to cancel because the young man we talked to was very, and I mean very difficult to understand way over there in a third world country. He said to me, canceling with us is "breaking my heart", and I replied, "Well, THIS company has broken our hearts as we have worked with them for years to get descent service. It has never happened! He was quiet then.....realizing he had two frustrated people on the phone. I guess I could blame my short fuse on Covid Fatigue, but I'm thinking it is years of unstable broken Internet service.........
We have been busy this week shampooing our living area carpet/rugs, washing floors, dusting ceiling fans, and doing Spring cleaning. First of all, I use the word "we" loosely as Joel did most of this manual labor, and second of all, I am aware that Spring is long gone. We were rearranging furniture in the living room to make room for the Christmas Tree that is waiting in the basement to be brought into the light, and I mentioned making sure we had room to move around before it dawned on me............it does not matter how it is arranged or how it looks when we are the only people who will be in the room. The only people in our house. Two other people have been inside our home in the last 11 months. Seriously. That is it. Covid Fatigue is settling in, especially since this year our family was going to be coming home for Thanksgiving. That happens only every other year.... So the house is sparkling, just for us! Still, it always feels good to have a good Spring cleaning any time of the year!
We are hoping for a Zoom meeting with the family that day with our new Internet services! It is such a blessing to have such things as Zoom. I remember when we were living in The Philippines and we were able to call home one time in two years. We had to say a sentence or paragraph and then say, "roger" and then it would go across the ocean to family. We talked for 5 minutes on Christmas Eve and it cost us $40 which was quite a bit in the 70's. So hooking up on our laptop or phone so easily? A true gift.
Speaking of gifts, we are very grateful for our warm home, clean rugs and floors, Zoom, new Internet soon, a deer to distract us and eagles to amaze us. a surprise package in the mail, the power of prayer, phone calls, texts, and the love of family and friends.
Enjoy your weekend!