We were so excited to visit the petting zoo at the Lakeview library. It has been a couple of years since they had it (stupid pandemic) and we were both looking forward to it. Of course the rabbits are the favorites but all the animals were fun and full of personality. Unfortunately I did not get a photo of the alpaca but it was very soft and had a cute face.
In the library Emma submitted her first twenty books for the summer reading program and received a free book and family passes to the Oakland zoo. It was a happy surprise to receive the zoo passes. maiki and I were just discussing a visit and noted I could rent a wheel chair or we could take a shuttle tour. I love the Oakland zoo and am looking forward to visiting with maiki for their first time.
It has been almost six months with long covid and mostly I feel the same. I am still taking Claritin D every day, tired with fatigue, feel achy, have daily fevers/chills, experience shortness of breath and racing heart beat. I feel rather worn out.
I am fortunate we don’t have a very big house. I was recently thinking about how if my bed was far away from everyone I would feel lonely. But our apartment is small and I am cared for every moment by maiki and Emma. Being in the midst of all the action keeps my spirits up.
Today is the summer solstice. Already I have taken Emma to the community pool 3 times. It really wears me out but swimming on warm days is what summer is all about. I get in the water to cool off but am aware of not exerting myself too much.
Knitting club has also resumed at our local library and we go every thursday afternoon. So far I managed to do both activities with rest days in between. We have also been reading lots of books together which is lovely.
Some weekends we visit the gardens or the redwoods on a day I have energy. Last weekend we celebrated our friend Gene’s birthday and had the best time.
walking around town
personal ice cream
farmers market flowers
play date with a friend
garden egg hunts
latest read aloud
made in art class
favorite library reading spot
bright colored blooms cheering me up
sushi picnic lunch
Clover and her new broom from the bonsai garden
To Be Hopeful in Bad Times
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn
We visited the UC Botanical gardens with Gene and it was a magical spring afternoon. The newts and lizards were out and easily visible. I enjoy the process of wandering and then pausing to rest. I feel more present in the environment and I can access how much energy my body has to continue on.
The last time we visited was in 2018.