Reading Blog: Crawdads and Admiring Nature

Today I made good headway in reading ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’. I was supposed to read this for my book club meeting this week, but a notice came out today that due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Hunterdon County libraries will be closed until the end of the month. I’ll definitely have time to finish the story between now and the next meeting! So far, I love how the story alternates between a murder mystery and describing the life of a young girl living in the marshlands of North Carolina.

Aside from reading, I made myself busy around the house (the usual cleaning and laundry, tending my plants). I also went outside briefly to appreciate nature. While I was outside, I admired viewing the daffodils and the budding trees in the front yard. I love being surrounded by the signs of Spring!

In this period of uncertainty and social distancing, it’s important for us to stay connected with one another. Wishing a smooth, minimally-stressful time for everyone!

May 22, 2018

Since my left ankle is recovering from a sprain, I spent today at home. I’ve been icing and heating the area around my ankle since Thursday, but it still felt uncomfortable moving around. My doctor visit earlier today went well: my ankle is recovering the way it should be. She also monitored my glucose levels and made sure I needed to take care of what I needed for my insulin. I’ll still put ice and heat on my foot shortly. The recovery takes time, and I don’t want to make a move to jeopardize it.

My left side has surely taken a beating this past year! My left hand is taped up due to the tendinitis, and I’m wearing an air cast on my left leg in order for the ankle to heal. As disheartening as it is to view my ‘flawed’ left side, I know that the additions to my body are only temporary. I very much look forward to walking freely, without the air cast. And be very cautious about my next time when it falls asleep!

I did capture a moment of beauty today: when I came home from the doctor, it was pouring. As I got out of the car, I noticed one of the many pine trees at the house carrying many baby cones. I just had to take a picture: the beauty of raindrops surrounding many baby pine cones sprouting from a branch. So precious to capture small moments in life.

March 11, 2018: Sunday Meditations

Today wrapped up the Pre-Cana weekend conference for me and Andy. We were both very pleased with the presentations, and relieved that the conference ended in the early afternoon hours. Now that we completed the Pre-Cana, it’s time to begin thinking about our wedding…and I have so much to figure out! I’m always told that the first thing to take care of is the reception venue, but I need to figure out where to hold the ceremony. The only thing I’m sure of right now is that I would like to have it at a church, and I would love my immediate family to be there.

After Andy and I arrived back home, we took a short walk around the neighborhood. Since the Daylight Savings change took place last night, we had extra time outside before sunset. IT felt exhilarating to take our walk after 6pm! Although the trees still haven’t bloomed, it was amazing to watch nature still coated with a blanket of snow, with deer wandering the neighborhood. I very much look forward to taking late afternoon walks in the weeks ahead.

March 4, 2018: Weekend Drive

After brunch and running errands this afternoon, Andy and I went for a drive through Hunterdon and Somerset County. It was such a nice, sunny afternoon, so we wanted to enjoy the scenery before we picked up groceries. What began as taking random turns in Flemington turned into viewing wonderful fields and farmland sights (This photo features the Raritan River Greenway). I never get tired of watching farmland and open space. Since people are so consumed with buying up land for real estate, I hold a deep appreciation for areas that seemingly hold little.

Now we’re back home, and I’m readying myself for another week. It will be another busy one, with deadlines on the horizon, yet I’ll have good memories of the engagement gathering, my niece, and my poetry community carrying me through the week.