Welcome to Candacisms!
Welcome to Candacisms!
This is a journal of my happy and serendipitous life with my husband, Justin, and my collection of personal ruminations on a variety of topics, starting with Earth Day 2020.
Wednesday was the 50th celebration of Earth Day since it started in 1970. We have spent the past few years on the coast, trying to make every day Earth Day. The two of us walking with our dogs up and down the beach picking up trash. This year because of my health and COVID-19 we are still in S.E. Idaho and it’s looking like we may be here for the summer. I’ve been planning to start a garden and had I planned a little better I would have spent Earth Day gardening.
However, it’s early spring in Idaho. The weather, unpredictable, it has snowed here two or three times in the last two weeks and thankfully has melted away as fast as it arrived. Thanks to the snow, and not being able to go to the store, I have been unsuccessful in purchasing the seeds and starts for the vegetables I want to plant.
Instead of spending my Earth Day outdoors I celebrated by staying inside browsing the internet for seeds and garden design ideas, ironic, right?
Lost in thought, and distracted, like everyone else. COVID-19 is on my mind in some form most of my waking hours. It’s hard to focus on the things that bring me joy — excluding coffee — which always brings me some amount of joy. Both my reading and art has taken a dive. I’m also starting to feel like if I can’t get this virus off my mind I may not complete my reading goal of 100 books for the year.
Having to stay home isn’t the issue for us, Justin and I both work from home already. My health issues and treatments had me “social distancing” out of concern of catching the flu or infection that would cause issues for me, now including this novel coronavirus. To be honest, it’s not just the virus that concerns me, but people.
On Tuesday Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick said “there are things more important than living,” and I am struggling to understand what “things” are more important than life? I asked a friend of mine what she thought he might have meant by that statement. Her response was “… money”. What good is money or any possession if you aren’t alive? Life must come first. Then a means to secure the necessities of life second everything else follows.
This is not political for me, being mostly apolitical myself. My feeling is that instead of fighting each other, and protesting, we should find ways to help and support each other, filling the world with kindness. Kindness towards each other and every living creature and plant that inhabit this beautiful and amazing planet with us.
“It’s not that we’re afraid, far from it, it’s just that we’ve got this thing about death… It’s not us!”
The one thing that can distract me from the anxieties of the world today… Jurassic Park/World. That’s right… dinosaurs. I can’t get enough of them. I even have my own Fan t-shirt.
What do I have planned for after my jurassic adventures? Maybe a trip or two across the Galaxy…
“So long, and thanks for all the fish!”
– The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Follow at your own risk: it might get a little nerdy and weird some days.