April 4, 2020

Pre and Post-Pandemic

Wanted: wilderness hermitage (like this one in the valley behind my home).


Pre-Pandemic

- watch sun rise
- make and enjoy good food
- don’t believe the oligarchs and their politicians
- cherish the company of my life partner
- commune with Nature
- fight The Man
- sit quietly, do nothing
- keep my constant friend, Death, away a while longer
- watch sun set


Post-Pandemic

- watch sun rise
- make and enjoy good food
- don’t believe the oligarchs and their politicians
- cherish the company of my life partner
- commune with Nature
- fight The Man
- sit quietly, do nothing
- keep my constant friend, Death, away a while longer
- watch sun set


9 comments:

  1. Elaine England2:51 PM

    Thank you for this blog keeping me sane in these dark times. Enforced lock down. I am allowed out one hour a day local for exercise. Or a food shop when needed.
    Thank goodness the sun will shine soon and it is fine to do nothing and sit in the garden. Cook a nice meal.
    People who have never thought this way of life would ever happen to them are going stir crazy.
    Anxious about job loss and money.
    It all happened so quickly to the whole world.
    Your blog had me prepared months ago.
    Not saying it is easy but I have been given insight into simple living as a choice before it became compulsory.
    Thank you again.

    Elaine.

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    1. That is such good news. Congratulations on some excellent decision making - you did that part on your own, and should be commended. Now here we are, compulsory simplicity. Perfect.

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  2. Anonymous3:14 PM

    That's an interesting little house. Is it abandoned? Have you ever explored inside of it?

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    1. I do believe it is abandoned, having never seen any human there, or any sign of human occupancy. It is on the other side of a good sized brook, with no easy way to cross over, so no, I have never indulged my curiosity to see what the inside is like. I would like to see, and get some pics, someday.

      It was probably someones "camp", as they call them here. Just a simple wilderness retreat to get away from it all.

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    2. Anonymous12:05 AM

      Looks like a quaint little haven.

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  3. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Hi,

    That's a beautiful picture - so tranquil. Simple living forever. The libraries are shut so I had to buy some books, I brought Addiction by Design and Ulysses.
    Peace,
    Alex

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    1. Nice. Enjoy some quiet reading time.

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  4. I am loving this down time. My daughters have been urging me to work virtually for a couple years now--all it took was a pandemic (and them threatening to lock me in a closet) to make me do it. I moved all the books on my shelf that I had purchased but not yet read to one location, along with several I have been intending to reread. Eating well because I have the time both to prepare and to sit down instead of eating on the run. The picture reminds me of the house where I lived the first seven years of my life. Loved it. Home of my heart.

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  5. Anonymous6:08 PM

    This cottage reminds me of a place we like to visit in Washington state, near the Canandian border. Heavenly.
    Thanks to Gregg and Linda and all NBAers - what a beacon of sanity and peace in turbulent times. I don't mind being in my home at all - in fact, I love it. I have my partner and dog and we are all safe and healthy. I've just decided to stop participating in Instagram (I was becoming much too reliant on it) and we put in a new front perennial garden today. Since we already live simply and below our means (comfortably), we are used to cooking all our food. We are eating one take out meal per week to support our wonderful local restaurants. And we are taking daily walks, in addition to our normal daily exercise. SO many neighbors are out every day walking - I suspect with home cooking and exercise outdoors, many people are healthier during this period than they were going into it. My hope is that everyone remembers that it is okay to slow down and live more simply. Peace, Erin

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