Strategies That Calm the Mind
Happiness usually finds my fingers on the keys of a computer. These days it is a little hard to settle down to sitting at the desk. It helps to keep busy when millions are being infected with the virus and thousands and thousands are dying. Yesterday was the decision day. It is time to write a blog. Since we are not on the road much these days, this blog will share our paths to avoiding insanity in an unmanaged pandemic.
Nature can be a Haven
Our backyard is filled with trees and a pond. Feeding the fish is a joy! Last year while we were on vacation, some greedy animal stole all of our fish. The fish had been with us for over 20 years. Early in the Spring of 2020, Tom purchased seven fish. We did not realize how much a fish could cost. They promptly hid from us. Now we know why! They had lots of babies. We are not sure how many small fish we have now, but it is around 20. Only three big fish show their faces to us. Where are they? in the maternity ward?
Camping is a way of enjoying Nature. It is an escape from concrete, naughty neighbors, and cleaning the house. In a previous blog, we shared our experiences at Two Harbors, Minnesota. Today I would like to add another chapter.
Camp in the Open Air
From Two Harbors you can explore Lake Superior and the small towns and parks along the lake. But, you can also go north to the Boundary Waters and Ely. We took trips all the way up to Grand Marais. Because the border was closed, we did not make it to Thunder Bay.
Grand Marais is a tourist Makkah. Here are a few interesting pics.
Black Beach was teeming with tourists. Here are a couple of pictures.
Tettegouche State Park
Tom and I did not want to brave the crowds to visit the main Tettegouche State Park and falls. We were so surprised to see so many people. So we took a back road and hiked down a couple of hills to Illgen Falls near Silver Bay. It was much quieter.
Get Out and Bicycle your way to Freedom from the Virus!
Tom loves to ride and you will find most campers towing bicycles, boats, kayaks, or off road vehicles. There is something about feeling the wind in your face. Below was a family of bikers. I loved seeing all the different sizes of bikes.
Back at the Campground
Weather is not always perfect but when it storms, it gives you the opportunity to do something else.
Beauty Surrounds you when you Camp!
Staying at Home is not so Easy
After our excursion to Two Harbors, we found ourselves at home. There were no concerts, no real shopping because the stores were empty, no dining out, no social activities whatsoever. So we punted!
We continued upgrading and uplifting our home. Besides Tom’s guitar painted bright yellow, we have painted walls in the family room, the entry way, Tom’s office, a couple of walls in the hearth room, both entry doors, and begun to change our decor to reflect our Florida life. What fun! The only problem is that everything you purchase has to found online. Below are a couple of examples of change.
Since we are not dining out as much as we normally would, we are trying to learn how to cook new items. Below is my first Cranberry and Wild Rice bread. One of my new favorites is a German hearty bread with about seven different seeds and nuts. It is a meal in itself.
Breathe in Fresh Air
Below is a pic of our pond and waterfall. In the evening we watch deer, foxes, ground squirrels, sometimes large rodents, raccoons, and opossums. Occasionally we see Eagles, Turkey Vultures, and other birds of prey. The list is too long.
Hillary is our protector and leader. She is standing guard and sends greetings and hopes that all will be safe.
As always, this post is copyrighted by Marla J. Selvidge with Thomas C. Hemling (some of the time).