Siege Diaries 5/22/2021

Today’s Daily Stoic writing prompt:  Can I be a good person, right here, right now?

I can certainly follow my moral compass on the correct path–as I strive to do every single day of my life.  It’s taken me years to learn that, while there are certain instinctive actions that I should take without giving it a second thought–such as practicing kindness and empathy–complex issues require more thought, more understanding of perspectives, more understanding of my own blind spots, and the like.

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Extended long weekend, day 2

Shopper’s Drug Mart run this morning.  They’ve started giving COVID shots there. (Today’s case count was below 1800, with Hamilton dropping below 100, which is a positive sign.)   I mailed off my scroll and the birthday card for Aunt Connie and picked up Coke and various other pharmacy things.  I then spent some time copy editing two chapters of the CWH book.

Today’s big event was driving down to the Niagara Falls area to pick up Betty’s takeout.  I took back roads all the way there–first, driving along Ridge Rd along the Escarpment edge, and then down to Hwy 20–although I took a quick detour when the bridge over the Welland Canal was up due to (I assume) a passing ship.  There was a little bit of cranking up the Shostakovich 11th symphony’s second movement so loud that it made the car vibrate, the closest thing I know to being physically part of the music without playing it.  (That only lasts for a couple of minutes).   The Niagara region is so gorgeous this time of year, and although it wasn’t bright sunlight, the brightness of all the young green leaves and the trees in flower made up for it.  And Betty’s had strawberry rhubarb pie!

A quick stop at my friend’s house right around the corner to collect my precious treasure–three pints of Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, brought back from a business trip to the States.  I think the last time I had it was at least two months before the lockdown, maybe more.

After eating my tasty turkey dinner, it was Court time.  The Internet today has been OK–so no need to attend from my phone.  I officially turned over the office of Lawspeaker, and just finished up handing over the credentials to the email account.  It gave me a few feels to see someone else swear the most unique oath I’ve ever sworn.  I feel like I did what I set out to do in the office, even when it wasn’t easy to do so–but that’s what I signed up for.

We just got back from an evening walk.  Since we’re not wanting to be far away in case our ISP calls with a last-minute earlier appointment during the day, we didn’t walk at all earlier today.  Tonight was a 50 minute stroll–but we discovered a new section of trail we’d never seen before.   Sections of that area were so thick with dandelion fluff that it resembled snow.

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Tomorrow:  Mucking out the stables…I mean, closets.

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