It's been over 3 months since I've posted a blog. I think about it often but have just not done it. Seems there's a lot of that going on in my home these days. I am deeply disturbed by what's going on in our country these days, especially when it all began here in my home town of Minneapolis. While talking to my oldest daughter one day a couple months ago I said "I just wish everyone could just get along." OH MOTHER, her voice dripping with sarcasm, that's what you have always wanted. I guess I see that as a positive thing - a world where people can talk things over and work things out with some sort of balance between parties.
But then it isn't even happening in my own neighborhood. I've lived in this house for 38 year, my next door neighbor was here when we moved in. For the first many years she had a fence along her property lines which my boys and their friends occasionally got in trouble over because their ball would go into her yard and the only way they knew to get inside her back yard was over the fence. But that's pretty much the only time I ever saw her - when she was scolding my sons. The fence came down at least 10 years ago and all was fine. Until the summer of Covid. It seems being alone in her home 24/7 is not good for her. Two weeks ago she grabbed on to the riding lawn mower while my husband was mowing - and he drives that thing like he drives a car: focused and fast. She said he was mowing on her property and she wanted him to stop - REALLY??? After he mowed her whole yard for her for years, after he went over to her home to help her mother off the floor a number of times while she was away working, after he leaf blows her yard every single fall.
She's been reseeding her back yard for years now - every spring she starts by raking the heck out of the yard and then putting down more seed and watering daily. She walks around her yard for hours hunting weeds to be pulled out of the grass. She stands on her deck looking out over her newly groomed grass. I guess she's afraid that our lawn mower may leave behind some weed seeds - there definitely is a lot of weeds in our yard. It's about 1/2 acre of yard, we can't afford to hire someone to take care of it and it's really too much for us to do by ourselves. I try. I pull weeds every day. And I have grass seed too that I will start planting in the early fall.
So now she's not talking to us - over grass! I guess that's the way of things.
I have found myself not hating this stay-at-home thing as much as most. I absolutely love being at home every day and Daisy loves it too. But I do find that the more I don't go anywhere, the more I don't want to go anywhere. My husband went to a gallery opening at the Art Center where he works - the first one since all this began. He invited me to go with. Do I have to wear a mask, I asked. The answer was yes. Well, that cinched it for me. I will wear my mask when I shop - which is down to maybe twice a month now. I started back to the gym as soon as they opened in mid-June. We don't have to wear masks while we are exercising but as of Saturday, per our Governor's mandate, we will have to wear one when we arrive and any other time in the building.
Prevail is a new book by Susie Larson, a Christian author who lives right here in the Twin Cities. I so enjoy her writing style - I also get a daily devotion from her by email and so often it's just what I needed to hear that day. The definition of prevail is to prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious. I have been lucky enough to be on her book launch team and while the book isn't going to be released until September 1st, I should be getting an advanced copy next week. I'm thrilled about that.
If you are interested in learning more about Susie Larson or her books (every one I've read has been excellent and has helped me through some rough times - in particular my knee surgery when I was pretty sure I'd never not be in pain again!), more info is available at
I will let you know my thoughts once I've read the book. Another Bible Study I'm working on right now is titled "It's Not Suppose to be This Way" by Lysa Terkeurst. Can you see the theme of where my mind is these days!
I hope you are all safe, healthy and happy. Have a wonderful Sunday!