Five Simple Things (May 29)


Wow, what a week! From the Coronavirus pandemic (over 100,000 deaths in the United States alone), and  a new strain of the virus. But, a few counties are able to move into Phase 2 of reopening, and now with the death of George Floyd, there's a lot of negative going on. I just don't even know where all of the negativity in the world if coming from. People are so self-absorbed and blind by other people's suffering. It's almost like people go day-to-day with blinders on and can't even see what's in front of them. Jeff said that he was at the store getting supplies and a woman he said, was literally screaming at the store manager and two officers about how they were forcing her to wear a face mask for a made up virus to control her. There's a lot to unpack with that one statement, but the main one, she's clearly not okay in her mental state. Two, stores are private property. If they required you to wear a clown costume while shopping, you damn sure better wear a clown costume. I don't think people realize that no one is forcing anyone to shop at that location and you have to abide by their rules. Same as with your house. If you wanted everyone that came to your house to remove their shoes, that is your choice to make in your own home, even if you RENT. As with the George Floyd murder, the protests here have really picked up. I agree that something needs to change. Police need to be retrained in some areas, sure, but holding your knee onto a man's upper back and neck area for over nine minutes while he is saying he can't breathe, is wrong on so many levels. I do believe that policeman (former policeman) is going to face some serious charges. I watched the video, it's heartbreaking. It's not only heartbreaking, it's disgusting. I feel bad for the bystanders having to stand there and not be able to do anything. I hope they are doing okay, too. I guess we'll see YET AGAIN, how this black man's murder plays out. It's so disheartening to know that people, put in a position to serve and protect us, take our lives and our existence so lightly. Black, Hispanic, Native, Asian, and even white... I've had my own experiences with the city police here about three summers ago. A K9 officer and another officer belittled, and bullied me over trying to get help for a neighbor's dog that had been given a large dose of pain medication (by accident). As a K9 officer for the city, this policeman proceeded to tell me, "cops don't care about animals." What a dumbass thing to say as a K9 officer. I stood in the lobby of the police department and had to listen him tell me I was a poor citizen for trying to save this poor animal and that I should be arrested. I just couldn't believe it. Only thing these two policeman did was make a law abiding citizen hate city police and not trust them ever again. I will never give my time, energy, or even respect to the city police here because of that one incident. And, that's all thanks to that one policeman and his need to feel in power by his badge. I really do hope karma gets him, but I hope it's not in a way similar to George Floyd, but with this shitty attitude, I wouldn't be surprised. Here are five things this week to help pull back some of the positives.

1. These Flowers.

They were a nice surprise from Skylar and Jeff and they really brightened up my room. It was nice this week to wake up to them sitting on my nightstand. Along with the sunshine, it makes things a bit more positive while I recover. 

2. These Yard Daises. 

It's always nice to see these yard daises. White Daises are one of my favorite flowers and while getting outside and walking around a bit this week, it was nice to see them under my feet. Summer time is definitely on its way. 

3. This Sweet Kitty.

Eleven has been following me around when I go outside to walk around, or when I get up from the bed to use the bathroom, or bathe. She's been such a sweet, protective kitty. I just love her.

4. These Tulips.

Last fall we planted tulip bulbs around the trees in front of our house and this year they bloomed. I love how all the colors are a different shade of reds or pinks. We also have daffodils planted along side the tulips and I can't wait until they have all bloomed and take over the base of the Hawthorne trees. Skylar and I started this year collecting a few blooms from the season and using the flower press to preserve them. Looking forward to having a large collection of different blooms and plants from each season.

5.  This Bag.

Grover Collaborative has some great items. I am loving these 100% recycled trash bag. We don't have a monthly subscription to them, but we do purchase from them from time to time when we run out of eco-friendly items we use on a regular basis. You can use them too by clicking here, especially during the pandemic, they have come in handy.

Positive affirmations this week: "What’s your stress level like lately?"
It's pretty leveled out this week, but when the pain from my surgery is intense I seem to be more edgy. I've noticed when I'm talked down to, or feel that people's responses to certain things aren't right, it seems to bring up stressors in me. I think a lot of that has to do with my past and how terrible I was talked to at times. But, I find ways now, as an adult, to help offset that as much as I can. Some days are more intense than others, but I try my best to pull myself out of it. 

Have a nice weekend.

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