Share Four Somethings – March

I didn’t think I would be here, in this space, writing a “Four Somethings” post at the end of March. My hubby and I had planned an overseas trip and, of course, you all know the ending of that story.

It is rescheduled for the fall, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it can actually happen in six months.

In the meantime, here I am, very pleased I get to spend some moments with you, discussing my four somethings for March.

Something Loved

Meditations in Motion

Our running club has a tradition called “First Saturdays“.

On the first Saturday of each month from November through April, we gather at a distant location (usually about an hour or two drive) and do a group trail run.

On the first Saturday in March, before our world turned upside down, we met in the parking lot of Walmart and drove to Blue Marsh Lake, where we spent two blissful hours running some of the best trails in the area.

Rocks, roots, hills, and mud abounded.

After our run, about 20 of us visited a local Irish pub for lunch and laughter.

When Bill and I returned home, a nap was in order. The two-hour run in the brisk wind wore me out. Or was it the beer I drank at the pub? I am not a good day-drinker.

We didn’t know then, but it would be the last occasion we got to spend time with our running friends for the foreseeable future.

Something Read

Meditations in Motion

Last year, my dear daughter-in-law and I discovered our mutual love for Mary Oliver’s writing.

As a result, we both got each other Mary Oliver books for Christmas. She gave me “Blue Horses“, a collection of Ms. Oliver’s poems.

I am continually amazed at the way Oliver’s words are both spare, no-nonsense, economical, and whimsical, evocative, and heartrending at the same time.

Here is one passage I especially loved:

The multiplicity of forms! The hummingbird,
the fox, the raven, the sparrow hawk, the otter,
the dragonfly, the water lily!
And on and on.
It must be a great disappointment to God
if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day.

This poem helps me remember to do my part to not disappoint God. I must allow myself to be dazzled.

Something Treasured

Meditations in Motion

This precious guy celebrated his sixth birthday on the 17th of this month. Yes, he’s our little Irishman.

He and his brother had already begun their two-week stint of no school, which recently turned into a four-week stint.

These guys are social.

They like nothing better than making new friends and playing with other children. They haven’t said anything but I imagine the new normal must be difficult for them.

When I called to wish him “Happy Birthday” I had to wait for a few moments for the birthday boy to come to the phone.

He was helping his daddy clean the house by vacuuming the dining room. One of his favorite birthday presents is a cookbook given to him by his aunt and uncle. He has already tried several of the recipes.

He is going to make some future young woman a great husband one day!

Something Ahead

Meditations in Motion

We now have three planned trips to Colorado to visit this guy. Oh, yes, his mommy and daddy will be there too, I suppose.

The airline tickets are purchased. The cars are rented. The hotel rooms are booked. (We stay in a hotel in Denver one night at the beginning and end of each visit so we don’t have to fly and do the 3.5-hour drive from Denver to Steamboat Springs in one day.)

One trip is supposed to take place at the end of April. One is at the end of July (for his birthday). One is in October.

How many of the planned visits do you believe will happen?

All of the airline tickets, rental car reservations, and hotel rooms can be canceled with no penalty, thank goodness.

I am hoping for all three trips but will be happy if we get even two. Welcome to the “new normal“!

 

I am linking up with Heather Gerwing for her β€œFour Somethings”. Thanks, Heather, for giving the opportunity to think and write about four such compelling topics.

You can find the places I link up here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68 comments

  1. Hoping you can get your trips in. I had booked a flight for my husband to visit his mom for Mother’s Day. The flight was from San Francisco to Redmond, Oregon. I just got a notice the other day that they have changed the flight. He now goes from SF to LA, waits 4 hours in LA and then goes to Redmond. Craziness. I’m waiting until it gets closer to see if they change it again.

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  2. I think all of us found ourselves in surprising situations the last few weeks. We didn’t expect grandson Nathaniel to be dumped from the dorm to the street. It was a pleasure to have him with us a week, but he’s going to his dad’s place tomorrow. Son John $pencer and Rose have found a temporary home in a more secluded place. They plan to leave tomorrow. Suddenly we will go from six people and a dog to only three people. It’s time to think about the garden again before it bursts its bounds.

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    • Oh, poor Nathaniel. I bet it was nice to have him around, if only for a week. Luckily, the grocery store where we shop also has a garden center. I can get gardening supplies there. I am itching to get started too!

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  3. You’ve reminded me here, Laurie, that plans should be made even in the face of uncertainty. And I KNOW you are anxious to see your precious grandchildren again as soon as possible. We feel the same way. But as the girls are out of school at the moment, there is no spring break. Looks like summer will be our first foray into family visits and joy returning.
    Stay safe, my friend, and may we all embrace these times, knowing God is large and in charge!

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  4. I feel ya on those trips to Denver! I was supposed to go in April to my DIL-to-be’s bridal shower, but that’s not happening. Maybe in May, but we’ll see. Hopefully you’ll be able to head out there in July, and OMG the thought of still not being able to go in October . . . well, let’s just not think about that right now πŸ™‚

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  5. Love that pretty crocus Laurie. I could reach into the screen and pluck it, and those cute grandchildren light up this post as well. I remember a green cake (somewhat messy while eating it if I recall) from last St. Paddy’s Day. I’m not a betting woman, but I will wager you visit Atti in July and October … not sure about April, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that you get to Colorado and your Morocco and Portugal trips as well.

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    • The crocuses are all done here, Linda. That photo was from a week or so ago. My grandson’s birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day. He loves cupcakes, so he often gets cupcakes with green icing for his birthday. I think the same thing about our visits to Atti, but Bill says we are going in April unless it is banned.

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      • I thought I remembered green cupcakes and icing celebrating another year older. Well I hope the trip is not banned – we’ll see how much happens in this next month Laurie. Our state is now fourth highest for Coronavirus cases/deaths – heard that this afternoon. It’s very disheartening to hear the statistics.

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      • You have a great memory! I saw Michigan was in the “red zone”. Pennsylvania is too. We are still not housebound but the county next to us is. It’s only a matter of time, I think.

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      • Thanks Laurie – I could picture that birthday post in my mind. We are still free to roam in our parks for now – in Sleeping Bear Dunes in Northern Michigan, people raided the Purell dispensers and cleaning supplies so they closed up the area – SMH. I wish this had happened in the Winter, though I was feeling pretty lucky to walk as much as I did in Winter … that statement may come back to haunt me though.

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      • That is crazy! Here in PA, they closed one natural area near me. There were just too many people there – parking illegally, bringing their dogs off-leash, and littering. So sad for the rest of us!

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      • That’s what is going to happen here as well Laurie – they taped off all the playground equipment in our City’s parks as people (adults and kids) weren’t obeying the order and climbing all over on them. So they threatened to close the parks if it continued.
        Someone always ruins it for the others!

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  6. I have never heard of Mary Oliver. I really like it when people use very few words to say something profound. It’s an incredible skill. That poem is awesome!
    I will add it to my “books to read list”. Thanks, Laurie!

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  7. This is a wonderful list of four somethings. I like your optimism about traveling, planning like it’ll happen. The photo of the little St. Patrick’s guy is a delight. He looks happy as a leprechaun.

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  8. I’m in the Mary Oliver fan club with you!
    And our hearts are also yearning toward Colorado with a new grandson scheduled to be born at the end of April, and, like you, plane tickets bought, but little certainty as to how it’s all going to turn out.
    We are blessed (I guess?) to have such glorious things to be uncertain about…?

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  9. Ah yes, the new normal. My daughter and I were supposed to be in Queenstown right now, had changed it to Cairns (Far North Queensland) when international travel looked a tad hairy and cancelled that too. I’ve taken credits on the flights & got my money back on everything else. In the great big scheme of things we can wait for our break and it’s no biggie. The people I feel sorry for are those with vulnerable parents or family members that they’re unable to visit.

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  10. Mary Oliver does really hit the nail on the head. We should be dazzled 10 times a day or more. There is still so much to appreciate and be wowed with. Here’s hoping all those trips take place. I think these times are helping us appreciate others and that we are meant to live in community.

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    • I hope all the trips take place, but I am expecting to be able to take only 1 or 2 of them. I am thankful for the community of faith bloggers, especially in these trying times. I have learned so much and gotten much encouragement from all of you!

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  11. Oh, I hope you will be able to make some of those trips anyway, Laurie. So much uncertainty right now. I was supposed to go to the beach with girlfriends at the end of April. I can’t imagine it happening now since they’ve closed the beaches until April 6. I’m sure it will be extended after that.

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    • I hope so too, Lisa but I am not going to hold my breath! πŸ™‚ Bill thinks we will do all of them, though, barring mandates against travel. I hope you get your beach trip in too!

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  12. Those are 4 wonderful things! That running club sounds like so much fun and I am so glad you got one last group outing in before everyone’s worlds turned upside down. I hope you get to make ALL of your trips!!

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  13. Great month in this upside, turn around time Laurie! Hopefully you will get your trips, time will tell πŸ˜‰

    I love that quote from Mary Oliver’s book! I was so dazzled that my next post is sharing that dazzle πŸ˜€
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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  14. It certainly has turned our normal upside down. We’re only allowed to take one form of exercise outside the property. My husband has taken to running with our dog, so he can fit a dog walk and a run in. I hope you can take at least a couple of your planned trips. I really must read some Mary Oliver. It sounds the kind of poetry that I would like. Stay safe. #wotw

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    • We are not allowed to drive anywhere except the grocery store or the doctor’s but we can run as much as we want. And I want to run a lot. I go stir crazy! I hope you like Mary Oliver. Lots of time for reading now. You stay safe too!

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  15. So sorry about your trip being cancelled. I hope you get to go on it later in the year.
    It sounds like you had a great time with your running club. It sounds like the perfect place for a run and the pub sounds like fun.
    I think it is so hard for kids being stuck at home. We’ve had the perfect weather to play out and they’ve been stuck at the garden instead of at the park. Happy birthday to the little man. I hope all of the trips aren’t cancelled. Take care x

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    • I hope so too.When I rescheduled for September, I thought I was being conservative, playing it safe. Now, I am wondering! I hope some of the trips happen too. Thanks!

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  16. Such difficult times indeed but it’s still good to look for the magic around that can dazzle us. Your little irish boy is certainly a dazzler, what a lovely boy. I hope he enjoyed his birthday in confinement (Is he your nephew?) I hope you manange some of your trips at least x

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  17. What a lovely group outing you had with your running club to look back on and hopefully it won’t be too long before you are able to be together again. This new normal does take some getting used to. I love those lines of poetry that you shared – there is so much beauty in the world to be dazzled by and it is good to be reminded of that. Being forced to slow down and stay closer to home has certainly made me appreciate the beauty in my garden more. I hope that you do manage to make all your trips. #WotW

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    • I hope we can have another get together soon too, but our county just went under a “stay at home” order. I need to get out in my garden. I could stand to be dazzled! πŸ™‚

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  18. I’m sorry about your trip being cancelled. I hope you do get to go later in the year and that you get to go to Colorado at some point too. I understand the uncertainty – I’m meant to be going on two trips, one in May and one in July, and it’s very doubtful that either of them will happen.

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  19. My oldest son was supposed to come visit in mid-April. We haven’t canceled the plane tickets yet, but it doesn’t look likely that he’ll be able to come. Thankfully we already know we can reschedule the flights for his August visit–hopefully things will be back to normal long before then. And my grandson’s sixth birthday (the event for which my oldest was coming) will have to be scaled back from what we had planned. Who knows, maybe in the years to come this birthday will be more memorable because it was different.

    I’m glad you got a good visit in with friends before everything came to a halt. I’ve not heard of Mary Oliver: I’ll have to look her up. I hope you’ll get to go to at least 2 of your trips!

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    • We just today canceled the plane tickets for our trip to Colorado in April. It just isn’t going to happen. So sad about that! I’m glad we got that last luncheon and run in too. After that weekend, everything changed.

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  20. One of the best things about a trip or a vacation or even some fun activity planned for near future is the anticipation that comes from making plans and looking forward to the special event. Such a shame that you can’t really enjoy that anticipation with so much of life in limbo right now. Glad you have tickets and reservations that be changed. Hope you won’t have to.

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    • Yes, you are so right. Anticipation and planning are a fun and important part of the whole experience. I think right now the travel industry is reeling and being very lenient with their change/cancelation rules. That’s smart and kind. We all will want to travel again and will remember who treated us right.

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