Conversation And Ultimate Coffee

Meditations in MotionHello and welcome to the May edition of The Ultimate Coffee Date with Coco from Running With Perseverance and Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner, where we dish over coffee (or tea, if that is your preference) about all things running (and some non-running topics too).

If we were having coffee, I would tell you about the difficulty our clients from Meals on Wheels are having adjusting to new rules and protocols put in place since the Coronavirus crisis.

Meditations in Motion

Bill and I volunteer for our local Meals on Wheels. He is the driver and I deliver the food.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, rather than handing meals to the recipients, clients are instructed to leave a cooler on their front porch, which volunteers wearing gloves and masks place their meals into.

Some of the people on our route looked forward each day to our interactions. I may have been the only human contact they had that day.

One client in particular, Gloria, a 95-year-old woman with a brilliant smile and a wicked sense of humor, liked to talk. When I delivered Gloria’s meal, my husband would jokingly ask me if he should take a nap while I went in. I never spent less than 10 minutes delivering her meal.

Most of our clients followed instructions and put the coolers out on their porches but a few refused to forego that human interaction, quite a quandary for me. I don’t want to disappoint them but I also don’t want to endanger myself, them, and all the clients after them in the delivery chain.

I finally decided to place the meals directly on the porch, ring the doorbell, and run back to the car if they didn’t have a cooler outside.

When I visited Gloria, I saw her standing at her door and my heart sank. I thought she expected me to come inside and visit like we usually did. Then I saw the cooler sitting on her porch.

She motioned for me to put the food in her cooler, and we had our usual chat, she on one side of her glass storm door and me on the other.

New rules, new ways of interacting.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you I really enjoyed some socially distanced hikes we have taken with our grandsons and son. Zoom calls are nice but not a substitute for seeing them in person.

We go to lightly-traveled paths, stay at least six feet apart, and explore. The boys either ride their bikes or travel on foot. The little guy likes to challenge me to races along the way. He always wins.

One of our favorite activities is throwing stuff (stones, sticks, etc.) in the river we hike beside.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you about my other grandson and the three chickens he is now raising, quite a responsibility for a four-year-old.

His father told me he named his chicks “Eyeball“, “Butt“, and “Fart“, which I thought was pretty typical for a four-year-old boy, but I was subsequently given updated information; those are their surnames.

Their full names are “Arthur Eyeball“, “Mountain Goat Butt“, and “Chupacabra Fart“.

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Finally, if we were having coffee, I would tell you that as the weekend approaches I am getting more excited and more nervous about the big adventure I hope to undertake.

A group of friends is doing the same thing at the same time as me but we will not be physically together. We will stay in contact and encourage each other along the way.

I am hoping I can convince the hubs to do this with me, but if I can’t I will do it alone. He is not quite as crazy as I, so he may opt out.

I hope to have an amazing experience to describe for you next week.

Thank you for joining me for our Coffee Date. See you again at the beginning of June for more coffee and conversation.

 

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84 comments

  1. Your grandson sounds heaven!!! I hope you can get to see them in real soon… I love that you still got to see Gloria…
    Enjoy your real coffee and weekend and adventure….
    Love, light and glitter

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  2. I have been thinking of the elderly or folks who are home bound even in β€œnormal” times. It must be difficult for them to understand what is happening. I am fortunate that my elderly mother lives in the first floor apartment just below my husband and I.

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    • Yes, I think it is difficult for them to understand what is going on. A lot of them don’t have computer access, I am sure. Oh, how nice for your mom to live so close to you. And good for you too!

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  3. I hear you, Laurie. My mom has been very confused about the new Meals guidelines … she puts a roasting pan or a bucket on the table outside the door for delivery.

    This is a terrifying time for those who are elderly. If things are confusing and upsetting and disorienting for us, they’ve got it 10x worse.

    In praise for those who faithfully deliver meals, who care for the daily needs of those we love.

    Thank you, friend …

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    • Yes, it must be confusing and scary for those who are elderly or housebound. I am sure most of my clients don’t have internet access. Thank you, Linda. Praying for your mom.

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  4. Thank you for the coffee πŸ˜€ it must be so difficult knowing that for people like Gloria ( who sounds brilliant!) you are their main social interaction. I’m glad you found a way to have a little chat with her. Love the names of the chickens LOL!

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  5. So glad that Gloria found a way to interact with you. My mom is beyond bored, although she is actually exercising a lot more now so that’s a silver lining.

    I am trying to figure out what you guys are doing. Climbing a mountain? I just can’t even imagine something bold & crazy right now, I guess that says something about me.

    Chickens ARE a lot of responsibility for a 4 year old! Glad you are able to hike with your grandsons.

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    • Gloria likes to interact with people. She will find a way. She actually has bladder cancer but she is still cheerful and perky as ever! I wish it was something as bold as climbing a mountain. It is just some goofy social media virtual challenge.

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  6. My father-in-law has been self-isolating since the end of March. We call him to check in and bring him food. He’s such a positive person and no matter what, he’s always happy to hear from us. He doesn’t want to get off the phone though!

    Good luck this weekend!

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  7. I am very excited to hear about this weekend’s adventure! As the weeks have gone by, we’re spending more in person time with family and neighbors. It’s easy to keep distance.

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  8. When we used to throw things in the rivers, we’d play Pooh Sticks if there was a bridge to stand on. What a great memory–and I”m wondering if boys EVER really do outgrown their love of bathroom humor and crazy, insulting names??

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    • Oh, yes. I had forgotten about Pooh sticks! We will have to do that next time. I haven’t seen any evidence of boys outgrowing potty humor and my oldest is in his 40s! πŸ™‚

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  9. Back when I was home (and not working outside the house), I volunteered with Meals on Wheels, too. I’d take our youngest (who still wasn’t yet in school) with me. I agree…a lot of the people would be waiting by the door, as if I was their only connection to the outside world. It was awkward being polite and chatting, but then finding a tactful way to get on my way LOL

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    • Good for you for setting such a good example for your youngest. I have taken my grandsons with me on occasion. The little one is excited and chatty but the older one gets bored. It IS difficult to leave sometimes! πŸ™‚

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  10. Aw, chatting through the glass door sounds like a good compromise. We’ve visited my Mom once a week and chatted across her yard. Seeing her in person makes such a difference. Your adventure sounds intriguing!

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    • I’m sure your mom looks forward to your visits. Talking to someone in person is so much better than over the phone or even zooming. I’m nervous and excited about this weekend!

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  11. I am so glad to share my coffee time this morning with you, Laurie! Meals on Wheels is a gift to so many and I am sure you have blessed all of your clients, especially Gloria. We don’t realize how hard a time this is for many who are lonely. And I so agree with you, in person visits with our grandchildren – even from a distance – are the best right now. Just the mere sight of them fills my heart with such love and gratitude. I am looking forward to reading about your adventure. Be safe in all you do!

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    • Thank you for stopping by for coffee, Joanne. I think I get more benefit out of volunteering for Meals on Wheels than the clients do. Gloria is a ton of fun to talk with! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. The Meals on Wheels story breaks my heart 😦 While I’m super glad that the program is still able to run and deliver meals, I know that many of the recipients like the social aspect of the meal drop off. Thank you so much for continuing to do this very important volunteering!

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  13. I love that you all volunteer for meals on wheels such an important service.I feel bad for the elderly people who are having such little human contact right now. Sounds like you really help to brighten their day. Have fun on your adventure can’t wait to hear all about it

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  14. I cannot wait for more details on this adventure!

    It’s been hard for my parents to stay away from their grandson. We miss the heck out of them, and we appreciate some socially distant visits we have put together. My mom works in an assisted living facility, so that’s been a little scary.

    I am sure your Meals on Wheels clients appreciate you soooo much. You are doing amazing things for them.

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  15. What a wonderful thing for you and your husband to do, volunteering. The older people must be so glad of seeing someone.
    It sounds like you have had some lovely time with your grandsons. Well done to one of them for raising chickens. I love the names. hehehe
    Have a great weekend x

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    • Thank you, Kim. We enjoy doing Meals on Wheels. The elderly and shut-in clients are so appreciative of just a little bit of our time. The grandson who named the chickens is quite a character!

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  16. Oh I can imagine it is hard having to socially distance when delivering meals on wheels to your clients but I’m glad that leaving teh coolers out is helping you to continue delivering them. How lovely to enjoy socially distanced hikes with your grandsons. The names that your other grandson gave to his chickens made me chuckle. Brilliant. Hope you are keeping well. #WotW

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  17. O Gosh, just reading that last line “See you in June” makes me wonder “Where did this year go already”?
    That is so nice that you volunteer for meals on wheels. I was actually just thinking about those people this week. Did you read my post last year about how I found a check at the park where I was running that was made out to meals on wheels? Someone paid, and their check got lost. I am so glad I found it and returned it to the right person so they got their meals. Good luck with your adventure!

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    • I know – where did the year go? No, I didn’t read that post. I am going back to find it now. I am sure whoever wrote the check was very appreciative an honest person like you found it!

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  18. That’s so nice of you to volunteer for Meals on Wheels. I’ll bet Gloria loves your visits! Most original chick names ever! Haha! Can’t wait to hear more about your adventure!

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  19. I’m glad Gloria got to “connect” with you through the glass door. I love that you volunteer for Meals on Wheels – I think it can be easy to forget how isolated some people are during these stay at home orders.

    And yay for social distance hiking – must be hard to not be able to hug your grandkids. Those chicks names are just priceless πŸ˜‰

    Looking forward to hearing more about your adventure!

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  20. We have a squirrel who regularly visits us for nuts and grapes. Her name is Tootnit… trust me when I say boys never outgrow naming animals immaturely.

    Good luck on whatever adventure you have planned!

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  21. Laurie – I think of you every time I see the “Meals on Wheels” guy going down Pagel Avenue – he has a van and two dogs that bark their heads off each stop he makes, more so when they see me (you’d think they’d know me by now) but no, they do not. Those are pretty high-falutin’ names for those chickens, a far cry from the original just-ordinary names chosen. πŸ™‚ I wish you luck in your adventure … we all need a change from the ordinary.

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    • I guess you will have to start carrying some kind of treats in your pockets for the dogs too. Then you can feed squirrels, birds, AND dogs when you are out! πŸ™‚ Bill and I saw so many squirrels this morning when we were out for our run. One of them had a scrawny tail – like a chipmunk. I was wondering what you would name him. Scrawny? Chip?

      The grandson who named those chickens is a character. Just like his daddy!

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      • Yes, that is an idea Laurie – in fact maybe I should do that in case I run into any dogs along the way. There is a house, and I’ll have to go there and get a picture of this tin flip-up canister they had nailed to a board or a tree and they put dog cookies in the metal canister, like Milk Bone biscuits. They have a sign that says “help yourself” and I’ve seen people stop there and reach in and get one while walking their dog.

        I will be walking in the neighborhoods again for a while. Yesterday I went to the Park, took my camera to get gosling shots – that was a big deal for me as I’ve resisted for a month using the camera except for the Easter cookie shots. When I left the Park a police officer was there, not letting people in and the Mayor closed all our parks yesterday. I have written a post about it that will publish tomorrow morning … I did that this afternoon as I took a ton of pictures, some to use in this post and the others for Mother’s Day weekend. I am not happy about it – so will resort to walking in the hood and taking some photos of things I used to take shots of back before Council Point Park. Not only does it impact me but I fed the squirrels and birds so I feel sick about them having to forage on their own – the landscape is not ready for foraging yet, no berries or soft pine cones for a while – hopefully they remember where they put their nuts. They may be looking scrawny, tail or otherwise, like your chipmunk. I like that “Scrawny” for a name – I still have not ever seen a chipmunk.

        Well, that is funny your grandson calling the chickens those names … my friend posts videos on her Facebook page that are cute stories from “The Dodo” – I saw this chicken video recently, so just went on YouTube to search for it. You’ll have to share this link with your son and grandson about this cute video about this chick.

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      • That canister of dog treats is such a good idea! Very generous. My dog Benji now turns his nose up at Milk Bones. He wants a better treat than that! Often something involving peanut butter, which he loves.

        I’m glad you took some pictures in the park while you could! I am behind (obviously) reading and responding to comments, but you know I will read your new post soon. I got caught up in my project this weekend, but that’s over now.

        Thank you for the link. I will share it with my son!

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      • I’ll take a picture of it the first sunny day I’m in that area Laurie. I hope I can remember what street it was as I see it when I’m not looking for it – it is a large corner house and they have no grass on the front lawn, just ground cover. I searched my blog and I mentioned it but no picture or mention of the cross streets. I took very few pictures the first few years of my blog. I was not at Reader all day yesterday and didn’t finish up Saturday either – it will be dire straits for me. I had to catch up on some e-mail tonight because it is too late by the time I finish here.

        My neighbor’s little dog loved the peanut butter bones from Petco – they were almost as big as he was. I just looked for them and didn’t find them. I used to get him one every time I bought canary food/treats for my bird at Petco. It kept him quiet the rest of the day!

        You’re welcome for the cute chicken-is-a-rooster video – it is a fun story and they’ll get a kick out of it for sure.

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      • I should slather peanut butter on the Milk Bones we have for Benji. Maybe he would eat them then. we got him some new soft chews for treats but first, we have to use up the Milk Bones. I passed along the video. I am sure they will appreciate it! πŸ™‚

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      • Yes, try that Laurie. Gee, I can’t resist anything with peanut butter on it. Those bones were flat and peanut-butter flavored and my neighbor said Woody went crazy for them.

        Years ago, we had some leftover cocktail rye and pumpernickel party breads that you buy at the holidays and got stale. It was very cold out and my mom felt sorry for the outside critters. My mom and I and our neighbor always fed the squirrel(s) (mostly one big Fox Squirrel) and the birds. So my mom made some peanut butter sandwiches with the small breads for the squirrels. I went out the next day and found the squirrel(s) licked all the peanut butter off and threw the bread around the yard. Apparently the birds were not interested in the bread either – that was the last time for being thoughtful of Sammy, the resident squirrel. We went back to strictly peanuts.

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      • Ha! So funny! The squirrels were not interested in the bread, just the peanut butter. If you had thrown out only bread, they probably would have eaten it. That’s how Benji is – he will eat the Milk Bones if he thinks nothing better is in store. If he gets the idea there is other, better stuff in the offering, he spits out the bones. He is spoiled. My fault!

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      • That’s funny and we do spoil our pets (even the squirrels). I read sometimes how you should give squirrels other food to keep them healthy, so I’ve taken apples and pumpkins to the Park, put out baby carrots for the squirrels – nope, they leave them and go for peanuts. It’s okay to spoil out pets – they give us some happiness. I spoiled my canary silly – the vet said I was a helicopter pet mom as every time I took him for checkups or nail trims, he’d be wrapped up like he was going to the North Pole. I’d fret over him and the last 18 months or so, he started hyperventilating in the vet’s office and when he came home he would stand in a corner and star at it – I trusted the vet who was an avian specialist and had good rapport with Buddy when we had a regular checkup, but nail trims, he was whisked away into another room. I never knew if something happened there, but even with extra treats before a vet visit and after, he was just in an almost state of shock. My two canaries loved toast or bagels. That was their favorite treat and I split a piece or a bagel slice every night. I had to hold my hand over it until it cooled off and both of them would sit and watch me like a hawk until they could attack it to eat it!

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      • Awww…poor Buddy! The vet gave us a sedative to give Benji (just a half a pill) before we bring him down to have his nails trimmed. He didn’t want to have to wrestle him in order to trim his nails. So funny about the toast!

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      • That’s a good idea for Benji – the last few times they gave Buddy oxygen in the waiting room as he was hyperventilating. Scared me to death – a tiny canary on oxygen! Yes, they both loved their toast and bagels – the bagel took longer to cool off as they were shiny on top. I used the big part of the bagel – kept him out of trouble for awhile but he was impatient for it to cool off and was dancing around it so I had to splay my fingers over it to keep him away. πŸ™‚

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      • Yes, he was so cute Laurie. He’d put his foot onto my finger, trying to get at it and I’d keep shooing him away. I had to take the phone off the hook so it would not ring and someone thought it odd I wasn’t home and keep calling back. πŸ™‚

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  22. I can only imagine how much those who live alone ache for a personal connection. It has to be so hard to not be able to give them the attention that you normally do. However, kudos to Gloria for finding a way to chat without compromising anyone.

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    • I agree with you – Bill and I have reminded each other several times how lucky we are to have someone to go through this crisis with. I can’t even imagine the isolation those who live alone must be feeling now.

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  23. That’s so nice of you all! ❀ Thank you for all that you do! I'm glad you were still able to speak with Gloria! :]

    This weekend is my first free weekend in almost 2 months, so I'm super looking forward to hopefully doing a socially distanced hike!

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  24. Enjoyed our coffee & tea chat Laurie! How lovely you got to spend time face to face with your grandchildren!
    I’m hoping to do the same next weekend with some of our CoVid restrictions lifting πŸ˜€
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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    • It was wonderful seeing my grandchildren in person. Zooming is good, but it is no subsittute for the real thing. I hope you get to see yours next weekend, Jennifer! Blessings to you.

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      • I love that you volunteer for meals on wheels. That is something I would enjoy if I weren’t struggling with my own kinds of handicap. Walking on 2 prosthetic legs without hands, I have no doubts that I would stumble and deliver more meals on the ground than to those who truly needed it, haha. I enjoyed our coffee chat. I’ll have to come back.

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  25. What a nice almost coffee break, although for the record, I had tea. I like your compromise with walking with your grandsons. Must be hard to keep to, but still safe. Gloria had obviously thought it through and could keep the elements of your visit that she enjoyed most. I worry about those isolating alone. Must be challenging. Looking forward to hearing about your new adventure. #wotw

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    • It IS hard to refrain from hugging my grandsons, especially the little one. There are only a limited number of years before hugging your grandmother becomes decidedly uncool! πŸ™‚

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  26. What a brilliant service the meals on wheels is β€” and it is so lovely to think that you meet such great people along the way, Laurie. Love the β€” typical β€” little boy names for the chicks! #WotW

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  27. Oh, I can’t wait to hear all about what great adventure you have up your sleeve! How wonderful that you’re seeing your grandsons even if you have to stay six feet apart. Those are funny chick names – typical little boy!

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  28. I hope all goes well with the big adventure. Well done with managing the meals on wheels and social distancing, it must be hard to leave and not stay for what you know is the only contact with another that a lot of people have. Thank you for joining in with #pocolo and hope to see you back later this week

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