Heading out the door to covid-world once again

Dale Chihuly exhibit from a visit to Seattle with my daughter in 2018

No time to ponder spirituality this morning.

Off to the local hospital for routine fasting lab work after my annual physical this week.

It’s not really fun going out in public due to the rising covid numbers. It feels safer here in our little cocoon of a house in the woods. Record-breaking 6,940 new cases and 46 deaths in Michigan yesterday. Unprecedented 426 of them and seven deaths in our rural Upper Peninsula. All-time 37 new cases in our remote county alone, and one new death.

Find a mask! Out the door by 7am because, darn it, I am ready for coffee and breakfast afterward. And it’s snowing lightly…

Only one update to report. Enjoyed Presence (see yesterday’s blog post) all the way until maybe mid-afternoon. Then fell back into the world of on-and-off-again distractions. But it was a good day of connection with Spirit. I really appreciated reading the thoughts of those of you who commented.

Hope everyone stays safe, well, and connected to your shining hearts today. What and how are all of you doing today?

Day 27 of a seventy-five day journey to connect more deeply with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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39 Responses to Heading out the door to covid-world once again

  1. Reggie says:

    Good luck with the lab work, Kathy. Stay safe out there. Hugs!

    • Kathy says:

      It actually feels very safe at our local hospital, Reggie. There are temperature checks and lots of questions. Everyone wearing a mask. Probably one of the safer places to be. Thank you.

      • Reggie says:

        That’s been my experience with going to the doctors/clinics too… I’ve avoided going for normal check-ups, because I’ve been so frazzled by the pandemic, but it’s not safe to keep delaying these things either. It is comforting when they are careful too. Glad it went alright.

  2. aFrankAngle says:

    To think I just completed my comment on Presence, then Ding … this post appeared. 😉 … Good luck with your labs and stay safe. Have a good Friday.

  3. Larissa says:

    Safe travels to you! Remember that you are a walking temple of the Holy.

  4. I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy. My best friend video called me today to show me he is with our college friends on a party. I do not know if I envy him or whether I should be questioning his decision. I hope the hospital work is all okay!

    • Kathy says:

      I probably would be questioning his decision, but part of me would be wanting to be out & about, too. (Although I wouldn’t risk it.) Thanks for your good thoughts.

  5. Val Boyko says:

    Be safe, alert and kind 😍

  6. leelah saachi says:

    Thinking of you, Kathy – much love from this side of the Atlantic

    • Kathy says:

      Leelah, where do you live on the other side of the Atlantic? Don’t remember if you’ve already shared this. Thank you, dear, and heading to your blog sometime soon hopefully.

  7. Debbie says:

    Kathy, I hope everything turns out good for your labs! We in Illinois are right there with you on the alarming spike in ‘Rona cases. Our governor is warning us he might have to lock us all down again so we can get a handle on this thing. Our healthcare workers are burned out, hospitals overwhelmed, and still I see people out without masks and refusing to put their indoor gatherings on hold. Now Thanksgiving seems to be in jeopardy. Ah, no use complaining — back to a sunny window for some peace and calm!

    • Kathy says:

      My goodness, Debbie, yes, Illinois is really alarming lately. (I study virus stats way too much.) Feeling so badly for the healthcare workers and those who are putting their lives on the line. Michigan started approaching your numbers yesterday, but we’re still a little bit behind. And you are right–we must find that peace and calm in our everyday lives. And may some of it transmit out into the world. ❤

  8. Carol says:

    Good luck with your lab work. Nothing makes me more hungry than knowing I have to fast.

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, Carol. And isn’t that true about getting hungry when we’re fasting? On a funny note, my mom couldn’t understand why I didn’t fast until 11 one day and get the labs done then. Nope, not putting the body through all those hunger pains!

  9. Stacy says:

    I hope all is well with your health, Kathy!

    Don’t dwell on the numbers – you are doing what you can to protect yourself and others. Focusing on the numbers makes things worse. (At least they do for me).

    • Kathy says:

      Stacy, I am one of those strange people who like numbers. They seem to comfort me (in some strange weird way) rather than upset. Not sure why that is. It’s probably why I chose jobs working with numbers–they felt soothing. (Except when I use them as a distraction then they’re no fun anymore.) Talk soon!

  10. dawnkinster says:

    Hope all the lab work comes out good! Raining here, no snow. Yet. BUt it’s so cold! We got spoiled with all that warm weather last week. Anyway…stay safe, stay away from COVID while you’re out and about, and stay warm in your cozy little house in the woods when you get back home.

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, thank you. Yes, we were spoiled with that warm weather! And then how quickly it changes… It’s supposed to rain tonight and then turn to snow tomorrow, but luckily only an inch. The deer hunters are all around now, too, so will have to take my “last walk” for a week or so while they’re still gun-happy.

  11. I hope so too Dawnkinster… Kathy nice work you’re putting out there keep up the good work and stay safe always

  12. Awwh, the annul labs and physical. Mine are due in February. I hope all goes well for you this year and that you are very healthy. I understand your concern about covid. It is not to be taken lightly and like it or not, we must leave our cocoon to take care of ourselves and other pressing matters.

    I cancelled several MD appointments that I felt I could get by with out and kept only my cardiology appointments. I am not quite as fearful of covid as in the beginning since there is a scientific consensus of how it is transmitted and that wearing a mask, hand washing, and distancing- in combination are best the defenses .

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, yep, sometimes we need to leave our cocoons and take care of ourselves. I’ve put off this physical for most of the year, but needed to take care of it now. Glad you’re not experiencing as much fear as before. You are right that there is more of a consensus now and we know how to try and protect ourselves. I don’t feel much fear (just occasionally it appears, especially when people we know in our community are getting it). Mostly just caution and noticing a preference to be at home.

  13. Hope your trip to the hospital for routine fasting lab work was uneventful and that your coffee and breakfast afterward were thoroughly enjoyed! So much to think about before we go anywhere these days.

    • Kathy says:

      It all was quite uneventful, Barbara, thank you. Except my coffee and breakfast involved a quick trip into the gas station for an egg sandwich and coffee. We are avoiding restaurants these days, but I did need to get gas. You are right about so much to think about these days.

  14. Shirley says:

    Hey Kathy! I just wanted to reach out to say I really enjoy reading your posts on your blog. I’ve been following for quite some time now. I hope you’re being safe!
    (Also wanted to ask really quick how you garnered good following on WordPress. I’ve been writing for a little over a year on my personal blog (mostly fiction) and I’ve experience no growth whatsoever. I could really do with some guidance, please)

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, Shirley, for being a long-term follower of this blog. Hopefully all of us–and you too–will stay safe during this covid time. As for getting a good following on WordPress, that can be very challenging. (Don’t look at the “follower” button on pages like mine. It says between 5-6,000 but that is not accurate at all. I probably have 100-200 people who are actually followers and that’s after ten years of blogging, and not everyone visits every day, for sure.) Reading and commenting on other people’s blogs is actually the best way to establish blogging relations with followers. You follow and comment on their pages, and they will (sometimes) read and comment back. I am not sure how it would work for fiction. You would have to track down and read others who write fiction, comment or like, and see if they keep coming back. Hope this is helpful for you!

      • Shirley says:

        Thank you for responding! And thanks for being honest. I try not to look at follower count, but it can be discouraging to take time coming up with an idea, writing it in a compelling enough manner to attract an audience, and STILL have little to no feedback. As a budding writer, I really depend on constructive feedback from my audience to improve my art. So when they don’t engage, I get a little emotional. It also doesn’t help that I only have 5 “followers”. But I appreciate the reassuring words!

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