Monday, July 23, 2018

Walking The Neighborhood Walk

In an effort to maintain what little sanity we have left, we keep walking and walking and walking. Sunday was a five mile day. Still, even when we're out walking our neighborhood loop, seeing skies like this...
...with the hint of a halo and view that goes on forever, we still scream about Trump and what he is doing every freakin' time he opens his idiotic mouth. We say, "Wow aren't those clouds lovely? Did you see what that jerk said today about FISC (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court)?"
We walk on and I stop to photograph the thistle entwined in the barbed wired. It reminds me of reading the news and hearing all the stories, the things that jab us and stick us and make us cringe in pain at the insanity of the times we are living in. 

We keep on walking and see the Alpacas. They always ignore us, but we always shout hello to them...



...I also always say to them, "Beware of humans. Listen to me, beware of humans." I shout that to the cows as well. We are as crazy and stupid as you think. Did you see who the president is? 

We are seriously living in unbelievable times. Are your stress management exercises working?

46 comments:

  1. Fortunately much of what the Trump says no longer makes the News over here. Should he ever say something sensible.....
    Meanwhile take heart from the thistle that flowers and grows throughout it all - and can also prove prickly if pushed too far.

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    1. John-- Sometimes I wish I lived in England. I see the countryside there and watch british dramas on Netflix and think... that's where I belong. And now that you say our ignorant prez doesn't even make the news there, my wish grows even stronger!

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  2. We've marched and played in two parades in the past two weeks; and people told us they loved us. Except for the crazy religious people, who screamed bible verses and abuse, especially up in Bellinham. Ya, mad world...
    We are getting hit with a heat wave, so will be keeping an ice pack handy. Tends to dull the mind...

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    1. isabelita-- People screamed bible verses at you... marching in a band? That's CRAZY! What is happening in our country? It's really scaring me. Stay cool there. Heatwaves often bring fires too. Oy.

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  3. I'm reminded of the saying "these are the times we were made for." Either that makes me sound very pessimistic, or wise, or fatalistic. It is meant as a phrase of support, that we can survive and counteract the craziness. Keep on walking!

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    1. Barbara-- You made me laugh out loud. Thank for that. I like your support.

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  4. Great comparisons of "it" with different animals and situations. I'm afraid we're going to have to tough this one out.

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    1. Red-- We are going to have to tough this one out, but man... it is getting harder and harder everyday.

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  5. The alpacas look like teen-aged hippies. As for coping, I like to read escapist fantasy novels where good triumphs over evil (after long, hard fights).

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    1. CCorax-- That's so funny, I was thinking that Alpacas are probably rolling their eyes at us, we just don't see it. Yes, teen-aged hippies indeed. Reading does sound like a good diversion.

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  6. May we all keep our balance as events unfold. Just a few days ago I was feeling the kind of overwhelming emotional pain that almost always keeps me from walking or doing anything that usually brings me joy or relief, and then I found myself trusting that something inside that surprised me by saying, "Walk anyway. Practice yoga anyway. Draw anyway."

    The summer sky continues to delight here, too. Sending love.

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    1. am-- Yes, that's why we keep walking, looking around for beauty, photographing the things that remind us of peace. We all have to keep on keeping on. Thank you for the love, my friend.

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  7. I love the alpaca. I am sure they heard you! My daughter has promised me two as pets for my retirement.

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    1. Sabine-- I think Alpacas would make wonderful pets!

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  8. My stress reduction strategies are very iffy at the moment. I think long walks might be worth trying, even here in the city. Your photos are lovely.

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    1. 37paddington-- Walking helps, but I have to say it doesn't take it all away. There's only one thing that will work now: A Democratic Congress win in the midterms and a 2020 loss for you know who. So glad you liked these photos. Thank you.

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  9. robin,
    Be grateful you have roger and animals to vent to. I have to mainly internalize my anguish for except for a few like minded friends, I am living in a red state. Didn't use to be--this was the home of the Clintons when I moved here. Sigh.

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    1. Patti-- I can't imagine what it must be like to live in a red state these days. I'm glad you have some friends to vent to. We are definitely living in interesting times.

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  10. You guys sound like me. I talk to the animals all the time and warn them too. I decided to go back to work, which helps with my stress management as it keeps me busy enough to keep me from constantly checking news or social media. Still, there is no totally escaping the madness.

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    1. Oh, and those Alpacas are adorable.

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    2. Sharon-- I think work would be a good distraction from the crazy times we are living in. It's interesting for us being retired and having all the time in the world to "stay connected." We gave up cable and satellite TV four years ago and never looked back. The internet is addictive, but we try to keep a good balance. There really is no escaping the madness though. Well... unless we go and look at an Alpaca. Ah!

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  11. Sometimes I look at the dogs and think, "They have no idea what's going on in human politics, and they don't care." I wish we had the luxury.

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  12. I just had a weekend off from reality, visiting family and staying away from the news. It was a nice reprieve. It was a nice reminder that one can do that, and that there was once a time when life was "normal." I'm refreshed and ready to jump back in to the fray. Here goes.

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    1. Colette-- I'm hoping that we all have the strength and stamina to take what's going to be thrown at us. This is a true fight for this land we call our country and our planet.

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  13. Poor you. You’re stressed? You say you don’t recognize your country?

    My god, how do you think the poor souls in Yemen or Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria… or any of the umpteen countries that the US (regardless of the party affiliation of the president) has bombed into moonscapes, how do think they have been feeling for at least the past thirty years?

    Do you think you’re as stressed as the millions of Americans left behind in the neo-liberal global expansion or locked up in the private prisons that boast the highest incarceration rate in the world, do you think you’re as stressed as they’ve been since long before 2016?

    Donald Trump is probably better than this country deserves and likely better than what’s to follow when the looming/overdue) financial crisis hits.

    We’ve lived our lives in our respective bubbles and now we wait to see if they will hold until we leave this mortal coil. Pity those who will bear the full measure of the sins of their forebearers. Stress will be the least of their complaints.

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    1. Marcy-- Thank you for commenting. I appreciate your honesty even though it makes me want to scream, "Go fuck yourself." My family survived the holocaust. I get to be scared shitless and stressed out. Oh yes. I get to look at what's unfolding and wonder how the hell we're going to get out of this mess. You think an ignorant rich psychopath is the probably better than this country deserves? Seriously. Then you and I live in different countries. I fear for our planet. And yes, our country has stolen more of this planet's resources and riches more than any other, and we are spoiled brats, but if this presidency doesn't stress you out and make you fear for the future, then you and I live in different realities.

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    2. somebody is a sour puss. Yes, we, too, get to be stressed. And that doesn't lessen the stress and the horror of others' lives. I hope no one ever reacts to any of your sadness or stress in the manner you just reacted to Robins.

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    3. Tara-- Thank you for your kind and supportive words.

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  14. Hi Robin, thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. Walking is our choice too for stress relief. A forty minute walk every morning before work. I only listen to the news a couple times a day and we don’t have TV. It certainly has been a tough go for you Americans. My sympathies!❤️❤️

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    1. Cat Lover-- Thank you so much for stopping by. So good to hear from you. It has been quite a challenge these past few months here. But we're trying to walk our way to sanity while the insanity keeps unfolding. Thank you so much for your sympathies.

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  15. No matter how well we may think our stress level reducers are helping, Trump or one of his minions manages to get us riled up again. And again. We tell ourselves it does no good talking about it, but somehow we just can't help ourselves.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Today he said that Putin wants the Democrats to win in the midterms. We are living in the modern day version of 1984. Crazy beyond belief.

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    2. Not only 1984...we're also in the modern day version of Animal Farm where all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. Wonder what Orwell would think?

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    3. NCmountainwoman-- What would Orwell think? Probably "Uh-oh, I was right."

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  16. It is crazy beyond belief. I very much appreciate you and Roger taking measure of this beautiful world, along with its history, and restoring some sanity to some of what we hear. xoxoxo

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    1. kathya-- It is the only balance we know to the seriously challenging craziness of the world.

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  17. Going for a walk around here is not something I would advise at the moment as it is way too hot with the temperature well in the 30's even up to 35 on our patio, that is in the mid 80s to 90s in Fahrenheit

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    1. Bill-- I have been so surprised by the weather there. Hope it cools down a bit so you can get out there for a good walk.

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  18. I don't comment on here as often as I used to, but know what joy and peace your words bring to me, especially now that Saron rules the land. xoxo Michael and Andie

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    1. MandT-- So glad to hear from you, dear friend. We are all in this together.

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  19. Walking seems like as good a way to cope as any. Whatever gets you through the night, as the song says! (Speaking of songs, the alpacas look like '60s mop-top rock stars, like Herman's Hermits or something...)

    Seriously, this is a fearful time. You ARE taking action, with your protesting and truth-telling. It's important to make your voice heard, so bravo!

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    1. Steve-- Love your take on those Alpacas. Yes, definitely Herman's Hermits! This is a fearful time, and I think we have to see and act like we're all in this together. Better to lock arms than condescend. Thank you for your kind words.

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  20. I highly recommend a little trip down to the beach house for a little R&R. And we'll join you. Our time on Steamboat Island this week was so wonderful. No t.v., no news (tho I confess to looking at it via Facebook). The sound of the water lapping at the shore; my brother-in-law playing guitar; reading a novel and slipping into a delicious nap; eating yummy food. All sooooo very good.

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    1. Tara-- I dream of lapping oceans farther north rather than south where the clamor of crowds and cars overwhelm things. It's the best for peace of mind. So glad you had a wonderful time on Steamboat Island. It is so beautiful there. Peaceful and lovely.

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