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Today was good

Thursday, March 26, 2020

One of the ways we stay connected on Spark is by blogging. Topics I blog about are fitness, weight, or what’s on my mind at the moment.

When I think back over unsettling changes in the last several years, the first seemed personal, the second mainly affected the part of Japan to the north of us and disrupted our lives in Tokyo for only some months before it faded into the background. Now this, which affects all of us all over the world.

Here in Tokyo we’ve been seeming pretty safe for a few weeks, but in the last couple of days, there’s been a small but sharp uptick in cases. I’d planned to go for a walk in a park with a friend today and went with slight misgivings. It wasn’t crowded, we wore masks, and kept a certain distance from each other. It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed it, but voluntary restrictions are coming into place this weekend.

Historic houses in a park where my friend is a volunteer guide

Beams made from trees bent by the wind, fitted into a pattern like weaving.

The trees are a kind of sequoia

DH seems resistant to any further reduction in his quality of life. His stroke reduced his mobility, and dialysis had an even larger effect on his QOL. His pleasures are few and they would be wiped out by following the restrictions. Even without the virus, he faces similar dangers to those of catching it. I sense trouble ahead but........

Today was good. The present moment is good. Don’t borrow trouble! Live one day at a time!
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    Oh my - what beautiful trees! And I LOVE the woven beams made from windswept trees.

    I think big changes always start with the personal and realization of wider changes comes on later. I have wondered how your DH was faring in this infectious world. this certainly is a seismic shift in our lives - but you are wise to take every pleasure that comes your way - and each day as it presents itself.

    May you stay safe. May you feel strong. May you know that you are loved.
    140 days ago
    Glad you were able to get out in the fresh air and sunshine. It's good for one's health. emoticon Wishing you patience and safety.
    141 days ago
    Lovely pictures. Glad you got to walk in the park with your friend.
    We are careful, heeding voluntary restrictions, and sticking around home as much as possible, but you really can never be 100% safe in anything. It's unnerving. Luckily spring has arrived in GA and gardening will be a lovely weekend activity.
    This, too, shall pass, however I'm not very optimistic that it will be anytime soon.
    One day at a time is all we can do.

    141 days ago
    Mari told me yesterday that Tokyoites have been requested to stay home this weekend, so on the way home from work she stopped at a supermarket with lots of bare shelves. Life sure did change pretty drastically in a very short time.

    We've been lucky in Japan compared to the dire situation reported about New York at the moment. It looks awful over there right now, and I am so sorry for all the people who've lost their livelihoods. My brother has a colleague who contracted the virus, though he and the colleague work in separate cities now. I guess there will come a time when most of us know someone directly affected. It's nerve-wracking to think that it might affect a spouse or child! Toshi still rides the train every day, and I worry about that. He doesn't have a pre-existing condition, but he's male and 63, and this seems to be a factor.

    I hope you and yours stay safe and well, Margaret, and that the restrictions don't get so strict that your husband loses any chance to do the things he enjoys. Take care.
    141 days ago
    That's right. Don't borrow trouble. One day at a time.

    I find the curve in the wooden beams artistic and pleasing to my eye. The sequoias are wonderful. Some of their cousins are here in the Sierra's of California.

    Take care. emoticon
    141 days ago
    When we visited Japan - hard to believe it has been 10 years! - we visited a historic village containing houses and other buildings which had been moved from other parts of the country. It was amazing! I will look back at my trip diary and tell you where it was.

    We are still in the early stages of the virus here, but have self-isolated for more than a week... many more to go, I’m afraid. We walk around our neighbourhood, speaking to neighbours from a safe distance. Shop only when absolutely necessary, wearing gloves and “scrubbing up” when I get home.

    Your DH is already so restricted that it must be very hard for him to think of even more.

    Take good care of yourself and be safe.

    Virtual hugs, Gail. emoticon
    141 days ago
    Beautiful pictures! My state had quite a large uptick in positive cases just yesterday! I am enjoying staying home but do know there are lots of people who just won't do it! Will be nice to get back to yard work and maybe garden clean up if the snow stays away a few days!
    141 days ago
    stay safe hun emoticon
    142 days ago
    Great attitude, one day at a time!
    142 days ago
    Love those pictures. I enjoy reading the blogs on here. Nice having like minded friends vs when on fb not many friends are on a weight loss journey. Anyways thanks for sharing!
    142 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
    Winnie the Pooh
    142 days ago
    HUGS and prayers. Take good care.
    142 days ago
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