Three weeks ago, life was returning to something resembling pre-pandemic. We dined in a restaurant, went out for coffee on a whim and met with vaccinated friends, unmasked and indoors. Our government removed both the indoor mask mandate and the limitation on how many people could congregate indoors and we started thinking about going to a movie. The pandemic was finally beginning to recede from our thoughts, especially with the extremely low number of new cases and no new deaths. Then the Delta variant arrived.
Almost overnight, new daily cases topped 200 per day, hitting 500 per day during this last week alone. The more unsettling aspect was the large number of vaccinated people who tested positive for the Delta variant. That has thrown me into a full-fledged lock-down funk, whether government imposed or not, and I am not coping well this time around. Anxiety is not my friend.
Outdoor activities do offer some relief, both mental and physical. Before August showed up last week with its heat and humidity, we went out early in the morning to one of our more urban national parks, both to avoid the traffic en route and the above-mentioned heat and humidity. This park is now surrounded by apartment buildings. Truly an oasis in the city.
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To help ease my mind until it’s possible to get out during the day (without taking your own personal steam bath with you), I’ve been listening to nature sounds on mynoise.net. Here are a couple of my favorites: Japanese Garden and Northern Woodland. Hope you enjoy these and, if you do, please consider donating to the site.
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