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A log of my journey inward and outward… during the year of COVID-19 pandemic

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April 13, 2020

It’s a very windy…. 19mph….day here in deep southwestern Arizona, twelve miles from Sierra Vista, and about 20 miles north of the Mexico border.

Almost noon, I’m nearing the end of my inspirational morning “mental window” fueled by coffee with half & half, and blue agave.

My mornings- even before the current stay at home orders- start out with some oblique crunches on either side and then some ab crunches with elbows to knees. It gets my congestion unblocked and stimulates my abdominal organs. Crossing the cold concrete floor to my small efficiency kitchen; I fill the kettle with water; grind the coffee beans; and pour them into the Melitta drip filter. While the water is boiling, the hot plate is quite slow, I proceed to my desk/ dining nook that is my self built work, eat and play station. It’s comprised of two benches facing each other with a table between and extra food storage under the slide out seat of one of the benches.

It took me about a year to build I’m not proud to say…but it’s nearing completion…and quite functional in the meantime.

It is from this vantage point that I go on line and find a podcast dharma talk that looks appealing to accompany my morning knitting meditation. Once the speaker begins his or her discussion I sit down with my coffee and knitting and have an inspirational hour or so soaring on the mind up drafts from coffee and whatever other ADD med I happen to be on at the time.

In any case my mission here is simple. Provide the Point of Sale for my art work.

Well this is a work in progress, and I want to get it up and running today as a very humble gift to one hella nice niece in Berkley, CA who is celebrating both her entry into her forth decade of this walk about life and also the acceptance of her Master’s thesis, yesterday, at UC, Berkley.