Perspective

Perspective. Everyone has one and some are very different from others. Perspective is how we view what’s going on around us. I’m not a political type, so I’m not going to get into the events of this week. I am deeply saddened by the division in our country, but I can’t fix it by writing about it. My topic today is based on our lifestyle.

I grew up in northern Kansas. My bedroom was in the second story of a farmhouse and there was very little heat in those bedrooms. Believe me, I know what cold is! I remember walking on top of snowdrifts to get to our mailbox, about a quarter mile away. That is winter. This part of Arizona is NOT winter, but I still find myself saying that is is cold when we go for our mid-morning walk at 55 degrees. When a flannel shirt is enough of a coat to keep me warm, it isn’t really cold. However, our neighbor across the street lives here in Yuma all year long. Yuma temperatures in the summer often hover in the 115-120 degree range. Larry knows what hot is! So it didn’t really surprise us this week to see him taking in his trash cart in a winter parka with the hood pulled up. To his thin blood, it was cold. Meanwhile, this was LeRoy that same day or the day after. It seems to me that our perspective on cold has changed!

For anyone who thought that just because the year 2020 was over, things in the health or political world would miraculously be better just because the calendar changed to 2021, surprise! Covid is still around with a vengeance, vaccines notwithstanding. In Arizona, the rollout now includes the 75+ population, which includes us. However, appointments must be made and they are hard to come by, I understand. We will get on that after we get back from Quartzsite this week. We plan to leave on Tuesday to go help secure a spot for the Eagles to meet. Our normal meeting place has been sold, we understand, so we’re going to be in the desert out of town this year. For someone who considers less than full hookups to be roughing it, dry camping is a real stretch. Our generator will be our friend, since our refrigerator is not an RV refrigerator, but runs on full power. We’ll see how tough we are by next Sunday!

In our current world, the biggest source of entertainment is looking out the patio door at the bird feeders. More than any other type of bird, we have lots of finches. Their colors are beautiful and we have several varieties. We have lots of doves on the ground, waiting for someone to kick birdseed out of the feeders above. It amazes us how all the birds, seemingly on cue, will take flight at the same time and be gone for five or ten minutes. Today I think they must be taking a Sunday afternoon nap, because the feeders are full and there is one lone golden finch sitting on top of the feeder. We are easily amused!

Maybe by the time I write next, there will be good news on the political and Covid fronts. But then again, maybe it’s just a matter of perspective.

About 2010liberty

Retirement agrees with us! After traveling in our 40' Silver Eagle bus conversion, whose name was Liberty, since 2010, it was time for a change. Now we spend the winter in Yuma, AZ and travel during the spring, summer and fall setting the Pace!
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1 Response to Perspective

  1. grannyjoker says:

    I just finished reading your blog to Ray. He really liked it as did I! It was well written and so true! I agree that it is better to be amused by the birds than by watching the news! It is heartbreaking to hear all the terrible statements made by every side. I don’t see any time soon when we will enjoy watching the news.

    So, I’ll enjoy looking forward to tomorrow. I have two Zoom meetings, Quilt Guild at 9:30 and Bible Study at 5:30. I should have time to walk and fix meals in between. It’s too bad that I have two on the same day. Quilt Guild is once a month and Bible Study has been once a week but we just have one more after tomorrow.. I’ve done my preparation for both of them tomorrow. They are stressing UFO’s UnFinished Objects) in quilt guild this year and we are supposed to send pictures of quilts we want to finish to the program chairman. I got mine sent this afternoon so all I have to do is explain a little bit about them when they show them tomorrow. They all were started B.C. (before cancer) and the only things I have made since then are two small Challenge Quilts. One is a table topped and one can be any size but I plan on it to be a child’s quilt that I will donate to our charitable project. We donate them to the Crisis Center for battered women and usually give 150 each year.

    I really enjoyed the picture that LeRoy posted on Facebook of the quilted car cover! I don’t plan on making one of those but it was really cute.

    We’ll think of you walking in the “cold” weather of 55 as we’re trudging in 32 degree afternoons !

    Love,

    Mary Jo

    On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 3:03 PM 2010liberty’s Blog wrote:

    > 2010liberty posted: ” Perspective. Everyone has one and some are very > different from others. Perspective is how we view what’s going on around > us. I’m not a political type, so I’m not going to get into the events of > this week. I am deeply saddened by the division in our count” >

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