Fri. June 5, 2020: Die for Your Employer Day 18 – Local Disappointments

Friday, June 5, 2020
Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Cloudy and humid

We sort of skipped spring this year, and are getting right into summer.

I went to Country Gardens yesterday to pick up some plants, and it was not a good experience. I couldn’t find what I wanted, the plants weren’t in particularly good shape (which is unusual; they usually have outstanding plants). But the worst was that too many people were either running around without masks or being Sliding Mask Skanks, with their mask down around their neck.

The older white women were the worst. Masks around the neck, getting into the employees’ faces, playing Lady of the Manor ordering around the serfs.

They should have been kicked out.

The fact that they weren’t means that Country Gardens is putting profit over the health and safety of both employees and customers. So I won’t be back any time soon. Losing my business won’t hurt them; they’re busy enough. But in the next wave, when enough contact tracers find them on the list, maybe it will matter.

Not putting my life in danger to buy a couple of pots of petunias.

I’m all for shopping local over box stores. But when the local businesses practice and advocate what is counter to what I believe is right, I’m not spending money there. Conscientious consumerism means deciding WHICH local businesses get my money. If an artisan in another part of the country walks the talk more in alignment with my beliefs, I will support that individual over someone down the street who’s an ass.

Besides, the petunias looked terrible. And they didn’t have any six packs of small marigolds.

I considered going to Mahoney’s, but wanted to check their hours and policies. As I suspected, they “strongly encourage” a mask, but don’t require it.

Nope. Not going there.

I’ll do without marigolds.

I might try going to Scenic Roots in Sandwich. Supposedly, they are following the protocols, and I’ve always had positive shopping experiences there.

Came home, followed full disinfectant protocols, and then replanted everything I’d bought: basil, lavender, thyme, chives, nasturtiums, a single mortgage lifter tomato plant, parsley. Repotted the tomato seedlings (with the basil). Planted some eggplant seeds and cherry pits. Should have planted more, but by then, I was too damn tired and the morning was gone.

Disinfectant protocols are time consuming.

But it beats the alternative.

Participated in the Freelance Chat, which was fun.

Willa was out in the playpen for the repotting, and she loved it. She had the best time. I took Tessa out in the playpen in the afternoon and she hated it. Cried and cried, upsetting the other two. It was heartbreaking.

She loves to be outside, but we have such a hard time getting her back in that she has to be in the playpen. But she hates the playpen, because she’s used to being able to roam around on the deck. So she can’t go outside for awhile. It makes me sad. But I can’t risk her running away because she’s upset and doesn’t want to come back in.

Finished reading STEELFLOWER by Lilith St. Crow. Loved the world building and the characters. Sad for her (and for us, her readers) that piracy destroyed the series.

The problem with a Lilith St. Crow book is, as you as you sigh in the pleasure of finishing a really good book, the immediate need to read another of her books strikes, or there are withdrawal symptoms.

Plenty of things I should have done yesterday. Didn’t do any of them, so will have to catch up today.

It’s a lunar eclipse during four retrogrades – the only thing I’m doing off property is the curbside pickup for my library book.

There’s plenty that needs to be done in the house, in the yard, and on the computer.

Of course, because I have no time for new ideas, I got a new idea while baking the brandy-currant-sour cream pound cake from the Moosewood recipe. Paranormal romantic comedy/mystery around a haunted bakery. The idea has to get in line, although I’ll make notes.

It’s supposed to be a nice weekend; let’s hope they’re right. Have a good one, in spite of the Sociopathic coward who built a fence around the People’s House.

The new case numbers are going up again in the state, but the powers-that-be are ignoring them and moving forward with reckless re-opening.

Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy weekend.

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Mon. Sept. 28, 2015: How About That Lunar Eclipse!

Monday, September 28, 2015
Last Day of Full Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Partly cloudy and warm

Busy weekend, but good. Got a lot of processing done on Friday and Saturday. I’m almost caught up from the vacation. Also did a lot of PR work, both for the library and for the wine event.

All the same, I was happy to get home after work on Saturday afternoon, put up my feet, have a martini and read on the deck!

I read GIRL WAITS WITH GUN, which was interesting and unusual. It feels like the first book in a series, so I’m interested to see where it goes.

I also read another book, by a well-regarded author. It’s paranormal romance, and supposed to be one of those “eternal love/true love” stories — only, to me, it came across as kind of stalky and disturbing. It gave lip service to the woman’s independence, but she was still completely in the man’s control. Turned me off that author completely.

Keeping up with the yoga practice and deepening the meditation practice. I’m not doing as much yoga as I did at Kripalu, but I’m trying not to backslide.

Finished watching Season Three of SIX FEET UNDER — mixed feelings about it, although I think the cast is great.

Watched AGENT CARTER — really liked Hayley Atwell and some of the rest of the cast. They made even the more ludicrous bits of it work. Looking forward to Season 2.

I’m in a stretch where I don’t have any days off now, so I’m trying to make the most of whatever hours off I get.

Yesterday, I did a lot of work on the upcoming book launch for my friend’s book this week, and read a little bit.

The Full Lunar Eclipse last night was magnificent. What an odd sensation, being cut off from the moon. It felt really odd — pinpricks all over the place, and then nothing. Disturbing. I found myself reaching down towards earth energy a lot more, to stay rooted, since I was cut off from the lunar energy I tend to gravitate towards first!

But it was beautiful, watching the whole thing, and I felt lucky to experience it.

I had an excellent writing session this morning, which was comforting.

Worked flat out all morning, on the wine event, on tonight’s NYU Meet-n-Greet, preparing a letter of support for the Bourne Library filed with the town for Thursday’s meeting, and filing remarks for a state senate hearing tomorrow on the rate hikes in homeowner’s insurance (obviously, I’m against them — if cost-of-living raises are 3% for a regular person and rate hikes are 9% while the CEO’s is 27% — there is no way that math works).

Also got some mowing and yard work done. A lot to do to prep the yard for winter!

Getting read for tonight. Tomorrow will be busy, between errands, working on the wine event,and more work on the book launch.

Devon

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