Easy Does It

Midst of it all, easy does it.

Swirl of holiday schedule, mishmash of things, all demanding your time and attention, easy does it.

Like my grandma awake in the middle of the night doing her crossword, me taping away on lists and posts, get it all out of your head, easy does it.

Pressed too hard, too many things, your best response might be, easy does it.

House clean, errands run, menu decisions, meal prep, remember the point, the underlying intent,

be thankful,

easy does it.

Feed the People: Last Entry 2021

Here’s how it ended up,

42nd Annual DeAnza Lions Club Thanksgiving Food Drive 2021:

7 stops,

220 families,

460 boxes of food,

maybe 900 (plus) people served,

about 30 Lions and Friends/Family of Lions, much GOOD…

#WeServe #LionsClubs

Boxes stage for packing
Food Boxes loaded for deliveries
Last Delivery, Watsonville
Baby Strollers Turned Shopping Carts
Strollers Lined Up For Pick Up

Feed The People: Part Three

It’s all been gathered. It’s all been done.

About 30 volunteers. About 300 miles in loops shuttling food to sort center and cold storage.

Now it’s time to execute.

Now it’s time to feed the people.

Turkeys reign supreme in the freezer truck
Ready for final load
Left over, won’t go to waste
Two of many that have given of time and talent

Feed The People: Part Two

Amazing day of collective effort and generosity. Various volunteers, long hours, and grocery store shoppers willing to donate food and cash to support those in need.

Today we pull in the rest of the food needed, by hook or by crook, let’s feed the people.

Modest Start, Saturday
Past a couple boxes of produce, the reefer truck begins to fill
The Ask List, Most Needed Items Circled
The Tally Sheet
Lots of Steps, By Lots of Folks, Make This Food Drive a Success

Split Decision

That’s what it takes, that’s the way to make it the world go around, split decision.

Precious few hours with your kids, workday done, leave it at work, spin toward what matters,

split decision, for your kids, family,

Sharp pain in the neck, center back, stalled out distracted car ride home, not worth it, no no, split, need a break,

Decision each day to reclaim the rest of your life, work needed, necessary, what makes the world go ‘round,

But in the end, 24/7 not healthy, not balanced, not the end, split decision to those things that WILL matter in the end,

Family, Friends, Faith, those three that maybe distinguish us from the rest, without, a little, maybe a lot, empty,

Split decision, you can do it, take care of you, those around you, your life,

make it so.

Park Scenes: Slow Down, Soak In, Play

#goodstuff #dadlife #dadslife #halffullallgood

Several parks, two cities, a couple days, one theme: PLAY. Adventures to a new park a few days again. Another park closer to home on Saturday, trying yet another tomorrow.

Such a simple concept, PLAY. Such an easy thing to do, make possible for your kids, any kids in your world,

Find a new park, let them play. Earlier in the day or toward the end, such an easy gesture, yet so worth it.

Lots to do? Chores, errands…stuff. Fine. It’ll get done. Build in the time with kids to let them play, empower them to do so. Far more memorable.

Let them play.

PLAY.

Good.

Blog Like A Tweet: Sunday Eve Lull

Mishmash morning, kids’ whim to add pancakes to breakfast? Done.

Number Three finished her laundry put-away? Magic.

These highlights outweighed a couple bumps, and away we went into the afternoon.

Home run visit to a county park wed not tried previous; quick return errand and grocery stop on the way home, now can see clearly to bedtime in about three hours, and yet…

Somehow it feels flat. What? The day.

I’m digging deep for gratitude and content…no always easy…

Flat, and some anxiety dripping in…but why…

But why…

Looming end to the divorce process, busy last several of weeks at work to year-end, nebulous self-doubt…

The same old song and dance, it seems. Just the shit I got going on. Well you know what?

I’m dancing all the same.

Spool Up, Down

Ramped up yesterday early, before the sun was up, a good start to a busy Friday ahead, ready to get a bunch moving forward, and then…

Things went sideways was tue kids started waking up and getting ready for school…

The youngest, spooled up herself, and not in a good way; she went from neutral to not; so much so was she spun that she quickly froze up, stuck, emotionally frazzled.

I knew in an instant what I had to do.

It meant a dramatic change of course; my plan for a productive work day vaporized.

I called the school and told them my daughter was going to be absent for the day; I let my boss know I’d be off line do to a family situ.

And then we stopped in our tracks. The screaming and the tears subsided.

Our neighbor took the other two kids to school. My youngest went back to bed, the only place she seems to find solace.

Spooled down.

A little later in the morning she got up again; she got dressed of her own accord, had some toast. We talked about what had happened; she shared her thoughts, great insights on what she was feeling.

I’m not sure I’m able to divert the next episode that might come up for her, but I’ve got more ideas about how to try to help her.

And the sky didn’t fall. We made it through the day. It wasn’t the way we’d planned, but we made it thought.

Up or down, go forward, ever forward.

Blog Like A Tweet/P.S.A: Get Vaxxed

Gotta say, so proud of these three, my kids. Not the youngest on the list: they’re 10, 9, 7. But so SO proud.

Rallied up for the Covid Vax, seemed to understand the importance, important to build immunity, important to stay safe.

Rallied up, got the jab, crying kids around us, but not these three; thou’ a little anxious, scared maybe, rallied up all the same,

So proud so proud~

#GetVaxxed

#VaxUp