Current Shelter-in-Place regulations certainly put a different spin on this Mother's Day. Having to create new habits and new mindsets has advantages.
This Mother's Day is a good example, and will go into my memory book as a delightful one, from start to finish.
It began yesterday, with the arrival of a lovely card from my daughter Elizabeth, and when I awoke early this morning the first message I saw was from Rachael, wishing me a happy Mother's Day. Next came this sweet FaceBook post from Susan.
The morning's highlight was a family Zoom brunch with us all present, enjoying our chat, smiling at the dogs and cats that would pop their heads into camera view from time to time.
Shortly after that, Gene and I headed out for our favorite activity: a good hike! We drove the 7 miles to the Spencer Avenue trailhead in Marin County, where we knew we could easily stay away from the few other people using the trails. Up the Morning Sun Trail (don't you love that name??) and its 221 steps if I counted correctly, then along the wide Alta Trail (another great name) with amazing views.
Much to our delight, we discovered a trail new to us, so took the Oakwood Valley Trail down (185 steps!) close to Tennessee Valley Road. After a brief water and Clif Bar break, it was time to retrace our steps (185 steps up, then a mile or so along the ridge, ending with the 221 steps down.)
Returning home, it was soon time to get dinner ready. The new recipes I tried for dinner (healthy fried brown rice with lots of veges and fresh ginger; golden beets on a bed of arugula and spinach with a splash of lemon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and topped with roasted sunflower seeds and a bit of Gorgonzola) were both hits, especially appreciated after our hike with all its elevation gain.
A perfect day from start to finish; a real day off!