Surviving the Too Much!

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

For the most part, I feel I’ve emotionally survived this pandemic better than some. I have counted myself fortunate that my children and grandchildren are grown. I can’t imagine the trials and tribulations many parents are currently going through, while trying to see the education of their children adequately continues, and finding avenues of activity to keep energetic children comfortably occupied.

However, for me, the last few days have been a little more difficult than usual. I suspect it is the result of a never ending barrage of chaotic events in this year – 2020. For Californians, it hasn’t only been Covid-19, and the social unrest brought on after the outrageous death of George Floyd. California is also experiencing the worst wildfires in my memory.

Still, for the most part, with my garden, my two felines (Reuben and Camilla), and my continuing to be able to swim in the pool of family members, my sanity has remained. However, wildfire air quality here the past couple weeks, has kept me out of the water.

What really has put me on edge from the cumulative effect of 2020 outrageous fortune has been the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I was hoping she could hold on longer, but with all her health challenges, it is amazing she managed as many days as she did. And, as expected, the event took only hours for political chaos to ensue, right on cue!

Because of all this, I have acquired a real need to calm my soul while revisiting places from the past, especially my childhood, when times were simpler and more concrete. I’ve lived in Sacramento all my life and revisiting old footprints in the city, which have remained mostly unchanged for the duration of my years is comforting!

Yesterday, I managed another drive to William Land Park. A pleasant place to get fresh air and do a little strolling! Just beyond the old WPA Rock Garden, with its delightfully planted trails, there is an old familiar pond. However, this year I noticed something new. It is the large expanse of Water Lilies growing there which were introduced about 3 years ago. They are a very large genus of Water Lily, with some leaves measuring about 2 feet across.

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on these photos, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope you will contact me by email or by visiting my website - Thank You!


Comments (32)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! - I think you describe that "being worn out" feeling very well.  Thank you for the feature in BananaTude.

Sep 22, 2020 03:24 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl at least you can still enjoy some beautiful colors out there.  It will not be long before everything is gray here in CT.

Sep 22, 2020 03:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Myrl- we have to grab the places and moments that will bring us joy and peace. Love your photos. 

Sep 22, 2020 05:22 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have such beautiful places near you and I am glad you share them with us, it brings a bit of happiness to my day!

Sep 23, 2020 06:03 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I do believe that enjoying forests, trees, flowers and the outdoors "calms" us.

Sep 23, 2020 07:06 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing these scenes from the WPA Rock Garden.

Happy Wednesday Myrl Jeffcoat 


Sep 23, 2020 07:25 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I'm glad to hear you're weathering this crazy year!  And it's not over yet...

Sep 23, 2020 08:04 PM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Hi Myrl,
Thank you for this post. It is a struggle dealing with Covid and now the smoke - yes, we are getting it all the way to Mesquite NV, 80 miles past Las Vegas.
I am enjoying your pictures. I grew up in Carmichael and have a lot of fond memories of family gatherings at William Land Park.
Is Fairy Tale Town still there?

Sep 23, 2020 09:59 PM
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

Thanks for the lovely photos.  We need beauty in our lives, and nature is the best, whether wild or encouraged.  I love walking my neighborhood and taking pictures.  I need to get out--as soon as this (blankity blank) rain stops.  I know, wind and wild fires and smoke and now 4 or 5 days of rain!!!  Never happy....

Sep 23, 2020 10:10 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Lovely photos Myrl.  I think those doing well these days are not of the herd mentality but chart their own path.  I have not listened to one minute of doom and gloom, scare mongering media, but only that which refreshes body and soul.  It's amazing how many kindred spirits are out there.

Sep 24, 2020 12:12 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Beautiful pictures!  What a great way to calm yourself, change the mood.  All of us need to focus on the simple pleasures and try not to get upset about things we can't control

Sep 24, 2020 01:22 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Just waiting for the other shoe to drop this 2020, yikes!

Happy Thursday Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 24, 2020 08:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl as far as I am concerned Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!  said it best... we are going on 8 months of the pandemic shutdown... it is a challenge for many to handle the side effects. We are Americans used to freedom not being shut down for what ever reason... so with that said sorry that you are having challenges dealing with this... stay strong and all will pass soon. Take my word for it, Endre

Sep 25, 2020 11:30 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


It was a pleasure and calming for me to read this. I too am having a bit of dred for this year and have even refused to say the "E" word out loud.

I wish I had a few of your good habits for too often I have been seeking my solice searching for that worm at the bottle of too many bottles. Thanks for your continued friendship, cheers cvc

Sep 26, 2020 08:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Hi Curtis Van Carter good to see you in the rain today. I am going to invite you to join the BananaTudes! group on facebook.

Sep 26, 2020 10:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

Indeed, it has been a challenging and emotional year for everyone! Sounds like getting out to William Land Park was the perfect solution, with some gorgeous photos to remember your visit...and for us to enjoy!


Oct 03, 2020 02:05 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I do believe the purpose of flowers is to cheer us up whether we need it or not. Your photographs are absolutely beautiful! I can only imagine how lovely it is to sit or stand awhile to admire them. 

No matter what's in the news you always find something positive to say and when you're sad about something, like RBG you say it with heartfelt respect. 

Oct 05, 2020 04:57 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Myrl! I hope this finds you swimming again and enjoying far better air quality than you had a few weeks ago. 

LOVE the flowers and have never seen water lilies with leaves 2 feet wide - that is wild! Your pictures are breathtaking - so beautiful.

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Oct 11, 2020 09:36 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I just wanted to wish you a Happy Monday and to let you know how special you are. 

Oct 12, 2020 02:50 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Just keep those beautiful visions and those thoughts positive Myrl Jeffcoat 

Oct 16, 2020 10:06 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Myrl! Just checking in to say that I hope you are well. 

We would love to see you on Tuesday at our ZOOM meeting!

Nov 22, 2020 07:03 PM