Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Neighborhood and More

I've lived in the same neighborhood for a lot of years now.  Neighbors come and go, and it's always fun to meet new ones--except when those who move in are loud and turn nice residences into party houses.  Or, they take up all the parking spaces on our narrow, winding street.  We park in our garage, but like to have spots available when our son or friends come to visit.

These days we're walking our dogs a lot more--and many more neighbors are also walking theirs.  We get to meet people who live even farther away and see them often.  Everyone seems friendly and says hi.

And last week we even got to help save a little dog who got loose from his new harness and ran across the street.  Fortunately, he seemed interested in meeting our pups so we were able to corral him for his owner.  And the truck driver who came up the street, and cars that came around the corner, were very nice and accommodating and stopped rather than driving on and endangering the little guy more.

How does this affect my writing?  Everything seems to find a spot in my imagination, so I may use pieces of this in a story or two someday. Will I write about a pandemic?  This pandemic? More dog walking? That I haven't figured out.  But it's interesting that, even with masks and social distancing, people seem friendlier these days.

And oh, yeah.  I'd rather not mention it, but did you notice I didn't post last week?  That's an indirect function of what's going on, since my concentration level is somewhat affected by what's happening around me.  Last week, I was preparing to be interviewed on Zoom for a program about writers that will start on YouTube in a month or so, and that, as well as the interview, are what garnered my attention rather than doing a blog post. So, sorry.  But I'm still here!  And continuing with my editing of my most current Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel.

My power is on and fine now, which was what garnered my attention the week before last. Anything occupying your mind these days?  If so, I hope it also involves reading or writing! And, oh, yeah--being friendly.  And walking your dogs, if you have any in your family.


Sally Morrison said...

I don't have a dog but I am the go-to dog sitter for our son's cute little Havanese. It is fun to have her stay overnight and it is a good way to get to know your neighbors.

Lately, I've really considered how grateful I am that we are moving forward. In some way, kids are returning to school, churches are opening, and I'm pretty comfortable going to the store in my mask. Most people are masked nowadays. I'm concentrating on being in the moment and being thankful.

Linda O. Johnston said...

How delightful that you have a dog in your life even if she isn't yours. She's part of your family anyway! And Havanese are adorable.
And I agree that things do appear to be progressing in resuming some aspects of life notwithstanding the pandemic. Let's hope they keep improving.

Betty Hechtman said...

I am glad you are okay. When you didn't post i got worried. I have noticed that people I encounter everywhere from Costco to neighbors on the street seem to be more friendly. A mask may hide your smile, but it still shows in your eyes.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I'm fine, Betty, but I appreciate your worrying. You'd think that since I'm a writer and used to working at home, my usual, underlying routine wouldn't vary too much, even if I have something else going on in addition to writing--but it did this time! And total strangers seem to be acting like friends everywhere these days.

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