“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?” ~ Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
While the quarantine period ended sometime in May, we are still working from home and schools are on a blended distance and in-person schedule. It is day 223 since they shut down the city. More than half the year. And in no time, 2021 will be upon us.
The summer came and went quickly. I can count on my fingers the number of days I spent outside and actually felt a semblance of normalcy.
In late May, we took a drive to Connecticut. They were the first state within driving distance of the city to open restaurants and public spaces.
We had a lovely lunch at L’Escale. After eating oatmeal and salads during the quarantine, this tasted like the best steak (and meal) I have ever eaten.
In late June, we took a drive to the Hamptons.
In July, we were tourists in our city.
In August, we took a short trip to Saratoga Springs.
In September, we stayed home and paid our respects to the fallen heroes of 9/11.
And now it is October, and it is autumn in New York.
There is a somber and dreary look and feel this season. Or maybe it’s just me and my dark, depressive moods. I always try hard to battle my ongoing depression, but this year has been especially difficult.
I battle it every day by sticking to a workout routine. I started using the pull-up bar, though I am still unable to do one proper pull-up. I also started to work on my handstands, and I have done a solid job of sticking to a routine.
I even have abs now that are not covered under layers of fat and disappointment. My fitness routine, and the positive side effects that come with it, is the highlight of my year. Hey – I have to take the wins anywhere I can.