Turned out I got soaked twice this day. My plan was to do reconnaissance while returning some very overdue Cd’s to the Mandel Library in West Palm Beach and A side trip, included posting 250 postcards to North Carolina. Being sequestered doesn’t allow for to many activities. Marching is out, holding placards on the street not.
I used to stand in protest lines. Those were, well some time ago. Feeling I must make some effort in the current election year I was recruited and gladly accepted two projects one was to reach out via postcards to voters who were challenged and needed a nudge to go vote. the other is a art project which, as of today, I can give full attention to regarding COVID-19
The last of the cards written. I called two friends, consider them my life line. There were some questions I was was vague about even though I read what the League of Women recommended. Checked train schedule and off I went on this lovely overcast sky with my ID, other documents just in case. Almost forgot the package for the Library return.
Waiting at the station I noted how terribly loud the south bound train was. Not having been out and about since March the noise level was disturbing. Then I heard the rain, the sky just opened up precisely at 2:44. I just marveled at the sudden deluge wondering how wet I’ll get while boarding. Returning home was not an option. Got to West Palm Beach and hid under a parapet waiting for the trolly, waiting, waiting.
Still raining, I start out. Uphill one street over one more I see the Post Office, good. Drop all the cards there. I know, your wondering about my #FreeUpTheMail*. (The choice was not mine but instructions were specific). Thought about hiding there till the rain abated, didn’t look like it would. I hugged the buildings and cafe awnings as I made my way down hill to the Library hoping the light would be green when I was ready to cross the street. I was wet as was my package. Library seemed desolate no magazine displayed, no books for sale just one young man behind a sheet of plexiglas who did not want the package. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted Dunkin Donuts but the atmosphere here in the library was as cold as I was. I headed for the exit asking security guard about voting. She she led me through the back lobby doors across the plaza right to the door. First friendly person! It got better, no line, no waiting. Only hours ago I went over the sample ballot so I filed in the little ovals in no time. Was I even in there five minutes?
Back outside I cross the plaza for a HOT cup of coffee. While there my “I voted” apparently slipped off my blouse, I was wet. Took a couple of sips and regained my composure. Do I want to go back across the plaza in the rain for my “I voted”. I did, at my age I may never again vote in another presidential election.
** I advocated for #FreeUpTheMail with what I heard about the Post Office it is a small thing to allow others to have their one vote counted. I kept my MailArt, my October Birthdays out of the system.
I have no problem with isolation. I took a leap Oct 3 and went out as a friend was volunteering, plus I was out of cream and love a cafe con leche. It’s only a matter of time with the pandemic growing we are bound to have another lockdown, just a matter of time.
Got the coffee and wandered over to our city hall, where my friend was volunteering. The urge to reach out and hug was enormous in my excitement I spilled my coffee. I took pictures for this blog after all it’s called “Lake Worth every minute”. Enroute I knocked on a few doors encouraging people to come out like a town crier. “Gratis Comida at the courthouse now”.
Saw our Mayor and commissioners helping out . The census was partnered with food give away. Via the cares act gift cards were available. The blue bag donated from * was very generous. It had a number of prepared meals ready to eat like chicken stir fry, chicken Alfredo, laden with gourmet canned goods from Buccan. They were so heavy, saw Commissioner Maxwell help a lady carry her bag to her car.
*. this event was partnered with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami. tHANK YOU! The prepared food came from Buccan 350 s county rd. Fine dining Palm Beach. a very grateful thank you. The Taiwan Student Assoc. was on hand helping.
Just around the corner is Oct 9, a postal service milestone. More about this, at the end of this blog. My involvement with communications via mail came naturally, having been a world traveler, family behind the iron curtain and serving years out at sea. All pre Internet. We have to recognize the existence of the Int’l Postal Union as it was established 1874. It established postal security. ( except Mail behind Iron Curtain)
It takes no special skill to reach out to someone “a most iconic act of showing someone that you care” my letters were illustrated, now I take a photo and push a button. Just not the same! I got involved with the IUOMA now going on 30 years.
The last #mailartcall I did was here in Lake Worth, for our Lake Worth Centennial. Have done these calls several times. Wish I could show all the amazing envelopes from around the world. First one was for my gallery. My all time favorite envelope, is seen above by a child. Had a great write up, and here comes the Miami Post Master General? He loved it! I turn he sent me a piece of Mail Art seen here. My 2nd favorite.
I also participate in different calls, like the Washington Calligraphy Guild “The Graceful Envelope” sponsored by the Postal Union of America They have themes but this year canceled. Others I submit to go to University Libraries. I gifted the Centennial Exhibit to our Historical Museum. Why should MOMA have a collection and we not. Do you ever Wonder what mail will look like a hundred years from now?
Now October is a important month. The 9th recognize the Postal Union now it is also an election year. and I’m advocating for #FreeUpTheMail. From Oct. 13 till Nov. 3. Saw it on #BillMaher
So if you can support this, today being Oct. 1 start thinking of the birthdays in Oct. after the 13th, like Bama, Tom J, Mae G and beginning of Nov. Charka, Sylvina. I’m preparing those right now and will have them in the mail prior to the 13th. The bills, pay & send & post-date them. Ask your friends to do the same.
Recognize your postal carrier on Oct. 9th It’s World Post Day 192 member countries are part of it it’s an important day for your letter carrier. Let them know you appreciate them. They come to your door almost every single day maybe that’s the day to tip them. Now for the trivia! 1. Did you know. who our first postmaster general was in 1775? 2. What does ZIP code stand for? 3. When is National Letter writing Day ? 4. Where do you send your Mail Art submission to 5. What are the dates of #FreeUpTheMail. 6. When is the deadline for Mail Art.
1. Benjamin Freanklin. 2. Zone Improvement Plan in 1963. 3. Dec. 7, 2020 4. Mail art. – P.O. Box. 46 – Lake Worth Beach Fl. 33460 5. Oct. 13 – Nov. 3. / 6. Dec. 15, 2020
Sharing my life sequestered can’t be very interesting, lakewortheveryminute blog is recording that and not just me but my friends in England from our Sister City. Our adjustments our similarities, our distancing from friends. Our smaller world due to COVID-19
Six month milestone should be positive, now its a measure of how long we have endured. Laundry used to be enjoyable, had my favorite laundry spot with WiFi, scrolling internet waiting for wash to be done. Purchased this thing with usb cord from the internet, yikes, did I make a mistake? My wardrobe has shrunk to 2 light weight t shirts 2 skirts, need nothing more. I see no one and it’s hot. Saving on Laundromat. Doing KonMarie clean out, 30 t shirts heading to Farm Workers. I suppose when I rejoin humanity I’ll be needing clothes again.
School is about to resume. Had not seen the kids since masks became mandatory. I handed out quite a few, but they were not worn. I’d say where is your mask “ it’s at home”. Me Ok. “Go home”.
Painted on each side portrait of the kids who use it. My cat Luna even made it into the painting, inside painting of a mother reading to her baby and the piece de resistance a solar light. They used to knock on my door to get books while it was being fixed.
ended w a little birthday party for Chelsey’s 9th birthday.
impromptu Birthday party. Music from my iPad playing Corina Corina as the little girl on right is named Corina. This threw them into a whole lot of giggles. The pleasure was all mine! Might have been my singing
Still participating in Lake Worth Beach, sequestered. Thanks to ZOOM City Commission Mtg. Which Is available via ZOOM as well as Coffee with the Commissioner Herman Robinson, both I once attended. That was then this is now
I follow Instagram and love sharing the creative things I see especially this challenge to artists that are sequestered by the Getty. Love that kids are also participating. P.s. my Instagram tag is Annamaria33460 visit!
Thanks for reading my blog. I welcome your personal COVID-19 stories with photos
Hello. From England. Aug. 31, 2020. . . After a week of high winds and lashing of rain courtesy of storm Francis which battered lots of places around the U.K. Thank goodness the wind and rain have both gone and we were left with a serene Bank Holiday Monday. As a rule bank holidays are sunny and prompt lots of visitors to our coastline.. we, being the nearest beach to London experience crowding on our beaches which means that businesses thrive. After the last few months we could have done with a sunny weekend but never mind, there is always next weekend and I prefer it to get our seafront back to ourselves, we can swim and walk without weaving in and out of people.
It has been a busy week as the lockdown eases even further and more public places start to reopen. The community Hub that I run is one of those places and we have to jump through a lot of hoops to be allowed to open up. Risk assessments that show separate entrances and exits social distancing measurements, paper towels instead of material and copious amounts of cleaning in between groups. . . . Time consuming, but possible. But most of the paperwork is completed and now we have to try it out.
The first group we are welcoming back is the film group and the book club. Both on the same day but in different rooms which will make it slightly easier. I haven’t yet decided on how to serve tea and coffee yet. . . . As you know, us Brits can not go very long without a cuppa, so I have to solve that one pretty quickly.
And Our young people are back to school next week, I spoke last week how our system differs particularly in the area of holidays. It has been a longtime for our youngsters and they have to be back in school for a variety of reasons.. . . They really need to get used to learning again and to socialize in a different way of course. , but some of them haven’t seen their friends for ages. . They also need a routine in their lives. It will take some time getting used to the new timetable and regime. One of the big differences is that as a rule, students go to the teacher in specialist areas but now the teacher will come to the meaning students will be in the classroom for much longer periods. With staggering lunch and break times things should go smoothly, we shall see!!! There have been many instructions issued and many changes to those instructions almost as soon as they were issued which has caused some frustration but I think it is ironed out now, it is all new and you can rarely get it right the first time.
And now for something quite different, I thought I would tell you about some of the most interesting things that I have seen in our county of Essex, starting with Talliston House which is in a small hamlet not far from where I live here in Essex. This house looks like any other ex council house from the outside. The inside is very different. . . John Trevellian who bought the house in 1990 has transformed it into a wonderland of inspirational location, each set in a different time and place.
Each room has been deconstructed back to the brickwork and rebuilt from scratch that not one square centimeter of the original house remains both inside and outside.
At one point John had to reluctantly put the house on the market after he lost his job and could not afford the upkeep of the house. He set up a go fund me page and thankfully generous donors raised enough for the home to take it off the market. More than 1,650 objects from 27 countries fill the incredible house which he naught in 1990 for 73,000 lbs.
The word Talliston is Old English for ‘ Secret Place in the Woods ‘ and includes a 1950’s New Orleans kitchen Victorian Dining Room , Moorish bedroom, Cambodian Treehouse Loft and a Scottish Edwardian Hall. Even the smells are authentic as nutmeg and coffee prevalence the New Orleans Kitchen and the smell of jasmine wafts through the treehouse air.
Mr Trevellian opens the house to visitors and even hosts Murder Mystery nights and photo shoots , a perfect setting for both. He also of his house “it’s the perfect place for entertaining. People walk and are transported to different paces. I want Talliston to be the center of creativity. I want to inspire people.”
I so admire people who have the urge to do something different and actually create their vision, in this case it took 25 years and a lot of money . . . But it was worth every penny. If you have Netflix , you can see this house for yourself as it is featured in a new series about ordinary places turned into amazing interior space. Talliston House was one of only two properties to be included in the program ‘Amazing Interiors’
I must go as I have leeks to plant in the garden alongside of the carrots which should be on the table for Christmas dinner. Have a great week . I hope it is full of wonderful things.
A early beginning at the beach Friday before the long weekend. I’m avoiding people, crowds. Haven’t been out in a while, not sure I still know my table manners. KEEP wearing a mask! We are not in the clear yet. Six Months and counting. Destination was Viva la Playa alas it was not open for breakfast. No sign on doors as to hours or when.
Next best Benny’s. Spotted long sleeves, must be a tourist. Indeed
I had the Sunrise, no meat. Used to pay $5 for exact same called the “local special” at Mulligans but here it was $12. But what a view, sea breeze, the smell of salt air, took me back out to my years on the ocean. Of course location location.
It’s FRIDAY the beach front was getting a face lift.
Also seen so very early.
Have a great weekend ! I opened my e mail about an hour ago say 5:15 p.m. and my VIP invite was in my box
This little sea side town of Lake Worth Beach also known by some as the isle of misfits. Has over the last 10 years been photographed/documented by myself and also the other professional photographers who have moved here and become part of the community here. Each having their own spin on how we see each other.
Each Wed. Morning Commissioner Robinson held open discussions of ideas. Everyone was heard. It was quite a civilized discourse as everyone had their turn as they turned up. Issues were discussed and laundry aired. That was then. Now due to the pandemic the meetings have gotten smaller, still being held each Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 sharp via Zoom. Anyone wanting to participate need only reach out to Comm. Robinson or myself and we will get you the invitation to attend. everyone is welcome as always.
Yes this small seaside town has a Sailing Club. Here they are pictured. Actively petitioning to get a marina up to make this town more picturesque. We have docks but usage is restricted. This might come under the heading of the isle of misfits. It would bring in day sailors who could visit Lake Worth Beach. Better yet create a yachting interest in the young.
Volunteer opportunities galore, so many here in Lake Worth Beach. There are advisory boards guided by liaisons from the City to help guide our quirky little town into the unknown future. A NAPC a neighborhood assoc. each has a President representing 16 areas of our town. New groups arise as the citizenry seem fit to create. LOL
There are all sorts of honors bestowed on those who exemplify all that is good. Be it a loyal employee or an organization that has brought much to our community. National Holidays are also recognized all from the Dias.
Yes, there are those rogue personalities that see a gap and fill it. A little like “I’m depended on the kindness of strangers”. Don’t we all! We encounter them here here in Lake Worth Beach gratefully. Especially now serving in food banks. These kids were taken to West Palm, their very first train ride, very first time to see the holiday sand sculpture in West Palm Beach a stop at the Mandel Library. Exhausted, well behaved and quiet on the train ride home, engrossed in the reading material they were given at the Library.
They happen everywhere in our small city by the sea. Crashing one, no such thing, as everyone knows everyone and greetings are extended. Now there are some awesome parties that have become annual events, legendary. This year we missed out on the 4th of July back yard event. There is the holiday one on south M st. And for now on hold Diner en Blanc soirée.
Have I missed a groups, your gang, there will be more Thursdays to come. Cheers!
Updated as I remain sequestered. Lost days of the week, no particular milestone to punctuate my limbo. Managed to almost destroy address book, day pages. They drowned due to my wandering mind and then the rains came, the storm next. Due to my senior status I remain sequestered. It’s not all downhill, spurts of creativity put me into zen flow, then I wake to next project. Try to tackle household chores needing attention naw, not now, not in the mood . Anyone else experiencing this?
So remain focused and busy. One side of #LittleFreeLibrary are of the kids in the neighborhood. I borrowed image as Kimberly was sharing with her siblings what I was teaching her. She’s clever and smart, on the telephone. Long distance learning before I even knew it was a thing.
This is the other side with my cat Luna. And a motion light for night time use. LOL
Most of my followers of this blog have read the origin of this Library know it to be the first registered LFL # 23056 here in Lake Worth Beach. A cosmetic overhaul certainly is a improvement and waterproof . Inside is another painting of a mother reading to her baby. Before it was papered with my calligraphy practice sheets. ( we were 3 building our libraries together. Ted Johnson and Dean Sherwin ). Ted’s a sailor, so we papered his LFL inside with nautical terms and pages of a sailing book. Dean’s was the show stopper he made a replica of his home.
Anyone wanting to contribute this library was made to house youth and tall children’s books. Oh course take a book , keep it, share via reading to a cat or younger sibling or bring one to share.
And it’s HELLO after a two week break when my IPad got lost and then found again, thank goodness, so here I am wondering how everything is in Lake Worth Beach.
Here in England things are progressing little by little …… restrictions are lifted slowly to make sure the numbers don’t go up again and instead of closing everything when they do, the immediate area of the worsening is locked down and lifted again when numbers go down. It really is just a matter of people being responsible for each other. Masks/face coverings are worn to protect others so I do not understand people refusing to wear them, uncomfortable as they are it’s about protecting each other!!!
This week nail bars were allowed allowed to start operating again so I took that opportunity to get mine done, I did not realize how much difference it makes, it is wonderful, they look so nice and I feel good. My nail technician is called Hanha (Hannah) and she and her husband Hoan. Run the U.K. nails bar in Southend on Sea. I had not realized that the last time I saw her in early March she was just pregnant, so imagine my surprise when I saw her looking as if she was going to have a baby any second,!!!
They are Vietnamese and wanted to know how I liked Vietnam when I was there at the end of February. I had almost forgotten it, but I did remember my overriding memory of how lovely Vietnamese people were. And in all this time they have only had something like 27 deaths from Covid. If I Remember, everyone on the tour was amazed that they were so organized early on, they all wore masks, our temperature was taken everywhere we went, there were posters everywhere sanitizers at almost every corner and at the airport everyone was tested. …..of course we got home to England on one of the last planes out and waltzed, no tests no checks and the rest is history. And so every day another country is put on the black list as numbers fluctuate, people go on holiday and find the country they are visiting is put on the black list. the next day which means quarantine for 14 days when they get home, this causes a big scramble for flights home before the deadline. I have made the decision that I am not traveling abroad until it is totally safe to do so and I won’t find myself rushing home and be in quarantine. – it’s a strange world in which we live at the moment.
I have been very busy at the community hub where scrubs are still being made to order it’s incredible. Masks are being made to ensure everyone has at least one, every Monday is mask giveaway day and every Monday there are lots of people arriving to collect masks for themselves and their family. I love it as it gives me a chance to see all the lovely people who live in the community and catch up on news etc. many of our people are on and have been staying in shielding their own and finding its very difficult to come out , they are nervous of people and would rather stay at home. Where they feel safe. I am hoping the masks will change that for them. And they will feel safer wearing them and will start going out again.
And the children are due to go back to school in September after 5 mo. At home. There have been many debates about this and schools have worked hard to ensure that schools are safe places to be. And children will be looked after. Many of our schools stayed open during lockdown and children of key workers (hospital workers vital services and and many more who are needed to keep the country running ) children were taught on a daily basis along w nurseries . Key workers were also given priority shopping times , deliveries of food and supplies whilst working to keep them safe and making sure they had food and sustenance during the awful time at the beginning of the pandemic
Here in England schools have different holidays to USA ….our school year starts in September, there will be a one week break in late October , 2 weeks break at Christmas, one week in March 2 weeks for Easter, one week in May and six weeks in summer mid July to early September. This gives both students and teachers regular breaks. This year no examination took place for our year II’s the first time ever , so the end of school results were based on teacher assessments . . . Not perfect but fair. The schools both leaving at primary level, 11 yers old and Secondary School (16 ) missed out on proms , end of year parties and saying goodbye, such important milestones. I know some schools are still going to celebrate at some time when it is appropriate and when it is safe to do so. Young people need to be back in school , they need to be learning and they need routine, it will be hard for them to settle back into working but not for long. …. they are very adaptable and for many the can’t wait to get back to their friend and the camaraderie of their friends.
The government has devised a great plan to get the restaurants and the eating places back on their feet. And to encourage people to go out again – on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday every week till the end of August all meals are half price with the government paying the other half!! We have, of course been making the most of this and have eaten out with friends and family at this reduced rate……our favorite of course being the five star restaurant and hotel on the seafront where the food is excellent and of course pricey …. not with this scheme, it was fabulous!!!
Everyone who has been asked to make hospital scrubs and bags and hats and masks has been asked to submit a 4×4 square of something appropriate to the whole experience and all of theses sqares have now been made into a beautiful and exquisite and emotionally charged quilt. I watched these squares coming in one by one and sa it put together by Carolyn and has now been completed. The last square completed by me for someone who could not complete one due to work commitments. It has now been hanging in the hub for some 3 weeks and every time I look at it , I see something I have not seen before. I have the photo here but to see it for real is much better….the writing in between has been sewn from comments made by workers during the process. The fourth square from the top left is the one I have now completed.
So now Monday I am ready for the Monday Mask giveaway…. because we have to wear face coverings in all shops and enclosed places these are offered for free or donations. Again these are beautiful, different designs and lined for putting in a filter, made with love and effort because people care
The garden is thriving and plants are still growing, tomatoes in abundance which taste so much better when they are home grown!!!! The community hub is having a overhaul of the garden with bushes being cut down and fences being replaced. It is getting ready to welcome back all our lovely groups and projects and community members, I cannot wait! For now we are still having our yoga classes on Zoom but hope before long but resume the classes back In the hub ….
And another library has been installed in a little town called Hockley, this library is surrounded by beautiful land where a yoga studio is being built along with Yurts and all kinds of peaceful things . And on that note of peaceful tidings. I will say goodby until next week. My overriding wish is that all the wonderful things that have come out of this awful time continue long after it is all over. .. and that the country which comes up with the vaccine, shares it with the world rather than make it inaccessible to some countries, we are after all , in this together, everyone has been affected by this time in one way or another. Have a peaceful and happy week. . . . .
And what a good week it has been albeit very busy. Firstly, I Want to ask how things are in Lake Worth Beachand how everyone is coping now? Here in England things have not changed that much, lots of relaxation of lockdown has been postponed because of a spike in numbers of people contracting COVID 19 and pockets of the country are being put back into lockdown as their area Falls into the risk category. This, in turn, is affecting every aspects for life …. the economy which was beginning to grow again, once again starts to fall once more. Jobs are lost as business after business fails through lack of support. We are still having to wear masks in shops and enclosed spaces hoping that this will be enough to stave of the awful virus.
people seem to be much better at social distancing now and understand how important it is to follow the rules. And so, with travel out of the question at the moment, at least abroad, we have decided to take staycations in order to see all those places in England that we have never seen. I am still on our first trip, which has braught us to Newcastle upon Tynewhich is the north east of England, known for being a shipbuilding and manufacturing hub. It is now a center of business, arts and science. what brought us here is Hadrians Wall which stretches some 73 miles from coast to coast, it was built 123AD: to guard the wild-northwest frontier of the Roman Empire. It s now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Can you imagine this amazing treasure being built over a period of six years interspersed with forts every few miles which would protect the people within the boundaries. here we are near the end of the wall and loving every minute of it. Yesterday we walked up a very steep stone path to the fort, phew,! The view from the top was spectacular, parts of the wall remain stretching both left and right of us. Sheep wandering freely across the grass. It was easy to see how they lived from the remains, communal toilets were at least 10 People could sit quite a convivial affair in those days obviously.! Romans were a extremely clever people, underwater heating and education being two important things passed down amongst many others.
I got to thinking what our generation will leave certainly it will not last For thousandS of years like these amazing artifacts. Things then were built to last, beautiful brick walls stone placed on stone with no concrete at all to keeping it upright, incredible.!! Today we live in a throwaway society where nothing lasts, a huge shame that Knowledge of our wonderful world will be passed on digitally. But we have had fun here and today we have walked and walked. We visited the local market which is Somewhat smaller Than usual, because of COVID. We have half the market this weekend And the other half of the market next weekend, better than nothing of course. Newcastle Castle was our objective after the market and having booked our places for 1 p.m. we spent the next couple of hours reliving castle life in the ruins of what once the most beautiful building dating back to the 1100’s
And tomorrow we return home after visiting The Angel of the North , a Hugh contemporary sculpture designed by Sir Anthony Gormley . Completed in 1998 , it is a steel sculpture 66 ft. Tall with wings measuring 177 ft across. The Angel, like a lot of his work , is based on a cast of his own body. It is Britain’s largest sculpture and the largest angel sculpture in the world. I cannot wait to see it having seen his other work. It seems to me that staycations will be the new thing as everyone decides to stay at home, already it seems that many hotels and places to stay are booked already. I love an adventure and look forward to many more. It is a huge shame that we will not be coming to Lake Worth , it is where we feel at home and will miss our friends hugely. Editors NOTE. I will wait until tomorrow To post this so I can include some Angel of the North Photos until next week, take care and stay safe . I am sure that this period will pass, when I do not know, but hope it is sooner rather than later.