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Roller Coaster

It must be the pandemic and other stressors, but life has felt like a roller-coaster lately. We seem to rush into one all-absorbing activity after another and the normal days seem few and far between. As a result, ordinary work, the kind we're meant to do, is suffering. I refer to the church, Open Enrollment for Medicare and family life.

I find myself very stressed out, so much so that lately an enormous fever blister broke out. Grumpy and sharp-tongued and exasperated, at times, are three words that could probably describe me quite well. Ask Jennifer and the kids (and a few unlucky family members).

Honestly, I'm blaming it on the inconveniences of COVID-19 and a few other things I won't mention. Even the side-gig of Medicare's Open Enrollment feels differently and most agents seem to be focused on retaining their current client list and not so much growth this season.

I'm trying harder now to be mindful of my mental/emotional state so that I can be kinder and help others find peace and some sense of center in all the chaos. We seem to be surrounded by so much uncertainty. Conflicting medical advice, conflicting political postures, conflicting news reporting and conflicting interpersonal relations are the daily bread. Fortunately, when I make time for it, my faith and devotional practices bring a tremendous amount of calm, security and goodwill to my heart and I'm able to comfort and support the world around me a little more each day.

Be well, my friends and please avoid the virus. I wouldn't want to lose a single one of you, as I've lost so many acquaintances already.

This week Oklahoma had its worst week of COVID-19 fatalities yet.

posted on Oct 24, 2020 8:27 PM ()


Jeremy, we think you missed living in the l8 hundreds. Our power was out for ten days. We were fortunate enough to have a generator and a fire place but next time will be more prepared. Hope your house repairs are
all done.
comment by elderjane on Nov 6, 2020 2:00 AM ()
Today the hole was patched and the pecan trimmed as best we could. Hope you're well!
reply by jerms on Nov 7, 2020 3:55 PM ()
I've been dealing with debilitating physical issues but buying into a new treatment seems to be helping I am drinking a glass of tart cherry juice every morning. I am beginning to see results. Other than being a drag ass, I am grinding my teeth over the election. Ridding ourselves of the Orange Porker is key to my well being.
comment by tealstar on Nov 3, 2020 9:42 AM ()
I'm glad the new treatment is working. Sometimes our best remedies are natural ones. And respectfully, I couldn't disagree with you more about President Donald Trump.
reply by jerms on Nov 7, 2020 3:58 PM ()
There's a lot of joking about what next for 2020 - Godzilla? and don't set your clock back because we don't need an additional hour of this year, but it's no joke - just an incredibly chaotic year. Compared to me, you sound really centered. Next time I'm stressed I'll think of you and tell myself "Jeremy's back there in Oklahoma acting all calm."
comment by traveltales on Oct 27, 2020 9:59 PM ()
I don't have to see who wrote it to know it was you. I have become a fan of your style. Aha that's Trout.
reply by tealstar on Nov 3, 2020 9:43 AM ()
Wouldn't you know it, after I wrote this post, we experienced the worst ice storm in ages. There's a hole in my roof and the weatherhood (an electrical term) has to be replaced on the side of our house. Pecan limb fell on our electrical wire. We hired an electrician, left him the key and left town for Branson, MO. What's next?
reply by jerms on Oct 28, 2020 10:45 PM ()
This is an insane year IMO. I have never been so on edge, so overwhelmed, so depressed, so anxious all at one time...
hang in there best ya can. This too shall pass.
comment by kristilyn3 on Oct 25, 2020 5:57 AM ()
Yes! It will pass. I hope you and yours are well. Take care.
reply by jerms on Oct 28, 2020 10:46 PM ()
Get up early and have some time to yourself before the kids arise and the chaos starts. My early morning time is precious to me. You are probably experiencing side effects from having had the virus too. we have been overwhelmed with roofing, having the back door replaced and other demands the house has made on us. Be well, run and contemplate.
comment by elderjane on Oct 25, 2020 3:49 AM ()
Yes! The physical activity really helps a lot. Read my reply to Laura. In the amount of time it took me to go get a tool I needed to trim the limb, it broke and fell on the wire and pulled our weatherhood part way through the roof and caused some expensive damage. You and Ted have electricity?
reply by jerms on Oct 28, 2020 10:48 PM ()
The only thing that is bothering my these days are those never ending lying political ads everywhere!!!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 24, 2020 9:01 PM ()
I know, right?! Makes you want to vomit.
reply by jerms on Oct 28, 2020 10:48 PM ()

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