Calmkate posted a question on her Fun Friday blog – What is your new normal routine? In response I give you this reply:
So as many of you know I geocache. For anyone unfamiliar with this hobby/game it uses a handheld GPS to locate containers (called caches) that are hidden all over the world. Each cache will have a log to sign to prove you were there. You then record your find online and send a message to the person who hid the cache. So far Sparky and I have found caches in all the continental US states. We are planning (unless COVID-19 completely ruins it) to attend GeoWoodstock this coming August in British Columbia, Canada and then take a cruise to Alaska to geocache in that state! Although geocaching can be done solo, it is really more fun when you go with someone. To that end saintvi and I geocached our way down to Arkansas and a little on the way back (although the weather on the way back was not cooperating). We went places I’d never have dreamed of going. I saw strange and unusual things. We had a lot of fun.
Buttercup had a ammo can cache under the flowerpot. The Beauty Saloon was in the middle of nowhere in the back roads of Arkansas. I believe the road we were on was dirt! Cemeteries always have interesting caches and a little history too.
This was a school house again in very rural Arkansas. The giant dirt moving truck was up on the top of a hill. We got lost trying to find it and were rescued by the postal carrier who of course knew the way.
These are a couple of photos showing saintvi and me having fun. The first we were taking photos of our shadows when a family stopped – we felt a little silly but still got a great photo. The second one is our victory picture after finding the cache on top of the Razorback Tunnel, a.k.a. the Bobby Hopper Tunnel or Banyard Tunnel. The tunnel opened in 1999 to complete the I-49 leg between Fort Smith and Fayetteville, AR, and is the only automobile tunnel in the state of Arkansas. This one was not easy to get to especially since I was navigating “the saintvi way”. Of course the return trip to the highway was much easier…
Sadly the new normal does not allow geocaching with friends. The parks are all closed. We are permitted to walk and hike but they want you to stay around your home. Since we’ve already found the caches that are available within walking distance, we are not adding to our numbers.
Anyway since I can’t get into the ceramic studio I’ve had to find another creative outlet. Instead my newly found routine has included working on my pathtags. Pathtags are small discs the size of a nickle that are enameled with a picture or design and traded with other geocachers or left in caches as swag (little goodies for others to find). So far I’ve completed 2 pathtags and I’m working on one for Sparky. Here’s a preview of what I’ve done so far…
My old pathtags were for GeoWoodstock in 2018 and 2019 respectively:
Sparky had a pathtag that was done for him as a memorial to out dog Ranger. It was a beautifully done tag but now he wants his very own.
So the routine looks like this: (The amended routine for Calmkate’s Friday Fun is in bold)
Up and at ’em by 8:30 AM. Do my daily online puzzle and word challenge. (I’ve been sleeping in to 9:30ish except on Tuesdays when we get up at 6:30 AM to make the senior shopping hour at the local grocery stores)
Work on my pathtags. (I’ve finished 3 and submitted 1 – I’m holding off until I’m sure the event won’t be cancelled. Instead I’m working on my poetry compilation.)
Check my WordPress site and make comments and replies.
Live stream the Angelus or Stations of the Cross. (Now that Lent is over and we are in Eastertime, I’m tuning into Father’s daily “chats” which are both amusing and enlightening.)
Fix lunch followed by clean up and our post-lunch walk around the neighborhood.
Do household chores (depending on the day dust, vacuum, mop, laundry, clean baths or kitchen, etc. this has not changed one iota and will probably continue to infinity and beyond).
Work on a “special” project – like cleaning the blinds or organizing the DVDs… (We are down to the big stuff – paint the bedroom ceiling, clean out the garage, reseed the lawn, and wash the windows. Of course with the snow in April those will have to wait until it gets a little warmer outside!)
Read. Started to reread the Harry Potter series in preparation of watching all the movies again. (So I’m still reading but not Harry Potter. I’ve moved on to Mr. Norrell & Jonathan Strange. It is an 800 page book that is a little daunting but starting to grab my interest. I’m trying not to read it in one sitting. To that end I’m limiting myself to 50 pages a day.)
Write a little poetry if I’m so inspired… (I’m inspired. I have been able through NPM of April to do a poem a day but since I don’t post daily I have a nice stack of poetry for some future posts. I am going to ride this wave of creativity until my muse decides to take a nap.)
Make dinner and clean up after. (I’ve started to get a little creative. We are doing breakfast for dinner. I’ve pulled out my “Cooking Around the World” cookbook and we are going to do a little world tour…)
Watch a little Netflix. Currently watching The Witcher and The Good Place. (Nope. Now I’m watching The Magicians and the Great Cake Bake-off or something like that. It has the pitiful DIY bakers trying to recreate baking masterpieces. They are mostly fails. I feel so bad for them but they are pretty funny.)
Check the computer again and then it is off to bed. (So I’m trying to keep up with everyone but some people tend to post in spurts – like 5 or 6 times a day which makes it hard since I’m not on all day. Then there are some of my friends that live in far away time zones and their posts come up when I’m asleep. I’m trying but I find that I’m missing some posts. Please forgive me!)