As we move into August through the “Dog Days of Summer,” I’m grateful to be able to enjoy the time outside even if it’s hot and sometimes sticky. If you’re like me, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to change our summer plans; and as a result, I’ve been doing things around my home. My backyard container garden has never looked better, my she-shed renovation is progressing nicely, and I’ve been sorting through Alex’s stuff and passing along toys, books and clothes that still have life in them. I’ve enjoyed reading and hearing about some of the positive side-effects of the quarantine restrictions on our environment—such as better air quality in our metro area, cleaner water, and the return of dolphins and whales to our local waters. As we figure out how best to move forward, I hope that we’re able to keep some of these benefits intact.

We’re fortunate to have a family vacation home in Vermont which has enjoyed some of the lowest infections rates of the country. Being in Vermont, no matter the time of year, helps me relax and think. Sometimes, I just sit and listens to the sounds of the woods around me—bird calls, the wind rustling through the trees, or the rain pinging off the metal roof. I know many thrive on the movement and activity of the city but surprisingly, despite my ADHD tendencies, I’m not one of them. In the meantime, I’m going to continue to figure out how to compost our food scraps effectively both at home and in Vermont (required by law) without attracting the critters and reduce at least my own family’s carbon footprint in this wonderful world we live in.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and are enjoying our beautiful summer too.

First published in our August 2020 IT Radix Resource newsletter