It's a cozy and quiet 5:41 AM (EST) in this part of the world.
Had a busy day, yesterday, which started off with church. We're into our 4th Sunday of having "in-house" church services after nearly 1/2 year of "virtual" church services. Although it is nice seeing the few people who attend church, it does feel quite "unusual". Thankfully, safe "social distancing" is practiced. This is done a number of ways (including wearing masks, and people sitting on every other pew, etc.). What makes it more "unusual", at least for me, is that there is no hymn-singing. None. I was asked to not play any recognizable hymns at all as part of the effort to help people safe. (It seems that singing can "throw" germs out farther than just talking.) (I'm the church's keyboardist and choir director.) Of course, there's no choir, either. We're a hymn-singing church, for the most part. Still, being with fellow church member, even while maintaining safe social distancing, is very nice. This is in sharp contrast to the HOA meeting that was held yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday's HOA meeting. . . It was held outside in an effort to maintain some level of social distancing. But that was it. No-one, except for myself and two other people, wore masks. There were hand-shaking, which is nice to see. . . but is potentially - (oh what's a good descriptive word to type????) - DANGEROUS! I was stunned!! It's as if people simply forgot that there's an active pandemic going around! I kept my distance, instinctively, as I have been for the past several months. I guess it's ingrained in me now. (We continue to follow social distancing at work.) Unfortunately, there was little "social distancing" yesterday at the yearly HOA meeting. The meeting, itself, was productive. As property owners and members of the HOA, we have a road to maintain. It seems that plans are in place to actually MAINTAIN the freakin' road. . . better than it has been for the past 15+ years that I've lived on it. Long story short, it seems that most HOA members are accepting the fact that the Town will not be taking over the care of the road (as it once was hoped it would), and, therefore, we have to do it ourselves. For too long, "our" (!!) road has been poorly maintained. This past year was the first time when any amount of significant road repair was made. There's still more repair-work to be done! But the momentum to repair OUR road, and keep it functional and safe, is moving forward in a positive way.
After the meeting, I got a phone call from Amy (who attended the meeting, virtually, using Skype). My sister-in-law has been borrowing our 2nd car. (Amy can't drive because of her foot.) It seems that the car's battery system is dying. (I could be wrong, but I think it's the alternator.) So, as THAT system dies, so does the other systems. So the power steering went. This all happened to my sister-in-law while driving to our home. She managed to safely get herself up our driveway. I drove my sister-in-law to where she needed to go. As for the car?!? We're going to get it towed to a repair shop for serious maintenance work knowing that we might need to purchase a new one. (The car is nearly 10 years old.)
Today?!? We'll be making phone calls to tow the car for repair, of course. I'm working tonight. Hopefully work will be relatively "Q".
Hope all have a safe and uneventful day today.