June 2021

by Tom Swift

12 Saturday

  • An extra day off.
  • What miscommunication tells you.
  • The opportunity in icky feelings.
  • Tater tots while you’re vegging out.
  • A change of pace.
  • Your dog’s water bowl.
  • When your dog is really thirsty.
  • People who talk to you on the street.
  • The Riverview Cafe at night. With live music under umbrellas.
  • Your version of summer vacation.

10 Thursday

  • Driving fast with the windows down.
  • 97.5 KNXR.
  • When at least one person gets you.
  • ACE Hardware. Customer service matters.
  • Coconut coffee.

9 Wednesday

  • A break in the heat.
  • When the dog pulls you down the sidewalk.
  • Turquoise Vintage.
  • Being stirred up.
  • Walnuts.
  • Ants.
  • Cinnamon oatmeal.
  • The opportunity to live where you do.

8 Tuesday

  • The gnat you swallowed this morning. Not on purpose! Thanks for the protein. May you be in a better place. (After you leave my colon, that is.)
  • Small meals. (Bug-free ones.)
  • You’ve said it before, you will say it again: frozen blueberries.
  • Plants that are still alive in your house years after purchase. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!
  • Lime slices.

7 Monday

  • Your refrigerator.
  • Spinach and chicken.
  • Fiber.
  • The competing thoughts and feelings that swirl around inside. What a wonder.
  • When you need an attitude change: exercise.
  • The Sunday edition of The New York Times.
  • What Bukowski teaches you about writing.
  • Corn flakes.

6 Sunday

  • Parallel bars.
  • Ab work.
  • Mobility time.
  • Feeling happy before first light.
  • The house blend.
  • A clean drawer.
  • No No: A Dockumentary.
  • Your oven.
  • Nighttime in summertime.

5 Saturday

  • A racing heart.
  • A chance to walk before the heat rolls in.
  • A hundred push-ups.
  • Water.
  • Tents.
  • Fatigue.
  • Cold showers.
  • Calming treats.
  • Bosch.

4 Friday

  • Cool air.
  • A cool new T-shirt.
  • Static.

3 Thursday

  • Peppermint ice cream.
  • Restarts.
  • Heavy sleep.
  • Lunges.
  • Easy push-ups.
  • Ice cubes. Square ones.
  • A cool house.
  • Rough days.
  • Hard-boiled eggs.

2 Wednesday

  • Short weeks.
  • When the dog wears you out on the morning walk.
  • Shoulder progress.
  • The funny things you say to yourself.
  • Visceral reactions.
  • Windmills. The exercise. Not the machines that spin in the breeze. Or the ones in Don Quixote. But those are good, too.
  • Chicken and walnut salad with kefir cucumber dressing.

1 Tuesday

  • Squats before the neighbors have woken up.
  • Having read a lot.
  • Patience, grasshopper.
  • Retyping moving passages.
  • Attempts at humor.
  • Cardinals.
  • Mini cucumbers.
  • Glucosamine.
  • Pumpkin seeds.
  • The chipmunk who visited this morning.