October 2020

by Tom Swift

31 Saturday

  • Halloween.
  • Scary movies.
  • Taking care of the trees that take care of you.
  • Nice guys.
  • Everyone who is spending their time trying to save democracy.

30 Friday

  • Hustle.
  • Ending on a good note.
  • When the late package finally arrives.
  • Pizza night.
  • Time.
  • Being valued.
  • Yogurt + cottage cheese.

29 Thursday

  • Peace.
  • Quiet.
  • Thirst.
  • Fatigue.
  • Falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

28 Wednesday

  • Signs you have stronger shoulders.
  • Long walks on warmer evenings.
  • Motion lights.
  • Close quarters.
  • Leftover spaghetti.
  • The Americans.
  • Vote.org.

27 Tuesday

  • That moment when the dog is fed and exercised and the work day is done and the steak and mushrooms are made and you have gotten your three things list done (and even written a bit) and you exhale and watch a show and just be.
  • Getting lucky. With your schedule.

26 Monday

  • Your dog’s birth.
  • Morning energy.
  • Morning coffee.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Heat.
  • Mid-day sun.
  • Spaghetti.

25 Sunday

  • Teachers.
  • Zoom.
  • Mobility time.
  • Car rides with the little buddy.
  • Yard waste bags.
  • Special meals.
  • Printed books and newspapers.
  • Cool air.
  • Oatmeal at night.

24 Saturday

  • The way organizing something physically clears the mind psychologically.
  • Salmon.
  • Borat moviefilm.
  • Clarity.

23 Friday

  • Your way.
  • Time.
  • The way the psyche catches up eventually.
  • Humor.
  • Challenges.
  • Melting snow.
  • The chance to study something.
  • Friends who know more than you do.

23 Thursday

  • Full-body workouts.
  • Increased energy.
  • Steve Schmidt.

21 Wednesday

  • Long walks in cold weather.
  • Broccoli pizza.
  • Great conversation.
  • Feeling stimulated and grounded at the same time.
  • Squats.
  • Squirrels on your fence.
  • Hustle.
  • The good that comes when you use the writing muscle.

20 Tuesday

  • An honest mechanic.
  • A small bill.
  • Good news.
  • Early walks.
  • Early workouts.
  • The moment you file a piece.
  • Being able to walk to your car shop.
  • The first snow.
  • The way you see things.
  • Tater tots.

19 Monday

  • Finally learning how to do side lateral raises right.
  • The dark morning drive to the gym.
  • Your furnace.
  • Small bits of progress.
  • Lenny’s cookies.

18 Sunday

  • Lowertown, St. Paul.
  • Walks.
  • The chance learn how to be better at walking.
  • “The Walk of Life” by Dire Straits.
  • Going to the grocery store at night.
  • Chili with Mexican chips.
  • Pumpkins on front steps.

17 Saturday

  • Meditation.
  • Full bags of leaves.
  • The bird that flew into the side of your house. May he live long and prosper.
  • Having many interests.
  • Extra hours of darkness. Thanks, little buddy, for waking us up.
  • The first snow.
  • The sound of rain.

11 Sunday

  • Friend time.
  • Day-old coffee.
  • New solutions to repeat problems.
  • Good questions.
  • Power naps.
  • Experience.
  • Sunsets over a lake.

10 Saturday

  • Learning a lesson you won’t forget.
  • Feedback.
  • Loneliness.
  • Warm October nights.

9 Friday

  • Recycling centers.
  • LED lightbulbs. What an eye-opener.
  • Eye exams.
  • Salmon night.
  • Potatoes with garlic.

8 Thursday

  • Meditations.
  • Pizza night.
  • Orange leaves.
  • Red leaves.
  • A walking lunch.
  • Meditation.

4 Sunday

  • Lake Hiawatha.
  • Hillside Cemetery.
  • Gift cards that pay for dinner.
  • Raking leaves.
  • New light bulbs.
  • Fall light.
  • Reading printed newspapers and printed books before bed.

3 Saturday

  • Lake Nokomis.
  • Fall afternoons.
  • Libraries.
  • Starting new books.
  • Tim Riggins.

1 Thursday

  • New responsibilities.
  • New ideas.
  • New plans.
  • Expressing fears.
  • Honey ginger echinacea drink.
  • Coach Eric Taylor.
  • Doing an entire workout with a single bar.
  • Frozen pizza.