Election Week Plan

Topics: culture
drawing of a bee


A friend told me that Harry Truman went to bed the night of his 1948 election with his usual glass of buttermilk. I checked and found this true. 

I am hoping to do the same or something similar next Tuesday, November 3rd. Though I am not running for any office whatsoever, I am nervous about that day and what it will bring.

Here is my plan for this week to help me get to a buttermilk night. I’m sharing it in case you need something similar. 


  • Mail a gift to my German friend to remind myself of our interconnected world
  • Check on my bees


  • Donate to a food bank to remind myself of my connection to the local community
  • Check on my bees


  • Do some art with Quinton–maybe finish our jack-o-lanterns at last–for my family connection
  • Check on my bees


  • Eat take out and watch a movie with my loved ones, remembering all the amazing people in the world who make me food and art
  • Check on my bees

Saturday (All Hallows Eve)

  • Enjoy my Harry Potter Halloween where we cook all things the house elves would make at Hogwarts because this brings me joy. (Pinterest will be my friend)
  • Help my bees by cleaning out the ones who have died for the winter from the entrance to their hive

Sunday (Samhain and All Saints’ Day–The Day of the Dead begins)

  • Attend services for All Saints Day through my computer and with my family, remembering my ancestors
  • Check on my bees

Monday  (All Souls’ Day–The Day of the Dead continues)

  • Practice the walking Metta prayer the best I can with compassion for myself, those I love easily, and those who challenge me to love them anyway
  • Check on my bees

Tuesday, Election Night

  • Limit my news check to 3 times during the day–once in the morning, midday, and then at night but not too close to bed time. (Unlike Grandma Z and Truman, I actually hate buttermilk and will stick to tea.)
  • Check on my bees

Wednesday After the Election

  • If some of my chosen candidates win….I will be gracious and make plans for how I will keep working for a better world.
  • If some of my chosen candidates lose…I will seek solace and make plans for how I will keep working for a better world.
  • Check on my bees (I’m counting on them to keep on buzzing no matter what.)


About the author: Karrie Zylstra Myton is a blogger, essayist, and aspiring author who writes for the wild joy it brings on the best days and the hard lessons she learns about life on the worst. After crafting stories in the ridiculously early morning hours, she chases her two sons, cuddles with cats, and laughs with her husband about how crazy life can get in middle age.

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  • Beverly Raschke October 27, 2020, 7:48 AM

    Love your blogs and bees

    • Karrie Zylstra October 27, 2020, 7:55 AM

      Thanks, Bev. That means an awful lot to me.

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