Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Winter Cheer

It is feeling much like winter today, without the snow. We had freezing rain earlier, but now it is just cold, having apparently reached the high today of 36, and we are headed down to 28 degrees tonight. I would have much preferred to look out the window this morning to something akin to the scene below. Alas, the 10-day forecast is for dry and mild-ish days and cold nights so it seems there will be no white Christmas for us. 

Mild and cold are relative terms, of course. What is weather like where you are this year?
 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Holidays Are Different This Year

 I don't get very many visitors around here these days. Consequently, I don't post as often, as one is motivated by the other. At any rate, I won't miss posting over the holidays.

Things are different this year due to Covid, and not everyone is on the same page when it comes to masks or no masks, to gather together in person or not. This is not to criticize anyone or group, just questions and answers based on nearly a year's worth of reading, statistics and my own ponderings.

Is it real? Yes. 

Is it dangerous? That depends a lot on your age and current health status. 

What is my likelihood of contracting Covid? Well, location, lifestyle and close or prolonged interaction with others outside your household increase your chances of catching it. 

Could I die? Yes, but the percentage is slim. 

You say many people have mild or no symptoms so why should I worry? You could be passing it to susceptible elderly folks or those with compromised health. 

Most people recover don't they? Yes, but some people take weeks or months to recover and some have ongoing health issues because of it. Consider, too, the time lost from work and lost income. They have more than Covid to recover from and both could take a long time.

So, the bottom line is that while it is mild and not troublesome for the majority of those who get it, it is a really big deal to others. Hundreds of thousands have died in the U.S and many more are affected, either directly or by virtue of having lost a friend or loved one.

*As of this writing, over 16 million people in the United States alone have tested positive for Covid, and over 300,000 have died. Worldwide, over 1.6 million people have died from Covid. 

Is it serious? That is for you to decide for yourself and act accordingly, and wash your hands often.

*https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

There are many sources of covid information. I don't know that any of them are entirely accurate due to discrepancies in testing and reporting, etc.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

I Missed It!

Can you believe it? I actually missed my 11th Blog Anniversary Date! I guess this year has really messed up things. So, instead of reminiscing or rambling down memory lane, I will show you our lovely Sophie.


I love to use the features of my smart phone camera to enhance pictures, adding special effects and a frame. I took this one a step further into Autodesk Sketchbook and softened the background because this was just an random picture taken in a cluttered room. Pretty cat but not so pretty backdrop.

Thanks to Sophie for helping me belatedly acknowledge my 11th blogoversary (September 20, 2009).
 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Project Obliteration

The dog days of summer are brutal here in the South, and sweat runs in rivers before you have taken three steps. Alas, we must push onward. There is much to be done. Unfortunately, I again failed to take before pictures, so my description shall have to suffice.


This has been an eyesore for years with overgrown vines covering fallen sticks and hiding rocks from past flower gardens. The vines were mostly obliterated with the weed eater and out of control bushes were given a dramatic makeover. It's not finished, but at least it is not the embarrassing mess it was.

Project Obliteration shall continue until all the vines have been...well obliterated.

Garden update: We have gotten a number of shishitos from our one plant. The poblano has several peppers, as well as the bells. One tomato plant has some green tomatoes on it. The other, I think, is too chewed off to bloom. Maybe I can get some carrots planted for fall. Right now it is too stinking hot for tender plants to survive.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

I'm okay and so are you!

It is a beautiful Sunday morning. 
Let this little red leaf remind you that it's okay to be different.
 Be yourself and enjoy your day!

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