Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Mar 16 6:25pm

Let's create a space to offer a daily reprieve.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty and fear into our lives. Some of that fear and uncertainty can be caused by over thinking what is going on or unnecessarily worrying. So, I'm making sure I wash my hands frequently, not touching my face, staying away from social gatherings and all of the recommended guidelines to help avoid getting or spreading COVID-19 but it can be a little boring. I try to not watch news all day long while I'm in this self imposed captivity. I like to take pictures of birds and other creatures from my window as a welcome break.

I invite you to join me in sharing pictures, favorite poems, sayings, mottos, funny moments. Let's take a daily break together.

Bird of the day just showed up a few minutes ago — my friend the upside down bird a.k.a. a Minnesota white-breasted nuthatch.

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Just asking: With the world so topsy-turvey right now, was this little cutie eating this way Before the virus??? Smiles and thanks for the nuthatch photo! Know just how he feels, reading about a lot of nut-hatched mortals out there now. LOL

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Here is the "whimsey corner" my neighbor and I are keeping up. It is on a corner. The coyote was added this morning; he suffered a boo-boo in transport, so earned a bandage. ;)) Off the right side of frame is our property, with all empty lots surrounding it.
Ginger

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@johnbishop

Bird of the day just showed up a few minutes ago — my friend the upside down bird a.k.a. a Minnesota white-breasted nuthatch.

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@johnbishop Well, John, there is one bright spot in the crisis. My daughter who is isolated and recovering from Covid-19 has time to admire the birds at the feeder on her 3rd floor deck- today I got a photo from her of a "cute" new bird – a European starling. After I told her what it was she spent the rest of the day rapping on the window to chase it away because the finches, cardinals and robins nest nearby and she doesn't want the starling hanging around to steal someone's nest.
The good news, after 11 days she feels a little better today, but still has a wicked cough and other unpleasant symptoms. We are thankful she is no worse and still praying.

Sue

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@sueinmn So glad to hear about your daughter that's great news you have to be relieved .

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@sueinmn

@johnbishop Well, John, there is one bright spot in the crisis. My daughter who is isolated and recovering from Covid-19 has time to admire the birds at the feeder on her 3rd floor deck- today I got a photo from her of a "cute" new bird – a European starling. After I told her what it was she spent the rest of the day rapping on the window to chase it away because the finches, cardinals and robins nest nearby and she doesn't want the starling hanging around to steal someone's nest.
The good news, after 11 days she feels a little better today, but still has a wicked cough and other unpleasant symptoms. We are thankful she is no worse and still praying.

Sue

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Hi Sue! @sueinmn, that is really good news about your daughter. We have 5 cases here in Dodge County and I think there are 34 cases in Olmsted County where Rochester is. Birds are really fun to watch. I do need to rethink my bird feeder near my window and see if I can get a better one so that I'm not getting the squirrels any fatter than they already are. It's usually good until we get a good amount of snow which makes it easier for the squirrels to jump over the guard on the feeder. Will continue to pray for a quick recovery for your daughter. I really worry about our daughter working at Mayo in the Orthopedic Surgery area. I think she said they take their temperatures 2 or 3 times a day and now she may get a chance to schedule some of her days with another coworker to work at home. I think one of them has to be in the building.

John

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@johnbishop

Hi Sue! @sueinmn, that is really good news about your daughter. We have 5 cases here in Dodge County and I think there are 34 cases in Olmsted County where Rochester is. Birds are really fun to watch. I do need to rethink my bird feeder near my window and see if I can get a better one so that I'm not getting the squirrels any fatter than they already are. It's usually good until we get a good amount of snow which makes it easier for the squirrels to jump over the guard on the feeder. Will continue to pray for a quick recovery for your daughter. I really worry about our daughter working at Mayo in the Orthopedic Surgery area. I think she said they take their temperatures 2 or 3 times a day and now she may get a chance to schedule some of her days with another coworker to work at home. I think one of them has to be in the building.

John

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Just a thought, I have seen people grease the fence or areas where the squirrels can climb. Kinda mucks up their climb. You would have to figure out a situation for the snow though. I wonder if the snow would fall off of greased areas? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I have to admit, squirrels are very persistent if they want something. Guess they have to be, huh?

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@gingerw

Here is the "whimsey corner" my neighbor and I are keeping up. It is on a corner. The coyote was added this morning; he suffered a boo-boo in transport, so earned a bandage. ;)) Off the right side of frame is our property, with all empty lots surrounding it.
Ginger

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Very cool! Just one thing, if that white and pink large object in the front (I can only see the back) is not a rabbit, I demand a large rabbit be added. Well, not me, but Snowball and Dandelion my buns do.🐇🐇 Bunny lives matter. 😂🤣

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@johnbishop

Hi Sue! @sueinmn, that is really good news about your daughter. We have 5 cases here in Dodge County and I think there are 34 cases in Olmsted County where Rochester is. Birds are really fun to watch. I do need to rethink my bird feeder near my window and see if I can get a better one so that I'm not getting the squirrels any fatter than they already are. It's usually good until we get a good amount of snow which makes it easier for the squirrels to jump over the guard on the feeder. Will continue to pray for a quick recovery for your daughter. I really worry about our daughter working at Mayo in the Orthopedic Surgery area. I think she said they take their temperatures 2 or 3 times a day and now she may get a chance to schedule some of her days with another coworker to work at home. I think one of them has to be in the building.

John

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Health care workers are our heroes. We owe them a great debt and gratitude and we must remember them and their families in our prayers.

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I am not afraid. I take the necessary/advised precautions, and the rest is in God's hands. Whatever will be, will be. I live alone in a very rural area so I don't have much contact with live humans. I already spend most of my time at home, either indoors or out and I have 6 critters that are dependent on me. Four Wheekers (Guinea Pigs) that never shut up because they think they should be fed 24×7 and always want something different from what they already have, and Two White Bunnies with Red Eyes (rescues, my favorite breed), Snowball and Dandelion, aka Doodie, thus my user name. The girls pretty much own the living room. If I ever manage to get it all cleaned and am able to take a photo before it goes to the crapper, I'll send you one or put one up. 🐇🐇🐹🐹🐹🐹 Those are hamsters, the piggies are not happy there is no Guinea Pig emoji. Oh, btw, I know how you are spending your self-isolation–hanging out 24×7 on Mayo Connect. You are just everywhere, lol. BTW, 1.1 AHI last night, you jealous?

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@gingerw

Here is the "whimsey corner" my neighbor and I are keeping up. It is on a corner. The coyote was added this morning; he suffered a boo-boo in transport, so earned a bandage. ;)) Off the right side of frame is our property, with all empty lots surrounding it.
Ginger

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Ginger, This definitely brings a smile!

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@sueinmn

@johnbishop Well, John, there is one bright spot in the crisis. My daughter who is isolated and recovering from Covid-19 has time to admire the birds at the feeder on her 3rd floor deck- today I got a photo from her of a "cute" new bird – a European starling. After I told her what it was she spent the rest of the day rapping on the window to chase it away because the finches, cardinals and robins nest nearby and she doesn't want the starling hanging around to steal someone's nest.
The good news, after 11 days she feels a little better today, but still has a wicked cough and other unpleasant symptoms. We are thankful she is no worse and still praying.

Sue

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So thankful to hear your daughter is recovering❤️

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@ilovedoodie

I am not afraid. I take the necessary/advised precautions, and the rest is in God's hands. Whatever will be, will be. I live alone in a very rural area so I don't have much contact with live humans. I already spend most of my time at home, either indoors or out and I have 6 critters that are dependent on me. Four Wheekers (Guinea Pigs) that never shut up because they think they should be fed 24×7 and always want something different from what they already have, and Two White Bunnies with Red Eyes (rescues, my favorite breed), Snowball and Dandelion, aka Doodie, thus my user name. The girls pretty much own the living room. If I ever manage to get it all cleaned and am able to take a photo before it goes to the crapper, I'll send you one or put one up. 🐇🐇🐹🐹🐹🐹 Those are hamsters, the piggies are not happy there is no Guinea Pig emoji. Oh, btw, I know how you are spending your self-isolation–hanging out 24×7 on Mayo Connect. You are just everywhere, lol. BTW, 1.1 AHI last night, you jealous?

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Jealous am I with my 5 AHI – lots of hip pain and trying get comfortable

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@ilovedoodie

I am not afraid. I take the necessary/advised precautions, and the rest is in God's hands. Whatever will be, will be. I live alone in a very rural area so I don't have much contact with live humans. I already spend most of my time at home, either indoors or out and I have 6 critters that are dependent on me. Four Wheekers (Guinea Pigs) that never shut up because they think they should be fed 24×7 and always want something different from what they already have, and Two White Bunnies with Red Eyes (rescues, my favorite breed), Snowball and Dandelion, aka Doodie, thus my user name. The girls pretty much own the living room. If I ever manage to get it all cleaned and am able to take a photo before it goes to the crapper, I'll send you one or put one up. 🐇🐇🐹🐹🐹🐹 Those are hamsters, the piggies are not happy there is no Guinea Pig emoji. Oh, btw, I know how you are spending your self-isolation–hanging out 24×7 on Mayo Connect. You are just everywhere, lol. BTW, 1.1 AHI last night, you jealous?

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Pics of critters please – I am jealous

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@ilovedoodie

Very cool! Just one thing, if that white and pink large object in the front (I can only see the back) is not a rabbit, I demand a large rabbit be added. Well, not me, but Snowball and Dandelion my buns do.🐇🐇 Bunny lives matter. 😂🤣

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@ilovedoodie That pink and white object is the rabbit. The yellow hat is sitting between the ears of the critter! Is actually is a piece of a dead tree that looks like rabbit ears, and was painted. We will be decorating 4 different holidays and seasons throughout the year. We're also taking bets that my coyote will stay and nobody will walk off with it! That coyote has been with me for over 20 years and has moved several times, been many places, and seeing lots of things. Our husband's just shake their head. The neighbor's grown children are embarrassed. Mission accomplished!
Ginger

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