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.

@johnbishop

Mean eye's name is Oreo. I found her about 15 years or so ago in a local vet hospital on a pedestal with 2 other kittens. I was there working on one of their computers and saw her – the runt of the litter. She was so unusual looking and when I picked her up she purred and I was hooked. Called the wife and took her home the same day. Funny thing after a week or so I got several calls asking me if I still wanted to keep her as 3 or 4 other folks came back and also wanted her. She's the only cat I've ever been able to teach how to play fetch although when she got tired she would just drop the trinket we were using and walk away. 🙂

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@johnbishop Love the cat pictures especially mean? Ive never seen markings on a cat like that before Cute thanks

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@sueinmn

@johnbishop Remember John, last year we had a blizzard on April 10th (I remember because we were driving through it!) Extremes though, it is going to be 95F here today – but I'm not going to complain, we are safe, warm and able to stay busy!
Hope to post a new "Inspiration" later – have been asked for surgical caps by RN daughter and neighbor here – got some great prints & getting ready to do a trial run.
Sue

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@sueinmn I do remember the blizzard last year on April 10th…Sema picked up my garden tractor with snowblower and lawnmower deck to switch them over a few days before the blizzard. Fortunately I didn't need it for the snow…was able to let it melt. Glad to hear you are warm & safe!

Funny story I know you will appreciate – my wife got off the phone with her twin sister who is still down there in the park and some of them have their own definition of social distancing. Evidently a larger group gathered in one of the units yards and were socializing but I'm not sure how close when a small drone hovered overhead for a few minutes and then left. I came back a little while later and hovered again and went away. The next day every unit in the park got a cease and desist letter to stay in your own unit. According to her sister it seems like they are all finally taking things seriously.

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Cute @bookysue!

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@lioness

@johnbishop Love the cat pictures especially mean? Ive never seen markings on a cat like that before Cute thanks

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She was the first one that I saw with a split face but I've seen a lot more since I got her. Evidently it's not so unusual with Tortie's.

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@johnbishop

@sueinmn I do remember the blizzard last year on April 10th…Sema picked up my garden tractor with snowblower and lawnmower deck to switch them over a few days before the blizzard. Fortunately I didn't need it for the snow…was able to let it melt. Glad to hear you are warm & safe!

Funny story I know you will appreciate – my wife got off the phone with her twin sister who is still down there in the park and some of them have their own definition of social distancing. Evidently a larger group gathered in one of the units yards and were socializing but I'm not sure how close when a small drone hovered overhead for a few minutes and then left. I came back a little while later and hovered again and went away. The next day every unit in the park got a cease and desist letter to stay in your own unit. According to her sister it seems like they are all finally taking things seriously.

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Wow, a drone monitor! What an innovative idea! I heard about the Australian police using helicopter to disperse people on the beach. The flew low enough (and safe enough) so it created a sand storm.

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@johnbishop

@sueinmn I do remember the blizzard last year on April 10th…Sema picked up my garden tractor with snowblower and lawnmower deck to switch them over a few days before the blizzard. Fortunately I didn't need it for the snow…was able to let it melt. Glad to hear you are warm & safe!

Funny story I know you will appreciate – my wife got off the phone with her twin sister who is still down there in the park and some of them have their own definition of social distancing. Evidently a larger group gathered in one of the units yards and were socializing but I'm not sure how close when a small drone hovered overhead for a few minutes and then left. I came back a little while later and hovered again and went away. The next day every unit in the park got a cease and desist letter to stay in your own unit. According to her sister it seems like they are all finally taking things seriously.

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Omg Big Brother is watching!! I’m a sci fi lover and have found fantasy turning into reality over time too weird

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@johnbishop

She was the first one that I saw with a split face but I've seen a lot more since I got her. Evidently it's not so unusual with Tortie's.

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Interesting. I like how even their nose is split. My mom’s is the first I’ve seen.

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@sueinmn

@johnbishop Remember John, last year we had a blizzard on April 10th (I remember because we were driving through it!) Extremes though, it is going to be 95F here today – but I'm not going to complain, we are safe, warm and able to stay busy!
Hope to post a new "Inspiration" later – have been asked for surgical caps by RN daughter and neighbor here – got some great prints & getting ready to do a trial run.
Sue

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@sueinmn look what showed up in my Memories page… 🙂

Capture

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@johnbishop

@sueinmn I do remember the blizzard last year on April 10th…Sema picked up my garden tractor with snowblower and lawnmower deck to switch them over a few days before the blizzard. Fortunately I didn't need it for the snow…was able to let it melt. Glad to hear you are warm & safe!

Funny story I know you will appreciate – my wife got off the phone with her twin sister who is still down there in the park and some of them have their own definition of social distancing. Evidently a larger group gathered in one of the units yards and were socializing but I'm not sure how close when a small drone hovered overhead for a few minutes and then left. I came back a little while later and hovered again and went away. The next day every unit in the park got a cease and desist letter to stay in your own unit. According to her sister it seems like they are all finally taking things seriously.

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@johnbishop Wow! That must be an Edinburg thing – pretty sure our little town doesn't have drones.
We strictly watch our group sizes & spacing here – 4 can walk within our park and stay 6' or more apart, any more and we break into smaller groups. When we sew masks everything is sanitized before & after, each task is at a well-spaced table with one person. Asst mgr laughs at our efforts to keep things clean & safe, but I think as the numbers here grow even she is beginning to be concerned.
We finally convinced manager to lock our gates to keep out casual visitors and remind residents, many of whom are working millennials, to stay home most of the time.
Under stay-at-home here for at least 15 more days – we manage with one early-morning grocery run per week. Everyone here – shoppers, employees, police are in masks.
Stay safe!
Sue

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@johnbishop

@sueinmn I do remember the blizzard last year on April 10th…Sema picked up my garden tractor with snowblower and lawnmower deck to switch them over a few days before the blizzard. Fortunately I didn't need it for the snow…was able to let it melt. Glad to hear you are warm & safe!

Funny story I know you will appreciate – my wife got off the phone with her twin sister who is still down there in the park and some of them have their own definition of social distancing. Evidently a larger group gathered in one of the units yards and were socializing but I'm not sure how close when a small drone hovered overhead for a few minutes and then left. I came back a little while later and hovered again and went away. The next day every unit in the park got a cease and desist letter to stay in your own unit. According to her sister it seems like they are all finally taking things seriously.

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@johnbishop The drone operator is glad I wasn't in the group being watched. Simply too invasive, and the drone wouldn't have made it home…
Ginger

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@gingerw

@johnbishop The drone operator is glad I wasn't in the group being watched. Simply too invasive, and the drone wouldn't have made it home…
Ginger

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That was my thoughts too @gingerw 🙂

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Whoo Hoo! Won the trifecta late yesterday – a cardinal, an upside down bird and a red house finch or sparrow. The sun is out it's 30 degrees and climbing to a high of 47 for the day. How is your day going?

Tri-Fecta

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@johnbishop

Whoo Hoo! Won the trifecta late yesterday – a cardinal, an upside down bird and a red house finch or sparrow. The sun is out it's 30 degrees and climbing to a high of 47 for the day. How is your day going?

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Oh they are so cute! We have crows, seagulls and more crows. The family of bluebirds nesting in our plum tree, are not crested. I am seeings robins this year again ( went away for a few years?predators?), but in select areas (lake, certain neighborhoods where they feel safe and food source) We have a lot of squirrels, which may be a reason. Hoping to see hummingbirds this year. Usually I plant flowers in big pots on our patio. The love RED and hang nectar. We lost Hobbes (our tabby three weeks ago,I’m still reeling) 18-19 years old . Had been struggling with colon issues ( sound familiar?) (Both of us on similar meds) Goes to show how much our systems are similar. Oops! Digressed here. So, putting multiple feeders out is our plan. Keep those birdie pics coming. I will continue to amaze you with wildlife from Lake Sacajwea, now with multiple pics😀

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Zeirocorp, I so enjoy seeing pics of wildlife and their curious expressions and antics. Thanks for sharing these.

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