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.

@mayofeb2020

There is a fire in close distance to my city. The strong wind of 40 plus miles an hour did not help. The helicopter and water carrying planes are grounded because of the wind. So far 60,000 residents in my city have been evacuated. Sitting tight and hope the wind dies down so the fire department and rescue planes can do their job. I can smell smoke inside my house. No walk today!

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How frightening for you and others, @mayofeb2020! Sending best wishes that it can soon be put out!

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@kismet85

Apparently the photo I'm trying to upload is to big. If anyone is interested in seeing it, I would be more then willing to show it to you.

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@kismet85, can you save a smaller or lower resolution version of the photo and then post it?

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@mayofeb2020

My son and I are up here in my daughter's place. Our area is in pre evacuation area. If things get better, he will go home and I'll stay at my daughter's until this weekend. Thx for all your good wishes. I've lived in CA for decades and this is the first fire that's that close to my home.

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@mayofeb2020 Glad to hear your save to many fires here in CA.

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@lioness

@mayofeb2020 Glad to hear your save to many fires here in CA.

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I hear you!
My son and family live in California.
Prayers for your safely.

My grandchildren have not been able to go to school..
Except on line.

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@helenfrancis Let's forget about 2020 terrible all are working from home and schooling online for grandson

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As I was sitting at the computer looking out the window this morning I noticed the bird feeder was looking kind of sparse. The sun was shining and it looks like a beautiful day in the neighborhood…except that it was 14 degrees outside. I dug out the warm parka, gloves and boots and gathered the bird food and carefully walked to the feeder using my best old guy balance moves (putting on a show for the wife who was watching from the window 🙂). Now that I'm back inside a warm house, I see a few creatures catching a quick breakfast and giving me a photo op.

P.S. – Always leave some extra near the ground for the squirrels.

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@johnbishop

As I was sitting at the computer looking out the window this morning I noticed the bird feeder was looking kind of sparse. The sun was shining and it looks like a beautiful day in the neighborhood…except that it was 14 degrees outside. I dug out the warm parka, gloves and boots and gathered the bird food and carefully walked to the feeder using my best old guy balance moves (putting on a show for the wife who was watching from the window 🙂). Now that I'm back inside a warm house, I see a few creatures catching a quick breakfast and giving me a photo op.

P.S. – Always leave some extra near the ground for the squirrels.

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@johnbishop, That looks like one very happy little squirrel feasting away! Hope your wife gave you much deserved applause for navigating to and from the feeders successfully! Smiles

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@lioness

@mayofob2020 Thought about you when I heard about fire stay safe if fireman say go please go we don't want something to happen to you

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@mayofob2020, I am so sorry you are still dealing with the fires. And now the Santa Ana winds are picking up. If this is your first time with the fires……then extra hugs coming your way. I have lived in CA off an on all my life. The last time was 20 years during which I was evacuated 3 times.

I so agree with the message……."if the fireman says go…….please go." And on your way out….grab your mask.

My best….don't forget to avoid the smoke and particulates.

May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.
Chris

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@artscaping

@mayofob2020, I am so sorry you are still dealing with the fires. And now the Santa Ana winds are picking up. If this is your first time with the fires……then extra hugs coming your way. I have lived in CA off an on all my life. The last time was 20 years during which I was evacuated 3 times.

I so agree with the message……."if the fireman says go…….please go." And on your way out….grab your mask.

My best….don't forget to avoid the smoke and particulates.

May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.
Chris

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@artscaping. Thank you. My son and I went to my daughter's Monday afternoon. The air was so thick with smoke we cannot see the sky. Win was blowing at 60 miles. We were next in line to evacuate. I was planning on staying through to the weekend, but I felt so discombobulated. My daughter and son in law were working at home. They were so busy they had to eat their meals at the desks. Board meetings, what not. I don't want them to worry about me too. My son was working there as well. On Tuesday, the wind died down a little and the fire department was able to use helicopter and planes to get water to douse the fire. The wind changed a little bit and we were no longer in the path. So we decided to come home. Oh, my son has a dog too, so we couldn't just go to a hotel. My daughter was sad I had to leave but I'll visit again under better circumstances. There's still smoke in the air though not as thick. My patio us covered with pine needles. Almost all the leaves on my money tree were blown off. There is another fire in another county. Please pray for the two firefighters who were critically injured. Burnt over 60 percent of their bodies. The fire department did a wonderful job, as usual. Can't thank them enough.

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@mayofeb2020

@artscaping. Thank you. My son and I went to my daughter's Monday afternoon. The air was so thick with smoke we cannot see the sky. Win was blowing at 60 miles. We were next in line to evacuate. I was planning on staying through to the weekend, but I felt so discombobulated. My daughter and son in law were working at home. They were so busy they had to eat their meals at the desks. Board meetings, what not. I don't want them to worry about me too. My son was working there as well. On Tuesday, the wind died down a little and the fire department was able to use helicopter and planes to get water to douse the fire. The wind changed a little bit and we were no longer in the path. So we decided to come home. Oh, my son has a dog too, so we couldn't just go to a hotel. My daughter was sad I had to leave but I'll visit again under better circumstances. There's still smoke in the air though not as thick. My patio us covered with pine needles. Almost all the leaves on my money tree were blown off. There is another fire in another county. Please pray for the two firefighters who were critically injured. Burnt over 60 percent of their bodies. The fire department did a wonderful job, as usual. Can't thank them enough.

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@mayofeb2020, Sounds like you have covered all the bases. I understand about discombobulated. My granddaughter had to help me the last time. I get panicky. I have a friend who is a retired fireman. And five of our young firemen on the mountain died at a fire that was set by an arsonist. Please be safe…..and protected. Give the puppy dog some loving. They know when danger is near.

Chris

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Soaking up the rays on the retaining wall just waiting for someone to let her in through the window 😉

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