Sunday, May 3, 2020

Bringing in May




Another week of lockdown has come and gone. The time really flies when you're stuck at home, doesn't it? Our state is slowly opening back up while our positive cases continue to climb and climb. Florence county is leading the way with big daily increases, as well as number of deaths relative to the rest of South Carolina. It's already May so who knows how much longer social isolation will need to be maintained? I'm tired of it all (who isn't?) but since our local numbers keep going up this is no time to throw caution to the wind. I miss normal life so much, though.

Speaking of which, two of my book club friends and I found a creative way to spend time together on Saturday morning! We went through the drive-thru at Krispy Kreme in our individual cars for doughnuts and coffee, and then found an empty parking lot where we parked our cars in a triangle formation and rolled down the windows to talk. It was so good to see their faces!



The back porch and the bird feeder continue to be a daily source of happiness. On Thursday evening, May Eve, we saw two rabbits run the length of our back yard along the property line just before sunset! They appeared to be headed towards the creek. That was the first time we've ever seen rabbits at this house, and it seemed to be an auspicious date for it. Rabbit sightings have always been a sort of personal good luck omen to my husband and me. We started spotting them over and over in the weeks leading up to our wedding (14 years ago now) and during our honeymoon. The Painted Buntings are still visiting our feeder, much to my delight. The male is like a little flying jewel, with all his gorgeous colors, and the female is the most beautiful shade of yellowish green. They're exceedingly rare in this area and I'm shocked that they've stayed around for a full week already. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were only here for two days, sadly, but I expected that because they're known for migrating through our state but not sticking around. I feel lucky that we got to see them at all.

We're not the only ones enjoying the back porch these days.





Marco, Ginger, and George all enjoy spending time out there, too. Not at the same time though!Marco can scream so loud that both of the dogs avoid him as much as possible. They dread those ear-piercing shrieks (so do we). When we bring Marco out, both dogs make a beeline back inside the house. Which is for the best, considering that they don't like him much to begin with and if he flew down into their faces something bad could happen. We try to be really careful when he's out of his cage around them.

Today is yet another beautiful day for going outdoors. It's still nice and cool, the sun is bright, and the sky is as blue as can be. I'll be out on the porch watering plants, filling the feeder, and afterwards maybe reading a book. How do you plan to spend your Sunday, friends? Whatever you're up to, I hope you're all well and having a good day!

19 comments:

  1. I am going to TRY and force myself to get to work on a corner of the yard which is covered in poison ivy and other horrible weeds of death.
    Maybe.
    Meanwhile I'm making pancakes which seems a little ridiculous without the prospect of small human pancake monsters to eat them.
    Enjoy your day!

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  2. I made a mistake 2 rows back in my current project, so I will be un-knitting said 2 rows to fix the error. reading, a nap, music are also on the agenda. it's cloudy up here. our lockdown comes off this friday.

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  3. It's funny that the dogs don't like Marco. I hadn't really thought about what that interaction might be like! So glad you're enjoying your porch and your bird feeders, and bravo for finding a creative way to socialize. Just doing the same stuff here -- reading and walking the dog!

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  4. Such a pretty photo the pooches!
    I do not trust this 'opening up' phase. History shows this usually causes a 2nd surge of illness more intense than the first. I'm staying put.

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  5. I applaud your creative and triangular Krispy Kreme get together. That's the spirit!

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  6. Our state is also starting to open up this week even though the number of cases are still rising like yours. Brilliant isn't it? However the county I live in has more cases than elsewhere in the state so we will be closed a bit longer. I think it all will come to us individually using our common sense.

    I love your porch and I know your pets do too. We have a deck but not screened in with a roof. Isn't it wonderful to sit out and enjoy the Spring!

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  7. I loved seeing the pictures of your pets. They help to make this isolation bearable, don't they?

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  8. The same can be said for Cumberland County, our infection rate is still climbing as well as our death rate. We're about 90 miles from Philly so we're considered part of the hot zone. Lily loves being outside. Seig? He likes sitting on the sofa looking out the window.

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  9. I spent my morning watering all the plants on the porch, too, Jennifer. It felt so nice; it's been months since I've had plants to take care of.

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  10. People are seeing wild animals in the most odd places. I met a Hedgehog yesterday afternoon; he was simply wandering across the lawn.

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  11. Thumbs up for the rabbits!
    We spent Sunday (yesterday) at the cottage. It was O.K.'s birthday and he had many phone calls; also, one neighbour and two friends came to the front door (independently of each other), so there was almost an impromptu party - on the street, with lots of distance!

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  12. So glad you can find ways to visit with friends. We're not allowed more than momentary interactions. That should change in another week with our next phase of easing. Our covid-19 numbers improve every day and yet our restrictions are easing much more slowly than yours (and have been much more extreme in the first place). Stay well!

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  13. It's shocking to me that several American states want to "open up" even as death tolls are rising. Trump's approach has not helped. A supermarket security guard was shot dead in Flint, Michigan yesterday. Surely, that was partly down to Trump siding with armed right wing agitators in that state - instead of doing what he should have done - supporting the governor.

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