How Ya’ll Doin’?

Forgive me, Word Press Friends, for I have sinned.  It has been 6 months since I last posted.

Okay, so it’s not really a sin, but it sure has been awhile! I also realized that I never finished posting about our Pacific Coast Highway Tour … someday I’ll get to it!

I’ve managed to keep up with some of you through Monochromia and others of you through Zoom.

The rest of you, I have missed, and I assume you’ve all been posting regularly.  How ARE you?  What are you doing to keep occupied during this CoVid Crisis?Please share a link in the comments of a post that you would like me to read that will let me catch up on your life and health!

 Here in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the East Coast of North America, we have had tons of rain, and unlike many who have suffered in drought, the rain has allowed the ferns, flowers, and trees to bloom in abundance!  While I still see patients everyday in my Women’s Health / OB / Gyn Office, I am no longer traveling.  This time at home has given me opportunity to photograph some of the beauty right in my own backyard.

The flowers and trees are not rare varietals, but they sure make me happy.

Japanese Maple

Red Bud

Of course, Daffodils

Dogwood – the first photo in this post is a Dogwood as well

Gerbera Daisy

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And … some grocery store Tulips

As I told Joe, this time with my camera has started me thinking about upgrading my gear.  Time to do some research!

Our May wedding has been postponed to September.  Fingers crossed we can proceed.

And I have found time for the bike, although not near enough!

Thus far, family and friends are healthy.  Living in a less than dense area has kept those that I love free from CoVid-19.

Again, please share in the comments how you are doing or link to a recent blog post that would update me on how you are doing!

Monochromia

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You’ve heard it before … I miss you all, and I’m trying to get back into regular posting.  Until then, I’m going to share my photos from Monochromia.

Believe it or not, I save all of the email notifications from your blogs.  Someday soon (I hope) I’ll be visiting!

Fading Beauty

As I walked into the kitchen the other day, I saw the fading blooms on what had been a bright yellow fall mum.  Past it’s prime, the blooms still drew my eye and my camera.

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The demands of new job and civic work will continue to interfere with my ability to post more than a single image for the next few weeks.  Soon though, I’ll be back on track, and until then, I thank you for being here even if I don’t get over to your place.

In the meantime, for those in the US, please make sure you make a plan to vote, and then be sure to follow that plan.

Frightening days, indeed.

Farmers Market Flowers

Just a few more shots from the Flower Seller at the Farmers Market.

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Visit Monochromia to see this first image in B&W.  Do you have a preference?

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#cellphonephotography

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Next time I’ll bring my camera!

Happiness

What is it about sunflowers that make us happy?

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My sister and I spent a few hours in downtown Roanoke this past Saturday while waiting on my motorcycle to get it’s 10,000 mile check.

Breakfast. Exploring the Farmers Market.  Just being silly.

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In addition to all that goodness, I found out that it was the Voltage Regulator that was draining my bike battery. Problem Solved!

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It was a beautiful ride home!  Next time I’ll bring the camera!

Choices

Life is full of them.

Work. Volunteer. Chores. Play.

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And then there is WordPress.  Posting our own blogs and visiting others.

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After visiting as many of you as possible, it’s time to move on for the night.

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I’ll be back soon with photos from time on the water and time on the bike.

Seeking Solace

On the way to work this morning, I pulled over to find solace behind the lens.

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The news out of America, each and every day this week, has been devastating.  Frankly, it’s been this way for much longer than a week.

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We are a terribly divided nation.

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I’ve seen people asking for prayers for Police Officers, without mention of the victims of racial, gender, and sexual violence.
I’ve seen people asking for prayers for the vicims of racial, gender, and sexual violence, without mention of the Police Officers.

We cannot let violence divide us any more than it already has.

I wish the rain could wash away the hate and the violence, but since it can’t we must unite to Stop the Violence!

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As I sit here, listening to the pouring rain, I am horrified by the violence.  I grieve for the families.

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I am saddened and frightened by the divisiveness and hate, and I am angry that we can’t seem to find any solutions to the violence.

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Stand Up

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Amidst the sadness, the anger, and all of the awful wrongs in this world, there is still beauty to be found … in nature, in good people doing great things, and in the heroes who stand up and do what is right.

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Thanks to the two heroes in California for STANDING UP!

We must all STAND UP!  I’m too angry about the injustice to write more right now, nor am I eloquent enough to do so ever.  But I will keep standing up and trying to do right.

The Fullness of May

The month of May is always full … of flowers, and rain, and a lift in the step of folks who have been longing for warmer weather.

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  For me, it is also filled with planning and implementing the Ride of Silence and the Annual Memorial Day Service.

It is such an honor to work alongside others in remembrance of those who have died in the service of the US, or on our public roads.

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Despite the full schedule, there is still time for book group.  I read late into the night on Wednesday in order to be prepared for our Thursday discussion.  We met on the new porch, surrounded by flowers made even more beautiful by the late day sun.

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Have you read “How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky” by Lydia Netzer?

Life is ever full … of friends, of flowers, of books, and service, and I am thankful.