Friday, April 17, 2020

Not My Ducks


These are not my ducks.
It's been miserable here for days with lots of wet snow,
so I haven't gone down to the ponds along Piney Creek
to look for mallards or other living things.


Not My Ducks
May 31, 2014
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Today was raw with a mixture of rain and fog
that quickly deteriorated into snow and sleet.
Not the best day to venture out ~ but we needed milk.

My virus protocols crashed when I exited the store into driving sleet.
My dishtowel "mask" forced my breath up, fogging my glasses,
and I skated blindly across the parking lot clutching the grocery cart for dear life.
And let me tell you, latex gloves do not keep the cold out
when your hands are pelted with sleet. 
Off with the mask.  Off with the gloves.  Virus be damned.

I am so ready to feast my eyes on living green and colorful flowers.


One Perfect Rose
May 31, 2014
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I had a grocery processing station set up in our garage:
Clorox wipes and the top of an old desk covered with towels.
My plan was to disinfect things that had to go into the fridge
and leave everything else on the desk for 24 hours.
I'd hand the wiped fridge items to Terry,
strip off my clothes in the laundry room, 
toss them in the washer, and race for the shower.

Ha!  I was sleet-soaked from hacking the ice off my car's
windshield and windows in the grocery store parking lot,
frazzled from sliding home in first gear, down hill and up,
and frozen stiff before I unloaded half my ice-sheathed vehicle.

It was way too cold to disinfect groceries in the garage,
let alone leave some there overnight. 
I fled for the coffee pot in the kitchen and poured a steaming cup.
              
      
A Soothing Spring Green
May 31, 2014
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Later, when everything was sorted out and I snug in a robe after a long, hot shower,
I sipped more coffee, and escaped into springtime Hyde Park. 
If I can't go to my special place right now, I'll visit another in my mind.

The weather will warm up, the snow will melt, and I can get back to my ducks.
Until then, I'll think of an English May filled with flowers and greenery.



The Serpentine Bridge 
Marking the Boundary between Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Patiently Waiting
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Snowy Roses
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Terry Enjoying the Roses
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Spring Roses
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Springtime
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Two Comfortable Couples
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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A Burst of Colors
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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A Shaded Passage
Kensington Gardens
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Surprise!
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Peace
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Swan with Cygnets 
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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A Splash of Blue 
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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A "Meadow" in the Middle of London 
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014

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Another Perfect Rose 
Hyde Park
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
London, UK
May 31, 2014
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For Map Lovers Like Me:

Location of London and the United Kingdom






Hyde Park in London






Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park



18 comments:

  1. Another reason to hate the snow. You can keep all of that there haha

    I disinfect things I'll use recently, and then throw the rest in the spare room and leave em there for 3-7 days depending on when I need them. Strip when I come home too. Such a pain in the arse.

    The green shall show again soon as not your ducks enjoy places elsewhere and pups wait to go a walking.

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    1. You're right, Pat. It is a pain in the arse! And the contents of my overloaded grocery cart are now stashed in the spare bedroom and likely to be there for a while. My grocery store was better stocked, so I ran amok. It's funny what a little scarcity does to the psyche ~ LOL. I saw toilet paper for the first time in about six weeks and grabbed a large pack, even as my brain was telling me we had enough for now. Hopefully we'll laugh about all this in the not too distant future. Take care!

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  2. Sorry you are getting snow. We're rather cool for April but at least it's a beautiful seventy degrees with no humidity during the day.
    I don't think I saw Hyde park when I lived there, but that was many, many years ago.

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    1. No humidity is a great thing, Alex! Seventy degrees sounds lovely ~ enjoy, my friend. If you ever get back to London, wandering through Hyde Park is delightful. Have a good one!

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  3. Ugh, what crappy weather! Just adds insult to injury, doesn't it.

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    1. It surely does, Debra! Stay safe and well with your Rare One!

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  4. I'm so sorry. Tell Terry you are not going out again.

    I just spent the last 30 minutes unloading groceries, dumping them on the floor, and then wiping down everything before I put them away.

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    1. Hopefully we won't have any more sleet this spring, Diane. I was relieved to see mostly stocked shelves for the first time in ages. I'm starting to settle into this new normal. Everyone is kindly commiserating with me about my misadventures yesterday. Obviously I have to work on writing humor. I was trying to be funny. What I'd give for a mind like the one that came up with the toilet seat airplane window meme! Take care, my friend!

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  5. Now all that is needed is the video to go with your story!!! I scored the best prize last week, a time slot for a Click and Collect, do it all online, you have to be so ready with your order, credit card details all done, items in the cart, then at the checkout, and exactly 7 days before any time slot, be SO ready to get a slot. Our friend was there at 5 p.m. Thursday, everything in paper bags, frozens come out of the freezer just before your time, as do things form the chiller, all masked with our name, and BAG 1/1.I was so impressed. We continue to be in lockdown, over 70's will be advised to stay home even if the lockdown does not have so many restrictions. You up North are in a far more serious situation than us here. Now, there is a total quarantine when anyone flies in, compulsory for 14 days in a hotel, paid for by the government, no exceptions. We all need some humour right now, mine was finding a " Tiny wee mousie" in the hall, resting neatly on a photo frame, quite dead!!! Guess Boris or Moxy had their moment of fun too.

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    1. Kudos to you for snagging a time slot, Jean! Our store is finally offering pickup service, but you have to wait days for a slot. No delivery or shipping services though. Yes, I'm afraid that those of us over 70 will be living under restrictions for quite a while, at least until we have a vaccine widely available. I am beyond appalled at how the US is dealing with the virus, and unfortunately people are dying because of it. My only control in all of this is to do the best I can to keep Terry and me healthy. And now I'm feeling I have things much more under control. I scored toilet paper ~ LOL My trainer Julie was telling me today that Cosco had an entire aisle crammed with toilet paper last weekend. She put my through my paces today. I can't believe how much I look forward to our FaceTime sessions three times/week, especially since she wipes me out every time. I'm glad that you and Hugh are hanging in there. At least you don't have to worry about mice! Take care, my friend! Sending you love and hugs!

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  6. The dog looks very relaxed.

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    1. He certainly does, Adam! I envy the fortunate cats and dogs that can chill like that. Have a great weekend, my friend. You and Daisy take care!

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  7. Hey Beautiful Soul! So good to read you! I hope the bad weather is gone! I loved all your pictures!! Thank you! Soon, we will all be able to go out again! Please stay safe! Big Hugs! ( Have fun grocery shopping! LOL!)

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  8. Glad you could escape dreary, cold, drizzly, snowly, sleety, CO weather with pictures of prettier places! I don't blame you! I am blessed with fine (but rather hot) weather. If I am to be confined at home, in some ways I'd love to be in CO!

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  9. We are having rain and thunderstorms every few days (and just missed a tornado last Monday), but otherwise it's been beautiful and I've done lots of bicycling. Hang in there. Did you go to Kew Gardens outside of London?

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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  10. Oh, Louise, I can sooooooooo relate! Our weather has been mostly crappy. Cold, wet, dark... In one way I think it's not too bad because it encourages people to continue to stay home. But we're allowed to go out and walk, and this makes it harder. Yesterday, thankfully, we had sunshine and warmer temperatures, so we went for a walk...twice! Later that evening, we had snowflakes :)

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  11. Sorry that that snowy day rush dear Louise

    i always enjoy your story telling so much ,such mighty and flawless expression that aways drive me into situation with you :)

    your way to disinfect groceries is almost same as we do here , it take long things to reach in fridge and it take long to people who come from outside to reach their comfort zone ,boring but necessary what to do :(

    Oh thank you sooooooooooooooooooooo much for the treat form Hyde park visit ,it just made my day :) it seems nature has put out her good will and beautiful heart for visitors :)))

    even you in last image seem like a bundle of joy ,a lovely delightful flower :)
    i hope snow ends soo and you enjoy your walk to favorite park and yes meet your ducks :)
    stay healthy and beautiful as always!
    hugs!

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  12. London has the prettiest gardens! I do wish I could be walking through them right now.

    Your grocery run sounds positively miserable. I haven't been to the grocers in over a month. Jason has to do all of the shopping and disinfecting when he gets home. He leaves the dry goods quarantined in the garage for 3 days.

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