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The Best Disinfectant

Over the weekend we were hoping to get some of that disinfecting UV light, but Saturday it rained all day. My brand new tulips enjoyed it though.

Never fear, because Warrior Sun showed up on Sunday to battle and conquer the plague (using positive, affirmative words can’t hurt).My tulips had a wonderful weekend, getting plenty to drink on Saturday and sunlight on Sunday.I’ve never been a gardener of any sortβ€”don’ t even have plants in the house because I’ve failed them too often. It’s exciting to see my first attempt at planting bulbs in the fall have turned into a vibrant display this spring.

We decided to join in with the flowers to get some UV disinfectant and fresh air, by going on a journey to a park we visited last spring.It was a lovely day, listening to the rush of the water flowing beneath the bridge while the sunlight transformed the water into magical glitters.As I basked in the peacefulness of the moment, something didn’t feel quite right.Could it be that spiny, broken tree was really a mega-spider? Did I feel the need to escape?

When tears began to fill my eyes, I knew it wasn’t fear, but rather, melancholy. Why did I feel half-empty? Something was missing.Deep down, I knew exactly what was missing. The last time we visited this creek park, our guy was still with us.Each new season and each new journey we take without him is a challenge in this first year. But, this is what we sign up for when we adopt these precious gifts from God.

In the meantime, we keep moving forward, soaking in that UV disinfectant.Did the sunlight disinfectant show up in your neighborhood over the weekend?

47 thoughts on “The Best Disinfectant”

  1. Very normal that you’d feel strange without Max, completely understandable. When a dog loves a place you get some sort of energy from them charging about that you don’t get otherwise. I love this beautiful poem, it’s one of my favourites, about walking with a dog (I hope it pastes ok below!):

    Mark Doty – Deep Lane [June 23rd, evening of the first fireflies]

    June 23rd, evening of the first fireflies,
    we’re walking in the cemetery down the road,
    and I look up from my distracted study of whatever,

    an unfocused gaze somewhere a few feet in front of my shoes,

    and see that Ned has run on ahead
    with the champagne plume of his tail held especially high,
    his head erect,

    which is often a sign that he has something he believes he is not allowed to have,

    and in the gathering twilight (what is it that is gathered,
    who is doing the harvesting?) I can make out that the long horizontal
    between his lovely jaws is one of the four stakes planted on the slope

    to indicate where the backhoe will dig a new grave.

    Of course my impulse is to run after him, to replace the marker,
    out of respect for the rule that we won’t desecrate the tombs,
    or at least for those who knew the woman
    whose name inks a placard in the rectangle claimed by the four poles

    of vanishingβ€”three poles nowβ€”and how it’s within their recollection,
    their gathering, she’ll live. Evening of memory. Sparklamps in the grass.
    I stand and watch him go in his wild figure eights,
    I say, You run, darling, you tear up that hill.

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  2. Nothing like a little UV disinfectant, Lori. Lol. Just don’t inject it. Lovely tulips and sunshine – good for the immune system and a wonderful gift from Mother Nature. Have a peaceful week and I hope the weather gives you more opportunities to get outside. ❀ Be well.

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    1. Hi Diana. Thanks for stopping by. I got even more UV disinfectant this weekend (the other was from last week), which I’ll be showing in tomorrow’s post. Did you know that some hospitals actually do inject UV light? They’ve been doing studies on it since at least 2016. I saw a news segment on it, and it’s really kind of cool. In case you’re interested at all.

      I hope you’re able to get out in some sunshine, too. 🌞 Stay well.

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      1. We’re a bit rainy right now, but should have a beautiful weekend. I tried to check out the link, but it didn’t work. (I found an article saying it had been removed??). Such a weird time. We’ll just have to enjoy the sunshine. πŸ™‚

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        1. I wore shorts over the weekend, and now today I’m back to wearing a coat! That’s okay. I enjoy weather changes. I used to live in Florida where it was hot all the time, and the only change was when we got a hurricane. Hope your sunshine arrives soon.

          I was able to open the link from my bookmark. I’m going to try putting it again here in this comment.

          In case it still doesn’t work, here is a link to the place that does the light therapy that the station(KKFX) interviewed in the news segment. I guess they’ve been trying this on the regular flu for some time. Not sure how well it works, other than they’ve said it can shorten the duration to only a few days.
          https://www.nestspasb.com/new-blog/nest-now-offering-free-light-therapy-for-flu-relief-study

          I also saw this video on Twitter. It’s only 9 seconds, and you don’t need to be on Twitter to view it. It’s kind of neat and creepy all at the same time.

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            1. I usually research everything, especially when the media makes a big deal out of something. I don’t trust the media and their take on any news story. I’ve read a little about what is in vaccines as well, but not enough to understand it clearly.

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              1. I followed both links. The twitter one looked like a spoof, but the other was interesting. I didn’t think the UV was internal, but still… I use a Sunbox in the winter to deal with the seasonal gloomies and I swear it works!

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                1. I have a sun lamp in the winter, too. Do you have info on the one you use? Mine is getting old (out-dated) and I was thinking of getting a new one. The medical field puts all kinds of weird things into us for cures. Penicillin came from mold. My mom has bladder cancer, and they are treating it with tuberculosis! It has actually been working. Many times, truth can be stranger than fiction. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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                  1. The brand of the one I use is Sunbox. I’ve had it for over 10 years. The company is still around and not that expensive: Sunbox.com.
                    Sorry to hear about your mom, but I’m glad to hear she’s improving. My best to you both. ❀

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  3. Such beauty all around you but I know what you mean about memories of a missed loved one. My sister lives on a expansive piece of property like yours and created a pet cemetery for her believed animals. I love visiting it.

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    1. Oh how nice that you sister can go visit her pet cemetery whenever the mood calls her. Thank you for sharing this and stopping by, Jacqui.

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    1. Thank you, Kally. We took advantage of the sunny day and got out in that sunlight disinfectant. Hope you get some fresh air, too. Have a nice weekend.

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  4. Sunday’s sunshine was good for the soul. We all needed it.
    What lovely photos. Bittersweet when you consider who is missing in the photos.

    And your tulips are beautiful! So nice to see them. In years past, I barely saw tulips because winter’s bite was so fierce. Just as they’d grow, snow would fall again. So it’s nice to see them in your yard.

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    1. Hi L. I take my good camera with me when I go to parks, and yes, Max would’ve been in them had he still been here. 😞

      At least my colorful tulips bring a smile to my face. Now I’m hoping my lilac bush (out front) finally blooms. It didn’t bloom last year.

      Looks like we’ve got a couple of rainy days on hand. Stay well and dry.

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  5. Hi Lori, Tulips always remind me of Spring and renewal. I agree with you β€œpositive, affirmative words can’t hurt.” Your photos are a breath of fresh air. We are also fortunate we are still able to go outside and walk in our area. Farms and a small park. Hugs on missing your dog. A beautiful post!

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    1. Hi Erica. Glad you’re able to get outside. Hope some of that UV sunlight shines your way. Thank you for such a kind and supportive comment. πŸ’—

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    1. Hi Linda. Thanks. I couldn’t remember what color tulips I planted, so it was nice to see them come up as sunny yellow and coral. You’re right about that melancholy. I’m sure it’s with you all the time. My loss isn’t so huge (as yours), but it hits me when I least expect it, like walking along the creek at that park.

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        1. You’re right, Linda, loss cannot be measured. Since I was unable to have children, Max & Piezon filled those roles for me. Still, losing my 2 boys was to be expected. Not to say it doesn’t hurt. I always dreaded the day. I sometimes cried even when they were alive knowing it was going to happen someday, and then it did.

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          1. I also cried when Freddie was alive because I knew he would not have a normal life span. I just did not know how long. I tell people: I lived with death lurking nearby for 52 years.

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  6. We’ve had gorgeous sunlight, but with temps in the middle 70’s, it’s a little too chilly for me. Thankfully our hummies seem to enjoy it. I love your tulip! They seem to shout “Look at me! I’ll make you smile.”

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    1. Oh boy, Jill, you need to move where I moved away from . . . Florida. It’s nice and warm/hot there all year round. Mid 70’s is actually too warm for me! Ha. I like it between 65 & 70. I’m hot blooded, what can I say? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‰

      Thanks for checking out my tulips. I couldn’t remember which colors I planted, and it was a nice surprise to see them come up so sunny in yellow and coral. It looks like there may be some white ones popping up from the soil now, too. Very exciting for me.

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      1. Eek! That’s cold! Instead of hot flashes, my thermostat has gone in the complete opposite direction. Yesterday evening I was wearing a winter coat while outside watching the hummingbirds and Derek was wearing shorts and a t-shirt! You’ll love watching the tulips. Fifteen years ago, when we first moved into our house, Derek planted tulips and some still pop up year after year. Enjoy!

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        1. Winter coat and shorts. LOL In Florida it rarely even gets down to 75 degrees. In the summer, even overnight it doesn’t get cooler than 80 degrees.

          Thanks, I’ll enjoy my tulips. I’m glad you’re enjoying your hummingbirds. πŸ™‚

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  7. Yes, the sunlight was here last week, but this week it’s been cloudy and a bit depressing. Really cold for this time of year. Hard not to be down if you let it get to you, but then the sun comes out again and we think happy thoughts.

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    1. Oh yes, when it’s cloudy for days on end, it can get depressing. Especially during this time of staying home. I do enjoy a mix of both sun and rain, which made it a perfect weekend here for once. Hope your UV disinfectant comes knocking on your door asap.

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    1. Hey there. Thank you for the nice comment. Yes, I believe your ZCat is always with you, too, and that Max is tucked tightly in my heart. πŸ’—

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