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Photos, Fiction, Friends, Fun, Flowers, and Faith

Last week was the first time I returned to the blogging world in a little over two months, and I posted a deep, heavy subject about control. This week I thought I’d go with a lighter subject to share a little bit about what I’ve been up to, and maybe even a tiny spark of hope.

I finished my first read-through-edit of my WIP novel. It’s now in the hands of my critique group, getting picked apart for improvement. I’m grateful to my author friends from Florida for welcoming me back into the group from now 1,200 miles away. I’ll be working on changes from their suggestions over the coming weeks.

Before I took time off from blogging, I mentioned I was going to stop and enjoy the flowers I planted. Well, they’ve grown into a jungle of flowers, which is a huge feat for me. I’ve never had a green thumb.I’ve been missing my boy, Max, so the following pictures are a few animal friends I made by putting out a bird feeder.

This is a rare sighting around here. A yellow bird? I did a search. Could it be an American Goldfinch?
This is my little redhead. He’s not a cardinal. But I think he’s a finch? Any thoughts?
Check out this rainbow-colored cardinal. He’s my fave.
“Chase” the Chipmunk reminded me to share a picture of him, too.

We spent some weekends doing what you’ll see in the following photos.

We were able to breathe fresh air and spend time with friends. A simple lake with no mountains or sea-green colors, but one of peaceful nature, beautiful people, and kindness.

No one asked or cared what our politics or values were. No one cared who did or who didn’t wear a mask.

Wherever we docked, strangers who had docked themselves helped us maneuver our boat.

Wherever we stopped to eat or see a sight, friendly people welcomed us and even laughed with us.

Check out the dog in the water and the giant shepherd on the boat

Wherever we drove our boat down the river or on the lake, people waved and smiled.We stopped for dinner and then crossed a street to see this dam (above). There was no crosswalk. We stopped to wait for cars to drive by, and something unusual happened. People stopped in the middle of a busy road to politely wait for us to cross.

And if you think the people were just in a good mood because they were out enjoying the weather and the water, I’ve got another for you.I hopped on facebook to request a favor of people to send some cheerful words to my mom where she’s been locked away in her senior facility for five months. I was hopeful for a few, but the amount of offers I received was heartwarming. And, do you know what? My mom looked forward to getting cards and cheerful notes, instead of only bills and junk mail. (Thank you for taking the time to do so, you know who you are. πŸ˜‰πŸ’—).

This gave me back faith in humanity. This is who we really are, if only we each recognized it in ourselves and others.So, what have you been up to since I’ve been away?





30 thoughts on “Photos, Fiction, Friends, Fun, Flowers, and Faith”

  1. So that’s what a chipmunk looks like! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ I’ve read so much about them but never seen an image of them. Very cute indeed. The birds are glorious and so exotic in colours!

    Good luck with your WIP and it will be super exciting to get the feed back and back to editing!

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    1. I can’t get over the variation of bird visitors I’ve been getting. They’ve been my friends since the loss of Max. Chipmunks are cute, but sometimes they can be pesky. Thanks for the good luck wishes on my WIP, and for coming over to visit.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. We’ve been to my dad’s boat 3 times over the summer (84 miles away). I’d like to go again, but not sure when. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ€—

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  2. Okay, first of all, birds: a sparrow, a gold finch, a house finch (possibly a purple finch), and you know the last one. I used to have lots of bird feeders.
    To answer your question, it has been very, very busy. I’ve been working almost non-stop (although I did leave the north to go to my southern home and did slow down for a bit) and hub is now selling our place in order to buy our retirement house (retirement will happen two years from now). So he’s in the south and I am back at work in the north. I will be extremely happy when covid is controlled! I hate it! πŸ˜›

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    1. Birds and other critters never frequented our yard when we had Max. I needed some animal friends, so I have many now. I just can’t snuggle them Like I did Max. πŸ˜•

      Sounds like work is keeping you very much occupied, but your goal of retirement in 2 years is coming up soon. Wow. How great. Will you be retiring in the same area as y our southern home? Farther north? Near Anneli?

      Good luck with the sale.

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      1. I’m so happy that you are enjoying your feathered visitors. I love having birds in my yard (and you have had some rarities – a gold finch and a cardinal) and spent hours watching them. πŸ™‚

        Thanks Lori. Poor hub is dealing with it all by himself. Yes, we will be retiring in the Okanagan (we aren’t too far from Anneli). I am looking forward to it. πŸ™‚

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  3. The boating looks fun. Like something that just totally relaxed you and made you forget the worries of the world. Do you boat on inland lakes or Lake Michigan?

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    1. Hi Kathy. I wish I could even say it was my boat, but it wasn’t. My dad has a little house and a pontoon boat on an inland lake in Wisconsin (it’s actually a river that is a short boat ride to the lake). It’s about 80 miles away from us. Yes, it did help us forget all that’s going on for a while. Thanks for checking it out.

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    1. Hi Jill. Yes, I found that the majority of people are good, it’s just that the bad people are the loudest so it seems like there’s more. 😜

      Congrats on your release!

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        1. Earplugs? Is the American Goldinch noisy? BTW, I’ve only seen him there twice, about a month ago, and he hasn’t been back since. I read about them and they aren’t usually in my part of the country. That’s why I wondered. All the robins that used to come to my yard are gone since we put up the feeder, too. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ


    1. Hi Anneli. I’ve found that most people mean well. There are bad people in the world, there just seems to be more of them because they’re so loud. 😜

      Any thoughts on what type of bird the yellow and redheaded ones are that I posted?

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        1. I’ve only seen the American Goldfinch there twice, about a month ago, and he hasn’t been back since. I read about them and they aren’t usually in my part of the country. That’s why I wondered. All the robins that used to come to my yard are gone since we put up the feeder, too. I just love my little redheaded (house) finch. He’s there a lot, and he brings his friends.

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          1. Our robins are gone too, up to the hills where the berries are ripe. They aren’t seed eaters anyway so that isn’t the reason they’ve left your area. They go where the food is, and tight now there must be a berry crop somewhere or maybe some insects are more prolific elsewhere. They eat bugs, you know,. And the goldfinch – it’s the same here. We don’t see them often so it’s a real treat when we do.

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            1. The robins used to fly into my yard and either poke around for worms or grab any large ants off of our patio. Now I don’t ever see them. It’s been pretty dry around here, so the worms are nowhere to be found. We really need rain. That goldfinch was so cool to see. I got a shot of a mustard colored bird at my dad’s in Wisconsin (where we went boating). I have no idea what it was, but I’ll have to share it sometime.

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  4. I haven’t been boating that’s for sure but we have enjoyed our porch and pond. Some of the weather has been great, some has been hot but it’s summer. Right now we are in a beautiful stretch with a shower now and then. Stuff got done. Some stuff didn’t but we are all healthy and for the most part happy. Oh yes, I got another cat!

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    1. Most important thing is that you are all healthy, Kate. And yes, I saw your sweet new cat, Gus. We’ve had a pretty hot summer, and kind of dry. In the 90s this week. But I know the heat ends here. It never ended in Florida.

      Thanks for dropping by. Look forward to reading more about Gus, and of course, the “old-timer,” cats. πŸ˜‰

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