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Where Have I Been...You Ask?
Posted On 05/10/2020 21:01:43 by yourchoice

Well, I’ve been ‘self-isolated’, along with my favorite and treasured husband, and reminding each other that we have no reason to complain about being at home; home isn’t a bad place to be. I can think of a lot worse places. However, we have notes on our calendar that will remind us of ‘notable’ events the past several weeks.

How have we been spending our time here on our patch of the river valley? If you have read my previous blog “My ‘catch-up’ Story, our routine hasn’t changed much! When we are enjoying our breakfast, my husband will ask, “What are your plans for today?”, and I answer, “Oh, about the same as yesterday!” However, we had several events that added some ‘color’ to those days.

Seven years ago we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in fine style; we went on a cruise! We’re not much for big parties, and hubby wasn’t interested in one for our anniversary… too many speeches, too many old photos, and no need for gifts. He thought we may have a bit of a problem finding someone who could say nice things about us in a speech!!!!

This year, we were at home and celebrated with having a bowl of rice pudding for dessert. Don’t laugh! We celebrate with thankful hearts every day that we are still here and enjoying our time together. Being that hubby is not a computer person, I did a ‘throw-back’ for him with this picture. He was the owner and driver of that car; it certainly got my attention… and the rest is history.

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What else could we do when we don’t leave home, can’t enjoy a meal at our favorite restaurant in the city, or shop for a fancy gift? We have a new bird feeder, thanks to the imagination, creativity and skill of hubby in his favorite shop. He repaired the steel feeder that we have used for several years, but was attacked last summer by a Mama bear. We did get to have a brief visit from her two cubs, but she didn’t seem to appreciate the bird feeder. He also built another feeder that will be attached to our patio wall, so that we can watch the activity from our “favorite perches” in the house. When the blue jays returned this spring, they were very noisy in the shrubs, and it sounded like they were calling to us, “Where’s the grub? We’re hungry!” Maybe not ... but we are always pleased when they return. Now that the feeders are in place, I’m including a couple of pictures of other visitors that we were pleased to watch up close without disturbing them.

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We even had a coyote drop by… my husband saw her, but I was too slow and didn’t get a picture. Coyotes are usually very shy so they don’t stick around for long; they prefer to make a lot of noise in the bushes below our home.


P.S. If you have heard that our son needed emergency surgery, he is doing well and recovering nicely. No more grocery shopping for us for a while, and he is now convinced that we are still well and able to do it ourselves. We have been spoiled by him… and we appreciate it very much.

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05/13/2020 10:57:02

Belated Happy Anniversary dear Mona, Your story is beautiful , watching birds and listening to their chirping noise in the morning makes my day wonderful.  They are God;s gifts to all mankind because they give joy to every person that love their presence around.  And best wishes to your Son for his fastest recovery. God bless You dear Mona and your family.  Much love and kisses I'm sending your way. 




05/12/2020 16:58:15

Thanks Mona. I planted a red hot poker plant today..had ordered it a few weeks ago..always wanted one..my neighbor says it will make other plants..we'll see -:)



05/11/2020 20:59:08


momtocam wrote:

... Gardening, nature, and just being outside this time of year, is a delight. I just got a new hummingbird feeder today. We will see how many hummers show up. ... Hubby and I are planning an Alaskan cruise in two years (June), as we will then be celebrating our 25th anniversary. Where has the time gone? Time is precious, so we will enjoy the days to come..thanks again Mona -:)

Thank you for your kind words! I hope you get a "flock of hummingbirds"... they are so much fun to watch, but don't see any at our place. We've had a feeder but haven't seen any there. I hope that your goal to take a cruise to Alaska becomes a reality. We were able to experience that adventure several years ago; we went on a "springtime" cruise and it was fantastic. I just visited your profile page, and your love of gardening is beautifully expressed... I enjoyed your work there! 




05/11/2020 14:19:59

So glad your son is doing well. Always a joy,to read your blogs. Gardening, nature, and just being outside this time of year, is a delight. I just got a new hummingbird feeder today. We will see how many hummers show up. I did see one a week ago that seemingly found interest in my pink flowers on front porch table. Today, it is quite windy here, but sunny. Hubby and I are planning an Alaskan cruise in two years (June), as we will then be celebrating our 25th anniversary. Where has the time gone? Time is precious, so we will enjoy the days to come..thanks again Mona -:)



05/11/2020 12:45:22


Beth777 wrote:

...Thanks for sharing your blog and glad to hear your son is recovering well.

I have to admit that I still have not spent any time to "relearn" anything about gardening. My mother was an avid gardener, and a very particular one who tried to teach me about the joys of gardening. I tried, even when we first moved to our rural location, but now I have a good excuse... I refuse to do a lot of "dirty work" just to supply 'gourmet meals' for the deer that roam through our yard.

I love flowers... especially the ones in other people's gardens. We have flowers in patio pots, and I only have to replace them every two years (replacements come from the $$$ Store!). They even look cheery when they are peeking out from a pile of snow in the winter. (I hope this isn't making you cry... just 'roll your eyes and laugh!!!)



05/11/2020 12:35:52


texasjane wrote:

... It is wonderful we have a way ... to share it with us too.  ...Thank you.

Words are a wonderful tool that we have to share with others. Thank goodness for free phone service and emails and text messages ... and blogs, to share a bit of joy and word pictures to friends and neighbors. It's better than being 'lonely' and 'grouchy'!



05/11/2020 10:34:23

Hi Mona, hope your Mother's Day was nice. Love the classic car in the picture! Yes indeed, we are blessed to have homes and yards to spend our time in during this time. Spring time reminds us that all things renew even amidst the dark days of illness such as the world is experiencing now. For my part I've discovered a love of gardening during all this. Mostly flowers and plants but also a few veggies. It's so rewarding and fullfilling to see the results of my labor, which is very minimal. Can't really take the credit because mother nature does most of the work! I'm sure you enjoy watching  the birds at your feeders. We recently spotted yearling deer in our back yard near the garden. I'm sure they just couldn't resist the tender vegetation of new plants.  The birds don't linger nearby as we have 2 roaming cats they are leery of. Our hummingbird feeder is a steady attraction though and the hummers love it and also check out anything red in the vicinity. They even inspect the red tee shirts hanging on the clothesline! lol. They are so sweet and a joy to watch each day. Thanks for sharing your blog and glad to hear your son is recovering well.




05/11/2020 07:17:07

Thank you for sharing this with us.  I had so much fun just going through your time there.  It is wonderful we have a way for you to share it with us too.  You are very fortunate to have someone to spend alone time with and for being able to watch all of God's good nature unfolding for you to watch.  Mona you are special and have really given me a lift to my day.  Thank you.



05/11/2020 05:10:54

There is no place like home. Glad your son is recovering nicely. You are Blessed and your story is beautiful. Happy Anniversary!



05/11/2020 00:55:11


kiwibarb wrote:

... A your comment omn my Call of the Tui blog.
Barb.

Being that I had never heard a call of a Tui, I went to YouTube and watched a couple of short videos of Tuis. What a beautiful bird... and one is welcome to stop in at our feeder. As always, I'm delighted to learn about your homeland.



05/10/2020 23:08:28

I call it being in jail, you have everything you want but you can't go anywhere. You are indeed lucky having your husband to share your isolation and your interests. Best wishes for your son. And thank you Mona for your comment omn my Call of the Tui blog.
Barb.





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