Covidian Era Snapshots

We’ve been three weeks at home now. We’re lucky to be in a mostly rural area. We can still mostly live life as usual, working on the garden, doing chores around the place. We can take the dog for walks in places where there are seldom other people. We’re cooking more than usual. I made gingersnaps for the first time in years.

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Bread baking now happens more often…I’m making bread for children and grandchildren.

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Spring has been backwards. So far April has been a continuation of March. Cloudy. Chilly and wet. Wet and chilly. We’ve had almost two inches of rain in the last few days.

There’s a bit more warmth inside the greenhouse. Years ago I stuck a few tulip bulbs inside. They come up each year. I brought some of the buds inside and put them on the kitchen windowsill. They opened quickly in the housewarmth.

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I’ve been thinking about grape arbors, as I need to build two of them, for vines planted a few years ago that are now in need of a real place to climb. The old house next door used to have two, so I went over to look. One of the arbors is completely gone, and the other is deteriorating, vines untended, wood structure rotting, but there’s some steel in the frame that yet holds and supports.

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There’s a garage/shed there. I remember when it was built. Then the pine was fresh-cut yellow. Now the wood is gray, weathered, and the door bottom is rotting.

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There’s some beauty in the deterioration.  Lichen colonies have established themselves in the zone where rain bounces up from the concrete threshold. An interesting touch are the protruding old sheetrock screws at the very bottom.

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We took Coquina the Dog for a walk out back.

Damp spring weather is a good time for moss.

We stopped to admire these clumps on a granite glacial boulder.

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I got down on my knees, and brought my head near the stone, the better to see the clumps.

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And was glad I did.

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