Rose Visitor

It is quite possible I will only have a few more shots of flowers to share (ones I’ve already taken) until next spring. We are supposed to get a decent freeze and even snow or ice, so the few flowers left blooming are probably going to be done for the year.

It really is early for us to get snow of any kind and definitely early for any measurable amounts. That said, if we get it tonight, this will apparently be the third year in a row that we get snow before Halloween.

I’m not really ready to be cold all winter, but I am looking forward to the subject change for photos. Assuming we actually get enough to take photos of.

Nature’s Flower Arrangement

The cranky pants might make it back out today.

This is always a possibility anyway when it is cold and dreary like it is today, but even more so because I STILL haven’t heard back on the last contractor bid, even though I sent a follow up email a couple of days ago to try and get a time frame to expect the estimate.

I really hate it, but I think I’m going to have to seriously consider going the route of having only the HVAC and electric done and being forced to do all the framing and drywall myself. It’s funny, really. I’m totally okay with breaking out ALL the different power tools and doing more detailed, complicated work like building frickin’ cabinets, but I hate the idea of doing the framing and drywall work.

It is all just so frustrating.

 

Lone Tulip

I wanted to try and get a photo of my one tulip that has managed to miraculously exist in my flower bed after having not bloomed for years until last year. Sadly, I think the weather took it’s toll. It was open yesterday, but the photos I got didn’t turn out very good. Today, it isn’t open all the way and the edges are beginning to darken and curl.

When I first went outside, it was mostly quiet with a few birds singing and some distant sounds of someone working in their yard. It was peaceful.

By the time I stepped from my porch to my yard, it was suddenly crazy with multiple car horns going off. At first I thought it was on the street outside my neighborhood. Then they got closer and louder.

Turns out someone was having a car parade, much like the one I participated in the other day, except it was explicitly stated in ours to not use horns or even scream and yell loudly out of respect for the studio owner and her neighbors. This one was doing both. There were maybe 10 or so cars and all of them were laying on their horns or repeatedly hitting them.

I get that I can easily drop into cranky old hag mode or grumpy neighbor mode when I think people are being rude. This was ridiculous. It was 10 am. People are working from home. Kids are doing school work. BG often has required calls where all students have to be on (luckily for her, today’s wasn’t until later). I know that there are at least a couple of people in my neighborhood that work in the medical profession on night shifts.

I  get wanting to celebrate something in whatever way you can during all the crazy that is going on. I get that this didn’t really last more than a few minutes. I also understand that, because I’m so deeply programed to think about other people, stuff like this pushes all my buttons. But… the utter arrogance and the selfish mindset behind this still ticks me off. It is just one more example of people only thinking of themselves and not having a lick of common courtesy for others. It was rude at the very base and exceptionally disruptive. I seriously hope that no one in this neighborhood is actually sick and trying to get some rest and that idiocy woke them up.

If me getting upset over some people “just having a little fun” makes me a cranky old hag, I’ll wear that label proudly.

 

Surprise Hyacinth

I had a different hyacinth bloom this year. It is a surprise because I didn’t plant any new ones where this one popped up. I don’t ever remember having one that looked like this which makes it even more odd. Either hyacinths react to the chemical make up in the ground and mine did something wonky or something else is going on. Whatever it is, it is really pretty. I could handle having more of those.

My bleeding heart is just starting to bloom. I have one line that is opening and a whole bunch that have lots of little buds starting. Hopefully I can manage to get a decent photo. There is something about trying to photograph bleeding hearts that seems to kick my butt and I’m never happy with the results. That and I have to be a little bit of a contortionist to get in there as they are between a couple of other bigger plants.

Yesterday’s parade for BG’s dance studio owner was this amazing, emotional, awesome event. It was so cool to see how over the moon excited the owner was, so much she was bouncing and jumping around all through tears of happiness.

Distance was always kept between the people in cars and the owner as well as between the owner and the couple of people in the yard with her (adult daughters and a couple older grandkids). One of the owner’s daughters (also a teacher) recorded the event and it was nearly a half our long video because of the huge number of cars. It was phenomenal to see the support for such an amazing person.

BG got to see one of her favorite teachers (the one she assists and another daughter) and got to shout to her how much she missed her and got lots words of love and appreciation in return, making her feel so amazing.

I will say that I did still see a whole lot of idiotic people, too. While they did an amazing job keeping the owner safe and keeping distance there, the attendees did an awful job in other areas.

We were told to keep our windows up until we were in front of the house. We met in the neighborhood’s club parking lot to line up (definitely not 6ft. between those cars) and so many people had their windows down, girls hanging out those windows and talking to their friends in the cars next to them, even standing up through sunroofs. There was at least one convertible with the top down and 4 people inside (because of age, I doubt they all lived together) and some brilliant person decided to drive a golf cart.

To say that aspect of it was frustrating is a massive understatement. I felt bad for the organizers because they were adamant about the rules and were doing everything to keep everyone safe, but of course those rules were ignored. This marred the event a bit for me and I hate that because it really was amazing and this incredible outpouring of love and affection for someone that does so much for everyone around her all the time.

It wasn’t just this group’s behavior that I saw yesterday that shocked me at how oblivious people are right now. This was the first time I’ve left my house since this all started, so I was floored at the number of people out. Yes, I was part of it, but I only did this because I knew I wasn’t going to be leaving the car or getting anywhere near anyone. I was still shocked at the amount of traffic because it felt like a normal day.

But more than just the number of people out shocked me. I drove by all kinds of business on my way and there were so many cars in the parking lots of business I didn’t think were supposed to be open or have more than a couple of essential employees. People in convertibles or driving with their windows down through a high traffic area and even those on motorcycles. There is nothing wrong with those things when you aren’t pulling up to lights next to other cars that are also open.

Ever driven down the road with a window open and been hit by the over spray of the car in front of you cleaning their windshield? Get the connection? Is it likely you’ll get exposed that way? Probably not a high probability, but there is still some. That is why all these precautions are in place in the first place. Seeing what I did yesterday, I’m kind of floored that the numbers in my area aren’t significantly higher than they are.

Needless to say, Hubby will be taking MC to pick up his cap and gown. That is going to require at least a minimal interaction even via drive through, so that one is all on him. My ass is staying home.

Surviving

I was a little bit shocked to see that not only are my new daffodils fine and blooming after the freeze, but several of the ones that had already been in bloom made it through. Looks like most of my flowers didn’t take too big of a hit even though we stayed below freezing for most of a day. I’m so glad they all held on!

Even though we’ve not felt as though much is different for us hermits with having to stay at home, there are a few things that have cropped up lately that have been… interesting.

For the kids, they are getting all of their school work done as soon as a teacher posts an assignment, which is almost always first thing in the morning. It is rare that either one of them are still working on actual school work after 9 or 10 am and even that is only if most of their classes actually assigned something (which isn’t happening much outside of the advanced/AP/dual credit classes). It has now become something of an expectation for BG and she gets frustrated when one of her teachers doesn’t post until later in the day. I’m not feeling the sympathy and often have to remind her that she isn’t having to sit in class after she finishes (like she normally would).

Also for BG, it has been trying to keep to her dance schedule. For her, I think that has been the hardest, not getting to go to class. She especially misses the kids she was assisting. Apparently, the owner of the studio is also really struggling with missing all of her kids. While she no longer teaches a specific class, she is always at the studio and will often come in and interact or participate with classes. She is such a social and active person, this has been exceptionally hard for her. Just because she can still do all the moves, including a full kick line with the girls, doesn’t mean that she isn’t in her upper 70’s. That makes it so critical for her to maintain distance and everyone is doing their best to help her stay healthy by staying away. Because of that, a few parents have created a group to work on things the dancers and parents can do for her. They have coordinated a drive by parade for her so that all her girls can at least wave to her. It may not be much, but at least she will get a moment or two.

One thing that has been the most up in the air for us is how the school is going to be dealing with their big events. For us it is graduation. The school hasn’t communicated any plans or cancellations about it, just that they are monitoring things, which is frustrating, but also understandable. They don’t want to have to cancel if they can figure out a way to give the kids their moment. That lack of direction made it exceptionally interesting when I got an email letting us know they are doing a drive through pick up for caps and gowns even though there aren’t any plans about an actual ceremony. The whole thing is just so surreal.

While there are oddities and a few bumps, we are still just moving forward and doing our things. I’m grateful that my kids aren’t overly stressed about the changes.

 

Frozen Spring

We got ice yesterday. Enough to coat everything for most of the day. Sadly, that means many of my spring flowers are going to be done.  The hyacinths were already almost there, but the daffodils were still going strong and one was yet to open. We froze bad enough, I have no clue if that one will pull through or not. Same goes for my single tulip.

I’m more worried about my choke cherry tree, though. It had just started putting on buds. It is going to be so sad if it doesn’t bloom this year. Or worse, that the freeze was hard enough to kill it. I don’t think it was, but it seems like the bushes and trees in my yard already struggle to thrive in our horrible clay.

I did get some really amazing photos, but it still makes me sad to have all that color go away more quickly than it should have.

Newest Daffodil

This is one of the latest daffodil’s to bloom. It is more of a cream on cream and does not have that typical cup center. I love how frilly the petals are on this!

I have one more that is in heavy bud stage that has yet to bloom, but I’m thinking it is still several days away before it finally opens. All my others look like they only have a few more days before their blooms start to die back. Some are already losing some of their shape and the edges are beginning to curl.

I may have a small gap in time where I don’t have anything new blooming so I may have to get creative with my photos in about a week or so. Then again, so much can change in that week, so maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised and proven wrong. Wouldn’t that be nice?

So Many Changes

Today is our first day of a completely new normal.

Over the weekend, our mayor put our city on a shelter-in-place order, so all non-essential business are shut down. We were already pretty much treating it like that, so it won’t be a massive change for us, though I’ve heard/seen a lot of people complaining or stressing over this order. For us, we are just going to keep doing what we have been and doing our best to not be a part of the problem.

The kids are starting to learn their new routines for their online classes. It is going to be interesting for my kids as they are both so self motivated, they will probably have the week’s worth of assignments done by the first day of the week, depending on how the teacher posts assignments. It is going to be an interesting process for them. I joked with BG that with the online stuff she could get the rest of her high school finished before MC graduates and they could graduate together (not that that is an option, just a statement about how quickly she gets her stuff done).

We also got more information from BG’s dance studio. They have opted to do what they could to shift their classes to online. I’ve got to say, with what I’ve seen so far, I’m absolutely blown away with what they’ve managed to put together. I’ve always liked her studio and how they do things, but this goes so far above and beyond. They could have just as easily said we are just shutting down, but to keep these kids going and to ensure that all the staff at the studio still gets paid, they are doing everything they can to make sure that the “show must go on” while keeping everyone safe at the same time. I’m a little in awe at their dedication and determination.

As part of that, I’ll be working on getting BG a safe space to dance. It is something that I promised her a while ago since trying to dance on our concrete floor in the basement is too slick. She has come close to falling a couple of times in the past. Now, I get to build a makeshift dance floor. I have all the stuff, I just need to get it done, so that is on my project list for today. I’m hoping like crazy that it works like I think it will.

I should have some daffodils to photograph soon. The buds are on and getting bigger, but they aren’t quite open yet. My hyacinths managed to hold on through two freezes over the weekend. We absolutely need some color and beauty right now.

 

Purple Striped Crocus Bud

I didn’t post yesterday because I was doing my best impression of being a zombie.

In an attempt to try and reset my sleep schedule to something that even remotely resembles normal, I got the wild hair to just stay awake the previous night and all day yesterday. I cannot remember the last time I attempted an all nighter like that. Probably back in my early twenties when my body didn’t rebel quiet so easily.

I actually managed to make it to about 8:30 am before my body couldn’t handle it and crashed for about 45 minutes. After that, I was awake until I headed to bed around 11 pm last night. So, in a roughly 36 hour time frame, I only got that 45 minutes of sleep. This on the tail end of getting an average of maybe 4 to 6 hours (at best, but more often 3 to 4) of extremely restless sleep for several weeks.

What’s really messed up? Even after being awake that long, when it came time to go to bed, I was still wide awake and needed to take something to help me actually get to sleep. I’m not sure that the whole adventure actually managed to fix anything.

I did get some solid sleep when I finally fell asleep, though. It’s probably the first full night I’ve gotten in well over a month (if not more, I honestly don’t know anymore). Sadly, I think I’m more tired today than I was yesterday after no sleep. Dang! My poor body and brain is so messed up.

The upside to that? I think I read something like 3 books over that 36 hour period.

Yesterday was also release day for one of my favorite authors and is the other big part of why there was no post yesterday. Because of the no sleep marathon, I was still up when the book dropped into my reading ap. Of course I started it pretty much the second I could and there was going to be no putting it down once I started.

I’m going to need to try and find some more active things to do today to shake the remaining sleepies.

 

And… More Crocus

I’m really hoping to have some different flower photos for you soon, but I’m only seeing some tiny buds that still have a ways to go before there are flowers. I think the next ones I’ll get will be my other batch of crocus blooming or the hyacinths will flower out. Not sure which one will pop first.

Of course, there is a chance of snow later in the week, so there is also the possibility that even those won’t actually happen. Or if they do, they won’t be very pretty. I’m just going to have to wait and see.

Feeling Springy

We have an absolutely gorgeous day here today. It would be amazing if this was an indication that we were past all the cold and nasty and headed into warmer weather, but anything goes around here this time of year.

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll have much time to actually enjoy it much as I’ve got a nice long list of errands I need to run. I managed a few minutes to get a couple of shots of my hyacinths breaking out and starting to bud. Even more reason to hope we are done with the freezing temps. I think I’d cry if all the flowers I planted last fall don’t actually bloom out because they froze.

I’m so ready to start seeing some color again.