Mary Beth Writes

2/15/2021

Is it safe to come out now? Are we peeping our heads out of our burrows to look around? The omicron surge is waning. Yes, Covid in all its iterations is still out there, still dangerous for many, and we can catch it. I don’t understand going out not wearing a mask. (I assume I’ll be wearing a mask in public the rest of my life.) But still, it’s beginning to feel safe enough to go some places, with mask, with happiness.

Grocery store? Yes! Len had created a grocery order for pick up, but then it got lost in the computer so I said I’d just go to the store. His list had totaled $100. I spent $150. I had not impulse shopped in a grocery store in so long it felt like Christmas.

We saw grandkids this past weekend and are going to visit the other set next week. Len and I made reservations for an Airbnb vacation in the spring.

A couple things to consider:

1. This website (Thanks, Rick) is easy to negotiate and helps one see covid infection rates exactly where you live. Covid Act Now

2. I bet another variant will come along in a few months so don’t stay inside waiting for it. Put on your super-duper mask and step out a little bit. I’m not recommending getting together in inside spaces, without masks, without everyone doing a negative home test first.

Okay, this is just cool. Len and I drove to Madison on Sunday. Remember Sunday? Here in SE Wisconsin, it was very cold and very bright. We left the house around 10, drove west on 94, and I am not kidding, we saw SEVENTEEN HAWKS! Most were alone, several were in pairs sitting in the same tree. I guess this is hawk mating season so we saw hawks looking for a date, or on dates.

Never have we seen so many hawks over that fifty mile stretch of road.

Sometimes being alive is amazing.

Are you seeing hawks, or peregrines, or sandhill cranes, or other awesome birds where you live?

 

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Hawks do seem to be out and about - I read that they mate in late winter to early spring. It seems they are more visible in winter with the leaves off the trees - just easier to spot them hanging out. I often hear owls calling in our neighborhood. Years ago, I was walking in the woods at dusk, and heard owls. At a nature program, I learned that if you imitate their call, you can sometimes get them to fly close to you, because they are very territorial. I decided to give it a try. I did my best to imitate the call, and much to my amazement, an owl silently landed in a tree next to where I stood. He swiveled his head and looked down at me rather disdainfully, and immediately flew off. The accuracy at which it pinpointed where I was, amazed me - the whole incident amazed me, actually. It was an experience I'll never forget.
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Cool, cool story! When we lived in Racine there was a line of huge pine trees close to where we lived and along where we walked our dog. Often there was an owl high in those trees and often I heard an owl and often that hoot was from Len, trying to get the owl to hoot back at him. And sometimes it did. Wild birds wake up a part in us that usually isn't paying attention.

17 is a huge number to see on your trip! I am seeing more hawks lately. I saw a Cooper’s Hawk right outside our kitchen window near the bird feeders this afternoon and a couple hours later my neighbor alerted me to a pair of Bald Eagles in the tree between our houses. I’m going to try the owl trick. I hear them regularly, but rarely get to see one.
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Eagles??? That's crazy cool!

I’m in Osage Beach Missouri until Saturday and there just isn’t a shortage of hawks in the area, they are everywhere and constantly flying over the lake here… It’s as common here as robins in the spring in Wisconsin (Speaking of robins I saw one on a tree stump in front of the house this morning) made my heart happy… this morning alone I saw a red headed woodpecker, a cardinal, a blue jay, a crane, a hawk, and a robin all within a half hour… So cool…
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Awesome! What a good use of the state of Missouri. Birds!

It will be a very long time, if ever, I am comfortable in a large group, shoulder to shoulder with people. But come to think of it, those events weren’t top on my list before covid. Masking will likely stick with me for quite sometime. It’s more about respect of others than it is anything else. I saw a cardinal (I think) while in FL. It made me smile. We see bald eagles from time to time on our river. Majestic

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Happy Birthday to Len

11/30/2022 

Today is Len’s birthday. I told him this morning I might write about him but I would let him read whatever I said first. He said not to run it past him, he’d like the surprise of reading it when you all do. Let’s see what I come up with.

1. This is cute. Len was born in Chicago’s Passavant Memorial Hospital which was the grandparent hospital to Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital - where two of our grandkids were born.

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The photo is not by Len or me, its from I Love Canada on FB. I've seen a sky like that just once. 

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Last week I read two books about young people who left their homes. They experienced some good and too many rough experiences and they couldn’t go back until they figured out how to not be who they used to be. Both novels knocked my socks off.

The People You Keep by Allison Larkin

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Yes, it’s been 979 days since Friday the 13th, March 2020, when everything changed.

Last Saturday one of our kids visited for several hours with their kids. It was fun though our kid looked tired. They said they’d taken a Covid test that morning and it was negative. They figured it was the wine and rich foods they’d shared the evening before with friends at the end of a very busy week.

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Professional reporters and pundits are talking a lot about “what just happened”, but heck, we are noticing interesting things, too.  Let’s talk about what We The People saw and heard and are watching now.

Here are some things catching my attention.

Election Day

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So many times I’ve thought things were going to be okay, and then they weren’t. My dad had that heart attack and the kid who was MB back then told herself to not overthink the drama because things always turn out more or less okay. Then the next day he died.

We lost a pregnancy far enough along that we had a name picked out and a crib in which to put that child. For a week I had all the misery and cramps that go with miscarrying and I still thought somehow it was going to work out okay.

That Beep-Beep-Beeping Moment.

In spring Len got a $100 traffic ticket when he turned right at a corner we’ve been turning right at for seven years. However, construction had started and there were orange barrels and cones everywhere – plus a small sign NOT facing the street Len was on, telling drivers to not turn there.

Len went back later that day and took photos. Len called the city to mention that if they posted a sign that actually faced the traffic, the city could save the cost of the cop parked there ticketing drivers.

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