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13 Weeks and Counting #hanginginthere #nature #vote

I love the number thirteen. That and the fact that I got an extra hour’s sleep this weekend made me feel quite chippy on Sunday. Monday (today) starts week #13 in my countdown, so for once I actually looked forward to Monday.

To a point anyway. This will no doubt be a stressful week because of the election. I am going to do my best to avoid reading the news until Wednesday … if I can. I’ve always been a bit of news junkie so it’s an effort, but I’ll have plenty of distractions (as in, meetings, meetings, and more meetings!).

Meanwhile. We went for a walk on Sunday, a gorgeous day with sunshine and coolish temperatures.

Here are a few scenes.

Talk about hanging in there! This tree doesn’t want to let go and I don’t blame it. It’s a lovely environment, full of dappled sunlight and rich vegetation. Worst case scenario: it’ll become a home and food for critters and birds so life will continue.

How’s this for a still life? I did not stage the fern, sticks and fungi. The composition caught my eye, and I took photos from several angles, but this is my favorite.

Aren’t these so pretty? I see patterns like this and I immediately think of knitting, of all things, imagining myself knitting up sweaters or shawls in these colors and lines.

And some more. They also make me think of full skirts that swirl when you dance.

Now this is something I wouldn’t want to blindly grab. Greg says it’s a “devil’s walking stick.” It can be quite beautiful when it’s in flower, but it’s November so no blooms.

Ah, that’s it for today. In just over three months, I’ll have more time to regale you with my photos and chatter. For now, I’m just counting down and enjoying the start of some real fall weather.

Even our cats are starting to assume their winter behavior.

You only see Maxine tolerating Junior’s butt in her face when the temperatures start to drop and she’ll take any body heat she can find. Junior was soaking up the sun, silly boy. If you look really close, you can see that Maxine actually has a paw draped over Junior’s feet. Like children, they are so adorable when they are sleeping.

Thanks for visiting! Hope you are all well and safe and happy. My friends in the U.S.: Remember to vote on November 3 if you haven’t already voted, and hang on to your sanity. I think it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

16 replies

  1. Oh, Marie, I’m going to have to live vicariously through you from now til I retire! So happy for you. I really can’t believe you only have 13 weeks of work left. I look forward to reading more of your writing in the future when you have more time to focus on it.

    Your pictures in this writing are incredible. You have an eye. Where were you walking? Love the descriptions and images of the fungi. They are my thing!

    I’m hanging in as is everyone else. Thankfully, still have my job. We lost some funding but so far, I’m still here. I need it so am grateful.

    I’ve started hanging out some (socially distanced) with an old friend who was in the original group when my ex and I bought our land south of town in the 1980s. I was closer to his ex-wife than him and truly it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other prior to covid. We actually connected by way of KN95 masks. He was a teacher at SAIL but just retired due to covid. This was going to be his last year anyway and he didn’t want to take any chances.

    It’s nice and scary at the same time. But this is what life brings me now. By the way, he (John) likes to write, too. He sent me a vingette he wrote a bit ago which I enjoyed reading.

    Have a great week. I hope this only goes to you. Miss you. We will have to get together when things are safe and you are retired. We can invite Cassie and celebrate! It’s nice doing Monday yoga with you.

    Be well, Carol

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    1. Carol, so good to hear from you. I look forward to seeing you again, and it’s a comfort knowing you’re in Monday night yoga as well. I’m a bit (actually, a lot) scared about transitioning away from employer-based health care. Greg is signing up for Medicare Part B and CHP Medicare Advantage. You’d think doing it online would be easy-peasy, but no. Oh, the place where we were walking is right by the interstate between Timberlane and Live Oak. It’s called Timberlane Ravine Nature Preserve. Here’s a link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/florida/timberlane-ravine-nature-preserve-trail

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  2. I’m enjoying your countdown. 😀 Beautiful photos–that tree! And all the rest. Your kitties are adorable. Mickey and Ricky used to sleep together sometimes in a basket in the window sunshine.

    As for the time change–UGH. I wake up the same time anyway, and so does Ricky the cat. I wish we could just settle on standard or Daylight Saving and not switch.

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    1. Thank you, Merril! I’m with you … I wish we would stop switching back and forth. A couple of Florida senators want to keep us on DST but it would take an act of Congress because it would put us out of sync with the rest of the nation. Good grief. It would be so much easier to just stay on standard time. We wouldn’t need an act of Congress for that … typical Florida. Meanwhile, it’s fun seeing our cats negotiate the sunny spots the couch 🙂

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  3. Beautiful photos of your walk and kitties! I love that you see patterns in nature that inspire your knitting! This is the second post I’ve read this morning that mentions finding inspiration in nature for other creative pursuits. Hurrah fir 13!! And I think I’ll keep the news off, delete my Twitter app, hide my phone, and spend tomorrow evening in a global meditation session. I am so ready for it to be over with—although it could be a while. Hang in there, Marie. 💚

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