Monthly Archives: March 2020

From A Distance

So much has changed in our lives in the past few weeks. I’ve read that we should practice “physical distancing”, rather than “social distancing”, because we need to still have our friends and family (our support system) in our lives.

My friend, Donna, and I arranged to meet at a nearby state park on Friday. She brought a 6-ft long section of PVC pipe, so we could gauge how far we needed to be from each other.

I believe it’s the first time we haven’t greeted each other with a hug.

We walked along the banks of the James River and took pictures of the huge cypress tree root systems.

We couldn’t help but mention all the world events these trees have ‘witnessed’. Even more meaningful when you consider that this area is directly across the river from Jamestown Settlement, a distance of about four miles.

We brought a picnic to share after our walk on the beach….vintage tablecloths, picnic basket…

and our 6-ft long measuring stick.

picture taken with a timer on the camera

This is quite a different type of selfie for us.

And later in the day, we learned that a few hours after we left, the picnic shelter was officially closed to the public.

As we were leaving the park, we stopped to visit with the two resident donkeys. They don’t require a distance of 6-feet.

We were happy to devise a way to spend some time together, while still being in compliance.  There may not have been our usual hugs and selfies, but the girl talk and laughter was in abundance.

Stay well, everyone.

~These Days of Mine~

 

Poetic Thursday: Friends

I just love Thursdays! It’s so much fun participating in Poetic Thursday with Pam, Teddy, and Angel Sammy at Two Spoiled Cats.

This is our photo inspiration for today’s poem:

And here’s my poem:

Friends

Come on, buddy, let me show you my land.
I know this place like the back of my hand.

I’m so glad these paths are safe to roam.
Since I was born, this has been my home.

It’s a neat place to share a walk with a friend;
after lunch we’ll go exploring again.

We’re young now, but friends we will be,
even when we’re old….like thirty.

This photo brought back memories of this picture of my friend, Donna, and me:

And we, too, are going to be friends even when we’re thirty.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

One Word Wednesday: Local

LOCAL

~These Days Of Mine~

Fun: From A Distance

So, how is your social distancing coming along?

As you know, Motor Man and I normally take a day trip to Carova, NC most weekends. However, the Outer Banks has a visitor restriction right now (understandably so: their medical facilities are somewhat limited). So we decided to ride to the Northern Neck area of Virginia.

And along the way, we found some fun while avoiding contact with anyone else. We saw this old building, and stopped to investigate. It’s an old jail, built in the early 1800’s, located in Lancaster, Virginia.

On the same property was a wonderful old red barn, so we took the opportunity for a picture. Once again, we hadn’t thought to bring our tripod, so we placed the camera on a fence post, and I rushed to join Motor Man before shutter clicked.

A little further along, we passed this beautiful old home. The sign in front said: “Woodlawn, 1750”.

A better view of the side and an outbuilding.

And to my delight, we saw something quite rare (for us anyway). Motor Man had seen a road sign alerting motorists to ‘horse and carriages’ in the area, so we assumed there might be Amish nearby.

As we drove along, we saw someone riding a horse on the shoulder of the highway. Since this is most unusual, Motor Man made a u-turn, so I could take pictures.

When I saw the way this young man was dressed, I realized that he was, indeed, Amish.

We pulled over at a safe location, thinking he might ride right by us. But, just before he reached us, he made a turn.

I LOVE this picture. The horse obviously realized that he was on the home stretch, and I love that the young man is adjusting his hat. (In a perfect world, the house wouldn’t be there, and I wouldn’t have needed to do a little less-than-ideal photo editing.)

Obviously the two of them were getting ready for the ride down this long lane.

What fun did you discover this weekend?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetic Thursday: No Escape

Welcome to Poetic Thursday, hosted by my friend, Pam and her two boys at “Two Spoiled Cats“.

Today, I’m making light of a serious situation.  I feel that it always helps to find a little humor whenever possible.

Here’s the photo for this week’s inspiration:

And this is my poem:

No Escape

 Let’s escape.
Let’s steal away.
Let’s not think about germs for a day.

A tropical isle,
warm, gentle breezes,
no coughs, no sniffles and certainly no sneezes.

Wait: we can’t go.
No travel’s allowed.
And we definitely must avoid any large crowd.

Let’s stay home.
We’ll relax there; it’s safer.
And we can stare at this mountain of toilet paper.

(No, we haven’t hoarded TP.  We shop at Costco, so we already had a pretty good supply.)

How are you managing with your social distancing? Motor Man works alone building race engines at our shop anyway, so we still have that normalcy in our lives. Our racing season was scheduled to begin March 28, but that has been postponed.

We usually eat out two or three times each week, but our restaurants are now take-out or drive-through only, so our meals have been at home.  And that’s okay.

For the time being, we aren’t able to go see “my” wild horses. Dare County, NC has restricted entry to only residents, property owners, service workers, etc. Dare County is adjacent to Currituck County, where Carova (and the horses) are, and we must travel through Dare going to Carova.

We’re hoping the time will pass quickly, and things will be back to normal soon.

So there you have it.  Stay well everyone. And wash your hands.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

One Word Wednesday: Keepsake

KEEPSAKE

~These Days Of Mine~

“Carovovirus”

One of the Facebook pages I follow is that of Corolla Beach Music. Earlier this week, they posted this meme:

photo courtesy of Corolla Beach Music

(For those of you new to the blog, Carova is the northernmost beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and extends to the Carolina/Virginia state line: thus ‘Carova’. It is only accessible by 4-wheel-drive vehicles, and is home to a herd of nearly 100 wild horses.  Motor Man and I consider it our happy place, and make at least a couple of day trips there each month.)

Since we are now to practice social distancing, we thought Carova would the perfect place to visit this past weekend.

We saw seven horses, including this handsome guy. (Photo taken with zoom lens.)

Hopefully, the coronavirus will run its course quickly, affecting a minimum number of folks. We’re looking forward to things returning to normal.

But, til then, we’re good with our Carovavirus.

~These Days Of Mine~