Sunday Stills: We Are #Thankful Through it All

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As folks prepare for Thanksgiving in the US this week, it will be a completely different holiday this year. As we navigate through a pandemic that has sickened millions and taken the lives of loved ones, we stand in fear of continuing the spread of the Covid virus by reducing our time spent with family and friends. Some have found it difficult to be truly thankful.

For Sunday Stills, this week, let us all reflect upon the things for which we can truly be thankful.

Our road trip to San Diego this past week was emotionally and somewhat physically taxing. We needed to bring some boxes of items to our children and grandchildren while picking up a few things to take back with us. Our plans were not just to visit with our families, but for me to say goodbye to our family home that was recently sold and to visit my mom’s commemorative brick placed in a local city park.

While driving, we had phone conversations with family. I have two younger brothers; one still lives in the San Diego area and the other recently moved to Arizona. When I mentioned that a few of us were going to visit my dad next week in his rural town in Northern California, the oldest brother chastised me pretty good by stating, “if Dad gets Covid, he’ll die! Do you want to lose both parents in 2020?”

“Umm, no,” I answered contritely (my mom passed in March of this year). Sadly, many rural areas of California are seeing a rise in Covid cases as new people merge with locals, who haven’t practiced good social distancing.

To protect my 84-year old father who has COPD, I had to be the one to tell the family over the course of days that we were not going to converge at his home for Thanksgiving.

Despite the disappointment, it is better to miss one Thanksgiving in order to enjoy many more in the future.

Thanks for the Memories, San Diego

I was born and raised in the San Diego area in southern California. I moved north to Sacramento when I was 20 and never moved back. I am thankful many family members still live there and I can visit most any time.

My brother and his family want nothing to do with COVID-19 and to see them, we stayed behind their driveway gate while they sat on the other side a few feet away. I brought some books and other goodies for them. No doubt my brother will spray everything with sanitizer, but we enjoyed family time. Better than Zoom for sure!

No covid allowed here!
Thankful for family!

It was time to say goodbye to the family home I had lived in since I was 10 years old. Once my mom entered the nursing home in 2010, my brother moved in and lived there for a while. We eventually rented it to my stepson and his family, and once Mom passed this year, we opted to sell it earlier this Fall. We drove over to the house and the owners had not moved in yet, so I was grateful to get this pic of me hugging the house goodbye.

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Hugging my family home goodbye

The next day, I met my childhood friend in the park to visit my mom’s brick and we shared a few memories of days gone by. This image was set up by my daughter and shared in an earlier post.

Mom's Brick

Thankful for Home

The week prior to us leaving for San Diego, we listed our house in Sacramento and potential buyers visited Saturday through Monday, while we were away. By Tuesday we had several offers and decided to go with one, in particular, that was solid and over the asking price!

After signing several online disclosures, my husband and I are grateful that a young couple is excited about the house and wants to start a family in it, just like I did 32 years ago.

Before the family home in San Diego was sold last summer, my daughter transplanted my mom’s favorite roses into two pots for me to take. My mom would be happy knowing her roses will continue to bloom in another state.

Mom's last rose

I dropped off my beloved plumeria plants to my daughter since they will not grow well in the cold North (Spokane, WA). I had just planted four plumerias from stalks in 2019 and one flowered. I will ever be grateful I got to see these plumeria grow. For some reason, the same plant did not produce in 2020. Here is one shot from 2019.

Unexpected Plumeria blooms

Autumn is finally in full swing in Sacramento. My Japanese maple frames one of the last looks at the front of my house, soon to be occupied by a new family.

Japanese Maple Fall

This is submitted for Dawn’s Festival of Leaves. Flowers and leaves are shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

My daughters are visiting over Thanksgiving to eat a small meal and say goodbye to their childhood home. We are keeping it simple and ordered a turkey dinner from a nearby grocery store. Trust me, with few dishes left in the house, I’m thankful someone else is doing the cooking!

And I’m sure this suburban turkey is grateful it escaped this year’s Thanksgiving table and my Boykin Spaniel’s greedy jaws. Submitted for Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge.

suburban turkey
Turkey in my front yard

Thank You to My Fellow Bloggers

I want to thank you all who continue to support Sunday Stills and share images every week, and those who continue to read my ramblings.

I have a long list of loyal bloggers who post every week for Sunday Stills, but I also want to acknowledge bloggers who took a break and are back to share their talents!

And a hearty shout-out to Joe at Easin’ Along and Hugh Roberts of Hugh’s Views and News who often share their photos of the themes in the comments! Not that easy to do!

Please show us what you are thankful for in 2020. There is more than you might think. We’ve all had our ups and downs, but we will prevail!

Have a wonderful week and if you celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, please stay safe and make the best of these unprecedented times in which we live.

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Sunday Stills: A #Weathered Look

Weathered sun

If you have been blogging long enough, you might remember the WordPress weekly photo challenge. I thought it would be interesting to revisit the theme “weathered” for Sunday Stills. Weathered was last seen in January 2018; take a look.

It is fascinating to go back and look at the weekly photo challenge and see how many bloggers are still going strong as well as how many did not weather the storm of changes made by WordPress.

The prompt then and now says, “Show us the effect of time and the elements.”

A weathered exterior can be caused by nature or through the inactions of humankind. Sometimes we pay good money to buy an item that is appropriately weathered or “antiqued.”

Weathered sun

I can’t remember if I bought this sun this way or if several years hanging outside has weathered it to this state.

More often, around our homes, we repair those walls and fences that look too weathered. As we finalize repairs on our current home, these weathered shingles on the front porch dormer won’t do much for the house. Hubby will be fixing and repainting these this weekend!

weathered shingles

Sometimes a weathered stump lends interest to a pastoral reflection scene.

Quiet Delta Morning

Tens of thousands of years have weathered the face of Half-Dome into the recognizable iconic symbol of Yosemite Valley

Half Dome View from Glacier Point
Half Dome View from Glacier Point

Lava rock on the Big of Island of Hawaii becomes soft black sand after eons of weathering and erosion.

Hawaii's Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach

I found a snowy egret weathering a little breeze while standing on the weathered rocks of Point Loma in San Diego. Submitted for Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge: Shorebirds

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Egret enjoying San Diego

Weathering Uncertainty

While we are on the subject of “weathered,” I must share that I just weathered a mild case of Covid! I was likely exposed to my dear niece and nephew on our drive north three weeks ago. Once home a week later, both hubby and I felt like we had mild head colds. My nephew called Sunday, October 25 to announce they both tested positive. By Thursday, I noticed I completely lost my senses of taste and smell and immediately contacted Kaiser and took a test that day. I got the results last Sunday.

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This photo was taken of me and hubby last October 2019 BC (before Covid), when families could still safely get together!

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The quarantine process is complicated, but I stayed home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. My hubby did not test, because, by the time I got my results, his symptoms were long gone. Our doctor said he would not test positive since very little viral load was left in his system. Because I tested positive, hubby had to call work and was told he had to be off of work for two weeks while receiving emergency medical leave pay. Score! Plenty of time to work on the house!

Once you test positive, your medical provider must share information with your local public health organization. Sacramento County Public Health texted me to complete surveys. Not only did I become a statistic here in Sacramento, but medical staff also phoned several times to check on me. They continually asked me if I had a fever or shortness of breath, hallmark symptoms of Covid, but which I never had. Other than the loss of taste and smell, I would have never suspected I had joined the Covid Club.

What sort of uncertainty have you weathered lately? Let’s leave politics out of this for now and just enjoy this photo challenge! I wish you all good health and a swift goodbye to 2020 in a few short weeks!

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