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

Snowy egret stands in grace
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!

celebrating a birthday

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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