Another Photoless Day?

Well, that is how I felt and what I thought! After all, Mark had made an appointment for me to take the Explorer in for its annual inspection at three this afternoon.  Being an early morning riser, I get dismayed by appointments made any later than, say nine in the morning!  Ah well. What’s a girl to do?

I did chores and such, while trying to enjoy some of the glorious warm weather afforded us today. It was indeed glorious….breathing deeply the fresh, warm air.  Although the forecast called for rain, we saw not even a drop!  The skies were not bright or even blue all day, but there were many times when the clouds split and exposed that most appreciated warmth and light given only by that bright orb in the sky!

I left home alone this afternoon for my appointment.  Upon arriving, I awaited several minutes before the Explorer was given its exam.  As the mechanic worked, I noticed him glancing over at “the computer”.  Egads!  After scanning the vehicle ID number,  the computer is connected with an emmissions computer in the vehicle.  No cheating on this test! No way!  I watched as the computer screen flashed a message: “NYVIP communicating with vehicle”.  Good grief! When did I give my vehicle permission to cavort and communicate with any old Mac, IBM, or whatnot, anyway?

All kidding aside, the Explorer passed inspection and I watched as the mechanic scraped last year’s sticker off in nearly one fell swoop!  At home, it takes me forever to remove the nasty glue used on those stickers! I then watched in utter amazement as the mechanic then placed the new sticker on next to the NY registration sticker. Was I seeing things?

The mechanic was nearly apologetic as he neatly sealed the edges of Scotch tape on the sticker! When I sarcasticly made a comment about our new governor cutting costs, he chirped back, saying they opted for the cheapest vendor and got exactly what they paid for!  He then disclosed the batch of inspection stickers sent to them came free of glue….as in, there was NO glue on them at all.  I couldn’t help but smirk….

I am still feeling the residual symptoms of this stupid flu or cold. My head is proned to feeling very stuffy and I am downright tired.  I was grateful to get out of the house for a time, just to get a breath of fresh air.  I also needed to grab a few groceries just to tide us over for a day or two, as we were beginning to resemble Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard!

After the inspection, I went to the grocery store to do some light shopping.  Not having gotten a chance to really see exactly what we needed,  I figured I would buy a few things for dinner and for tomorrow as well.  I paid for the groceries and then decided instead of racing home, I would take my time and perhaps even take the lake road.  I hadn’t ventured that way in ages!

Disappointment welled up inside me as I looked at the ever-faithful little Panasonic camera sitting in the passenger seat.  I certainly didn’t have many chances for photos today, for certain!  I looked over lakeside and was disappointed further to see that there was ice for quite a long portion of my drive.

I pressed onward,  glancing to my left from time to time, just to see if there was anything of value to photograph.  I caught sight of a small group of Canada Geese standing at the edge of a small pool of open water.  They were so pretty, but I have photographed them so many times.  I passed on by, then decided, no, I was going to turn around. After all, I clearly saw a cute photo right there!  Since the family doesn’t understand my need to photograph all things neat/beautiful/unusual/funny/horrible/…..fill in the blanks,  I would never be given a chance to turn around and go back. Being all alone, there was no reason NOT to go back.

I am so glad I did. I love this photo. I love the reflections of the geese in the water, offered by the fading sun setting behind me. I love the way each goose seems engrossed in his or her own world, just like little kids.

Content to have made at least one capture of the day, I continued on my way.  I had bought a roast chicken for dinner. I had to linger on at the grocery store for half an hour, waiting for the chicken to be removed from the oven.  With this in mind,  I did feel a bit of an urgency to proceed on home with maybe a “little” haste.

I had gone down the road a mile or two when I saw ducks…..many, many of them, all swarmed together.  I passed by.  I certainly didn’t need anymore photos of Mallard Ducks!  As I thought for a moment, I relied on my mind’s eye.  *Those* ducks were not Mallards!  Thinking if a Sheriff’s deputy had been following me, he would pull me over for “insanity”, I carefully made a quick U-turn. 

I had to park in a house’s parking area.  There was a car parked there, and I felt so uncomfortable, as though invading someone’s privacy.  Instead of plodding out of the vehicle, I lowered the window and snapped (only one) a shot. Because of pressure and feeling nervous, I didn’t realize my camera was focussing on the branch hanging down insteead of the birds!!!

The jury is out on what these birds are! In looking briefly in a bird book, I thought perhaps they might be American Coots.  They were a dark grey color, with a black head and white bill. WHY did I leave the Nikon home???

The sun was progressing westward, and I needed to get home.  As I drove along the road,  I saw one of our neighbors. I haven’t spoken to Kate in nearly two years!  We gabbed for maybe ten minutes, then it was home again!

Well, I guess I didn’t do too badly for a photoless day, after all!

Oh, and dinner?  Terrific! Greek salad (made by Michelle), potatoes (instant, but still very good, prepared by Ben),  a loaf of very fresh Italian bread, and roast chicken!

How About a Little Snicker?

At my expense, of course!

Remember that I was feeling quite sick the other day, and truth be known, my poor head felt quite as though it might have cobwebs growing in it!  In other words, I might not have been thinking clearly, *if* at all!

I slowly made my way to the bathroom. As I walked in the hallway, I heard a distinctive “scratching” noise.  I stood and listened…it seemed as though perhaps it was coming from behind the large rolltop desk in the hallway. Knowing there is no space between the desk and the wall, it had to be coming from the kneewall area behind the desk.  Having a steep roof, we have kneewalls in the rooms upstairs, creating small storage spaces.

I stood, dumbfounded, yet nearly frozen with realization that perhaps an animal was hidden just a few feet from me!  Not knowing exactly what to do, I remained immobilized until almost supernaturally, something caused me to look upward.

There, carefreely bouncing up and down with the air current in the house was a helium-filled Valentine’s Day mylar balloon.

Yes, I was feeling pretty sick, but the noise the balloon made did indeed sound a lot like scratching! I suppose if logical reasoning had been present, I would have realized that it would be highly unlikely for any creature to enter the house unless the door had been left open, and also that the Scotties would have been hot on the trail had any creature entered their domain!

Okay, go ahead and laugh….but remember, I really was sick!