Photos from Daily Walks Part 3 (2020 Countdown 20 & 21)

FOR Days 20 and 21 of the Countdown to 2020 – more photos from “Walking out 2020” (Part 1  and Part 2).

 

Today’s photos also connect to a few thoughts this week. 

Photo 1: Winter Solistice

Photo 6: Condom Circle

Photo 7: Birdbath and Think of Others More

Photo 8: HOY –  “Heavy on You”

 

1) Late afternoon walks are sometimes greeted by the “way-too-early” sunset. The good news is that today, the 21st of December, marks the shortest day of the year (for those of us in Northern Hemisphere). And in a hot yoga class yesterday, S. reminded us that after today we will be heading towards the longest day of the year. We will be on the flip side of the countdown to the next solstice. Nice way to look at it. For those that feel sluggish this week, you might want to consider getting some Vitamin D3, Vitamin B-12, Ascorbic Acid, eat some quality grass-fed meat, and/or check into red-light therapy for overall wellness.  Earlier this year we added four red-light infrared bulbs to our sauna for Red Therapy light or Photobiomodulation (I might blog about it in 2020, but you can get more info here).
2) LOOKING UP: I liked the strong vibe from this angle (even though aren’t most of these under ground now?)

 

3) LOOKING UP I am also reminded why we do NOT travel anymore for Christmas. Too hectic and maybe once in a while we will travel – it is not the obligated “every year travel for Christmas” type of thing. This does not mean it is always easy, because sometimes I would like to be in this state or that sate with family – but we make it work. And have had more peace because of it.
4) LOOKING DOWN – I am sure there are many thoughts to connect with these strong – yet worn – double yellow lines. But they allude me today. 
5) LOOKING DOWN – we laughed when we saw this. Someone had a little fun….
6) Okay, sorry (but also Sorry LESS) for being gross with this used condom photo here. There is a new neighborhood being built and before the lots were set up – some people partied on the newly-paved vacant streets. Now there are cameras and so NO MORE shenanigans – but we saw these things a few times. The hubs was joking around with some nicknames for this street: Rubber road, Condom Circle, Lover’s lane, Provasic Place (Fugitive joke with hat cast one).
7) The ice on the birdbath reminded me how cold it is in December. brrrrr. And I felt grateful for the small things in life – for nature and being able to take walks – grateful for a small garden that has a cute little birdbath. And of course…. I thought of Bushboy (because birdbaths make me think of him and a few other photographers). So I prayed for him and the fires in their country. That reminded me how it is so good for us when we think of others and when we lift each other up. And…. if you are reading this and need a boost – maybe you should try serving others more. Sometimes demandingness sneaks in to pull you down. And to be quite honest, the most unhealthy people I know are always thinking of self and they accumulate and think of meme, me.  It is pretty amazing what saving and reaching out does for human beings. A little outreach can go a long way for enriching YOU. 
8) Wanted to include this photo with my walk post because with so much “delivery” happens these days -and did you know that grocery deliveries are expected to skyrocket in 2020? So yes, we do see delivery vehicles while out on walks. So many of them – from cars to brown trucks, over-sized gray vans to small white ones, etc. Then, coming home one day, this box was waiting for us. Doesn’t the heavy label stand out? That reminded me of how sometimes in life we have situations that are HEAVY – and it could help if we approach it with care and knowledge ahead of time. Like – “This is a heavy box – be careful” could mean “This is a heavy issue – let’s be delicate with it.”  And when my spouse and I would have talks over the years – sometimes we would check in by saying – “Hey – we need to have a talk soon – but not one of those “HOY” ones.” Or we might say, “need to talk and it might be a little HOY.”  Wondering what a “HOY” talk is? For us – it was a term that unfolded meaning “heavy on you” talk. I would say something like, “Sorry to be all heavy on you, but….” and then the song from Heart came in too -you know the tune, Crazy on You, can fit this mantra – “heavy on you….” —– anyhow, sometimes heavy talks are just needed – to discuss delicate or important matters. And it always helped us to preface it ahead of time. In fact, it was a “HOY” talk back in 2002 that helped us make the decision to leave California and move back to the East Coast. 🙂 – Coming back to 2019 – Christmas is only a few days away and if this season feels all “heavy on you” – maybe you can modify it so it is not all heavy. Don’t just endure it – don’t drink your way through it – and don’t just get by with annoyance -get busy and try to  find ways to make it work for you so that it also leads to January Joy. 
9) Closing with my favorite photo from December 2019 ( I know there are nine more days – so this is my favorite photo so far). After a daily walk, love coming in to see a bit of classic Christmas decor. 

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Wishing you a nice Saturday. 

 

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38 thoughts on “Photos from Daily Walks Part 3 (2020 Countdown 20 & 21)

  1. Great photos. Well, except.. 😉 In the parking lot of the landing near the cottage on Cape Cod we are trying to sell you can very often see used condoms. I too am celebrating the return of the sun come tomorrow! Well, the solstice is at around midnight, so I don’t know if tomorrow will be any lighter, but we are headed in the right direction!

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. in The right direction for sure…
      And regarding the used items – people – why toss them on the ground – like seriously – use a trash bag – maybe one day the dna testing will be so cheap they can test the dna and fine the folks for littering (kidding)
      Hope your weekend is great too and tomorrow’s post will be connecting with the weekly smile – ttys

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  2. Hahahaha!

    As per the condom image, it gives new meaning to the phrase “when the rubber hits the road”.

    What struck me with this gallery was how most of them feel as if they are album covers. It began with the tower, and my thought that Queen or the Talking Heads would’ve used that for a cover. And then it kept going from there.

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      1. The house and trees capture could be a Ray Lamontagne cover. That perfect circle in the road could be a My Chemical Romance cover. The yellow lines could be Journey or Nickelback.

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  3. I felt cold just looking at that iced-over bird bath! Still, there’s nothing like coming back from a walk to some festive cheer. Instant warm-up. 🙂

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    1. Hi dan – yeah – we went by there again this weekend and came up with a few more (inappropriate) names – even tho there have been no more trash for a while 😉

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  4. I really enjoyed seeing these snapshots from your walk. What a beautiful sunset. I’m glad I didn’t sleep through the shortest day of the year 🙂 This will be our first Christmas in our new home away from home. It is nice to not have to travel far for the holidays. ❤

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  5. A few times when I picked up trash near the park, I found condoms, too. I always have non-latex gloves as well as kitchen trash bags for garbage pickup, so not quite as icky. But a parking lot? Not very romantic. 🤭😬. Of course I doubt romance has much to do with it. Anyway, I like the rest of the photos and I love Heart and “Crazy onYou.” A blessed Sunday to you.

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet – that is awful nice of you to pick up trash – and I have done my share of that over the years – but you travel with gloves – that is commuted 🙂

      And this was an undeveloped cul-de-sac…
      And hope your Sunday is going well too – nice and quiet here

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  6. Those were some interesting angles you captured and my favorite (besides the Christmas decoration) was the electrical tower and the way you shot it from below … makes it look taller than it likely is. It is comforting to know we are on the upswing and headed toward Summer even though it will take many months to get there … my mom used to say this all the time, and it disparages men and women: “patience is a virtue; possess it if you can; seldom found in women; never found in men.”

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    1. Hahaha – that is a funny quote from your momma.
      And the photo of the electrical tower was massive to be under (the trail that day went right under it – and that was cool))
      Oh…
      And I do have yet another photo to share with you

      A photo I took in the post office – hint! Has to do with a squirrel

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      1. Yes, my mom was full of wisdoms and one time I did a post on her “Momisms” … a few I shared again in this year’s Mother’s Day post. By chance, the photo from the post office, is it a Christmas card? My affinity for squirrels is known by my friends as two of them, (one a fellow walker/friend who subscribes to my blog) and the other, a high school friend from NY, both sent me the identical card for Christmas. It was a squirrel opening a post mailbox … I thought “what are the odds of that happening that two friends sent the same card and on the same day BTW?” then Ann Marie said she bought it at the post office as did Carol.

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        1. It is a card!! And not sure if it is opening a mailbox – need to check – but a little girl was holding the card and she held it for me – so it was more of a street shot and the card was like – “hey – linda might smile to see that”

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        2. Oh, that’s a cute picture – no, the cards that I got are a squirrel looking in the mailbox … I took a picture to show you but not uploaded it yet – a little crazy at work today.

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      1. I took a picture of them side-by-side Yvette. I have a ton of photos I took at the park over the weekend and am going to look at them tomorrow night or Christmas. I had an emergency come up at work (despite the fact that my boss is in Mexico) and had to stay later tonight. I am quite behind in Reader plus doing back-to-back posts did not help matters any. I was going to do my ornament post tomorrow, but I thought most people would be off Reader tomorrow, so did it for today instead.

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    1. Yess – stay cool Miriam – temperature cool and attitude cool!! Haha
      And I did just tell me hubs I am not doing very many more of the early morning frigid walks – they are rough and I sometimes feel ill all morning after them. I will wait til
      It warms up or find a place to do it indoors

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