The mystery of the gate

The things we do when we are bored.

I walked around with the camera looking for something interesting to take a picture of in the backyard. The gate caught my eye.

I could have taken a picture of the whole gate but what fun would that be. I looked and the vine and the ground cover growing up the fence to the left of the gate and  I had an idea.

Take a picture of part of the gate and let the mind wander feel the mystery in the picture and use your imagination.

What is the first thing that pops in your head when you see this picture?

Gate

Disinfectants, sanitizers, and germs

When the Corovirus hit your area what did you already have and not have to rush out and get?

We had plenty of toilet paper and paper towels, 2 gallons of Clorox, Clorox disinfecting wipes, waterless hand sanitizer soap, Lysol laundry sanitizer, Lysol toilet bowl cleaner, and the good old brown Lysol. These are things we keep all the time. Anytime someone has a cough or cold we Clorox our drinking glasses. Toilets get cleaned and wiped off daily. Cabinets, sinks, and tubs get wiped down with whatever disinfectant is close by but this is something we do all the time.

We had plenty of mask because of my concrete work. The gloves we had were a joke but our daughter gave us some of hers.

We have not had to buy any of these things so my thinking is this why are all these items still out at the stores did people not clean, to begin with?

Did everyone use organic items that did not disinfect now they’re scared and they are buying disinfectants? I need to know the answer to these questions. LOL.

Meat ran out at the stores did everyone normally go out to eat?

The Lysol laundry sanitizer is on automatic shipments from Amazon I have been using it for a few years now. Well LOW and BEHOLD my delivery for today is on backorder. This makes me mad because auto-shipments should be there. This I will run out of. Everything else is still holding up well.

We ran out of paper plates one time and we just ran out again but our daughter got us some at Costco.

We have used HEB Curbside for grocery pickups and about 3 weeks ago we had to wait 8 days to get our order now it’s down to 3.

I am determined to use the food we have first and my arsenal of disinfecting items that I already had, to begin with.

We have not supported eating out I feel like its safer to make your own food at this point.

How do you feel about all this and were you already stocked up on supplies?

 

 

 

Trees and their roots

During the floods, many trees are uprooted from the floodwaters the roots can not withstand the rush of all the water and they just give way.

While we were out at Brazos Bend State Park this week we saw numerous trees uprooted. Here is a picture of one of those trees the upper and lower sections. I figure this one was from Hurricane Harvey and those floodwaters.

Our youngest grandson Adrian who is three years old was thinking about crawling in the cave looking tree trunk lol. It certainly had his curiosity going.

It is good for children to explore the great outdoors, climb trees and feel nature all around them.

Almost 2 months old

This premature calf is almost two months old now.

I think she has grown faster than a regular calf. Her solid black fur is getting some reddish fur coming in around her shoulders and her head.

She has these large eyes that are shaped so pretty. I think she will end up being a beautiful cow.

 

A frame for berries

This window frame hangs in the oak tree in the front yard normally I have a plant hanging in the frame.

Since it is winter all our plants in pots were moved in the greenhouse for protection so I needed something in the window frame. Low and behold I thought about the Pyracantha berries and I must say they look great accented by the pine tree across the street.

The stuff in the window frame becomes a picture in itself.

A splash of color under the oak tree is just enough to put a smile on your face as you drive by.

Sometimes it just takes a little bit of imagination to repurpose something for a new idea.

More testing

I have met with my heart surgeon who agrees with my cardiologist about the mitral valve replacement surgery.

It will be an artificial heart valve replacement and two blood thinners for the rest of my life. These typically last about 10 years.

I am having more testing done before the surgery this is to rule out any blockages. If they find any blockages that will have to be fixed before the heart valve replacement will take place.

First up Carotid artery scan this week.

Then heart catheterization and tee esophageal echo hopefully next week.

If all goes as planned I will be having surgery very soon.

I think the worst part for me will be the hospital stay since I do not like staying in a hospital much less for a week or more.

Cardiac rehab will follow me after I get out and I guess that will go on for about 6 weeks.

 

 

 

The inspiration of color

In the wintertime finding a glimpse of color can sometimes be all the inspiration, we need to find hope and put a smile on our face.

This Mexican heather is truly an amazing plant ours blooms all spring, summer and most of the winter.

This time of year it is a breath of fresh air standing up and saying “I am here take notice.”

We move forward with our lives each day without realizing time is passing us by.

Do something today to make a difference in someone else’s life.

 

 

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