Monday, April 12, 2021

Still Not Much Going On...

 ...but here's a Great Egret we saw out at the marsh on a lovely sunny day last week. 

I liked the reflection. It's definitely nesting season here on the north coast. Birds are flying everywhere with twigs and dried grasses, heading to their secret places. The male ravens are still squawking madly over finding mates and flying after each other ready to assert their dominance. The hummingbirds have stopped coming to the feeder. It's been a few weeks since I've seen one. I keep changing the nectar every three days, but no one shows up. I think they're busy making nests and babies. I hope they return. 

Roger has been busy building a sauna in the garage. He has built a sauna in every house we've ever lived in. This is the longest we've gone without taking a sauna... more than FIVE YEARS! If you know our sauna history you know that on our very first date we went out to dinner. At that dinner Roger mentioned that he loved saunas. I said "Yay! I love a good sauna too." He replied that that was great news because he had packed towels in the car and knew of a wonderful place to go for a good sweat. So we went to Kiva Retreat in Santa Cruz and started a ritual that we've practiced for the past 30 years... well until now. But that's about to change. The sauna is being built and soon we will start up our mellow relaxing home retreats again. If you search the blog for the word "sauna" you'll see all the saunas Roger has built. This one is pretty interesting. He's building it in a way that it can be disassembled and taken with us if we ever move again. Yay, said I!

I got my second vaccine shot on April 2nd. So, this Friday it will be two weeks past the date that says I'm okay to venture a bit more out into the world... maybe. Still going to wear a mask and practice every precaution we can, but there really is something about feeling safe that takes a bit of the edge off of these crazy times. We may actually go shopping for things other than food. Wouldn't that be wild? 

That's life here in Northern California. Stay well and safe, friends, and thank you for stopping by.

33 comments:

  1. We get Little Egrets on our local river here in Hertfordshire, but I have never seen a big one. I guess they are the size of our grey herons? I also got my 2nd shot last Friday...I got away with just a sore arm again so am looking forward to feeling even safer! Our " unessential" shops open today after months of being closed and it will be a big step towards a more normal life. I can go and find a jigsaw in a charity shop rather than pay a fortune for a new one for instance!!I am also able to get my hair cut and coloured for the first time in over 3 months, so you can imagine how good that will be. It will be in 1 hour's time...she comes to the house.....dog walk first!
    I have never been in a sauna and doubt I would like it....can't bear being too hot!

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    1. Frances-- Yes, the Great Egrets are the size of herons. We also have the Snowy Egret here which is much smaller. They have beautiful yellow feet. There is a bit of an opening here for businesses and restaurants. I'm going to shop for some new jeans. I realize I should have gotten a new pair long before this pandemic ever hit. Now, they're almost ready for patching. Enjoy your new found freedoms there!

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  2. A hopeful post all the way around.

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  3. Love the idea of a moveable sauna. Hope you are sweating soon. These time call for any relief we can get. So glad you are now fully vaccinated and well know that feeling of relief. We still have to be cautious but now we have much less dread.

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    1. Patti-- I love the idea of a moveable sauna as well. I'm so glad Roger came up with the idea. Yes! Being fully vaccinated is a very calming thing. I appreciate it so much.

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  4. Your ongoing love story always moves me. You and Roger have shared many springs together and now it's spring again, with Roger building a sauna!

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    1. am-- Yes, we really have shared so many springs together. We met 33 years ago. Time really flies and here it is our 33rd spring.

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  5. I've been "safe" for a couple of months, but wear masks and stay distant. But somehow I have another bug...so am recovering slowly from it...and again staying clear of people. Sauna sounds like a great thing to do...though I'm with Frances and don't like getting really hot. I just had a haircut too!

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    1. Barbara-- Oh yes, we definitely wear masks and keep our distance. I'm not sure I'm ever going to give that up. When I think about it, I don't much like too much heat. When my parents retired to the desert, it wasn't much fun visiting there. But for some reason a sauna is so relaxing.

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  6. That is a great photo of the Great Egret!
    How nice that Roger can build the sauna himself! I see from the past posts that he does have experience! Is he using the older wood again from saunas of the past?
    Enjoy!

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    1. we let go off the old wood when we last moved. i do have some of the same older wood salvaged from our very old house in capitola. i will use a bit on one wall of the newest sauna.

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    2. Ellen-- So glad you like the Great Egret photo. Thank you for that!
      Roger did carpentry work for many, many years. When he wasn't doing computing work, he was cutting wood and hammering nails.

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  7. People who sauna are fanatics about it. We lived beside an elderly Finnish couple for a few years. Most of their daily life revolved around the sauna.

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    1. Red-- It's true about sauna fanatics. Once you've fallen in love with the heat of a sauna, it's in your blood.

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  8. Great Egrets are splendid birds and I'm pleased to say they are getting more common around here. I've got to wait a few more weeks for my second jab, as it was decided to get as many first jabs done as was possible. It seems to be working too, about 1 person in 10,000 has Covid in this area at the moment.

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    1. John-- We love watching the Great Egrets. They are truly elegant.
      I got the Moderna vaccine and felt pretty crummy on the second day. Then, all was well. I hope your second shot goes well. It really does feel pretty good to feel somewhat protected and safe.

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  9. Congrats on your second jab. You've always had saunas in your houses? That's wonderful and I'm not at all jealous.

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    1. Ally-- It really feels pretty good to have that second jab done. Yes, Roger has built a sauna at every house. This is the first time he's building one inside our garage. We're pretty happy about it and glad you're not at all jealous.

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  10. Egrets have gotten as far as Vancouver, Washington but not as far as Tacoma. I'm hoping to get down Santa Rosa soon, now that I've also had two shots two weeks ago, so I can take pictures like that.

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    1. Loren-- I don't know why I thought Great Egrets there all year. What a surprise to learn they don't even make it that far north. I do hope you get to Santa Rosa to see them. Really glad to hear you have been vaccinated as well. Yay!

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  11. I never knew a sauna could be portable! Beautiful photo!

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    1. Steve-- This is Roger's first attempt at making a sauna he can disassemble. I'm sure we'll document it as he assembles it piece by piece. Glad you liked the photo!

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  12. I visited a friend once who lived up north in the middle of winter who had a sauna. We 'saunaed' for I don't know how long and then ran out naked in the snow! that's a great picture of the egret.

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    1. ellen-- You describe the sauna heat so well... naked in the snow afterwards. Yes! Glad you like the egret picture. Thank you.

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  13. It's great you and Roger both love saunas. It will be nice enjoying them together again after all these years.

    We have egrets just like that in Australia. Very elegant.

    What a difference being vaccinated will make to your lives. My 81yo mother has had her first, and will get the second in July. That's if the Australian government can get it's act together! Our rollout has been atrocious. Maybe the urgency isn't there as we have had very few cases, but our smugness will work against us on the international stage. International tourism is in dire straits and universities are struggling financially because we have relied too heavily on international students.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- If all goes well I'll be posting photos soon of the progress on this new sauna. We're pretty happy about it.
      I cannot believe that your 81 year old mother has just gotten her first shot and has to wait until July to get the second. Outrageous, thoughtless, and infuriating in every way. I hope things improve there. Oy.
      I love knowing you have egrets like this in Australia.

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  14. It's nesting season here, too. Some small birds (titmouse?) have made a nest above a light fixture below our front porch. They did the same last year, and the cats killed their babies when they left the nest. Grrr.

    We had our second vaccinations two weeks ago last Friday. We feel a great sense of relief.

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    1. Mark-- Is there any way you can protect those baby birds? Some way to keep the cats away from their very little space? I hope so.
      It does feel good to feel safe after the vaccine. What a relief. Take care there.

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  15. I remember Kiva House so well! Spent many a Sunday morning there (I think that was women's time only). So thrilled for you that soon you will another one of your very own.

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    1. Tara-- I love knowing that you went to Kiva House too. It was quite a beautiful sauna retreat.

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  16. How nice to have your own private sauna, Robin. There is one in the here as well as part of the gym and in the women's' dressing room, but I have never tried it. I did use one years ago at the Y we belonged to in VA. Not much going on isn't such a bad thing, as long as you are well and happy which you appear to be and congrats on being fully vaccinated - a good thing.

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    1. Beatrice-- It really is going to be so lovely to have our own little sauna again. We're looking forward to it. We're both okay here. Hope the same is true for you and your love. Safe and vaccinated. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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