Musings

Growing and green

Bamboo spike

There are bamboos native to this region, yet I’m guessing this one is an invader.

No bamboos in this shot. See how leafy and green this boulevard view is…and it’s not just due to the evergreen magnolia in the median.

Oh, rugby

Some rain overnight and through mid-day, fortunately bringing down the pollen levels.

Oak overstory, dogwood understory. Is this the start of a poem? Anyway, not my story.

Title refers to my standard response when “Only Connect” produces words and phrases that mean nothing to me. Plus they’re talking about rugby on the rerun of “As Time Goes By” that’s rolling now.

So glad it’s Friday

I tried to do some computational photography magic (messiness?) with this and…Could…Not. Still don’t know why, other than the broad category of operator error.

How could I mess up these beauties, however?

Why should I be glad it’s Friday? After all, I just bumble in Covid-avoidance through each day, pretty much the same as yesterday and tomorrow. Still, Friday has magical connotations, and even did when I had to work weekends.

Beaming

As it happened, I walked after dinner, and saw the late sun…

…and the later sun.

Call 911

Just after 10am we heard a crash, on this windy but otherwise beautiful day. Not the kind of sound you like to hear when you’re browsing the internet from the safety of your home. I could hear that it wasn’t the giant oak next door, but the noise came from out front. Yup, a tree went down.

It missed the pickup and definitely didn’t reach the house. Yay!

But, it did swish a power line affecting us, and brought down the feeder line for a neighbor. We had a couple of surges, and then the Guru shut off the power to the house at the breaker box. There was a teeny hot electrical smell, and that’s never a good thing, but we couldn’t quite localize it. Not the TV. Not the upstairs furnace.

After no-show by the power company, the Guru called the non-emergency number for the fire department…and was told it was a 911 situation, yes sir. So, he called 911. And soon a fire truck showed up. Not from the station around the corner, but one from a bit farther away. Why? Because they have the high crane/ladder (not needed, but, hey, am I a fire-person? do I know these things? nope).

Firemen are good guys and gals (just guys on our street, today). After plenty of phone time and standing around, they donned safety gear and fired up a chain saw and cleared the street. And took down most of the yellow plastic warning tape.

They also told the Guru that he could turn the breakers back on. Several had switched. It turned out that two surge protectors had done their final work, saving the TV and my desktop machine (and producing smells). There’s at least one more breaker that isn’t happy (bathroom fan upstairs), and the Guru relit the downstairs furnace, but it won’t turn on. It’s cool and will be cold tomorrow morning, but then it’ll warm up!

Later, I saw a contractor truck working on the overhead lines, not one with a Georgia Power logo on the side, so I assume our neighbor has power again.

And how was your day?

Lucky 47

Puddles rain

Serious rain as a front came through during rush hour. As we were enjoying our coffee. 😉

Clearing sky

After it began to clear, we headed down Highway 41 on a mission.

Cafeteria ceiling

In a high school cafeteria. Go Tigers!

I was number 47 to get a Pfizer shot! My lucky number.

Bud weed

On my late-walk…buds and weeds and flowers.

Leaves new

And new leaves. Hello, Spring.

Be wary

Magnolia full bloom

These Japanese magnolias have large petals, and when they fall, they make the sidewalk slick! Some of the camellia petals can do this, too.

I had another picture to add, but my technology is not cooperating. Yes, I restarted both my phone and the laptop, and checked which WiFi “dude” they’re attached to…and still, no photo downloading. Maybe tomorrow.

Hypotheticals

Party tent

I’m guessing a quinceañera, given the location amidst low-income housing with mostly Hispanic renters, but it may be a birthday celebration. Or?

Pre sunset

Approaching sunset. The camera makes it more sunset-y than it looked to my eye.

Details of the times

Moon above

Here’s the moon doing its daytime thing. Speaking of daytime, I can tell the days are longer than they were. Loving it.

🤨

Outside light

Seems tacky to note that with a half-million Americans dead who were alive a year ago, killed by the Covid, the vaccine distribution is ramping up, and this is a light…(no tunnel illustration, just a light…artsy is sometimes fartsy).

😉

Park views

Lake clara meer

Walked to the Big Park today, and found brilliant sunshine…

Park birds

…and birds. Canadas (left), of course, and Muscovys (right, bathing). In the middle, an anhinga, I think. Didn’t have binocs.

Six springs trail

Tried to take my fav-oh-rite trail: closed. Must be a maintenance problem (perhaps a washout?); can’t be a Covid limitation…. Discarded jacket probably is from volunteer out of frame to left removing invasive species (my guess).