Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #94 – At Home

The Wuhan Coronavirus stalking the land has forced the majority of us to spend more time at home (with the help of the government who orders us to stay home).  My husband has been working from home for six weeks now.  I was home for a two-week furlough from work.  But I had good company while at home, and I kept my camera at the ready to capture our “owner”.


Kikyo got a lot of lap time while I was off work.  I think this picture needs a caption.  Perhaps, “you called, Underling?”.

Spring has definitely come, and our back yard is in “jungle” mode these days.  We also get visits from some of our favorite avian friends.  This is one of our pair of Varied Thrushes, which are basically robins in slightly different plumage.


Here are a couple of more pictures of the back yard, just taken this afternoon.



And my birthday was two weeks ago.  Here is one of the things my husband bought me.


It lives on the kitchen table, where I can gaze at it over breakfast and dinner.

I’m back at work now, until the end of May, but I know I will have kitty, Hubby, and peaceful yard to come home to at the end of a long day.

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April Flowers

My birthday is in April, when flowers are blooming everywhere.  Here are some pictures of flowers around me.

I received these from my best friend at work.  Thanks, Leslie!


On a street near my workplace, I see these trees

on my way in to work every day.  How about those flowers!


And a little closer up:


And one little branch:


Just beautiful.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #93-Morning

I am an “essential worker” at my aerospace company (at least until May 29, when I retire), and my days begin at 0510 when my alarm clock rings (really my iPod playing Wildwood Flower).  So I mostly go to work in the dark, until just lately.  I captured this sunrise picture on my way in today.  It’s a vacant lot across the street from my factory, and I stopped in the middle of the street, rolled down my window, whipped out my phone, and took the picture.


I get to my desk just after 0600, and get right to work.  Most of my coworkers are working from home these days, so it’s mercifully quiet.  I have always been a morning person, and have mostly worked the early shift.  It should be quite interesting not having to be at the mercy of an alarm clock every weekday.

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I Defy

I defy the authorities who tell me that, as an over-70-year-old person, I should be staying home and not leaving my house.  I defy the Government Authorities who say this:

 The CDC guidance comes as two top infectious disease experts with ties to the federal government have advised people over 60 and those with underlying health problems to strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds.Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University professor and longtime adviser to the CDC, said these two groups should consider avoiding activities such as traveling by airplane, going to movie theaters, attending family events, shopping at crowded malls, and going to religious services.People in these two groups “should strongly consider not doing these activities at this juncture,” Schaffner said.“This ought to be top of mind for people over 60, and those with underlying health problems, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, or compromised immune systems,” Schaffner added. “The single most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is reduce your face to face contact with people.”

I do this by continuing to go to work each day at my aerospace job, which is defined as Essential.  Now, my job will be a casualty of the Wuhan Coronavirus, since I have accepted a “Voluntary Separation” offer from the company.  I have also been given a rare honor by my immediate supervisor, and her boss who is the Director of Supply Chain at our company.  The rest of those who accepted the offer will be done at the end of April, while I have been given another month to train my successors in the specialized duties of my particular position.

I, however, refuse to be a casualty of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  I will not cower at home and avoid traveling by airplane and shopping, because I insist on controlling my behavior, and not letting the all-mighty Government (even its all-knowing infectious disease “experts”) control my behavior. My over-60 husband and I will fly to Hillsdale College functions when necessary, because we are big supporters of the College.

I am the master of my soul and my life, and only I determine what I do in response to this new health threat.  I am remarkably healthy, and I went many years at my job with nary a sick day.  I have never had the flu, and I get my flu shot every year.  I WANT to get tested for the virus, to see if I have been exposed, but not enough tests are available, and this, I think, is a massive failure of the public health system.  And I should be able to get tested, if I agree to pay whatever it costs.

I will continue to defy the authorities who want me to act like a scared rabbit.  Even when I retire from this job, I will continue to work any way I can.  I intend to work temp jobs if they are available, and I will continue to work my volunteer job compiling the Business Survey for ISM-Western Washington, which I have now done for 21 years.

So the Government can do its best to get me out of the workforce, but I will continue to defy.  I am strong, and a Happy Warrior.

Who does NOT suffer from the shutdown of the Washington State economy?

The only ones not suffering are the exalted ones in Big Government, especially in DemocRat-controlled Washington State.  They can wave their magic wands, and put thousands of people out of work in an instant.  Their jobs are not at risk, and they have little care for those who have been cast aside, ostensibly to protect us/them from the evil Chinese Wuhan Coronavirus.

This is a picture of the Snohomish County Executive.  This guy ran unopposed in the last election, which tells you something about the state of the Republican party in Washington (impotent, cowed). Note: I do not vote for anyone running unopposed.


I wonder what he has been doing while the state economy has been shut down?  Does this look like a drunk to you?  Does to me.