Mary Beth Writes

2/15/2021

Is it safe to come out now? Are we peeping our heads out of our burrows to look around? The omicron surge is waning. Yes, Covid in all its iterations is still out there, still dangerous for many, and we can catch it. I don’t understand going out not wearing a mask. (I assume I’ll be wearing a mask in public the rest of my life.) But still, it’s beginning to feel safe enough to go some places, with mask, with happiness.

Grocery store? Yes! Len had created a grocery order for pick up, but then it got lost in the computer so I said I’d just go to the store. His list had totaled $100. I spent $150. I had not impulse shopped in a grocery store in so long it felt like Christmas.

We saw grandkids this past weekend and are going to visit the other set next week. Len and I made reservations for an Airbnb vacation in the spring.

A couple things to consider:

1. This website (Thanks, Rick) is easy to negotiate and helps one see covid infection rates exactly where you live. Covid Act Now

2. I bet another variant will come along in a few months so don’t stay inside waiting for it. Put on your super-duper mask and step out a little bit. I’m not recommending getting together in inside spaces, without masks, without everyone doing a negative home test first.

Okay, this is just cool. Len and I drove to Madison on Sunday. Remember Sunday? Here in SE Wisconsin, it was very cold and very bright. We left the house around 10, drove west on 94, and I am not kidding, we saw SEVENTEEN HAWKS! Most were alone, several were in pairs sitting in the same tree. I guess this is hawk mating season so we saw hawks looking for a date, or on dates.

Never have we seen so many hawks over that fifty mile stretch of road.

Sometimes being alive is amazing.

Are you seeing hawks, or peregrines, or sandhill cranes, or other awesome birds where you live?

 

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Hawks do seem to be out and about - I read that they mate in late winter to early spring. It seems they are more visible in winter with the leaves off the trees - just easier to spot them hanging out. I often hear owls calling in our neighborhood. Years ago, I was walking in the woods at dusk, and heard owls. At a nature program, I learned that if you imitate their call, you can sometimes get them to fly close to you, because they are very territorial. I decided to give it a try. I did my best to imitate the call, and much to my amazement, an owl silently landed in a tree next to where I stood. He swiveled his head and looked down at me rather disdainfully, and immediately flew off. The accuracy at which it pinpointed where I was, amazed me - the whole incident amazed me, actually. It was an experience I'll never forget.
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Cool, cool story! When we lived in Racine there was a line of huge pine trees close to where we lived and along where we walked our dog. Often there was an owl high in those trees and often I heard an owl and often that hoot was from Len, trying to get the owl to hoot back at him. And sometimes it did. Wild birds wake up a part in us that usually isn't paying attention.

17 is a huge number to see on your trip! I am seeing more hawks lately. I saw a Cooper’s Hawk right outside our kitchen window near the bird feeders this afternoon and a couple hours later my neighbor alerted me to a pair of Bald Eagles in the tree between our houses. I’m going to try the owl trick. I hear them regularly, but rarely get to see one.
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Eagles??? That's crazy cool!

I’m in Osage Beach Missouri until Saturday and there just isn’t a shortage of hawks in the area, they are everywhere and constantly flying over the lake here… It’s as common here as robins in the spring in Wisconsin (Speaking of robins I saw one on a tree stump in front of the house this morning) made my heart happy… this morning alone I saw a red headed woodpecker, a cardinal, a blue jay, a crane, a hawk, and a robin all within a half hour… So cool…
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Awesome! What a good use of the state of Missouri. Birds!

It will be a very long time, if ever, I am comfortable in a large group, shoulder to shoulder with people. But come to think of it, those events weren’t top on my list before covid. Masking will likely stick with me for quite sometime. It’s more about respect of others than it is anything else. I saw a cardinal (I think) while in FL. It made me smile. We see bald eagles from time to time on our river. Majestic

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Barbara 1/26/2023

A-Z means I’m writing short takes on random topics and I’m going in alphabetical order. I love this quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

That’s the spirit I’m pursuing: Undisciplined, irreverent, and original.

A-Z, Alaska

1/25/2023 

I’ve never been to Alaska. I’m sure I’d love it but going there is not a big dream for either Len or me.

However, this. When our son was around 12 he developed a crush on all things Alaskan. Kid who lives in a ranch house on a Midwestern cul-de-sac wants to get lost in tundra and mountains with moose and wolves. Yup.

At first he just talked, dreamed, read books, and watched shows about Alaska. Then, at 14 he got a part-time job as a janitor at a vet clinic and he kept that job until he went to college. It was a good fit for a kid not drawn to homework.

A to Z

1/25/2023

I am not exactly depressed, but I can whip up a pretty good glum at almost any moment. There have been about three sunny days since Thanksgiving, and four colds, and I’m feeling it. How about you?

We can’t even properly whine. Not with the Atmospheric Rivers of Doom in California, and tornadoes in the south. And all the other glum and hateful news.

Sara Kurtz & Healthcare by Zip Code? Really?

1/22/2023 

Many of you have been very generous in the past. Please think about making a donation to the GoFundMe account of Sara Kurtz. Donate here. 

Who is Sara? She’s a friend of my niece Susan.

Len Explains Fusion Energy

The photo is of Lisa Meitner. The BFF of one of our kids is (quite likely) a great grand niece of this amazing woman. 

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MB: Len occasionally explains very complicated science things to me or our kids in such a way that we actually understand it. One of our kids asked him what the big deal was about fusion. Len wrote this and I thought some of you might like to read it.

Long live curious people and long live nerds. 

 

Almost. Two Years Later

1/6/2023 

 I remember where I was two years ago this afternoon. Do you?

I was writing. I knew I had another hour to just work by myself and I was happy about that. I love no interruptions.

Len was downstairs. I heard him turn on the TV. We NEVER watch TV during the day so it was weird when he called up to me, “You should come down here. Something’s happening.”

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