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One Fine Day! – Oh What a Feeling!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Last week I posted a status – Bank, Post Office, Groceries, Volunteer Work, Walking and Canoeing through Nature. Thinking back, I want to expand on that and why exactly it was so great.

The bank, post office, groceries – errands that everyone has to do. However, for 14 months in my hermitage I hadn’t done any of those IN PERSON – just all online with delivery.

Very grateful for those who worked to make it possible for me to have that option. Now especially grateful for vaccination and the precautions businesses are still taking to avoid another of those dreaded surges in Covid cases. Now I was able to do them myself. Grateful for the functional fitness that allows me to do those things.

Volunteer Work – We drove the 25 miles to town and while I worked on my weekly tasks at our ministry office, Joe went to swim at the Y. We haven’t been there in 14 months even after they opened up in September. We kept our membership. They do good work for the community and needed the money.

I finished my work before Joe finished swimming and went for a walk.
With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, I cut through the hospital parking lot.

Very grateful for those working throughout this year under extremely difficult circumstances.
A short prayer for whomever it was that was arriving at the ER by ambulance and helicopter

Met up with Joe and back to the lake for lunch and a canoe cruise on the lake.

First I put out some carrot scrapings for our new “tenant”
He or she lives under our porch.

We checked out nature’s nursery – the geese with their new brood of goslings.
We counted 8 of them in the grass, but didn’t want to get too close and annoy the watchful parents.

The young blue herons getting out on their own.
They look big until an adult flies by them. Very big birds!

Look at how this one compares with the ladder railing on the dock. Good fishing there.

We got home and noticed that our tenant had eaten all the carrot scrapings except one piece.
Perhaps he was comfortably full. Like a Spark goal to emulate?

Once again, the title of my blog reflects songs in my head

Oh What a Feeling (1983)


One Fine Day (1963 – the year Joe and I met)


I wish you all many fine days.
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  • DEE797
    Great pictures. Loved seeing the animals. Glad you are able to get out and about.
    23 days ago
    love animals! The bunny is adorable!
    33 days ago
    Good job! We had a heron here too! I'm 25 miles south of Chicago!🌴 emoticon
    33 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2021 10:33:36 AM
    Enjoyed your blog very much.....slowly, we're getting back to our old lives.....
    37 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great blog! I loved the photos.
    37 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing.
    37 days ago
  • SWILSON2347
    Your positive thoughts and actions are uplifting! emoticon

    Gave me "serene" feeling! emoticon emoticon
    37 days ago
  • MARGE116
    Sounds like an awesome day! emoticon
    37 days ago
  • THINCPL2004
    Love your pic's. And I wish you many fine days!
    38 days ago
    That was a spectacular day!
    38 days ago
    Love your blog and music choices! I wish you and yours many more fine days!
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    38 days ago
    Love the pictures! Great shots!
    38 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Love those pictures and especially your new tenant. I bet he appreciates the gift
    We are not open as much as yiu yet but it will come when more are vaccinated. Our second shot is suppose to be four months after the first. No I don’t like it, but it is what it is here in .Canada. I can’t wait to back to the Y and particularly seeing all my friends.
    Thank goodness I can walk and especially now as spring is blooming everywhere.
    38 days ago
    Never thought I would be so thrilled to go to the grocery store etc......lol! One fine day is now going thru my brain...probably all day and night!
    38 days ago
    I love your nature photographs. Yes, things are slowly opening back up here as more and more people have been vaccinated. The nice weather will help too. We can do things outside
    38 days ago
    Your positivity makes my day! Thanks
    38 days ago
  • LSIG14
    What an awesome blog! 2 years ago I took so much for granted and now it's exciting to be able to walk into the bank. You have put into words and pictures all the joy and gratitude that I feel at beginning to be able to live again - and, of course, Spring blooms and sunshine have added an extra layer of joy. Special prayers of thanks for all those who kept the world running while we were locked down!
    38 days ago
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    38 days ago
    I look forward to going back to pool to walk in the water.
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    38 days ago
    I so enjoyed your blog! What a wonderful day it must have been! emoticon
    38 days ago
  • THOMS1
    It is a great day especially when the lobby of the bank opens up. Seems like almost normal. Our church and chapel opened up but of course with masks and social distancing which means every other pew. So, it's coming along. I am headed out to chapel and to get my second coved vaccine. Weather outside is beautiful and what a wonderful day to be alive. emoticon
    38 days ago
    Thanks for letting us tag along with you as you went thru your peaceful day with the freedom to move about as you wished. Not to be taken for granted. Much gratitude.
    Like you, we kept up our gym membership at a reduced fee so that the business could stay afloat during lockdown. Now members are slowly coming back; it brings a smile. Everyone still wearing masks, hand sanitizing and keeping a respectful distance while there. Great to walk on the indoor track during Spring pollen allergy season.
    I think your nature photos brought my heart rate down a couple points :) Could almost breathe the fresh air.
    38 days ago
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    38 days ago
    Good songs - I remember Flashdance fondly. I kind of think I saw it on campus when I was in grad school. Glad you are able to be out and about again. :-)
    38 days ago
    Wonderful day. Driving through the country, I've seen a couple of Herons. More commonly, I see orioles, hawks, buzzards & vultures.

    Years ago, while waiting for my husband to finish physical therapy, I'd walk around the hospital grounds and adjoining neighborhoods.
    38 days ago
    what a fantastic day to get so much done and still have time for fun way to go
    38 days ago
    What a nice day!
    38 days ago
    What a beautiful day!
    38 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    What a wonderful day! You could have been singing "Oh what a beautiful morning!" all day.

    It is hard to believe that one year ago none of these things were safe to do & if we went out and did even one two of them we were taking our life in our hands.

    Fingers crossed the people keep getting vaccinated and things continue to improve and life returns to more normalcy.

    38 days ago
  • UPTOIT59
    I know this was probably not the theme of your blog but one thing about reading other people's thoughts is that it takes your mind where it goes... I was struck by the freedom of the vaccine. It makes me really wonder about the people who are choosing to take their chances rather than embrace the freedom and lightness I have felt since I received both vaccines.
    38 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Yes, I believe that the last 14 months has given us a new appreciation for so many things we took for granted. Our bank has only allowed drive through business. I have some business I need to take care of there. The lake and all the wildlife serve the proof the mightiness of our Lord with all the species he put on this earth to share the world with. Sounds like you had a great day. Hopefully, we continue returning to a normal in our lives.
    38 days ago
    What a lovely blog -- and love the detail of the one carrot scraping left!! I saw a beautiful blue heron yesterday too when we were "up west" and walking Henry in a pretty waterside park!! The heron flew in with his characteristic loud AWK AWK AWK sounds and then settle down for some serious fishing: ignoring Henry who was watching him intently!! But silently -- those birding dog genes are deep bred!
    38 days ago
    Nice tribure
    38 days ago
    One Fine Day, a blessing indeed.
    38 days ago
  • LIS193
    Grateful to be able to go beyond our little town now restrictions have been relaxed.
    38 days ago
    Isn't it wonderful to come home to nature? Whenever I have to spend the day in Madison or Milwaukee, I can feel my blood pressure going down as I near home. We, too, have a bunny under our porch and two cats that we feed daily. With each passing day the wild cats let us get a little closer. I am hoping that eventually they will let me brush their long hair, give them a dry bath, and apply some flea and tick repellent. We also have raccoons. Nola left a Slo-Poke candy on a stick on the back porch and as I was getting ready for bed, I glanced out at the back porch because the security light went on, and one of the raccoons was holding the stick and biting into the sticky, stretchy candy and pulling as hard as it could. Fun to watch. With all that has gone on in the past year, I look for as many smile-experiences as possible and Nature never fails to produce them.
    39 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your blog. Like you I am thrilled to gradually and carefully do normal errands. And how wonderful to see nature all around you.
    39 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for the wonderful blog with the beautiful pictures. Glad that your tenet left on a full stomach.
    39 days ago
    I love your tenant! And what a beautiful area you live in!
    39 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Lovely pictures and wonderful thoughts that you share. That is some deep thinking you have done and gave me pause to think as well. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. You had have a great start!!
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    39 days ago
    It sounds like an awesome day. Enjoy life!
    39 days ago
    Oh...Beautiful photos!!!!!!!!
    Today on my end was great!!!!!!closer to employment!!!
    Like you, I have been grateful for those that remained working,amazon,Walgreen's,grocery stores, my college ...remotely.
    There have been gym s opening back up...I continue to use the garage we cleaned up last summer for me. I have never needed a "workoutbuddy" I do workout and that is my time,my stress reliever.

    After very important phones&web calls, went to the bank & paint store...getting ready to paint the office!!!!!😊

    Our office has been neglected for years, esp. After the desktop died, just storage of papers.

    I have been cleaning it out since February. It's time to get new paint& stuff😁....more details on that later😁.

    Yes.....I love One fine day!!!!! I wasn't even "thought of" when it was released..but it is awesome!!!!!

    Oh what I feeling..I was a wee lass!!!!😊,

    Thank you for your uplifting blog!!!!!!!😊
    39 days ago
    From a Different perspective............love the mountains....we have the Appalachians here
    in Alabama...........

    One fine Day by the Chiffons

    39 days ago
    This is lovely! I had not realized you're so close to nature. Really loved the animal photos. Those adult herons must be stunning!
    39 days ago
    What a wonderful area you live in and great they have you too :)
    39 days ago
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    39 days ago
    I am looking forward to the day when I can do the things you are doing. We are still locked down in Ontario. I have had one shot so that day is getting closer.

    Nice pictures.
    39 days ago
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