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Poem for Saturday, Spring Canal, Newsies

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Friday was thankfully less exciting than Thursday, and also less costly. I did a lot of photo sorting and scanning, Paul had several phone conferences. In between, to my great pleasure, we had Bethesda Bagels -- not my favorite, but they deliver very inexpensively and unlike Goldberg's were not out of pumpernickel. In the late afternoon, we went down to the river, where the bluebells are now all over the banks, the ducks are pairing off, and the frogs and turtles are out!

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Since we had invaders in our house yesterday, we did not see my parents even from a distance; instead we had leftover pizza for dinner before catching up on Supergirl (I like Alex and Kelly but I prefer no damsel in distress storylines even when women do the rescuing) and Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (ugggh make New Greg go away). Then we watched the stage musical of Newsies, which we'd not seen before, since it's on Disney+. I missed Christian Bale but I enjoyed it anyway.
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Poem for Friday, Bird Rescue, Park Bluebells

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After more than two weeks of having done everything we were supposed to do to keep ourselves and the public safe -- social distancing, no going in public places even for groceries (which we've had delivered), no dining out for family celebrations, live conversations only from several feet away -- we reset everything this morning when we had to invite strangers in because we could hear that the animal in the exhaust vent was still there and trying frantically to get out. We had to call in local wildlife experts -- the humane ones, of course -- and they had to go on the roof and into the attic, then cut two holes in the bathroom drywall just to figure out where it was so they could lure it out. From the level of scratching on the ducts, we were betting that it had to be a squirrel, but it turned out to be a starling that flew out into the living room, where we then had to rescue it from Katniss, who jumped higher than we knew was possible to try to grab it before we shooed it out the back sliding door and it flew into the trees.

So $300 later, the bird was free, we didn't have to worry about a dead animal in our duct work, the space through which we believe the bird entered has been sealed, and now we just have to hope neither of the nice men who climbed all over inside and outside our house have anything contagious. Since this was the most excitement the cats have experienced in years, they slept the rest of the afternoon while we wiped down every surface the animal control guys touched or might have touched. Then Paul did a bunch of phone conferences and I scanned a bunch of 1998 photos, after which we went for a walk to the spring peepers and bluebells at Locust Grove. We had leftovers from the restaurants for dinner, then we watched the Heath Ledger Casanova on Vudu, partly because we really like the movie and partly because Vudu was giving out $2 credit for watching their free-on-demand movies leaving in March. Here's my day, including a frog and ducks at the park, cat supervision, and my new washable safety mask:

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Poem for Thursday and Cherry Blossoms

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It rained pretty much from dawn till dusk and was very dark outside. I got some scanning done and some chores done, but a lot of my day was taken up with threatening my computer, which has taken to clicking on things I never clicked on even when the mouse is unplugged, and trying to figure out what kind of animal got in through the exhaust vent we just had repainted and I don't know what the guys who did it might have done to make it more accessible to animals (the scrabbling in the vents has stopped, which I deeply hope means the animal got out and not that it's still in there too weak to move).

So I was in a crappy mood till late afternoon, when I did two Pokemon raids from the car in the rain with a friend from high school and her kids. For dinner, we ordered from the Cheesecake Factory to get the dessert part of Paul's birthday. Now I'm very full and have watched The Masked Singer, which somehow always improves my mood greatly, followed by LEGO Masters, which is guaranteed to have a woman in the final, and Stumptown, in which I hope they're not setting up a competition over a boy and which had a great ending. Some attempts at artsy cherry blossom photos and neighborhood art:

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Poem for Wednesday and Socially Distant Birthday

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Wednesday was Paul's birthday, though it was of necessity a pretty low key one. He had a bunch of phone conferences, I worked on a bunch of scanned photos, we had leftover pizza for lunch. My dad dropped off some presents and we had a socially distant conversation on the sidewalk, then I talked to a couple of neighbors from the same distance.

My parents had offered to get us dinner and we were going to have Cheesecake Factory, but they were only delivering till 4:30, so we had BGR instead. Then we took a walk and Skyped with our kids (both still locked down, both restless). We didn't make it through a full episode of TV because his relatives kept calling but it was nice to hear from everyone!

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Poem for Tuesday and Accokeek Farm Pigs

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It rained nearly all day Monday so it was very quiet around here. I scanned a bunch more photos, started posting 15-year-anniversary pictures from our 2005 trip to the U.K. on Facebook, swapped a bunch of emails with a friend in locked-down London, and chatted with older son, who knew Seattle was about to be locked down and was trying to figure out whether he could get done everything in the city fast enough to go stay with a friend in the suburbs instead of his apartment building with many fingers on elevator buttons. I took a short walk in the drizzle, and in the late afternoon, we took a ride to a nearby park to look at the trees in bloom.

Laundry got folded, we had Indian food for dinner. My college roommate called with the scary news that she's in quarantine because of many positive COVID tests in her office building -- she's near the epicenter of the New York epidemic -- then my sister called, who's also pretty close to the outbreak, and she and I caught up for a while (she's not unhappy to be at home with her daughters). Afterward we watched the second episode of The Plot Against America, better than the first, and some more Jessica Jones, so violent and does the supersoldier drug plot ever meet the Kilgrave Experiments plot? Piglets from the National Colonial Farm:

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Poem for Monday and Local Cherry Blossoms

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Sunday was cooler than Saturday but clear all day. We spent the morning and early afternoon in the house, doing chores. Our neighbors were having their gutters cleaned -- the people who do yard work, landscaping, and outside repairs all seem to be working as usual, since social distancing is pretty easy in those areas -- so we had them do ours too. In the afternoon we met my parents in a nearby neighborhood with lots of cherry blossoms and walked several feet apart. There are still lots of daffodils and violets and we saw a herd of deer racing through people's yards under the trees.

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We watched this week's Batwoman, which I liked -- I'm so sick of Kate letting herself be manipulated by Alice -- then the new Westworld, which I liked even better, though I really don't want this season to come down to Dolores vs. Maeve, they have far more in common than either of them does with their captors/rapists/would-be-murderers and I want them to end up working together (if they put William where we saw him at the end of last season, so much the better). Now we're watching specials on the Royal Family and the Channel Islands during WWII on public television.
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Poem for Sunday and Looking for Cherry Blossoms

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The DC cherry blossoms are peaking around the tidal basin, so like responsible citizens of the world, we did not go see them, though apparently so many other people did despite the two nearest Metro stations being closed that tomorrow all the roads around the area are going to be closed. Instead we went looking locally at the cherry blossoms in our neighborhood and up near son's middle school, plus, because Paul used to admire the cherry trees near his old office, we went to that parking lot and to the nearby Rockville Civic Center Park to look at the cherry blossoms and magnolias there:

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We decided to support local business by having pizza for dinner from Potomac Pizza, which has no-contact delivery. Then we watched the last two episodes of Cambridge Spies, which as expected Did Not End Well (it's hard even to know who to root for) but has Anthony Andrews as George VI, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, plus Tom Hollander, Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Samuel West as the aforementioned spies plus lots of other great British actors, even a brief role by Benedict Cumberbatch. And there's plenty of male nudity, so I found it quite diverting from hoping my kids get in and out of stores fast!
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Greetings from Indoors

Running late, just Skyped our kids (first time we've successfully managed to get everyone on and talking at once, I think because it's so late on the east coast that the internet is less constipated). Had a reasonably nice day, met our new neighbors two doors down standing our my deck while they were on their deck and the neighbors in between were on their deck so all successfully socially distant, went for a walk in the park and heard many, many spring peepers but only saw one frog, pics soon, watched the Playbill Cinderella musical broadcast and then the first two episodes of Cambridge Spies. Kids are okay, making me nervous occasionally going outdoors but what can I do! Hope everyone is doing all right, more tomorrow!

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Poem for Friday and C&O Canal Bluebells

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Thursday: much like Wednesday. Neighborhood beautiful, so much in bloom; it rained in the morning but was a gorgeous 70-degree afternoon. I chatted briefly with both kids, who are bored but okay (younger son is in locked down San Francisco, older son is home with the rest of Seattle Amazon). In the late afternoon, we went to the C&O Canal to see how the bluebells had progressed and found that the turtles were out -- we saw more turtles and ducks than people!

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We had ravioli with fake beef for dinner, though we need to figure out some kind of rationing plan beyond next week. PBS is no longer showing Inspector Morse, but we discovered that some episodes are on YouTube, so after dinner we watched the one with Jason Isaacs, then an episode of Jessica Jones. Then we caught up on Jimmy Kimmel's shows from home since we'd watched Colbert's when they aired and Fallon's the next day, plus tonight's Tonight Show.
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Poem for Thursday and UMCP 1999

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These sequestered blog entries are going to get kind of repetitive, I'm afraid. Weather was nice, neighborhood was quiet though very pretty -- full daffodils and forsythia, decent number of hyacinths, several magnolias, some apricot and cherry blossoms, tulips starting. After eating well on Tuesday, we had leftovers for lunch (Ethiopian) and dinner (chili). After Paul finished his phone conferences, we walked in Cabin John Park, where social distancing should have been easy but there was a family that insisted on walking five abreast in the narrow paths instead of, you know, single file while passing people.

At least we had a full slate of new evening TV: The Masked Singer, which remains delightfully fun nonsense, following comments on Twitter nearly as much as watching the performances since people's predictions keep changing; LEGO Masters, which desperately needs more entertaining judges than Condescending British Woman and Smarmy Arrogant Man, as the kids and Will Arnett proved this week; and Stumptown, not my favorite, assumes poly means cheaters. And so glad Colbert, Fallon, and Kimmel are working from home! I spent much of the day scanning old photos, so here are some from Maryland Day in 1999:

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