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Poem for Tuesday and Lake Whetstone Goslings

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It was a quiet Monday around here, gorgeous weather, the entire neighborhood covered in azaleas. I didn't get a lot done besides laundry and catching up on the news, but that's fine. It was a great day for walking and for sorting photos, so I did some of both. Paul made homemade macaroni and cheese with fake chicken for dinner and we had half-price Easter Cadbury creme eggs for dessert.

Evening TV included The Nethers, which has several female characters I absolutely love so I'm ignoring the series creator, and Debris, which was absolutely fantastic so I looked to see how the ratings have been and wished I hadn't -- typical sci-fi on major network problems despite really nicely developed central characters. Goslings from Lake Whetstone over the weekend:

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Greetings from Glenstone

Cinnamon woke up demanding food and complaining when Katniss got in her face, so although she's still a cranky 20-year-old with arthritis, we think whatever was going on with her the other night was caused by food or something. She is seeing the vet on Thursday so we may know more then, but she doesn't seem to be particularly uncomfortable or unhappy and she's angry when someone tries to steal her treats, so that's all good.

In all the distraction, I forgot that we had tickets for the Glenstone Museum on Sunday, and we can't get tickets for May or June so we figured we'd go see the Faith Ringgold exhibit, which is superb, a retrospective of her career that includes protest art, storytelling quilts, and a full set of the abstract art she produced after her mother's death. We also saw a heron, a wild turkey, a turtle, a snake, and lots of birds.

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We came home so I could snuggle Cinnamon while watching the low-key Academy Awards pre-show, then the Oscars, which were a letdown in every way except Daniel Kaluuya and Chloe Zhao's wins and Yuh-Jung Youn's speech. I really missed the clips of the short films (I don't need to know about the filmmakers' childhoods, I need to know if I want to see their movies) and the Oscar tunes bit was so contrived it was embarrassing.

The In Memoriam in a year of so many losses seemed rushed in a show that didn't rush excessively long speeches, and I'm mystified by the decision to announce Best Picture (at least it wasn't Promising Young Woman, but I haven't seen Nomadland yet) before Best Actor and Actress. I thought they might be saving Chadwick Boseman for an emotional evening end, but they gave both those awards to famous white actors who've won before, urgh.
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Greetings from Lakes Whetstone and Washingtonian

Our 20-year-old cat Cinnamon was very sick last night -- she really hadn't eaten all day and had thrown up a lot of what she did eat, but at about 2 a.m. she was standing by the water fountain making miserable noises and we thought the worst. She was calmer in the morning though did not eat breakfast, so I spent all morning trying to track down a vet who would make a house call on the weekend since the emergency vets won't let family members come in with pets and Cinnamon is terrified of both car rides and vets. No one could come, but while I was researching, Cinnamon ate her lunch and some treats and drank plenty of water and looked and sounded much better. So she still has a vet appointment next week, but tonight she is basically her old senior-cat self, and we are very relieved she is not in pain.

We went out to make a couple of stops and discovered that the local geese have started having goslings! We saw at least three families at Washingtonian Lake (there were several adults supervising over a dozen chicks in the grass, plus some in the water) and three families on the boat house side of Lake Whetstone, where we also saw turtles, cormorants, herons in nests in the trees, and a pair of snakes that a little girl pointed out to us. After dinner we Zoomed (well, Google Met) with our kids, who will both be vaccinated in a week, yay! We watched Netflix's show about Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret before SNL, which we didn't realize was a rerun, and now we're very tired from being up very late with Cinnamon who is alternately sleeping and catching up on eating -- she just had 15 treats, which is a lot for her.

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Greetings from Maryland

I had a quiet Friday morning doing chores and catching up on reading, then after lunch I went with Paul to a Walgreens on the border of Hyattsville so he could get his second vaccine shot. It was a gorgeous day and I walked down to the edge of the Riversdale park while he was waiting his 15 minutes, and we had to drive through College Park to get there. Then we stopped at the food store on the way home to get the cheese that failed to appear in our delivery order.

Evening TV was, of course, the season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which was very satisfying though two things happened that I was hoping against hope wouldn't though it seemed probable that they would. I will write more about the whole show at length later. Right now we're watching the end of the first season of The Irregulars, which has great kids but I really can't say I like this Sherlock or Watson. Maryland birds at the Maryland Zoo:

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Poem for Friday and Countryside Artisans

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Our Earth Day had unseasonably cold weather, though at least we didn't get the snow people west of us did. I don't have a lot to report besides lots of flowers in the neighborhood -- azaleas, tulips, though it's going to be nearly freezing tonight so I hope that doesn't affect them -- and a food delivery in which they were out of all the cheese we ordered.

We watched some baseball in the evening around my Zoom call with friends -- our monthly family Zoom call got postponed earlier -- then we watched some more of The Irregulars (and are they actually giving Sherlock a child and Watson a canonical crush on Sherlock? No don't tell me). From the Countryside Artisans tour, every studio we visited last weekend:

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Poem for Thursday and Maryland Zoo Farm

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I'm running late again, still fighting with my computer, and as has become usual on Wednesday, I spent a lovely chunk of the middle of the day talking to friends from elementary school. The weather was in the 60s in the morning, dropping into the 30s tonight, and very windy -- a fun day to take a walk.

There was a two-hour episode of The Masked Singer with a double unmasking, one who obviously wanted to leave and one who's young and they seem to favor older winners (I'm positive the judges know who's who and everything is scripted). Here are friends I made at the Maryland Zoo's farm and goat corral:

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Greetings from Google

Google Drive has spent the entire evening making me uninstall Backup & Sync in favor of the new Google Drive, which does not sync the same way or with the same folders as before, and it has made both my desktop and laptop work at a crawl, so I am behind on everything and shall keep this brief. It was a quiet day though that is not a complaint: the weather was gorgeous, my arm and armpit are a little sore, the Chauvin verdict was a monumental relief though the whole situation is also unspeakably sad.

We took a late walk after watching the verdict and some of the initial reaction, had enchiladas for dinner, and watched Supergirl and an episode of The Irregulars in between baseball innings. Here are some photos from around Baltimore on the way to and from the zoo, including a St. Vincent de Paul Church (of which I am fond because I taught at DePaul in Chicago), a George Washington statue with public commentary, and some crab apples and gulls around the reservoir in Druid Hill Park:

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Lyrics for Tuesday and Maryland Zoo Birds

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I had a pretty quiet Monday trying to catch up after a busy weekend. Now that all adults in the U.S. are eligible to receive the vaccine, I feel less uncomfortable about saying that I got my second one on Sunday (in Baltimore, which is why we were there and went to the zoo afterward) and while I had an achier arm after the first one, this one made me very sleepy so I had trouble focusing on anything. I am extremely glad to have had the vaccine and to have only small side effects. I got most of the laundry done, at least!

We caught up on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, which is less infuriating this season than last season in that women talk to each other about something other than boys, but I still wish we saw more of Zoey the genius and not always Zoey the daughter/girlfriend/best friend. Then we watched Debris, which is really excellent but I'm also getting stressed about Finola's father and where that is going. Here are some of the birds in the African Journey section of the zoo, some in the aviary and some in the grasslands:

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Greetings from Baltimore

We spent Sunday in Baltimore, where the weather was gorgeous and, masks and social distancing aside, it almost felt like life before the plague. We went to Druid Hill Park to see the crab apples and sculptures, then to the Rawlings Conservatory to see the tulips planted all around it -- I'm pretty sure it's open inside, but until we're both fully vaccinated, a humid greenhouse does not seem like a good option. Then we went to the Maryland Zoo, which had a lot of people (timed tickets are required) but didn't feel crowded except in spots where everyone wanted the best view of the new resident rhinos, the baby prairie dogs, and around the lunch area, which we avoided.

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Obviously those are all selfies, will post proper animal and flower pictures during the week! We had "ham" and cheese pie for dinner, then we watched The Nevers, which is pretty great (and yes I know I'm not supposed to say that or possibly even to watch it because of Joss Whedon, but he left the production a couple of episodes in, and there are many awesome women on and writing the show). Then we watched the new Kate Winslet HBO show, Mare of Easttown, which may end up being either too violent or too depressing to stick with but also has a lot of great actresses involved, and then John Oliver decided anyone who watches his show already knows the atrocities of this week and did a surprisingly light show.
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Greetings from Sugarloaf

Saturday was a gorgeous day, so after lunch we went on the Countryside Artisans spring tour, which is mostly outdoors and socially distanced -- we started at Breezy Hill Farm, where I had my fingers nibbled by a baby goat and got nuzzled by an alpaca, then we went to Heron's Meadow Farm, where we bought tea, then Something Crafty studio, which has goats, chickens, and peafowl as well as crafts, then Art of Fire studio, which in addition to glassblowing has several cats wandering around, and finally Dancing Leaf Farm and Sugarloaf Studio, the former of which has the sheep that produce the wool for the yarn and the latter has beautiful art of the backyard views of Sugarloaf Mountain. These are just us enjoying the animals:

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We came home briefly to feed the cats, then had dinner with my parents, who had food delivered from Clyde's, which was great. Then we came home and watched Godzilla: King of the Monsters, interrupted by a call with our kids, one of whom had been out hiking to Twin Falls and the other of whom had just bought a paddleboard and was testing it on the river. Once again I felt like there was not enough Godzilla in a movie with Godzilla's name in the title, but hey, the more monsters, the merrier, I guess!