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Poem for Wednesday and Wind, Waves and Light

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Our furnace is fixed, for now, which entailed two HVAC technicians cleaning and replacing parts while warning us that we really should plan to replace the 30+ year old heating unit, though they think it will last the winter. Which is mixed good news, I guess? They wore masks the whole time and I was only in the same room as them for a few seconds, so I felt fine having them here, apart from the money aspect.

It was otherwise an unexciting day with gorgeous weather (we took a walk early so we'd be back for the repairs, and saw bunnies as well as chipmunks hard at work). Evening TV was the World Series plus the start of the sixth season of Schitt's Creek, which I am going to miss when we're done! From George Sherwood's gorgeous Wind, Waves, and Light: Art in Motion exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden:

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Poem for Tuesday and Locust Grove Halloween

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Monday was not eventful except that our furnace is not working. This really wasn't a problem after 6 a.m. because it was a warm day, and Tuesday is supposed to be mid-70s, but it means furnace people coming to inspect it and money gone to fix it, sigh. My parents had a flood in their house, so they have the giant fans and missing pieces of ceiling that we had upstairs after the roof flood last year, which is a much bigger pain. Since it was gorgeous out, we walked and cleaned up leaves.

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We saw some of the Bills-Chiefs game before dinner and a lot of the Cowboys-Cardinals game afterward -- I must admit that I enjoyed the latter, though I started to feel a bit badly for Dalton and have a new appreciation for Prescott since it looks like Dallas has not offensive line. We only watched one episode of Schitt's Creek, but it was the engagement picnic/Cabaret episode, so that was a delight. Here are some of the features of Locust Grove's pre-Halloween hike in the woods:
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Greetings from Homestead Farm

Sunday's weather was as gorgeous as Saturday's, not too warm and clear, so after lunch we went to Homestead Farm to pick pumpkins. It was more crowded than when we were there a few weeks ago during apple season, but it's always easy to socially distance in a pumpkin patch (no hayrides this year, everyone walked), and though they didn't have most of the harvest festival set up, there were still some alpacas, pigs, and goats with a kid, plus the outdoor vegetable stands. The pumpkin crop was much better than the apple crop!

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I chatted on Zoom with fannish friends when we got home. Younger son and his girlfriend were visiting older son and his girlfriend in Seattle this afternoon before they went shopping for things for their new home, so we Skyped with all of them and my parents briefly, then had dinner with my parents who had Greek food delivered. I saw very little of the Ravens game, but at least they won. The Dodgers were losing when we got home from dinner, so we put on Schitt's Creek instead since my teams do better when I don't watch, and they won!
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Greetings from Richmond

I'm watching SNL after a lovely day in Richmond at parks and gardens! Paul and I met Cheryl at Deep Run Park, where we walked around the lake, saw ducks and turtles, and ate lunch at one of the picnic tables, then drove to Three Lakes Park, where the nature center is closed but there were many turtles, cormorants, and a family of otters on an island in one of the lakes. After that, we met Lin at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which is having the last weekend of a great exhibit called Wind, Waves and Light by George Sherwood, a set of huge metal sculptures that move with the wind and reflect colors. Sadly we couldn't go out to dinner, but I am excited we got to see so many parks with turtles and maples just turning red! We just finished a couple of episodes of Schitt's Creek, including "Meet the Parents" which was as moving and beautiful as everyone said it was. A few photos:

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Poem for Saturday and Frogs in Fall

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Apparently some kind of polar vortex pushed in the lovely cool air we had all day Friday. It looked and smelled like fall and was a glorious day to walk outside. I worked on a bunch of photo projects -- I can't believe it's already calendar and holiday card season.

We watched a bunch more Schitt's Creek, right up into the fifth season. I will be sad when we have watched the whole thing! It was a welcome distraction from the Astros game, arrgh. At least the Dodgers are winning. Some of the last frogs of the season from the canal:

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Greetings from Shutterfly

Been working all evening on a Shutterfly project to get it done before my coupons expire so I'll keep this short. Mostly quiet day, gorgeous weather, nice walk, lots of deer in the woods. Got some Target packages, cats were very excited about the new boxes. Watched most of the Rays-Astros game, including the terrible ending; did not watch any town halls, I already know every position of Biden's that I care about and I'm never giving NBC News my time again. Here is some lovely emerging local fall color:

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Poem for Thursday and Little Rabbit

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The main highlight of my Wednesday was something I can't talk about yet, but it involves a west coast relative and good news. The other highlight of my Wednesday was chatting with my three good high school friends, which as usual ran past lunch hour (partly because we had technical problems on both Google and Zoom with various people's audio) and we covered a lot of territory -- family, health, the election, what we're watching on Netflix, etc.

It was a gorgeous day to walk, which we did in the afternoon (no deer today but many squirrels and chipmunks), then we came home for baseball, dinner, The Masked Singer (I appreciate that that unmasking was a total surprise to everyone, including me; maybe the internet is wrong about who Seahorse is too), and several early fourth season Schitt's Creek episodes. Here is the baby bunny who has lately been eating in our neighbor's front yard:

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Poem for Wednesday and Neighborhood Deer

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Not an eventful Tuesday -- caught up on stuff from the long weekend, did laundry, uploaded a bunch of old photos to Facebook to see whether they'd fixed all the things they broke when they changed formats (they have not). The sun came out at lunchtime and it turned into a gorgeous afternoon, so we took a walk to enjoy it.

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My Voyager friends and I watched "Time and Again" online (I'd forgotten the plot, only remembered the hairstyles). Then we watched some third season Schitt's Creek around the Titans-Bills blowout and the Rays-Astros game, which has finally ended after midnight but it ended with the Astros losing which is what I wanted.
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Greetings from the Early Voting Drop Box

Paul had the day off for Columbus Day, which we don't observe for all the obvious anti-imperialist reasons, but we did take advantage of the schedule to take a long walk down the misty C&O Canal from Great Falls, then to stop at the Potomac Community Center (formerly my elementary school, Lake Normandy) to drop off our ballots, so in fact we celebrated Election Day! Plus we had three sisters stew for dinner to honor indigenous peoples day and after walking in the drizzle, that was perfect.

We watched some baseball, some Monday Night Football, and The Current War, which I enjoyed a lot, though don't go in looking for a proper critical biopic of Edison or even a Bechdel pass. It has a great cast (Cumberbatch, Shannon, Hoult, Holland, and lots of others) and I felt like boycotting it because of Weinstein would be a little pointless since he's going to die in prison. I loved getting to see the White City recreated in Chicago -- we toured the grounds when we lived in Hyde Park. A few pics from the day:

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Greetings from Sugarloaf Valley

It was overcast all day on Sunday, though we didn't get out until after our bagels and schmears for brunch because younger son gave us and my parents a tour via Skype of his new townhouse and car in Seattle, both of which look lovely. Older son even woke up to join the call, and we got to see how much Pepper is enjoying having so much more space. (Apparently she went for a walk in the afternoon, but it was raining, which she did not appreciate.)

Our rain did not arrive until mid-afternoon. This was convenient because we wanted to go to the Countryside Artisans Tour at various farms and studios around Sugarloaf Mountain. We started at Breezy Hill Farm, which has alpacas and their fiber products plus lots of chickens, then we went to Heron's Meadow tea farm, Something Earthy pottery studio and farm with goats, and Art of Fire glassblowing. Sadly, we ran late and didn't get to Dancing Leaf Farm.

We came home in the rain, watched some of the Cowboys game (saw Dak Prescott's injury, which reminded me why I'm trying not to watch football), had dinner, watched most of the Seahawks game including the extremely exciting last five minutes, then watched some early third season Schitt's Creek which we should probably spread out more because I'm going to be so sad when we've finished it. Paul is off tomorrow, hoping the rain stops!

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