It's April 8, and, to the best of my recollection, I have sheltered in place for most of the last six weeks. The first week of March, I stayed put with a case of the flu. Shortly after that, we began seriously practicing social distancing.
We've visited with neighbors, from an appropriate (6 feet) distance on our daily walks. We stay in touch with family by FaceTime. Work colleagues email, text and Zoom to stay connected. It's a hard time, a scary time, a time that tests our patience, but social distancing will keep all of us safer and shorten this unprecedented ordeal.
While we wait, a less hectic schedule allows us to appreciate the emergence of a spring we all need, an awakening of dormant plants, the joy of watching newborn calves cavort in the pasture and the expectation we see in the bluebird pair busily constructing a nest in the birdhouse.
Our yard and neighborhood, in the last two weeks, has transformed from the drabness of winter into a vibrant show of color. Here are a few images from close to home that have lifted our spirits over the last few weeks.