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From bare to overgrown

My husband and I have been going for almost daily walks during the pandemic. We skipped a few days of walking.
For weeks, I had been frustrated with how bare and cold it was. Last week we got a couple of hot days, and the leaves, grasses, and flowers popped out. Today was a beautiful day we pulled weeds in our yard. After supper my husband asked if I wanted to go for a short walk. We were a little leery as a bear had been spotted in the area we usually walk. I didn’t get a photo of a bear, but here is one with our dog smiling and enjoying an evening walk. Do you see the lupins? I was trying to show off the nearly mature lupines, but instead, it’s showing off our happy dog.

House of Hearts

Residents decked out their porch with construction paper hearts. Neighbors are placing hearts in their windows as we all struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

#aworldofhearts

Every other day MaggieBW and I hunt for Teddy bears or hearts in windows. We’ve seen a few, but most of the time, they are so dark and hard to see in a photo. I was pleasantly surprised to see this house. I hadn’t noticed it the other day.

House porch with colorful hearts in windows and fish
This house is decked out with construction paper hearts. Neighbors are placing hearts in their windows as we all struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hidden art in the neighborhood during quarantine

Yesterday, while walking my dog, we went on a “Teddy Bear Hunt,” something fun for children during this coronavirus quarantine. ( #StayhomeMN ) Neighbors place Teddy Bears in their windows. Well, I thought I had found just about all the Teddy Bears in my neighborhood, so a ventured up Kenwood Avenue and saw many painted rocks strategically placed several feet or yards away from each other. Atlas, yesterday was one of the few days I didn’t bring my camera, so MaggieBW and I went for another walk today. This time I brought my smartphone. I hoped no one had taken the rocks. I wondered if children or college students painted and placed them. Or even a bored quarantined adult. Every few feet was another small rock. 

Today, I set out to capture those painted rocks on my camera. My home thermometer read 42 degrees, so instead of my usual winter coat, I wore a jean jacket. The 20 mph wind whipped my husband’s baseball cap off my head 3 times, sending me to chase it. And the College of St. Scholastica sign read 32 degrees.

The dog and I kept walking. There’s more to tell. But I will end here tonight.
Have you gone Teddy Bear hunting in your neighborhood?
Let me know in the comments.