March 24, 2017

Pics from the Car and Some Health Updates

1. It's Friday again and I have five random items to share, starting with a view from Dickey Ridge that I took from the car. 

Skywatch Friday and Scenic Weekends
2.  I take quite a few pictures from the car because I still can't walk very far. It's been six months since my foot surgery so I am feeling impatient! The incision has healed and most of the swelling is gone but the ankle problems that apparently caused the injury seem to be worse. I go to physical therapy every week but results have been slow.

Fortunately I can walk short distances so I can do many normal tasks, but recreational walking is just too painful. Even shopping is limited. I lean on the cart and skip any aisles that aren't on my must-have list. Sorry for complaining but I used to love walking so this is frustrating.

3. Flash is so patient about posing! What a good boy!

I took him back to the veterinarian yesterday. I was concerned because he has been coughing in the morning, a sign that his lungs get congested during the night. He also had been wheezing at times. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure a month ago so I'm watching him carefully. Early last week his vet said he was doing well and lowered his medication dose, but now we had to increase the Lasix a little, although it's still below the level of last month.

4.  On Monday I had an appointment in Charlottesville and Frank drove on the way home. (Usually I drive first and he takes the second shift when I'm tired or my ankle gets sore.) I took a few pictures from the passenger seat such as this one on I-81. What is a "Cookie Car?" I don't know.
Sharing with Signs, Signs
5. Here's one more picture that I took from inside the car. Can you figure out what it is?

March 23, 2017

Views from Sand Ridge

West of Toms Brook in Shenandoah County, VA

Thank you, horse, for looking at me!

The forsythia is blooming but it is faded from recent frosts. 

March 22, 2017

March 21, 2017

Good, Random and Fun in My World

The Good: Historic Abram's Delight is owned by the city of Winchester, Virginia. Built in 1754, it has been restored and is open to the public. I wrote about this building 6 years ago but Tom did not have a Tuesday Treasures linkup then (as far as I know) so here is a current photo.

The Random: I found some food that Flash likes! When he started taking multiple medications for heart disease,  he lost his appetite for kibble and didn't even like canned dog food. After trying various kinds, I remembered that when our cocker spaniel was sick he liked the refrigerated dog food that comes in rolls. Yes, Flash thinks it's wonderful, and I can even hide his pills inside pieces of it.

The Fun: This was in a shop window in Winchester.  I guess everybody likes a teddy bear!

Today's post uses Tamar's Random-osity format.
Also sharing with WW on Tuesday.

March 20, 2017

Goodbye to Winter

Today is the first day of spring! I don't dare to celebrate much because winter weather can still return. I thought I would share a few more winter landscapes, ones with a dusting of snow left. This was more than we have left today, which is almost none.

These are Shenandoah scenes. Click on an image to see a larger version.

Sharing with Mosaic Monday, Seasons, and The Barn Collective

March 19, 2017

Front Royal Church of the Brethren

This church appears to have grown over time, with new entrances being added in an evolving style. 

March 18, 2017

A Few More Snowy Scenes

The snow didn't last long! Today temperatures were well above freezing and then in late afternoon, it rained, washing away all but piled-up snow.
Squirrel in Black and White

I took plenty of pictures while the snow was pretty, though. Birds and small animals stand out nicely, as do plants.

Here we see a robin, a cardinal and woodpecker at a feeder, a purple finch, and a branch that was just outside my window.

The last two pictures show my neighbor's dog. When I looked at thumbnails of these in Adobe Bridge, I wondered why I took them. I didn't see Molly rolling in the snow!

When I looked at larger versions, there she was, having fun. I cropped these so you can see her too.

March 17, 2017

Five for St. Patrick's Day

1. It's St. Patrick's Day but I didn't spend it celebrating. But then, I never do! I even forgot to wear my little green pin.

Orange You Glad It's Friday?
2. Here's some more green. I spent some time staring at this pretty picture in a waiting room at Augusta Medical Center today. My older daughter was having surgery to remove breast cancer. She did well, thank goodness! Oh, I should mention that she had an excellent medical team so I am thankful to them.
3. Since I spent hours waiting, I got tired of reading and checking social media so I took some snapshots. In this one I was looking at the atrium from the third floor.

The sky was bright blue but by the time I left it had turned gray and snow was coming down!
Sharing with Skywatch Friday

4. Some of the cafeteria workers were wearing green hats for St. Patrick's Day. That was a cheerful sight!

5. Last but not least, a photo of Lynn from 2010.
Sharing with Willy Nilly Friday

March 16, 2017

Snowy Scenes, Shenandoah Valley

Yesterday at Rockland Park

The first two photos are typical rural scenes. As for the last image, I was attracted to the shapes and bright sky even though I usually don't care for chain link fences. 

Sharing with Fences around the World

March 15, 2017

Snow at Last

Just as it seemed we were going to have an early spring, Mother Nature decided to present us with a snow storm. It was not as severe as the forecasters predicted, however. They called for as much as twelve inches and we only got five. I wasn't surprised because the weather has been so unusual this year.

On the afternoon before the storm, we stopped at the grocery store (like everyone else). Since my ankles were aching, I waited in the car while Frank went in and bought a few things. I watched numerous people walk to and from the store, and no one was wearing a coat! The weather was so warm that people were walking around in their shirt sleeves getting ready for the snow storm of the season.

It snowed at night and on Tuesday we awoke to a winter wonderland. This was a nice snow because it was pretty but the roads were easily cleared by mid-day.

I had filled our bird feeders the day before so I had plenty of feathered beauties to photograph.

Usually I prefer pictures of birds on branches, but I wanted to share one of the mourning dove on a feeder because I rarely see them perched on a feeder. They tend to eat on the ground, but I guess the snow had covered it so thoroughly that this one got hungry enough to change his habits.

The robin, on the other hand, found a bare spot in the grass where birds or squirrels had scrambled for seed that had fallen from a feeder, thus clearing a space for robin to look for worms.