December collections

So the guys and I have been out for rides this month, but nothing in particular of note. It has been super busy at work and in my own life. There’s been some good news, some bad news and some really tragic news. But we have snapped a few collection photos here and there. And that will have to do this month. For a year where we all muddled through to the best of our abilities, December certainly had one of the highest ‘muddle’ factors all year for me.

A collection of grass seed heads.
A collection of saplings – I’ve been watching them since they were seedlings – clustering around their mama.
A collection of landscaping rocks. That is actually a former landfill – one of the ways you can tell is that the ground sits about 8 inches higher than anything surrounding. That’s part of the capping.
Collection of bollards.
Collection of cherry plums on a tree.
Collection of cherry plums in a bowl, at home, post-picking.
My bike and the guys trike (and the guys wrestling over who gets to ride the trike) next to a collection of fairies, mermaids and other female creatures that apparently live in that toadstool and in the tree.
Off with the fairies. So that’s how that phrase came to be…..

As you see in the feature photo, Verne was very happy to take the locals for a ride. This was also our solstice ride. No shadow pics or anything exciting to take for that though, a bunch of high cloud came in and precluded sunset shots and blocked any great views of The Great Conjunction. That disappointment felt so… 2020.

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

14 response to "December collections"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: December 25, 2020

    The last picture in your post was an interesting combination of fanciful and weird. In other words, I liked it a lot.

    I was sad to hear December was such a terrible month, especially considering a lot of the other months weren’t so great for you either. May 2021 bring you twelve months of good health, good news, good weather, and tragedy-free living.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 25, 2020

      Thanks, Greg. I think the fairies, etc are all the old cast-offs from the little girl that lives on a property across the highway from the toadstool. They mow the area between the highway and bike path, so they can access the bike path. The toadstool and fairies appeared sometime during the first lockdown. Across the road, they have a large pony figurine on their mailbox. Disturbingly. one of the Tinkerbells has lost a leg that is still just lying beneath her. Kinda creepy, kinda like the one with the wings looking at the ground.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: December 25, 2020

    Imaginative photos as always! Yeah, the conjunction was a cloudy disappointment here as well. As Greg said, let’s hope 2021 brings better times for everyone.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 25, 2020

      The clouds were disappointing here because we only had about 5 cloudy days all month – that happened to be one of them. They keep saying we’ll get lots of rain with La Nina, but we were way below average for rain in November and December (unless we get a deluge this coming week which isn’t predicted).

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 25, 2020

    Looks like Verne has made a friend, 🙂
    All the Best in ’21!!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 25, 2020

      Verne definitely had some fun with all the ladies. The one in the pic had a pretty horrendous hair cut that made her look a little psychotic, but we are friendly to one and all regardless.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: December 25, 2020

    It’s disturbing to read that this month has been a really bad one for you Em. I hope your health will withstand it and you will soon be on your bike ;’-). Photos look good. Those cherry plums look especially appetizing, and I am not sure I have had cherry plums.

    Have a good year coming up Em, and thanks for keeping us reading about your adventures. I always like reading them.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 25, 2020

      Yes, I didn’t know anything about cherry plums until this year either. That one is growing wild along the bike path. The flesh has the texture of a plum but they taste sweet and tart like a cherry. Hope you are having a happy holiday season and 2021 is a better year for all – not asking for miracles, just better!

  5. By: Laura Posted: December 25, 2020

    Your posts are always creative and interesting. It’s a joy to see a new one. If I remember, your health problems are Autoimmune related. They are always a challenge, so hope you see some improvement in 2021 if that’s your major problem. My biggest concern is since the doctor won’t let me get a flu shot after three bad episodes, I’m fairly sure that will also be the case with Coronavirus vaccinations. I don’t know if this is any consolation with your health issues, but the longer I’ve had AI problems, the easier it gets for me to deal with them. I think we are all looking forward to the new year after experiencing this last one.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 27, 2020

      I am so glad your autoimmune issues are manageable and have lessened over time. I don’t have any autoimmune diagnoses. West Nile Virus just annihilated my immune system, so it doesn’t work properly. This has allowed a cascade of other issues. For awhile, docs thought I might have Sjogrens syndrome based on symptoms, but blood work never shows any antibodies. I finally got the Bartonella diagnosis, not Sjogrens after all. And it seems I can’t get rid of the Bartonella because I’ve got other things (which we are identifying now) weighing down my immune system. In good news, the doctor said I could get the Pfizer vaccine (I, too, have been unable to get flu shots since WNV) when it is available to me. You always have to hang onto the good pieces of news! Thanks for the kind words.

  6. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 27, 2020

    ‘Muddle factor’ is a thing, especially when it gets hot I reckon.
    Hopes things improve and have a relaxing holiday time.

    catch ya

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 27, 2020

      Yes, there is a lot of muddling in summer when it is too hot to think or do anything much but seek A/C or water immersion. This year has had a lot of muddling simply because there is too much going on and it is hard to concentrate on any one thing. So you end up just muddling through all of it instead of focusing on key things. 2021 may be a bunch of the same until everyone has access to the vaccine, I fear.

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: December 27, 2020

    Hope the new year brings more of the good news, less of the bad news and no more tragic news, Em!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: December 27, 2020

      Thanks, Suzanne – I hope 2021 is a great year for you with no pesky infections and lots of good riding days.

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