Skywatch Friday – The Skies of May

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Went downtown the other day and brought home personal stuff from the office. The office has been closed since the middle of March and won’t open, at the earliest until the end of June. The only people working there are a cleaning staff and a security guard. Plus our pipeline control people which is staffed 24 hours a day. They have spread those folks all over the building to avoid cross contamination in case Covid-19 gets somebody sick.

I realized that yes, I am going to miss the job and the people, and I am really going to miss downtown. Weather permitting, I walked a mile to 3 miles every day at noon and poked into every square inch. I’ll be checking out from time to time. On weekends, when parking is free, cuz I am cheap.

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Lots of nice evenings as the sun sets in the back yard.

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Watching the weather. I love weather watching. Everybody in Oklahoma stays aware of the weather and watches the skies this time of year. We are all very conversant with terms like hook echos and such as that.

Lots of walks in the neighborhood for our dog Rascal. He kind of walks us is how it works. He routes us by all his friends.

Our tubby little kitten, Lizzy is wondering why everybody is around all the time. It interferes with her napping. She’s appropriated this basket that Heather was going to use as a centerpiece on our coffee table. So I guess that Lizzie is the centerpiece. It is peaceful to me watching a cat in deep sleep.

The greenbelt from our back yard. I fly the drone straight up mainly. I don’t really want to fly over other people’s property. So I send it straight up and use it like a periscope.

So Oklahoma is gradually opening up. Heather and I went to our favorite tap room and had a couple beers in their outside area, maintaining extreme social distancing from everybody else. The gyms Heather teaches are opening up as well and they are communicating protocols for staff and members. Myself, since I am in a high risk group I am holding off going to a gym until July. I’ll be playing it by ear.

What have you been up to?

I am linking up to Skywatch Friday

21 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – The Skies of May

  1. tomthebackroadstraveller

    …I retired three years ago after 50 years in the nursery business, with this health mess I don’t miss working one bit! Welcome to the club.

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  2. Eileen

    Hello,

    I retired in 2014 , I do not miss working at all. The commute into downtown Baltimore was a horror.
    Wonderful sky and drone captures, but my favorite are of Rascal and Lizzy. Thanks for hosting.
    Happy Skywatching. Have a great day and weekend ahead.

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  3. junieper2/Jesh StG

    You will get used to your new life, probably busier than when you were working (am serious!). An you will have time for the things you never got to or new things, because you were working!

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  4. Ellen

    You’re not cheap, you’re thrifty and now that you’re retired you’re going to be even thriftier. I love the shot of the long sidewalk with Logan. Lizzy makes a perfect centerpiece!

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  5. kayni

    I’m sure you’ll miss work and coworkers, but you’ll also find new things to do and enjoy. Cheers and all the best to your next move.

    Maryland has started phase 1, but not in my county as we’re second with the most cases of COVID-19. I am high risk as well due to my bone marrow transplant, so I have high anxiety whenever I step out.

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  6. kayni

    I’m sure you’ll miss work and coworkers, but you’ll also find new things to do and enjoy. Cheers and all the best to your next move.

    Maryland has started phase 1, but not in my county as we’re second with the most cases of COVID-19. I am high risk as well due to my bone marrow transplant, so I have high anxiety whenever I step out.

    Love the photo Lizzy the centerpiece.

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  7. Angie

    Alan – I miss going to Whitefish, our quaint mountain town. So it was pure delight this week to go to my hairdresser (everyone in the place required to wear masks) and then out for an early dinner in Whitefish. I walked the three blocks to meet my husband, and I felt so FREE! In Montana, everyone watches the weather, mainly to determine which of many outdoor activities they can do – kayaking, fishing, hiking, etc. I laughed to see Lizzy in the basket. You have probably heard the saying – dogs have owners, cats have staff. We have been keeping mainly to the house, but are slowly dipping our toes in the water with visits to restaurants that we are confident will be adhering to the requirements, or other locations (the salon) that have been very strict with their policies. Slowly, slowly. Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend!

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  8. Nancy Chan

    I thought I will be missing work and will be bored after I retired but surprisingly, I have no chance to be bored. Your dog would love to have you walking him more often now. Cute kitty makes a great centerpiece.
    Looking at her sleeping so comfortably in the basket, makes me want to sleep too. Have a great weekend.

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  9. Alana

    Again, happy retirement. I hear you about missing downtown but I sense you will be quite happy and not bored at all. I retired in April but immediately went back to work (at home) part time. Our office is down to about 15% staff. In June we will gradually be brought back into the office in three groups. I’ve already told my manager I want to be able to continue to work from home. I am not sure if this will be permitted but if it isn’t I will have a decision to make. In NY things are opening gradually, no beauty parlors for at least another week. Stay safe from the weather and the “other”.

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  10. Susie of Arabia

    I’m sure you’ll really enjoy retirement, Alan. You have so many interests to keep you busy. What are “hook echoes”? I’ve never heard that term before. I really like the drone shot!
    We are just continuing to isolate at home, going out once every three weeks for groceries and the pharmacy. We had bought tickets to travel to the US in early July, but it’s doubtful we will be coming. So this looks like it will be my very first ever summer in Saudi. Today is the last day of fasting for Ramadan – I surprised myself and did really well. I’m not usually very disciplined when it comes to food! LOL

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  11. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    Lizzie is the centerpiece! How cute is that? Keep on being cheap That way you will have enough to live a long life and a happy one because you won’t be up to your neck in bills. We retired in 1999. We were both 56 years old. Neither one of us regretted it for one minute. Enjoyed looking at your photographs. Be safe.

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