How’s everybody holding up?
This world is crazy, isn’t it? It seems we are all trying to “reopen” so to speak. Some places are further along than others. My area in New York has reached the second of four phases deemed by New York.
Alas, hopefully we are all trying to do our part in this world to make it so we can eventually get back to normal. I know we all want to (hey, I need a haircut just as bad as many others) get back to the norm, but let’s make sure we do it in a safe way.
I’d like to believe we are all going in the right direction. We can keep trying anyway and hope soon enough we can get back to a way of life we all would like to be at.
I’ve enjoyed looking at different things on Instagram and such to see how people are keeping busy and doing different things to keep sane during this time. I know it’s not easy. I’ve started walking even more than I used to – and that was quite a bit. There are times when it’s hard though as you want to just break things up a bit more. In time, though, in time. My issue has been my amount of work hours have gone up and it’s made for a lot more stress, so walking is the one thing I’m trying to do to de-stress.
So have you kept busy this month?
This theme, when I posted it last month, seemed like a pretty open-ended one that would allow everybody to think a bit outside the box and find some fun photos. Who knows what it will encompass, but I’m sure we’ll have some great things.
I hope you are all doing well and that you’ve had the chance to breathe a little, get outside some and take some photos. Now, without further ado, here are my five for the month!
A while back, I purchased a Google Chromebook. The idea was to have something I could access the web, and to use to do some writing. And honestly, part of it was to be able to go to a park and write. On Saturday, May 30 it was too perfect not to go do this, so I got about 90 minutes of writing/blogging in!
2. Stopping and looking
How many of you have gone out for a walk or something else, and just don’t even think about what’s around you? Well, that’s what his post is about … stop and notice your surroundings. It’s not a bath thing! (side note: This is taken with the Moment macro lens. So far these lenses are great!
The one thing about staying close to home on weekends and such, it alsome to check out parks in my area and explore a bit.
4. I’m trying …
During this Covid pandemic, I’ve seen a lot more sidewalk art come up. I usually take the time to stop and read the items and will usually take photos as well. This is something we should all keep in mind.
5. Letter writing
Over the past few months, I’ve really been intrigued by penpals. The activity seems to be in a bit of a resurgence and people on Instagram and YouTube have so much content about it. It’s way cool. I found myself one and I might try and add a few more as I found working on the letter and other items surrounding it were relaxing and rewarding. It’s not the easiest for a guy to find a penpal as it seems very heavily female to female sort of a hobby. Anyway, I saw many do this as well and I wanted to be able do it as well … I love the wax sealing aspect of letters. Very cool.
And there are my five for the month!
If you took part in this month’s challenge, make sure to link up below.
And for those of you who participated, make sure you try and get to other people’s blogs and comment (here, too!).
Let’s continue to grow this challenge and have a strong community. Come back and check out the others who link later on, too! NOTE: We have a Facebook group for those who participate in the challenge and are interested. I’ll post any announcements there and hopefully it can be a place where things are discussed and some interaction etc. You can access it here.
Make sure, too, to come back tomorrow to see June’s theme!
Photo Blogging Challenge: May 2020 results
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Stage 2 of 4? Oh man, you are in this for a long time! Sorry to hear your workload was upped. Glad you still get to go outside to walk and explore.
Love that bridge. It looks pretty abandoned, is it a bit away from the street or parking lot?
How are you liking your Chrome Book? I see you’ve got your own little mouse pad, cool!
Hang in there and stay healthy!
Danielle K says
In MA we’re still in Stage 1 of 4. In stage 2, childcare reopens.
I agree with PJ that I am fine waiting to end when it’s safe. I’m not curve flattening all this time only to see a case spike!
love your macro flower 🙂 stay safe x
We too in California are in Phase 2 of 4. It’s going to be a long summer. I thought about using chalk art I’ve seen over this month in my post, but then figured that others might, so I used a different kind of artwork that I’ve seen.
Really like the bridge photo. It just beckons me to come explore.
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I’m coveting your macro lens! That’s a gorgeous shot of the flower petals. I really need to get out to the parks more instead of just walking around the neighborhood. I think I could “work” by that stream all day! It’s very cool you want to be a pen pal and I can see where it might be difficult for a guy. Letter writing is a lost art. Maybe it will come back as we all tire of electronic communication now. I’ve always loved wax seals and had one when I was younger (and wrote letters!). Take care and thank you for hosting this monthly challenge.
Danielle K. says
I love the letter seal!
Hope you’re staying well and safe.
Mike Davis says
I’m with you, I have noticed so much more on my hikes and rides. I’ve also really learned to enjoy what I have in my own backyard, literally and figuratively. That bridge looks like such a cool find.
Mrs GeoK / Denise says
I’ve been a long-time proponent of enjoying nearby nature and it seems one of the few positives of COVID-19 is that many have developed a (renewed) appreciation for nearby parks and trails, flowers and critters. There are mostly empty-nesters on our street, so there isn’t a lot of chalk art, but when I walk a little further into the neighbourhood I like to stop and enjoy the messages and drawings, too. Hope you’ve found a pen pal by now. Your wax seal is really neat. And as for re-opening, it’s three weeks into June and we are in Stage 2 or 3 here in Alberta. With Canada Day coming up July 1st, there will be no parades, no fireworks, etc….that is going to be weird.