Brant and I wonder and muse about how our far-flung family of friends and relatives are holding up in this strange new world we have been dropped into. I pray that you are safe and healthy, and that you and your loved ones are weathering without too much trauma the storm, the confusion, the disruption and the uncertainty that are on the loose.
Out here in Escondido, things are quiet and hardly changed. Not being able to see (or hug!) friends is tiresome and disheartening, but it won't last forever. After copious late rains, spring has exploded with extravagance - who ever knew there was such a range of greens, festooning all the valleys and hillsides and forming a backdrop to an endless variety of wildflowers in full bloom. White pearly everlasting, purple sage, hot yellow Scotch broom, dusty pink flat top buckwheat, red and orange monkey bush - and plants that normally come up to our knees are as tall as we are - glorious beauty on all sides. Birds are happy, and very vocal. Mockingbirds have extended their breeding season and indulge in spectacular acrobatics - I assume it is the males that hurl themselves in the air and then drop head over tail in free fall. It is an impressive display, though I doubt we are the intended audience. Those mockingbirds also practice their repetitive repertoires through the night, and by day, when not doing aerial displays, they mob the hawks who sail regularly around our house and peck them on the backside. We have had some visits from a great white egret, who lands alongside our pool and stalks back and forth in search of a snack. We marvel at how he could be at once so breathtakingly elegant and so very goofy. Today he stepped gawkily alongside the pool, his long neck swaying and dipping lower and lower until ZAP! he struck like lightning and came up with a wildly squirming lizard in his beak. Poor Mr. Lizard flailed around, but in vain - Ichabod pointed his beak straight up and downed his prey; we could see his slow progress down the hunter's long gullet. We are hoping that an unwary gopher might land in that same beak.
We are thankful not to have had any medical issues at all over these past few months. Next week I go in for a COVID-19 test, which is required before my next photopheresis procedure in early June.
With love from Charty/mom
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