Homer's Travels: January 2021

Saturday, January 23, 2021

What Is That Feeling?

Been a while so here is a Haiku:

Strange third day feeling.
Lack of anxiety, lack of daily controversy?
Could that be hope?

 Whatever it is I'm liking it and I hope it continues.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Another Chance To Get It Right.

 I started President Obama's first term with cautious hope.  Over the next eight years I was disappointed.  The President was too nice and the Congress was too obstructionist.  I still was hopeful through most of his two terms but unbeknownst to me Obama's presidency had started something malicious and idiotic.

Four years ago the hope of the New Presidency was gone.  I saw only disaster coming and, for once, my prediction came true.  The last four years of this narcissistic grifter has left our democracy in shambles with over four hundred people dead.  Conspiracies like QAnon have infiltrated the White House and the legislature.  I'm not sure where our nation is heading and it scares me.

Today we have a new President.  President Biden and Vice-President Harris enter office under the cloud of militant threats and a nation split along ideological and, frankly, idiotic lines.

Will they be able to correct our course?  Will America once again gain its proper place in this world?  My first instincts say that this will take one or two generations to right itself.  I want to have hope but I do not think there is much to inspire hope.  As always, Time will tell.

Dark Chocolate Oreos covered in fudge.

On a side note, I am continuing the tradition I started four years ago. I am eating a bag of Oreos during the inauguration.  in 2017 it was a family size bag of chocolate Oreos.  For this one it is a smaller box of fudge covered dark chocolate Oreos.

May the cookies and the next four years be full of healing.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Marching On To Another One Thousand Miles.


An online friend of mine suggested I do the 1,000 Mile charity challenge (1,609 km).  At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it but then I realized that it would only be 19.25 miles (30.98 km) a week.  Since I was already walking over thirteen miles twice a week I was already meeting the weekly goal and then some.

I signed up as soon as I could and last week I already walked twice for a total of 26.73 miles (43 km).  A good start I would say.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Some Blue In The Backyard

I have been trying to attract Blue Jays to my backyard for a while now.   My latest attempt has been to add peanuts to the seed mix in my feeder.  Over the last six months or so I have begun to see them in the backyard.  They are still rare and are a bit skittish but I finally managed to get a picture of one.

A Blue Jay sitting on our neighbor's tree.

 I hope this is one of many to visit our neck of the woods.

P.S.  Happy forty-fifth birthday to my friend Gv.

Monday, January 04, 2021

Frosted Limbs On Blue

It's been a bit foggy these past few days.  Combine fog with temperatures in the teens result in beauty like this:

"Frosted Limbs on Blue"
by Bruce H.

Friday, January 01, 2021

Best Photos Of 2020

Time to continue the tradition of posting my best photograph of the year.  Like last year I will be stretching the window slightly to include photos taken during our Chilean Patagonia trip at the end of 2019.  If I didn't do this I'm not sure if I would have a picture to post this year.

2020 was not a good year for me or for many of us frankly.  Despite always having my camera with me when I went on my walks last year, most of the pictures I took were either mediocre or were pictures of other people's art.  In fact, I was surprised that, despite walking over six hundred miles around Omaha, I took so few pictures worth sharing.  Add on to that the fact we didn't go on vacation in 2020 and I ended with fewer pictures than normal.

I did find one picture that I really liked.  It was taken on our last day in Santiago, Chile.  We were visiting a market that had some animals and birds on display.  This is where I captured this image:

by Bruce H.
(Taken on the 3rd of January, 2020)

It figures that the only good pictures I would take in 2020 were taken before the pandemic hit.  Here is an honorable mention that would have been my favorite except for the photobomber standing in the way:

"Reward at the End of the Water Path"
by Bruce H.
(Taken on the 30th of December, 2019)

I hope you all had a safe and fun socially distant New Year's Eve.  Onward into the new year, 2021.  Let's hope the light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming train.