Summer, Charlie and CoVid

When I think of summer, July 4th seemed to be a dividing point. Early summer, mid-summer, and late summer. Before July 4th the days were warming up. The country’s government was bowing to the idea that the economy needed to get back to a more normal status. This put some additional pressure on me to move away from self-quarantine and slowly, carefully join others outside.

July 4th came and went. Many firework displays were canceled. I was not too disappointed. The local groups sold “safe n sane” fireworks on every corner. Pride was taken in opening up more windows so fewer people would be waiting next to one another. I am not a fan of these pop-up fireworks stores or the fireworks they sell. Growing up in New York, all fireworks are prohibited. Large firework displays are planned, and I can still remember watching fireworks in the skies on Long Island. Salisbury Park (the name was changed), and over the Sears parking lot from the Gertz-side in Hicksville. One year we were in Boston and watched the display along the river with Tschaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Cannons included. One of the first fireworks display I saw in California was at the Hollywood Bowl. Unbelievable! Picnics with candelabras and more. Here in Sacramento, we took the kids to Cal Expo, and in Carmichael at the closed La Sierra High School campus. Once we went down to Old Sac to watch the display. Unfortunately, the crowds made me feel uncomfortable and unsafe. A lot of alcohol.

Since CoVid 19 got in the way of large gatherings the following images are from a past Fourth of Julys

Folsom parade with costumes, a cattle drive down main street.

Carmichael parade with old cars decked out.

Photographically, I like parades.

For the past 9 years, I have had more concern for my dog. Libby, a calm black lab felt better at home in her crate. So fireworks were watched on tv along with the movie 1776. This year, with my new pup Charlie I was warned by my neighbors that it would be noisy in front of my house. They were right. There was noise also coming from the street behind us. And the smell of gunpowder hung in the air. But Charlie remained calm, and even went outside to do his business! Good boy!

The hot temperatures here in Fair Oaks does not disappoint. I went looking for a small wading pool for Charlie. Scored one on sale at Emigh’s. I just love this store. Service is top-notch. All of the employees know their products. In summer or winter time my photo friends and I have permission to photograph at the store. No money was exchanged for this endorsement. The parking lot is always full of satisfied customers.

The first time I filled up the 45″ pool Charlie thought it was a BIG water dish. I got in and pulled my puppy in. The next time he ignored the pool altogether. The third time, he got into it. Started digging, splashing, and jumping in and out.

Charlie’s first time in his pool!
Enjoying splashing around!

Getting out and socializing in the time of CoVid 19 is not easy. In July the Sactown Doodles Meetup Group planned an event in Rocklin. No need to RSVP, and I decided that Charlie could use the experience. It was outdoors and the description of the dog park made it very tempting. I messaged Gidget’s owner and arranged a reunion. We also saw Kona, Charlie’s great Aunt. An unexpected surprise. I met Jennifer and Kona last summer when I was looking for a breeder. Many people, not quite so many masks, and many doodles participated. At five months Charlie was one of the younger members there, but he thoroughly enjoyed himself. Visited with many dogs and dog owners. Glad I went. Charlie kept an eye on my whereabouts. I only brought my iPhone, and I didn’t even video this one-hour event. Just enjoying the moment with doodles and their owners.

Glad to have this photo of the two of us. Thanks Beth!

Unfortunately, CoVid 19 is not going away, and numbers are way up here in California. Just heard, a teacher I worked with is getting over this virus. He said it was “no flu”. Glad to hear he is on the mend. But with all the new cases, and no testing or contact tracing being done the scary factor is growing.

Just got three masks I ordered from Etsy. I wanted to support small businesses here in the U.S. A. This new accessory will be around for a while, and I wanted to be protected, comfortable, and stylish! This is the first time ordering on Etsy, and it was a positive experience. Orders went in easily, and arrived quickly. I will test drive these three styles, and then order a few more. So when I am out, I will be wearing a mask to help stop the spread of the Corona Virus. And you should too!!!

Photo Opportunities Expand Cultural Awareness

I attended the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival held in Woodland April 2015. Along with great photo opportunities, I learned much about the Scottish culture from the participants. One area is set up as “Living History”. Collins English Dictionary defines living+history as, “any of various activities involving the re-enactment of historical events or the recreation of living conditions of the past.”

Fighting amongst the clans

Fighting amongst the clans

I saw historical events acted in costume, crafts, games, and entertainment played out, and daily activities pursued.

Historical reinactment

Historical reinactment

These teachable moments showed visitors that crocheting used only wool, that women were not taught how to read, and many games were played without batteries (lol).

Wool is spun and then crocheted

Wool is spun and then crocheted

Game played using dice

Game played using dice

Lad sets it on the top after pulling it from the bottom. Look familiar?

Lad sets it on the top after pulling it from the bottom. Look familiar?

Athletic events emphasized strength. The caber toss required a man to carry a heavy long pole a distance then toss it so that it flips over at least a half turn.

Caber Toss. This competitor is in his sixties.

Caber Toss. This competitor is in his sixties.

Cabers on display

Cabers on display

Another  event  is the Stone Throw.  weight height where a 56 pound weight is tossed over a horizontal pole.

Weight for Height Competition

Weight for Height Competition

Weight for Distance or Weight Throw where a metal weight with a chain handle is thrown.

Weight for Distance

Weight for Distance

Stone Throw

Stone Throw

Stone Throw. Many techniques used. Similar to modern Shot Put.

Stone Throw. Many techniques used. Similar to modern Shot Put.

Highland Dancing

Highland Dancing

Using electronics to tune this bagpipe

Using electronics to tune this bagpipe

Last minute touches to prepare for competition

Last minute touches to prepare for competition

Met some folks who came from Ireland to compete here in Woodland, Ca.

Met some folks who came from Ireland to compete here in Woodland, Ca.

Meeting the clans as they parade

Meeting the clans as they parade

Instead the usual food available at a Festival I enjoyed a meat pie.

Authentic meat pies of varying types available. Yummy!

Authentic meat pies of varying types available. Yummy!

Entertainment included a Beard and Mustache Contest.

Beard & Mustache contest.

Beard & Mustache contest.

Many categories for the Beard & Mustache Contest

Many categories for the Beard & Mustache Contest

Even the lads got into the action!

Even the lads got into the action.

Obviously this beard is judged for length.

Obviously this beard is judged for length.

Scottish Animals are active participants.

Clydesdale Horses show off their moves in this demonstration. Here they manuever in tight turns.

Clydesdale Horses show off their moves in this demonstration. Here they manuever in tight turns.

Scottish Highland Cattle

Scottish Highland Cattle

I can take care of that itch!

I can take care of that itch!

Friendly Scottish Terrier posed for photograph

Friendly Scottish Terrier posed for photograph

I saw many interesting and I didn’t get over to see the crafts and vendors. Conclusion: this is a more realistic festival. Lots of fun, lots of photo opportunities, and good spirits!