Evening isn’t the best time to have coffee, and Natalie will close her coffee share if I don’t hurry up and start this post.

This week Vince and I have done battle with Omicron. I’m double vaxed and he’s anti-vaxed, but we’ve had sort of a competition about who is worse. I tested negative then came down with the symptoms, so his thought is that I don’t have it. Frankly, I don’t want it. I’ve been careful – masked, vaxed, super clean, socially distanced. None of it made any difference.

I’m going to give him the prize for feeling worse – more tired and nausea that we thought wasn’t going to end the first night. Both of us are past the contagious stage at this point, but tell that to our noses and the violent sneezing. Nobody would want us around masked or not. Even so, we are not overly ill and have been out to do short runs wearing our masks (even Vince, who stayed in the car).

What’s On MY Bookshelf?

If you haven’t joined in this fun challenge, and you like to read and don’t want to write reviews, you can post titles or write reams – your choice!

I spent my sick time time reading a couple of books I got from the library, People V Alex Cross James Patterson’s 25th book, The Tutor by Peter Abraham, and still trying to get over to Amazon to give Doug Jacquier five stars on his new book, Raving and Wryting Bite-Sized Low Wit for Our Desperate Times. Doug’s is by far the funniest. The other two are about murders and scammers v detectives and little girls who figure things out in the end. Don’t get me wrong, they kept me on the edge of my seat – real page turners.

Doug’s book, on the other hand, is a collection of short stories, most of which I get, and some of which might be too Australian for me. When I’m still rubbing my head at the end, it usually means I need to read it again more carefully. I adore Doug’s writing and I’m in awe of anyone who can write humor, especially politically and make me laugh because it’s hard to write.

My Amazon Review -“Do You Need a Good Laugh?”

“Doug is one of the funniest humans on the planet. I’ve been reading his blog for a couple of years, and he’s a regular contributor to Story Chat, which I host on my blog. His collection of stories will make you laugh, nod your head or even scratch your head. He thinks outside the box. And he has that dry Australian humor that keeps up with events going on all over the world. Most of the events are not funny, but the way Doug spins them, you’ll laugh, no matter what your political perspective. You won’t want to miss this book.

Raving and Wryting: Bite-sized low wit for our desperate times by [Doug Jacquier]
Raving and Wryting Bite-Sized low wit for our desperate times

Mystery Solved – Memorable Event Photos Located

I also solved an eight-year-old mystery this week? What happened to the photos I took with my brother on our trip to Chicago for his 60th birthday. I’ve been diligently and intentionally searching through all my drives this week. That only left one drive, which was usable only in my old Mackbook Pro, which died several years ago. I dropped it off at the Geek Squad after my negative COVID test and before I had symptoms. They cleaned everything off the drive, saved the photos to a new external hard drive, and voila, there were all my old photos. Yay! As an additional bonus, I also had Vince’s and my Accidental Vacation we took when we picked up a used trailer in Oregon and the transmission on the truck quit leaving us stranded in the Redwoods of Southern Oregon. Another Yay.

Here is where the story gets wild for Terri’s Sunday Stills and Anne-Christine’s Memorable Events.

Accidental Vacation in the Oregon Redwoods

The year was 2013, and Vince and I headed up the road to pick up our “new” used trailer on the Oregon Coast. If you want to hear about some of our adventures, you can search for Accidental Vacation for the ten posts.

Driving down the highway, we could see there was a problem up ahead. People pulled over getting out of their cars. We couldn’t go, so I got out, too, against Vince’s loud protests.

I figured if I stayed behind the man in blue, the elk would attack him, and I’d get away. I used my EOS Rebel xTI with a good telephoto lens. Fortunately for all of us peepers, the elk were more interested in grass than in any of the humans watching them. They were trying to cross the street to reach the perpetually-watered hotel grass. The old saying is true, “The grass IS greener on the other side.”

We hit the jackpot down the road – the Elk’s Public Spa teaming with elk, young and old alike. One brave ole soul braved the deep and waded away from the madding crowd, keep his eye out for competition. No one seemed interested in following him.

Chicago Wildlife

The year was still 2013. My brother Randy and I rode the train for three days from Portland to Chicago. When we arrived, we went for a walk. It’s what we do. We weren’t the only ones roaming the Chicago streets that day.

“Don’t you have a little treat for me?”
“Seriously, I said please. Do you see any crumbs lying around here? I’m needy! Have a heart.”

Wild Days in San Francisco

My girlfriend and I take our girls’ wild nights out very seriously. We had been on a walking tour of San Francisco (It’s what we do, too.) and were just about to embark on a second tour after we caught our breath. She attracted some homeless wild characters just waiting for handouts.

We were wild women when we flew the coops and we attracted wild-eyed companions who pursued us down the street.

Challenges that Inspired This Post

What’s your story this week?

Coming Up on Always Write and Elsewhere

  • Tuesday: Challenge Host Interview with the four hostesses of What’s on Your Bookshelf. (See links above to each website.
  • Wednesday: WQW Announcing my Word of the Year. WOTY, on Wednesday. Then I’ll post it on a link parted hosted by the What’s On Your Bookshelf crew. Here is the Link telling all about it.
  • Friday: PPAC we will probably visit Kauai, HI
  • Author Interview with Susan Braithwaite, the wife of Photos by Jez sometime in February. I’m sure Jez is a fan of hers! They will be hosting Manny, my traveling bear, sometime soon as well.

54 responses to “Late Night Sunday Stills Wild-eyed Coffee Share of one of my Memorable Vacations for LAPC”

  1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Yikes Marsha… glad you seem to have a handle on this at the moment!!!!
    hey the good news is you can read through it and aren’t flat out.. impressive!
    Doug sounds incredible and that is a gift!
    Of course your travel trips and pics are amazing and so glad you organized everything so you could pull them up so fast! YAY is right!💖👏👏👏

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Pulling up fast is a chore. I figure it is going to take me several more full weeks of organizing to get the photos I already have in my computer and on disks organized. Then on to the old photos that are photos. 🙂

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        I’m impressed! amazing !~!!! 👏👏👏👏

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Be amazed. My husband says, “Are you STILL transferring photos?”

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          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            that sounds like a husband comment.. hahaha 🤣

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Today’s was, “Are you stuck to the floor? You’ve been standing in that spot blogging for days.” I fixed him lunch. He was better.

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          3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Hahahahahaha that’s so funny. only a few more days till feb and you’re done with everyday💖👏👏

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            No, in February Becky B starts her daily squares photo challenge. The topic is odd this time. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

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  2. Jim Borden Avatar

    I hope you and Vince feel better soon. That Patterson guy must write 24/7. I’ve liked his previous Alex Cross books, so I am sure this is a good one as well…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I haven’t read all 25, but I like his writing. BTW I must have deleted my last comment to you. Somehow it all went to spam. I rescued your comment, but I don’t see it now. Anyway, Happy librarying from the last comment.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        I don’t think I’ve read all 25 either. and WP is hard to figure out sometimes…

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Or my fingers just slipped, 🙂

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            it’s more fun to blame it on WP…

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Cyber blame!

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  3. anne leueen Avatar

    Good to know you are feeling better now. I loved your wildlife photos of both large and small animals. That little squirrel is a darling. How could you resist giving him something? Finally I look forward to seeing Manny’s trip to Edinburgh!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      He was too cute. I took the pictures seven years ago. Maybe we fed him. I don’t remember! LOL 🐿

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  4. the eternal traveller Avatar

    It sounds like the difference between vaxed or not is how unwell you both were. Glad you’re both on the mend now. I love your very cute squirrel.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I thought of you when I put him in my post!

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  5. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    Wow, how lucky you were to see the elk! It seems that every time I’m in their various parts of the country, I miss both elk and moose. I’m sorry you weren’t feeling well but good to know that you are doing better. So far, we’ve remained unscathed (both vaxxed and boosted)… but it could be just a matter of time.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Omicron is good at getting through even the vaxed. I don’t have a fever, just the sniffles, cough and sneezing. Like a bad case of allergies, which it may be. ???

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  6. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Sounds like you have a busy week coming up. Wonderful photos too!!! 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks! You are right about busy!!!

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  7. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, I hope you and Vince are feeling much better. The elks are amazing to see. Great close-up photos of the squirrel and your caption made me laugh. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a great week!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for letting me know. My brain is foggy and is driving me nuts!!!

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  8. Leya Avatar

    Hope the two of you are recovering fast, Marsha! Now you have had some remarkable meetings with animals…elks, so many! I would have rushed out of the car too – clicking, clicking! Thank you for a delightful post – and again – wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Leya. How could you stay in the car??? Yet if everyone had gotten out, we might have spooked them. It worked out so magically.

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      1. Leya Avatar

        Sometimes it really does – if we just treat every living thing with respect.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s good advice to live by.

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  9. Toonsarah Avatar

    Sorry to hear you’ve had Covid – I hope you’re recovering well now?

    Those elk are an amazing sight, so many of them together! I loved seeing the photos of them in the water in particular 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They were having a splendid time, and so was I. It was one of those magical moments in time.

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  10. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    I am happy to hear you and Vince are on the mend with your bout with Covid. I hope you both recover quickly.
    We rode the Empire Builder from Portland to Fargo one year. It is one of my memorable events. I’d like to do that again, and take the Canadian Pacific train at least part of the way across Canada.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That would be beautiful. You will do it, too. You are both so adventurous. I love that!

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  11. Norah Avatar

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been ill with covid, Marsha. I hope you’re recovering now. It must be difficult with each of you having different views about vaccination.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, sometimes. mostly, we are working together to feel better fast. Thanks for reading, my friend. 🙂

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      1. Norah Avatar

        Great. I hope you do feel better fast.

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  12. Alison Avatar

    Many challenges here Marsha, all good ones. I enjoyed your book reviews and your memories 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much, Alison! Sitting down to a cuppa and chatting is fun. 🙂

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      1. Alison Avatar

        Just finished my two cups of coffee for the morning ☕

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’m still working on my second one as I answer comments. An after-lunch treat! I add Muscle Milk for sweetener and the added protein. My dessert after lunch was a protein bar – Deluxe Chocolate. It helps me stay away from real sweets.

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          1. Alison Avatar

            Very health conscious!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I’m trying. 🙂

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  13. bushboy Avatar

    I would have gotten out and did a few photos too 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Right? It was the right thing to do! The elk enjoyed posing for us. 🙂

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  14. lifelessons Avatar

    That little squirrel seems to be saying, “Who, me?”

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m sure he said that! Isn’t he just the cutest?

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  15. Mama Cormier Avatar

    Glad to hear that you’re feeling better and I hope it stays that way. I’m a sucker for good squirrel photos.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They are cute except when they drill holes in your yard. They make some pretty gnarly holes. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much!

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  16. Debbie Avatar

    I hope you’re feeling better Marsha, and life is returning to a more normal for you. I love what you’ve done with all the challenges rolled into one here, so creative! Thanks for linking up to our WOYBS and we’re looking forward to the interview this week 🙂

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  17. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    What a great post, Marsha, and on a Sunday! So sorry to read you and Vince were so sick, but glad you are better. You certainly did not lose your sense of humor as you composed this, you had me cracking up! But oh my, all those elk! I would have flown out of the car too and started snapping away! I am so glad you found the missing pics and the Geek Squad was helpful, yay! BTW, Manny may have some friends–we went to storage today and I found the box of my three “build-a-bears.” One I made, the other two were gifts. I’ll tell you about it soon! Once again, fab, fun post, my friend! And plenty of double-dipping.

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  18. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – Thank you for linking up with #WOYBS. Sending BIG get well vibes to you and Vince!

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