Gettin’ the stink off!

My mother had an expression she would use if she found us hanging around the house too much: “Get out and blow the stink off.”

If hanging around the house can make you stink, many of us are now close to down- right putrid.

There isn’t much more to say about this virus lock-down. We’re all talked out about it, I think. Some areas are starting to see rebellions of one sort or another, but, so far, these are, for the most part, peaceful and sensible. People want to work and be with their families and see their friends and pray together. No one wants to get or give the cooties.

This past week, The Redhead and I did try to get some of the stink off. We drove and walked around Staunton and yesterday, Saturday, we joined several of our friends for what was a real treat. It seems that even this virus can bring unexpected blessings.

So, here are a few pics of our lock-down life here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Come on along.

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Sacred Heart window, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Staunton
Stained Glass window of Mary, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Staunton, VA
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Train awaiting repair at Staunton train yard.
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Staunton, VA train yard
Crucible Coffee
Crucible Coffee Shop and Roaster, Staunton, VA
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Even a face mask won’t block the aroma of freshly roasted and brewed coffee at Crucible Coffee, Staunton
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Walking with friends along the Blue Ridge Parkway…no cars allowed!
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An “intoxicating view”- the vineyards of the Shenandoah!
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View of Humpback Mountain in distance (notch at top).
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Street Art, river walk park, downtown Waynesboro, VA
It’s an interesting perspective that one gains when traveling by foot and being surrounded by silence. The stained glass windows of our church, St. Francis of Assisi in Staunton were especially beautiful during our visit Friday morning. The window of the Sacred Heart brought back a flood of memories. It was in Sacred Heart Church in Connecticut that, as a child, I found protection from something much scarier than the Corona Cooties.

This very unusual period of time has given us opportunities we may have overlooked or not been able to take advantage of: Walking the Blue Ridge Parkway, exploring the nooks and crannies of Staunton and Waynesboro, and rediscovering the Beauty of Silence.

Get out, walk, discover the beauty all around you.
Be happy, pray and don’t worry.




5 thoughts on “Gettin’ the stink off!

  1. msanders1313 May 4, 2020 / 9:35 am

    I enjoyed your photos and ability to “get the stink off” too! Keep it up and soon we will be through this.


    • BGCT2VA May 4, 2020 / 1:12 pm

      Until walking the Blue Ridge I hadn’t realized just how stiff the old knees had gotten. Hope to get them a bit more limber by walking both the South River trail in Waynesboro and Gypsy Hill. Really looking forward to getting back to “better than normal”.


  2. Wayne Dreyer May 4, 2020 / 7:57 am

    Bill Lovely pictures of a delightful friendly outing. I wish I could have shared this with you in person. Thanks


    • BGCT2VA May 4, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Yes, but if you remember our old walks in Jax, I still like to stop, smell the roses and appreciate the beauty all around. For my fellow walkers, I think I was more like an old Army mule…needing a little prodding to keep up! Hope to see you soon.


  3. Cathy May 3, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    Love this post and all of the wonderful pictures. How lucky are you and Deb to be able to walk the Blue Ridge with No Cars!!!! Once in a lifetime moment.


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