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Corona Diary #2: Church, hiking, running, puzzles, puppy

“Shelter-in-place” snippets and snapshots

Easter Sunday service via eChurch

Over the past year we’ve grown fond of attending the non-denominational service at Stanford Memorial Church. On a recent field trip to walk around the Stanford campus, we took the following photo in the quad next to the church, partly  just to  remind ourselves of the happy times we’ve spent there.

Azalea by Stanford Memorial Church
Azalea by Stanford Memorial Church 

Later we learned that they were going to have an eChurch Easter Sunday service, which we participated in today. We even got to sing several hymns!

Stanford Memorial Church Easter Sunday eService
Stanford Memorial Church Easter Sunday eService

Our Easter dinner was humble but filling: frozen chicken pot pies and veggie “salad” made with our last carrots, celery, and radishes. Tomorrow we’ll refill our grocery stock at the 8:00 am grocery store “senior hour.”

Another Saturday hike

Our latest local family “walk-n-talk” (on Saturday, April 11, 2020) was at Joseph D Grant County Park in the foothills just below Mount Hamilton. As you can see, we were careful to maintain our physical distance, but we did bridge the communication divide. It was a pleasure to see everyone and catch up on the news!

Hiking with the Livengoods at Grant Park
Hiking with the Livengoods at Grant Park
California poppies at Grant Park
California poppies at Grant Park
White wildflowers at Grant Park
White wildflowers at Grant Park

Running at Shoreline

Dick at the Rengstorff House
Dick at the Rengstorff House

We try to run three times a week, and often use the exercise time as part of our “one trip out” per day. The day I took this photo we drove up Highway 101 to Shoreline Park. The road into the park was closed so people wouldn’t congregate in the parking lots, but we just parked outside and ran in – as far as the Rengstorff House (above). It was fun having the road to ourselves (and to see the other runners and walkers).

Family puzzles are a Livengood staple

Here’s a “Where’s Waldo?” puzzle that the Livengoods recently completed as a family. The puzzles are a staple for them over Christmas vacation and summer vacations – and now during “shelter-in-place.” Each puzzle  is harder than the last!

Where's Waldo puzzle
Where’s Waldo puzzle

Meet Skylar, the Blomquists’ new puppy

Who would take on a 6-month-old puppy in the middle of a pandemic?! Our Blomquist bunch are always open to new challenges! “Pillow-and-shoe-chewing” Skylar is now the subject of many photos and videos on the family message channel. We can’t wait to see her (and everyone else in the family, as well) in person (in “dog-son”?) which we cross our fingers will be possible in the summer or fall.

Skylar Blomquist
Skylar Blomquist