Views of the Neighborhood – Bike Ride

Views of the Neighborhood

Here I am on my bike. This is my only outside event so, I thought I would record some of the more unusual things seen while riding the neighborhood.

Views of the Neighborhood

Yes, that house and Jeep are purple. You can’t really see them, but there are purple lights around the tree as well.

“Trash day? Sure, toss that double sink. I’d rather use a bucket now that we are going third world.”

“Hey, dear. Where’s my office chair?”  “I isolated it for your protection.”

“Just your ordinary deer in your ordinary yard.”

This old Jeep has to be a point of irritation in this house. Maybe some dirt and flowers would help.

New driveway and sod.

Never see a Pittsburgh Steelers sticker around here, so I had to take this one. Go Steelers.

A terrific armadillo mailbox decoration.

The murdered Crape Myrtle is coming to life.

Here is a yard wholly surrounded by cut firewood. Talk about stockpiling and expensive fencing.

Some napping flamingos

For the life of me, I have to wonder what a pig means to these folks.

Our final shot is a cement deer. This buck is very handsome and poses nicely for the photo.

So don’t ask what I’m going to do next week. I’ll just have to take it as it comes. Thanks for coming along. Have a great week.

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  1. Looks like some of your neighbors are doing a little spring cleaning. Funny, there’s a house several miles from us that’s purple. I’ve never seen a car outside, but all of their potted plants are in purple containers and the child’s bike is purple also. Down the road from them is a pink house. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your outing…I enjoyed the photos. Have a great Sunday! ❤

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    1. I guess people find different ways to express themselves. I would be worried about resale but that’s me. Have a great Sunday too, Jill.

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      1. Yeah, I can’t say I’d ever be in the market for a purple house. 🙂

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      2. I know right? Paint job right up fromt. (paid by the sellers) 😁

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  2. Thanks for sharing your bike ride adventure in your neighbourhood, enjoyable 😀

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    1. Thak you, Ally. NIce to have you come along. Here have a water. (I would offer a margarita but there has been a run on key limes.)

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      1. Thanks John. A Gin and Tonic would have be nice but there’s been a run on tonic, soda and mineral waters …..couldn’t even buy a bottle of Creaming Soda…the world’s gone mad .

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      2. I have tonic and gin. Here you go. Shweppes and Tanqueray No. Ten.

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      3. Many thanks 😋

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  3. I enjoyed the walk, John as I haven’t been outside in days.
    One question though, where are all the people?

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    1. The people are in those houses. There are some walkers but not too many. I think people here are taking ‘shelter in place’ seriously. Getting out for a few minutes is a good thing.

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      1. They are talking curfew now…

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      2. I’m in favor.

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      3. It would seem to be the only way!

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  4. I love that armadillo! And that purple house with a matching car is something else. Enjoy your day.

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    1. The house is something. They have a special license plate on the car too. Can’t share it but announces that the occupants are into scary stuff. Thank you, Darlene.

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    LOL “napping flamingos?” 😀 Thank you for the morning delight. ♥

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    1. Thank you for coming along. Have a super Sunday, Gwen.😊

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  6. Seems to always be that same kind of office chair being thrown out. Once spring hits, I always see one on the curb at some point.

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    1. This one looked really worn. I think it was time.

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  7. It’s good to take a bike ride around the neighborhood every once in a while. I notice much more than when I’m in the car. I enjoyed your neighborhood sights. I’ll bet you could get a good stream-of-consciousness story from that pig atop the mailbox.

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    1. What is up with that anyway? Thanks, Liz.

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  8. Thanks for bringing us along, John. Always good to find a member of Steelers Nation, especially in the land of Texans and Cowboys fans. Big Ben says he’s throwing without pain for the first time in years. Hope springs eternal.

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    1. I would like to see just one more Big Ben season. Of course, given the Covid Crap, it might not be until 2022.

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      1. Maybe it’s spring fever without anything to watch, but ?I feel good about the Steelers this year. We were planning to head to Pittsburgh for a game. I hope we still have the chance and that it’s safe to take that chance.

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      2. I hope the season is still on.If not we are in more trouble than we think.

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  9. What a collection of treats — especially that armadillo, and the napping flamingos.Your ride reminded me of a guy in New York (Brooklyn, maybe) who wrote several years ago about his ‘block-a-thon.’ Unable to run a marathon because of injury, he measured the distance around his block, and walked around it enough times to cover the distance. What surprised him was how different each walk was. Who knows? Maybe that purple house will turn green!

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    1. We used to remark how different the beach looked each day on our walks. Thanks for th estory, Linda. By the way,in my post I had mislabeled the Crape Myrtle as a Mountain Laural. Totally lost my head on that one. I really do know the difference. I did correct it.

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  10. Glad you are getting out for some fresh air, John! Perhaps a solitary hike in one of your beautiful parks next?

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    1. That could well be, Lori. Thanks for the suggestion. 😁

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  11. Thanks for taking us along on your bike ride, John. Was quite enjoyable. Purple everything is not for the faint of heart. And maybe they just like pigs? They are cute when they are small…

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    1. I guess everything is cute when it is small, Dale. I could see a little piglet. In fact that is one of Twiggy’s nicknames. Thanks for riding along.

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      1. This is true… probably why our kids are so cute – to prevent us from eating them when they breathe our air… 😉
        Of course it is one of Twiggy’s nicknames!

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  12. Don’t worry about next week, John — this week was a hoot! I needed a laugh this morning, too. Those napping flamingos, the matching purple Jeep and house, the stuff tossed out with the trash — and your delightful comments — made me grin. I’m guessing you had to stop each time you wanted to take a photo, right (that, or you’re way more gifted than I am!)

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    1. No. I kept riding. My iPhone is a mircle that way

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      1. Impressive!!

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  13. Thanks for the ride! Love your neighborhood and the watchful creatures in the yards. No people though. It’s eerie, isn’t it?

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Susie.

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  14. Ha-ha-ha, dear John! You area has a good sense of humour! The cement deer seems odd…as there are so many real ones around. 🙂

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    1. I think the same thing, Maria. Very strange. 😁

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      1. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  15. I wish we had a trash day here, too.
    Stay well and healthy,
    Pit

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    1. You as well, Pit. What do you do with trash?

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  16. What an eclectic neighborhood. The double sink looks like it’s fine to me, but the office chair has seen better days. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I agree. That chair loks long in the tooth.

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  17. Oh, John, you are so funny. People in your area live in houses with bathrooms – definitely not third world even without a double sink. Great shots especially of the purple loving family.

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    1. Thanks Robbie. My rif was on the fact that we can’t congragate and the stores are empty (third world conditions) What can be more first world than throwing out a double sink? 😂

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      1. Interestingly enough, the very strong sense of community among our black African people is a problem at the moment because they don’t live individually like we do. They are very communal and this isolation is almost impossible for them due to cultural, family and religious influences.

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      2. I can imagine it is very difficult for them. This is why these human to human communicable diseases are so frightening. Thanks, Robbie.

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  18. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I enjoyed your bike tour. I like the purple theme at the one house:)

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    1. yes and it has little windmills with skulls in the center.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        🙂

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  19. Tell those people with the jeep to check out my post about restoring WWII accurately! Restored jeeps are starting at 22,000 and do-it-yourself’ers start at around 5,000.

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    1. The Jeep was missing on my ride today. I think maybe it is a victim of too many arguments.

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  20. We put two plastic deer in our yard at Christmas one year in CO. They almost caused accidents as people stopped abruptly to see them. We still have them in the garage. Here in WY they’d probably be shot at.

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    1. I’m surprised the cement deer doesn’t have a few bullet marks.

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  21. The funny thing about fake deer being in our yard in CO is that we regularly had real deer families in our yard. It was so wonderful to see them up close.

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    1. Yes we do as well. I don’t really get the cement deer.

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      1. It looks fake, so me either. But preferable to a head on the wall

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      2. Yes, so much better.

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  22. I love your ‘hood! I likely would have snatched the office chair, for it is in much better shape than mine. Love the live deer who obviously had the good taste to avoid the purple house! Hope you enjoyed your ride!

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Jill.

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  23. Thanks for the fun bike tour, John. I have to love the audacity of someone who would have a purple *Jeep* — not just a car, but a Jeep. A purple house too. Respect. But now I want to surveil the house to learn whether they also have purple hair. If they don’t, then please get them some purple hair dye. They just aren’t complete. 😀 Hugs on the (purple) wing.

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    1. Hahaha. So true, Teagan.

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  24. I love the armadillo mailbox and the all purple house with matching Jeep. As for all that firewood, I guess you could say they . . . wait for it . . . cut the cords.

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      1. I’ll be here all week!

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  25. I don’t know what to do with other trash than what goes in the trash can. Maybe take it to the landfill ourselves? So far, we have only had to get rid of an old office chair. We left that curbside with a sign “for free”. and in less than an hour it was gone.

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    1. We have up till now extensive pick up. You name it and they wouldpick it up. With the Covid-19 possibility of causing manpower shortages the city advised that only what goes in the can will be collected. No leaves, yard waste or anything outside the cans.

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      1. Besides trash can pick-up once a week, there’s only leaf collection at certain times of the year and also, but more rarely, collection of cut-down branches.

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      2. Yes. Pretty much the same everywhere. I was quite surprised whan we moved here at the items that could be put on the curb.

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      3. Good for you! 🙂

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  26. John, this was a delight. I loved the views of the neighborhood. With all the crap going on in the world, this brought me a smile. My favorite was the “napping flamingos.” Thanks for the ride along. Stay safe and well!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Mae.

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  27. I like the drunken flamingoes.

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    1. They certanly look that way.

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  28. I love the armadillo! You know you’re down south when… lol

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    1. So true. Thanks, Jacquie

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  29. I liked the pictures of your neighborhood, John. Happy bike riding. I’m beginning to see articles about things to do inside. They’ll no doubt continue. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. I’m sure they will, Suzanne. Thanks.

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  30. I love purple, but not sure if I’d want my house that color. Our crepe myrtles still look murdered. Just yesterday, I was thinking about getting our bikes out again. You’ve inspired me, John.

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    1. Glad to be of service, Teri. 😁

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  31. Glad you could get outside. We’re still allowed outside for exercise. Hope that doesn’t change. I like these pictures, John. That firewood house is something! Do they use a wood-burning stove? Your mailbox pics remind me how we need a new one 🙂

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    1. I don’t know if they have a woodburner or not. The wood looks like it has been there for a while.

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      1. Well they are all set for it if they need it!

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      2. Yes they are. And there is plenty of wood should a wildfire come a calling.

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  32. The buck stopped there, then?

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    1. Hahahahah. Good one.

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  33. Thanks for the neighborhood tour, John. The pink flamingos taking a nap are my favorites. Then there’s the purple house. One can only speculate how s/he talked him/her into it. Glad the murdered crepe myrtle isn’t murdered after all. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you liked them. I go by them each day and have to wonder what they are doing there. If they were standing up I think I would understand. 😁

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  34. Thanks for taking us along with you. I’d love to see that Crape Myrtle when it blooms.

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    1. I’ll get the shot. Michelle. Thanks.

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  35. I enjoyed the tour and comments (editorial comments). Are you around the Cleveland area?

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    1. We are in the Austin Texas area. Glad you liked it, Steve.

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