May 25, 2020

Social Distancing in Small Groups

Social Distancing in Small Groups
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for May 25, 2020

Minnesota partially re-opened last week with Governor Walz allowing citizens to start gathering again in groups of 10 or less.  We took advantage of the new rules and started hanging out with good friends again including Ron & Sue Korkowski who invited us over for some cocktails by the pool.  Which is much better than how we had been doing it the previous couple of months which was cocktails by ourselves.

We had an extremely bizarre incident happen while driving on the street in front of our house.  We had just started driving when we suddenly heard a loud bang that was obviously something hitting our car at a high velocity.  We stopped and I jumped out of the car to look around to see if someone threw something at us, but there was nobody around.  I then looked at my car and saw this big splotch spread over the door-handle.  I couldn't figure out what it was, but I started to suspect it looked like scales from a fish.

I then looked in the yard on the side of the road and found this fish lying only a couple feet away.  We are pretty sure a bald eagle had just grabbed him out of the lake and was flying high overhead when something spooked him and he dropped it down on us.  Pretty incredible timing for something like to happen.

Luckily, our fish drop incident didn't keep us from participating in a drive-by birthday party for Jacob Korkowski.  Grace and Sue were out front and center directing traffic as friends drove by to wish him a happy 16th birthday.  It was a very nice event.

Ted and Marcia bought a new boat the end of last year and we'd been trying to find a time to go for a ride so I could see it.  We figured no better time than the present!  They are very concerned about the whole 6 feet of social distancing rules so they rode around like this the whole time so they didn't get too close to each other.

On Saturday, it was rainy and cold for much of the day, but the sun finally started peeking out in late afternoon.  We thought it would be a good time to take our boat out for a spin.  Blue thought it was a pretty good idea also.

The nesting activity in Mud Bay was in full force and we saw this blue heron sitting above everyone else giving orders.  

Miss Sheri is always excited to see all the critters out in full force on the lake.

Mommy Duck....Doot Doot, Doot Doot.

Daddy Goose....Doot Doot, Doot Doot.

On Sunday night, we were invited to a social distancing bonfire with our old buddies, Karl & Tina Zitzewitz.  It was so good catching up with them on all the stories we haven't had a chance to share over the past couple of months.  Hopefully, things will continue going well so we can get rid of all the rest of the restrictions we have remaining!

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