by Maggie Sefton
Hello, Everyone. By the time you read this blog today, Tuesday, May 12th,
I'll either be driving from the peaceful countryside near the Potomac River to Dulles Airport in Northern VA---or already on the airplane---or back in Fort Collins, Colorado.
It's been a peaceful Spring trip back to my old hometown area of Northern Virginia. I visited with old friends I grew up with in Arlington, VA, attended the Malice Domestic mystery conference in Washington, DC, and drove down to the river house an hour and a half from the Northern VA/DC/Suburban Maryland Metro Madness. Here---in the midst of blooming azaleas and dogwood trees and other flowering bushes---I'm surrounded by woods and trees (but have wonderful neighbors just across the large grassy yards). Early this evening I walked from my back door into the wide yard that stretches back to the woods and frightened a mother deer and her fawn. Early evening grazing.
It's been a wonderful spot to recuperate from the Nasty Flu Virus I caught earlier last week. Conferences are full of people, so it's a safe bet there're a few who are catching something and
inadvertently spreading it around.
Who would have thought that Flu viruses would still be going around in early May? And yet, all the staff at the two urgent care and/or ER medical clinics I visited last week (I told you it was a Nasty Flu) confirmed that the Flu bug was "going around." Curses!
Meanwhile----enjoy the above photo of another azalea bush along the side porch of the river house. This is the first time I'd seen the pink and white azalea bush bloom. :)