The Oval to the South by taffy

The Oval to the South

Getting back into posting and commenting after a hard few days. Jim's doctors told him he could not do the long haul flights to Patagonia without having the procedure he needs to repair the second blocked artery. We initially thought we could go, but they made the final decision early this week and it was 'no go.' On a better note, my mom, at 97, is continuing to improve after her fall, able to stand and walk a little with a walker. She's still in the rehab facility and now no visitors are allowed, so that's hard. And in the dense city here, we are following recommendations for 'voluntary social isolation' so fairly home-bound. It was a treat to go to our friends for dinner tonight, 6 floors below and on the other end of the building. No hugs, only elbow bumps, but nice to get together. This is their view, facing south.
Wishing everyone stays safe and healthy in these rather frightening times.
sorry about your trip to Patagonia but happy to hear that your Mom is doing well. very trying times ahead for all of us, all we can do is stick to the recommendations and hope our families and friends will not be affected in any way. a beautiful capture of this magnificent tower.
March 14th, 2020  
The shapes of the buildings in Chicago have such great variety..nice blue hour colors
March 14th, 2020  
I like the shape of that tall building. Sorry to hear you had to cancel your trip and this virus keeps you away from your Mum
March 14th, 2020  
this image is something else - I can't imagine a city like this (guess I'm a country yokel after all!) sorry the news would be hard for you all
March 14th, 2020  
Another great shot of your city. sorry to hear about hubby, hope he gets better soon.
March 14th, 2020  
What a view!! Stsy safe and healthy
March 14th, 2020  
Hope you dh gets the procedure he needs. Wonderful capture
March 14th, 2020  
I just can't get these elbow bumps - its vaguely aggressive. Never mind as long as it works! Nice to have the familiarity of one building!
March 14th, 2020  
super fab, great sense of scale
March 14th, 2020  
Great view! Sorry for the missed trip and all the more for the reasons of the no-go decision. Dire Times, however. Better stay safe!
March 14th, 2020  
ugh so sorry to hear about jim, but good that your mother is doing well. very strange times for us all ... stunning images like this, meanwhile, can brighten our days :)
March 14th, 2020  
Wishing Jim all the best with his further treatments. It is hard with the isolation issues going on globally, particularly when you have older relatives who are less than 100% healthwise. I have the same concerns here. Photography becomes a wonderful gift of the outside brought indoors at such home-bound times. This is a beauty. Loving all the colours and reflections. Sending love to you and yours from my corner of England.
March 14th, 2020  
Great views , but sorry to hear your missed holidays and wishing Jim well with any further treatment , and your Mum doing so well at the tender age of 97 . This global pandemic is a worry for us all - stay safe ! :)
March 14th, 2020  
I'm very sorry that your trip has to be cancelled. But I wish Jim that all further treatment goes well and he recovers to full health quickly. All the best also for your mum. I do understand how it feels not be able to visite, as we have the same with my MIL, who is not doing well healthwise. Keep strong and healty. All the best for you. Hugs. And not only btw, this is a wonderful photo, love all those sparkly reflections and colours.
March 14th, 2020  
Beautiful view and image.
Sorry to hear about your trip, but may be the wisest decision with everything going on at the moment.
March 14th, 2020  
Gorgeous image - shame about your trip being cancelled. Such uncertain times and worse to come I think
March 14th, 2020  
A fav. I love the colors and lights.
March 14th, 2020  
You have captured the view beautifully. Travel is such a concern at the moment. We're supposed to be going to Africa at the end of May. The travel company announced today that it has cancelled all of its trips (worldwide) until the end of April. Who knows what will happen after that.
March 14th, 2020  
Wishing your husband and mother the best. Stay safe, wash your hands:) Really gorgeous image!
March 14th, 2020  
Beautiful shot and I hope you family members will be well.
March 14th, 2020  
Wow...What a sensational image
March 14th, 2020  
Stunning shot. Sorry to hear of your troubles, no voluntary isolation here, Yet, that is.
March 14th, 2020  
Great nighttime capture. Hope you keep well, and your family get well soon
March 14th, 2020  
Love it. Great blue hour shot. Sorry to hear about your trip.
March 14th, 2020  
What a great view, and you have captured it perfectly. Cant help thinking that the fear of the virus is causing more disruption than the symptoms!
March 14th, 2020  
I'm so sorry to hear about your worries and your cancelled trip. And it's a very stressful time around the world for so many people self-isolating- but it did allow you to take this great shot from a different viewpoint. That main building is amazing. :)
March 14th, 2020  
It's tough to make those decisions but in the end having your health and being together is the most important. You can always take a trip when Jim is better and travel bans are lifted. It would be more difficult if you were traveling and he got worse. But at least you were able to capture this spectacular view from your friends' place. Wow the colors are stunning!
March 14th, 2020  
Wonderful shot
March 14th, 2020  
Simply stunning
March 14th, 2020  
What a stunning shot!!
March 14th, 2020  
Wonderful shot! Fav. So sorry for your family illnesses and cancelled trip--as if the coronavirus were not enough to deal with.
March 15th, 2020  
Sorry for Jim’s situation! Hopefully he can have the procedure and your trip will be back on track.And God bless your Mom at 97! My mom is 88. Oh and this image is just fabulous!
March 15th, 2020  
Spectacular image Taffy! Best wishes to you and Jim. Hopefully times will improve soon.
March 15th, 2020  
@shepherdman I certainly hope you are right! But it's not looking that way here at the moment.
March 15th, 2020  
Belatedly checking in... First, what a gorgeous urban blue hour shot! That tiny star in the blue sky is lovely. Next, so very sorry to hear about Jim and the "wave-off" for your trip, although good to learn that your mom is on the mend(ish). We are also having a "no visit" policy for our oldsters at the home. I am keeping you and Jim in my thoughts.
March 15th, 2020  
@taffy Just catching up Taffy and am so upset for you with the news about Jim’s health. I hope he gets sorted quickly. Sad about the holiday but best for him I think as it would be awful to be really ill so far from home! More positive news about your mom but again so sad she cannot be visited! What scary times we are facing! My nephew was due to fly to Chicago in the next few weeks and he and his wife were going to drive Route 66. Lots of planning over the last year. Now no flights from UK to the US! Here there is panic buying everywhere- what is it with the toilet rolls?
Barb and I vacating our house next Friday 20th until 12th June - going to Devon. The fight with insurance to cover rentals continues and I am waiting for news on the quote for work to be done. It’s a nightmare and I cannot wait to escape! Hoping nothing happens here before Friday to stop us!
Love your photo of course- fabulous view! Big hugs to you and Jim - stay safe! Xx
March 15th, 2020  
Honestly I doubt you could have gone to Patagonia anyway with the flight restrictions getting tighter every day. When will Jim have the next surgery? Are the doctors waiting for a couple of months because of COVID-19? If your mother has an iPhone or if a nurse does, or an iPad, you can FaceTime her. I taught a nurse how to FaceTime at my friend’s father’s assisted living center just yesterday. My friend cried after she talked to him, it’s such a great way to stay in touch with our elderly parents. This is an exquisite Chicago image.
March 15th, 2020  
It's a shame about the trip but hopefully Jim will get his operation and remain fit again. Like others have said, flights etc. are being cancelled so you probably wouldn't have been able to go anyway. Stay safe both of you. Fantastic view from your friend's apartment Fav
March 15th, 2020  
Amazing photo with the pov and light trails! All good thoughts on health for you and yours.
March 15th, 2020  
You always do the best cityscape shots. Also, ya, these times suck right now.
March 15th, 2020  
@casablanca You are so right re photography during these times. I've just gotten out my 'toys' and started thinking about the various themes. It's a way to stay connected to the outside world, isn't it?
March 16th, 2020  
@louannwarren Thanks for your interest. He is meeting with the cardiologist on Tuesday afternoon so we should know more then. I wonder if we had gone if we'd be able to get back! With my mom -- we are using FaceTime when a nurse is there to help her answer, but she on her own struggles with it. Still, we are optimistic that she may be able to get back to her apartment in the senior care home, as long as we have at home care set up for her. Fingers crossed! Again, thanks!
March 16th, 2020  
@pamknowler Our state governor just closed all restaurants, bars, and similar settings as of midnight tonight. It was incredible to see the crowds gathering for St Patrick's Day activities, despite being told to avoid close contact. So your nephew is just as well off or better cancelling at this point. I hope your time in Devon is smooth and the insurance folks come through!
March 16th, 2020  
I had not seen your pictures for a while. This is breathtaking. Fav
Regarding the rest I’m sorry to hear that you cannot travel as planned, but Jim will be fine after his second procedure. If I can give an advice from a land swept up by the Covid, have the procedure done ASAP. When and if the epidemics will arrive (and I hope it will not arrive) there will be no space for anything else. That’s what ‘s happening here. Only COVID Covid Covid.
March 16th, 2020  
What a great view. I always love your cityscapes. It's probably for the best that your vacation was canceled but still sad. Glad your mom is improving each day and hope that Jim's procedure will happen quickly if necessary to put your mind at ease. Stay safe
March 16th, 2020  
@caterina Thank you, Catarina, for your thoughtful comment. I appreciate it. Jim's likely to know more about his options after his appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow. Obviously, weighing his health and the current situation in hospitals. We're hopeful with a simple procedure, he'd be able to have it done soon and be home again quickly. I'm not allowed to go with him to the appointment, nor be anywhere in the hospital during surgery and followup, so it's quite unnerving to think of him being away while we should be in social isolation/distancing. Cases doubled this weekend in Chicago. Schools, restaurants, bars, many shops are all closed. And now it's snowing of all things!
March 16th, 2020  
Hard to believe things have changed so much in a few weeks. Pier and I were talking about going somewhere nice when the epidemics exploded in China. Who knows if we'll ever be able to come to Chicago? it was another of our projects. All my best to you and Jim whom perhaps we'll get to know one day. #Tutto andrà bene
March 16th, 2020  
I think such dinners are what's going to keep us all sane through this isolation. Sorry about your patagonia trip. We too have lost travel plans for 10 days time... very frustrated!
March 17th, 2020  
Wow what a view!
So sorry to hear about your cancelled travel plans, and wishing your husband a speedy recovery!
March 17th, 2020  
fabulous intensity of reflections in that building. Sorry to read your circumstances - and your curtailed travel plans. I do hope Jim will get the medical attention he needs and be well again. Such madness with this pandemic. Everyone in the world affected. Wishing you all the very best - stay well.
March 18th, 2020  
AS wonderful image,and view. Glad to hear your mother is doing
better and hope Jim gets better and you can travel once again
March 19th, 2020  
I wish to you and yours good health and all the best.
March 21st, 2020  
Congrats on TT :)
March 21st, 2020  
Congratulations on TT.
March 24th, 2020  
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