lens-artists photo challenge #123 – found in the neighbourhood

“We’re just being neighbourly. Everybody’s a neighbour.”
Larry Green

I brought Oscar (my camera) with me today when I walked up to the hospital this morning and take some new images for this post.

But when I step out on the street … I was met with the full ambulance crew and a medical officer car. The first responders were dressed in full PEE – it was like a horror movie.

They were collecting a COVID-19 patient for the building opposite mine.

I burst into tears … the reality was just there on my street. Even if my neighbour above and under me is in hospital care nearly 3 weeks, which I haven’t felt good about … but the sight I saw this morning with all the white-dressed medical staff with masks…

“Reality is crushing. The world is a wrong-sized shoe. How can anyone stand it?”
Jandy Nelson

I lost it … started to cry and Oscar stayed in the bag. Went to the hospital .. went home and I can’t say I feel great.

Three days ago 4 apartments were totally destroyed in a fire on my street. 3 fire brigades … 4 ambulances.

“The real world is where the monsters are.”
Rick Riordan

3 weeks ago the little convenient store just opposite my apartment building was rubbed under knife and pistol threat. They tried to cut the fingers of the owner because the thought he had a safe in the back office. They missed and cut his hand … he also got a deep cut in his arm.

So that is what I have found lately in my neighbourhood and I’m not feeling good about it.

So sorry, Ann Christine – that this post didn’t turn out is I had planned  … but I  have lost my footing.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Philip K. Dick

Lens-Artists Challenge #123 – Found in the Neighborhood

47 thoughts on “lens-artists photo challenge #123 – found in the neighbourhood

  1. Sweetheart, I don’t know what to say! I know how real Covid is because a friend is in hospital, very ill, and that absolutely brings it home to you. But the other things… the fire was an accident? It doesn’t sound safe out there, Vivi. This world can be terrible sometimes. Hugs don’t seem enough but they’re all I have.

    • Jo, my SweetPea, So sorry to read about your friend … so worrying. So far my friends are keeping fine. But that can change in a day. The fire … nothing yet about the cause, but 14 families are staying on hotel. Jo, where is it safe today???? Shit happens everywhere. Maybe I’m more aware of now … when nothing else is going on. But I’m doing fine now. BIGHUG!!!!

      • Mrs Badley … tears help. It truly does. I often cry in the shower … !!! Now there is light at the end of the tunnel, loads of vaccines are coming through. They say here that … we elderly will be done by the beginning of April. It’s a long time, but have I keep the mask on and keep a distance. DuvetHUG!!!!

  2. I’m so sorry to read this, Vivi, and like Jo, I wish I had something substantial to offer other than saying that your photos are beautiful. It’s certainly been a year we’ll all be happy to see in the rear view mirror.


    • Janet, I wanted to give the post some beauty .. because in all the problems is there a lot of beauty around and inside us. Thank you so much for your comfort and kind words, I hope I will be able to look in the “ahead mirror”. Soon.

  3. Viveka – what shall I say to make it go away…the pain. I really think you have got enough of trouble. Your neighbourhood is scary right now, and I wish I could make it go away. Hang on there, and stay safe. I know you will. Big hugs and just call me when you want to talk. ♥

    • A-C, thank you so much for the phone date yesterday. Just what I needed it. Miss you … and our adventures. Soon time to plan for Nice 2022!!!! *laughing I think Porto is going on ice too. Will talk to Lufthansa on Tuesday. No refund, but we can rebook. Today I have altered my neighbours curtains. Life is the right track again. Thanks for being you!!

  4. Viveka–I am both sorry and shaken by your post. The world is a mess. I wish I had a magic wand to make all the bad disappear. Stay safe and take care of yourself. Much love to you.

    • Loisa, it doesn’t matter where we live today … this is how it’s for most us at times. No escape from crime, accidents or virus. It just hit me that day … I wish I had a magic wand too. I would use it everyday, because everyday there is people on a tough journey. And I live in a country with freedom, I have a lovely home … I have friends, food and fresh water. There is more of us that doesn’t have it. Much love in return.

  5. Totally corny to say ‘It never rains but pours’ . Unfortunately ’tis often true . . . and living alone, as I well know, matters may become overwhelming for just a tad . . . Let logical thought and not emotion help you – this too will pass ! It is time to say ‘Yes, I can’ and be aware that is the truth . . . . biggest hug from a long way away . . .

    • Anne, I would love to have some fairy dust too and I would sprinkle it all over the world. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. I’m okay now … got distance to it all. Reality is tough on us … and there are they them that has so much worst.

  6. Don’t worry, life is always surprising us. You will be all right.

    Decided that tomorrow I will walk to the Catholic hospital on the hill, just behind my house, and take a picture of the banner someone put on the hillside: OUR HEROES.

    • Good for you, we have forgotten all our first responders now and they are still in a constant fight to safe us … with risk for their own lives. They do a remarkable job. You’re so right … I will and I’m right. I don’t have anything to complain about. Have a bed, roof over my head, food and fresh water … great health care. There is more of us that don’t have this.

  7. So sorry to read this Viveka, this is a time for your community to come together and support each other. Look where you can offer help and where you can find help when you need it. Sending hugs your way 💞💜💞

    • Thanks for your support … I’m sure there is support, I feel more sorry for those that lost their homes … my shop guy that got cut … and my poor neighbours that now is on the hospital. I’m home … I eat good … I have friend to talk too .. and my health is okay. So I’m really one of the lucky ones. Sending hugs back!!!!! *smile

    • Sue … distance is better than nothing. So let us keep that. I didn’t have a good day and I had such great plans for Oscar and me = Zero!!! Nada!!!
      There is always another day … and after rain comes sunshine. You take good care of yourself .. and keep safe. *love

  8. Great photos. I like the window shot. Interesting quote from Philip K. Dick, one of my favorite sci-fi authors. Be safe, stay well. We WILL get through this.

    • John, thanks for the cheering on .. yes, it wasn’t a great day I had, but those days comes and goes. It’s messy everywhere in the world. Yes, I know that there will be light in the tunnel … but not next week. You keep safe and healthy, please.

  9. Not the best of times here in Skåne just now. I have also been a bit off these past days.
    It seems COVID has reached our part of the world in full swing. We now have many cases here in Svalöv and the suited responders came for a neighbor just this past Monday. My wife has more than one confirmed case at her school and one of her team members is expected to test positive as she has another family member that has the bug.
    Hang in there, there will be another day for Oscar to have an outing…

    • Ron, yes … the reality is too close for comfort those days. We don’t have much of choice … more than to hang in there, try to live with it and around it. Glad I don’t live in the US – talk about carry-on on all levels, so there is always those that have it worst than us. You tell your wife to keep herself safe. Because nobody else does. I wish you both a pleasant weekend.

      • I do not know how much positive vibes across land and sea can help – you both have all my thoughts and prayers . . . this will end like any war has and does . . . just let the costs not be too high . . . . hugs galore . . .

      • Eha, thank you so much … I feel a lot better, really it was only that day when everything was just enough. The thing is that we all have the same anime in this war and we all winning yet. You stay safe.

      • Thanks, Viveka. The weekend thus far has been good, although wet as I’m sure it has been for you. We think it’s only a matter of time until the gymnasium here goes to digital learning again. Which is ok with me. Enjoy our hopefully partly cloudy Sunday.

      • Ron, we had a fantastic day here today, against all odds. Sunshine the whole day, so I have helped my neighbour with altering her Christmas curtains. Loads of material, not finished yet. Have a great week. If it carries on like this .. loads of things will change rapidly. Going to cancel our booking to Porto for Christmas. Can’t get refunds, but we can book something for 2021 instead. What a carry on.

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