Lens Artists Challenge # 124: Now and Then

Now that we are staying at home most of the time due to the pandemic, I often think about our different lifestyles now versus then.

Before the pandemic, we traveled whenever we could. Once back from our trip, hubby took care of the after-trip stuff and worked on the next trip. I’d spend most of my time downloading, deleting, and organizing photos, and making/scheduling posts. Now, we take our daily walk around the neighborhood or to local parks, and sometimes take a field trip.

A young deer in the woods. 🙂

Then, we made friends when we traveled. Now, I am making friends in our neighborhood through chatting, texting, and Facetime as I mentioned in my previous post–“Found Friends in Neighborhood”.

Then, hubby and I depended on the Internet mostly to get travel information and to book flights/hotels. Now, I surf Google to find movies and reading material and to learn new skills and knowledge. The fun part is that we often share and take time to discuss our findings. The other day, as I was learning color mixing, hubby took time to explain about Newton’s Color Theory.

Then, we tried international cuisines in different parts of the world as we traveled. Last year when we went to Japan for the second time, hubby spent days researching Japanese food and studying restaurant reviews. He then made a daily savory list based on each restaurant’s speciality. Now, I learn to cook various foods with different flavors and spend part of my day planning and preparing our meals.

Kyoto, Japan

Our daughter got us a puppy, she even trained the puppy before she brought him to us. She said that the puppy was a toy dog, so he would be a friendly companion during the pandemic. Now, the puppy is 6 months old and keeps us busy throughout the day. He makes funy noises to let us know it’s time to take his morning and evening walks and which treats he likes the best; he barks when it’s time to sunbathe. He decides where he wants to take a nap on the couch, chair, or his daybed. I feel we both are under puppy’s training. 🙂

For our challenge this week we’d like you to tell us about your perspective on now vs then – it could be before and after the pandemic or any other changes you have experienced. As always, we look forward to seeing your responses. Please remember to link here and to use the Lens-Artists tag to help us find you. As always we thank you for your support.

Ann-Christine’s “Found in the Neighborhood” theme was fun and special. She gave us a chance to discover in our neighborhood. It was such a treat to walk with you and visit the place that means so much to you. Thank you!

Have you seen these:

Sandy’s marvelous bird portraits

Anne’s lovely selections of  flowers, wild turkey, and mushrooms

Teresa take us on a walk in her very own lovely neighbourhood.

Aletta takes us to Langebaan. A beautiful town in the Western Cape province of South Africa 

Tina will host for Challenge #125 on November 28th, be sure to visit her site.

This year’s Thanksgiving will be different for many of us. Wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a safe week.

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