Good News! I’ve Been Granted Parole. Possibly.

Most of you have heard me mention that I’ve been on “house arrest,” via my doctor’s orders since Valentine’s Day, or thereabouts. Seven months of staying home. All day. Every day. (I’m in triple high risk group for that wretched virus I can’t even stand to see the name of anymore.) Well, the good news is, it’s just possible I might be able to get out of jail now and then, starting very soon! And I just have to share the news with you, especially if you live in central Florida.

DeBary Hall Historic Site

My two main venues for my wildlife talks are the Enterprise Museum and DeBary Hall Historic Manor. DeBary Hall called me recently to let me know they’d been given permission to start programs up again, under strict health guidelines. They have two fairly large areas wherein social distancing can be maintained pretty easily, and after chatting with the program director, I decided it sounded doable. Therefore, if the situation remains stable, I have agreed to give a program on Sunday, October 11, at 1:00, in the converted stable area. (A great place to do larger presentations.)

By request, I’ll be speaking about Central Florida’s Fabulous Snakes, one of my most popular subjects.Β  This talk is always a lot of fun, and is NOT intended to convince anyone they should enjoy snakes as much as I do. Rather, the most important aspect of the talk is to share the very easiest ways to identify the few snakes that might be harmful. (Hint. It doesn’t involve poetry, which nobody can ever remember correctly anyway. And it doesn’t involve very many species of snakes, either, because we don’t have that many in central Florida that can cause bodily harm.)

At some point, I will do a condensed version of the slide show here as part of #WildlifeWednesday, but today, I just wanted to say how grateful and happy I am to be looking forward to giving a talk again. Before things went haywire, I had 25 programs scheduled this year. I got to give ONE talk, and then everything shut down. So this is something I’m super excited to be planning on, if all goes well.Β  And barring any hitches, I’ll have have a November and a December program at the Hall, too. (Enterprise Museum is a much smaller venue and is tentatively thinking about an outdoor event in late November, but more on that another day.)

If you live in this area, I hope you’ll consider joining us for this talk. Due to the safety restrictions, it’s reservations-only, limited to 15 attendees. (Chairs will be spaced at least 6′ apart, etc.) If interested, call 386-668-3840.Β 

And if you don’t live here, but would like to learn a bit about this subject, stay tuned. As I mentioned, I will definitely be including this one in my future posts.

See You Then, One Place or the Other!

51 thoughts on “Good News! I’ve Been Granted Parole. Possibly.

  1. CONGRATULATIONS, MARCIA – but I advise you to be extremely cautious and avoid people who are not observing social distancing, wearing face coverings, etc. The whole UK is back in semi-lockdown, starting today, because the virus spread is rising rapidly again (also Spain and France) πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—

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    • Thanks, Chris!

      I’m watching everything that’s going on, Chris, but very good advice. I won’t forget. They are asking everyone to wear a mask, and the room is very big. I will be in the front, far enough away to be safe, I hope. And sadly, there will be NO hugging. *sigh* That’s one of my favorite things in the world, and some of these good folks have become real friends, though I meet new people at each event, too.

      I will have a 55-gallon drum of sanitizer right by the lectern, so I can do a full body dip, if need be. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Seriously, if things start heading south again here, we will postpone. I’m not going to have stayed home seven freakin’ months and THEN get sick anyway. 😯

      And please take care over there, too. We can’t have our most beloved Ape getting sick, either! So stay safe, and stay well, my friend! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Olga. And I will be watching very, very closely. As will the folks at the Hall. They’ve already been told if things begin to escalate they will go back on lockdown, and that’s what I would do, as well. Fingers crossed, it continues to improve slowly. πŸ™‚

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  2. I’m dead chuffed, too, Marcia! Great news (as long as you promise to keep safe). The way your words sparkle on the page gives me an idea as to how brilliantly you must come across in a live presentation. Sadly, I won’t be crossing the pond just yet to enjoy the experience for myself and so I’m counting on you to take some pics to show afterwards. ❀

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    • Oh, how I wish I could look out across the room and see your smiling face in the crowd, Trish! That would be SO much fun. I like to think folks enjoy my talks. (I can’t imagine any other reason they’d keep coming back. I mean it’s not like the have to attend the talks in order to get a good grade somewhere, or anything.) But I try to make them equal parts entertaining and informative. And if I don’t hear people laughing fairly often, I know I’m not doing my job well.

      I promise I will take the utmost care, and will even cancel if things look too shaky. But I’m truly hoping all goes well. I NEED this!!! πŸ˜€ I never see another face day or night, week after week, but my husband’s when he gets home from work. He eats his dinner and collapses on the couch, and that’s my social interaction for the day. 😦 But again, I won’t be foolish. (About my health, at least! πŸ˜€ )

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    • I have been losing my MIND, Jeanne! (Not that it will be a great loss to the world at large, but I’LL miss it terribly!) πŸ˜€ Thanks for youf congrats. I’m counting the days (and watching the local stats), hoping this will come to fruition soon! πŸ˜€

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  3. Wonderful good news, Marcia. You could get out a little bit. Have fun with your presentations.

    We haven’t been to any public places except for some quick shopping with caution. We wear masks and gloves. When I went to see my granddaughters, I got premium seats so I didn’t have to pass by many passengers. I haven’t taken a taxi or Lyft yet. From my house to my daughter’s house, I only went through the airport and plane.

    Take care and stay safe!

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    • Thank you, Miriam. I’m glad you found a way to visit family. I haven’t seen my kids or grandkids since last holiday season. 😦 I’m very lucky that my daughter likes to video chat, and my little grandkids love to call Granny. But a HUG would be wonderful!

      I promise I’ll do everything possible to stay safe! (I might even chicken out at the last minute if anything looks questionable. But hopefully, it will be a GO!)

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      • I told my daughter that I would book the trip and might cancel it in the last minute. But I made one trip. I cancelled one trip due to the fires on the west coast. The air quality was hazardous. I postponed the trip but booked it. Will be careful.

        I think you’re doing find being careful! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Mary. I’m SO looking forward to this, and hoping it will actually happen. I’ll be careful, though. I want to make that trip to Scotland one day when we are both healthy and happy, and I can give you a hug around the neck! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  4. I’m glad to hear you’re going to regain a little of your freedom, but as others have said – be ultra careful. Yes, we are back in semi-lockdown in Scotland, even more stringent rules than the rest of the UK, and it’s so frustrating because it’s down to the few who don’t obey the rules, and I doubt they will start now 😦
    Take care and enjoy.

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    • Everything about this pandemic is frustrating, for sure. Not the least of which has been the sense of being trapped at home. Now, I can do the hermit thing pretty easily, and often look around and realize I haven’t been outside in two weeks. But doing it because I feel like it is not the same as being forced to do it. 😦 I can’t wait to get out and enjoy seeing some old friends and new mask to mask. πŸ˜‰ However, if it seems “iffy” to me for any reason, I will cancel the event. And I will NOT take chances. I will even have extra masks on hand should anyone arrive without one. I’m not ready to take any risks, yet.

      And I’ve been following the news about cases in your part of the world, too. I wish with all my heart it would go away and leave you guys (and us over here) ALONE. Please stay safe!! πŸ™‚ And thanks for stopping by. ❀

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        • I’ve been thinking about one of those, too, but I have only gone out about 4 times over the entire 7 months, and mostly to doctor’s offices. ONCE I made it to Publix, I think, about 2 weeks ago. However, I was considering getting a shield for this presentation. I’m going to be positioned well away from the audience, in the front of the room, with a microphone to help make up for not being as close as I usually am. (I like to walk around, and answer questions one on one when they come up.) I doubt I will need to wear a mask at that distance, but still, it’s kind of scary not to. A shield might be a good way to go. (The steaming up of the glasses and the fact that they are HOT really makes me hate masks.)

          Thanks for the suggestion and the link. Gonna check it out and decide between now and then. And good for you for taking plenty of precautions! Stay safe!!!! πŸ™‚ ❀

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          • OKay, I just checked out those shields and I’ve never seen that kind before. It says they will work with glasses, but I’m wondering how. I not only have glasses I have hearing aids behind each ear, and it’s a tight fit already. Have you tried yours yet? Would definitely be interested in firsthand information. πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing the link, too. SO much smaller and more comfortable looking than the great big ones I’ve seen, which look like something blowtorch workers would use. 😯 πŸ˜€


    • Thanks, Priscilla! Even a severely restricted taste of it will be great, if all goes well, and we get to do this. I had four people (out of a strict 15 person limit) sign up the first day, and if that’s all that come, I’ll still be happy to talk to them. Fingers crossed it will work out! πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Harmony. If nothing changes to prevent us from doing this, I think the set up will let us do so in a safe way, and hopefully, have a lot of fun! I’ve missed doing these events so much! Really happy to have this coming up! πŸ™‚

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  5. I positively love that slide from your presentation. How clever! πŸ™‚

    Congrats to you on being sprung. I know how much you love giving these presentations and sharing your love and knowledge of Florida wildlife. Wishing you a great presentation and many more to come!

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    • Thanks so much, Mae, on both counts! I love doing these for sure, as much because of the wonderful people I meet as it is for the chance to share some of what I’ve learned over the years. Wish you could come! That would be even more fun!

      And I hope your last line is an indicator of what’s ahead. I will be “testing the water” right up until the very last day, hoping it still feels like this can be done safely.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a moment to comment! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  6. After a week of solid house arrest, I totally get your yearning for freedom. I don’t get the fascination with snakes though *shudder*… maybe it’s just because where my dad lives he usually gets two or three a week on the farm (or in the house) and they’re either tiger snakes or brown snakes. Deadly buggers.

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    • *ahem*

      Snakes fascinate me because of all the amazing adaptations they’ve made to trying to survive legless in a mostly “legged” world. They have some mind-boggling abilities that I do go over in my program, and most folks are astonished to learn about some of them. I also think many snakes are beautiful. However, the “take-away” feature of this program is to teach people how to tell at a GLANCE if they’ve just spotted a harmful one in their yard. For us here in Central Florida, that’s very easy to demonstrate, and it helps curtail the knee-jerk reaction of bashing in every snake folks come across. They have a place to fill in nature, and some of them are extremely important to the environment as a whole and to us, in particular. For one thing, we’d be overrun with disease-carrying rats and roaches without snakes.

      Hope that clears it up a bit. But I definitely understand that not everyone will like them as much as I do. I just want them to know if they need to be alarmed or not when they see one in the rose garden. πŸ˜€

      Oh, and I SCOFF at a “week” of house arrest! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Try seven months, and then we’ll talk. πŸ˜€
      Seriously, I’m glad you haven’t had to undergo anything like that. It’s hell, even for a semi-hermit such as myself, but sometimes it’s necessary. PLEASE stay safe, my friend, from tiger snakes AND vicious viruses. Virusi?? πŸ˜€ And I love you, even if you hate snakes! So there!! πŸ˜€ ❀

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        • Let’s just say that there’s a reason the ceiling in my library now has a significant sag in the middle! 😯 Truly, it has been horrible. But I tell myself it’s not nearly so horrible as catching that miserable virus would have been, and so far, I’m good.

          We have a sanitation station set up for Mark (who has worked full time throughout) where he throws all his clothing into a separate hamper the minute he comes into the laundry room from the garage, while I wipe down all his “pocket stuff” (wallet, phone, keys, glasses, etc) and he scrubs his hands and dons clean clothes. Otherwise, I could be exposed from him. It may sound overboard, but the truth is, my chances of surviving this stinkin’ virus are drastically lower than most. I want to see my grandkids grow up, and if taking some extra precautions helps me attain that goal, then I’m gonna do it, by golly!

          Of course, tomorrow I could go outside and be attacked by deadly reptiles and drop down dead on the spot. Wouldn’t THAT be ironic! πŸ˜€ But at least it wouldn’t happen because I’d been careless with something I could have probably avoided.

          That’s my theory, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!!!

          (And btw, for the last scenario to happen given the reptiles that live in our state, I would have to be a very small child-sized person (I’m NOT πŸ˜€ ) and the reptile in question would have to be the size of Godzilla. Just sayin’ … πŸ˜€ )

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    • Thanks, Debby, and no worries on that score. Plus, we are going to set up a very small, spaced apart group of folks in a huge room, with me separated by a pretty good space, and using a mike, instead of walking among the audience. Plus, masks. Plus a 55-gallon vat of sanitizer on hand should I need to take a full-body dip now and then. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Seriously, we’re taking stringent precautions, and I’m going to be SUPER careful. And should conditions change here for the worse before then, we will postpone a bit longer. πŸ™‚

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  7. WOW!!! Getting to teach in person! I am envious, Hon.
    I am getting a little “retail therapy” but not on WEEKENDS, some on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at best.
    I am still cooking up a storm, but we actually ate at a Chili’s after a doc appointment today…at an off hour…hardly anyone in the building. We had a sweet waitress who didn’t make us use the on-table computer, but did it for us. Gave her a good tip. I drove in the Houston traffic, but I went the “back way” and at an off hour, so it wasn’t bad at all. Good day!

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    • We are planning to observe very strict protocol for safety, Rae, but I’m very lucky to have one of my two main venues opening up again, and hope that it will still be deemed safe to proceed by the 11th. I love wildlife and nothing makes me happier than sharing things I’ve learned over many years of hiking, birding, and canoeing in Florida. So I really look forward to these talks, and to seeing old friends & meeting new ones. We have such a good time, too. Lots of laughs.

      Glad you have been able to venture out again. I didn’t leave the house even once in over 6 months, and have just started doing the necessary stuff, like doctor’s appointments, so this program will be a HUGE step toward normalcy for me. Crossing my fingers it goes well.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to say hello. πŸ™‚

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