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If you feel up to it, please take a photo of something nice (anything that makes you feel good) and share it with all of us. It can be something on your desk. Something pretty you have hanging on the wall. Or maybe something interesting in your backyard, porch, stoop or balcony. Cute dog & cat photos are encouraged. I just want to look at something pleasant and nice. Stay safe and remember to be kind to yourself and to others.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 2:04 PM (74 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

My current view. Adam Driver blesses us all.
posted by Fizz at 2:06 PM on April 16, 2020 [12 favorites]

This is me and my dog Truman, right now. Truman's birthday was yesterday. He's 8 years old. We didn't get to go to the dog park or petsmart, but we did lick a Fage yogurt container clean and get shredded cheese sprinkled on our kibble last night.

The mayor is keeping her ever vigilant eye on us from across the street.
posted by phunniemee at 2:23 PM on April 16, 2020 [13 favorites]

My visual social media output is down a little because I no longer take my phone when I go for walks outside (don't want to wash it). I've tried to be part of the solution here and me and some other locals are doing a monthlong Spring Bird Count, people keep track of the birds they see,report it to us, we collate and learn things about our bird population. So I've been at home keeping my feeders full. This photo isn't much but the little pack of goldfinches in the area is BACK and they're golding up and it's been great to see them again.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 2:23 PM on April 16, 2020 [7 favorites]

This isn't a photograph but I did design this nice pizza sprite for animal crossing and i'm very proud of it.

I just bought a car, which was absolutely life changing because I have been reliant on sub-par public service for 5 years, adding to my poverty depression. It's only been 3 weeks but I've already gone on 2 picnics with my dog. Her name is beetle.
posted by FirstMateKate at 2:33 PM on April 16, 2020 [12 favorites]

Adam Driver blesses us all.

Salvador Dali watches over the kitchen.

Meanwhile, in the fridge, the eggs are keeping an eye on things.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:34 PM on April 16, 2020 [11 favorites]

Mr. Border Collie believes STAYING ALERT more than pays for kibble and toys...I'm not convinced, but I'm not gonna lay him off in these troubled times.

Note: Since Mr. BC moved in, the things he's hoping to shout at show up a lot less...
posted by maxwelton at 2:39 PM on April 16, 2020 [13 favorites]

Kitty sleeping on his cloud blanket. So sleepy.
posted by lyssabee at 2:40 PM on April 16, 2020 [10 favorites]

Mr Border Collie has the makings for being next mayor of Chicago.
posted by phunniemee at 2:47 PM on April 16, 2020 [5 favorites]

Mr Border Collie has the makings for being next mayor of Chicago.

Would still be a better politician than 99.9% of the people we currently have in office right now. He has my vote.
posted by Fizz at 2:48 PM on April 16, 2020 [2 favorites]

I went for a bike ride today and it was pretty great. I’m so glad we’re still allowed to exercise outside.
posted by ClarissaWAM at 2:59 PM on April 16, 2020 [8 favorites]

Some artwork I hung up in my bathroom. The one on the left was a Christmas gift, the one on the right a birthday gift. My wife knows me.
posted by bondcliff at 3:02 PM on April 16, 2020 [9 favorites]

I don't think my coworker is pulling her weight.
posted by suelac at 3:11 PM on April 16, 2020 [10 favorites]

This is Dusty. He recently went through some oral surgery (his first ever trip to the vet) and is doing much better. He was adopted out of fear of an uncertain future when his previous owners moved out of country. Based on some recent interactions with the previous owners, we determined he is at least 23. That's quite old for a chinchilla (the vet folk - ACCESS in LA, if you are in need of an exotics vet, are absolutely awesome - declared him the oldest they had ever met by several years).

We've finally modified his environment so he has more autonomy. The pillows pictured here are a ladder so he can clamber down from his cage on demand and wander - this leads to some challenges, like walking around, and the occasional pee spot, but he seems to have given up on chewing on random things (except for a copy of Murakami), so it's working for now. It's been an interesting process, since it was timed with the quarantine, so we've been joking that we radically expanded the scope of his environment while reducing our own, and are effectively living in the same cage.

He's not terribly social, but it's been interesting to measure changes with the new options. I'd hazard he is less defensive about space since he has more, so he will come up to us and hang out if we lie on the floor (he hates being picked up, but loves a good scratch). Having an animal that lives full time in a cage is an awkward and somewhat dispiriting investment. We go to the Roar Foundation on occassion and they always take pains to note that they consider their housing of animals at best as possible relief after a life of misery and imprisonment, and that's very much in the spirit of why he is where is he now, since likely he would have had few options otherwise.

But that doesn't close the question of what his quality of life is. Unlike a mouse or rat, it's hard to ascertain how much he knows us, which isn't his problem nor does it really change our obligation, but it can make it tricky when trying to figure out exactly how to provide comfort. And we've wondered more than once over the past decade about his mortality, since he never really seems to change or age. He's really taken to the pillows, which, while anthropomorphizing to some degree, seems like he can adapt and relish some newfound luxury.
posted by 99_ at 3:20 PM on April 16, 2020 [15 favorites]

My cat Dayton
posted by one4themoment at 3:42 PM on April 16, 2020 [7 favorites]

A field of Colchicum speciosum / meadow saffron on my midday walk yesterday. I keep photographing these guys, they've been up for maybe three weeks and will fall away soon to return with their spring green flush. They're in a nurseryman friend's field where they used to grow them commercially.

suelac - I don't have pets but have noticed on walks that some neighbourhood dogs are looking bored, there's just not the usual range of people to bark at.

ClarissaWAM - what a cool rock slot to ride thru, I cycled thru Luxembourg and Belgium in 91' and really enjoyed that area.
posted by unearthed at 3:57 PM on April 16, 2020 [4 favorites]

Mrs. Wallflower's birthday was yesterday, but I forgot to pick up a treat on the last shopping trip so I found a recipe that makes two cupcakes and another recipe for brown sugar frosting. I had no milk so I substituted Greek yogurt in each. She liked them.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:02 PM on April 16, 2020 [8 favorites]

This is my pumpkin guy. Some people find him alarmingly exuberant. He can get rather ... ebullient, but I like it.

This is a hummingbird I saw on a recent walk. Getting to see birds like this up close is one reason I really like still having a camera with a fairly powerful optical zoom - Canon PowerShot, 30x optical zoom). I don't think to bring it with me all the time, and it's definitely a bit more to remember than just my phone, but it's really nice to be able to zoom in on tiny distant things.

Thanks for asking this, Fizz, and to everyone who's sharing nice things to look at!
posted by kristi at 5:06 PM on April 16, 2020 [7 favorites]

Local cowboys in SoCal— on my block
posted by Ideefixe at 5:12 PM on April 16, 2020 [4 favorites]

This sea turtle says hi!
posted by saladin at 5:22 PM on April 16, 2020 [2 favorites]

Helena curled up on her beanbag taking a nap.

Both cats in playful morning mode.

This was our weather today in Chicago. It was a nice thing.
posted by heyho at 5:56 PM on April 16, 2020 [5 favorites]

posted by hilaryjade at 6:03 PM on April 16, 2020 [7 favorites]

Spring is gearing up here, I took this picture on a recent neighborhood socially-distanced stroll.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:08 PM on April 16, 2020 [2 favorites]

I've been posting lots on Instagram to keep boredom and loneliness away. Here's an adorable little video of Figlet falling asleep while keeping me company in my home office.

My other dog Taco is recovering really nicely -- here's him after his bandage change (who knew cohesive wrap/coban came in so many colors/ patterns?!) He was so mad, he didn't even look at me until we got home. Like, when the vet techs brought him out to the car he literally turned the other cheek and looked away from me 😂
posted by Sparky Buttons at 6:28 PM on April 16, 2020 [19 favorites]

(ok one of those is a video, but close enough)
posted by Sparky Buttons at 6:29 PM on April 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

Sparky Buttons—SO GLAD that Taco is home and on the mend! I’ve been thinking about you two.
posted by bookmammal at 6:43 PM on April 16, 2020 [2 favorites]

It snowed a little today, but you can tell it's really spring because my garlic is coming up.
posted by Redstart at 7:20 PM on April 16, 2020 [3 favorites]

these aren't great or anything, but it's my cats and i love them:
burble vs tomato
nickel vs disc orb
both have sound but it's just me trying to pick a song that's an amusing fit
posted by fleacircus at 7:21 PM on April 16, 2020 [6 favorites]

My cat is still dealing with some kind of itching allergic issue and so we are still spending some hours in a cone. I put the cone on him before I went out and when I got home he looked like this. CLEARLY NOT IN A CONE. Still don’t know how he did it. This was a few days ago; he has not repeated this Houdini move.
posted by janepanic at 8:12 PM on April 16, 2020 [2 favorites]

Oh, yay for Taco!
posted by HotToddy at 9:19 PM on April 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

I collect odd things, like this elephant toy and foam Safety squeezer, both more interesting for their damages. Those are in my actual office. This is my home office space, in need of some spring cleaning. Still, full of things that make me happy.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:20 PM on April 16, 2020 [2 favorites]

My cat is rather confused that we refuse to leave the house, sit for hours in different rooms making clacking sounds, and do not provide a lap for scritching and cuddles. Hey, that's my footstool!

Earlier this week was a late, hot summer-ish day (we should be hip deep in cold, wet autumn now) and realised the my vegepod with the oniony things had gone insane. So I made chive oil.

hugs and waves to all. hope you are doing well.
posted by lemon_icing at 9:52 PM on April 16, 2020 [3 favorites]

The retired department-store mannequin in my home office/study, wearing a Venetian carnival mask and festooned with neckties.
posted by misteraitch at 3:49 AM on April 17, 2020 [3 favorites]

The only plants I can manage to care for: our succulents Kit and Carson.

The name came about because I was reading Cather's 'Death comes for the Archbishop', now one of my favorite books. The conversation with my partner went something like this:
Her: What are you reading?
Me: Death comes for the Archbishop! Beautiful novel! I love it!
Her: Yeah I liked it a lot too, but why did she have to introduce these dumb, fantastical elements?
Me: Huh, like what?
Her: Well, this town on a plateau where everyone uses ladders, for one. And then there's this ridiculous frontier character with the stupid name of Kit Carson.
Me: ummm...both of those are real things. Kit Carson is a real person.
Her: You will never convince me of that.
posted by vacapinta at 4:13 AM on April 17, 2020 [9 favorites]

The latest batch. I think we’re naming them after cocktails: Sazerac, Sidecar, Gimlet, Julep, and Manhattan.
posted by little cow make small moo at 5:46 AM on April 17, 2020 [9 favorites]

Our sage plant has been flowering like crazy so I brought some sprigs inside to brighten the place up.
posted by lollusc at 6:15 AM on April 17, 2020 [6 favorites]

Here is the gorgeous view from a hill near the lake near where I live that I took when I went for a walk earlier today. Please do not hate me, I understand that I am extremely lucky. Also, having access to this view is a limited pleasure so I am trying to enjoy it as much as possible before I move to where my kid lives. (My kid made a mask for me that arrived yesterday, and I am so grateful to have it.) I picked some dandelion greens to add to my lunch. It was the second time I have had them. I prefer arugula but dandelion greens are nutritious, free, and growing wild so why the hell not? Thanks for this thread, Fizz.
posted by Bella Donna at 8:24 AM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

I'v been using the additional time spent at home with experimenting with photography, for example using paper and colored lights (idea from here)and some macro photography.

And been lucky that the weather here been fine and that we don't have that strict isolation rules in Sweden now so been able to be outside as well.

No pets, but some random gulls, and some cherry blossoms though.
posted by rpn at 8:49 AM on April 17, 2020 [4 favorites]

This is a nice idea, thank you. From my instagram:
A shelf in my living room with some nice books and plants
Random things: foods made with edible flowers, tulips in my garden, and plants seen on a solo walk
In and around my garden

Also, if you like cats, mine have a dedicated Instagram (thanksgivingkitties) and they're pretty cute.
posted by wicked_sassy at 8:51 AM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

I'll just plug Gidgette and Ivory again.

Also, spring flowers and spring snow.
posted by kathrynm at 8:56 AM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

I have a sort of secret instagram account where I'll occasionally post pictures of weird things found in my house.
posted by Stanczyk at 9:10 AM on April 17, 2020 [5 favorites]

Wow, Stanczyk, I want to live at your place. I love that stuff.
posted by Bella Donna at 9:32 AM on April 17, 2020

You have to be comfortable with clutter but it is kind of fun. Always something to look at.

There's also a video tucked in there of my dog and cat wrasslin'.
posted by Stanczyk at 9:40 AM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

A week or two ago I sowed some monk's cress in mixed colours and now they are sprouting. The young leaves look like little green webbed feet.
And we went for a bike ride on the dike. Dike roads are the nicest roads we have here. It was quite lovely.
Three pictures.
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:40 AM on April 17, 2020 [3 favorites]

Two of my cats have determined that it is their sworn duty to hang out with me on my desk while I work on my thesis. Meet Arthur and Ishka.

They will also follow me if I move to the couch.
posted by sciatrix at 10:44 AM on April 17, 2020 [10 favorites]

I went on a bike ride today to scout some new routes -- unfortunately my hopes were partially dashed by an unfriendly gated community sitting in my way. But I did get a picture of my favorite desert flower.
posted by egregious theorem at 11:13 AM on April 17, 2020 [5 favorites]

Wednesday I worked all afternoon fitting a rotisserie to my barbeque. Yesterday gave it a try out with a turkey (the impetus).
posted by Mitheral at 11:20 AM on April 17, 2020 [4 favorites]

sciatrix - Arthur and Ishka are wonderful, but I also totally dig the plush things behind you on the couch! The elephanty thing and the ... other one I can't quite make out. (Totoro? Whale?) They look like excellent thesis assistants!
posted by kristi at 11:37 AM on April 17, 2020

It's a Squishable shark! I have two others--one of which was gifted to me by a MeFite some years ago (shown next to my other cat Peter, for scale) and one which is a fossil T. rex, currently sitting behind me in my office from where I grabbed it to show off to one of my evolutionary biology grad student rep colleagues who was sharing her non-fossil T. rex in lieu of live pets. (She also had several stuffed-birds-onna-stick, because in a meeting of biologists, someone's always going to have some pretty great things lying around their apartment.)

They are very good for hugging if you are an adult who wants something to squeeze. They also make surprisingly good throw pillows, and Arthur likes to stomp the shark into a comfortable position and sleep on it, too.
posted by sciatrix at 12:07 PM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

I do an Instagram for a public garden. My current goal is as many pretty pictures as possible because we all need some vicarious happy stuff.
posted by sciencegeek at 12:21 PM on April 17, 2020 [8 favorites]

Bootsy says all that can be asked is that you put your best foot forward.
posted by jocelmeow at 12:44 PM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

sciencegeek, that is gorgeous work. Thanks for sharing!
posted by Bella Donna at 1:36 PM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

My rescued-and-transported-by-MetaFilter cats are taking a snooze in their beds.

(I can't believe they're six already! Next year we move from adult food to senior food!)
posted by tzikeh at 2:21 PM on April 17, 2020 [6 favorites]

My girlfriend's cat, Smudge, who (after about 5 months of living here) has just started to accept me as a person who might be worthy enough to accept treats and the very occasional pet from.

Our other roommate's cat, Zut, who decided a long time ago that my lap was the best lap in the house.
posted by hanov3r at 2:23 PM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

Stanczyk: where I'll occasionally post pictures of weird things found in my house

Ok, but, like, those are weird things that you've BROUGHT to your house, not, like, random things you've stumbled across in years of living there, right?
posted by hanov3r at 2:25 PM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

Yeah. I haunt a lot of thrift stores and junk shops and my wife sells antiques so we bid on a lot of estates. Some are things from our families but most are just objects that caught our eye.
posted by Stanczyk at 2:41 PM on April 17, 2020 [1 favorite]

My favorite tweet perhaps through this whole crisis has been this one:

pony starwars
Apr 15
bet marie kondo is wishing she had more shit in her house right about now.

My house is full of shit. Not quite hoarding, but no "clean" spaces. I think it brings me some degree of comfort. Some of it could be used to wipe my ass in a pinch.
posted by Stanczyk at 6:04 PM on April 17, 2020 [5 favorites]

I put in my color-depositing conditioner to amp up the color on my 4-month-old dye job and even put in PRODUCT and I managed to get a selfie that I think makes me look pretty.
posted by drlith at 4:37 AM on April 18, 2020 [8 favorites]

My uhhh overzealous son.
posted by Literaryhero at 5:14 AM on April 18, 2020 [6 favorites]

I still can't believe I took this shot

I went on a lighthouse boat tour a few years ago, on a drizzly day, and this came out better than I expected!
posted by annieb at 6:31 AM on April 18, 2020 [14 favorites]

We've transitioned to online services for my UU church and I have to tell you, worship leading from home is a pretty sweet gig.
posted by Twicketface at 10:04 AM on April 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

I've been trying to post pictures of our daily walks in the woods, just... because, you know? This one is my favorite so far.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 10:08 AM on April 18, 2020 [4 favorites]

I started an instagram for my dog Harvey - Instagram/harvey.the.mutt because, well, you know why. Too much time at home! But it’s fun. Here is a picture we put up today, it makes me smile. I also have an insta - /flissvert - and things go up pretty regularly.
posted by mygothlaundry at 5:56 PM on April 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

We went for a walk this morning.

And last week, while it's not a photo, I had a close encounter with a mockingbird on the local community college campus. The empty parking lot's usually packed with automotive students' cars, and about 40 s in, mockingbirb lets us know what it usually hears [mp3].
posted by scruss at 2:16 PM on April 20, 2020 [4 favorites]

So I was going through this random box and came across this stone.

I've known it was there for decades and always assumed it was just a rhinestone with a rust stain from some cheap long-forgotten setting. It is big - like 30 cts - and for the first time in like 30 years I picked it up and really looked into it and this weird stone that I've neglected all of the sudden just BLAZED with depth and color. I still don't know what it is, but it was a really nice surprise and delight!
posted by Tchad at 6:13 AM on April 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

I snapped this bit of cloudage from my front door a while ago
posted by farlukar at 1:53 PM on April 23, 2020 [2 favorites]

I showed our tween Johnny Wallflower's 2 cupcake recipe and she wanted to make it because she likes all things cute, and 2 cupcakes are perfect! When I went into the kitchen she had everything in the giant stand mixer, lots of messy measuring cups and spoons on the counte, and was like, The mixer ISN'T WORKING because the batter is just sitting on the bottom and the mixer isnt mixing and it's spinning around on top of it! Of course there's only like a half a cup of batter at the bottom since it's only for 2 cupcakes. I guess I took it for granted that she would use a little bowl and make only a little dirty dish but that was not the case at all and thus purpose was defeated and I had big mess to clean for 2 little cupcakes. Yes they were perfect.
posted by waving at 7:38 PM on April 24, 2020 [4 favorites]

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