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Sep 01, 2021
When I was out in California recently I was up before the sun every morning I was there. It was an opportunity for me to get out and walk and see some of the old neighborhood before it was time to meet up with friends and start the day.
I saw a couple of pretty sunrises but nothing like the sunrises I see here in Atlanta.
The clouds here in Georgia are so spectacular.
I took the cover photo for this post a few years ago at sunrise, and I was reminded of it on Monday when I was out at sunrise walking Bauer, my dog.
It was spectacular. I didn't have my good camera with me but I took a short video on my cellphone:
Another gorgeous Atlanta sunrise. It was just what I needed to see. The beautiful clouds felt like a soothing balm for the weekend crazy.
I had a friend over for dinner on Saturday night. She and her husband have been out of town for a while and we needed to catch up.
We had a glass of wine and walked over to Krog Street Market for some takeout. We walked back to the house and had a wonderful meal and lots of talk time.
Around 11:30, we called it a night. I walked her out to her car, and we could hear the new neighbors down the street. They must have been out enjoying their front porch.
The front porch of one of my neighbor's homes plus some bushes and trees blocked us from seeing anyone on their porch but we joked about how if we stood there long enough, we'd get a contact high.
The smell of weed wafted in the breeze.
After my friend left, I thought about walking down and introducing myself to the new neighbors but I wanted to chill for a few before hitting the sac. I went inside, sat on the couch, and turned on Netflix.
I wasn't sitting long, just long enough to be slightly spaced out, when a loud sound made me jump up - my heart racing.
"What was that?" I said out loud to the dog. It sounded like it was almost in my house, and it was loud and sudden. I wasn't sure if it was a gunshot, fireworks, or something else.
I heard some cars speeding up the street but that's an all-the-time occurrence so it didn't seem out of the ordinary.
I called it a night and went to bed.
I noticed on Sunday morning when scrolling through my security camera footage that there were a lot of police cars on my street on Saturday night and that it was around the time or shortly after I'd been spooked by the loud sound while sitting on the couch.
Then someone sent me a post from the NextDoor app that took my breath away.
Three men drove the wrong way down a one-way street in an attempt to kidnap some women right up the street from my house. They got out of their car and chased the women.
It was at about 11:45 pm Saturday night. The women ran and luckily ran right into a group of people who helped them.
Meanwhile, the men jumped back into their car and sped down my street.
What they didn't know is that the street is a dead-end. Apparently, when they hit the dead-end portion of the street, they pulled out a gun and started shooting - which is what startled me off of my couch on Saturday night.
I'm so thankful the girls got away!
I'm so glad no one was hurt because the neighbors were outside when it happened!
It's been a violent year for Atlanta, and I'm hoping that doesn't carry over into 2022.
In the meantime, I'll keep getting photos of the beauty that springs up all around us no matter what else is happening.
Peace, good health, and safety to you and yours, and see you between the raindrops!
Morning Glory - an abstract photo of the clouds at sunrise in Atlanta.
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