Daily Quote: May 13, 2020

Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny.
~ Georges Braque (French – ArtistMay 13, 1882 – August 31, 1963)


Frog Jumping Day

National Apple Pie Day


A goose on top of a silo sitting in all it’s glory to me is one of the funniest sights I’ve seen in a while.  But there wasn’t just one.  There were 2 sitting on silos like adornments in the sky standing guard over the cows in the barn.

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Daily Quote: May 10, 2020

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
~ James Bryce (English – DiplomatMay 10, 1838 – January 22, 1922)


Mother’s Day

National Clean Your Room Day


Happy Mother’s Day 2020.  As we continue to keep our distance celebrations this year will be slightly different from previous years as many will be doing lane way greetings from 6 feet (2 meters) away.  I know many of us will break the rules and give our mothers a hug.

Porte Photos has bookings for Porch Photos, as some families are celebrating Mother’s Day with their families at home.

Usually, my family celebrates by going for breakfast at Melbourne Legion and all posing for a picture outside before we go our separate ways.  With the “no more than 5 people” and distancing limits there is no breakfast at any of the local Legions or Restaurants.

A little good news, there were no new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex County or Deaths yesterday.  It looks like we’re flattening the curve and on our way to recovery.  Restrictions are slowly being lifted as everyone is being cautious and hoping to avoid a second wave.  Many of the stores that are opening require customers to wear face masks.

Tomorrow most of the Provincial Parks will be open, free of charge day use for the remainder of the month with the rest of the Provincial Parks being opened on Friday.  No bathrooms will be available and the beaches will remain closed.  I can see there will be a lot of “squatting in the woods” as people hike or bike and keep their distance.

Daily Quote: May 2, 2020

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
~ Jerome K. Jerome (English – AuthorMay 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927)


Thank a Teacher Day

Kentucky Derby


During COVID-19 Pandemic we are all understanding the value of people being able to go to work.  We’re all able to testify that it is impossible to enjoy idling when we have to stay home.  That’s why so many people are doing as much as possible on line.  Everything from learning a new skill, to sharing their skills, to having Communion on line

Like many other events the Kentucky Derby has been re-scheduled to September.  “The official race is postponed until September, but Churchill Downs will host an exciting computer-generated one instead.”   Press here for directions on how to watch the Virtual Reality Version.

And of course, learning on line was expedited for all the Ontario students.  So don’t forget to “Thank a Teacher” today as they lead the online courses and provide extra help virtually.

Daily Quote: May 1, 2020

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries,
and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
~ Joseph Addison (English – Writer / May 1, 1672 – June 17, 1719)


May Day

Doctor’s Day; Ontario; Canada Cares


The European Starlings have discovered the suet at the end of the bird feeder outside my dining room window.  Chipping sparrows, Blue Jays and Cardinals also visit regularly.  Chipmunks and squirrels have figured out how to get around the barriers and join in the feast.

I have a ground hog who lives behind my fence, on the Railroad property.  She has been there now for more than 3 years.  The first year I planted pumpkins behind the fence to help keep the weeds down and she thoroughly enjoyed eating them.  Last year I didn’t plant the pumpkins so she decided it was an invitation to help herself to my garden.  She ate the swisschard as quickly as it grew and she also enjoyed all of my zuchini.  She would venture in the garden at dawn and again at dusk, when my son was sitting in the yard having his first and last smoke for the day.

This year, my son is living in his own home, but she still comes to visit at dawn and at dusk.  She has also discovered that the birds tend to throw a lot of food on the ground, so she has been venturing to the bird feeders outside my dining room window.  It is there that I have had a close-up view of the large scar behind her head where she has lost a huge patch of fur and a scar on her side where it looks like someone shot her with a pellet gun.  She is a survivor.  I will plant pumpkins for her and her children to enjoy again behind the fence and will try to keep her on her own side.  But, I would never hurt her or let my dog out to chase her without first making enough noise so she can slip quickly under the whole in the the fence.

Daily Quote: April 30, 2020

Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.
~ Hosea Ballou (American – Clergyman / April 30, 1771 – June 7, 1852)


Hairstyle Appreciation Day

National Honesty Day


So if everything exists to end up in a book I wish the sad tale of COVID-19 would end up in a book to be forgotten.  Many of us are wishing we could get our hair styled to celebrate Hairstyle Appreciation Day.  Visiting a hairdresser is top on many people’s list of what they want to do when social distancing is over.

Google news now summarizes that there is over 3.1 Million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the world.  About 1/3 of the confirmed cases are in the USA.  The total number is low because not all people in the world are being tested for COVID-19.  Similarly the number of deaths is lower than the actual number, as postmortems don’t include testing for COVID-19.

 
Location

Confirmed

Cases per 1 million people

Recovered

Deaths

Worldwide
3,170,335 407.72 958,353 224,708
(7.1%)
United States
1,061,237 3,220.2 122,746 61,361
(5.8%)
  • USA has about 10x the population of Canada
Canada
51,597 1,358.56 20,327 2,996
(5.8%)
Ontario
15,728 1,156.58 9,612 996
(6.3%)

The Province of Ontario has been hardest hit in Nursing homes.

Daily Quote: April 28, 2020

The world’s a forest, in which all lose their way;
though by a different path each goes astray.
~ George Villiers (English – Politician April 28, 1592 – August 23, 1628)


International Astronomy Day

Great Poetry Reading Day


Two male mallard ducks waddling ahead on the path through the pines looking for a puddle big enough to swim away in.

Finally a nice sunny spring day.  I was able to do some shopping, buy some bird seed at a local farmer’s, wash the car and weed the front flower bed.  I went for a walk to deliver some of my bird seed to my grandson’s new home.  They have a beautiful Magnolia tree that is getting ready to bloom and they inherited a bird feeder from the previous tenant.  Cardinals and Blue Jays have been swooping around the feeder looking for food.

The Canadian Province of British Columbia recorded it’s second day in a row with no deaths from COVID-19.  While the Province of Ontario has developed a plan for how it will start to remove restrictions when we reach a time when it is safe to do so.  Everyone is getting anxious about being able to get back to normal, what ever normal will be after the pandemic.  Our Prime Minister is warning that we don’t want to remove the restrictions too soon and end up with a second wave that could be more deadly than the first.

Daily Quote: April 20, 2020

Star Trek’ is about acceptance, 
and the strength of the Starship Enterprise is that it embraces diversity in all its forms.
~ George Takei (American – Actor / Born: April 20, 1937)


National Pot Smokers Day

4/20 (celebrating marijuana)


Now that Marijuana is legal in Canada the 4/20 Celebration is no longer to protest that smoking marijuana is illegal, but instead to celebrate the legalization of marijuana and to strive for global legalization.  During the COVID-19 Pandemic marijuana distribution centers were kept open across Canada as they were considered as an essential service.  The many medical benefits can now be tested and verified in Canada.  Reduction of anxiety attacks, alternative pain medication and possible epilepsy medication are all possible areas for improvement by pot.

Still there are countries in the world where marijuana is illegal and people are jailed for partaking or possessing pot.

Daily Quote:April 15, 2020

Water is the driving force of all nature.
~ Leonardo da Vinci (Italian – ArtistApril 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519)


Pesach VII (Last day of Passover)

National Laundry Day

National Titanic Remembrance Day


I transplanted some of my seedlings into larger containers yesterday.  I’m so glad I have my greenhouse to play in on cold days like today.

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues and we are still self isolating.  Even a brief trip to the drug store for supplies is wrought with danger and fear.  The cashier is behind a plexiglass shield and wears a mask.  Thank goodness for tap technology so we don’t need to exchange money or key in our passcodes.

Unfortunately USA is still the leader for number of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19.  President Trump’s response is to stop all funding to WHO (World Health Organization) because he didn’t understand their advice regarding COVID-19 and failed to take action.  He also threatening to fire his major Health Care Advisor.   Luckily State Politicians care about their people’s lives and aren’t opening up or lifting the restrictions yet.

Location

Confirmed

Cases per 1 million people

Recovered

Deaths

Worldwide
1,973,715 253.83 474,261 125,910
United States
612,380 1,858.2 48,036 25,949
Canada
27,063 712.58 8,235 903

Even our local graffiti artist knows the message:

2020-04-12-1526

STAY HOME.  STAY SAFE.

 

Daily Quote: April 13, 2020

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
~ Thomas Jefferson
(American – PresidentApril 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826)


Easter Monday


Traditional family Easter Celebrations weren’t available due to COVID-19 and the requirement for social distancing.

For just a few minutes my granddaughter and her parents visited with us on the front porch.  Never closer than 6 feet is hard when you’d rather just hug.