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.



Cases per 1 million people



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

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.



Cases per 1 million people



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

Even our local graffiti artist knows the message:




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.

Daily Quote: April 9, 2020

Nothing can be done except little by little.
~ Charles Baudelaire
(French – PoetApril 9, 1821 – August 31, 1867)

Vimy Ridge Day (Canadian)

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National Alcohol Screening Day 

Yesterday was a wonderful spring day.  The sun was shining, there was very little wind and the temperature was over 18C.  The birds have returned to the bird feeder with different types being seen every day.

Still in Social Isolation, the table below, from Google, adds a column that I find particularly interesting.  It lists the number of Cases per 1M people.  Although Canada is over 506 cases per Million people, the USA is still far ahead of Canad with 1,301 cases per Million people.

Cases per 1M people
Worldwide 1,500,830 193.01 317,855 87,706
Canada 19,231 506.36 4,620 430
United States 428,901 1,301.45 23,229 14,600

Daily Quote: April 8, 2020

When I’m not near the girl I love,
I love the girl I’m near.

~ E. Y. Harburg
(American – MusicianApril 8, 1896 – March 5, 1981)

Buddha Day

Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

The pandemic continues and according to Wikipedia, the numbers are looking even worse:

1,413,415 Cases
298,389 Recovered
81,259 Deaths

17,883 Cases
4,050 Recovered
381 Deaths
United States

United States
396,981 Cases
21,786 Recovered

Due to increases pressures models of total cases and possible deaths have been released in Ontario and Quebec.  Models are totally useless, worse case, we all die.  Best case, no more people get sick or die.  And somewhere between the two is what will happen.



Daily Quote: April 1, 2020

The greater the difficulty,
the more the glory in surmounting it.
~ Charles de Saint-Évremond
(French – Critic April 1, 1613 – September 29, 1703)

April Fools’ Day

Day 14 and unfortunately our self-isolation, quarantine after travel will be extended because my stepson is symptomatic and stopped in to see us on Friday March 20th.  Although my stepson is home he hasnt’ been tested yet.  Nor will he be tested even though he is symptomatic and diagnosed with pneumonia.  Tests in Ontario are only being given to Seniors and Health Care Professionals.

The number of confirmed cases in Ontario is being kept artificially low by not testing all persons that are symptomatic.

Schools in Ontario are now closed until the end of April.  More on-line tools are being developed and made available daily for students.

The number of COVID-19 total cases confirmed in Canada was 7,708 yesterday. Coronavirus Canada Link with a total of 89 deaths.  The Bogcaygen Nursing home now has 13 deaths and about 1/2 of the staff are now self-isolating with symptoms.

The number of confirmed cases in the USA are now over 176,518 with 3,431 deaths and 6,241 recovered.  USA Coronovirus according to Worldometers

Spring 2020 is progressing and birds have finally found my restocked feeders.  A little chipmunk stops by daily to fill his cheeks and the squirrels are finding ways around the barrier at the base of the bird feeder.  Marigolds and tomatoes have started to sprout in containers on my window ledge, almost ready for transplanting to bigger pots and move to the greenhouse.

March has finally come to an end.