If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
~ Maya Angelou (American – Poet / April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
Day 14 +2 of Quarantine completed. I celebrated by having Take Out Fish and Chips last night. Nothing else much will change as social distancing is being enforced. I will be able to go the the grocery store for my own groceries and pick up my prescription. I got a new scobby to make some Kombucha (fermented tea) and started a 12 cup batch. I think I’ll try to make dandelion wine again this spring, once the yellow flowers start to bloom.
COVID-19 Pandemic worries increase as projected numbers are released by the USA and our own Provincial Government. The USA is projecting 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. I suspect the final number will actually be much higher.
COVID-19 in Canada April 3, 2020, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Number of people tested 290,570
With 10x the population of Canada USA is still being hit much harder.
Total cases: 239,279
Total deaths: 5,443
After the World Health Organization changed it’s position on the use of facemasks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, President Trump has decided that 3M will no longer be permitted to export face masks to Canada as they are needed by the USA. So much for trade agreements during a pandemic. 3M a Canadian based company is protesting, but I don’t think they’ll be able to convince President Trump that the USA doesn’t need every face mask produced.
Ontario is projecting between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths. To prevent the worse case scenario even more restrictions will be in place. Construction will grind to a halt with only emergency construction or construction for health care being permitted to continue. The pandemic is now forecast to continue for 18 – 24 months. Many of the relationships between countries will be forever changed. Premier Ford is saying “Never again” regarding the dependence on others as local manufacturing quickly changes gears to produce needed supplies in Ontario.
I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark,
branches and foliage that reached up toward the light.
But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.
~ Edward Steichen (American – Photographer March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973)
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR DAY
The COVID-19 pandemic continues as numbers increase around the world. The USA now has the highest number of cases in the world as more than 83,005 confirmed cases were reported yesterday. Even the Rio Grande Valley is starting to report cases. I’m so glad we listened to Prime Minister Trudeau and came home when we were advised to do so.
How ironic that on the eve of “Won’t you be my neighbor day” President Trump is still in denial and is actually saying he wants to put military forces along the Canadian/USA boarder to prevent illegals from entering the USA with COVID-19. The world stands in disbelief of President Trump’s total lack of empathy or concern for the welfare of his citizens. American resources could be better used treating their ill than trying to fight with their neighbors.
Today is day 9 of our self-isolation/quarantine. It was also the second major grocery drop-off by my daughter-in-law. Thank God we have such a supportive family. My son was disappointed that she bought a turkey for me (on sale for only $20) but didn’t get one for them. I told her when this is done I will cook a turkey dinner for them to celebrate the end of our quarantine. Even after the 14 days we will need to continue to exercise caution as my husband is still at high risk because he is over 65 and has only 1 kidney.
I got a request to update the church’s website to include the local food drive. The food bank is almost empty and the most vulnerable in our community are left with the least. I hope the response to the food drive is overwhelming.
It’s hard to leave behind scenes and characters I am in love with.
~ John Harrison (English – Inventor March 24, 1693 – March 24, 1776)
Day 6 of self isolation after returning home from Texas. Yesterday Prime Minister Trudeau continued his daily updates from his front porch. COVID-19 is spreading too rapidly in Canada. Some people are just not taking the Coronavirus threat seriously and aren’t self isolating. Measures may need to be introduced to enforce self isolation. The Canadian Olympic Teams made a public statement that they won’t be participating in the 2020 Olympics. At the same time people are playing team sports in public areas and just not understanding the importance of self isolating.
Diseases from the past act as reminders as to how vulnerable people really are. Tuberculosis lead to many deaths and hospitalizations until the correct medicine was found for treatment. It can lay dormant for many years and then strike again, and is still killing millions.
Meanwhile, spring is quietly marching in. The trees are starting to blush and the birds are starting to return home. Will our lives ever return to normal?
Youth is the time of getting,
middle age of improving,
and old age of spending.
~ Anne Bradstreet (American – Poet March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672)
If you are lucky you’ve saved enough or have a good enough pension to spend in your old age.
I’m a photographer, period.
I love photography, the immediacy of it.
I like the craft, the idea of saying ‘I’m a photographer.’
~ David LaChapelle (American – Photographer Born: March 11, 1963)
I’m so glad to have my D750 back. Rickie and I went hiking through the Estero Llano Grande State Park. I easily made my 10,000 steps before noon. Spring is amazing to see in the Rio Grand Valley. Even though there has been very little rain, everything is starting to turn green. The Winter Texans have already started to head home forgetting how cold it still is in the North. Temperatures in Texas will be about 80F during the daytime and the high 60’s at night. I must be acclimating because when the wind is blowing it feels like it has ice in it and I haven’t been turning on the air conditioning even in the heat of the day.
If the world seems cold to you,
kindle fires to warm it.
~ Lucy Larcom (American – Poet / March 5, 1824 – April 17, 1893)
Don’t cling to fame. You’re just borrowing it. It’s like money.
You’re going to die, and somebody else is going to get it.
~ Sonny Bono (American – Musician / February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998)
Do a Grouch a Favor Day
6th Sunday after Epiphany
A tree full of Great-tailed Grackles making all types of noise seem as if they are sirens or ominous portents giving warnings; or perhaps the large blackbirds are part of a Hitchcock Movie. Mimicking electrical wires, sirens, bells or other electrical equipment, nothing more than nonsense.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
~ Frederick Douglass (American – Author / February 14, 1818 – February 20, 1895)
If honor were profitable,
everybody would be honorable.
~ Thomas More (English – Author / February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535)
Among the delights of Summer were picnics to the woods.
~ Georg Brandes (Danish – Critic / February 4, 1842 – February 19, 1927)
Thank a Mailman Day