When we are flat on our backs there is no way to look but up.
~ Roger Babson (American – Educator / July 6, 1875 – March 5, 1967)
International Kissing Day
So how should we celebrate International Kissing Day during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Luckily, here in Ontario we can kiss the people in our circle of 10. So grab your circle of 10, give each of them a hug and a kiss. BUT maintain social distancing for everyone outside of your circle. And when you’re not able to maintain social distancing wear a mask.
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass
is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
~ Helen Keller (American – Author / June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968)
No entertainment is so cheap as reading,
nor any pleasure so lasting.
~ Mary Wortley Montagu (English – Writer May 26, 1689 – August 21, 1762)
National Book Day
(Día del Libro) – Uruguay
(Dzień Matki) – Poland
National Paper Airplane Day
To help Uruguay celebrate National Book Day, let’s all find a quiet spot today to curl up and read a book.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (American – Poet May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)
National Memorial Day (USA)
If a tree dies, plant another in its place.
~ Carolus Linnaeus (Swedish – Scientist / May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778)
No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep
and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
~ Robert Adams (American – Photographer / Born: May 8, 1937)
The last supermoon of the year 2020 is caught in the trees as the full flower moon approaches moonset in the early morning hours of May 7th.
Robert Adams quote could be updated a bit: No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a camera in hand. The days of film are almost at an end with only the most devoted collectors using the media to take pictures. Even phone cameras are capable of taking amazing shots, but I still prefer the dedicated camera for taking pictures.
V-E day marking the 75 year anniversary of the liberation of Holland, the defeat of the Third Reitch of Nazi Germany and the suicide of Hitler.
COVID-19 world pandemic is still causing social distancing. The USA is lessening restrictions even though many scientists advise against loosening of the restrictions and predict a second wave that could be worse than the first.
Here in Ontario the great debate is ongoing whether cottage owners should be permitted to go to their properties during the social distancing measures. If I owned a cottage (paid taxes, utilities, insurance and upkeep) I wouldn’t hesitate to go to my cottage to ensure the property was secure and to do the annual maintenance tasks. I would also want to ensure that my property wasn’t being used by squatters or by others in my absence.
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)
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.
It isn’t where you came from,
its where you’re going that counts.
~ Ella Fitzgerald (American – Musician / April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996)
National Telephone Day
National DNA Day
National Hug a Plumber Day
We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
~ William Shakespeare (English – Dramatist / April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616)
World Book Day
St. George’s Day
Since we’re still self isolating and social isolation continues we should all read a good book to celebrate World Book Day.
St. George slayed the dragon, saved the princess and permitted all the townsfolk to have access to water. Sounds like a Mario game to me. Celebrations will be much calmer in England and Ireland this year due to COVID-19, but I’m certain most people will be toasting St. George with more than a glass of water.
You do things for yourself,
and you do things for other people,
and you hope that these things coincide.
~William Klein (French – Photographer/ April 19, 1928)
National Hanging Out Day
The trails at the local conservation area are busy as social distancing continues. Everyone trying to get a bit of exercise, some fresh air and outside for a short while. Riding their bicycles, taking a walk or just hanging out. Signs posted say you can’t stop and can only use the paths to “walk through”.
COVID-19 numbers in China had a major correction made in the number of deaths reported. Of course President Trump had to say it was because they falsified information. USA is still leading the way with the number of cases and deaths.
Cases per 1 million people