Time alone is irreplaceable.
Waste it not.
~ Douglas Southall Freeman
(American – Historian / May 16, 1886 – June 13, 1953)
Starting out the Victoria Day weekend, we can only remember the freedom we enjoyed last spring, walking through the local Conservation Area with the pair of second cousins. They loved exploring everything together. Looking into the water without a care in the world. Running down the paths, laughing with joy, squealing with delight and getting dirty. Hopefully, once COVID-19 self distancing is relaxed further the 2 boys will be able again to share their special friendship.
A slow reduction of restrictions opens up the Provincial Parks this past week, but still no washrooms, beaches or camping. And you must maintain a safe distance of at least 6′. Looking forward to being able to take the kayak to my favorite fresh water channel and paddling along.
The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph
it is no longer a fact but an opinion.
~ Richard Avedon (American – Photographer / May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004)
O. Henry Pun-Off Day
Endangered Species Day
COVID-19 strikes again as the O. Henry Pun-Off Day was postponed to October 17, 2020.
The Calgary Stampede, CNE and the Western Fair have been cancelled this year.
Even though we’re not permitted to gather in groups of 5 or more unrelated people, backyard fireworks can be set-off to celebrate Victoria Day on Monday, May 18, 2020. So let there be light works.
The 24 of May is the Queens’ Birthday,
if you don’t give us a holiday,
we’ll all run away.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
~ James Bryce (English – Diplomat / May 10, 1838 – January 22, 1922)
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.
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 best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
~ Joseph Joubert (French – Writer / May 7, 1754 – May 4, 1824)
Day of Vesak
This year’s celebrations are canceled due to COVID-19. Budda’s Birthday Celebrations Canceled
Flowers are restful to look at.
They have neither emotions nor conflicts.
~ Sigmund Freud (Austrian – Psychologist / May 6, 1856 – September 23, 1939)
National Nurses Day
National RN Recognition Day
Great American Grump Out
Schools in Quebec Province will be re-opening on Monday. It will be optional for parents to send their children to school as social distancing rules remain in effect in all other provinces. It is strange that Quebec is so anxious to open first when they have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada.
New Brunswick is on a run with no new cases reported for almost a week and no deaths from COVID-19. They will be relaxing social distancing rules, but keep their boarders closed for non-essential travel.
From each according to his abilities,
to each according to his needs.
~ Karl Marx
(German – Philosopher / May 5, 1818 – March 14, 1883)
May temperatures change so rapidly. Sunday was sunny and 20C. Friday night we could have snow flurries. Many over anxious people were starting to plant their gardens and now will probably loose their tender plants to a deep freeze coming in from the north.
At least some of the restrictions are being loosened enough to permit communal gardens and garden centres to open. Texas had 1,000 new cases yesterday amid their lessening of restrictions. Hopefully as Ontario loosens the restrictions COVID-19 doesn’t gain in numbers again. The curve seems to be flattening and some provinces are ready to open up again.
China fights back with a short animation of the COVID-19 timeline and USA response:
China Vs USA COVID-19 short animation
May the 4th be with you!
For all Star Wars Fans
Star Wars Day
Yesterday was a beautiful spring day with temperatures of over 20C and a clear sunny day. The dandelions were in full bloom, even after I had harvested the first flowers for dandelion wine. With the entire yard covered in dandelions, 2 pollen laden bees are aiming for the same flower.
Although some things will be opening today, post COVID-19 Pandemic (we hope) there is still an air of mixed feelings and fear over opening too soon or a second wave that could occur. Texas reported 1,000 new cases yesterday, but is opening back up as restrictions are being reduce. Ontario Garden Centres will be opening with curbside pickup and other social distancing restrictions. I’m anxiously awaiting the opening of Provincial Parks so I can go kayaking in my favorite body of water, the Ausable Channel.
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.
~ Jerome K. Jerome (English – Author / May 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927)
Thank a Teacher Day
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.
Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.
~ Hosea Ballou (American – Clergyman / April 30, 1771 – June 7, 1852)
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
- USA has about 10x the population of Canada
The Province of Ontario has been hardest hit in Nursing homes.