Daily Quote: April 6, 2020

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
~ Lincoln Steffens (American – JournalistApril 6, 1866 – August 9, 1936)

Sorry Charlie Day

A dull and overcast Sunday morning.  Social distancing measures continue and there are no public gatherings of over 5 people permitted in Ontario.  A walk with my dog, Rickie seems like a travel through the twilight zone as the streets are completely empty.

The number of COVID-19 total cases in Canada was 14,426 as of April 5th, 2020 with 653 cases that have been hospitalized, including 196 in intensive care.  214 have died of COVID-19 to date in Canada.

In the USA (which has about 10x the population of Canada) is now the leader in the world for reported cases and deaths.  The total number of coronavirus cases rose to over 329,636, with the number of deaths at more than 9,420.

Globally, the death toll is more than 68,148.

Daily Quote: April 4, 2020

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)

Walk Around Things Day

Tell a Lie Day

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

Confirmed cases 11,732

Probable cases 15

Deaths 152

With 10x the population of Canada USA is still being hit much harder.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

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.

Daily Quote: April 3, 2020

Living well is the best revenge.
~ George Herbert
(British – Poet April 3, 1593 – March 1, 1633)

National Tweed Day

Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun Day

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day

Find a Rainbow Day

Quarantine after travel Day 14 +1.  Still one more day.  Not that it will make much of a difference.  Regulations will still limit the places I can go and who I can see with social distancing still being required.

COVID-19 is still increasing in numbers and effects. There are more than 1 million cases of coronavirus globally, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Canada is reporting 11,131 confirmed cases as of April 2nd, 2020 (the real number is much higher as testing is only being done for high risk individuals and Health Care Professionals in Ontario).  486 cases have been hospitalized, including 148 in intensive care while the number of deaths is now over 105.

Keeping in mind that the USA has more than 10 times the population of Canada,
The numbers for the USA are:

    • Total cases: over 230,000
    • Total deaths: over 5,600

Daily Quote: April 2, 2020

Being born in a duck yard does not matter,
if only you are hatched from a swan’s egg.
~ Hans Christian Andersen
(Danish – Author April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875)

International Children’s Book Day

National Reconciliation Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Day 14 of Quarantine after travel.  Unfortunately our self-isolation has been increased by 2 days.  My stepson had stopped in to see us on the Friday before he left for work.  He now has pneumonia and probably has COVID-19, but is not qualified to be tested as testing is limited to high risk individuals and Health Care Professionals in Ontario.

Once the quarantine period is over our self-isolation won’t change much as everything except essential services is closed and social distancing is still demanded.

The numbers being reported of confirmed cases in Canada keep growing every day.  The number of COVID-19 total cases in Canada was 9,613 as of April 1st, 2020 with 109 confirmed deaths.  The actual number of people with COVID-19 is probably much higher.  Only people at high risk and health care professionals are being tested in Ontario.

The reported numbers in the USA are much higher, even considering that Canada has about 10% of the population of the USA.  President Trump said that over 240,000 Americans could die from COVID-19,

    • Total cases: 186,101
    • Total deaths: 3,603


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.


Daily Quote: March 31, 2020

I think; therefore I am.
~ Rene Descartes
(French – Mathematician March 31, 1596 – February 11, 1650)


National Sunflower Day
(Día Nal. del Girasol) – Argentina


COVID-19 Pandemic continues.  We are now at Day 13 of Quarantine after travel.  My youngest son picked up bread and milk for us.  We are still waiting to hear how my stepson is on his trucking adventure home where he will get testing done to see if he has COVID-19.

5,655 cases including 61 deaths have been reported in Canada (overall case fatality rate of 1.1%)  The worst news was from a retirement home in  Bobcaygeon Ontario where 7 confirmed COVID-19 people have died of the 65 residents. (an additional 2 died from other natural causes and 10 staff are awaiting test results).

In comparison there are at least 155,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US and at least 2,828 people have died in the US from COVID-19.  Just a reminder that Canada has only about 10% of the total population of the USA.

President Trump has extended the shut down in the USA until April 30th.  He stated that Easter was just a hopeful date.

Daily Quote: March 29, 2020

People see God every day,
they just don’t recognize him.
~ Pearl Bailey (American – Actress March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990)

Good Deeds Day

Neighbour Day

Texas Love the Children Day

5th Sunday in Lent

5th Sunday in Lent

COVID-19 Day 11 in Quarantine after travel.  The countdown to freedom is on, but even after the quarantine period Ontario is still under a general shut down so, nothing is going back to normal this week.  Schools, churches, bars, restaurants, stores and non-esential services remain closed.  Social distancing remains a requirement.  People are still dying of COVID-19.  The USA is leading the way with the highest number of confirmed cases now over 100,000.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced yesterday that symptomatic people will be denied access to public transportation.  My question is: what part of “stay home” didn’t people with symptoms not understand?

Online options are popping up for everything.  Church Services, Garden Tours, Travel, etc……

Daily Quote: March 28, 2020

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
~ Frank A. Clark (American – Politician March 28, 1860 – April 14, 1936)

National Weed Appreciation Day

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National Weed Appreciation Day, not the kind you smoke.  We’re talking about weeds like dandelions or wild flowers as some of us like to call them.

I’m now on day 10 of Quarantine after returning to Canada and am wondering how much different my life will be when the quarantine is done.  My husband is in the the risk category due to age and being a cancer survivor with only one kidney, so we will still need to social distance and remain vigilant.  It will be wonderful to see my grandchildren in person again and to be able to get my own groceries rather than write a list and send my daughter-in-law into the dangerous stores.

I’ve started some seeds from OSC, where I ordered them on line, but was very disappointed with the little number of seeds in a package.  One package I received actually had no seeds, so I called and had the package replaced.  The replacement package only had 10 seeds.  I’d like to go to the dollar store and buy some seeds, one of my luxuries.

I’m anxious to go for a walk in the local conservation area to see the skunk cabbage starting to grow an the marsh marigolds or any other spring flowers starting.


Daily Quote: March 27, 2020

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)


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.

Daily Quote: March 25, 2020

The poison of selfishness destroys the world.
~ Catherine of Siena (Theologian March 25, 1347 – April 29, 1380)

International Waffle Day

Walking through the trails, I thought I would look at a honey mesquite tree to see if scorpions were visible during the day.  At first I thought this spider feasting on a caterpillar might be a scorpion, but on closer inspection it turned out to be a spider.  Possibly a  Platycryptus undatus, a Tan Jumping Spider as suggested by SpiderID.  I had hoped to find a site for spiders like the one for birds and this site is amazing.  Spider enthusiasts are like bird enthusiasts, they like to share their knowledge with others to grow the understanding of creatures in the world.

COVID-19 Pandemic continues.  The news is flooded with updates and new restrictions.  The entire Provence of Ontario is no longer “Open for Business”.  Only essential services are permitted to remain open and everyone else is advised to “self isolate”.  This is Day 7 of my self isolation after returning home from Texas.  Some people decided to “shelter in place” and I wonder if that wasn’t the best decision.  There are still no confirmed cases in the Rio Grande Valley.  My friend who decided to stay in Mexico is also in self isolation, because she had a visitor from New York.  She says they have no shortages of anything and there is no hoarding occurring in Mexico.