When the past no longer illuminates the future,
the spirit walks in darkness.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville (French – Historian July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859)
National Chicken Wing Day
Busch Gardens will always remain one of my favorite places. Where else could people get so close to tigers. This picture was taken in February 2018 when my niece and her family were visiting Florida. With the USA/Canada border remaining closed Florida can only be a memory for Canadians.
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)
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
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.
I put my heart and my soul into my work,
and have lost my mind in the process.
~Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch – Artist March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890)
Take a Walk in the Park Day
Virtual Vacation Day
International Folding Laundry Day
COVID-19 pandemic continues and grows. Numbers confirmed in the USA are now over 139,000 with the death toll of over 2,400. Some experts are now predicting that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans will die because of COVID-19.
Canada has fewer cases with only 6,243 confirmed cases caused by COVID-19 and 61 reported deaths. Part of the reason for the lower numbers in Canada is that Canada’s population is less than 10% of the USA.
Prime Minister Trudeau remains in self-isolation even now that his wife is now symptom free. He could still develop the virus 14 days after exposure.
We’re on Day 12 of our quarantine after travel. My step-son is trucking his way back to Ontario from Saskatchewan, but says he is sick. He’ll need to be tested to confirm if it is COVID-19, but that means our quarantine time will also need to be extended because he stopped in to see us on Friday, March 20th before he went to work trucking. That means an extra 2 days of self-isolation for us, not a major hardship because there are very few places to go. Even worse, his lady-friend is a double organ transplant recipient and could be in very serious danger from exposure.
Some of our Canadian friends have decided to shelter in place in Florida and Mexico. Others drove straight home from Florida without stopping. Some are now done their 14 day quarantine after travel, but everyone is still being told to “STAY HOME”.
Virtual tours and travel have been spreading on the internet almost as fast as the virus. Distractions and good thoughts trying to take away from the fear and terror of closed cities and states. So book a Virtual Vacation and relax today.
Take time to deliberate;
but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Andrew Jackson (American – President March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845)
Well, the Coronavirus Pandemic is causing lots of panic everywhere. Toilet paper and major supplies are flying off the shelves as people try to prepare. Schools in Ontario are closed until April 5, 2020. All public events are being cancelled. People abroad are worried as borders are being closed. International flights are being cancelled. There is a shortage of tests in the USA. Worldwide numbers are increasing.
My home church will be closing the doors for the live service on Sunday and trying Facebook live to deliver the weekly message and updates.
All health insurance from Canada for travelers have a clause that renders the insurance coverage to 0 if there is an epidemic or pandemic. So my husband and I need to leave Texas this morning and make the trip back to Ontario Canada. Today I’m borrowing from the past with the Daily Quote, but it seems very appropriate.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
~ Frederick Douglass (American – Author / February 14, 1818 – February 20, 1895)
Millions long for immortality
who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
~ Susan Ertz (English – Novelist / February 13, 1887 – April 11, 1985)
First Magazine Published
Penicillin 1st Used On Humans
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
~ Charles Darwin (English – Scientist / February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882)
Canada’s Agriculture Day
A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
~ Robert Burton (English – Writer / February 8, 1577 – January 25, 1640)
National Kite Flying Day
Among the delights of Summer were picnics to the woods.
~ Georg Brandes (Danish – Critic / February 4, 1842 – February 19, 1927)
Thank a Mailman Day