As you can see from the pictures, Snow-Gauge Clif’s job is nearly done for the year.
There is still a bit of snow on the ground, a holdover from the last little storm we had. Will we get more snow in April? Maybe, maybe not. This is Maine, and when it comes to the weather, anything can happen.
But we are definitely sliding toward spring. Bird song swirls around our home in the woods, and when I go outside, it makes me smile to hear it. No silent spring, thank goodness.
Our neighbor next door left eggs on our steps, and those eggs were very welcome as our supply is dwindling fast. She left a sweet, concerned note taped to the carton, telling me she had wiped the outside with Lysol and to let her know if we needed anything.
So very nice to get a note like that. Especially as Clif and I are now considered elderly by the CDC. (Us? Elderly? How could that be?)
Coronavirus News from Maine
From the Portland Press Herald
A Cumberland County man in his 80s was the first person in Maine to die from the coronavirus.
From Maine CDC
Maine’s number of cases of the coronavirus: 168
The News from All Over
The United States is now the epicenter of a shifting global pandemic. With more than 82,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, it has surpassed China, Spain and Italy, the hardest-hit countries to date.
So how did America get here? A series of missteps, and missed opportunities: a failure to take the virus seriously even as it brought China to its knees, a fumbled federal government response to testing that left the US in the dark about the magnitude of the outbreak, and a desperate shortage of masks, personal protective equipment and ventilators that has put both medical workers and patients at risk.
And in a stunning development, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today he had tested positive [for Covid-19.]
The House on Friday passed the $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it quickly.
The Latest Numbers
Global Cases: 549,604
Global Deaths: 24,863
My Take: No doubt the stimulus bill could have been bigger, better, and fairer. (When oh when are those at the top going to start taking responsibility and paying their fair share?) Nevertheless, many, many everyday people will be helped by this bill. For some, it could mean the difference between staying afloat and drowning. And that is no small thing.