Slowly, slowly, my schedule is returning to something approaching normal. I have resumed posting three times a week and am working on Book Four of the Great Library Series. (No title yet. It might be Library Regained. It might be something else. It all depends on how many Maya books I write.)
It helps that spring has come to our home in the woods. Yesterday, Clif and I put on our jackets and had tea on the patio. The temperature was 50°, but it felt fine to be sitting there.
Sherlock joined us. That chair was set out especially for him. Unfortunately, it seems that felines can contract covid-19. Even though we live in the woods, we do have neighbors, and we might have to keep the cats in this summer. Blogging friends, any thoughts about this?
On a happier note, there are lots of green shoots in the garden.
And I was able to get a picture of this handsome goldfinch, whose feathers are returning to summer yellow.
But sadness is never very far away. As we sat and had tea, I thought of our daughter in Brooklyn who is confined to a small apartment that is somewhere between 500 to 600 square feet. Dee hasn’t been outside for two weeks or so. She doesn’t complain—that is not her way—but when I asked her how she was doing, Dee did mention that she wished she had a small yard so that she could go out on nice days.
What I wish is that Dee were right here with us, and then she could join us on the patio and watch the fluttering beauties that come to our yard.
Alas, the time for that has passed, and Dee will have to hunker down in her small apartment until the worst is over.
Coronavirus News from Maine
From my very own town of Winthrop
Charlie Gove, 90, continues to volunteer at the Food Pantry. For over 14 years, I volunteered with this fine man. If you click on the link, it will take you to the Facebook page with the article. If you click on the article, it will enlarge, and you will be able to read the piece.
From Maine CDC
Maine’s number of cases of the coronavirus: 499
Deaths in Maine from Covid-19: 10
The News from All Over
From Mother Nature Network
This piece by Christian Controneo about greenhouse gases surely falls under the category of it’s an ill wind that blows no good.
We’re poised to see carbon dioxide emissions plummet to levels last experienced around World War II. That’s according to the Global Carbon Project, a network of emissions experts, earth scientists and economists, that tracks greenhouse gasses and advises policymakers on the issue.
From Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Another bit of good news.
As the US heads towards the peak, Europe’s numbers offer some hope. Fatalities and infections seem to be slowing in Italy, Spain and France, among the hardest-hit countries on the continent — and in the world.
And wise words from Queen Elizabeth
I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.
The Latest Numbers
Global Cases: 1,280,046
Global Deaths: 69,789
My own take: Queen Elizabeth knows a thing or two about how a country can suffer. I am specifically thinking about World War II and her own exemplary service, in which she should take a great deal of pride.