Hello, Dear Readers! — Happy May Day!
I know it has been a long time since I’ve written a blog entry and it is hard to know just where to begin. — First and foremost I have to start with I hope all of you are HEALTHY, staying safe and being smart. No matter which end of the opinion spectrum you are on regarding COVID-19, the world is in troubling times.
Due to long-standing health issues, I am considered a severely at-risk individual. Among other problems, I have breathing issues that makes breathing through a mask difficult. However, I’d rather put up with difficult than risk ending up six feet under. That being said, I do not understand why some people insist their rights are being violated by the thought of wearing a mask. If you could care less about you getting Covid-19, I guess it would be outrageous to consider the lives of others. Even your own children. To those who say, “I feel fine.” – let’s hope that does not end up your epitaph.
I have gotten out of the house a total of four times in the last two months, each time to my land. Safe social distancing in the privacy of my forest. This past week has seen Nature in all it’s springtime glory! LOL even if some toads and frogs did find themselves singing Frozen Balls (think to the tune of Jingle Bells) the other night. The list of birds I have sat enjoying around me is too long to write out, suffice it to say everyone has returned to the great Northwoods.
The four-leggeds have all been quite active also – including a recent visit from a Black Bear … always a great treat to have! There was a real surprise to have a Woodchuck scoping out my dock. I had hopes he or she was planning on setting up residence nearby. But the little one has not been seen since and was most likely just passing through.
The decimation of most Balsam trees here ala the nasty little Spruce Budworm has changed landscapes all over the Northwoods. Winter brought down a couple of Aspens that was kind of a surprise, but now look at the view of my two old Jack Pines! At least until that one Aspen leaves out. Some of the Aspens have already broke bud, so it won’t be long.
There is another visitor I had out at home last week, but I have yet to determine their identity. The photo I have included is…really bad, I know – but it is the best I could get. The light speck in the middle of that bright green circle is much bigger in-person. It is a down feather from a large bird. The feather measures approximately an inch & a half by four inches long. Primarily it is white, with a tiny bit of faint rust & grey/blue tones. It has itself firmly anchored on the very tip end of a very flimsy Paper Birch branch. My best guess is that it is from a Great Blue Heron that got too close as it flew past. A fun puzzle to be sure.
Before I bring this edition to a close, I want you to know I haven’t really been ignoring you. I have been working on two manuscripts at once … a sixteen chapter novel and a screenplay of the same story. It has been a lot of hard work and is far from over with. My health has been rather limiting in how much work I can do any more, so this story that means everything to me does have most of my attention. I look forward to the day that I can tell you all about the project.
Please take care of yourselves — Healthy! Safe! Smart!