Anyone want to sing along? Last night, they really started to clamp down. Apparently warning people wasn’t doing the job. There are a lot of awfully selfish people. I’m sure that in the time of the Black Plague, these are the people who went dancing in the streets, just to make sure everyone got it. Of course, The Black Plague was far more lethal than this virus, but for me, it’s the same. With two implanted valves, a Pacemaker, and a complete redesign of my left ventricle, not to mention cancer that preceded it and of course, my age, I’m exactly the person on the top of the “most vulnerable” chart. I got a call from the hospital this morning where Garry’s appointment was canceled because it’s not an emergency asking me if I wanted to reschedule.
I said I watched a lot of news last night and came out of it knowing exactly what I knew when I started watching, which is not much. For all who think if I’m not dead yet, there’s nothing to worry about, you ARE the people who are most likely to be my personal poisoned arrows.
Meanwhile, it’s a beautiful day. The birds are happy, the flowers are growing, though the garden is a mess. It’s lucky we don’t go out much anyhow. We aren’t going to miss any big parties or concerts. We are hanging out with the dogs, the orchids,d the birds. Watering plants, filling feeders on a sunny day that looks like spring has sprung, except it hasn’t yet. Another week, though, and it will be official.
I got a call from an old friend in New York last night. No snow there, either. Not even what we call a “winter.” A lot of the weather has been so warm, a sweatshirt over a light sweater was enough and I’ve been up and around the deck in my socks (I really give my socks a hard workout) and shirtsleeves.
I haven’t seen the overnight shots yet, but something was very hungry because the fancy “trail mix” food in the big feeder is down to less than half and we filled it last night after sunset when all the birds had gone home to their trees. I wonder if it was raccoons, flying squirrels, or both.
I actually took these pictures this morning.
These are the last one and the next-to-last one taken this morning. I have another chip in my other camera. It’s the camera that has the macro lens on it, so it’s full of orchids. I want to take more pictures later, so I left that chip in the camera.
I’m sure no one is surprised that these are Goldfinches. Young ones who are still changing color. Yesterday, though I didn’t take pictures of them, there were Cardinals, boy and girl, and a few different woodpeckers as well as Titmouses and quite a few Chipping Sparrows as well as a pair of Carolina Wrens. A lot of the time, I don’t try to shoot because as soon as they see the big black camera, they fly away. They come back, but sometimes I have to wait a long time until they show up.
Even so, I’m lucky to grab a few pictures before they are off again. Unless I want to stand there for half an hour to an hour with the camera hoisted up (this is the BIG lens, so it’s got some weight to it), trying to not move at all, watching is fun. But I admit, it doesn’t make great pictures for Serendipity!
I got to thinking last night not only about old people like me who have heart problems but other people. For example, anyone with transplanted organs as well as those who donated the organs. They may not be old, but they are in danger.
All the diabetics I know … there are so many of them. The people with MS and Lupus and other illnesses that don’t necessarily show. Including a lot of people who have underlying ailments about which they don’t even.
I suppose this could be one way to lower the cost of medical care in this country. Wipe out the sick, the elderly, or anyone under treatment. It would greatly reduce the pressure on hospitals and doctor’s offices. And just like the years following the Plague in Europe, there would be plenty of jobs and nursing homes would have more than enough room.