8,267,000 people infected worldwide
446,000 deaths worldwide
2,149,000 people infected in the United States
117,000 deaths in the United States
A friend that I've known since college days and I were exchanging emails and talking about SIP. She also lives in a northern climate so we exchanged anecdotes of life in the woods. Here are excerpts from my email to her...and I think they do capture life in the northwoods:
"Ahhhh...life in the woods, eh? I so enjoyed your stories of dealing with critters for they made me chuckle because I could share similar adventures (misadventures?).
Beware of that rabid racoon however...because they are also very smart animals. My handyman...Kirk...told me a story about him shooting an aggressive racoon on his patio. He thought he had missed it because it had run off and was not to be found. The next morning Kirk and his wife found bloody paw prints on their glass doors. It was as if it was trying to get into their house and get even.
As far as racoons go...though...they do not bother my bird feeders. Neither do the squirrels and I have lots of squirrels here...black ones, gray ones and gray ones with blonde tails. Yah...gray with blonde tails...go figure, eh? What does destroy my bird feeders, though, are bears. And there is not much I can do about that. For about two years I had two bird feeders right outside of my kitchen windows...under the eves of the house and they seemed safe. In fact I had a flock of 12 - 14 wild canaries that would visit every day. I enjoyed their song and their color. But a bear took both feeders out one night...totally destroyed them. In fact I still have a greasy bear snout nose print against one of the kitchen windows. This too is kinda scary when I think about it! ;-)
I would wash the window of the bear snout snot...but at the end of June I am having the house repainted. The painter is going to power wash the house first before painting. So I am thinking why bother?
Sooo...yup...life in the woods. I am basically doing ok with SIP and I am not one of those dumbass mavericks that thinks wearing a mask is affecting my freedom. Here in this part of Wisconsin...about 2/3 of the people are wearing masks...and the majority of those not doing so are Minnesota people that are here for the summer. Like with you these northern counties are asking people to quarantine themselves for two weeks when they come up here to their summer homes and cabins. It ain't happening. And it has not been happening since March. Lot's of Minnesotans were fleeing the Twin Cities in March and opening up their summer homes early...but they were not quarantining themselves.
That said, though, I do have my stir crazy days where I want to get out and go shopping, go out for lunch or dinner, etc. For instance many times over the last few years I would take a day and drive to Roseville and go to the car wash and get the trusty Honda thoroughly cleaned, washed and waxed. Then I would go to CostCo in Maplewood and stock up on supplies...and lastly stop at Jakes for a late lunch before driving home. I miss that. And who knows when I will be able to do that again. The good news is that the whole family remains safe and that is such a blessing that I will not complain.
Lastly...in the life in the northwoods story...there is a very pretty female cat that has been visiting the last few nights. She is in heat so she howls when visiting...she comes right up to my screen door looking for CJ's (ahem) companionship. Meanwhile CJ is neutered and does not give a damn but is also very territorial so he adds his own version of howls, groans, hisses. I cannot even concentrate on reading or whatever I am doing because I am giggling so hard!
And life goes on..."