The news in brief.

  • There are three what appear to be yearling trumpeter swans cruising the open water on our lake.
  • I don’t remember ever seeing trumpeters before.
  • Also one Canada goose.
  • Have seen way too many of those over the years.
  • Far too early for the loons.
  • Loons typically arrive the day after the ice is gone.
  • Apparently loons send a scout ahead to confirm their reservations on our lake.
  • Who knew?
  • I was premature when I said last Saturday that I was recovered from the upper respiratory thing I had.
  • Spent a good share of the past week in bed.
  • Perhaps just lazy, but more likely taking longer to recover than previously thought.
  • Definitely not covid-19, though.
  • ::whew::
  • One case reported in Wisconsin, but it was in or near Madison, a four-plus-hour drive away.
  • Elder Son, the family practice doc with a master’s degree in epidemiology, told us last week that we should plan to hunker down at home for a month or so if the coronavirus appears to have spread to our area.
  • He was pre-echoing what the news media said later in the week.
  • We are now the proud possessors of a six-week supply of toilet paper.
  • Still need to acquire a few more bottles of generic Robussin.
  • And cough lozenges.
  • We have gone through quite of bit of those last two items in the past couple weeks.
  • Hoping we can rely on for cat and dog food and litter.
  • Smokey already has six (6!) bags of dog treats.
  • Also hoping we can rely on Amazon Prime for any other necessities that we forgot to stockpile.
  • What exactly are “pre-existing health conditions”?
  • When one reaches our age, one is most certainly going to have “pre-existing health conditions”.
  • Does high blood pressure count?
  • How about high cholesterol?
  • Type 2 diabetes? Stage 4 kidney disease? Eczema?
  • No pulmonary problems, though.
  • ::whew::
  • I think we are good for another month or two.
  • Younger Son decided a few weeks ago to spend a long weekend in New York City just for fun.
  • That is where he is this weekend.
  • Sure hope he remembers to wash his hands.
  • No way to avoid crowds in the Big Apple.
  • ::worry::
  • I am not a worrier. Until I am.
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7 Responses to The news in brief.

  1. Diane Nelson says:


  2. gayle says:

    Doesn’t everyone own a six-week supply of toilet paper? 8)
    The hunkering down is a good idea – and I’m constantly amazed (and delighted) by what is available online to be delivered right to the front porch.
    I hope you feel better soon! My stepmom just got over an epically ghastly cold that sounds like what you had, and I’m feeling lucky to have avoided catching it.

  3. This season’s cold stuff seems to be the lingering kind. Mr. Wyrm has had a lingering cough (but not coronavirus) for about a month now. Annoying, but that’s about it at this point. (I, on the other hand, have only had this cold for about a week. Doctor cleared me to go back to work, but the cough is still present. Also annoying.)

    I hope you heal up quickly and the COVID-19 stays away!

  4. Kat says:

    I love the Loon Scout info…that is so fascinating to me! And, the perfect tidbit of information that my wee brain adores! (you know, all that truly fascinating but useless information to my daily life stuff, lol)

    Sorry you have been slow in recovery and I truly hope that you are feeling much better! (also, we have TP and coffee to last a month… maybe I need to get a bit more!)

  5. Genuinely when someone doesn’t understand then its up to
    other people that they will help, so here it happens.

  6. k says:

    A month? I thought I was being excessive with two-week’s toilet paper.
    Must go research “long-term cheese storage.”

  7. Jane Wolfe says:

    Feel better soon. Oh yes – I’d be worrying about that son in NYC. Once a Mom – always a Mom and at least a part time worrier.

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