Sheltering in place as winter wanes

P1290945One of our newly planted wild-currant bushes offers its first blooms in front of The Nuthatch cabin.

IMG_7955WE AWAKENED THIS MORNING, a bit groggily, to that annual harbinger of an emerging new season, that whispered wake-up call disturbing of slumber yet comforting in its message that winter won’t last.

Yes, daylight-saving time had arrived.

I stumbled downstairs to start the coffeemaker and turn the clocks ahead.

It’s a disturbing time in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle has become the coronavirus capital of America. It’s a good time to be a hermit on a small island with no public ferry.

But even here, we’re suddenly cautious about greeting neighbors fresh from the city. No hugs, no handshakes. Plenty of hand-washing. It’s awkward, but everyone gets it. One neighbor is here for a month because her employer sent her away from the growing pandemic. The news is more alarming day by day, as schools shut, illness spreads, travel is canceled, regional deaths become double-digit. In this, the Northwest would have happily let somewhere else be the trendsetter (though you really wouldn’t wish it on anyone).

We’re in good stead at The Nuthatch. Barbara just brought home weeks worth of groceries, and we already had plenty of toilet paper. (And what’s the TP hoarding all about, anyway? This is a pulmonary illness; there’s no diarrhea. People just get crazy.)

Rougher times are coming, we’re all told, unless you listen to a certain official who believes everything the federal government does these days is “perfect.” Old folks dying in nursing homes isn’t perfect. People trapped on cruise ships with too little food isn’t perfect. School kids with no place to study isn’t perfect.

We’re sheltering in place on our island, watching the real harbingers of spring sprout and bloom outside, and hoping our friends and loved ones will be as fortunate. 1-anchor

P1290951Miniature daffodils herald the coming change of season on Center Island.

4 thoughts on “Sheltering in place as winter wanes

  1. Stay well and stay put on that wonderful little island of yours until this all blows over. As I wrote on the blog this week between coronavirus headlines and border conflicts here, the edge has been taken off our idyllic springtime in Greece.

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  2. It is indeed one of those times where you can look at the usual choice between the comforts and choices of urban density and the relative inconveniences of island life and just turn those on their heads. Yours is a good place to be.

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