Greetings all! I hope everyone is doing well and taking care of yourselves and your neighbors. I hope your Easter celebrations brought you joy. It is hard being apart from our loved ones, but hopefully we will all be together again soon. Being healthy is the most important thing.
The second week of April has started and we both sit here in our dining room working on everyday items. We both have had a great deal of time to think and talk over the events of the past month. We have watched all the news on local TV and read our daily newspapers and have received many calls each day from our close friends near and far off.
Weird times to say the least, folks. I know the truckin’ business is suffering badly, as are most businesses. It has really sunk in how we Americans, as well as the rest of the world, have been focused on getting rich instead of getting ready.
Somewhere, far south of here, a male ruby-throated hummingbird is making its way to Maine. Weighing little more than a penny, this tiny bird has been traveling since it left its winter home in southern Mexico or Central America. It has already traversed the Gulf of Mexico, flying nonstop for 500 miles. Juvenile and female hummingbirds are following its path, albeit a week or so later.
To all those whose work is deemed essential to public health and safety and who have remained at their posts during the corona outbreak, we express our admiration and gratitude. Among the front-line folks, let us not forget those who continue to process and move the trash and recyclables that our households, not temporarily shuttered like many of our commercial enterprises, continue to generate on a daily basis.
MVLT Founders Preserve consists of 107 acres and has some of the hilliest terrain found in Lincoln County. Combined with the 320-acre Quarry Hill Preserve, owned by the Town of Waldoboro, it forms a wildlife corridor of more than 400 acres that supports an abundance of species with its diverse habitat.
Our current health struggle with the coronavirus is frightening to many, because of its deadly potential, and annoying to others – avoiding close contacts with people, washing hands for 20 seconds, and having to stay at home for long periods of time.
Greetings Dear Readers! Your Marilyn Beane’s World is here with more news about my sweetheart’s and my life at Windward Gardens in Camden.
“How many rolls did you get?” Ollie asked Opie as I entered the barn.
Snowstorms and even blizzards in early spring that make you stick close to the hearth, are not unknown in Maine. The current one, created by a rogue virus and constant alarming news updates, is different. There are no swirling white flakes. The roads and sidewalks are not in need of shoveling. It took a little longer to arrive in Maine, but suddenly our world has become conducive to staying close to the hearth.
In times of heightened stress, nature offers us a balm for our anxiety. Spending time outside is always restorative, but it seems especially critical now.
If you want to increase the number of birds that visit your backyard, consider putting out suet cakes. Suet is a high-energy food source made from beef fat. Suet cakes or homemade batches attract a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, blue jays, nuthatches, and wrens. Cardinals, catbirds, and some warblers will also occasionally visit a suet feeder.
Art skills, life skills: There is a lovely turquoise block print of a headshot of what appears to be a heron standing along the shore of a body of water in the current art show on the walls of the cafe at Rising Tide Co-op in Damariscotta. It is an attention-getter – and it was created by a student in a fifth and sixth grade class at Chewonki Elementary and Middle School in Wiscasset as part of a printmaking unit focused on coastal Maine’s salt-marsh ecology.
This year has brought back many wonderful memories of my grammar school days and my last year at Franklin Grammar School when I was in the eighth grade. Back in those days, one had to complete a course in Maine state history and pass it to go on to high school. I recall that each eighth grade student had to make a large notebook of items containing photos, items on Maine events and Maine statehood, and items that lead up to Maine becoming a state on March 15, 1820.