Total cases worldwide: 308,227 / Deaths: 13,064
It’s weird that my life under self-isolation is not much different than it was before this pandemic. My husband and I rarely left the property, except for Thursday ‘Date Night.’ I do miss the best pizza in town, drinks at our favourite little bar, socializing with other people, but it’s not all bad. It certainly could be worse.
So thankful I am not cooped up in a small apartment. I am fortunate we rented a home with a large, fenced property. I can still go outside; I can go for a swim in the pool; relax in the hot tub; it’s almost like I am cut off from the rest of the world. The closet house I can see is quite far away. The covered patio faces the Pacific Ocean with miles of deserted beach and sitting outside with the sound of the waves crashing gives me peace and serenity. I am blessed, but still, it is a stressful time.
I stocked up on loads of seeds, not for cooking, but for using as bird seed. Everyday, while my morning coffee is brewing, I sit outside watching all kinds of wild life – quails, cardinals, blue jays, ground doves, white winged doves, and a pair of chipmunks. I put half an orange on a tree branch and that attracts 2 kind of oriels, one with bright orange and one with bright yellow feathers, and woodpeckers (or they may be sapsuckers). Sometimes a road runner casually strolls by; they look nothing at all like the cartoon btw. Occasionally I see a hare, usually at dawn or dusk, and there are wild horses that visit the pond in front of our house for a drink. For a desert there is more animal life than you would think.
All the birds are very entertaining the observe. One of the bigger male doves ruffles the feathers on his back and charges at all the other doves. The quails scratch the ground and the way they move looks like they are doing a jig. The quails also make very funny sounds. The small ground doves put their wings up, like shields, when the other little doves get too close. The blue jays hide some seeds for later, I never knew blue jays did such a thing. The little chipmunk comes sniffing along and finds all the seeds hidden by the blue jays. Watching these little animals gives me joy, and sometimes laughter, in this strange world we are currently live. It’s in this moment, I can forget everything that is going on in the world, and take time to just be happy.
I see the videos of people in Italy singing on their balconies, building after building, coming together as one during what has to be their most difficult time. Watching that video, and seeing the community comes together, makes my eyes well up. A lot of things make my eyes well up lately. Obviously, this imminent event, with such an uncertain outcome, is making my subconscious uneasy.