Every little trifle, for some reason, does seem incalculably important today, and when you say of a thing that ‘nothing hangs on it,’ it sounds like blasphemy. There’s never any knowing – (how am I to put it?) – which of our actions, which of our idlenesses won’t have things hanging on it for ever.
~ E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread
Greetings from Northeast Ohio, aka The Bogs. We made it here safe and sound, with very few stops along the way and with no contact with anyone else. As I start putting this post together (on Sunday afternoon), we are on our last day of masking up and physically distancing from the kids (big and little). This was necessary due to an Easter egg hunt. All was planned in advance. We didn’t want the boys to have to miss another holiday when it’s simple enough to wear a mask, stay outside (we’ve had good weather), and distance for a week or so. The word “necessary” may have been overstating things. It was a small, family Easter egg hunt and it’s possible we are being too cautious since most of the people there have been in the same bubble for quite some time (and were in our bubble the last time we were here). Still, it makes no sense to get this far along and blow it.
I got my first jab of the vaccine on Wednesday, here in Ohio. Nobody seems to care where you’re from (or even asked for ID), but since we’re homeowners here, I didn’t feel guilty about living elsewhere for now. There are some counties in this area, as there are in other states, where they have excess vaccine doses because the people (Republicans) are not getting them. It should be noted that those counties are the same counties you drive through and see the Big Loser’s flags still flying high. On my way to get the vaccine we passed a house that flew the flags of Jesus and the Loser next to each other. I didn’t know Jesus has a flag and I’m thinking that even if he does, he probably doesn’t want to be associated with the orange guy. The Big Lie and conspiracy theories are a belief system for some here.
I’m glad I didn’t wait on Maryland where the latest news from the governor is that they have a shortage of the vaccine. I will get my second shot during the first week of May while we’re still in Ohio. It will be good to have that done.
We are experiencing a second spring, although I’m not sure “second” is right since we hadn’t finished experiencing spring on the Eastern Shore. The redbuds on the ranch hadn’t yet opened when we left, but the daffodils were finished, the peonies were up, the asparagus was just getting going, and the flowering trees were beginning to create petal flurries (a little like snow flurries except with blossom petals).
It is always a pleasure to be able to spend time here in the Bogs at the beginning of spring. I was thinking the other day that this place feels more alive to me than the Eastern Shore. I think it’s all the greenery and the spring flowers. That’s especially true in the woods. Our woods on the ranch have no understory, thanks to the deer. But here… oh my. There are spring ephemerals coming up all over. We took a hike on Sunday morning at a place where the ground in the woods was carpeted with spring plants and flowers, mostly Spring Beauty but there were Mayapples coming up, purple violets blooming, and a host of other flowers I haven’t yet identified (or forgot what they are).
I think that’s about it from me for now. We’ve been very busy, mostly spending time playing with the Little Wookie and Little Peanut outside, enjoying the good weather. Rain moved through over the weekend and it’s expected to be cloudy and cool this week. I will be babysitting so I’m not sure when I’ll have time to check in again. I hope all is well with you.
Please be safe, be well, and be kind.
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 1,746) A shot in the arm. 1,747) Celebrating spring more than once. 1,748) Family, always. 1,749) M, always. 1,750) Safe travels.