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April 26, 2020
Posted by Mary Beth

Otis and David have 60 just-sewn masks for sale at $5/each plus shipping (which is cheap). Tell him how many you want, what general colors you might like. Such as I took a pale striped one and Len is wearing the only camo he owns.  Or it’s some camo-colored pattern, whatever.  One friend said she is delighted to have rec’d one with a cat pattern.

April 25, 2020
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Pretty soon I’m going to need to invent a new title for this Quarantine Dairy.  I don’t want to be writing Diary #273 and #401 – even though I am beginning to understand that in many ways, we are going there.

I read this Twitter question. 

What will go away from here on out?  The answers were things like:

April 24, 2020
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I wrote this to my friend Karen who said I ought to share it here. She’s right. 

April 23, 2020
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Today it finally happened. Len asked if today was Wednesday or Thursday. I looked at him, opened my mouth to answer, and realized I did not know. I opened my phone to look at my calendar app – and I could not remember what my calendar app looks like.

It’s Thursday.

April 22, 2020
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Yesterday Len took this photo of two ospreys checking out their nest. He has been observing them for more than a week when he bicycles in their neighborhood. So far both birds will leave their nest for extended periods of time, so he doesn’t think they have chicks yet. 

A curious and true reality.

April 21, 2020
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There are Lyrid meteor showers this week.

“The Lyrids have been observed and reported since 687 BC; no other modern shower has been recorded as far back in time. (that’s from Wikipedia.

Len went out to look for them one night and didn’t find the fabled shooting stars of yore.

April 20, 2020
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Today is the birthday of a person in our family. Until the quarantine, we had plans to celebrate this weekend but of course those plans fell through. I don’t feel devastated, but I am sorry to miss this celebration. Smaller losses add up.  

April 19, 2020
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In the first week of quarantine one of my kids said, “I hate the coronavirus. I hate this so much.” The fury in their voice surprised me but they were right. This disease is horrible, dangerous, lethal, unknown … and it is breaking the world. Humans are dying. Everybody else’s lives are upside down and backwards.

April 18, 2020
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1. I hate that each day when I start these diary entries, I have to look up yesterday’s posting to see what number I’m on because it’s too high to stick in my head. Today is #36.  Yes it is.

April 17, 2020
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Here’s a rabbit hole.  (A rabbit hole is anything you suddenly need to learn lots about that you weren’t even thinking about five minutes ago.) (Peg, I need your rabbit hole photo!)