Day 44: A pretty day in the COVID-19 quarantine


Today is National Nurses Day, a fine prelude to Mother’s Day

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – A peaceful sunny day finally came into the quarantine on this seventh Wednesday in the Michigan stay-at-home quarantine. The sunrays hit my sunroom just in time for the morning meditations with Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey.

The second cycle of meditations offered hope much like the sun and the growing cucumber and beet plants. The infusion in the cup had just the right temperature and somehow I knew everything was going to be fine, when the time is right.

The zoo room meeting went well and I headed out to the nearby Fallasburg Park to get some pictures. The park was full with cyclists, fishermen and pedestrians.

A trail marker on the North Country National Scenic Trail in Fallasburg.

I easily located the entrance to the North Country Trail by its blue and yellow marker near the Tower Farm in the Fallasburg village. I have yet to hike some parts of the trail close to us. The national headquarters of the trail resides in our hometown of Lowell.

I noticed the red hearts on the historical buildings in the Fallasburg village and the yellow ribbons honoring the health care heroes of this COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time in years, I had to send a card to my mother for Mother’s Day. I also finally found the guts to put on a mask made from my head band and to go shopping for flowers into my favorite Snow Avenue Greenhouse.

The gardening and landscaping places opened in the wake of protests against Gov. Whitmer’s strict stay-at-home orders for all non-essential businesses.

But, you could tell that the the greenhouse was a little bit behind with an entire long row of plants marked “Not ready for sale yet.”

If I was looking for a sense of normalcy, I would definitely find it here among the the hundreds of plants neatly organized in rows.

We got another take-out from Sneakers–a delicious enchilada. We have a total of $100 in gift certificates ready when the restaurants reopen, hopefully sometime after May 28.

The marque on the Larkin’s Other Place still read: “Thank you, closed until…..”

Thank you health care heroes and essential workers for keeping us alive and fed.

Stay tuned for day-by-day coverage of the COVID-19 quarantine in Michigan.

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