Red Berries - 10-22-20
Thursday, October 22, 2020
There is an old wive's tale that if there are lots of red berries, it will be a harsh winter:
J. S. Gamet got the photo above, and there are just enough berries to be a little concerned! Ollie Ballard also found a loaded branch of berries providing contrast against the white bark of an aspen:
Not sure what plant bears these red berries, but they certainly are EVERYWHERE right now!
Spent a LONG time on the phone with my stepmom yesterday. She's 81 and living independently, several states away from all us kids. Worry about her a little (which she waves off) but also doesn't feel safe to actually go to VISIT her right now. I'd be afraid I'd inadvertently bring something along that would be detrimental to her and my elderly aunts who live in the area. As a result, have to rely on phone calls to gauge how she's doing.
Our positive COVID cases have blown up again in the past week - 21 new positives in our little county, which is double the number of positives we've had in ANY week since this started. Our county had just moved to Level 1 of the Safer at Home, which resulted in fewer restrictions. Now we're above the number we should be at to remain at that level, but the state allows a month to see how things progress. Hopefully these cases were caught in time to minimize the spread and we'll see a drop in the coming weeks....