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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....
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    Oh gosh!! Be careful and stay safe emoticon
    33 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Sorry to hear about more covid in your area. We stay significantly low for which I am very grateful.

    Those berries are pretty, I've heard over the years from old timers that they are poisonous.

    We are going back under stage 1 fire restrictions-went off last week and now back on this week, it shouldn't have ever been changed last week.

    33 days ago
    Covid is going crazy in the States... and we've been getting a bunch now too. Once the schools, beaches and bars opened, it went rampant. BE careful... ski season is coming. emoticon
    33 days ago
    The berries look like the ones that are produced by the Mountain Ash in our area. Sorry to hear that your cases of Covid are on the rise. Hope they find a vaccine soon.
    33 days ago

    such pretty berries! I assume they are wild. Do hope we find a vaccine which will work for this mess.
    33 days ago
    Lovely berries. Yes, our cases have risen; some small schools were allowed to open so now there is an increased number of kids with covid.
    33 days ago
    Beautiful pictures!

    We are in our second wave of Covid too. We had over 2200 cases here in Michigan the other day and over 1900 yesterday. We haven't had number like that since pandemic started.

    With the flu starting too, it is kind of scary. I feel like it is closing in on me and hubby. I take care of my 5 year old grandson and have been his caregiver since he has been 2 months old. He is in school now and I just don't think the teachers can police 5 year old children to wear their masks and social distance. They let them go out for recess so I know they aren't staying away from each other.

    33 days ago
    Unfortunately we are in wave 2 of covid. **SIGH** Just challenging.

    33 days ago
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