Interesting Times

So, it is a beautiful day today in Happy Meadows. Mike and Judy went out for a walk in the bluebird sanctuary, and of course, I went along. It was muddy in places from all the rain. There were a lot of other people there, some of them with muddy dogs. I promise you, I kept my paws free of mud, and my mouth free of feathers. We also walk several days per week in Happy Meadows. I see Big Fluff snoozing in his front yard almost every day. He is a big orange and white fluffy tomcat who shows no interest in what is going on around him. It’s okay, I guess, because he is way too big for an owl or a hawk to attack, the vultures can somehow tell that he is not dead, and the coyotes don’t seem to hunt around here in daylight. So, just go on enjoying your naps, Big Fluff.

COVID-19 is grabbing a lot of the headlines and news coverage. People with responsibilities are suddenly having to make major decisions that they never considered having to make until just now. We are now officially in a state of emergency both at the national and state level. That must be 2 states of emergency. All of a sudden, there are no more live sporting events. March Madness has been postponed and probably won’t happen. The Master’s, which is the biggest deal ever in Georgia, has been postponed until further notice. The lines in the grocery stores are extremely long, and a lot of items are disappearing from the shelves as fast as they are stocked, most especially, hand sanitizer, masks, and toilet paper. Toilet paper? Yes, toilet paper. Wall Streeters are as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof. Mike was shocked to learn earlier this week watching the governor’s news conference that the entire state has the capacity to test only 25 people per day for COVID-19. As of yesterday they are up to 50. No wonder the numbers of positive cases in Georgia is so small. They are barely testing anyone. I hear they are planning to open testing stations in Walmart parking lots. (?????)

And speaking of COVID-19, Mike had a test last week that was reported as negative. He has had a low grade fever (99.1 or so) since Tuesday.  Mike has had a little cough, but it might just be his asthma. He hasn’t looked or acted sick. He is staying away from close contact with other people, both to not give anyone whatever he has, and to not get what they might have. He didn’t go to work this week, but will go if he loses his fever. Just no handshakes, hugging, sharing of pens, etc. He told his boychicks (Google it) not to come this Sunday, and Michelle will stay away this weekend as well. Strange times. God willing, it won’t get as bad as Mike thinks it might. This will depend on how diligent people are about hygiene. Maybe they should start licking their paws like I do.

Schools are closing right and left. Michelle will be teaching remotely for the rest of the semester. It is a new experience, and probably will work out okay, with some bumps in the road.

Mike has an appointment next week with Dr. K. but will try to do the appointment remotely. He says that if they want him to come in he will do so. But he is not scheduled either for labs or for a treatment. More shall be revealed.

Some of Mike’s friends have been sick. Please pray for everyone in need (that is everyone.) That is all for now from Happy Meadows. May we soon live in less interesting times. Bye, bye!

Author: Black Magic

Black Magic is a handsome, charming, and self-absorbed cat who lives with Mike and Judy Gordon in Marietta, Georgia. He is about 7 years old, and he will remind you at every opportunity that his grandfather was Black Jack, that famous cat who wrote his own autobiography. Black Magic has a great many opinions, and despite his natural feline arrogance, he seems to be genuinely spiritual. But the reader can decide for him/herself.

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