There is still a little chill in the air, especially at night when the temperature dips to the 30s in Aquinnah. But we have also enjoyed quite a few days of sun and warmth in the 50s.

My normal sleep pattern has escaped me over the past two months. Insomnia has set. Most mornings I enjoy the beautiful sunrise. This must be due to the overload of television and computer, especially the news that is so disconcerting each day. I am still awaiting some good news in this Covid-19 state of mass confusion that emanates from the White House daily. The only really known good news is how those on the frontlines are being honored each and every day. It is encouraging to view the community spirit around the world as neighborhoods celebrate in their own special way. In the meantime, I am trying desperately to get back to a more normal nightly sleep pattern.

This week my grandson Noah made the most delicious beignets — delicate and delectable. As a family we watch the Food Network, cheering on Jennie DeVivo, Nisa Webster and her brother Eli Carroll as they compete in the Gold Coast Food Truck Challenge on Thursday evenings. Their team is called the Lunch Ladies and the competition has taken them from California to Nevada and back. They are presently in now in the finals, to be decided Thursday night.

Theresa delivered homemade codfish cakes to family and friends in Aquinnah, Chilmark and West Tisbury over the weekend. Board meetings and committee meetings are on Zoom these days. A virtual tour of Chicken Alley Thrift Shop during our committee meeting the other day showed us updates. My dedicated physicians have been keeping up with my health through telephone calls and a Zoom appointment this past week. Next week I will give a history class on Zoom since the schools are closed for the year.

On Monday it was reported that a male in Aquinnah in his 50s has tested positive for Covid-19. May he be well.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Wilmon Chipman who passed away this past week. Wilmon and his wife Barbara and their children enjoyed their home on Dogfish Bar for the past half a century. Wilmon was a retired college professor. His greatest enjoyment was fishing and his home in Aquinnah was located at the best fishing spot.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Rosalind Lefeber who passed away this week. Rosalind was a retired college professor as was her late husband Louis. They enjoyed nearly 60 years at their summer home in East Pasture.

On May 1, our beloved Joyce Bowker, director of the up-Island Council on Aging will observe her 35th year in that position. During this time of Covid-19, you may still call the Howes House at 508-693-2896 and leave a message. One of our dedicated staff members will return your call and assist your with your needs.

Happy Birthday wishes this week to Martha Cottle on April 25; Phillip Parent will party on April 26; Jean Lince, Shirley Mayhew and Rodney Bunker share the day on April 27; Michelle Duarte, Ron Tolin and Samuel Murphty Kausch who will be five years old will all celebrate on April 28; Albert Rose will observe his special day on April 29, sharing the day with Kylee Darcy who will be six years old; Judd Fuller will party on April 29 as well; Richard Rose will party on April 30; and May 1 will be a day of celebration for Nick Bologna and for Seamond Ponsart Roberts.