The forests are open here even though all the restaurants and places that gather more than 50 people have been shut down. The nettles so beloved in Nepal and here in the Pacific Northwest are springing up. A chance to address cabin fever, and give those forlorn knives and woods tools sitting on their shelves something to do. Not bad eating either. Nettles (Sisnos in Nepali) have their own entry in the HI cookbook. Western herbalists have all sorts of uses for them, but eating as cooked greens is pretty simple. Red Flower is with me now relaxing in the forest, but soon she will be back on the front lines. She is a hospitalist at one of the major urban hospitals in the Seattle-Tacoma area. If Washington State follows the Italian trajectory things are going to get pretty busy around the middle of her next week-long stint. Forest time, away from newsfeeds and human structures, is a welcome and vital re-creation.