It’s OK to Be All Three (‘Rona #21)

We now know so much more about this virus than we did just four months ago! The secret to the viruses success in replicating in humans is that it often causes no symptoms or very mild ones. It is a different story, however, for the elderly and anyone with significant health issues. In many countries, this population accounts for a high percentage of deaths.

With this knowledge, and the emerging problems of those who don’t have job security, many countries are in the process of lifting restrictions.

Moving on – here are some more light hearted covid moments AND rumblings of dissatisfaction from society.

Barrel of Monkeys was a game released by Lakeside Toys in 1965. Nurses have repurposed the monkeys to hold the elastic on their face masks!

Nurses who have longer hair are tying it up into two Princess Leia buns. They slip the face mask elastics over the buns. My daughter is a nurse but her hair is very sparse due to the chemo she received when she was younger. Her friend has made her headbands with a button on each side to attach the elastic to!

Asian Giant Hornets have recently been found in the Pacific Northwest. They are being called murder hornets because they attack honey bees.

The City of Ottawa, Ontario gets points for the funniest sign using the Monty Python Silly Walk.

Many of the bloggers I follow have written ‘rumbling’ posts. Fear of the virus is being replaced by fear for those who have not been able to shelter in place without having significant health and job issues.

We can only live in this bubble for so long. Then we are ceasing to live at all…if we are going to live in a free society, we will never be able to account for everything. We bake the risk of mobility into our lives. And while I am not arguing AT ALL with some extra safety measures during this time of fact finding and figuring out what the hell is going on. And while I am heart-broken by any news of even ONE death or serious illness, there comes a time when we have to take a deep breath (full of contaminated air) and walk out the front door into life again.
– Regie Hamm, Bubble People

… to beat this thing we have to help each other find joy in a time of sorrow and we need to find little happy moments in a time of confinement. Spending time with our neighbours isn’t wrong and having a beer on my driveway hurts no one… It also means fighting the activists, the new puritans and the petty bureaucrats working hard to erode the social license.
– Blair King, How new puritans, petty bureaucrats and irresponsible activists risk eroding the public will necessary to fight Coronavirus

I wonder how we will look through the lens of time. Will we look like people who cowered in fear? Will we look like people who sacrificed for the needs of others? Will we look like people who were discerning and had wisdom? Will this just be a blip in the timeline of our world or will this so change our world that we no longer recognize it? Will we be judged on our lack of ability to listen, really listen to someone who had a different opinion than us?
– The Chicken Grandma – Questions Without Answers

Not So Close Contact (‘Rona #20)

My Birthday gift from some of the family.

If you only read my posts for the funny Covid memes, scroll down the page. If you want to read about our Canadian Snowbird trip home, start here:

The Car Guy and I (and Wanda, our little SUV) finished the three day drive from Arizona to Alberta. Yes, we threw off the hot comforter of Arizona (at 103F) and ventured forth into the world of long haul truckers, four lane black top, truck stops and fast food. It was one of the easiest, fastest and least stressful trips we have taken.

We took along face masks, but quickly decided that social distancing and hand washing would keep us, and anyone near us, probably safe (there are no guarantees in life…)

How Safe? Well, Covid is spread by Close Contact for a certain length of time. How close is close? The World Health Organization (WHO), The CDC and Health Canada say 6 feet (2 arms length or 2 metres).

As for period of time (with social distancing), there is general agreement that there is low risk of infection for brief encounters of a few minutes or less; increased risk as the exposure time increases; the most risk after a few hours. The risk is far less if the person is simply breathing, more if they are talking, and even more if they cough or sneeze. All agree that your best defence is to social distance and wash your hands with soap and water.

As for masks, the CDC says, “Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission” (which were none of the areas we were stopping in.) Health Canada says  “Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering while out in public is optional.”

What we found out there in the ‘real’ world was – there were relatively few people out and about, other than truckers who by nature seem to social distance; truck stop staff were either masked or behind clear screens; extra clean restrooms; all dining is done in your own vehicle or motel room;  and the motels were almost empty (in Cedar City Utah and Butte Montana).

Crossing into Canada was uneventful. It took a bit longer to listen to the Covid advice, but the border agent was maskless, the distance between the agent and us was as normal,  and the process was the same as always. The agent told us we had to go directly home and self-isolate, but acknowledged that if we had to stop for fuel or bathroom break, we should just put on a mask.

The day after we arrived in Alberta, some provinces and states began to open up some business and some recreation. The Times They are A-changin’ and with it, hopefully the fear-fueled stories spread by mass and social media will diminish. We know so much more about Covid-19 now. People are, and will continue to revolt against management by fear if governments don’t replace that with management by knowledge, hope and common sense.

As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’
– Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-changin’ –

In keeping with the toilet paper theme (see photo above), here are the remaining toilet paper memes. People have milked this for all it is worth, I think.


All My Virus Posts are here: The Lighter Side of Covid-19.

Carry the One (‘Rona #19)

It will be very interesting to see what the state of education is when all the kids finally return to school! How long will it take for teachers to absorb all the interesting ‘old school’ concepts that kids were exposed to when the parent or grandparent was the teacher!

For example, how long ago did you learn arithmetic – how to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers?

In my day, addition used a concept that is now called Column Math. Numbers were ‘stacked’ on top of each other. First you added the numbers in the far right column… well, you probably know the rest about what gets carried over to the next column.

Going Home (‘Rona #18)

It is that time of the year when Canadian Snowbirds make the return journey to their northern homes. Our home is in Alberta. When we get there, we will be required to quarantine for two weeks. It will be far more restrictive than our Covid experience in Arizona. At our Bland Beige AZ house, there are miles and miles of community streets and a wilderness park to walk in. We have had lots of opportunities to visit with neighbours by simply stopping to chat to people from a safe distance across the street. There have been no Covid cases in our zip code. No one wears masks when they are out and about in the community.

What is your Covid experience?

Eating, Masking, Clothing (‘Rona #17)

In this meme roundup, I’ve got some more face masks; also the popular topic of eating and drinking – and how it causes clothes to shrink.

I can vouch for the reality of this bacon ‘face mask’. My youngest daughter loves bacon AND is a nurse who has to wear a face mask at work. This is her version of ‘having your cake and eating it too’ – a tasty fun way to have breakfast!
I don’t know anyone who has made this chair, but I do know any number of people who would think this was a great idea – and would build one that was much more comfortable.

This one made me take a closer look at the inside of my microwave… and yes, I gave it a real good cleaning.

Talk to the Animals (‘Rona #16)

When the going gets tough, people look to their dogs and cats for comfort… okay, they look to their dog for comfort. Some cats might be good ‘fuzz therapy’, but some cats – not so much. In Twitter speak: #dogsduringlockdown #catsofthequarantine

A Field Guide – From the Dog to the Human who has started barking at things outside…


All My Virus Posts are here: The Lighter Side of Covid-19.

Yes, You Can. No, You Can’t (‘Rona #15)

Are you confused about what you can do and can’t do during the Covid-19 pandemic? If so, here is a most brilliant description from the Curmudgeon At Large:

1. Basically, you can’t leave the house for any reason, but if you have to, then you can.
2. Masks are useless. But they will protect you. They can save you, no they can’t. They’re useless, but wear one anyway. Now they’re mandatory. Maybe. Or maybe not.
3. Stores are closed, except for the ones that are open.
8. Animals are not affected, but there is still a cat that tested positive in Belgium in February when no one had been tested yet, and a tiger – and one really deadly but also possibly fictional but very sick bat.
9. You will have many symptoms when you are sick, but you can also get sick without symptoms, have symptoms without being sick, or be contagious without having symptoms.
The remaining 22 items are at Coronavirus Clarity by the Curmudgeon at Large


All My Virus Posts are here: The Lighter Side of Covid-19.

If It Feels Like Forever (‘Rona #14)

Someones  Quarantine Diary

Day 1 – I Can Do This!! Got enough food and wine to last a month!
Day 2 – Opening my 4th bottle of wine. I fear wine supplies might not last!
Day 3 – Strawberries: Some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds. Who knew??
Day 4 – 8:00pm. Removed my Day Pajamas and put on my Night Pajamas.
Day 5 – Today, I tried to make Hand Sanitizer. It came out as Jello Shots!!
Day 6 – I get to take the garbage out. I’m so excited, I can’t decide what to wear.
Day 7 – Laughing way too much at my own jokes!!
Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.
Day 9 – I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight, I’m getting all dressed up and going Bar Hopping.

Day 10 – Sock still missing

Day 11 – Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”
Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel.

Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3–1.
Day 15 – Anybody else feel like they’ve cooked dinner about 395 times this month?

All My Virus Posts are here: The Lighter Side of Covid-19.

Will Trade Oranges for Hand Sanitizer (‘Rona #13)

We were going to trade Grapefruits for Toilet Paper. Now that the Grapefruits are all gone (and we found some toilet paper), the next shortage is Hand Sanitizer. We don’t normally use it, but we think it would be good to have for the trip home. We don’t have any oranges, but the house across the road does…


All My Virus Posts are here: The Lighter Side of Covid-19.

Still at Home (‘Rona #12)

How are you all doing?
Are you running out of things to do? (We sure wish the library was still open.)
Are your stores out of any products? (Our Safeway’s doesn’t have Tylenol – apparently there has been a spike in demand for Tylenol and other such over-the-counter pain killers but that is probably just a temporary shortage.)
Have you learned anything about your fellow inmates… er, family members, that has surprised you?
When do you predict that restrictions will start to be lifted?

Jake from State Farm – a series of TV commercials.



Song: Jolene, by Dolly Parton

All My Virus Posts are here: The Lighter Side of Covid-19.