Best of March 2020

Oh March. Get out of here!

Still I thank you for so many things. Like:

The best read:

Dinner. A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach

This was the first book I read out of my seven “books to get me through the apocalypse” stash and it was great! Recipes and relatable stories. Wisdom…juicy tidbits. A good read.

Speaking of stashes. Grandchild number two likes to stash food in in his pjs! In the Best Laugh category I bring you:

Toddler cookie stash!

Best visitor:

My first spider friend!! It was a little skittish of me, the weirdo with the camera- so my shot isn’t that good but still…LOOK! A cute little spider! The first one of Spring. (written while under a snowfall warning, heh)

Nicest Treat:

Our grocery store bakery was handing out treats, no charge, to people as they shopped. How lovely is that?! Hubs and I enjoyed a Turtle Brownie and a Chocolate Peanut Butter one. Yum. Made my day!

Best People:

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Most everyone! I have witnessed the best of humanity these days. Over and over again. From perfect strangers, to close friends and better still , people I thought didn’t care one wit. It has blown me away. Who would have thought living through a bloody pandemic would restore my faith in us humans? Go Us!

I’m excited for April. One month closer to warmer weather. One month closer to the end of this latest batch of global suffering. One month closer to…who knows how many good things! ❤

What are some of your bests this month?

Tomorrow is the start of Blogging through A-Z Challenge. I’m looking forward to life being swept up in all the fun!

Love and distant squishy hugs!

Monday Ramble-Tigers, Friends, That Bloody Virus, Comfort & Hope.

Oh Monday! I like Mondays every week but this one is especially welcome for I’ve been trying to race away from Friday as fast as I can. I got the worst news- which I’m unable to even process never mind share- and each day that takes me away from Friday is a slightly better one indeed.

I’m also still a little stunned by something I spent hours binge watching on Netflix:

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. This was my face when the whole thing was done – 😳😧😳 – I want to say watch it but I also want to say don’t watch it. It was …. yeah. It was. An important note about one of the folks in the show. Saff was mis gendered as She. Saff goes by He. So please keep that in mind, if you do end up watching. It took my mind off my bad news but left me with a whole new sense of horror and the need for a long, hot shower.

I’ve got five library books left! Eeek! I don’t know how long our library will be closed so they are like precious jewels. Most books are anyway.

Ha Ha!
Don’t fall for this one!
Indeed! COOTIES!

I don’t know who this belongs t0 -if you do, please educate me- I find it oddly comforting:

I’m losing and finding all sorts of things these days…

Something else that brings me comfort is this: Every day as the chaos of the world rages on, the sun still rises. The birds still sing. The clouds still move across the sky. Someday soon the snow will EFF OFF, the trees will bud, the bees will buzz and all will be well once again.

What are you feeling hopeful about?

March 2020 Sh*t List

If there ever was a month for a shit list, it’s been this one. As of yesterday, my province has had 67 new cases of COVID 19, bringing our total to 486. Country wide, we’re at 4043 at the time of this writing, and 500,000 + the world over. These are just confirmed cases too. We’re not testing everyone so the real numbers are much, much higher. AND the horrifying thing is that its still early days for my country. We haven’t even seen the half of it.

Even with current events, my list is still pretty short. Actually scratch that, ha! In the writing of said list, I seem to have gone off a bit. Prepare yourself! Venting is a great stress relief and it seems I be stressin 😆

Happy Friday! And Happy Shit-Listing!

1. All circumstances that have led to a world wide pandemic.

2. My bread machine for living 11+ years and then choosing to die now.

3. The Epcor guy who left my latched gate completely wide open. Fucker.

4. People hoarding food and other supplies to sell at jacked up prices.

5. The grocery stores who allowed this ^to go on for WEEKS before doing anything about it and then had the nerve, the NERVE to blame ordinary shoppers for panic buying. Fuck you.

6. Anybody who is not taking this virus seriously and mocks those who are.

7. People who are scamming the government out of relief money. You will get caught, and I will laugh with joy and glee when you do.

8. A certain president of a neighbouring country. I don’t have enough brain cells to adequately describe my feelings concerning that one. Neighbours? I’m with you. ❤ I see you. ❤ I don’t know how to help you but I wish I did. ❤ And it all hurts my heart.

9. Winter. Please! For the love of all good things – GO AWAY!

10. The magpies for chasing away a pair of returning crows. You live here and benefit from me, 365 days a year. The least you can do is share your tree so I can make some new crow friends! There are enough peanuts to go around.

Alright. Now that that nonsense is out of my head I’m going for a nice walk- 2 metres away from everything! 🙂

Your turn. Who or what is on your March Shit List?

COVID 19 Anxiety.

How are you holding out? Are you feeling anxious?

I thought I was doing pretty good until I noticed I was sniping at my husband and growing more scattered than normal. A stranger on an article about anxiety mentioned in the comments that she felt like her head was going to “pop off” and my light switch flipped on. That’s how I was feeling too!

The great thing about this was that as soon as I recognized it in myself, I felt better! I’m doing pretty good now. Still anxious but not unaware and able to take action to care for myself, as needed. Here are some things that helped me. I hope, if you are feeling anxious too that they may help you ❤

1. Be open and honest about your feelings with your friends and loved ones.

My Hubs was able to cultivate so much more patience and understanding for me once he learned why I was suddenly being such a bitch to him. My friends flooded me with love and support too, which had a very real bolstering effect! Not only that, my openness has helped others open up about their own mental health and that has further built and strengthened my community AND given me a sense of pride and purpose, which in turn allows me to focus on something other than DOOM!

2. Realize that feeling anxiety now is completely normal!

Anxiety is a normal response to an abnormal situation. These are SCARY times! You are not over reacting if you feel afraid. You are a human being having a biological response to real danger. Our bodies are designed to feel this way, during times like this. It all feels awful by design. You’re doing nothing wrong.

3. Do something physical if you can to move that anxious energy out of your body.

If you already have an exercise routine, keep it up. Adapt it if you need to, but be sure to keep at it. If you don’t, try going for a walk. (If you can. Away from other people, obviously) I know I personally always feels better after a walk.There is lots of science that confirms the great benefits of this form of exercise. If I cant get outside, I walk in my house. Seriously. That’s how much I believe in walks for good health. There are a ton of other amazing things you can do to work that anxiety out. Yoga, dance, weight lifting -use cans if you don’t have weights- clean your house! Take up a craft..do something physical. It doesn’t matter what, as long as you like doing it. Joyful movement is an excellent balm.

4. Find humour in things. Seek it out!

Oh the memes. The memes! What a time to be alive! The memes are amazing! People are so clever, so artistic and hilariously funny. I have spent more time laughing than I have worrying, that’s for damn sure. Find your own favourite source for humour. Laugh. Just laugh. Seek out the absurd. There is science to back up how important this is too. Have yourself a good giggle!

5. Seek out the good.

These ARE scary times, and some people are acting like jerks but there are way more decent humans than not. Find those people! Focus on them. Be that person yourself! Here, I’ll get you started. When I popped up to the store to grab some groceries every single human was acting decent. Yes, the fear was palpable but no one was freaking out and people were helping one another! ( I helped a lady who couldn’t read English.) I saw countless people reaching up on the top shelves for those who couldn’t and people were not clearing out the food. They were careful to leave stuff for others. I came home feeling happy, yes happy! It’s nice to know we haven’t lost our kindness.

I belong to three groups on Facebook devoted to helping others during this time. People are going out their way to assist those in need. My own friends have offered up their libraries to me! Delivered straight to my door step! ❤

Countless artists online are making art for others-free! I’ve seen a Jann Arden show and Keith Urban too. Other organizations are opening up online content for free as well. Goodness still exists. Look for it.

Our world is going to be changed by this massive event. YOU are going to be changed as well. May you find peace, comfort and a wee bit of joy where you can. Love and squishy hugs to all of you!

Everyone Should Keep A List (#7)

of all the little things they love!

1. My good health.

2. Shamrock Shakes and Surprise Fries from the Hubs.

3. This Boy and his silly sense of style:

4. The ability to deadlift. Get out of here sciatica!

5. Mangos! Especially scraping the flesh off the pit with my teeth!

6. This old cat.

7. My 13 year old Kenmore washing machine that is-touch wood-still going strong. Even after sitting outside, with water in it for 3 years.

8. This baby:

9. My peace, calm, wisdom and clarity:

10. Leftovers the next day!

How about you? Tell me all about the little things you love!

A-Z Challenge Theme 2020

Reveal day was YESTERDAY but I was busy freaking out about our current situation so I’m a day late!

ANYhoo, I’m participating in the A-Z Challenge again this year and my theme is going to be: I don’t know.

Well, I do know. It’s ” I don’t know””

Hee Hee

What? Why? Huh? How? Ok, let me put it another way. My topic this year is: I’m writing about things I didn’t know or still don’t.

1. Growing up in an emotionally chaotic family , I often felt vulnerable and powerless. Over time as a way to cope, I got it into my head that my suffering was a result of my low intelligence and so I set out to become SMART! I was going to learn and then know ALL THE THINGS! Even things I had no way of knowing. In my intelligence, I would also somehow become magic.

My thinking was this: The more knowledge I gathered, the more insulated I’d be from all the hurtful things. I would be so smart, I’d out think/sense/ know it all and sail through life. Nothing bad would happen to me anymore.

HA HA HA HA HA!

That idea was problematic for so many reasons and of course life set out to teach me otherwise. In my mid forties I found out just how wrong I was.

That was a Big Ouchy!

But lots of lovely things came out of that experience, the most valuable being this:

I don’t know shit! And that’s OK.

Actually, that’s pretty damn great! I loved this lesson – well the positive effects of this lesson, and I want MORE. I miss spending deliberate time in “I don’t know” land.

2. “I don’t know” gives me leave from my job as controller of the Universe. I wrote about that last year, HERE. I can relax into what’s happening NOW.

3. I try to practice and appreciate not knowing every day, but of course on my blog, I write about things I know because well…how would I write about the things I don’t?! Well, this way! I think it’ll be an interesting new way to stretch my brain out.

4. The repercussions of thinking one knows everything can be harsh and swift! It behooves me to take myself down a notch, every once in awhile. To explore the idea that I don’t know EVERYTHING. To keep myself humble. I don’t need any more of life’s smacks upside the head, thankyouverymuch!

There you have it! Please join me here in April, for my A-Zs of I don’t know!

Monday Ramble and COVID 19.

COVID 19. Isn’t this a thing? People are acting like it’s end of days. Oh my, the panic. And it’s the panic that’s causing the problems at the moment. The risk in Alberta is still low. The province is taking aggressive measures to flatten the curve which is pretty smart, knowing what we know about these things!

Are you sick yet? So far so good on this end. I had the Grands last week and they didn’t give me the ick. Check out this link, if you’re in ALberta, are feeling ill and need more information.

My only concerns at this moment are the huge amounts of misinformation out there and mass panic. Otherwise, it’s all good in my neighbourhood at the moment.

How are toilet paper stocks in your world? ( Pro tip, install a bum gun and you won’t need TP!)

Ours were still ok at the store last week at but a person can’t find hand sanitizer anywhere. That’s OK. I have soap. Which is what a person should be using first ANYWAY. The hand sanitizer is only good 3 times and then you still need to wash your hands. Still, it’d be nice to have right at the front door or when one is out and about.

Not that I go anywhere, ha! To the library and the grocery store most weeks. That’s Winter for ya! I am a fair weather human 😉 My home range is small as it is anyway!

This is what the TP and bleach wipes sections looked like this week:

Fucking hoarders…I get that people are scared. These are scary times. This is a scary thing. But you only need enough stuff to last you TWO weeks. Not two years. People are getting into fights over toilet paper. There is even a separate line at Costco to deal with the crowds….I’m trying to be sympathetic to people because fear and panic are real things and they don’t feel good but come on.

Other things were starting to be cleaned out too. Things like rice, cans of beans, macaroni and cheese…I saw a dude with a cart full of milk! Yes, milk! His cart was overflowing with 4 litre jugs….ggrr. The guy in line behind him was giving him the gears about it -nicely- but still…I hope he felt embarrassed. Mums are even starting to worry about things like baby formula and medicine…not cool. Every single person at the check outs had some sort of cleaning product too, lol. I managed to grab a bottle of bleach. One, because I’m not an asshole and there was hardly anything left of THAT either.

Hubs says if things get REALLY bad the hoarders will be the first to go when people find them out anyhow, so there’s some small, spiteful comfort in that, ha!

How are you all doing? Has your health authority taken any preventative measures? How are you all feeling about this?

I find it all endlessly fascinating. We’re watching this thing unfold in real time and I feel like I’m in the middle of this huge social experiment.

There is still lots of good out there in the world too. Don’t forget about that. People are still singing in Italy.

Clean and sterile hugs and kisses to you. And remember: