God Save The King!
And his kingdom!
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Material relative to coping with 2020 covid-19 issues was moved to its very own page. Find links to info and activities in the sidebar and below.
2020 Panicdemic ^,^ - Be The Cure.
If you need extra activites and encouragement in this time of need: I've got you Covid.
^o^ ;p You gotta' laugh, or you'll cry. ^_~
As has come to more minds than mine: We must come together - by staying as far apart as possible. ^,^ This means even playgrounds are roped off for awhile and events and places where people normally congregate are temporarily closed. Please appreciate the care for our collective well-being and embrace it, rather than grumble about it. The material I started putting up to help keep people occupied turned into a lot, so I gave it its own page.
There's links to good wildlife video sites in the sidebar; and in case you didn't bookmark them before, or haven't been through them yet, I've gone through the links I've used around the site, and looked for some more, and listed some with crafts, games and printables activities sections here for your easy access. Lots of places out there are currently offering free access to normally member-only materials to help families out, so re-check sites that you may have dismissed before because you couldn't afford them. ^_^
2020Apr24 - Important Safety Note: Disinfectants, used for cleaning our homes, are TOXIC to our bodies. If they get inside your body, they can do damage and make your body less able to fight off other issues - like viral infections. So, please make sure younger children who don't understand the dangers can't get into such products. Even when cleaning with them, you should wear gloves or wash your hands after use - and make sure there's good ventilation, so no one is breathing in toxic fumes. Anyone remember Mr. Yuk? Learn about him at Kids Environment Kids Health, which also has activities. UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has an address to send for a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers. Please Stay Safe! ^_^
~ Ranger Rick ~ NatGeo Kids ~ PBS Kids ~ Conservation Kids ~ Science Kids - Animals ~
~ Care Bears Environmental Awareness book pdf file ~ Seussville ~ Highlights ~ Active Wild ~
~ Mother Natured ~ Royal Society for Protection of Birds ~ Woo! Jr ~ Crayola ~ DLTK lion crafts ~
~ Teach Kids Art ~ POPular Kinetics ~ NASA at Home for Kids ~
Audible is currently streaming free stories while schools are closed.
I'm told my young nephew loves the ABC Mouse learning site, and they have a 30day free subscription, right now.
Focus on the Family radio broadcast discussed covid-19 with National Institute of Health Director Dr. Collins. It may reassure and inform some. They're also currently offering a 4-week free trial of the Adventures in Odyssey series club to help families out with a great healthy entertainment option and have links to other articles, like tips for talking to children about what's happening.
On Apr20 our Stay At Home Order was extended to May 8. Don't Panic. ^_^
This is what most people had already been voluntarily doing. It became an order to bring everyone into cooperation, and, I believe, making it official opens government funds to help businesses and residents.
Please, be thoughtful of others! Be a Community and Be the Cure!
2020Apr22 - The sooner we can show that we are responsible and capable of following safety guidelines, the sooner we can blossom. ^_^ This devastating virus is not going to magically disappear, but we CAN work around it. Continuing self-distancing and wearing masks, coverings over nose and mouth, will be essential in the months to come to be able to safely engage in our previous public activities, whether it be work, play, or interaction with family and friends outside our households. You want to do something? Then, show you are capable of doing it safely. Pioneer new, and even fun, ways of doing things within our 'new normal'. Show that you respect our healthcare workers by doing what you can to prevent the spread and not causing outbreaks, as they are the ones who will have to fight to save us if we throw caution to the wind. Thus far, the majority of our community has proven quite capable and conscientious and kept our County from the tragedies of becoming another epicenter. As a hub of business and travel, we have been very fortunate. Let us continue to be a good example and become leaders in safe and compassionate action.
This County officials statement makes great points and has local info, if you've missed it. ~ Plan - don't panic., also has some tips if you're dealing with anxiety. ~ GoErie.com keeps a daily update page with local information and has a list here of related articles you can view without a subscription. There was a good video address to the County made Mar21. Be prepared, knowing what to do when someone in your home comes down with it.
Great PBS video guide with basics clarified about covid-19 in 4mins.
"You can't change a single thing by freakin' out."
"You may feel alone, but you're not on your own."
- Jason Gray, Sparrows
Look on the bright side: You can eat as much garlic as you want for awhile. ^_^
Updated adult-relative text with tips and encouragement moved to bottom of page.
Rereading this post, if you're not familiar with my tongue-in-cheek humor, perhaps you saw it as harsh. Well, that is fine with me. Because, sometimes, people need scolded. ;p I wrote it while laughing incredulously, and knowing there are others struck the same way who appreciate that they aren't alone.
This is a respiratory infection - NOT a stomach flu.
It's most easily transmitted through contact with infected people or surfaces. So..: Anyone remember that movie "The Emperor's New Groove"? Even as adults, my siblings and I teased each other for years with the Emperor's "No touchy!". ^,^ I think it needs a revival...
So... Due to food allergies and intolerances, my nose is always drippy. I went to get some more tissue yesterday (Mar15)... hahahahaha silly me... SERIOUSLY PEOPLE. Even tissue and paper towels are gone. Even this little town gets hit with hysteria. For Heaven's Sake. You only need a two week supply handy - not bomb-shelter end of the world madness hording. I have no problem going without, but suddenly cleaning stores out like this compromises the elderly, immobile, and poor who have enough fun getting what they need just day to day and don't have the ability to travel around looking for everyday necessities. Sitting on a year's supply and forcing others to go without is ridiculous. ... And, really, if you actually use a hundred rolls of toilet paper in two weeks, maybe you oughta' be using washcloths. Xp
If you keep this up, I may need to start using hankies. That's where you blow your nose into a piece of cloth and fold it up and put it in your pocket. Then, later, you pull it out, unfold it, look for a clean spot, and blow some fresh mucus into it. Then, you fold that up and put it in your pocket to use again later, until it's completely covered and all stuck together. Then, you wash it out and fill it up again. I always thought that was kinda' gross. You see what you've done? Meanies. I hope you're happy. ;p
On a serious note: Reportedly, this virus is bad because it's aggressive on the lungs. Children aren't very affected by it, yay ^_^, but they can still carry it to someone who will not weather it so finely. Those with respiratory issues or compromised immune systems, like the elderly and cancer patients we all have in our lives these days, are most at risk. People who aren't worried about it for themselves: PLEASE respect that you could endanger others if you are complacent.
Visiting #rockout pages, someone noted some good advice to continue safely enjoying painted rock hiding and finding. Here's a cute post about it. ~ No school for two weeks, some people were more worried about panic-buying arts & crafts supplies! ^_~
There's some great fun ones out there! ^o^ Like these cute ones playing it safe.
People are horrible! ...but this was hilarious anyway. ^o^ As my mom liked to say, "You gotta' laugh, or you'll cry." ^_~
Food for thought: When this is all over, what are you going to be able to say about how you acted during it? ;p
Don't be afraid to go out and enjoy nature! (Unless you're specifically told to strictly stay in your home - and I realize cities are a different story than out here.) Just stay away from others and don't touch anything. That means no hugging trees, and if you stop to smell the roses: Don't cough or sneeze on them! ^,^
To properly rid your hands of germs, and viruses, you should wash them for 20 seconds, being sure to get your wrist, thumb, between your fingers and your nail beds. (doesn't nail beds sound funny? ^,^ That's what where your fingernail meets your finger is called. Lots of germs can hide in those crevices.) People say to sing the Happy Birthday song twice, and that will be about twenty seconds; but they always use the wrong lyrics... So, I thought I'd provide the real ones, as I learned them growing up. ^_~ (updated page to nice version)
Admittedly, I live alone, so while I wash my hands all the time, I'm only 20-second scrubbing thorough when I've been somewhere public or worked with something grundgy. If I have a cold or flu, there's no one here to pass it to. When you live with others, you don't know what they're bringing home, and you can be contagious for days without knowing you have something, so be more thorough! ^_^
There's many versions listed here. You can use a different one each time! ~ I think my brothers were just being mean with the "smell", as I found it was probably originally "act" - which we certainly did act like monkeys. ^o^ I also came across this site with video clips of classical music, jazz and other versions. And, wow, there's lots of history to this song and it's use! This bday site might provide some fun, too.
2020Mar23 - Last night, I was blindsided by someone's utter mockery of the situation. I haven't been to any stores or public places other than riding on the local roads, but most people around here seem to be taking this seriously and not congregating and such. Yet, there are too many out there who still don't get it and one of them, unfortunately, last night actually laughed it off in text to me that 'it's just a virus. we should let it run its course instead of shutting everything down.' ...
Well, let me put it this way for those on his leaky boat: We can either shut down while we're mostly healthy and still function, or we can shut down because everyone's sick at the same time and can't function and have no one to care for each other because everyone's sick. Even with a regular flu, you can be out of commission for more than a week and appreciate someone making you soup. We don't want to all be hit at the same time by ANY illness, flu or otherwise. This is a very aggressive, fast spreading virus - not just some run-of-the-mill casual bug.
Let's, please, exercise our common sense out there and be humane to each other rather than snotty. Tissues are in short supply. ;p
...so... Is this an appropriate time to pick on others..? ^.^
Have had this page ready for awhile, just waiting for an opportunity to use. Well, now seems like a good time for a giggle. ^_~ - Yes, Kevin says "tyre": that's how they spell "tire". They spell lots of things wrong over there. >;} Instead of "moldy" bread, theirs gets "mouldy". They have "colours" and wear "pyjamas" and "organise" "programmes", and I would be Mom's "Favourite". ^_^ You may have noticed other "mis-spelled" words in Kevin's and the Foundation's posts. They're not really spelling them wrong, just differently. ^_~ I already tend to use a few words like "behaviour" rather than "behavior", because it just looks better to me for some reason. In general, at the end of words, British English uses "re" rather than "er", "ise" rather than "ize", and "our" rather than "or"... and then there's words like "tyre", and "petrol" rather than "gasoline"... But, "lion" is the same. ^_^
Use this time to check out other words we use slightly differently. ~ A couple of fun ones: They call "cookies" "biscuits" and don't even have what we call a biscuit. No biscuits and gravy in their diet, poor things don't know what they're missing. ^_~ Rather than "yards", they call it the "garden". Here, if you play in the garden, you'd get in trouble. ^,^ ~ While South African English is more like British English than ours is, they still have their own nuances, but I couldn't find a page specific to that to link to.
~ Here are some worksheets you can do online. ~
draw with your mouse, or type, right on them ^_^
Oh, and this is the post / photo this page is based on. ^_^
I like how this lion-flower for Spring came out, and turned it into a maze for a bit of Spring fun. I think it's dahlias that are the big flowers like this that florists make faces on. A neighbor gave me one when I was young, and I still have the little hat that was on top. It says, "Official Mischief Maker". ^o^ I have no idea why she picked that one. ^_~
Stumbled upon this great camera trap video of PA wildlife. It caught a few bits of animal behaviour you don't often get to see - like the kingfisher smacking a fish against the log to stun it, and the turkey duking it out with an owl. ^,^ - How many of the animals could you name before the end credits? ^_~ ...Though I don't see blue heron on his list, and it was there twice... ^.^ oh, and he didn't list what I believe is a muskrat... Here's a link to his channel.
Lion-hug pop-up cards! ^_^ Want to give someone a hug without touching them? You could use these.
Okay, I think I've worked this out so that even if your printer doesn't print it in the position I drew it your folds should still line up the right way. If a bit sticks out when you put it together, you can just trim it. ^_~ Again, they're more sturdy on cardstock or heavy paper, but regular printer paper works fine, too. If there are any major problems, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to mail them and don't have card envelopes this size, you can make your own envelopes from a 12"x12" piece of paper. I'm going to try to work out smaller versions that you'll be able to make envelopes for from a piece of printer paper (with squares 8.5"x8.5"), but I don't know when that will get done. In the meantime, you can make a really simple pop-up mouth and draw your own lion or animal around it, in any size you need. Instead of a straight line, cut a jagged line for a toothy maw. ^_^
yeah, he was originally egg-shaped. ;p view larger photo
When you close the card, top of lion should tuck itself in.
Bwhahahahaha ^_^ I got my cool new masks done.
Over the years, I've often helped out elderly neighbors and had made a couple of gingham masks for when cold or flu were going around. I had just slapped them together, and they are really a bit small though adequate for casual precaution. Well, this is a bit more serious, and I have some material left that has lions and other animals on it. So, I made a few better-fitting masks that match my lion theme. ^_^ This virus is going to be around for awhile, so I'll be wearing this whenever I go into public places.
I just went with my own style. There's plenty of different mask patterns out there to suit your own tastes. Some don't even require sewing, and you can just use a bandana or scarf - there's very fashionable scarves you wear even in summer. If you don't have cool material to use, you could use fabric paint to personalize your mask, attach an appliqué, sew on different colored pieces of material to make a design, or cut a cloth picture, like a lion, from something else (with permission! ^o^) and sew that on. There's even special fabric glue that you can use, and a fabric tape that you could iron your hems together with instead of sewing things down. If you have, or make, paper masks, you could even draw on those. Have fun with it! ^_^
Good nutrition is vital even in the best of times. Malnutrition can severely impede your ability to fight off infections and diseases, so eating a nutritious balanced diet is more important now than ever. Support your local food banks and pantries so others can eat healthily, too; and, if you can, support those in Africa where widespread hunger and starvation was a problem even before all this happened. Conflicts, plagues of locusts and droughts, and now a pandemic, have made it impossible for many there to get any food at all. Many communities don't even have running water, a vital need in the fight against diseases.
Many schools local to here, in the US, have converted their programs to still get meals to the students by having curbside pick up; and some eatery owners have also provided free or very cheap meals for their local youth. (Awesome people! ^_^) Children in Africa aren't that lucky, and they may not be able to do it safely. Children are our future, so, during these extra trying times, not only has the Kevin Richardson Foundation joined with Southern Lodestar Foundation to send meals to local communities, they're funding pay for game reserve staff who still work to keep wildlife, and people, safe without income from tourists to cover the costs. #dowhatyoucan
I finally worked out a smaller pop-up-hug card and felt it was an appropriate page to put with this post. ^_^ This one is sized so that you can make your own envelope for it from a regular size sheet of paper. I even made a card base with different fronts to cover a few common occasions you might send someone some love or a hug for - and upcoming Mother's Day, the second sunday of every May. ^_^ Even a blank one for you to put your own occasion, or note, at the top. If you like, you can add more decorations on the outside and inside to dress it up with your own style.
Also got a mask scene done that just popped into my head the other day and gave me a giggle. If it hasn't already, I can see it happening... ^,^
Wearing a mask shows that you respect others.
Some people act like we've all been asked to wear aluminum hats. ^o^ They're still crossing their arms and refusing to wear masks, because they think Covid-19 won't hurt them personally: They're missing the point that wearing a mask is about having respect for others, because wearing masks is to protect each other - not ourselves.
I never thought it a big deal to wear one. I grew up wearing bandanas. We thought it was cool. ^_^ When we go out in public, we put on clothes and shoes, and sometimes hats and scarves or sunglasses. Masks are just another accessory. We've always had a basic dresscode for going out in public. Schools have dresscodes, some even have specific uniforms, most public places have basic dresscodes (even if they haven't had to enforce them, they're there), and dresscodes vary - like some places requiring semi-formal or formal dress, or special protective shoes or glasses. Learn about dresscodes at Kids Kiddle. Wearing a mask out of respect for others is just part of our new global Community dresscode. No big deal. ...just remember to lower it before you try to drink or put food in your mouth... ^o^
Apr30 note - Seeing me with my mask seems to spark observations in others that they don't really see anyone wearing them and are confused as to what they should do themselves. So, I thought I'd share a bit of mask etiquette. Of course, entering any public place or where there are a lot of others, you should all have masks on - and avoid areas where there are a lot of people to begin with. I think the confusion is about when you're outside in general. In many of her daily briefings, Executive Dalhkemper explained with reassurances: You should take a mask with you anytime you leave your house, but when just out for a walk, where there aren't other people around, you don't need to have the mask on. (We're lucky our area isn't as strict as others.) Yet, you should definitely have one with you, so that whenever you come across other people you can pull the mask up (or put it on) before and as you pass - and try to pass as far apart as possible. I, and others I've seen, often just cross the street - whether the other people have masks or not, but especially when you can see they don't. Not everybody is trying to be rude: Some just don't know any better. Just take it in stride and enjoy your walk. Fresh air is healthy. ^_^
Lion Around Town
Go on Safari and see if you can spot some. ^_^
I've been sitting on some photos since last summer. I had planned to post them to Instagram, but while you can get an account from your computer, Instagram apparently requires being linked to a smartphone to post to it. I can't do that. So, to give you a little extra fun right now, I decided I'll post one of them here each day. I think I have seven. I call them my "Lion around town." series. ^_~ If you're local to me, you may recognize some of them. There's a really big pair I saw in a corner yard somewhere and didn't think to take a photo at the time - and a small pair I remember being in with some lilies. Of course, when I decided to take photos of them all, I couldn't find some of them again! ;_;
Remember, I only have a celphone, so image quality isn't always great. ~ Click on them for a larger view.
If you do recognize where these are, or see other ones, please respect private property and don't try to pet them! They are untame guard lions. ^_~ (lol someone should hook up motion-detection roaring to them... ^o^) ... Looks like we have a resident pair with a large territory. ^_~ ... There's another pride north of town. Be careful! ... And a rare black pair east of town... ~ Oh, here's another one, out at the reservoir. He's widely traveled, and you'll see him braving the other lions' territories. ...but snakes... he'll climb a tree to get away from! ^_~
Where was I?
Ran out of lions, so thought I'd share a few images I like that I took locally. Can you tell where I was? (only peo local to me might recognize these) Again, I'll add another one each day for awhile. First, I'm gonna' share this awesome show of spirit I just passed today (Mar25). Great job! ~ That willow is my favorite tree, here. My second fav' is this lovely maple by the lake. ~ #5 Beautiful tulip tree! Sure, it makes a mess of the sidewalk for a bit, but it's worth it! ^_^ ~ My mom would have loved where #6 was taken! ~ #7 This morning (Apr2) I came across a red-tailed hawk picking at something along a road that starts with an A, which also has a beautiful huge hound whose bay is so deep it often sounds like a lion roar. He was out, too, and bay-roared a bit as I passed. Love 'im! ^_^ (I haven't stopped to get a photo of him, because I don't want him to come out into the road. Though, he does seem like he's trained to stay off the road, so maybe I'll stop to snap a photo sometime and hope the owners don't think I'm baiting him to bay longer. ^,^)
Another great quote for the times! ^_~ (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
2020March - Too many people were acting like this is a "panicdemic". FYI: the "pan" in pandemic does NOT stand for "panic". ;p The "pan" actually just stands for "all". A pandemic is something that breaks out suddenly and is temporarily very widespread, affecting everyone. Keyword: Temporarily. It is NOT the end of the World. With proper precautions, society can still function. If it stops functioning, it's because panicked, or irresponsible, people cripple it. Be part of the cure! ^_^
We are trying to save as many of our vulnerable loved ones as possible with these world-wide self-isolation precautions - not make things harder on them by making it impossible for them to find everyday necessities, or by being complacent and spreading it around just because it didn't affect you in particular very much. The aim is to make it so that severe cases aren't all at once and causing many to be without adequate care and sometimes no care at all. By slowing the spread, these patients will be able to get care, and better care, and have a greater chance of survival.
This hits very close to home, as my mother was getting cancer treatments (years ago) and died from secondary infections because people didn't take her vulnerability seriously. I do not wish that on anyone. Please, remain calm and thoughtful of others.
2020Apr22 - Health issues like asthma, diabetes, organ transplants, cancer, etc. are not "only old people" issues. This virus is not just an "old people" problem, as I keep hearing it referred to as. Your friend, your neighbor's child, your grocery store clerk may be vulnerable without your knowing. Even many young healthy people have had unexpected life-threatening reactions to the virus. So, I hope naysayers come around soon and take into consideration that they have no idea if they, or a loved one, will be one of those exceptions. There's no need to live in fear, most people will experience only minor symptoms, but it's better to be safe than sorry, right? I'm taking precautions because I care about YOU. Be safe because you love your loved ones. ^_^
Have you encountered this below..? It frustrates me, and I decided I'm not going to sugarcoat it. Our children learn about plagues and death camps and World Wars as part of history. They are right now living a historic event. When you see "old people" telling about their experiences in a World War or in the Holocaust, many of them were children when they went through that. This is a good time for youth to start keeping a diary, to one day share their own stories of courage and fortitude. How did this global experience look from where you live? Were you one of the lucky ones?
I want to share a perspective that has been woefully twisted, in hopes that more don't fall prey to it. Naysayers have regurgitated a quote to me, and I've seen/heard it out there, complaining that "the flu killed 50,000 people last year and we didn't take these measures". (someone even used 80,000) They claim this is "just a flu", that we're all overreacting or "blowing this out of proportion". I hope they wake up soon.
No sugarcoating: I would like for them to quote to me how many mass graves were dug for the flu last year. Quote to me how many ice rinks and refrigerated trucks were converted into make-shift morgues for the flu last year. Quote to me how many healthcare workers had badges of courage on their faces, from the pressure and chafing of 24hr protective gear leaving bruises and wounds, from the flu last year. To ignore such realities is disrepectful and irresponsible. And sadly lacking in compassion.
Then, please reconcile the math that 50,000 (or even 80,000) deaths in 12 months is in any way equal to over 40,000 deaths in 2 months and climbing. If we had not "taken these measures", that number would have rapidly been over 100,000 and still climbing. ~ later note: Deaths in the U.S. from Feb29 to Apr29 surpassed 60,000 and are still climbing by the thousands every day.
NOTE: I used 50k, because that is the number naysayers were using all over the place, not just people I know personally. The correct figure is only over 34,000. So, they were all riled up over and regurgitating the same misinformation. So, the true comparison is that there were less than 35k deaths from influenza last year, and we will hit 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 in less than 3 months this year. That is NOT "no big deal".
Please, be someone who appreciates that "taking these measures" may have saved YOUR or a loved one's life and embrace looking out for each other. ^_^ Naysayers may not care about risking their own life, but this is about risking the lives of others. I would hope that's not what they intend, but that is the very real consequence of their actions.
Think it's inconvenient or uncomfortable or interfering with your life to need to wear a mask to go into a store? I'm the type that wonders, "How do healthcare workers stand it having to wear them 24/7 while caring for covid-19 patients?" I don't want to be someone who heaps more on them.
Back at the beginning, someone had commented to me how surreal this is, and I said, "Yeah, it feels like we're in one of those movies. So, be one of the heroes in the movie - not one of the characters that get everyone killed." ;p This is part of your life story: Make a conscious choice about what kind of character you want to be in it.
2020Mar24 note : We cannot emphasize enough that there is still no need to panic-buy and horde supplies. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential businesses will remain open; and you can still go out to get necessary items when you need to. Just limit such trips to public places as much as possible. Many offer delivery or curb-side pick up. ~ Apr22 - You will now need a mask to enter stores, and many limit the number of people allowed inside at once. Try to take it in stride and utilize their websites, if you can (some are happy to help by phone), to place orders ahead of time for delivery or curbside pickup.
I heard and wanted to share that some stores (locally TOPS, Wal-Mart and others) will be offering Senior hours - where senior citizens can get into the stores before others. This is a good way for them to avoid undue exposure to more-traveled others and also gives them a chance to get necessary items before others buy them up again. If you know Seniors, find out what stores they need to go to and help them find out if those stores have special hours for them. - Some are opting for offering pick-up or delivery services.
And they reiterate: There is NO need to horde! CALM. PEACE. NAMASTE. ^_^
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