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April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Diary, Day 43: Socially Distanced Dancing

Socially Distanced Dancing

My daughter and niece entered a dance choreography contest recently. 

And they placed runners-up in the Short & Sweet category!

Lindy Bout Short & Sweet Champion 2020

As of this writing, four of my friends have shared the video on YouTube.

Proof that people are hungry for uplifting, positive content ... in these unprecedented times (LOL, that phrase has become such a cliche!).

I'm super proud of these two! They did a great job choreographing a socially distanced routine and then editing their videos so it looked like they were truly dancing together.

I'm also very grateful that they have each other.

In Today's News

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the federal government will provide $1.1-billion for research to address COVID-19.

This aligns with an article I read today, where a former World Bank chief said:

" makes absolutely no sense to keep putting trillions of dollars into a stimulus package and not put hundreds of billions into the one thing that will stop the financial crisis. The thing that will stop the financial crisis is getting the virus under control." - Jim Yong Kim

When I pray the rosary, I pray for our leaders and scientists that they may be guided towards the best way to solve the COVID-19 pandemic.

People Are Also Talking About...

Mainstream media picked up on a recent "study" that debunks the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as treatment for COVID-19.

I fear that because US President Donald Trump had been promoting the drug, then its use has become highly political.

In fact, the study is not rigorous. The sampling wasn't random, and it's still in pre-print stage. Meaning, it has not been peer reviewed.

Here are a couple of good explanations why the results of this study should be taken with a grain of salt.

Here's another one from a medical doctor who's been treating COVID-19 patients.

Let's hope this doesn't stop researchers from carrying out more rigorous studies on hydroxychloroquine and other possible treatments for COVID-19.

April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Diary, Day 42: The New Normal

COVID-19 Diary, Day 42

Unbelievable but true: It's been 42 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

By now, we've gotten accustomed to what some like to refer as "the new normal."

(On the other hand, some people have an almost violent objection to this term.)

The New Normal

What does this look like?

  • We're washing our hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • We're disinfecting high-use surfaces at home, such as door knobs, light switches, remote controls, and cellphones.
  • We're wearing cloth masks when we're in public places, especially the grocery.
  • We only go out when it's absolutely necessary. This means only for sunshine and exercise for the children and me. The only other time I've gone out was to pick up supplements from our naturopathic doctor. Contact-less, of course. And, for Bobby, this means going to the groceries for food runs, gassing up the car, and running other errands.
  • The children are attending online classes.
  • Bobby's working from home in his window-less man-cave — an arrangement that he's decided to continue even after the shutdowns are lifted.
Olson mask for COVID-19

This homemade cloth mask passes the candle blowing test. It's made with old 100% cotton t-shirts that were headed for donation.

It's amazing what humans can adapt to.

Our lives have been turned upside-down, inside-out, and shaken all around ... and now the dust seems to have settled and we're carrying on.

We're doing what needs to be done. And there are signs of hope.

COVID-19 Case Increases in Windsor-Essex

The number of new cases in Windsor-Essex has remained low this past week. (Source)

Nova Scotia Shooting

But maybe not everyone is doing quite so well.

Over in Nova Scotia, a man drove around killing people. As of today, a total of 23 people have been killed.

His motives are still a big mystery and I wonder if we'll ever really know for sure what set off this killing spree.

As if we didn't have enough on our plate!

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020

On another note, today is Earth Day!

I haven't had the chance to plan anything special to celebrate this year.

It seems that Mother Nature herself is in a state of flux. It's mid-April, but we've been getting snow.

Dear Mother Nature, I urgently need to be able to go outdoors and soak up some sun. It could make the difference between getting a mild or serious case of this disease, if at all.


Cleaning Without Toxins – A Dirty Secret?

Toxin-Free Cleaning

Following is a guest post from Sally Collins, a freelance writer.

Being eco-friendly means avoiding commercial cleaning products as much as possible because so many of them contain chemicals which are harmful to the planet and to ourselves.

Lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda are great natural ingredients to use for most daily cleaning needs, but sometimes that is not enough. When you need something a bit stronger, how can you make sure you are using a product which is safe?Continue reading

5 Uses for Baby Furniture After Baby Grows Up

Don’t you just love finding multiple uses for things? If so, then you’ll enjoy this guest post. You don’t have to get rid of the baby furniture when your youngest baby grows up. Just check out all the possibilities below.

by Kaitlin Krull

Choosing furniture for your new baby’s nursery is exactly like shopping for a new car: exciting, nerve wracking, and so (so) expensive.

After months of searching for the right pieces to fit you and your family, you finally choose the perfect models. Once you’ve kitted out your baby’s room with the finest furniture money (and baby shower gift cards) can buy, you might think your job is done.

Fast forward five or 10 years, when your children have moved out of the nursery and are on to bigger and better things, like bunk beds, computer desks, and forts. Your precious furniture is left in the garage and you can see the money you’ve wasted.

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry! Over at Modernize, we know this sad story, and are here to help you out with a little upcycling DIY.

Here are five of the most ingenious (and simple) ways to reuse your baby furniture once your little one is all grown up.Continue reading

February 25, 2016

Neck Pain Means It’s Time for a New Pillow

Have you ever woken up with a crick in your neck? If so, maybe you need a different kind of pillow. Today’s guest post will walk you through the different considerations you need to make when choosing the most comfortable, most supportive pillow.

If you’ve swapped out your mattress and bought a new pillow but still wake up with neck pain in the morning, you might have chosen the wrong neck support. For people with chronic back and neck pain, there are any number of options for specialty pillows that can make every morning more pleasant.

Here’s a look at some of the fundamental considerations when choosing the perfect pillow for you.

How to choose a pillow

Why Pillows Matter

The basic reason we use a pillow is to keep our heads and necks in alignment with the rest of our bodies while we sleep. However, there are a lot of complicating factors that play a role in a pillow’s efficacy. For example, if you are a side sleeper but use a pillow that is too tall, you could wake up with shoulder pain or neck stiffness. Or, if you are a back sleeper but have a completely flat pillow, you are not getting the head support you need to sleep soundly and comfortably. Any specialty pillow you consider buying should hold your head in the proper position no matter which sleeping position you take during the night.Continue reading

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