What’s up Buttercup?

Do you spend a lot of time on facebook or reading the blogs,? Normally I don’t have a lot of free time and so there are just a few sites I see regularly. However, these past few weeks I’ve definitely been more engaged, and I find it interesting to see how the contributors write about the pandemic from such diverse angles. Some reports are factual and measured; other writers use humour or introspection; and there are those who state their position with absolutely NO ambiguity.

Yucatan Expat Life reports on the many facets of the emergency in Yucatan. From them I have learned that some citizens in Izamal are ignoring social distancing; one jerk tried to incite looting at a supermarket in Merida; a cruise ship with stricken passengers was about to dock in Progreso; and more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Motul . https://yucatanexpatlife.com/

Steven Fry has given me second thoughts about ever walking into a store again. His research warns that 1,500 highly-infectious, invisible aerosols blast-out from the respiratory tract with each cough or sneeze. Who knows how many are yet lurking in the aisles? https://yucalandia.com/2020/03/30/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-from-covid-19-sars-cov-2/

Chris Strickling’s descriptions of her early morning bike rides through her still-sleeping pueblo magico are simultaneously evocative and soothing. https://www.facebook.com/chris.strickling/posts/10221382142527178

Another contributor (whose name I wish I could remember) posted the floor plan of his apartment, and with tongue in cheek, he proceeded to describe the “appointments” of the 2 bedroom lair using a level of eloquence that’s usually reserved for the glossy pages of high-end Spa & Resort brochures.

Other media services are also getting more of my attention than they usually do. As I clean house and cook, I take full advantage of my Spotify subscription. Yesterday’s playlist featured an eclectic mix … Dixie Chicks, Leonard Cohen, the Stones, Joe Cocker, Juan Gabriel and La Ley. What will I choose today? Who knows; there’s no shortage of options. Any suggestions?

Netfix offers a film for every mood. Mind you, I haven’t been too selective about what I watch. “Joanna’s COVID-19 Film Festival” has (I confess) included three silly Adam Sandler movies, four true crime thrillers, a excess of romantic comedies… including Love Actually and Mama Mia for about the 100th time each. What are you watching?

I have visited some new culinary sites: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/ , https://www.lowcarbingasian.com/ , and http://www.browniebites.net/ Today I’m going to bake a lemon-blueberry loaf using coconut flour.

I’ve also had time to catch up with many saved entries from Nathan Bransford’s writers’ blog https://blog.nathanbransford.com/ I’ve followed Nathan for years, and am always impressed with his writing advice and publishing savvy.

Several yoga sites looked amazing, but I can’t say any were even half as cool as promised. I need the real group dynamic.

And thanks to the oldest communication device in our house, we keep in contact with all our friends and family who live near or far away. My Telmex plan is amazing; For a low flat rate, I can phone almost anywhere in the world 24-7. The ability to speak with our granddaughter in Norway, our daughter in the USA, and so many dear ones in Canada helps to keep fear from getting the upper hand. I am grateful to the communications industry for developing so many platforms that are helping me to stay connected during this stressful time.

Our enforced isolation – confinement – quarantine – or whatever we want to call it, sure could be worse, couldn’t it?

Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include reading, painting, cooking and travel.

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