Be kind, be careful, be safe…

I met this young mother who brought her daughter outside to read… Lovely

I’ve been absent from this blog for quite some time… indeed there have been many “Changes in our Lives”.

The pandemic began on March 13th… nearly 6 months ago. The weeks crawled by and I found myself with COVID hair (AKA an over-grown haircut) and COVID size pants (No explanation needed) I needed a mani-pedi. I wanted to go out (anywhere!) And the wine rack was nearly empty.

At first I felt the need to express my views about the pandemic but after a while, what was left to say? I don’t like bemoaning my fate… so many have it a lot worse. And I noticed something else…

Creativity is the only thing that can save me. I painted more than I wrote and I cooked recipes I’d never tried before. I had fun.

In July, I needed to make a trip to take care of some business in Canada, which showed me that living “in times of Corona virus” is not much different, no matter where you go. Here I am… back in front of my laptop, and instead of writing much here, I did a piece for Yucatan Expat Life. Read it at this link

I look forward to some easing of the precautions. But I hope we can keep our perspective and not surge again.

In Canada, I read this and I think it is an appropriate maxim for us all. wherever we are:

Be kind, be careful, be safe…

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.

2 thoughts on “Be kind, be careful, be safe…

  1. (Joanna, I think my replies disappeared into unknown “wordspace world” as I don’t see them. I am sending them again.)

    Joanna, my heart soars reading your wonderful words again. (Of course, during this lock-down, “Woman”, “Circles” and “Magic” have been companions on my coffee table, all providing more nourishment, guidance and insight on subsequent reads. But it is always WONDERFUL to read your blog entries.) Thank you for the very helpful Yucatan Expat Life article. Indeed, it does take nerves of steel to go out on very carefully planned excursions, but our neighbors depend on us (and we them) to buy every loaf of bakery bread and fresh vegetable possible. And if there ever was a time to SAFELY do needed repairs and modifications, the professionals are eager to help. One possibly new variable that winter expats should be prepared for, depending on where they live: developing DEEP, DEEP, non-verbal relationships with iguanas. (The ones that share your immediate territory, as well as the neighbors’.)  Staring contests quickly take meditation to a new, higher form. You may fall deeply, madly, in love with iguanas. I have. Come prepared to embrace unexpected benefits from “Yucatan-lock-down”.
    P.S. Thank you for reminding us of “The Great Gatsby” in your article! Coincidentally (and we know there are no coincidences), I recently listened to it read by Jake Gyllenhaal. AMAZING. Expats returning can look forward to a winter of warmth and wonder here, if so inclined. Change brings opportunity.


    1. Hello Harold… how nice to be back in touch, Your comments have definitely been missing in action. I have missed hearing from you. Where are you right now? Here in Merida? Wherever… I am glad you are well. I have been challenged by lockdown. I have days when I feel OK and others when I do not. As you know, I thrive on being with people and that of course must be avoided. Thank goodness for Jorge! It has been one of the real pluses of having to stay at home… we have spent a lot of time together and I realise all over again how well suited we are… Stay well and I hope to see you soon.


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