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Year Four, Day 269: Pandemic Times, Day 18 - "Stay Home, Stay Safe", Day 6 - Mental Health

It is 10:15 pm. How it got so late escapes me. But I am feeling a bit stressed out. I think I will take tonight off from talking about the virus. 
I suddenly just hit a wall. I will leave you with today's walk in the park video and take the night off for some mental health time
I almost exited my cave in search of junk food, so much is my emotional distress. Truth be told, I actually walked into the kitchen, but I am proud to report I said no! I will not break my evening fast out of  weakness!
(Plus, I had just brushed my teeth).
Proud of self! 
But quite tense, anxious and irritable. I think a few episodes of "Mind Your Language" and then bed is in order. It is actually the British comedy my therapist prescribed (instead of Criminal Minds).
Tomorrow I hope to wake up bright and early and take a long walk in the park before my chores and piano students.
We have a video visit scheduled with my son. I am sure missing him!
I am missing a lot of things. But we will g…

Year Four, Day 268: Pandemic Times, Day 17 - "Stay Home, Stay Safe", Day 5 - Paper Towel Bowling!

Hello Friends!

It is 9:31 pm Friday, March 28, 2020. My 16th day of social isolation.  I am feeling amazingly well. I think the extra rest and vigilant hygiene is agreeing with me. I have read somewhere that the covid-19 virus is considered an upper respiratory virus which can be prevented by washing hands with soap and water and avoiding touch the face, especially eyes and nose.

Of course, we have all been inundated by public health notices since the covid-19 was declared a pandemic, to wash our hands for at least 20 seconds in soapy water, avoid touching our faces and practice social distancing. But it occurred to me, many of us need to practice these methods even after this virus is contained. Especially those of us with lung conditions. Like me and my asthma.

I had a phone chat with my therapist yesterday. He said that one good thing to come from this virus is a global awareness. This is not just happening in a third world country, this is something the whole world is battling.


Year Four, Day 267: Pandemic Times, Day 16 - "Stay Home, Stay Safe", Day 4 - My Cave

Hello Friends!

Today is Friday, 3/27/2020. 12:40 p.m.
I'd like to start with today's stats again, as I did in yesterday's posts. 
561,965 Total Confirmed Cases 26,743 Total Deceased (3/27/2020, 12:23 p.m.)

Compared to.yesterday:
500,669 Total Confirmed Cases 22,322 Total Deceased (3/26/2020, 10 a.m.)
As you can see, global cases of covid-19 have increased by over 60,000 in about 26 hours. The death toll rose over 4,000 during this time period.
The United States holds the number one spot for the most cases, ahead of Italy and China.

Prince Charles and Boris Johnson both have tested positive for the virus and are in social isolation. I hope they hide the Queen!

As for me, I'm ok. I'm spending a lot of time in my cave, trying not to annoy my daughter and her h…

Year Four, Day 266: Pandemic Times, Day 15- "Stay Home, Stay Safe", Day 3 - U.S. Takes the Lead

523,29 Total Confirmed Cases  23,633 Total Deceased (3/26/2020, 1:30 p.m.)
500,669 Total Confirmed Cases  22,322 Total Deceased
(3/26/2020, 10 a.m.)
 491,208 Total Confirmed Cases  22,077 Total Deceased (3/26/2020, 6 a.m.)
Hello Friends:

It is 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020. I am sharing the global pandemic stats today at three different times today:
6:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. As you can see, the virus is spreading, (at least as far as we can tell from those who have been tested) at an alarming rate. Of course, it has been pointed out by authorities, and others, that these figures reflect only those who have been tested. It is likely that the numbers are getting higher because more people have been tested as tests become more available. 
I am just a little skeptical about our government suggesting people go back to week right after the Easter weekend, which is just a few weeks away. Perhaps if our whole country was put on lockdown for two weeks a…

Year Four, Day 265: Pandemic Times, Day 14- "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Proclamation, Day 2, Part 2

7 p.m.

I'm back again. Just woke up from a deep sleep. I have noticed my afternoon naps are much deeper and more refreshing than my nighttime slumber. Naps are a big positive side of these pandemic times!
My latest routine is something like this:
8:30 a.m. Qi Gong/Hooping work out in basement. 8:45 a.m. Walk in park/Bible reading and prayer 9:30 a.m. Wash up and clean kitchen. Drink hit tea with ginger and lemon. 10:00 a.m. Make breakfast and chaffles 11:00 a.m. Breakfast (still following monastic eating plan. Today is vegetarian day.) 11:30 Spend time with granddaughter. Yesterday we had a piano lesson. Today we colored, ran around screaming, trying to "catch" the light made by a flashlight. At one point, I also had to chase my granddaughter, retrieve the black sharpie she had gotten hold of, and then scrub the stripes off of her and Honey Dog. She managed to make matching zebra stripes on both her and the dog in a matter of about 40 seconds! 1:00 Lunch. Today I made roas…

Year Four, Day 265: Pandemic Times, Day 14- "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Proclamation, Day 2, Part 1- Good News

Good Morning, Friends!

Today's stats are:

427,017 Total Confirmed Cases  18,925 Total Deceased (3/25/2020, 6:00 a.m.) As compared to yesterday: 423,867 Total Confirmed Cases  18,874 Total Deceased (7:00 p.m., 03/24/2020)
I woke up to much news! One bit if very good news for our country: The Senate and the White House have finally reached an agreement in stimulus checks!
"An agreement is not yet law, there are still quite a few steps before we can fire up the printing presses for the checks.
This deal was reached between Senators negotiating with the White House and is expected to pass the Senate quickly."

I admit, I breathed a sigh of relief when unread this. I am hoping that people Wil obey the mandates by their state governments to stay at home until this virus is contained. I also hope for a federal "Stay at Home - Stay Safe" mandate. I hope. I pray.

It …

Year Four, Day 264: Pandemic Times, Day 13- "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Proclamation, Day 1

Today's Stats
423,867 Total Confirmed Cases  18,874 Total Deceased (7:00 p.m., 03/24/2020)

Compared to yesterday: 383,697 Total Confirmed Cases  16,566 Deaths (03/23/2020, 8:00 p.m.)
Good evening, Friends! Today is my 13th day of social isolation. Yesterday Governor Jay Islee issued a "Stay Home - Stay Safe" Proclamation. I must say, I welcome this, although I am getting cabin fever, big time!
I am hoping with the stricter laws in many states, perhaps people will take this virus seriously, stay home and slow the slow the spread. At least until they perfect a vaccine or we develop herd immunity. Or both.
I was sad to give up the highlight of my day - hooping in the park in the morning.
I considered carrying on as usual, but my conscience stopped me. I should not be looking for loopholes! I should walk my talk, do my part to help conquer this virus by obeying the proclamation given by the governor of my state, which states, in part:
 "All people in Washington State shall…

Year Four, Day 263: Pandemic Times, Day 12 - Don't Worry, Pray!

I had a better day today. I made sure I got outside to get some fresh air. I did my Qi Gong and weighted hoop workout in the park across the street at about 8:30 a.m.

There was also a person jogging, a lone basketball player and a city maintenance worker; all keeping their distance. It was chilly and overcast, with a light drizzle, but it felt good to be outside and breathing fresh air. My asthma and allergy symptoms have subsided. I brought my Bible with me to the park. I sat under a shelter by one if the baseball diamonds and read my daily psalm and gospel (I'm reading Luke 12:22-34).

It struck me that today's reading was very appropriate to the current state if the world:
"Do Not Worry22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn;…