Sunday, April 05, 2020

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO...WHILE YOU THINK YOU'RE A “PRISONER”!






         
To put it bluntly, I’m annoyed and tired of hearing people whingeing about being in “lock-down”...forced to be in “self-isolation” etc., etc., et al. 

Find some positivity, people!  First off...be thankful you’ve got four walls around you and a roof over your head.  Millions of others aren’t so fortunate. Be grateful every day and night you have food on your table...millions of others don’t. 

It’s time to stand tall...show compassion; be thankful you are not one who has fallen into the clutches of Covid-19.
  
By abiding by the current rules set down, perhaps you, your loved ones, your neighbours and those you do not know will remain in good health.

It is not the end of the world.  The time you’ve found you have on your hands (after you’ve washed them) can be utilised in so many ways.   It’s not spare time...don’t spare it; don’t waste it...use it.  It’s not been kept in reserve...it’s with us all the time; too often we allow it to slip through our fingers.

Think of all the things you’ve told yourself you'd love to do if only you had the time. 
   
Let your mind roam freely...un-tethered.

Write the world’s greatest novel. Will it matter if only you believe it to be so?  No...or...maybe it will. However, it’s a laid-down open misère, for you, the exercise be cathartic.

Pick up a pencil...sketch.  Sketchy or not, you may draw out the drawer long hidden within you.  Practice may not make you perfect...but it will make your drawing ability better. 

Sprout seeds in jars or glasses...seed germination was a huge craze of the Seventies.  You weren’t “with it” if you didn’t have jars of sprouting seeds adorning your window sills, catching sunlight. 

Do some gardening...whether in the yard, if you have one...or in pots, or in vertical gardens....

Learn a language....    If I can do it, so can you. Years ago I mastered cursing....

Don't whinge and moan...consider the welfare of others, as well as your own...don't be selfish....

Seek out questionnaires...or make up a few...answer them just for the fun of it...

 
If there were ten people, living or dead, I would invite to dinner, they would be:

Ayn Rand, David Bowie, Orson Welles, Gregory Peck, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Ken Burns (brilliant documentary maker), Jon Voight, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoffersen......(I think I really need a longer table...there are more I’d love to invite....)

A book that means a lot to me: Atlas Shrugged (I’ll cheat and add a few more...The Fountain Head, We, the Living, To Kill a Mockingbird. Little Women...and the sequels, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn....)

A movie that resonates with me: The Horse Whisperer

A song that speaks to me Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Someone who makes me laugh:
Me!

My worst fashion moment: Right now...looking at what I’m wearing!!

The best thing about living: Being alive

My worst habit is:
Impatience...over stupidity and ignorance...but is that so bad?

The weirdest place I've been recognised is: Way out west in a pub in Queensland’s Gulf Country.  It was my first night in town and on the job as relief-manager of the Central Hotel, a pub in Normanton. One of the guests staying in the motel side of the pub recognised me from my time managing the resort on Hinchinbrook Island.  He was a member of Australia’s Coast Guard...Maritime Border Command, Australian Border Force/Federal Police/Aus Fisheries Management Authority.

The last time I cried was: Yesterday...listening to some music...it doesn’t take much for my drought to break...

My first job was: As a legal secretary in Gympie...commenced at the age of 15 years

If my house caught fire, the first thing I'd grab would be: I would grab my two furry roomies...so they would be the first two things...not one thing...I would grab....

Five years from now, I will be: I’ve not a clue...but if I’m still here upon this earth...I will still be me...

My favourite toy as a child was: My dolls...all of them

My secret skill is: Sorry...I don't know if I have a secret skill...this one needs more thought...perhaps I don't have one! And if I told you what it was if I did have one, it would no longer be a secret!

You wouldn't know it, but I'm no good at: What a silly question! I ain’t gonna tell ya!!!

My biggest regret is: I leave regrets behind...I've had a more than a few, but I try to move on from them...not always successfully...

I wish I had: My own little cabin with lots of space around it....over-looking water...peaceful, private and quiet.  I have no desire for a huge “mansion on a hill”...or elsewhere.  Small, cosy and private would suit me just fine...and mine!

So there it all is...in a nutshell...or in this particular questionnaire...



Super Salad: Place 4c mixed green salad leaves, tightly packed, 2c sprouts, such as broccoli, sunflower, snowpeas, alfalfa or mung, 2 chopped medium cucumbers, 1 avocado, cubbed, 1tbs chia seeds, 1tbs sunflower seeds, and 1tbs pumpkin (pepita) seeds in a large salad bowl; toss until combined. Make dressing by placing in jar or jug, 1tbs lemon juice, 1/8c apple cider vinegar, 1/4c cold pressed olive oil, ½ heaped tablespoon wholegrain mustard, salt and pepper, to taste; shake or stir until smooth. Pour over salad; toss thoroughly.  Serve topped with fresh parsley.


Garlic Pea Sprouts Stir-Fry: Heat 1-2tbs olive oil in a med-sized pan for about a minute. Once the oil has heated, carefully add 6-7 smashed or minced garlic to the pan. Cook garlic until it turns a golden brown and aromatic; then add 4c pea sprouts. Use a spatula to stir the pea sprouts so they will cook evenly. Once pea sprouts have shrunk in size and are tender, season with salt and 1/4c crushed red pepper, or black pepper, if preferred. Serve with steamed rice.

 

27 comments:

  1. By all means moan if that is the way you feel. Then stop and think about it. Who does the moan help? Does it change anything? Does it make you feel any better? No?
    Move on.
    That said, I do worry about those without a home. For people (women predominantly) who are in lockdown in an unsafe enviroment. And learning that New York's tigers have caught the virus made my heart ache.

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    1. I'm sick of the whingers, EC. They are being self-centred and selfish, thinking only of themselves. Their attitude would change drastically if they fell sick, or someone close to them did!

      I, too, worry about those caught in domestic violence situations. I always have been concerned for those who find themselves surrounded by domestic violence when I was a child, I witnessed it first hand, far too often). I concerns me even more so nowadays because those caught in that vicious web must feel more than ever they have no escape...nowhere to escape to...

      As always...thanks for coming by...take good care of yourself. :)

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    2. New York's tigers?? Oh no! I hadn't heard about that. Our zoo has been closed almost from the first week but we can watch the animals online if we wish.

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  2. I totally agree with you!

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    1. Hey there, Sandie...good to see you as always.

      I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well...and stay that way. Take good care...thanks for coming by. :)

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  3. Agree with you.
    Too many selfish people too who only think of themselves until something goes wrong.
    Take care, be safe and stay healthy.

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    1. G'day, Margaret...I just don't understand the mindset of some...flagrantly ignoring the guidelines put in place...believing they are bullet-proof and to hell with anyone and everyone else.

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

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  4. I also hope that if social distancing is put into effect the goal is good. Useful for breaking the chain of the spread of a deadly virus.

    So, we must realize that staying at home for a while is that we are also not exposed to the dangerous virus.

    Stay safe

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    1. Hello Himawan Sant...it is a challenging time for everyone...worldwide...and people have to take notice of the warnings...and support each other. There is no time for selfishness.

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

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  5. I feel incredibly fortunate to have a home to isolate in and plenty of things I can do to stay busy in that home. Of course it is disturbing to see what is going on in the world. It is awful but I feel like I'm doing what I can by staying in as requested and hopefully helping to reduce the spread of this awful virus. I am also very grateful to have my two cats because they both give and receive so much love and help to make it even better to stay in all the time.

    I love your answers to the questions. Give your sweet cats some love and under-chin scratches from me! Take care!

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    1. Hey there, Bonnie. My two furry, much-loved rascals are the greatest company...and they're all the company I need. They are my best buddies...and I am theirs. They receive a lot of love from me...always have. Both are spoiled rotten, and they know it! :)

      I can always find plenty of things to do, too...sometimes I do procrastinate a little too much...but that is okay. I scold myself, then tell me to mind my own business! :)

      Thanks for coming by...take good care...stay safe...cuddles for your two furry mates from me. :)

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  7. Aside from who you have mentioned, it is the younger people in society who are much more social than you or I. They tend to be the ones disobeying and while of course they shouldn't and they are putting society at risk, it is all the harder for them.

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    1. Hello, Andrew...It is harder for those on the front-lines..the health care workers, the police, those working in supermarkets...of all age groups.

      Maybe it is about time the younger people grew up. Not everything in life is handed to them, or us, on a platter...and the sooner some folk realise that, and start playing their part, instead of flaunting the present safety rules, the better.

      Thanks for coming by...take care. :)

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  8. I used to have things to do away from home each Monday and Friday and for the past two weeks I've been catching up on reading and sleeping those hours away instead, but today I cleaned my own house, just as I would have cleaned someone else's on a Monday. It's rather nice to see floor instead of dust and fluff. I certainly don't feel imprisoned.

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    1. Hahahaha! I got carried away today, River...I vacuumed and washed the floor! Enough is enough of the housework I say...time for a bit more bingeing instead!! :)

      I sure don't feel imprisoned, either.

      Thanks for coming by...take care.... :)

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  9. I've been tending my vegetable plants, have to cover them every night as the temps go below 50 F because I jumped the gun in planting them, we shall see. Now I am going to start some seeds to plant but I realize I don't have much room to plant more. I guess the whole world is in limbo. I am glad we have a home with a yard, I can't imagine what it must be like for someone living in a city apartment in a high rise. Everyone here is complaining about what is being done or not being done about the virus and others are complaining they can't go back to work. Be well

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    1. G'day, Linda. I feel for those who have and who will lose their jobs...so much, so many, over so many areas are being affected...and there is, at this stage, no light at the end of the tunnel. It is very, very worrying, indeed.

      I hope your garden treats you well after all your good work. :)

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

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  10. Calls to Abuse Hot Lines have increased nearly threefold in the UK apparently. (coincidentally that item has just appeared on the TV news).

    I can understand why many people are unhappy. I am also exceptionally grateful that I am not. I have a huge list of things I've been meaning to do for years. 12 weeks will not be long enough. Having said that I have virtual coffees with friends instead of in my beloved Woodlands Café. I speak to friends via WhatsApp and phone calls. More than that though I am fortunate to have a reasonable garden and access to the fresh air and the beach and the sea. I know that I sound over-happy in the situation but life is good.

    The people who I really admire are the millions of people who are keeping those of us in isolation safe and looking after those of us who fall ill.

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    1. Hi Graham...Whinging and complaining...tossing abuse...only makes matters worse...not only for those copping it...but for those flinging it.

      Positivity has to be the name of the game. People have more to amuse themselves with than our forefathers did in difficult times. Some have had it too good for too long and are acting like spoilt children.

      I, too, admire those on the frontline...they are unselfish heroes, and deserve our respect.

      Thanks for coming by...take good care. :)

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  11. Luckily, I don't get easily bored. There's always a book to be read, a Web site to browse, house chores to be done (when they just can't be put off any longer), the fur baby needing a walk, even updating the blog which I haven't done in more years than I'd even realized. I count myself grateful to have a roof over my head, good neighbors, my sweet little dog, and enough necessary supplies to tide me over. I'm only going out when I absolutely have to, and I see that as a critical precaution rather than an imposition. I'm so happy to hear that you're faring well and staying healthy! Your home near the sea sounds delightful.

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    1. Boy! It is a long time since you've visited, Serena! How nice to see you! :)

      My two furry best mates are indoor cats so the three of us keep each other amused! They are much-loved...and very spoiled, of course!

      I, too, as always, have well-stocked cupboards. I shan't starve, nor will my two roomies.

      Take good care of yourself..thanks for coming by. Keep on blogging!!! :)

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  12. All your suggestions for those in social isolation are first class!
    Staying home has its benefits. I use this period for decluttering.

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    1. Hey there, DUTA. I'm a real home-body, so having to remain at home doesn't upset me. I,too, have been doing some de-cluttering...that's an endless job, I think! lol

      Take good care of yourself...remain safe and well. Thanks for coming by. :)

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  13. Always, always, always look for the good and quit complaining. Yes, i have to remind myself, i'm not perfect.

    You could be like my foster son's friend, she was being abused, bruises everywhere from her boyfriend, and she can't get into a shelter or battered women's program, they want proof you have been isolated for 14 days before they will accept you.

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    1. G'day, messymimi...so true...so very true. Throw the abusers into ICU sections at the hospitals..no 14 day isolation for them, I say. Then dip their dicks and fists in acid. Is that too harsh? I have sympathy...no liking of abusers...nor do I give any excuses for how I feel about them.

      There are too many people out there far worse of than those who are whinging unnecessarily....those, in the whole scheme of things, of life...have it pretty good. Okay! So they have to stay at home for a while, what the hell is so bad about that, I ask?

      I'm far from perfect...and I freely admit it. I'm human...the word alone says it all. None of us are perfect...but we can try to be positive, happy, considerate to those around u,s and to those afar.

      We're all in this together...even if we have to remain apart. Complaining sure isn't going to make things better, or easier. Ignorance breeds ignorance, just as stupidity breeds stupidity.

      Thanks for coming by...take good care...stay safe and well. My best thoughts to you and your loved ones. Thanks for coming by. :)

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  14. Hear! Hear! I'm going to have to try your Garlic pea Sprouts! Nice blog btw! I'll be back...

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