We have been disappointed with Netflix for some time now. Most of the new programming is too violent, full of intrique, or melodramatic for us. They do have some good programming, but we haven’t been able to find anything we like for months now. AND now that so many people are self-isolating, we couldn’t get it to work at all.

Today I closed our Netflix account. We shall see if we miss it. I doubt we will. It feels good to begin cutting our expenses, because our financial future doesn’t look good. We aren’t young enough to have time to recover, to start again, so eliminating an expense makes me feel better.

Since Attila is using his vacation time this week, we are enjoying our iso-cation time to the fullest. Attila is working slowly on the wiring. He can only do a small amount of it in a day, because he has to work overhead, and it hurts his neck. It is more complicated now because the quarantined groceries are in the way, and won’t be moved into the kitchen until next week. There are significant challenges when living in a space this small, and they become more pronounced when living in interesting times.

My project today has been to move furniture around in the living room. The dining table is now in the living room, and some storage cupboards from the living room are now in the kitchen. We will see how this arrangement suits us. One bonus to this arrangement is that we can watch videos in the living room, while sitting at the table with our snacks!

Over the winter I had some Lavender Oil on the go. I decided to strain the oil today, and now there is a quarter of a cup of heavenly scented oil, in a small jar, ready for use.

About three weeks ago Attila wasn’t feeling well. He was off work for one day, sleeping the whole day. He had a bad cough. At that time I had a sore throat. Attila recovered enough to go to work the next day. My sore throat hung on until just the last few days, but has been replaced by rather intense nasal congestion.

When Attila fell ill, as many, many people where he works did at that time, one of his coworkers was hospitalized with what they thought was Influenza A. I now wonder if it might have been the coronavirus, they were not testing here in Canada at that time. Studies in Iceland have indicated that up to 50% of people who have the virus have no symptoms. People with families from all over the world work with Attila, so it is entirely possible that one of the workers contracted the virus without knowing it, and it spread through the plant. There was no testing being done on out-of-country travelers at that time, unless they had been to China. None of his coworkers died, that we know of, so maybe not. It would be good news to find out we have had it, and recovered without incident! It would be bad news to find out it spread through a workplace, and no one was aware of it.

This morning Attila made Apple Pancakes for breakfast. What a treat. He likes his with a drizzle of Maple Syrup, and I like mine with large dollops of Apple Sauce, and very light drizzle of Maple Syrup. Maple Syrup does wonderful things to apples!

Here is a video about bringing your groceries in safely. Sandy mentioned the microwave, wondering if it would kill the virus, this Doctor says yes in his video Safe Grocery Shopping.



Date: 3:00 PM EDT Wednesday 25 March 2020
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 3.9°C
Dew point: 0.2°C
Humidity: 77%
Wind: SE 14 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives.”
John Green

I know!!! This always amazes me, the inner warmth of buildings, that no one sees from the outside.


  1. Sandy

    That would be reassuring (in a weird way) if you and Attila already had CV-19. They do say symptoms seem to vary. But then you’d have the antibodies to avoid any new viral attacks.
    That’s a great video but it made me realize how deficient my cleaning of groceries has been. If I had the proper set-up, I think I’d unbag and clean everything in the garage before bringing it inside to the kitchen.
    It also sounds like microwaving will handle other coronaviruses but not necessarily CV-19. That part confused me a bit.
    Thanks for posting the video on FB. I just shared it. Hopefully, people will find it helpful.

  2. It would be very weird Sandy, if we have already had it. But unless we can be tested to confirm, we are assuming we haven’t. There is talk of a test to come, that will determine if one has had COVID-19, but it isn’t in use yet. It would be great because there would be a growing workforce that wasn’t affected, that could carry the economy of the country.
    He was rather vague about the microwave. I wish they would test it, because so many of us have microwaves, a tool to use.
    I found the video helpful, a real eye opener.
    Stay safe dear friend!

  3. Joan Brennan

    A few resources for movies: Kanopy, if you have a library card.
    London’s Hyland Cinema has partnered with a streaming service -they specialize in art and smaller films (as you may remember) for music around the world
    There’s also a movie site which I cannot put my finger/brain/cursor on right now.
    Back at yah! Be amused!

  4. Joan, thanks! I have a library card and will look at the local library offerings. Our library system here lacks many of the services that larger systems offer. I’ll have a look around for the Hyland Cinema partnership too. The music will be wonderful! We only watch about a half hour to an hour a day, so we can get by with very few enterainment resources. We are our own entertainment these days 🙂
    Stay safe dear friend!!!

  5. Sandy

    Maggie I have been confused about their approach but I understand they are struggling to develop test kits. More rapid testing would be idea. What confuses me if you can have CV-19 and be asymptomatic. Everyone including Dr Fauci has said they won’t get tested until they have symptoms. I would think it would be better to test everyone, determine who tests positive, and quarantine them. That way we would start treatment sooner.
    I live near Chicago but outside of the city limits. I used an old address for my Electronic Library card and was approved. If you want to try getting a card there let me know and I’ll find the link.

  6. “Iso-cation”, I like that name. As was queried by a fb friend regarding how we are keeping busy, “I do alot of needlepointing, crossword puzzles, looking at Flickr photos from various museums, lazy Egyptology studies and napping. Not a whole lot different than before (except that I miss the movies on the big screen.)(And U.U. gathers.) But….. Our library has that Kanopy, free is good, might check that out…. Stay safe and well! <3

  7. Sandy, your approach would make more sense than the way governments all over the world have handled this pandemic so far! One has to wonder at the lack of appropriate response when this thing was first known, mild attempts at containment and control meant it spread, and then more serious issues must now be dealt with.

    Thanks for the offer of library card! I live in Canada, so I’m not sure that would work out, but if we find we need help, I’ll get in touch.
    Stay safe my dear friend!

  8. Joan, same here, not much is different now than before, except in dealing with the outside world, e.g. groceries, that kind of stuff is getting pretty difficult. Also Attila is around, at least for this week, and if I had my way for much longer, that is a worry, yes, that is different, this worry over his having to out and risk exposure, which is a risk to both of us.

    Kanopy, a second recommendation, I will look into that!
    Stay safe my dear friend!

  9. Sandy

    Maggie, I wish someone would ask that question about early testing on one of the CV-19 discussions they have.
    No problem. If you want to try it sometime I can get you a valid Chicago address to use . They may not check IP addresses.

    You stay safe too, my dear and special friend

  10. Sandy, when I think something should be done a certain way, I write to the Prime Minister of Canada. I get a form letter back, but l figure that if I send something out there, you never know what will become of it.
    I did some poking around and Kanopy is not available where we live. BUT I have a library card for our Camp property, because I use the library there when we are staying in that area. AND they do have Kanopy. Now I have to find that library card lol. Thanks for the offer to help, really kind of you!

  11. I know that you, of all people, have a ton of things to keep you busy. If you and Attila have already had the flu, and have recovered, that might mean you are now immune. If it was something else, you need to take care. Stay well!

  12. Sandy

    Maggie it’s very possible that aides give the PM some of those suggestions. So that’s a good idea.
    I’m going to look into Kanopy today. How freat that the other library has Kanopy. I hope you find your library card!

  13. Diane, you are right! It is not a challenge for me to keep myself busy here at home. When I became totally isolated for years and years at the country house, I developed ways to cope with being alone (Attila was always at work or shoveling snow or chopping wood) all the time, it was very hard at first, so I send my sympathy to anyone making that adjustment. This particular isolation, when Attila is here, is like a vacation, I am not totally alone! That is why I call it iso-cation, it doesn’t fee constrictive at all. Worrisome yes, but not restrictive.
    It would be lovely if both Attila and I had the virus and recovered, BUT until we see tested evidence to tell us that, we assume we can get sick, very sick, and are taking precautions accordingly.
    Stay safe dear friend!

  14. Sandy, there is a possibility an idea gets through from me, the grain of sand in the ocean, to the captain that sails our boat, one never knows!
    I am confident I will find the card! I hope your library has Kanopy!
    Stay safe dear friend!

  15. Sandy

    Yes, I think the good thing is you took action by sharing your ideas.

    Maggie, i just checked and my library does have Kanopy ~ yay!

    You stay safe too, my special friend!

  16. Teri

    I know what you mean about the Netflix selection. Quite a few of the selections are gory or overly dramatic, and we stay away from them. Right now we’re watching older programs like Gilmore Girls and Glee. I tried to getmCBS All Acces because it has numerous old series available, but I could never figure out how to get the app on our TV.

    I like the sound of your apple pancakes. Now my mouth is watering!

  17. Teri, yes, there are a few good programs on Netflix, mostly older ones. I had forgotten about GEM, thanks for the reminder! We watch everything on a computer now, no TV anymore, last time I checked I could view GEM on the computer, but things change, have to check again.
    The apple pancakes were wonderful! Apples are such a great fruit, they keep well and there are so many things you can make with them, and eat them raw too.

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