Archive for April 30, 2020

Candles and Mirrors

Today’s Thursday Thought quote may take a little thinking, but I’m sure you can apply it to yourself in various situations an with different people.

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

CDC guidelines for grocery shoppers

You know some or all of these things, but a reminder from the experts can’t hurt:

  • Only shop in person when you absolutely need to.
  • Avoid shopping if you are sick.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering.
  • Shop during off-peak hours or during special hours for high-risk people (65 or older, and those with serious underlying medical conditions).
  • Disinfect shopping cart with wipes if available.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Use touchless payment if available.
  • Use hand sanitizer right after paying with cash or touching a keypad.
  • Use hand sanitizer after leaving store, then wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at home.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Yummy yet Harmful Fruit

Which of your favorite produce is “dirty” (loaded with pesticides) and which “clean,” and how do those pesticides harm our bodies?    Do you really want to eat those strawberries or raisins?  Download the 2020 Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to see what’s “clean” and what’s “dirty.” (Raisins not included because the list doesn’t include processed foods, but 99% have pesticide residue and up to 26 pesticides can be on them).

That Lingering Feeling

May Angelou hit the nail on the head in today’s Thursday Thought quote. Think about it. I bet your most vivid memories are how a person’ words or actions made you feel. Reason enough to guard what we say and do.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

A Beautiful Wonder

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s pause and take a look at mankind’s home. Worth protecting, I’d say.

Decoding the Bar Code

So often I’ve tried to figure out where a product was made, so I look for a “made in” notation on the label. It’s not always there. Now I know a way to tell–by the first three numbers of the bar code. For example, 690, 691, and 692 mean it was made in China, 471 means Taiwan, 750 Mexico, and anything starting with 0 means United States.

For a full list of numbers and their corresponding countries, go to Barcode Prefixes and Product Country of Origin.

An Exciting Discovery (Cartoon)

Enjoy all the interesting things you’re learning during this stay-at-home period.

A Relaxing Swim through Dakuwaqa’s Garden

Nature is awesomely beautiful!  And calming. Click on this video and enjoy five minutes of underwater spectacle that most of us will never see in person. And…relax………

Enjoy a swim through Dakuwaqa’s Garden

Getting on Each Other’s Nerves

After weeks of being cooped up at home with the same people, we’re getting on each other’s nerves. It’s hard not to focus on our own anxieties and needs and lash out at those around us, forgetting that they, too, have anxieties and needs. Today’s Thursday Thought quote is something to keep in mind.

She Has the Post Office Beat

There are lots of stories about people helping people deal with this pandemic, but this one struck me. Hannah Lucas in Maine literally goes the extra mile…so do her mush dogs. Read Mush! Dog Team Delivers Supplies To Elderly Residents Shut In By Virus.