A little levity while home sweet home in the time of coronavirus by no means makes light of the situation.
What it does do is take some of the stress out of this unprecedented and trying time, if only for a moment or two.
“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.”
–Laura Ingalls Wilder
Between disinfecting surfaces, finding somewhere to put all the supplies and extra food we’ve purchased, corralling Mama Places In The Home who at 80+ years old gets that others need to shelter in place but keeping her standing beauty shop appointment is exempt, and trying not to go crazy with every breaking news update, I’m learning the internet can be a wonderful source of entertaining and educational virtual activities to discover while home sweet home in the time of coronavirus.
For kids and big kids alike, check out these resources and activities from Scholastic and live streams from the Houston Zoo and the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.
Planning for school closures? Scholastic has you covered with FREE engaging online resources and activities from #ScholasticLearnAtHome
— Scholastic (@Scholastic) March 13, 2020
Yes we cam! We got you covered in these crazy times. While we’re closed to the public, you can still get your stress-reducing animal fix via our live cams. Watch penguins, baboons, koalas, giraffes, elephants and more 👉 https://t.co/DputHsHt5n pic.twitter.com/sTYk0srM5v
— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) March 17, 2020
When I was a freshman in high school, a group of friends and I hosted a progressive dinner at the end of each six weeks.
We carefully planned out the evening, assigned a cuisine theme, dressed in disco and dine attire, and hopped from one house to another enjoying appetizer, salad, main course, dessert and coffee delicacies.
It dawned on me a virtual progressive dinner could be a lot of fun.
Sure, dining with friends or family is always better in person, but why not get creative and host a virtual progressive dinner.
You could theme it dinner with the girls, cooped up couples virtual night out, or what’s cookin’ with the kids.
There’s several ways to do this.
Get creative with it, and bon appetit!
A garden creates beauty around us.
Use this time to ready, plant or enhance your spring garden.
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Take a virtual field trip to Stages Around the World, the Guggenheim Museum, Van Gogh Museum, The Louvre, and Buckingham Palace.
Click the links below to discover.
Take in a nightly opera performance via nightly live opera streams from the Metropolitan Opera.
Hand washing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an essential must in helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) March 16, 2020
In keeping with the scrub-bacterial-germs theme, this snippet from Scrubs comically explains how bacteria and viruses can easily spread from person to person.
Our crew were big Bernie Mac Show fans, and the episode “Now You Got It” was a favorite.
One highly anticipated Vegas trip was totally wrecked after I got sick mid-trip complete with emergency room visits (three to be exact).
I picked up a now you got it germ of my own from one of the Canadian snowbird’s birthday party guests aka the darling little Petri dishes.
Watching this episode brings a little humor and levity to the day.
Look, there’s nothing funny about this pandemic.
Staying close to home may be a sacrifice, but it’s an exercise in social responsibility that is the smart, safe, courteous, and vigilant thing to do at this time.
We must do our part to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this horrible disease by practicing good personal hygiene, social distancing, and following the advice of those in the know by staying home sweet home in the time of coronavirus.
I’m here if you need me, and am keeping you all close in thought and prayer.