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Topic: How to take practical advantage of isolation

  1. Shelll
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    .... the little puppy that was in the basket on her front step a few hours ago. He had followed her by walking and at times running behind her, as she marched down the stoney road. The princess put down her frying pan and...
  2. Shelll
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    1. Another thing you could do whilst in isolation is do an online course. I was just looking at a site called skillshare. You can join up for 2 months I think it said for free. They have a variety of courses on there

    And Croix I had never heard of that song you mentioned. So I looked it up. Read the lyrics and thought wow, this really fits in with this life of this make believe princess.

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  3. Croix
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    2 April 2020 in reply to Shelll

    Dear All~

    Still stuck at home? Me too :(

    Actually it is amazing the potential. I often think of this for people stuck by themselves at Christmas time, but it's even more appropriate now.

    In every state and territory is a volunteers' association. If you give them a ring, explain your circumstances, and maybe say what you can do or enjoy they will match you up with what's needed with all registered organizations. you could end up a telelink conference facilitator, someone who chats to older people or just about anything else you might think of.

    Now Shell-l, fancy saying this princess is make believe, I'm sure she as least as real as the Kardashians

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    .... and bent down to pick the puppy up (dear little thing)
    However things did not go exactly as planned,
    her hair flopped down and the puppy grabbed hold
    onto the end of her hair and hung on,
    causing a most painful situation.

    Did I mention the princess was a rather
    short tempered and vocal sort?

    She started to give the puppy
    a piece of her mind (at full volume)
    so that ...

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    Fancy saying it's a make-believe princess, I'm as sure she is at least as as real as the Kardashians.

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    4 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    Dear All

    I seem to be answering without knowing what will happen to the princess next, perhaps some kind soul might let me know.

    Anyway the subject of this thread is really abut your thoughts about what you can do when living inside that gives you something to keep.

    I'm a two finger typist (three on a good day:) and have always wanted to be able to touch-type, it looks so easy and quick.

    There are plenty of places online that can teach you in easy lessons for free, if you Google for touch typing lessons you will find many. I'm starting with a particular club and we'll see how we go

    Croix

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  5. Shelll
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    4 April 2020 in reply to Croix
    ..... so the little puppy would somehow let go. And he did. The puppy was not the only one that let something go. The singing dude also did, as he heard the princess's voice way up on the mountain top. And was so surprised that he dropped the large wagon wheel he was holding and it....
  6. Shelll
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    4 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hey Croix I had a go at touch typing a few times. I tried to stick with it.... But no my fingers just would not go where my brain urged them too. I don't know why.

    I have been experimenting in the kitchen. Cooking and such. If you have the ingredients and even if you don't have a lot you can see what you can make from them. It's a good thing to do if you are stuck inside and like that sort of thing.

    Tomorrow I will be making these creamy lime ice blocks. They sound so refreshing.

    Will you tell us if you learn to type Croix

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    5 April 2020 in reply to Shelll

    Dear All and Shell~

    Ta for coming back, sadly cooking is not something I do a lot of, the kitchen is Mrs Croix domain and if I intrude too much I get ushered out (strangely enough this does not happen until after I've done washing up or made a cuppa:)

    Actually I think it is quite important to have some separate spaces. I relish calm and quiet on my own a fair amount, and Mrs C likes here space too.

    Apart from that I'm still on that diet:(

    Creamy ice blocks would not be too good just now, it was 4° when I woke up today, how about hot buttered toast and marmalade (-sigh)?

    Now for things to do: I've heard a fair bit about coloring books which help to relive stress and concentrate the mind, I believe MM was doing this (if you are listening MM - or anyone else - you might like to say how you found it and if you can frame them afterwards if they are pleasing)

    The only one's I've seen are abstract intricate patterns, not pictures, I wonder if that is significant

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    ... dropped the large wagon wheel he was holding and it....

    got dust and dirt embedded in the chocolate

    (You can tell I'm thinking of sweets, wonder why:)

    The Puppy saw the wagon wheel on the ground and came galloping up with the princess plus frypan not far behind

    The singer immediately thought they were running to him

    but ...

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    Croix

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    6 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix, Shell and others who are participating in this wonderful thread.

    What am I doing in isolation....

    Making up recipes. I have fun searching online for recipes with different foods, then make up my own. Usually turns out good.

    Play lots of games - solitaire type ones, as well as games with others. A bit addicted really. My OCD emerging.

    Our backyard has been photographed like it's never been photographed before.

    Editing photos with a new program, Capture One. Migrating all photos from Lightroom and re-edit the best ones.

    Maintaining contact with friends, relatives, groups through social media - namely FB. I found this very rewarding as many are finding it difficult. So there are one or two of us who try to inspire the others. It's quite good really.

    Garden is in need of love and attention. Since returning from my cruise in November I've hardly set foot in it. Really sad to come home to everything brown due to lack of rain. So I'm finding it hard to get my gardening mojo back again.

    Both hubby and I have our individual projects around the house. E.g. spring cleaning the gym, which involves lots of work, next is the garage. I have photos dating back to the 1800s that I need to preserve and name..... dah, got as far as ordering albums and protective sheets, sorting them into family groups.

    Truly never short of something to do around the house. Dying to get out to see a movie, have a coffee at the local cafe, dine out with friends, go on a photography shoot with our nature group. But I can live without these, my morale is pretty good.

    ..............................................................

    The Puppy saw the wagon wheel on the ground and came galloping up with the princess plus frypan not far behind
    The singer immediately thought they were running to him
    but ...

    The Princess and Puppy bypassed the singing dude and ran to the circus that was in town just behind the guy. They were both interested in getting their teeth into the chocolate fairy floss that was being made - yum. The singer just stood and stared - he'd been ignored. Ouch, that hurt. So he went trundling after them trying to catch their attention. When he reached them, he said ..........

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  9. monkey_magic
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    6 April 2020 in reply to Croix
    Hi Croix and all,

    Yes, colouring books. I've bought mine from big W, Kmart and I've also looked on- line for them.

    I've completed a whole colour by numbers book on animals- some of the works are framable/ sellable. For eg. my 🦁 lion and 🎏 fish in coral.

    Along with the colouring books I bought a heap of gel and glitter pens online.
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  10. CMF
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    6 April 2020 in reply to quirkywords
    Hi all,

    I've started painting my house. Just the outside and only trims for not ie Windows and door frames, fascia, verandah posts etc. I am loving the new colour/look. It is fresh, neutral and earthy. I hope to get to the garden too although it will be colder by then.

    Cmf x
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  11. Croix
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    6 April 2020 in reply to PamelaR

    Dear PaelaR~

    It's nice to see you here, you've certainly got a full schedule, of it all my own thought is the photographs are hte big prize and the more you can do to select the best, tweak them and then display them the more significant your isolation will have been

    Some readers hear will not be aware there was a person called Vivian Maier. She lived from 1926 to 2009, mainly in the US but I believe she was born in France, certainly there was a French connection. All her life she worked a a nanny or maid for may families but spent all her free time taking street scene and informal portrait photos.

    In her lifetime she published a very few and left a treasure drove in 150.000 emulsion images, not not even developed.

    They have become a celebrated portrait of the US nation.

    Photos have such power.

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    ... look what you've done to my Waggon Wheel! How's a knight expected to keep his strenght up without the odd confection? He was decidedly peeved, first ignored now this.
    (By now the Waggon Wheel looked decidedly odd, with dog-teeth marks and dirt all over -plus it was starting to melt)
    One large ball of Fairy Floss with two legs, and a smaller one with four just ...

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    Croix

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    7 April 2020 in reply to CMF

    Dear All and CMF~

    I like your logo, it goes right to the root of many problems.

    Painting a house is a pretty ambitious project, and one I'd expect you will look back on for many years, it is amazing how the same house can cast a completely different mood and impression wiht all the trim picked out in thoughtful colors.

    I leaned the hard way to have covers over the concrete paths as paint drips!

    Thanks for dropping by

    Croix

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    7 April 2020 in reply to monkey_magic

    Dear All and MM~

    Nowadays people tend to give and receive things bought especially alas gifts.That's Ok but I'd think somethng you made might have special significance.

    Do you think that any of your colorings , framed, could be used that way? A lasting reminder of the trouble you took.

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    While I think of it I mentioned Vivian Mair, street photographer to PamelaR.

    If you would like to see some of her work, and what the US used to look like you can go to the website made by her discoverer John Maloof at:

    http://www.vivianmaier.com

    Amazingly Maloof bought the lot, sight unseen, just as boxes and suitcases of camera film at an auction. He had no idea what he had acquired.

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    Another approach to time spent isolated in home,hotel or most places is to do a MOOC, which stands for Massive Open Online Course. These are free, and put out by the most reputable of institutions from Oxford University to the Uni of Adelaide.

    The number of courses is in thousands , all degrees of easiness or difficulty, and more subjects than you can dream of, from Art History to Astronomy, Languages to Accounting, The study of films and books and illustrations and ...

    have a look at:

    https://www.edx.org/

    Has anyone done any? Mrs Croix did one on genealogy and found out things about my ancestors that surprised me. ( I noticed she left her ancestors strictly alone:)

    Croix

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  14. Shelll
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    8 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    Story continues

    .... now decided to give all the fairy floss to the Knight. This act of giving defused all the grumpiness. The Knight gave a royal bow and a Thankyou. By the way the knight just so happens to really be the singing dude that sung up to the princess that time.

    A blanket was laying on the grass. So the long haired princess, the puppy with the melted chocolate wagon wheel with teeth marks in it, the Knight and the frying pan all sat down to rest.

    As they quietly rested, they watched an escaped circus elephant in the stream. He was squirting cool water from within his trunk onto his head. Ah how refreshing thought the princess. So she decided to...........

  15. Shelll
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    8 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    You asked if anyone had done one if those courses Croix. I sort of have. I had good intentions with completing it. Even motivation at the beginning. . What happens to me is I don't finish things that I start. So I didn't complete it.

    I am thinking your genealogy would be very interesting as didn't you came from England?

    I also have a coloring book.

    Think I may wash and re label all these jars in the pantry. Like put beautiful new labels on them. I like storing food items in large glass jars. That seems like a practical thing to do. And it would look better.

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  16. monkey_magic
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    8 April 2020 in reply to Croix
    Hi Croix,

    Yes, I could give my colourings/ paintings as gifts and have done that in the past.

    As for writing a book I think I'd find it tricky. Still doable though.

    It would be hard going back and reliving things from the past.

    The courses sound great.
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    8 April 2020 in reply to Shelll

    Hi all

    Thanks Croix for info about Vivian Mair. Yes, I know of her through one of the photography groups I belong too. The presentation was looking at women photographers through history. They showed many of her photos - Awesome. You're so right about the isolation thingy. Actually, hubby and I are planning to do an exhibition at our local library next year, I've been fumbling around for a theme. You've just helped me - Isolation. Haven't tried online courses -maybe will give it a go if this is going on and on. Tend to leave genealogy alone - one side of the family is done, the other would be far too challenging as my father came from a part of the world where births, deaths, marriages were all done by village storytelling and no paper record.

    MM, Shell and all who love colouring in books. I'm not the best one for colouring in, but I do jigsaws, not sure if this counts. Being doing 400 electronic piece jigsaws, mostly of - animals (e.g. tigers, monkey, giraffe, birds), icons (e.g. Eiffel Tower, Big Ben), landscapes and streetscapes. I find it enjoyable and challenging at times.

    Shell - how did your lime ice blocks turn out?

    CMF - I couldn't try anything so significant as painting the house (I'd make a mess). Hubby and I painted someones garage for them once (as payment for staying in their unit in Munich). Hah, we got the best end of the deal. Taught us never to really try painting again. Dismal...

    Kind regards

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  18. Shelll
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    8 April 2020 in reply to PamelaR

    Hey Pamala, oh dear I have not made the lime ice blocks. Thankyou for reminding me.

    I am going to make them now.

    I too like doing jigsaw puzzles. I have a few here bought from a garage sale a while back. The boxes have not been opened yet.

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    8 April 2020 in reply to Shelll

    Hi all,

    Board games are getting a good work out here lately. Boggle Jr is a good one for little kids learning to read. Hubby brought home a newspaper the other day and I saw the 9 letter Boggle thing. Saw the 9 letter word straight away (grr I hate it when that happens).

    Mindful colouring in are great. I got sick of mine and started doing the kids colouring in books. We've got so many of them anyway.

    Back to the story...

    As they quietly rested, they watched an escaped circus elephant in the stream. He was squirting cool water from within his trunk onto his head. Ah how refreshing thought the princess. So she decided to...........

    Go for a swim too. Unfortunately her long hair was very heavy in the water. She called to the Knight to help and he...

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    8 April 2020 in reply to Quercus

    Hey Quercus I love playing boggle. We have the physical game of it somewhere.

    Why the grr when you guess the 9 letter word straight away?

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    Dear All and Shell-l~

    I imagine there is something very satisfying about going to the larder, and instead of a jumble of packets from the supermarket seeing your rows on neatly labelled glass jars, each indicating at a glance how much remains. Do you bottle your own produce?

    I'm afraid you'll have to wait for the next episode about the princess, I'll reveal that in a couple of minutes:)

    Croix

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    Dear PamelaR~

    The idea of using your photos for an exhibition is a great one, and if not in the local hall then maybe even on-line. the subject matter - isolation - could not be more appropriate.

    Thinking of images I find I've computers sitting around doing nothing much except waiting for email and so on. I decided to make my own screen-saver. Most modern computers allow you to have a sequence of pictures they display when the machine is idle.

    Because I wanted to get away from all the news bombarding me every day about things I had no control over I chose French Impressionists, and searched for a source that I'd be able to get them from

    Wikimedia has a large collection in the public domain (each image says if it is free to use or not)

    My starting place was here:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:French_Impressionist_painters

     

    This gently playing in the background is soothing and captures my attention from time to time.

    (No you have to wait for the next episode too:)

    Croix

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    Dear All and Quercus~

    I'd never heard of Boggle until you mentioned it, though I think I may have seen it without knowing the name. anything to keep the kids occupied in a constructive way has to be good.

    Only being a simple soul it is all too complex for me, so I'll offer you a one-line puzzle instead:

    A word is hidden in a sentence along with a description of that word. The sentence is:
    This currency is troublesome.
    What's the word?

    And now ...

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    ... long hair was very heavy in the water. She called to the Knight to help and he immediately grabbed the tooth marked wagon wheel (he had planned on washing the dirt off and eating it all be himself).

    At great personal sacrifice he waved it above the water where it was seen by a passing walrus. As you probably know walruses have a sweet tooth (or two) and rushed over to crunch the confection. The knight held on to the treat with one hand and looped the princess's hair around the walrus with the other.

    He backed out of the water, followed by the walrus, followed but a not too pleased princes, followed by the puppy. (Dunno what happened to the frypan).

    The walrus ...

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    Croix

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    8 April 2020 in reply to WanderingAround

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the awesome forum.

    How I'm taking advantage of the time is:

    - Fermenting food (I've made my own sauerkraut)

    - Connecting with friends over FaceTime

    - Only walking to locations, no car to kick the extra carbs

    Thanks again.

    Regards,

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    8 April 2020 in reply to Doz86

    Dear Doz86~

    Welcome to the thread, I have to say the expression on your cat is exactly like my Sumo Cat's face when I've overlooked giving him a treat and Foxy Dog is gobbling hers.

    All the things you mention are useful -the sauerkraut idea sounds pretty unique -does it turn out OK?

    I guess the very best is no car and walking, something that I expect you will reap benefits from long after the current situation is over. Plus of coure it's cheaper. Does it give you time to reflect on pleasant things?

    Croix (who does not think it is his turn to write about the princess this time:)

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    9 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    I'd love to see what your cat looks like (cat person here).

    The sauerkraut is still in its fermentation time. I'll let you know Sunday how it turns out. On the subject of fermentation, I walked to the local Asian store yesterday and bought some kimchi ingredients.

    To your second question, yes I'm doing lots of positive reflection on my walks. Positive, positive, positive.

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    9 April 2020 in reply to Doz86

    Hello everyone

    I read an article that said don't be too disappointed if you make a long loist of things you want to achieve in self isolation and you don't achieve them all.

    I am aiming low and surprised myself by buying a small visual diary book and some pastels. I hav been told my teachers in the past I had no artistic skill and I don't.

    wanted to try something creative other than writing. My trouble is people keep sending me images of their drawings which are amazing so I have left my book and pastels at bottom of cupboard. I am too scared to try.

    My ideas, I just want to use it as therapy but I am in intimidated by people who have talent.

    Maybe I am aiming to high and should stick to writing.

    Doz fermenting is so popular now and sauerkraut is a great thing to make.

    I heard more people are baking with sourdough bread being popular.

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    9 April 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hello Croix and everyone...

    I love the story about the princess, the puppy, the frypan...and the giant wagon wheel..I wonder what did happen to the fry pan...I’m left in suspense now..

    Reading here about free courses available....I was Looking around the internet for free courses and came across a free 8 week mindfulness course...No registration, done at your own pace...I’m going to start it tomorrow...Anyone that’s interested it’s called..”Palouse Mindfulness”...

    I hope you all your night..

    Love, hugs and care..💜🤗🦋.

    Grandy..

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    9 April 2020

    Dear All and Doz86~

    (I confess I had to look up 'kimchi')

    My wife and I get all our pets from animal rescue and sometimes their idea of domesticated and well behaved is not exactly our idea, but we sort of get there in time. Pets -for us- turn a house into a home.

    For the pets it's a handy way to acquire staff. One should bear in mind Puppy Training trains owners, not puppies :(

    For those alone at the moment a pet can make a huge difference. I know a couple of problems, landlords are not always sympathetic (so maybe get something unobtrusive) and also sometimes pets do not work out and need to be returned (so plan for that before starting) . However when they do they can give meaning, routine and affection in spades.'

    Now Doz86, you asked about Sumo Cat, if you would like to know how he got his name have a read in the Happy Memories thread:

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/permalink/qltLoXHzvGGEbv8AAOnT_A 

    Croix

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