My grandfather’s pet moose

I found out today my grandfather had a pet moose 😲 Why have I never heard this before? And what is the story behind said pet moose? To answer my questions I had to reach out to my relatives.

That man in the photo is my grandfather and the women is a stranger who was driving by, saw my grandfather in the yard with the moose. She stopped and asked if she could get her picture taken with the moose.

Apparently grandpa had a lot of tourists coming by to see this pet moose. Someone offered to buy it but despite being a “pet” is was still very much a wild animal.  My mother said it was aggressive with her and her siblings so her father decided never to part with it for fear it would attack someone.

My grandfather kept the gangly legged youngster in the barn at night. One morning when he went to let it outside he found it dead. Someone went in the back door of the barn and poisoned it.

Turns out to be a sad ending to what could have been a great story

First World Pandemic Problem #2 – Slow Internet

People around the world are self-isolating due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. With so many people at home, most are using the internet to communicate, work, learn, and stay entertained. The use of YouTube, Netflix, video-conferencing, Facebook calls, and video gaming has surged to new highs, and the stress on internet is starting to show.

I have attempted to add a post here several times today. I am now frustrated; I have seen the below gif one too many times. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.

First World Pandemic Problems

Total confirmed cases of covid-19 worldwide: 422,829 / Deaths 18,907 / Recovered 109,102

I had three precious bottles of wine left. I gave one away to my elderly neighbour and decided I would chill one of the others for myself. I placed the bottle in the freezer and waited for it to chill.

A little later I went to retrieve it. When I opened the freezer door the bottle rolled out an smashed. I was not impressed.

I do realise there are bigger problems in the world right now, hence why I wanted the wine in the first place.

Cheers 🥂

Always be a little kinder than necessary

Confirmed cases of covid-19 worldwide: 381,643 / Deaths 16,558 / Recovered 102,429

In this time of crisis please check on your elderly neighbours. Today we drove by and saw our neighbour outside. We have never spoken to her before today. We found out she has been alone for a week, lost her bank card, and is running out of food. All she has left to eat is some fruit.

This broke my heart. 😢

When I got home, I went through our food supplies. We packed up a box and dropped it off to her. We may not have a lot but I am not going to knowingly have someone go hungry.

She mentioned she’d really love to have some wine. I have been saving my 3 bottles of wine but I popped one in the fridge for her. Tonight, I will give her the chilled wine and some homemade chicken soup.

We need to look out for one another, now more than ever.

Trying to Find Joy and Be Thankful During Self-Isolation

Total cases worldwide: 308,227 / Deaths: 13,064

It’s weird that my life under self-isolation is not much different than it was before this pandemic. My husband and I rarely left the property, except for Thursday ‘Date Night.’ I do miss the best pizza in town, drinks at our favourite little bar, socializing with other people, but it’s not all bad. It certainly could be worse.

So thankful I am not cooped up in a small apartment. I am fortunate we rented a home with a large, fenced property. I can still go outside; I can go for a swim in the pool; relax in the hot tub; it’s almost like I am cut off from the rest of the world. The closet house I can see is quite far away.  The covered patio faces the Pacific Ocean with miles of deserted beach and sitting outside with the sound of the waves crashing gives me peace and serenity. I am blessed, but still, it is a stressful time.

I stocked up on loads of seeds, not for cooking, but for using as bird seed. Everyday, while my morning coffee is brewing, I sit outside watching all kinds of wild life – quails, cardinals, blue jays, ground doves, white winged doves, and a pair of chipmunks. I put half an orange on a tree branch and that attracts 2 kind of oriels, one with bright orange and one with bright yellow feathers, and woodpeckers (or they may be sapsuckers). Sometimes a road runner casually strolls by; they look nothing at all like the cartoon btw. Occasionally I see a hare, usually at dawn or dusk, and there are wild horses that visit the pond in front of our house for a drink. For a desert there is more animal life than you would think.

All the birds are very entertaining the observe. One of the bigger male doves ruffles the feathers on his back and charges at all the other doves. The quails scratch the ground and the way they move looks like they are doing a jig. The quails also make very funny sounds. The small ground doves put their wings up, like shields, when the other little doves get too close. The blue jays hide some seeds for later, I never knew blue jays did such a thing. The little chipmunk comes sniffing along and finds all the seeds hidden by the blue jays.  Watching these little animals gives me joy, and sometimes laughter, in this strange world we are currently live. It’s in this moment, I can forget everything that is going on in the world, and take time to just be happy.

I see the videos of people in Italy singing on their balconies, building after building, coming together as one during what has to be their most difficult time. Watching that video, and seeing the community comes together, makes my eyes well up. A lot of things make my eyes well up lately. Obviously, this imminent event, with such an uncertain outcome, is making my subconscious uneasy.

Missing My Family

I’m feeling a bit blue today. I miss my children, my parents, and my sisters. When this is all over I’d like to have a family reunion. The whole family including, nieces and nephews.

Very thankful we live in the age of technology, video chat is so much better than a phone call. I miss them all so very much.

My oldest daughter lives in Montreal, Canada. She has been laid off work and is self-isolating in her apartment. She lives alone and I worry how she’ll handle no social interaction. She is used to being around her co-workers and friends and this may be very difficult for her.

My middle daughter has been travelling for the past 2+ years. I mentioned in an earlier post that she had left Beijing for Phuket. Her visa ran out so she has hunkered down in Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia. The virus hasn’t arrived there and I hope it never does.

My son, the youngest, lives in New Brunswick. He is still working but that could change at any time. He lives with his father and is well outside the city limits. A good place to be during this crisis. He’ll still be able to get outside for fresh air and vitamin D.

I video chat with my parents. I haven’t seen them in three years and I miss them so much. They have trouble with the screen and sometimes I can only see part of their face but a part is better than none at all.

The Whole Family Gathering

The Whole Family Gathering – Vector

 

Coronavirus: Return to Canada or Stay in Mexico

For expats and long-term vacationers, the Covid-19 coronavirus comes down to two things – should I stay here or should I go home. And, that decision needs to be made soon with ever changes border controls and changing flights. Check the latest consulate advice about travel and any flight restrictions. Government of Canada Travel Advisory

Some things to consider when making your decision should include:

*MEDICAL CARE: Canada has free Medicare for all citizens, Mexico does not. Canada certainly has a larger quantity of high-quality hospitals for the population at large. Access to first-rate healthcare will be an issue in both countries. Todos Santos only has 2 ambulances and the hospital is not equipped to deal with coronavirus emergencies.

Quality of care for either country won’t matter if you can’t gain access to either, which is likely to be the case. And, even if you did get admitted there aren’t even a fraction of enough ventilators to be of any use. An added concern is the possibility of hospital acquired complications; in the case you need to be hospitalized. HAC

*YOUR HEALTH: Something else to consider is if you are at high risk. Health related co-morbidities like diabetes, can make it more difficult to fight off infections. Your immune system may not function as vigorously when you are older. Also, if you catch the corona virus, the possibility of hospital acquired infections (easily picked up in a hospital or even from a ventilator) is also an added concern. Comorbidities

*TRAVEL: The Canadian government is urging all travelers to return to Canada. When deciding to fly home, consider the risk of exposure due to long lines at crowded airports. Air travel in a confined space with other potentially infected people while breathing in recycled air is an added risk for exposure. Airports will be crowded. There is the risk you may be stranded as fewer international flights are likely to be available in coming weeks. travelers

Driving also has risks because you will need to stop for gas, food, and lodging causing possible exposure to contaminated surfaces. The coronavirus can last for hours and days depending on the surface.  How Does Covid-19 Spread

*TRAVEL INSURANCE: What exactly does your policy cover? A number of Canadian retirees are now being told that they have until March 23 to return home to Canada before their emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 will no longer be valid.” Insurance Coverage Changes

*SELF-ISOLATING: If you go back to Canada where will you be staying – in a house, condo or apartment. Do you have a home to return to or will you need to stay with relatives? Many people here have larger properties, if you self-isolate here you can still go outside and enjoy the weather without being cooped up inside. That may not be an option depending on housing back home.

You may be asked or required to self-isolated at home for 14 days when you return. Canada is currently asking this of all travellers coming from international destinations. Returning to Canada

*FOOD: People in Canada have given into panic buying with many stores running low on staples. There are more options for restaurant deliveries as well as food and supplies available online. In Todos Santos there are currently only two delivery services available. Some restaurants are providing take away but that requires leaving your property.

Interview with a Canadian snowbird going home. source

 

Stay or Go

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday. On this day I always take time to think about the past, present and future.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d being spending my birthday self-isolating in another country while a global pandemic rages 🌎😵 Actually I’d never thought that something like this would happen in my lifetime.

This could be one weird year 😳

My husband posted this on my Facebook page:

“10 years ago I asked if she was sure about marrying me. She had no idea what the wild west would bring, from -40 temps to raging fires. Today, Her Birthday, and she finds herself developing CoVid-19 information material for the local Mexican emergency management group, while I consider home invasion deterrents. After all we are living in the Mexican Baja 3000 km from home on the southwest side of the continent. Lisa always said she wanted an adventure. I am now thinking she is an closet adventure junkie! Happy Birthday!”

Oh, I’m a girl, my name is Lisa, so the song is fitting. Thanks to my cousin for sending this me.

 

Tempers are Flaring

Worldwide cases of covid-19: 169,610 / Deaths 6,518

My brother refused to chip in to help my parents. I got angry, and with all the stress of the last several weeks, I lost my temper. I rarely ever get angry and if I do, it takes a lot for me to verbally lash out at someone. That is not the kind of person I am; I was told too many times, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. But, after everything my parents have done for us all our lives, and now they need our help, he refuses!?! He is a selfish man. I told him, “If I come home for a memorial instead of a reunion, I will never speak to you again.

I also got angry with my father for still going to work. The man is 86 and still works part time. My father enjoys the social aspect of working and he has never been a lazy man. I have heard “you don’t slow down because you get old, you get old because you slow down” from him all my life. He’s right too. He will miss the daily interactions at his place of work. If social distancing goes on too long it will wear him down. I wrote him a long email explaining why he cannot continue to work for a while. My mother told me I accomplished nothing except making him angry. I had to try, even though I felt like I was scolding him.

It’s a reversal of parent-child roles now. I’ve seen posts from other people having the same problem with their parents. It’s is like we need to ground them because the just don’t get it.

Got asked to join the Todos Santos Covid-19 Support Group. A select group of community leaders, local doctors, nurses, paramedics, and journalists. Since I used to be an Emergency Medical Dispatcher and I have training in Disaster Management I can do my part to assist in this crisis.

Canadians “It’s time to come home”

Worldwide cases of Covid-19 156,730 / Deaths 5839

Canada urged all Canadian travelers abroad to return to Canada. I would rather be in Canada, there are far more hospitals and the healthcare is free for all, but that won’t matter if I cannot get a a bed. Here or there, there will soon be no beds.

My husband and I talked about this and, for now, we have decided we are safer here. We are isolated on this property and can get groceries delivered. Right now we are in the best possible place to ride this out. That could change in the coming weeks but the risk of air travel or driving is too high.

Many countries are closing their borders and /or stopping air travel. Everyday more and more countries have infected. I really fear for the US citizens, Trump waited too long to do anything and it appears it has been spreading there at least since late January.

 

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Spreading the Truth That No One Wants to Hear

It’s almost 5:00 am, I’ve been up for an hour, just can’t get back to sleep. I read the first patient in NY was treated with medications after contacting doctors in China. They recommended he be treated with the antimalarial medicine chloroquine and the HIV drug Kaletra. Need to remember that.

I think people on the TS news feed see me as a hype spreader. I am not spreading rumors, just the painful truth of facts, but the people here are in the dark. I tried to tell them what was happening in Italy will happen here but they prefer to pretend nothing is happening, that the media is making it seem worse than it is, and the Mexicans think the gringos are panicking over nothing.

I have taken flack for posting info about covid-19. I have been accused of overreacting and spreading panic. But, if I helped anyone in Todos Santos, Pescardero, or Cerritos become aware of the fact, covid-19 is not “just a flu” that it, is in fact, a highly contagious virus with a high mortality rate for 20% of the population – especially for the Boomers and up – I for one will gladly wear the loco gringa badge. I’d rather be over cautious than oblivious.

I am torn everyday about staying here. My husband says we should wait and watch, maybe it won’t get out of control here. He says if it starts getting bad here then we can look to see where there are no or low cases of infection in Canada and fly there. I suppose that is a very smart idea.

Coronavirus Myths

Bleak

I’ve been reading medical articles about what happens to the body when a person is infected. In some critical cases the immune system goes into over drive, fills the lungs with fluid on top of the fluid that’s there from the pneumonia, and a person drowns. A horrible way to die.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s wife, Sofie, has tested positive! So many politicians, or people associated with politicians, around the world are getting infected with the coronavirus. This bug is super contagious and is spreading fast.

The world seems bleaker and bleaker. I hope this is all contained soon but I may be overly optimistic when I say soon. This might last 6 months to a year, who knows, it may even last longer. Our only hope is that a viable treatment becomes available while we wait for a vaccine.

Both my husband and I have been posting on the Todos Santos Facebook news feed about the virus. People here do not get that we are going to be hit with this in a few weeks.

it comes for us

Pandemic

The World Health Organization is characterizing the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.

“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.”

I am quite sure the “inaction” refers to the USA. Trump has totally failed its citizens by not testing people sooner. I am concerned at what the actual number of cases could be. In the tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands. If left unchecked for too much longer, that number could be over a million. The United States has some very large cities on both coasts and the virus will get out of control because of rump’s inaction. Trump really should resign over the mishandling of the epidemic. Calling it “just a flu” “no one’s dying” “Fake media hoax” the list of his inadequate action is mind boggling.

My sister asked if we could all chip in for rent for mom and dad this month. I told her we would and for food too but I thought it would have to be for 3 months not just one. I don’t want my parents to die. I haven’t seen them in 3 years. I fear I won’t see them again. We had planned to go to NB this past fall but my stepson was moving into his first home and my husband wanted to help him move. That will always be a regret of mine, not going to see my parents.

Trump is stopping all flights from the EU. His little mind must think, “it worked for China so it will work for the EU.” Except it didn’t work, the virus has been spreading around the USA since late January. I fear for the USA citizens, I thinks so many people are going to die because Trump chose to keep his head in the sand.

Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for Covid-19! That is a shock to many as he is the first movie star to announce the were infected. The way this virus is spreading I expect to see many more celebrities become infected.

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Sleepless Nights

It’s 4:11 in the morning, I can’t sleep. I am once again reading the news on the web. Just saw this one… “Coronavirus patients experience certain symptoms before ‘tipping point’ of dying.”

https://nypost.com/2020/03/08/coronavirus-patients-experience-certain-symptoms-before-tipping-point-of-dying-expert/

The patients who are at risk of dying may see the virus spread to their lungs, which can prevent their other vital organs from getting the oxygen needed to fight the infection. Experts estimate there’s around 10 to 15% of patients whose cases become severe. Of that group, there’s another 15 to 20% of cases which then progress to critical.”

Well, that is alarming. If you get pneumonia you fall into the severe/critically ill. This virus does some really nasty damage to the lungs. I won’t tell my husband that either.

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The Truth is, We Can’t Handle the Truth

The truth is, we can’t handle the truth, and our Governments can’t bear the thought of the truth because it scares the hell out of them. This Genie is out of the bottle in a way we fully don’t appreciate and all the King’s horses and King’s men won’t be able to put it back in easily.

I did a wash today and put all the paper money in the washing machine. We do not want to catch this virus. Perhaps we are too cautious but better safe than sorry.

I read the article on The Lancet about “Clinical course and outcomes of critically ill patients with SARS-CoV-2.” 70% of patients in the ICU that died were men. I never told my husband that tidbit as it would have depressed him. The other alarming statistic was the mortality rate of infected that dies in the ICU….

SARS 43% … MERS 57% … Covid-19 61.5 %

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30079-5/fulltext

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Worries Rise with Every New Case

Good news, my daughter has been tested and she does not have the virus. I can be thankful for that.

I am worried, with the presumptive 2 cases now in San Jose del Cabo, that my chances of getting this virus has just gone up.  I’m worried about not just myself but my husband, my children, and my parents. I am greatly saddened that I may never see any of my family again, not my parents, not my siblings and not my children. I don’t want to get this virus here in this country.

I read this on the web… “Still it’s hard to know that someone you love is dying, but you cannot give them the only comfort you’d wish: your touch; a few loving words; your presence beside them as a kind of last thanks for all the times that they, as a parent or grandparent, brother or sister, stood beside you during the challenges and passages of life.”

On verge of tears a lot, my eyes well up, but I hold them back. I sometimes consider leaving this place whether he wants to come with me or not. However, those thoughts come at dark times, when I’m missing my family the most.

We went to town today. First to the bank, then the pharmacy and finally to El Sol 2. One of the workers at El Sol was sick and coughed – she was sniffling the last time we were there too – that freaked my husband out. We use hand sanitizer as soon as we get in the car. Hubby said he’s not going there again until we run out of supplies. Money is put into a baggie.

When we get home shoes are removed outside, clothes are taken off and placed in the washing machine, as is my purse and the shopping bag. We immediately take a shower. Then we wipe down our purchases with Clorox wipes, wipe down the door handles, spray our shoes with 70% rubbing alcohol and bring them inside.

I told my daughter she needs to go back to Canada. If I catch this there is a good chance I will die from it and she’d be stuck over there (southeast Asia) with no money. Her reply was she can get a job at the tattoo shop in Bali and return to China when she’s able to go back. Oh, to be young and have no fear. I actually had no fear of this virus until it hit Italy. When it arrived there, I knew it would spread to North America.

I face-timed with my parents today. Was nice to see their faces and talk with them. They are both in good spirits and healthy. I wish I lived near them so I could do their shopping. I worry about my mother as she is in the highest risk category (83, diabetes and heart disease). My father (86) still works part time 6 days a week and exercises every day. He could probably beat the illness if he were to get it.

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Covid-19 Spreads

As of 12:14 pm, cases today are Italy 2036, Canada 27, USA 92, Mexico 5. There are several European nations with numbers growing steadily.

5 days ago, last Wednesday, Trump said “No one is dying here.” As of today 6 have US citizens have died from the coronavirus. The USA is at 99 infected at 2.19. I’ve been watching the numbers of infected from countries around the world, once the numbers reach about 75 they start increasing rapidly. The USA has lost control of the infection IMO

I was just thinking…. the USA and other countries said China hid this virus outbreak for 3-4 weeks. Reports today said it has been spreading in the USA for 3-6 weeks. The question is… has the USA known the virus has been spreading and the USA and other countries have kept it quiet until it could no longer be contained 🤔

Maybe I watch too many movies and read too many books.

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Coronavirus Isolation Day 1

Today is our first day of isolation. The virus is now in 67 countries and Italy has 1701 cases, USA has 76, Canada has 24 and Mexico has 5.

Today was really like any other day, except we didn’t watch a movie tonight. We stayed on our laptops scouring for any updates. I prefer to get my news from 2 search engines, Google and Bing. Normally I never use Internet Explorer for anything but Bing has an option for updates in the past hour.

My husband just watches Twitter for his updates. In my opinion Twitter has too much fake news so I stay away.

self isolation day 1

More Supplies are Needed

We go to the mercado El Sol 2 for more water and a few other things we forgot to buy in Cabo. The little store is full of more people than usual. It is high season for tourists but I wonder how many are stocking up because of the virus.

The majority of expats and the local population do not realize what is headed our way. The locals seem to think, since Mexico did very well with H1N1, that they are prepared for anything. They are delusional.

I do not want to leave our property again for any reason.

Covid-19 Has Arrived in Mexico

We wake up to find out Mexico has its first case of the coronavirus. Someone came back to Mexico City from Italy.

We made the decision to go to Costco one last time for groceries. We need meat and a few other things. We also buy some pain relievers fever and body aches; a few electrolyte drinks in case we are too sick to eat; and a months’ worth of our prescription medications. My husband got a big bottle of tequila and I grabbed 2 bottles of vodka and some orange juice. (Not my drink of choice but it will last longer than wine.)

We now have 6 weeks’ worth of food; I think we are prepared or as prepared as we can be. In all actually, I think there are very few people who are prepared for any like this pandemic.

I am concerned that if this virus gets out of control this little town will be in serious trouble. There is only one hospital and it doesn’t have any ventilators or respirators.