Voices from My Bunker 2020. Meet Steph. A quarantined life in South Africa today.

Meet Steph, living in South Africa during COVID 19. Send to anyone complaining about wearing a mask.

Think you are tired of your phase of reopening from quarantine in the US?

Listen to my guest, Steph, this week on the podcast “Voices from My Bunker 2020” (formerly known as PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet) speaking to me from her home in Stellenbosch, South Africa, (she grew up in Portland, Oregon) where she and her family are living while her husband finishes his graduate program there at the University.

I spent most of the interview going, “Really?” or “Wow!” She has a way of describing her life as if it was utterly normal and even mentioned that during the lockdown some of the animals from surrounding mountains feel free to emerge in parts of the town now quiet without traffic and crowds. What kind of animals? Leopards. Baboons. And, I thought seeing a fox in my yard was “wildlife”.

At any rate, click on the white arrow in the lower left corner to listen to Steph.

Steph wishes when she watches the US news that everyone realized that we are all in this together not just as separate individuals.

She is much more diplomatic than I am. Much More. In fact, I think she should receive a Ph.D in diplomacy. I “met” Steph after contacting the email for the company, simplepinmedia.com about some help in creating a Pinterest profile for all my creative “stuff” on patcoakley.com and thphotogardener.com I had listened to the podcast “Simple Pin Podcast” with Kate Ahl, the founder of Simple Pin and just decided I needed some help in getting started.

Here is the HaDeDa bird Steph mentions in the podcast. Good lord. Songbird is not how I'd characterize it but it would wake me up from a dead sleep.


PS. I am going to start posting some same day/week/month, but different year posts from my archive as I've noticed throughout this period of being at home in 2020, although I've not wanted to write about the food management issues, I've often dipped into the archive for a bit of head tweaking. It is amazing how just a little reminder of something that worked years ago can help you. Hope you find it useful.

When Facebook , Google, and now Instagram send me these reminders, “6 years ago you posted this” I always look and sometimes repost and often someone reacts to it as if not seen before.

Maybe that will happen here, too. I'll never know until I do it!

Take care of yourselves and you at least be glad you don't have a HADEDA in your backyard.

Voices From My Bunker 2020. Meet Alice. A First Grade Teacher During Covid19 in Washington, DC.

Every day we see one school announcing they will be “virtual” starting in September or we see snapshots of crowded corridors with 90% unmasked students in hallways.

In my latest episode, of Voices From My Bunker 2020 (formerly “Podsnacks/Art of the Diet”), I interview my niece, Alice, who is a First Grade Teacher in a Catholic school in Washington, DC. As we spoke she was still not sure what would happen with her school but we focused on the period of March to June when the school closed and two days later she was teaching “virtually” her students. She was in brand new territory and the challenges and rewards of that were both staggering and, sometimes, touching.

Meet Alice. Click on the white arrow on the lower left to listen.

Voices from My Bunker. Meet Carol. Ep. 2. 70+ years old, Lives Alone, Receiving Chemo Treatments for 3 years AND has to deal with the quarantine of COVID19. What does she wish?

World In Need of a Wash

I was asked this past week why I am so conservative in this whole “reopening” phase 3 in Massachusetts. I have tried to do a COVID19 safe picnic on my porch but was hopeless in keeping the proper distancing as a hostess so I don't think there will be many of those in my future.

At any rate, I answered the question by saying that when you are 75 years old, live alone, and the best scenario is if you contract COVID19 that you can remain in your home rather than be hospitalized… it poses the immediate question to the solo sick person, “Who is going to take care of me at home?”

Um..that would be me. The stories of how ill folks can be, while at home, and the lingering nature of some aspects of this illness are enough to scare me to the point that taking risks of contracting it sounds like a really, really bad idea. I suspect the person who asked me this question will no longer be questioning why I don't feel comfortable going to Walmart.

Anyway, I chose to interview my neighbor, Carol, in late June. She has medical challenges in addition to this pandemic. She lives a stone's throw away but I called her and recorded our interview. She is 70+, lives alone herself, but has been in constant chemo treatment for three years in addition to having to deal with the COVID19 quarantine.

I think any listener will revaluate their own situation after hearing Carol. When I asked her what she was hoping for in the next few months? She said, “I asked my Doctor to please keep me alive until Trump loses the election.”

Amen, sistah.

Meet Carol. Click on the white arrow on lower left of the box below to begin podcast.

If you'd like to be interviewed for this podcast, or know someone whose story needs to be shared, please contact me!