Helpful Resources as Shelter in Place Continues


No one is happy the shelter in place continues. As we all know, we need to curtail our freedoms for the common good until we’re ready as a country to re-open. Right now, we are not. Here’s what I said in a comment on my last post:

No one is saying we shouldn’t re-open — we have to — but what smart people ARE saying is if we do it wrong, there will be MASSIVE economic fallout and death WAAAYYY worse than what we’re currently experiencing. Yes, it’s hard to imagine, but it’s real. We have to do it RIGHT. And be ready. Right now in the US, we are not. I feel like in CA we’re making progress towards getting there, building contact tracers and protocol for schools and office work, but I have faith that our governor, who has done an excellent job so far, will make the right call as to when and how. From Forrester: “If Phase Three is mismanaged by companies, states, and the federal government, we will not drop back to Phase Two — we will loop back to Phase One and start the process from the beginning. This will risk a year-long disruption of the economy rather than the three-month disruption caused by Phase Two.” This is the point!!!!

TLDR: This is bad, but IT WILL BE WORSE if we bungle the re-open.

(Aside: I continue to find it extremely irritating that those pushing hardest for re-opening right now seem to be the people who can’t abide their freedom to go to the beach, hang out with their friends or go to Starbucks being curtailed–but are OK by all current standards.) 

Moving on.

We can all agree, I think, that this situation sucks, and it’s scary.  Which is why I’ve been relying on stoicism to get me through. There have been other online sources that have also helped. As always, practical tips and resources have been a lifeline.

  • Have regular Zoom calls with friends Most of you are probably already doing this. An article shared by Stirrup Queens talks about why you should do video conferencing, if you are not already. I have a couple of Zoom “happy hours” with friends each week, and it brightens my mood every time. My book club has also moved to Zoom.
  • How to improve your video calls Good tips here. One more: at my dad’s suggestion, one person is responsible for asking questions each week. Then, everyone takes a turn answering each question during our family calls. This tactic makes chats less chaotic.
  • How to grocery shop less often Game-changing suggestions here, including tips on how to freeze milk and butter. Going to the store can be so scary, and if you can go less, so much the better.
  • What to do about the yeast shortage I’ve tried to make sourdough starter, but I haven’t been discipled enough about the feeding it every 12 hours in the beginning. We still have yeast, but it’s getting low in supply. Good ideas here–and check out the comments for more.
  • Cloud bread I’ll resort to this if we totally run out of yeast and I can’t figure out a good starter!
  • How to dye your hair I get full platinum highlights every six months. It’s been about four months since my last visit, and the roots are coming in. Laura, the blogger who wrote that post, looks great so maybe this is worth a try? The one and only time I dyed my hair using a box kit was a disaster. I’m not exaggerating — talk about a “yellow-haired female.” My hair turned the color of a canary and became terribly damaged. Photographic evidence below if you don’t believe me. I must have chosen the wrong color.


For pure entertainment and distraction, I recommend the following:

  • Go Fug Yourself  The hard-working team behind this site, which usually dissects the fashion choices of the royal and famous, are stuck with no new material. After all, no one is really leaving their homes except in sweats for dog walks. As a result, Jessica and Heather have been diving into such oddly fascinating topics as Vogue covers over the past 40 years, the Clueless movie premiere and fashion retrospectives of stars like Katy Perry and Zoe Saldana. The result is thought-provoking eye candy, and their kind-hearted yet hilarious captions have been lifting my spirits. They are never mean, and that makes all the difference.
  • Parks and Recreation There is nothing more soothing to me right now than pretending to exist in the town of Pawnee, Indiana circa 2012. OMG – I just found out there is going to be a reunion special! That’s my Thursday night covered.
  • Rilla of Ingleside This is a book recommendation from Loribeth, one of the best book readers and reviewers on the Internet. Honestly, I’ve been having trouble reading anything, but I want to try this book as it sounds relevant to our Times of Trouble.

What resources are keeping you sane?

Stay safe and stay well,

XOXO Jjiraffe







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8 responses to “Helpful Resources as Shelter in Place Continues

  1. Making a yeast starter from yeast (rather than from the air or grapes or what have you) is super easy. I think we’ve done it something like 5 times in the past 20 years (the starter tends to get tossed when we move) and it’s been super easy, especially compared to the sourdough starter with which we’ve only been successful once.

    Thanks for the link!

    • Yes, I’m trying out sourdough starter, and it’s rough going.

      • We’ve been trying to decide if we want to try to convert our sourdough starter to regular yeast but still have the sour bacteria since the last loaf DH tried was a trencher. The Try Guys video on Monday was Ned doing his sourdough starter and having lots of failures, including a trencher and the baker said it was because there wasn’t enough yeast, but it’s the bacteria that gives it the flavor. I don’t really want to have two starters in the fridge, so we could just make a regular starter and not worry anymore about the sourdough. I think DH probably wants to finish all the sourdough recipes in Flour Water Salt Yeast first though.

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  3. This just in: DH read somewhere that you can make fry bread with the starter that you’re supposed to throw out when building up the levain, so he’s trying that.

  4. Oh my goodness, I am blushing! Thank you for the vote of confidence! 🙂

    I do hope you enjoy “Rilla”… although if you’ve read & enjoyed any of Montgomery’s other books, I’m sure you’ll like this one too. Let me know when you’ve finished it!

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