You have to be able to act effectively and use your imagination in difficult situations. Life in Elsewhere (America today) is difficult for every human being. Those of us who are resourceful will survive. We will find ways to make our lives palatable and even grow from our experience.
I am living a purposeful and positive life in Elsewhere because I want to. I won’t let myself drown in my fear and anger of COVID-19 or the violence of thugs destroying the history of my country and the property of its innocent citizens. And, I won’t allow myself to stop living and loving and learning and even gathering (you know we women love to gather). I am determined to remain adaptable, inquisitive, and positive. This is my Mantra. I hope it is or will become yours.
Learning to Conquer Life’s Crises
Of course, I am not as carefree and happy as I was before COVID-19 and the violence I see spreading across my beautiful America. I am filled with fear and rage, I don’t let myself block these feelings because I am a realist and I know I am not overreacting. I try and confront my fears and anger by staying well informed. Don’t push your true feelings under the rug and be idealistic. Staying informed gives comfort.
Foreign Words and Foreign Thoughts
We have been confronted with foreign words and foreign thoughts. Our vocabularies have grown and so are the issues we confront. Our conversations are laced with the words COVID-19, Marxism, Hydroxychloroquine, Chaz, Zoom, Antifa… Then of course some of our issues; Ban the police, ban our history, wear our masks, keep our 6ft distance, Black Lives Matter instead of All Lives Matter, and buying our groceries online. As well we talk about what we have watched on Prime, Acorn, Apple TV, Netflix, Sundance…
Here is a profound statement: “Should the Pyramids be torn down because they were built by slaves?” Yes, I am angry about these mobs of Marxists. Aren’t you?
Resources For Escaping Elsewhere
We have many restrictions to abide by. Some of you are more cautious and will continue to self-isolate. That is a good idea. Others of us are venturing out.
My Ultimate Concierge and I are venturing outside. We wear masks, keep our distance, eat only outdoors, and listen to the rules. I carry a hand disinfectant and we don’t kiss or touch our family of friends. Hopefully, we will continue to be healthy.
I have gone for a manicure, pedicure, and haircut. I have not gone to the market (I order by phone and online) or gone ‘girly’ shopping (I order only online). We have not traveled. We stay home at least five nights a week and most days.
Our life at home, as long as we don’t turn on the news, is happy. There are changes because we are staying home and our social life is nil. We now Zoom with family, business people, group meetups with women friends, and men friends. As well, we cook together and watch different entertainment series during the day (new to us) and evening. We are reading the same novel. Life at home is good.
For those women living alone, I feel your sadness. You are being put to the test and will have to use your resources and will to fill your wants and needs.
Below, I have given everyone wonderful resources to fill the hours of your day with many hours of different types of stories.
Escape Into the World of Ireland, Australia, Spain Sweden and St. George Island, Canada
Here is what I do when I need to escape from Elsewhere. I hand the clicker to my Ultimate Concierge and together with bags of popcorn, escape into the marvelous world of Netflix, Prime, Acorn, Sundance, On Demand, etc.
As a team, we highly recommend the following different shows.
OUTLANDER (Netflix Series): A historical drama based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. The movie begins in 1945 in Scotland and goes back in time to 1743. It is a historical love story. My Ultimate Concierge and I rank it a 5-Star.
MONEY HEIST (Netflix Series): A criminal mastermind by the Professor to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history in Spain. My Ultimate Concierge binged on Money Heist. We rank it a 5-star.
THE RESTAURANT (Sundance Series): A chronicle of love, conflict, hope, and politics involving a family-run restaurant in Stockholm. Subtitles. My Ultimate Concierge gave it a 3. I gave it a 5.
ANNE WITH AN E (Netflix Series): 98% loved it. After the first minute, my Ultimate Concierge and I fell in love with the series, Anne with an E. It is the reimagining of the classic book and film of the coming of age of a young orphan, Anne, who goes to live with aging siblings on Prince Albert Island. She is seeking love, acceptance, and place in the world. It is another binge series. My Ultimate Concierge and I loved it. We rank it a 5-star.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME: (Acorn TV): It is an OMG series that takes place in Australia; a drama set in South Wales just after the 2nd World War. It is the story of Sarah Adams who returns to Australia after 20 years abroad and it is a family saga. It is a don’t miss! 5 stars by my Ultimate Concierge and me.
Send Me Your Recommendations!
Now, darling, you owe me big time. Please send me movies, podcasts, and YouTube videos that you are enjoying or have enjoyed. I would be ever so grateful.
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