Mutations

Just cute and otherwise unrelated to today’s post

Sunday, April 26, 2020, Corvid-19 Lockdown Day #39

A bonus from reading major newspapers is encouragement from insight into the semi-isolations of others. It’s somewhat comforting that in these stressful times nobody struggles alone. Stories from reader-contributors show that most of us cope constantly with such pressures as “what next to do”, depressed feelings, aloneness, and hours of Netflix (and other-streaming) boredoms.

Our readings suggest ideas for indoor activities that might draw interest and keep us busy. For instance, and a surprise to me, is a widespread popularity of baking. As an ex-Costco insider, I know the great angst over gluten and that popular diets like Keto and Caveman ex-out certain ingredients. But now, with lots of folks baking in today’s households with fewer than traditional numbers of family, who eats the stuff?

What’s behind the endless public media posts showing folks worried about gaining weight? To be honest, me, too, while sitting before a television and struggling against endless snacking. It’s that munching is a way I can manage to stay awake and watching. Many times, I’ve jerked from a doze to discover a missing big segment of whatever’s streaming. I dream of snacks, but not baked goods. The snack I most miss is popcorn, which my dieting choice excludes. I want to avoid cooking-work and dirty pans so the pre-popped varieties taste just fine. But they’re very salty or not worth a splurge without butter and etc. Besides, for heaven’s sake, popcorn is calorific in the quantities that keep me awake and watching.

Most of us have dabbled with other indoors suggestions: knitting, sewing, reading, Zooming, and taking online lessons. They’re okay for short periods but usually don’t stretch well through each and every day. Right now, it’s an appropriate time, I’ve decided, to learn more about a key topic in our current existence: viruses.

I’m reading to know where they originate, how they evolve, ways they may spread, their incredible abilities to survive and mutate. It turns out that understanding more causes depression, too, for we humans aren’t nearly prepared to combat new viruses.

In their natural state, viruses utilize wild animals as hosts–such animals can live and deal with them. But increasing human population and industrial innovations have and are destroying much of earth’s natural environment. As wild habitats become fewer or are lost, tough viruses survive by finding and transferring to other accommodating hosts, like humans.

Anyway, starting now, I’ll do my bit and become one-hundred-percent vegan. Hello popcorn!

Dear Friends: This invasion will continue a long while, and likely, another will follow. Diana

2 thoughts on “Mutations

  1. I love baking, and always have. Just figured out how to make sourdough bread. I have never understood the anti-gluten movement, but I do limit my intake of carbs as they generally don’t have as much nutrition per calorie as veggies! As for popcorn, I’m not a fan myself, but my daughter has one of those airpoppers: they make great popcorn and you can control how much, if any, salt & fat to add.

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    1. The “gluten avoidance” is huge, and makes lots of folks feel better. I’m know little about celiac matters, and like you limit carbs. I’ve followed KETO for months, but am turning to vegan, from a re-awakened awful horror at modern industrial meat processing. When a single facility typically processes 5,000 head of cattle daily, and another processes 21,000 head of pigs, it’s sickening to imagine the fate and experiences of animals and workers alike. This has turned me finally from consuming animal-related products.

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