The first case of the Coronavirus has been discovered in Minnesota. Suddenly people are stocking up on toilet paper, bottled water, Lysol and hand sanitizer to the point that the big box stores are running out.  The word “pandemic” is on the lips of many and we’re being advised to stay away from crowds – don’t travel – isolate ourselves from the world and everything else that happens when we are panicked into thinking the sky is falling.

I’m sure this is a serious disease.  It is the top news story of every night.  It’s the topic of conversation in most settings.  It’s becoming the modern day “Plague,” which many believe is a sign of the end of the world.  We should take it seriously, but some funny things are connected with all this madness, and I feel it my duty to share some of it with you.  I firmly believe laughing is one of the best medicines known to man.  So if we all fall off the edge of the earth and the sun don’t shine tomorrow, at least we’ll have fun while doing it.

Yesterday a friend posted a comment about the virus.  She told us to wash our hands with soup and water.  It was a typo of course, but the comments mushroomed into a bizarre mixture of what kind of soup to how much should be used.  My favorite comment suggested using beer soup – preferably Corona beer.  I suggested Won Ton or Egg drop.  The list went on and it actually warmed my heart that this particular group of commenters wasn’t taking things seriously.

It’s really amazing to me that people are so quick to panic and set aside reason and common sense.  Of course we should take precautions with any disease, but often the hype that is dealt out by the media is enough to send anyone into a frenzy.  Our source of information should come from the experts, not the media.

It’s funny how things can overtake our thinking.  For example, yesterday while shopping I  found something I liked, but turned it over and discovered it was made in China.  I put it back on the shelf.  Normally I wouldn’t think twice about that, but my first thought went to where in China was this exported from.

We thought about eating Chinese last night and chuckled about the possible side effects.  I read an article about using onions to draw bacteria out of the air.  So as one of my friends suggested, onions will be shopped off the shelves.  Actually I remember my grandmother using onions in a poultice when someone was sick.  She also used dried mustard in a poultice.  Think of it.  All she needed was a hamburger and she’d have a happy meal.  Maybe some of those old remedies are the answer.  I read somewhere that onions and garlic were hung all around the houses to fend off the Black Plague.

Certainly we could all cocoon ourselves for the next century.  Everything is available online except for the Coronavirus and who knows, that might be the next thing to invade our computers.  Still, there’s no place like home.


As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. I love this, Kathy. 🙂

    Yes, I am with you 100%. We need to take this seriously and protect ourselves as best we can, but we also need to laugh at the insanity. Laughter is great medicine!

    Here’s an lol for you: my husband is 71 and I will be 67 in a couple of months. I saw on MSN news last night that the CDC is now saying that, because this novel virus is hitting people over 60 the hardest, those of us who fall into this age group should avoid going out into crowds. Stay home, don’t go shopping in crowded stores, avoid crowded restaurants, temporarily give up club meetings, and be reverent at home this weekend, instead of going to church. Here’s my lol reaction: if the coronavirus is mostly killing people over 60, well that’s one way to keep social security from running out of money! 😉

    But seriously, I need to finish writing my memoir first… 😀

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  2. LMBO! I love the soup story especially! I don’t know if it’s just the Arizona mentality but we’ve had 3 cases discovered so far and no one is shopping the stores dry yet. Maybe they all think they’re invincible with our AZ cowboy way of life! 😂

    The sad part of your story and those like it is that people create their own crisis when they panic. We’re already experiencing shortages because China and Japan haven’t been exporting and wiping out the supplies we have is more of a crisis than the virus itself. Every country and every state is going to encounter the coronavirus eventually and panicking will only make it worse.

    We just need to use common sense and protect ourselves from exposure just as we would any other infectious disease and pray like crazy for a vaccine or some type of treatment to come about soon.

    From what I understand it’s the most infectious disease known to man at this point, but it still isn’t anywhere near as fatal as the flu. Problem is the media is mainly focused on the fatalities and not reporting the survivor counts. So the public follows suit.

    God bless and thanks for making me laugh this morning!

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    • says:

      Thanks for your well said comments. I agree that we create our own anxiety, but this constant media interference creates ridiculous fear. We’re being led astray in so many ways it’s hard to know what’s true anymore. Like the boy who cried “wolf.”

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  3. Ha! Well done. Laughter is also good for the immune system and “a merry heart is good medicine.” I’m not scared of the virus, but I am a wee bit concerned about being trampled in a toilet paper raid.

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  4. We drove by a Chinese restaurant that I like to get take out from when we’re in Atlanta keeping the kids and as they should be on a Friday night, they were busy… but in the back of my mind I found myself wondering if that was a good thing.—- stupid me for letting hysteria creep into the back recesses of my mind!
    And this toilet paper thing— I feel like a dummy cause I haven’t made a mad dash to stock up like everyone else and we’ll probably run out and there will be none left to buy 😑

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  5. hatrack4 says:

    I think we just had our first case in PA yesterday, also. But this toilet paper thing has me confused. You run out and get a 6-month supply of toilet paper because you might have a six-month quarantine or 6-months of no imports of toilet paper. BUT, they aren’t buying a 6-month supply of food. If you don’t eat, you don’t poop. Problem solved! Right?

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  6. Salvageable says:

    Yes, humor is the best response to an overblown media-fed panic. Next they’ll be making us all change our clocks as if that could somehow save time or daylight or something. J.

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  7. dolphinwrite says:

    I have, for years, as a worker in various jobs, teacher, coach, researcher, and talking with friends, knew people have the tendency to worry and panic. That explains the shows televised, the news (which is mostly negative), and so much more. You can tell people the importance of “thinking for yourselves,” and they agree, but in practice, most will go the way of the crowd. I guess it’s easier that way, but it also has consequences.

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    • says:

      That’s certainly true. Negativity seems to out trump the positive quite often, but it definitely has consequences. Thanks for your comments.

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