CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 112 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 5.7.2020 BLOG 7th July 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 112 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Sunday 5th July 2020

Today is my brother-in-law’s birthday. He’s not been feeling too well of late. So, we paid him a visit. Not what you want on your birthday when you are not feeling too good. We incorporated a 4.5 mile walk into our journey to see him. The walk and seeing him was fantastic.

On the walk we covered new local ground I had not seen before. I so love walking new territory.

We came across what we thought was a beautifully coloured vivid black and red, butterfly neither me or Mamma had ever seen before. On investigating it on the internet when we returned home, we opened up a whole new world of information.

It was not a butterfly but a very rare moth. The Cinnabar Moth (see main photo) is a day-flying moth. Up to this point I thought all moths were nocturnal. The female lays up to 30 eggs on ragwort leaves. Ragwort is a deadly weed and although a native of Western Europe the Cinnabar Moth was introduced into New Zealand particularly to reduce the ragwort.

We feel very privileged to have seen this moth.

Now here are some fun upbeat stories of the moment.

  1. Some penguins went on an adventure.

Shedd Aquarium in Chicago was closed to visitors, but the penguins didn’t mind one bit. Staff caught them on camera waddling out of their usual habitat and exploring the rest of the exhibits just like a human would.

  1. ‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ found a home.

A pooch dubbed ‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ finally found a home this week, having been at Last Chance Animal Rescue in Edenbridge, Kent, for more than 10 years.

Bess found her forever home after staff launched a viral campaign focussing on her, which soon led to offers from as far as the US.

A spokesperson from the shelter told Kent Online: “It was very emotional for everyone as she set off to her new life, but also very rewarding, as a loving home is what we want for all our dogs, and finally we have one for our Bess. Thank you to everyone who offered Bess a home.”

  1. Instead of Selling Lemonade, Boy Sets Up ‘Drive-By Joke Stand’ to Spread Laughter During Quarantine

6-year-old Callaghan McLaughlin had been looking forward to starting his own lemonade stand once the weather warmed up—but since the novel coronavirus outbreaks has forced the world into quarantine, he had to improvise.

Rather than spend his times indoors, Callaghan decided to spread joy in his community by setting up a “drive-by joke stand” so he could make his neighbours laugh while respecting social distancing guidelines.

Callaghan’s mother Kelsea says that the youngster has been using one-liners from a kid’s joke book that she bought for him six months ago.

Since she and her husband have already been privileged to hear the bulk of Callaghan’s jokes, she felt it was time he share his jokes with a new audience.

The youngster has been setting up shop every morning at the end of his driveway in Saanich, British Columbia for at least one hour before taking a lengthy lunch break and returning in the afternoon for another shift.

Callaghan also told CBC that he has been offering the jokes for free since he wants people to save their money for more important things—like groceries.

Although many passers-by’s have reportedly been happy to humour Callaghan with a smile and a wave, the youngster was delighted to receive praise from Hollywood A-lister Ryan Reynolds after his labour of love was shared across national news outlets.

Despite his popularity, Callaghan says is simply happy to spread some joy during such turbulent times.

“There’s a lot of stress in the world,” he told CBC, “and I kind of want to get some smiles on people’s faces.”


And for the rest of the day I was writing a story for my grandchildren’s Coronabobs magazine.





The easiest way to improve your mood – and your life – is to take time each day to focus on the simple things that bring you joy.


Happiness is…walking


In an attempt to speed up my racing snail, I took the shell off to improve aerodynamics. Didn’t work. If anything it makes him more sluggish. (No snails were harmed telling this joke)


Love is…that someone you go the extra mile for.


5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to walk…A time to explore.
  2. A time to appreciate the beauty of moths…A time to appreciate the beauty of butterflies.
  3. A time for penguins to stay put in their pens…A time for penguins to break out and go explore.
  4. A time for loneliness…A time when every dog has his day.
  5. A time to go that extra mile for the one you love…A time to go infinity miles for the one you love


DAY 92        17 Times – 153 Feet Cumulative Total 13,869 Feet






                Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          2,938,624              130,306

2              Brazil                    1,623,284              65,487

3              UK                         287,290                 44,321

4              Italy                      241,819                 34,869

5              Mexico                 261,750                 31,119

6              France                   196,881                 29,839

7              Spain                     251,789                 28,388

8              India                     719,664                 20,159

9              Iran                       243,051                 11,731

10           Peru                       305,703                 10,772


Uk deaths yesterday 16


Global cases         Updated 7 Jul at 07:51 local


Confirmed            11,579,837           +160,308

Deaths                   536,814                 +3,034

Recovered             6,269,860              +108,131








Country                 Confirmed cases                 Deaths


1              US                          2,938,624                          130,306

2              Brazil                    1,623,284                           65,487

3              India                     719,664                               20,159

4              Russia                   686,852                             10,280

5              Peru                       305,703                            10,772

6              Chile                      298,557                            6,384

7              UK                         287,290                             44,321

8              Mexico                 261,750                             31,119

9              Spain                     251,789                            28,388

10           Iran                       243,051                              11,731



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