Diva Ranting: Corona….

Corona or Not to Corona…
In a winter fraught with diseased humans, I felt it necessary to post info on the global trend in diseases. I personally think when the Universe wants you your time is up, no matter what. I have had 4 near death experiences and there is no reason I should be here… except that it is not my time yet. However, I will err on the side of caution and give an update from The World Health Organization.
World Health on Coronavirus
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Diva Chilling:2020 Mercury Retrograde…

2020 Mercury Retrograde
A good friend of mine and I have an ongoing laugh about Mercury Retrograde. I am a total believer; he a skeptic of all things woo-woo. Years ago me and my, then skeptic mind, ran a huge training facility in New Jersey. We had a little plant lady who cared for our hundreds of live plants on the premises, was a total woo-woo nut. One day she told us if we were having a class next week we needed to get the manuals run and schedules finished before Mercury Retrograde. Since I am the Queen of Inqiry I asked what that meant. Here response went something like this…. A time where it is traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration. Think email blunders and frazzled travel plans huge computer and communication issues. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. I smiled and went my merry way. Later I was having coffee at the Center with some world war I pilots and mentioned the astronomical event. They agreed that they never flew a plane in Retrograde Mercury, as they referred to it, because their analogue flight panels went Fakakta. They swore that air to ground control was useless and orders often went the way of the fairies. I was stunned. One of the scientists minds on my staff clocked it for the next 2 cycles. She politely informed me that her data collected was not just woo-woo, but fact about the astronomical cycle, and she began to warn us of the upcoming event a month in advance. Namaste the Queen Cronista
What is “mercury retrograde”?
Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky with respect to the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion
Three times a year, it appears as if mercury is traveling backwards. We refer to these periods as times when mercury is in retrograde motion, or simply “mercury retrograde.” These times in particular were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration. Think email blunders and frazzled travel plans.
However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
When is mercury in retrograde in 2020?
In 2020, mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates:
  • February 17 to March 10
  • June 18 to July 12
  • October 14 to November 3
What to do when mercury is retrograde
The planet mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such.
So, when mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Double check your email responses, check in with reservations before you take that trip. 
Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until mercury is direct again to make any final decisions. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for angrier people and miscommunication. 
Some people blame mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, this is a good time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas?
Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.
Mercury and you
The type of influence you feel depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs earth is in when mercury goes retrograde.
Learn more about zodiac sign profiles in general and check out our monthly horoscopes. Make sure that your gardening does not go awry when mercury is in retrograde by reading your zodiac profile for gardening.
Source: 
The old farmer’s almanac

Diva Musing: Growing Up with a Pup….

I’ve always know that a Dog is a good thing to have in the home. I found this article to support my theory on that thought. I showed it to my two fur babies; they concur. Namaste, The Queen Cronista…
Growing Up With a Dog Can Improve Children’s Health and Happiness, Studies Find
At all stages and seasons of an owner’s life, pets can fill vastly different roles; while companionship may be the underlying theme of living with a pet, sharing life with an animal can have a greater, more specific impact depending on your age and needs. For older owners, dogs can assuage loneliness and provide comfort at just the right time. As the “house dog” at Sunrise Senior Center in Chevy Chase, Journey—a 6-year-old dog rescued from euthanasia in the nick of time—greets visitors, snuggles with residents in need of company, and trots alongside the walking club.
Although owning a dog in your 20s may seem like too large a responsibility, it can bring unexpected rewards. At first, Clare Ubersax, a 23-year-old living in Birmingham, Alabama, was hesitant to adopt 4-year-old dog Ruby: “Part of me knows that adopting a dog only 6-months into working my first job and still without a 401k account was an irresponsible decision,” Ubersax laughs—but the impact Ruby has made on her health and happiness has proved invaluable. “With Rubes, everything is full of love, and it makes the hard stuff of my transition into adulthood like working long hours and paying bills feel a whole lot easier and lighter,” she writes.
Dogs are highly affectionate creatures—they develop deep attachments with their owners, often teaching us more about companionship and love than we ever could have expected. But dogs show a special attachment to children, famously going the extra mile to protect them at all costs. And now, research suggests that growing up with a dog can have a tangible, positive impact on children’s health and happiness.
According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children living in homes with dogs (and cats!) are healthier on multiple accounts: “Children with early dog contact seem to have fewer respiratory infectious symptoms and diseases, especially ear infections, and needed a shorter course of antibiotics.” Coexisting with dogs seemed to give children stronger resistance to infections—and a similar result was found with household cats, too. “Cat ownership also showed a protective effect on infants, but not as strong as dogs.”
Similarly, research by the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Pediatrics found that, “Exposure to dogs in infancy—especially around the time of birth—can actually influence children’s immune development and reduce the likelihood of certain allergic diseases,” like eczema and asthma.
In addition to physical health benefits, early socialization with dogs can help children learn about care and compassion, according to Gabrielle Feldman for the Drake Center for Veterinary Care. In a study by the American Humane Association on pets in the classroom, teachers consistently observed the development of “sympathy, empathy, responsibility, compassion for living things, [and] loving caretaking” in children’s interactions with classroom pets.
In terms of happiness and mental health, companion animals are believed to improve owners’ emotional well-being and decrease the likelihood of stress and anxiety—even in children. “Having a pet dog in the home was associated with a decreased probability of childhood anxiety,” concludes a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of these findings warrant further investigation but build a promising case for the positive impacts a pet can make on even the youngest owners. If you grew up with a beloved childhood pet, chances are you already know this to be true. Maybe it’s time to pay it forward and take the kids on a trip to the shelter.
https://www.allrecipes.com/syndication/growing-up-with-a-dog-can-improve-childrens-health-and-happiness-studies-find/utm_medium=browser&utm_source=allrecipes.com&utm_content=20200218&utm_campaign=482195

Diva Chilling….Free Book Cites….

A repeat worth repeating…..
A Treat for the Avid Readers…. Gutenberg Press
For our readers…one of my favorite sites. I’ve even ordered books from Amazon that they have.
For me it is like being in one of the worlds biggest book stores. I can spend hours here.
https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en

Forgotten Books is a London-based book publisher specializing in the restoration of old books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Today we have1,225,886 books available to read online, download as ebooks, or purchase in print.
I can search all day and only wish I could read faster. I often look up old books mentioned on old detective shows and see if it is something I might like.
Also https://www.gutenberg.org/ Gutenberg Press I often print art books and other items of interest.

Diva Chilling: For the Avid Readers…

With all our rain and flooding we’ve tended to stay in here in the mountains.  So I’m using my time to do a little reading.  

A Treat for the Avid Readers….

For our readers…one of my favorite sites. I’ve even ordered books from Amazon that they have.

For me it is like being in one of the worlds biggest book stores. I can spend hours here.

https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en

Forgotten Books is a London-based book publisher specializing in the restoration of old books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Today we have1,225,886 books available to read online, download as ebooks, or purchase in print.

I can search all day and only wish I could read faster. I often look up old books mentioned on old detective shows and see if it is something I might like.

Also https://www.gutenberg.org/ Gutenberg Press I often print art books and other items of interest.

Diva Tasting: Chicken Stuffed Avocados…

Chicken Stuffed Avocados
Ingredients
4 Avocados, Halved And Pitted
2 Cooked Chicken Breasts, Shredded
4 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
¼ Cup Chopped Tomatoes
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese, Or More To Taste
Directions:
Step 1 Preheat Oven To 400 Degrees F (200 Degrees C).
Step 2 Scoop out some of the flesh in the center of each avocado; place into mixing bowl. Add chicken, cream cheese, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper; mix well to combine. Scoop spoonfuls of chicken mixture into the wells of each avocado; top each with generous amount of Parmesan cheese. Place avocado halves, face-up, in muffin cups to stabilize.
Step 3 Bake avocados in preheated oven until cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.