Stay Calm In Spite of #COVID-19 #CoronavirusPandemic #Coronavirus #COVID19

The current situation with the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 [recently updated to a global pandemic] will affect us all; one way or another.

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The Toronto Public Health are asking us to get informed. Please visit their website or call 416-338-7600, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for more info: http://Toronto.ca/coronavirus

For right now, we are quite safe.  However, it would probably ease your mind to get educated on what to watch out for!

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches and tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing

Less commonly: sore throat, headache and diarrhea have been reported.

Older patients and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness.

Coronaviruses can spread through droplets when a person who has the virus coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu and other respiratory illnesses are spread.

Some viruses are highly contagious, while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person.

In general, everyday preventive actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share your recent travel history with your health care provider

There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own.

If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see your health care practitioner. They can relieve symptoms by prescribing a pain or fever medication.

You should also:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • get rest and sleep as much as possible
  • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

If you plan on travelling abroad, the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information is their website:  https://travel.gc.ca/  . It provides important advice to help travelers make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, travelers should check the website and consult with their health care provider prior to travelling. You should also check for notices about the destination that you are travelling too:  located on their website too.

REMEMBER, in the end, the decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. Ensure you monitor the news while away, and remember that travellers should expect increased health screening measures at points of entry for international destinations, including airports. Local authorities may impose control measures suddenly, including movement restrictions such as quarantines.

If you are concerned that you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, contact your local Public Health Authority, for what to do next.

GOOD TO DO:   Download Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources.

Stay healthy & safe!

 

THE Annual Bittersweet Sign That the End of Summer is Near. #LetsGoToTheEX #CNE #EX #ad

It’s THE annual bittersweet sign that the end of summer is near.  It’s a Toronto tradition that we always look forward to.  No need to ask me twice; I’m ready!  I’ve been going to the EX since I was little … we’re talking 5 decades !!

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

With so much to see and do at the EX, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single favourite activity.  You can pick from:

  • rides
  • games
  • shows
  • shopping
  • food
  • and so much more!

I always find the time to see the animals.  Who doesn’t enjoy watching the alpacas, llamas, piglets, chicks, calves, goat, and even turkeys?  I’ve learned to have patience while parents with their small children have rushed to get the best spot to look at the animals and potentially touch them.  I think (almost can guarantee) that I am more of a child than most children when it comes to animals.  I LOVE animals!  I could watch them all day long, and I always wish I could touch them.

Shopping at the EX is always fun.   When I take a little time to shop, I always try to do a walk-through the Shoppers’ Market, the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion, the Marketplace, and the Warehouse Outlets [this is where I can do some serious damage to my wallet!].  There are many deals to be had … and many new products to discover too.

This year’s ‘Food to Try’ List is long and adventurous.  I’ll admit I’m not too adventurous when it comes to my food.  So while I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them pass in front of my eyes, I didn’t actually try any.  I’m not brave enough and I’m not embarrassed to say it.  I look forward to hearing my daughter’s opinion of them!  She definitely doesn’t have a problem trying new food; I can envision her trying a good chunk of this list.

2019 CNE New Foods:

Frozen Cookie Dough Spaghetti, Wasabi Spice Cream, Pickle Pizza, Pickle Lemonade, Tokyo Street Dog, Spicy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bacon Burger, Pho Fries, Unicorn Funnel Cake, Maple Bacon Churropop, Cheesecake Curds, Peeping Pierogi burger, BBQ Chicken Hearts, Mushroom Coffee, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Funnel Cake Chicken Sandwich, Smouldering Fire & Ice Bowl, Gluten-Free Viet Burrito, Deep Fried Avocados Tacos, Dragon Fruit Lemonade üsensation, and Haggis Macaroni & Smoked Cheese

What’s special to note, this year, is that you can look forward to the 70th annual Canadian International Air Show!  It’s FREE with admission. You can read all about the CIAS one the CNE‘s website; however, the essential point, as CNE explains: “It’s now the largest and longest running Air Show in Canada with more a million people throughout the Greater Toronto Area watching the spectacular aerial display each year.”   In my opinion, it’s the Grand Finale to the Finale of the CNE and of summer.

There are only a few days left to visit the CNE so stop reading this post and GO !!!
Get all the details you need by visiting  https://theex.com

Once again, Thank You CNE for sending me!

Summer Hasn’t Ended Yet! #CanadasWonder #YukonStriker #ad

It’s crazy how we’re half way through summer; however, that doesn’t mean that summer has ended!  We still have plenty of time to cross a few things off of our “To Do” lists so let’s get focused.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Canada’s Wonderland, just outside of Toronto, each summer has been a must for my daughter (now 21 years old).  The park is situated on 300 acres, with more than 200 attractions including 16 roller coasters, two children’s areas and a 20-acre water park Splash Works.

Before proceeding, let’ s get one something clear:

  • I am afraid of heights.
  • I don’t like rides.
  • I am afraid of high speed.
  • I don’t like soaring through the air.
  • I don’t like to be flipped and tossed around.

So why would I enjoy Canada’s Wonderland?  Simply put, it’s for everyone!  While I don’t enjoy rides, it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t visit at all.  There’s so much to do, see, experience, and enjoy at Canada’s Wonderland … it really provides great family fun!

The 2019 Season welcomed Yukon Striker ~ the world’s longest, fastest, and tallest dive roller coaster, and Canada’s first dive coaster.

As per Canada’s Wonderland:

“Yukon Striker promises an exhilarating journey along its 3,625 feet of mountainous track where guests will be treated to a spectacular view stretching to the Toronto skyline. The coaster features a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally be hanging on the edge of their seats, on one of three wide, floorless trains, breathlessly awaiting the 90-degree, 245-foot drop. Once released, the coaster dives from zero to 130 kilometres per hour straight down into an underwater tunnel before soaring up over steel track, propelling riders through four dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Yukon Striker will claim several world records:

  • The fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph);
  • The longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m);
  • The tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.”

Ride Stats:

Height of drop: 245 feet (75 metres) *includes underground tunnel
Top Speed: 130 km/h (80 mph)
Inversions: 4
Length: 3,625 feet (1,105 metres)
Duration: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
Trains: 3
Riders per Train: 24

Whew!  I’m just happy that I didn’t have to ride this crazy dive coaster!  While my daughter and her boyfriend had a blast on the Yukon Striker and many of the other thrilling rides, my partner and I either walked around, cooled off in the water park, or enjoyed a hot dog (ok, ok … or two).  After a few hours, we met up with the “kids” and explored more of the park together.

As a family that includes an adult child, it’s often difficult to find fun things to do together.  Adult children have minds of their own, which means they have their own views on everything, they have jobs and therefore their own schedules, and they frequently have a girlfriend or boyfriend.  We embrace our daughter’s boyfriend as a member of the family, and often refer to him as “son” and even “son-in-law”.

[It’s probably because our family is small to begin with.]

I know we enjoyed our day at Canada’s Wonderland and are looking forward to our next time.  These are just a few pictures so you can have an idea about our day:

So now what I’d like to know is have you had a chance to enjoy your summer?  Have you gone to Canada’s Wonderland this summer?

For more park information including events, tickets and hours of operation, visit http://www.canadaswonderland.com/