Stay The Fuck Home Entertain Yourself Edition

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts from friends witnessing way too many people out on the streets and in generally populated areas, including lounging in parks. Apparently, there are still people who don’t understand social distancing. The only times you should be going out is for groceries/supplies and exercise.

If you miss interacting with you friends, you can have virtual coffee or a Netflix Party. Platforms like Google Hangouts, Zoom or Facebook allow video conferencing.

As mentioned another fun thing to do is Netflix Party. https://www.netflixparty.com/

You can also live stream from YouTube or Facebook. Get a dance party going!

If you want to do things on your own, you can get caught up on reading or learn something new. Here are a few suggestions.

Open Culture has a TONNE of free ebooks http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

Go learn about ancient botany. https://botany.edwardworthlibrary.ie/ancient-botany/ancient-botany-2/

Take a virtual museum tour. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/virtual-tours-canada-museums_ca_5e7275c2c5b6eab77941338d

My friend Diana Coatsworth is teaching you how to do sewing basics such as sew on a button! https://www.facebook.com/diana.coatsworth.7/videos/10163201173745634/

Ask Sarah Has a lot of sewing tutorials and hacks. https://www.asksarah.com.au/

Draw something, even if you haven’t for years.

Find a cooking video on YouTube.

Do Yoga or some other form of exercise.

Dig out that copy of Macbeth you’ve had since High School and start acting out scenes.

Go through your closet and have a fashion show. This also helps you purge items you don’t need and someone else could use!

Learn how to do the CanCan! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL2g1WuuqKU

Adult Colouring http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html?fbclid=IwAR1exfo2aaUsahjbaGwue9yeJL9jhkPFVDkQFpGFCBspII4HMqHet0wyDg4

There are soooooo many things you could be doing at home. You don’t need to be out with your friends or meeting up in parks! Be responsible!!!

Stay The Fuck Home The Cooking Edition

Thanks to all of the people who did panic shopping when this all went down a little over a week ago, many of us are struggling to find staples on the grocery shelves and are resorting to making meals with what ever is in our cupboard, fridge and freezer. This isn’t completely a bad thing, you finally get to use that can of heart of palm you bought a year ago. Why did I buy that again?

I’ve always had to be resourceful when it comes to cooking. I’ve been on my own since I was 18 and money has been hard to come by on many occasions, so I’ve had to be creative with food. I always managed and never went hungry thankfully. There have been a few times in our history where we were going through wars or The Great Depression and putting food in your cupboards was beyond desperate times. During those times, homemakers had to make due with what they could get their hands on. I’ve been researching some of these recipes and below is some of what I found.

If you have kids, this might be a fun thing to do with them!

This one has a recipe for poor man’s stew. Sounds like something I ate as a kid.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/85597/8-curious-recipes-depression-era

Most of these look ok. Not too sure about the grape pie. https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/depression-era-recipes/

I’ve watched quite a few videos from this channel.

I’m pretty sure I remember my Grandma making Hot Water Pie. https://soyummy.com/great-depression-food/

Glen and Friends does a lot of Depression Era Cooking.

This website has quite a few WW2 recipes. Another time in our history were there was food rationing.
http://cookit.e2bn.org/historycookbook/index-20-world-war-2.html

More WW2 recipes. A lot of these look pretty ok! I’m going to see if I can Veganize a few.
https://the1940sexperiment.com/100-wartime-recipes/

Here are a bunch of Canadian Wartime recipe books you can download. https://wartimecanada.ca/archive-categories/recipes

Stay The Fuck Home The Virtual Tours Edition

Being stuck at home, a lot of us will being going stir crazy, if you haven’t already. Many are used to regular social gatherings or the freedom to go to a gallery, museum, theatre, movie theatre, or restaurant at will. When this is suddenly taken away, it can be depressing and make you feel completely isolated from the rest of the world. Though this isn’t quite the same as physically going there, and being there is always better, several places have created virtual tours. It is a great way to spend an hour and an amazing way to distract your mind for a while.

Google Earth launches virtual tours of 31 of the world’s most incredible national parks
https://www.countryliving.com/uk/travel-ideas/abroad/a31891488/google-earth-virtual-tours-31-national-parks/?fbclid=IwAR2yvH6VFPxlz72h-t2eKPxtUqGmK15plHi43qhVINVhIkIQe-S_EamXtik

Canada’s Wonderland Roller-coaster
https://www.canadaswonderland.com/blog/2020/march-2020/heres-how-to-take-a-virtual-ride-on-all-the-rides-at-canadas-wonderland-in-your-own-home

AGO
http://lodzghetto.ago.ca/start?t:state:flow=25866551-8cb1-42a3-8ceb-73c569f44eae

ROM
https://collections.rom.on.ca/?_ga=2.44462948.1396545685.1584450489-329250888.1584450489

Dundurn Castle
https://museumshamilton.com/#/pano/dundurn-main-frontentrance

National Gallery Of Canada
https://www.gallery.ca/collection/search-the-collection#

Casa Loma
https://casaloma.ca/experience-the-castle/

The Louvre
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs

Good Housekeeping has an extensive list of virtual tours.
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

Travel Japan has a few virtual tours of Japan.
https://en.japantravel.com/article/virtual-japan-tours/61611

Explore the Catacombs of Paris
https://boingboing.net/2020/03/24/explore-the-catacombs-of-paris.html?fbclid=IwAR0QW-okTfscCoQ3Xk7ZRJJGG3y-wunr5jLJvFxqyqMIoxaI9soeKGhclZw

Stay The Fuck Home The Podcast Edition

I love me a good podcast and am a huge fan of both Old Time Radio and True Crime podcasts. I find that listening to them keeps me focused on something other than what is going on around you. I recently did a post asking what people’s favourite podcasts are. Here is a list!

No Sleep https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/
The Pit Of Ultimate Dark Shadows https://player.fm/series/the-pit-of-ultimate-dark-shadows-podcast
Boxcars 711 https://player.fm/series/boxcars711-old-time-radio-pod
Twilight Zone https://player.fm/series/the-twilight-zone-podcast
Welcome To Nightvale http://www.welcometonightvale.com/
Hello From The Magic Tavern https://hellofromthemagictavern.com/
Time Suck https://timesuckpodcast.com/
The Mind of Madness https://mindsofmadnesspodcast.com
Lore https://player.fm/series/lore-1343131
Stuff You Missed In History Class
https://player.fm/series/stuff-you-missed-in-history-class-2152809
Ideas https://player.fm/series/ideas-2434977
The Trail Went Cold https://player.fm/series/the-trail-went-cold-1288531
Archive.org https://archive.org/details/oldtimeradio
OTR Network http://www.otr.net/

Stay The Fuck Home The Reading Edition

When you are under lock-down or quarantine during a pandemic, catching up on your reading is a great idea! Here in Toronto, if you have a library card, you can download e-books and audio books for free. If you are also looking for alternatives, here are some blogs and e-books you can also check out.

Heather Babcock (author and blogger) https://meetmeatthesodafountain.home.blog/

Tony Nappo/Nappoholics (actor and blogger) https://www.intermissionmagazine.ca/nappoholics-anonymous/nappoholics-anonymous-172/?fbclid=IwAR22xk_z1Dy5U1LduIHfkJbermWLuK21k1XjDSlM8PT6tNSSjgPuGAOtVp0

Life With More Cowbell https://lifewithmorecowbell.com/

TOPoet (author and blogger) https://topoet.ca/

Haley Davis (author) https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Haley+Travis&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

The Wonderful World of Cinema https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/

Silents Please https://silentsplease.wordpress.com/

John Oughton (author) https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/876281

Precode https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/46006979

Killer Kitsch https://killerkitschdesigns.com/

OnSpec Magazine https://onspecmag.wpcomstaging.com/

Archive.org https://archive.org/

Guttenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/

Open Library https://openlibrary.org/

Librivox https://librivox.org/

Stay The Fuck Home The Movie Edition

I’m sure you are looking for things to watch while you are self-isolating. I thought I would put together a list of free streaming apps as well as a few of my favourite YouTube Channels.

Free Apps
Tubi https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubitv&hl=en

Old Movies https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acowboys.oldmovies&hl=en

Hoopla (if you have a library card) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hoopladigital.android&hl=en

Kanopy (if you have a library card) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kanopy&hl=en

Shout TV Factory https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shoutfactory.shoutfactorytv&hl=en

Timeless Classic Movies

Chiller Night Theatre

Classic Movie Madness

Dr Blood’s Video Vault

Johnny Necropolis

Timeless Classic Films

Stay The Fuck Home The Sewing Edition

I’ve always been a strong believer that there are certain skills that we all should have. Sewing, knitting, how to grow food, how to cook/bake, how to start a fire and how to use a hammer and nail. Sadly, these aren’t skills that are regularly taught any longer. I was fortunate to either learn them at home or in school. I really wish they still have shop and home ec in school! However and thanks to YouTube, you can still learn all of those things, especially sewing.

Below are a few of my favourite YouTube channels. Check them out and give sewing a try.

Gertie is by far my favourite pattern maker. You can buy her sewing patterns here. {including PDF} Once you do, she has sewing tutorials for a bunch of them. In the end you will have a gorgeous garment to wear.

Evelyn Wood is a sewing genius. On her channel you will not only learn sewing basics, you will also learn how to refashion thrifted items!

A Vintage Vanity is a lot of fun. Her channel is a mix of sewing and other vintage things such as hair and other craft tutorials.

Liz Von Villas is another fun channel. Yes… I think you are seeing a theme here. I sew vintage reproduction!

Arthelia’s Vintage And Handmade

Annika Victoria

Rosy Sews Modern Vintage