Friday, April 17, 2020

One on One

One on One Activities to limit Isolation

Quarantine, day 14. Me and my boyfriend spent the whole day setting up an art gallery for our gerbil.

Phone Conversation Starters

-Are you a cat person or a dog person?
-What was your hometown like? 
-What’s your favorite band / singer?
-What weird foods have you tried?
Link101 Topics to Talk About - Find the perfect conversation topic

Quarantine day 45.


-What’s your favorite way to waste time?
-Whose your oldest friend? Where did you meet them? 
-Who had the biggest impact on the person you have become?
-What’s the most useful thing you own?
 from-250 Quality Conversation Starters: The Only List You'll Need

-What is the most adventurous moment in your life?

-What type of cuisine are you most interested in?
Who is the person you look up to?
-What was your most embarrassing moment?
from-Top 40 Cute And Funny Things To Talk About On The Phone

from: 16 Funny Church Signs About Coronavirus

When conversation becomes slow, whip out your trustee conversation cubes! These can be homemade. You can make as many as you want. Place random conversation topics on each side, and toss them around to see what your topic for the day is.  
from:19 Fun activities and ideas for talking over the phone!

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Have a conversation where you each alternate contributing one word until it forms a cohesive sentence.
from:62 Interesting Things to Talk About on the Phone | LoveToKnow

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Sometimes people want to chat but have not much to say to each other. One way I create interesting conversations is by reading play scenes together over the phone. 

A: I'm calling the waiter.
B: What's the matter?
A: This steak has too much fat.
B: What do you want the waiter to do?
A: Bring me a better steak.
B: I wouldn't do that.
A: Why not?
B: They will drop the new steak on the floor, step on it, and then spit on it.
A: You're crazy.
B: Then the waiter will give you a big smile as he brings you the new steak.
A: Where do you get these crazy ideas?

B: I used to cook in a restaurant!
From:Easy Conversations

Easy Scenes
More easy scenes
  Acting Scenes Database

 Weekly Phone Calls

Glimmering Bridges
The mission of our group is to provide weekly phone calls and check-ins to people within the United States. Everyone is welcome: elderly isolated at home, a patient in the hospital with limited visitors, a caregiver, or just want someone new to chat with. We hope to lessen isolation and provide people with information about local resources. Contact Us: 813-846-8677 website link


Connecting with Neighbors
Connecting neighbors needing help. 

Offers  Help Map.  The Help Map allows those in need to easily identify which neighbors have raised a hand to assist with an errand — or just give a call to check in.

Also  Nextdoor Groups. Some of you may have used an early version of this tool to organize around shared interests like hiking or reading. We have officially launched Nextdoor Groups so neighbors can organize for those who may need assistance during this challenging time. In my neighborhood, we pulled together a group in the hopes of directing some kindness into our community as we feel the impact of social distancing

Texting Activities
Tighten up your rhyming skills with this game of rhyme. The first person begins by texting a word or phrase. The opponent then has to text back with another word or phrase that matches the first. Keep the game going back and forth until someone gets stumped. This is a great way to stay in touch with a friend who lives miles away

This is a fantastic, fun texting game to play over the phone where you select a topic of conversion and you need to talk about it for a minute. It looks very simple, but you are not allowed to deviate from the topic at any time and should not repeat any word more than once. This game enhances the oratory skills of a person as well as the knowledge of their words, not to mention it may lead to improvements in your overall texting speed.

 Abbreviations:To play the abbreviation texting game, all you have to do is pick a category, mention an abbreviation or acronym; then your opponent has to tell you the correct meaning of the abbreviation.

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“Storytime” is a game with a life of its own, where players can build on each other’s creative snippets to make up a story with no boundaries. But it doesn’t have to be innocent like the ones your parents used to read you. How to play: One person will start out the story by “setting the scene”, and the two players will take turns building on the first entry. Players can set boundaries like keeping it realistic, or throw everything out the window and have fun with it. The story can only be built with one sentence entries, and it will end after the 20th text.Texting Games: The 16 Best Chat Activities To Pass The Time

Kiss, Kill or Marry- This one is a classic that your girlfriend or boyfriend will love playing with you. Tease each other and see which celebs, actors, musicians, sports star of just about anyone your partner would – kiss, kill or marry!
 9 Fun Texting Games To Play For Couples - Icebreaker Ideas

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Video Call Activities
One of you lists three “facts” about himself. One of the “facts” should be false. Try to list the facts in an even voice, so as not to open a lie in advance. Another player is trying to guess which of the facts is false.
21 Fun games to play over Facetime or Skype calls

Read Bedtime Stories Many authors and celebrities are reading books in videos during the pandemic, but grandparents can also record themselves reading books and send their videos to your kiddos while you're stuck at home. Your kids can also hop on a Skype or FaceTime call with grandma and grandpa before bedtime and have them read a bedtime story.

20 Video Chatting Activities For Grandparents & Kids During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tell Jokes or Riddles Before the call, agree to gather up a page full of riddles or jokes to tell one another. My Littles absolutely LOVE to tell me jokes or ask me riddles that they are sure I won’t possibly guess. The only rule here is that you have to LAUGH!!! Even if it’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard. . . which will probably make you laugh anyway!
15 Fun Games to Play Over Skype (or other video chat)


My 8 year old daughter just yelled “Oh no the toilet is smoking!!” My wife and I ran to the bathroom to find this. It’s just day 4 of home school.

 An article I read talked of a fellow in a nursing home having just passed away. While cleaning out his room, an envelope was found labeled most treasured possessions. When opened it was found to contain the greeting cards the fellow had received
Electronic Greeting Cards 

The Best Websites for Sending Free eCards - How-To Geek

How Loneliness from Coronavirus Isolation Takes Its Own Toll -New Yorker

12 Best Free Online E-Card Sites You've Probably Never Heard of 




"A seven-year-old boy who was struggling with loneliness during lockdown has received over a hundred handwritten letters, after asking for pen pals."  link

Email Activities
40+ Games by email
Play-By-Mail: Play Fun Games via Email Casually

"For a long time I wanted to communicate with people in general in a non-chat format. It was only when I was on vacation with limited access and resorted to exchanging long emails with a friend who was similarly inclined that I realized that what I wanted was penpals. 45 years ago I had them but I had forgotten about the whole things. The social networking apps that are really fronts for dating apps are a poor substitute for PPW.-Max from Italy"
from: Pen Pal World

Activities with Kids
200+Activities you can do with Kids at home

Alexa Lets Chat 
Say "Alexa Lets Chat"!. This will connect you with an artificial intelligence socialbot that can (hopefully) converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes

All Amazon Echos will all run  "Alexa lets chat"  
Current  Fire Tablets  will run Alexa  lets chat, so will many older models.
To do so on a fire tablet:
-you must have or create an Amazon account on the tablet
-Go into settings
-Choose Alexa
-on the Alexa page set Alexa to the on position

 Fire Tablets are a lot easier for a senior to set up then an Echo. The 7 inch fire tablet is available for $49 from Amazon

Remote Help
WyzeCam Pan

Gaming Sites
Board Game Arena offers 175 multiplayer board games that you can play with friends or thousands of gamers around the world.  Can be played on a computer,  smartphone or gamebox

 Plato is an app for android or iphone/ipad that 
has over 30 multiplayer games including: Table Soccer, Werewolf, Pool, Ocho, Mini Golf, Bankroll, Conspiracy, 4 in a Row, Sea Battle, Hold’em Poker, Minesweepers, Go Fish, BS, Zombie!, Draw Together, Dots & Boxes, Ludo, Literati, Chess, Big Two, Gin Rummy, Dice Party, Dominoes, Rock Card, Smugglers Den, Checkers, Reversi, Spades, Backgammon, Go, Hearts, Baloot and Euchre. offers over 70 online games 

Remote Computer and Smartphone Control
My mom could not use a computer or tablet without assistance. I was able to assist her using one remotely using Teamviewer  a program that allows remote control of a Windows computer and many  android smartphones/tablets also the google play store. 

Teddy Bears

"About 35 percent of British adults sleep with teddy bears, according to a Travelodge survey.
Respondents said they snuggled with the toys for comfort and a better night’s sleep, and one expert said the reasoning makes perfect sense.

“Cuddling a teddy bear is an important part of our national psyche as it evokes a sense of peace, security and comfort,” Psychologist Corrine Sweet said in a Travelodge press release obtained by Yahoo! Finance".   link

 I suspect any soft cuddly object will work well too.