I'm doing my best to 'keep busy'. Its getting harder. Today, for instance, I have stream cleaned the bathroom. It didn't need doing. Hubs would have given me a stern talking to and tell me to sit down and that I was doing too much. I have been pottering in the garden. What can I possibly do with 6 corgette (zucchini) plants? Just about everything I ordered has been doubled. I have checked and definitely didn't order that many. I do speak to my son and daughter, also our little granddaughter every day but it's not the same as having someone with. Yes, I'm bored and fed up.
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
At the beginning I was able to keep myself busy but as it goes on it’s getting harder and harder to get motivated.
I actually went shopping today but with hubs being so poorly I’m doing as little as possible. I just went to the local Coop as it’s a crappy shop but not busy. I’m also going for a daily walk round a small conservation area near us. My son comes with me. It’s only half an hour to walk there, round it and back but it’s nice. Soon there’ll be ducklings and goslings there.
I’ve baked scones and I have enough flour left to make pizza once more but it seems as if flour and eggs are the new toilet paper and just can’t be found.
Apart from when I go out I stay in my pjs. I watch too much tv and play too many games on my iPad. So yes, it’s getting to me.
Fortunately I am working (from home) from 9-12, so I have got into a routine where I have to get up, shower & dress etc and be at my desk for 9am. When I finish at 12.00, I go for a walk for about an hour (usually listening to a podcast) then come back for lunch and it feels like a treat to have the afternoon to do my chores then indulge in reading, sitting in the garden or whatever. However I appreciate that I'm lucky because I'm not on my own, my OH has been keeping himself busy in the garage tinkering with stuff and he goes for a walk separately (because he goes further & faster than I do) so it's good that we don't spend all day together.
We've started watching a few programmes on Netflix in the evening, a mixture of comedy and drama/detective programmes keeps us interested. I've not been going to bed later than I usually do to try to keep a similar routine going. On Friday afternoon, I Facetime with a good friend who I would usually meet up with for a cuppa, we each sit in our own kitchens with a cup of tea and have a natter - although neither of us have anything particular interesting to say because nothing much is happening in our lives.
I am missing seeing the kids and my friends, and I am looking forward to getting back in the office because it's weird being at home without colleagues around, but I have actually settled quite well into a new normal - although the thought of this being the norm until the end of the year is an unsettling prospect.
As it goes on it starts to get a little bit harder. I have been trying to go out every day for a walk even a little jog.
It's quite ironic really when you could just go then you went just whenever. But now its a sort of privilege you make the most of it. I don't think I have been this fit since the kids were young. But it isn't helping my waist much as I'm eating more to relieve the boredom.
I did use to volunteer in a charity shop a couple of times a week .I miss the people I use to meet and my friends. I use to see. So we stay in touch on what's app but it just is not the same.
I understand why we are all being shut in but it doesn't make it any easier.
Theres only so many times you can clean the spare room
You are right Lorraine, my study and utility room have never been so clean & tidy .... I keep going in just to remind myself how nice they look! I have been getting in my 10,000 steps a day, however it's not counteracting the extra cake and gin I'm consuming
Post by Lancashire Lass on Apr 28, 2020 10:39:28 GMT
I'm having a bad day today. I'm worrying about my youngest. She was supposed to run the London marathon last Sunday but that will now happen next year. She decided to run a half marathon as she has kept up her training and late last week set up another fundraising page, this time for the NHS. She has raised over £600. The reason I am worried is that since Sunday night she has been exhausted. She took yesterday afternoon off work and again this morning. She's complaining of aches and pains and now got a headache. Given we've been so strict with social distancing, I can't see how she could have caught anything at all!
I don't know if anyone else does this, but apart from social distancing and staying at home, I only go out an hour a day walking and once a week to the store to get food, this is the most anxious bit..the store because that's where people are. I wear my cat mask and my latex gloves and when I get home, wash EVERYTHING i've purchased as it's said the virus can stay on packaging for 72 hours if it's plastic. That's the only way I think I could catch something, off things that come into the house unwashed.
I hope it's just exhaustion LL or maybe seasonal cold/hayfever etc.
I'm not bored, I like living this way (apart from not being able to see extended and immediate family) it's peaceful, smells better and sounds better everywhere. OH and I have built a sunroom/orangery type thing off the back of our dining room doors between two other walls, so a roof and a front with a door leading to the garden. Thats kept us busy when he's not at work.
We used materials we had stored mostly, so cost us £150.00 and it's so lovely, really proud of our achievement and it's given us some extra space to grow things under cover
I've restarted my aromatherapy course which had been laying there dormant and started a free online Spanish language course. I come from a family of artists but can't draw myself, although I'm quite creative in other ways, so I noticed that youtube do some drawing tutorials, this is next on my list.
Was talking to my mum the other day and she reminded me that she was 7 years old when 2nd world war was going on. I was referencing all the people who were in prisoner of war camps during that time and how that is truly captive and how we still have our lives, just a little restricted. She told me that her father was away fighting in the war and her grandfather was in the army guarding the German prisoners of war at an airbase on the outskirts of the town. She said they were put to work in the farmers fields in the day time but when they were locked back in would make things out of wood. One of them made a dolls house complete with all the furnishings and gave it to her grandfather to give to her for Christmas. Nice to hear mums memories of harder times
My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.
I Love to hear the stories from the older generations. I could sit for hours mesmerised by all the trials and tribulations they expreianced.
The hardest thing I am having to put up with is. I have a new grandson waiting for me down south. I have seen pictures and done skype with them all but he was born 3 weeks ago and I am just having to put up with not able to give him a hug. He is as cute as a button.
Thats hard. But I dont think i can justify going 450 miles and saying . Im taking essential items. Well unless you class scottish shortbread as an essential item
Post by Lancashire Lass on Apr 29, 2020 9:40:07 GMT
Congratulations Lorraine. How exciting to have a new grandchild. How many do you have? I've got 3 but none live close sadly.
Bellatrix, you and your knight are so clever! You would have built your sunroom whatever was going on, I expect. I feel although things are tough now, it must have been so much harder during WW2 for those living in cities that were bombed nightly. And with rationing. My mum used it as an example to me many times when I complained or repeated something a friend had said. Thinking about it, one friend said she was depressed, this was at 14. Mum said we young people couldn't be depressed as we hadn't experienced living through the war. I don't agree with with that comment at all but it clearly showed how she felt.
Blimey B, you’re really going for it building an extension, well done and what a lovely story of your Mum having a dolls house made for her, the German man must have had a lot of respect for her grandfather, heart warming
Congratulations Lorraine, on the birth of your grandchild, those hugs and kisses will be extra special