Wednesday, 29 April 2020
What to do?
How are you adapting to the lockdown? Last evening I went out for the first time in five weeks - I got into my car, drove it the half mile into town, drove round the market place and drove home again. I thought it really was time that I gave my Corsa a run round the block. It took me all of five minutes.
So how do I feel after five weeks of isolation? Well, I feel I have adapted so well to it that I am not sure how easy it will be to actually snap out of being a semi recluse. I have photographed above how I pass my time. Well first of all I read my Times. It comes at eight in the morning. I poke the outer page off as it lies on the mat, pick the rest up and take it on my trolley into the kitchen where I make my first cup of tea of the day. Then I trundle tea and Times back into the sitting room for a blissful hour. Two Weetabix and a banana eaten and my medication taken with my first cup of tea, I make a second cup and open The Times. It is Wednesday today so start with Matthew Parris - one of my favourite writers (one of the reasons I take The Times is for the quality of its writers). Then the Obits - some of the people I know, some I don't but again the quality of writing makes for interesting reading. Only then do I read the actual news. Then of course my favourite - Times 2 and the mind games. Whilst my morning mind is at its sharpest I sharpen it up with the Killer sudoku, the codeword, the quick crossword and the other bits and pieces.
Then it is shower and get dressed time and after that a tidy round and the vac and duster where needed. I try to clean one room each day during the week but really only the bathroom and the kitchen take a lot of effort - after all there is only me here to make it dirty.
And so to the third picture - my book/books. Two more unread ones have come through the letter box today - one of the Carol Drinkwater series on The Olive Farm and one called 'Snowdrops' - I read about the author and the book sounded interesting so I sent for it. Coincidentally I find that Rachel is reading it a the moment so it will be good to compare notes at the end when we have both finished it. You will see that by the side of my present book (I am half way through and shall not start either of the two which came today until I finish this one) is the TV remote and my seat on the settee. From there I can choose any programme I wish to watch (and there is a huge variety to choose from with so many channels and iplayer).
What else to do? My exercise programme set by my Physio which needs to be done every day unless I walk (I cannot manage both as they are both tiring ). My lunch needs to be cooked (and eaten). I speak to my son by telephone every day and occasionally he pops round (he only lives a mile away) and we chat through the window. There are two or three other friends I speak to daily on the telephone. I also keep an eye on my garden, making a quick note if i see anything which I need to mention to D who looks after my garden for me.
In addition there is washing and ironing - once a week sees that done = the completing of my fortnightly Tesco order and my weekly fruit and veg order. And last but by no means least - the chatting to all of you, my dear blog friends. We have most of us communicated in this way for some years now and I feel I know you all so well and really value your friendship greatly. So thank you all for being part of my life during lockdown. I am going to find it hard to return to 'normal' when it does finally happen.