Friday, 3 July 2020

Human contact

It is actual 'face to face' contact that I miss - don't know about anybody else.    I have just had a forty minute Zoom meeting with P and D from Windermere and W my local friend.   We swopped information, laughed a bit, discussed one or two things, decided that we would meet again before long and that was it.   Better than nothing but not the same as actually meeting and chatting informally - still you can't have it all.

For once it is actually pouring with rain in Windermere and not raining here - cold, breezy, bits of blue sky, bits of black cloud, the odd few minutes of sunshine - but not actually not raining.
Similar weather forecast for the whole of the week-end.   But tomorrow I have another \zoom meeting in the morning and a chat with my friend and neighbour in the afternoon.   The high light of Sunday will be the delivery, unpacking, sterilising and putting away of my Tesco order.   After that I shall probably be too tired to do much else.

Tonight's highlight will be Monty Don on Gardeners' World and maybe a Talking Head if there is one on.   How our 'pleasures' have crystallised over the last few lockdown months.  And how much longer will it all go on we ask ourselves - and will it all come back with the Winter?   Best not to ask - sufficient unto the day and all that.


Lynda said...

Can you meet up, bring your own lunch , and sit outside? I met friends at a park..we al brough lawn chairs, sat a distance from each other, masks if needed, and had a nice chat while working on our rag rugs....
I do go out most days to ride/ care for my horse at livery...we are distant from each other but I do get to talk to my friends there. It does make a world of difference. I hope you find a way..

jinxxxygirl said...

I'am one of those people that have actually thrived during lock down.. I require nor desire very little human contact.. But i know how social you were before the virus so i feel for you.. Wishing more human contact for you soon Pat.. Hugss deb

Derek Faulkner said...

Surely you and your friends can now meet outside for face to face meetings. I was at a garden centre in Surrey two weeks ago and they had trestle tables outside on the grass and people were going inside, ordering some food and it was being brought out to them where they sat chatting talking to each other at the tables.
We had some decent rain last night here and today has been very warm and strong winds - the result, dry ground again!

Ruth said...

Oh dear Pat, forgive me for this - I truly mean it in friendship. I was so happy to read your quote from the Sermon on the Mount (it starts with Chapter 5) - the words of Jesus:
Matthew 6:34
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Today has enough trouble of its own! All his words are just good common sense wisdom, something so lacking these days. You don't need to be a believer to take them for your own.

I hope you have a beautiful day, and may there soon be a way for you to socialize more than is possible right now. Imagine how this one stupid thing has affected everyone on the planet!

JayCee said...

I do hope that you can find some way to socialise soon, even if it is just a couple of chairs out in the garden at a reasonable distance. Mind you, the weather would need to improve a little!

The Feminine Energy said...

I think it's wonderful that you use Zoom so much, to keep in touch with folks. I'm not much into "technology" so doing something like that wouldn't even occur to me, unfortunately. It's hot as all get-out here in Indiana in the United States. I'm not a summer fan so I long for cooler days. Some rain would be much welcomed. Yes, our lives have changed a bit with this virus, haven't they. Peace~ Andrea xoxo

Sue in Suffolk said...

I do hope you get to meet up with your friends soon, just not the same on a screen and the last time I used Zoom on the laptop something went wrong with the microphone so no one could here me!.

Jules said...

Resources such as zoom have been invaluable recently but it's still not the same as meeting in person is it.
I'll join you in watching Gardeners' World this evening. X

The Weaver of Grass said...

Linda - My friends drove on to my drive and walked round the back on to my quite large patio. They brought their own chairs and spaced them at the desired spacing and they brought their own food. I made a large pot of coffee and put it where they could reach it and we all helped ourselves to it. They used the bathroom and wore masks and disposable rubber gloves and sprayed with Dettol disinfectant before they left the bungalow. After they had gone I wiped all door handles with disinfectant.
I think that followed all the rules.

I must say the danger for me is that I might lose the desire to be bothered to socialise wih folk again as I too quite like my own company. But not a good idea to isolate oneself.

Bonnie said...

You are right, it is hard to have a replacement for "face to face meetings" with someone. I recently went to a small shop (wearing a mask) to buy some cards and I surprised myself at how exciting it seemed to just be able to talk to a couple of ladies working there! I am fortunate in that I am married and don't live alone but still I miss those little conversations we used to have with people on an almost daily basis.

I hope you will soon be able to get together with your friends possibly in an outdoor situation like you did that one time. I think your country has handled this pandemic much better than the US. Many of the restrictions were lifted too soon here and now we are seeing many more cases of Covid and they seem to be increasing daily. Even though restrictions are lifted we are trying to stay in most of the time but we did get to see our family in June.

Heather said...

I have had a couple of outdoor meetings with daughter and son-in-law in the communal garden here, and my son has come inside a couple of times to fix things for me. The thing I miss most is not having physical contact with any of my family. I do like a hug and a kiss. But it is sensible to progress slowly and carefully. We don't want to have another peak. I think we have all created different 'daily habits' for ourselves to get us through these strange times.
I am celebrating next week with a haircut on Monday, chiropodist on Thursday and the following week an appointment with my chiropractor. The dentist is booked up till December, so I hope my teeth last until then!

justjill said...

I too miss a face to face chat. I always have an exchange of words with the regular Prom visitors. My carer leaves me exhausted from talking. But then I so miss my friends.

Mindo said...

My husband passed away in mid April. We’d effectively been in lockdown since Christmas as he was terminally ill, and therefore immunocompromised. Now that he’s gone I’m so isolated. Where I would be making tentative steps to re-enter the world I’m alone without even the usual daily interactions. Although I don’t mind my own company I’ve effectively been on my own for years as an unsupported carer, and I’d love a break.

I’m trying to concentrate on the positive but it’s hard. Friends dropped away because it was too hard for them to visit someone who was ‘dying for so long’. Yes - terminal cancer isn’t always immediate and it’s certainly not pretty, and I know they weren’t real friends after all.

Ugh, that sounds awful when considering the number of deaths from the pandemic and the economic hardship to many. Who knew that ordinary daily life would be so precious?
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Joanne Noragon said...

Yes, best not to ask. I miss face to face most, too.

Sarah Dee said...

I can totally identify with you. I did manage a walk with a friend this week and it was so lovely to hear her news as she is still working in the real world. I’m alright until about 4 pm then the realisation of a long evening ahead, there is little that interests me on tv so it’s either the radio or reading, I have to talk to the furniture just to make sure my voice is still working. I may drive to a car park and just watch people carrying on with their lives.

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Tom Stephenson said...

I think that I miss the casualness of meeting people. I am looking forward to being able to interact with others without the threat of death hanging over us!

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Thanks to everyone for your response.
Thinking of you especially Mindo.

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