Sunday, 29 November 2020

Sunday evening

Fairly late on Sunday evening - well half past eight so late for me at the moment- and , after various forays around the house with various walking aids, I have finally managed to sit at my computer before going to bed.   I can report that at present bed is bliss - by far my most enjoyable part of the twenty four hours.

It has been another grey day - 'the dark days before Christmas' my mother always called them - the sun did try to break through once but took a look at the fog and low cloud and popped back in again.

Two carers - one morning and one evening for an hour - two long phone calls - a niece and a friend - a phone call from my son a while ago and that has been it today.   And with our Covid restrictions I suspect I have seen, and spoken to, more folk than most today.

More and more people seem to be joining those who say it is silly to have these lockdowns and then open up for Christmas.   Are we really so childish that we can't manage without it for one year - and how magical we can make our Christmas for our own family - our own children - if we are not charging up the motorway to some far off place, taking our germs with us.   Just imagine a real childrens' Christmas -it wouldn't be the end of the world, would it?

I have just watched a lovely programme on BBC Four about a journey in a punt up the River Trent from its source until it is no longer safe and from there on a larger craft.   My brain must be getting back into gear because I was able to watch it from start to finish and really enjoy it.

 

Until tomorrow my friends..... 

28 comments:

Ellen D. said...

Sounds like you had a pleasant (altho grey) day! You are so right about celebrating Christmas in a simpler, more child-like way. I am looking forward to a slow-paced, happy, quiet celebration.
Sounds like you are making progress - a little each day is how you do it! Thanks for the post, Pat!

Debby said...

What a lovely point you have made: how magical can we make Christmas for our own children. I've never been bored puttering around the house. We can do this.

Chris said...

Heartily agree with your sentiments. We are all in this together so better make the best of it!

Rosie said...

You are so right about Christmas. One of our most memorable Christmas days was when the children were small and were recovering from chicken pox, so we were on our own. It was relaxed and lovely. You are sounding much more like your old self today, Pat. Hope the legs aren’t giving you too much gyp. Rosie x

justjill said...

Well said Weave. Glad you are getting the carers. If you get one you like and get on with well you can ask for them to be permanent while you need care. Made a difference to me. x

Tom Stephenson said...

I agree with you on the Christmas relaxation of lockdown. We are not children. We can so easily do without another period of national hysteria.

Rachel Phillips said...

Glad you had a better day Weave.

Red said...

Good that things are improving for you. Days get very short at this time of year. Right now it's 5:00 PM and it's completely dark.

Susan said...

I agree with you, staying home should not be difficult and benefits everyone. Being on your computer, watching a program from start to finish, phone calls and check-ins, and carers visiting all combined makes your day busier than mine. A good day overall!

Joanne Noragon said...

Interesting, it never occurred to us we should go somewhere else for Christmas!

Kim said...

I’m looking very much forward to a quiet, lovely Christmas this year. We never really go places, but this is our first Christmas here in our new home, so I want to “nest” even more. My husband is much the extrovert, and misses the interaction with others, this enforced solitary ness is far more difficult for him. He’s always been a doer, after a Naval career, he became a docent at a museum, and was hoping to pick that up again here. Some have it far harder, mentally, but he does it for the good of others anyway.

I think my favorite Christmas ever was one I spent by myself in a mountain cabin. This will be close....

angryparsnip said...

I am so happy to hear you had another lovely day, sun or not.
Rushing around for a Christmas with others, what happens when the same people are not there the next year because they got covid ?
Quiet for now seems the best

Bonnie said...

It sounds like your days are getting a little better bit by bit. Healing does not happen quickly and a lot of rest along with a little patience usually gets us there. A good TV program such as you mentioned can help to pass the time. We have always spent Christmas at home and that is the way I prefer it. This is a good year to have a more peaceful, scaled back holiday I think.

Rest well Pat and may you feel a little brighter each day!

Cro Magnon said...

One one hand we have idiots attacking the police because they wish to spread the virus about willy-nilly, and on the other hand a government which is desperately trying to keep deaths to a minimum, but allowing a certain amount of mingling over Christmas. As someone so poignantly said "have all your family around for Christmas, and bury them in the new year".

Stay safe Weave, Cro x

Derek Faulkner said...

Living as I do, in North Kent, in what is currently has the worst Covid infection rate in the country, the move into Tier 3 has to be the most obvious and sensible attempt at getting the rate here down. What is going to be absurd, is to then allow four days over Christmas for people to meet up and mingle and almost certainly spread the virus among themselves before taking it out into the wider community again.

thelma said...

Look forward to Xmas 2021 is my thought, there is a foolishness in breaking the rule of not mixing, they are already saying that America is going to have a great deal many cases of the virus after the Thanksgiving holiday. Which is sad.

thelma said...

'more' should be inserted, as in 'many more cases' x

Sue in Suffolk said...

You are getting some bits of normal back into your days which sounds good. Keep moving and resting and healing.
As for Christmas - it's just a day and will pass for better or worse - who knows - the world is too weird to think about too deeply!

Heather said...

Good to hear that your days are becoming a little more normal. You seem to be coping very well indeed.
I feel as you do concerning Christmas, and have told my family that I intend to stay put and that we can have a family get-together as and when Covid permits. I don't mind going above and beyond with caution on this occasion, or any other actually.

JayCee said...

You sound more like your usual self today. It is good to have you back to normal.

Librarian said...

Slowly but surely, you are getting there! And really, on a grey, cold, foggy day, bed is the best place to be - especially if you have a good book, and do not need to fret about meals and so on.

Margaret said...

I'm very envious of you speaking to five people today, I didn't speak to anybody, nor did I speak to anybody yesterday or the day before, in fact the last person I spoke to was the online shopping delivery driver almost two weeks ago when we made a comment about the weather. Today I need to phone the pharmacy so that's a human being to talk to, albeit briefly.
This is a result of living a life with my husband for over 50 years and not socialising with others enough, we were both quiet people and only needed each other. We had some good times in our years together but now he's died I'm alone, no children, only one relative left who isn't able to talk on the phone due to being in a care home with severe dementia, miles away at the other end of the country. At times I've thought how nice it must be to live in a care home surrounded by others with care staff and residents to talk to. However that's just a dream, my financial circumstances are just the state pension and I would need additional funding by the local authority, my health needs aren't bad enough so I wouldn't qualify for help.
I read of your adventures going out to lunch with your friends and know it's now too late for me to cultivate such friendships but to the younger readers on here please make the most of your abilities to connect with others and draw a big circle of friends around you. There may come a day when you're very glad of those friends.
I haven't commented before but I read here regularly, I'm pleased that you're doing so well and hope you continue to do so. The internet is a wonderful place to feel in contact with others.
Margaret

The Weaver of Grass said...

Margaret it is never too late to make friends. I know there are many - mostly female - people on this estate who live alone. Once I am mobile and walking around with my Rollator again (Priscilla) I know they will come to the door andchat if the weather is reasonable. Good to hear from you.

thelma said...

Well I am glad you are in such a bouncy mood. Me I have been out, caught mother cat in the trap, (sardines) delivered her to the vets for neutering and will pick her up this afternoon.

Margaret said...

Thank you for replying and I was pleased to read your today's post of how you're feeling much more your normal self, that's good.
The people on your estate who live alone are lucky to have you passing by so they come to the door to chat, it's not something that happens here but it sounds as if you live in a lovely and friendly community.
I hope you enjoyed your Sunday/Monday dinner.

Debby said...

Margaret, your post broke my heart a little. Pat is right. It is never too late! Perhaps make it a point to speak to one person a day. Do you have neighbors? Check in with them to see how THEY are doing. It doesn't have to be a long call to start with. If you're shy about it, perhaps just drop little notes in the mail. It always helps me to put my sights on the needs of others. It is helping others that I discover that my own needs are being met. I'll be thinking of you.

Margaret said...

Thank you for your reply Debby and your kind advice, it may help someone in a lonely situation. I'm afraid my situation is that I don't see one person a day that I could speak to, the only people I see are delivery drivers and that's only when my grocery order comes every two weeks or a rare Amazon delivery and their drivers are always on a tight schedule and in a hurry. My neighbours are three other houses, two are rented properties that are presently empty and have been for several months, and the other is occupied by a businessman who isn't one for even saying good morning and he's out of the country quite a lot on business anyway according to the one very brief conversation we had when he moved in.
I used to go to the library but that's 14 miles away in the town and the taxi fare there and back got much too expensive. There was a friendship group in town advertised in the library but they were full with a long waiting list when I enquired and again there would be the taxi fare, a total of 28 miles plus the standing charges already on the meter adds up to being very expensive. I expect the group has stopped running at the moment anyway due to the pandemic. There was a lovely lady at the farm down the lane that I talked to when I was out for a walk but sadly she passed away some months ago and her husband then gave up the farm, I think the new tenant farmer is a single man as when I saw him repairing the roadside fences I welcomed him to the area and asked if he had a family and he said no. I've waved to him since then but he doesn't wave back, perhaps he hasn't noticed me and he'll be busy. Now I'd better go after hijacking Pat's blog comments, but for anyone reading do try not to immerse yourself so much into a relationship that it shuts out all others. Being a widow in your seventies with no relatives or friends teaches you something, albeit too late. Thank you again for your kind reply.

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