Good morning everyone on this very different morning. Yesterday it was an almost Spring-like day - today there is absolute no doubt at all that it is February. In the three hours since I got up about eight inches of snow has fallen and it is still snowing heavily. Many of the roads across the Pennines are blocked and although my Carer only lives a mile away from me she cannot get here so I am on my own today. The first thing I have abandoned is getting dressed. No-one is likely to call on me today and I am certainly not going anywhere, not even on Zoom so it is Nightdress, slippers and dressing gown all day otherwise I would use up too much of my rather limited energy. I have already had to deal with making my own porridge, stacking the dishwasher, tidying my trolley, making my bed and dealing with the commode so although it is only eleven o'clock I am quite tired - and lunch looms (I think probably hash browns, fried eggs and bacon and maybe beans).
I was thinking yesterday after our Book Group Zoom meeting how it was quite obvious that some of us were coping with Lockdown so much better than others. Those who share their houses with a partner are obviously coping much better. Those of us who live alone not so well in many cases. I think I score in that because of my mobility I had been fairly isolated before lockdown any way. But I do think that the thing that keeps me 'sane' is order. I have to have a pattern to my days - however trivial.
Yesterday was easy to plan out. Carer, Zoom book group, exercises, walk with Priscilla, afternoon rest, Zoom with friends, tea and either TV or read. Today not so easy but there are things which need doing and writing a list and crossing them off is psychologically good for me. 1. Check my Tesco order and add a few more things I have thought of. 2. Send an e mail to my local shopping lady for the few things I require once the snow has cleared (it is not freezing). 3. Order 'Mothering Sunday' by Graham Swift - our next Book Group Book. 4. Tidy my Computer shelf - and wipe down with a damp soapy cloth. 5. Do my exercises. 6. Read the obligatory ten pages of Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse' (I am determined to finish it this time). 6. Have my afternoon rest. I add my blog to this and reading and answering yours and that is my day full. Then I go to bed satisfied that it has not been a wasted day.
So Tesco calls - snowing less fiercely.