In the time of the virus: day 1

I know this isn’t really day 1 in any sense at all, but for me it’s the first day putting my personal plan into action.  I’m trying hard to focus not on what we can’t do, but on what we can do (and sometimes it just needs a sprinkling of imagination to make some magic happen).

It’s a simple plan consisting of a little list.  With more little lists underneath it.

Each day there are some things I always do.  Basic cleaning and tidying; meal planning and preparation; staying in touch with some key people.  Malcolm and I now have a daily morning coffee meet, and we get together for lunch and supper.  This morning it was lovely to be able to have our coffee in the garden, in the sunshine.

Beyond that, the day is my own.  And that’s where the problem lies.  No structure. No aims.  No goals.  All of which can lead to no motivation to do anything.  No balance.

So I’ve made my own lists of things I want/need to do, and have committed to doing something from each list every weekday.  My lists are:

  • Garden / allotment
  • Exercise / staying fit
  • Craft / making
  • House / home repairs, improvements
  • Admin – home; farm
  • Kind deeds / something for others
  • Stay sane!

Over the weekend I found lots of free things to do online.  My plan is to use these, and where appropriate make a donation to the provider.

The first of these is that yesterday I began a(nother) 30 day yoga course (yoga with adriene).  I will do another later today. (exercise / stay sane)

I’m trying to deal with the lack of social outings similarly.  I’ve discovered that the Royal Opera House is making some of their productions available online.  I’ve invited a group of friends and family to ‘join’ us to enjoy the ballet Peter and the Wolf this coming Friday evening.  We will dress appropriately, and ensure that we have a glass of wine and some nibbles ready for the interval.  You are cordially invited to join us (19:00 GMT), but you’ll need to provide your own food and drink!

House – some long-overdue tidying and cleaning in my room.  In particular my desk, which was shamefully dirty and covered with a heap of papers waiting to be dealt with.  The desk is now clean.  Its true there’s now a heap of papers on the floor, but that will have to wait till tomorrow.  Balance, people!  now it’s time to move onto something else.


Admin – home – I dealt with some of the paperwork in the heap that’s now on the floor. Plenty more where that came from….

Garden / allotment – the allotments have become a suprisingly social place (with all of keeping our appropriate distance from each other).  I have never seen so many people working their plots. We’re all grateful for the outdoor space we have, and also for the food we’re able to produce (in many cases, not just for ourselves but enough to give some away).  Today I planted my red onion sets, did some weeding, cleared a bed ready for peas and beans to go in later in the year, and watered the seed trays in the greenhouse.

Craft – I’ve accumulated a pile of things waiting to be mended, and I will gradually work my way through these.  Today though is a knitting day (most days are!), and I will continue on a couple of small simple projects this evening while watching TV.

Kind deeds / something for others – this one is so very simple.  I don’t want to go into what I did today, but it’s enough to say that there are plenty of opportunities in every day to find a way of being kind.  Whether it’s for someone we know, or someone we don’t know, (or maybe someone we know very well indeed).

Exercise / staying fit – I’m on Day 2 of the 30 days of yoga programme.  Such a lovely, relaxing, calming thing to do.  I’m so glad to have the time to commit to this.

Stay sane – well yes, here I am near the end of the day, and I can honestly say that I’ve really enjoyed it.  Despite all that is going on around me.  All the more so because I have a plan for what shape tomorrow will have.

You probably have far more challenges in your life right now than I do.  I hope you’re also coping ok.  And that you can somehow manage to find time to be kind to yourself.

And now, during the evening of the day, we’re in lock down.  Which I hope may feel much the same for me, but maybe it won’t.  Time will tell.  

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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4 Responses to In the time of the virus: day 1

  1. Hi Deborah, I like your plan for the day! You are so fortunate to have good weather and an allotment to work. We are expecting a mix of snow and rain for the next week. I am working from home which gives 7 hours of structure to my day. We are stocked up enough that we shouldn’t need to go out for 2 weeks. I can’t picture going back to normal for a much longer while. Cheers!


    • Oh my goodness, snow and rain! yes we’ve really appreciated the sudden onset of spring over the past few days, such a (much needed) boost. Working from home sounds like overall your schedule hasn’t changed too much so far. All the best to you there xxxx


  2. Similar plan of action here, too. Keeping sane will be challenging, I suspect (living with someone with dementia during these times of restriction isn’t the best scenario but hey ho). Thanks for the heads up about the Royal Opera House. Enjoy Peter and the Wolf. Stay safe and healthy.


    • Yes I’ve been thinking of you and about how hard it must be for you and those in your position. We count ourselves lucky that both our parents who were struggling with dementia / stroke in care homes didn’t have to also endure this. Hope the family is able to share the load. Take care xxxx


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