In the time of the virus: day 9

Today I’ve been struggling to stay awake, so it’s all change (only the result of a particularly bad night, so I’m sure I’ll be back to normal tomorrow).

Garden/allotment – nope.  It will still all be there tomorrow.

Exercise/staying fit – I had a wonderful, long walk today.  Needed to try to get my leg swelling down again, and it was very enjoyable.

I’ve been trying to make my exercise walks purposeful as well.  Today I had a couple of pieces of post for two farm trustees that I wanted to pass on (and coincidentally remove from one of those heaps of paperwork on the floor), so that determined where I would go.  It took me to a part of the city I don’t know at all well, so that was another plus point – I’m enjoying exploring places I don’t already know well.  I’m also using my walks to enjoy and take inspiration from other people’s front gardens, and today was a perfect day for it – blue sky and lots of spring flowers.  A real tonic.

I also managed to resume my yoga today.  I always feel good afterwards (and while I’m doing it),

Craft/making –  there are more crochet granny squares to add to the pile.  This is an evening, winding down activity.

House/home repairs, improvments – nope.  Anything that needs to be done will still be there.

Admin – kind of.  I’m counting delivering those two letters as a score.

Kind deeds/something for others – one of the great pleasures of walking city streets is enjoying the gardens.  This season is particularly spectacular – the blossom is heavenly, there are spring flowers, and shrubs coming into bloom as well.  I’m appreciating all the effort some people have put into their gardens, and thinking again that I must step up my efforts (though I’m pleased to say that my front garden has really begun to come together, and each year gets better).  The other thing to look out for now is the lovely rainbows made by children and posted in windows, and some kind messages for our health and other essential workers.  I take heart from that.  See photos above.

Stay sane!

  • I was intrigued by the reaction I had to my comments about sometimes feeling overwhelmed by the amount of social messaging and phone calls needed.  I was nervous about saying it but I want to keep this space honest, and truly that is something I sometimes struggle with (and feel uncomfortable and uncharitable about).  To my surprise I had several ‘oh yes me too!’ responses.  It’s good to know I’m not the only one.  And to remind myself that all of us have to look after ourselves, as well as look out for and look after others.
  • It also reminded me that some of us are very very busy now, and others have the opposite problem – not enough to fill the time.  I’m somewhere in the middle of those extremes – I don’t have to somehow juggle working with childcare/education; I live with someone I get on well with, and we’re not in a cramped space.  I have more than enough to keep me busy, and usefully so.  And that’s just fine.  I just wish it were so for everyone.
  • I’ve decided to try out something different – finish all the phone calls etc by 6pm at the latest, and then do a yoga session.  Everything after that (barring emergencies) is wind-down time, not wind-up time.  Let’s see how it goes.

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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