In the time of the virus: day 11

This morning, for no particular reason, I woke up out of sorts and crabby.  I slept well, the sun was shining, and no-one I know is ill at the moment – all good reasons for feeling cheery and upbeat.  Sometimes we just have to go with the flow and accept uncomfortable feelings, and be nice to ourselves.  Which is what I’ve tried to do today.  Fortunately I didn’t have too many commitments I needed to fulfil today, and those I had were unproblematic.

Garden/allotment – much of today was devoted to gardening in one form or another, which is both exercise and food for the soul.  I’m so grateful to have the allotment, and to have the greenhouse there where it can be most useful.  Today I potted on 24 tomato plants, far more thanI normally grow but these are not normal times.  One of the great things about gardening is that you’re always looking ahead to a time when things may be better.  I also planted out some of the rescue plants from the farm.

Exercise/staying fit – I managed to fit in a quick walk this morning (down to town to collect a pre-ordered loaf of bread from a small local producer).  It was enough to enable me to clock up my minimum aim of 10,000 steps a day.  I barely saw a soul while I was out, and there was hardly any traffic.

Craft/making – the crochet bug has really and truly taken hold, and I’m not fighting it.  I even ordered some more yarn online, partly so I can finish two current projects, and partly so I can make another blanket.  If I say it quietly, maybe no-one will notice.  Today I also learned how to make a magic knot to join yarn.  Very neat, very simple.  Rather wonderful.

House/home repairs, improvements – no, not enough time/energy today

Admin – just a little.  Enough to deal with the most urgent; not enough to make a dent on those heaps (but the heaps aren’t growing, so that’s a win.  Kind of)

Kind deeds/something for others – I joined our whole street in clapping our thanks to all those working to keep us fed, healthy, watered etc.  For me this goes well beyond people working in the NHS (though heaven knows we have so much to be grateful to them for).  It includes everyone who continues to work to enable some semblance of normality to persist.  Though rather than applaud, I would far rather they had decent protection, decent testing, and decent pay.  Although on second thoughts, I’d still want to applaud my personal thanks.

Stay sane! – I’ve set up several online virtual cultural groups, and tomorrow we will be ‘going out’ (aka staying in) for One Man Two Guvnors – a very funny play from the National Theatre in London, which should prove to be just the tonic we need.  I’m hoping that this time I will feel up to dressing up, and I will definitely be wanting something nice to eat and drink for the interval.  (We can afford it, so we’ll also be making a donation to the NT.  If you can, I hope you will too).

And then there’s the online yoga – my go-to recovery aid these days.

I do hope you’re well.  I’d love to hear how you’re getting through all of this.

See you tomorrow!

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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