In the time of the virus: day 12

I woke up feeling that today would be a good day, and mostly it was.  Then towards the end of the afternoon two small things went wrong and for a while I fell apart.  And then yoga helped put me back together again.

Garden/allotment – didn’t get anything done today, but no worries, it’s the weekend.

Exercise/staying fit – until all this started I was making good progress with my goal to lose weight (I’ve lost several kilos and weigh 6kg less than at the start).  I’m determined not to go backwards, so I’m being very careful not to overeat – the temptation is definitely there!  I’m  still finding using my FitBit to track what I do and what I eat is an excellent way to stay on target.  I haven’t lost more weight, but nor have I put any back on.  The real limiting factor is not being able to walk as much as usual.  I need to find ways to add in the amount of exercise I’m used to while still staying in the rules.  I don’t think I will be joining those who run around their gardens or the man I saw running backwards and forwards along his balcony, but there are plenty of things I can add in to help me.

Craft/making – did I mention that I’m enjoying crocheting my blanket?  I did?  ok, well I still am.

House/home repairs, improvement – I have gradually tidied and cleaned kitchen drawers and cupboards, and I have almost finished this  (gradually as in only one a day, or sometimes one a week).  Not a massive achievement or a massive task, but nice to have it done.

Admin – I finally finished updating my will.  This is a task I began almost exactly 3 years ago, so finishing it and being able to remove it from my To Do list feels like a major achievement.  As ever with prevarication, actually finishing it took very little time or effort (I started my working life as a family solicitor, so drafting wills is a pretty familiar task for me).  And yet…..  3 years???  I also made a substantial dent in one of those floor heaps.  Slowly slowly….

Kind deeds/something for others

  • all my hens are laying now, and I’m enjoying being able to give the occasional box to friends.  It’s more a gesture of solidarity than a real contribution to their food, but the eggs are organic and delicious and super fresh, and I know they are always enjoyed and appreciated.
  • this isn’t really either kind or something for others, but we’re trying to continue supporting the small businesses we normally buy from.  Today we are having a meat delivery which will last us several weeks (and we will cook and share some with an isolated  relative)

Staying sane! – it’s Friday night, so it must be Culture Night.  Tonight’s offering was One Man Two Guvnors.  We loved it as much second time around as we did when we saw it live.  I used up some random caramel hot cross buns that were in the freezer (don’t ask!  bought by mistake) to make an adapted bread and butter pudding to enjoy during the interval.  Delicious.  And now it’s the weekend. (Also, thank goodness for yoga).

I hope this finds you well and surviving ok.

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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2 Responses to In the time of the virus: day 12

  1. Marian says:

    I’m sorry today delivered some rough spots, Deborah. Yoga is most definitely helpful. Earlier this year I was going through a bit of a rough patch (which now seems like small potatoes compared to all this, of course) and I started thinking to myself “Right this minute I only have to…” (and then I filled in the blank with whatever it was I had to do or think about). I don’t know what it was that happened today, and I sincerely hope you and yours are still well, but I thought I’d just offer this since it did help me to somewhat calm my anxiety. Sending you a hug and all my best wishes.


    • To be honest, tiny things. But it served to remind me that while we seem on the surface to cope, sometimes the struggle isn’t so far below the surface. Your ‘right this minute….’ is spot on as a way to get through, and I appreciate you sharing it with me. And the virtual hug – right back atya as they say!
      To counter the minor blip, yesterday evening we received a lovely message from our daughter-in-law telling us a story about how our granddaughter had been telling a story about us. She could have kept it to herself, but her choosing to share it them was so warm and moving. Small gestures can mean so much. All good wishes to you too, with that hug.


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