In the time of the virus: day 17

These days there’s mostly quite a difference between my weekday mornings and my weekday afternoons.  I try to do the most energetic things in the morning, and then have a less demanding afternoon.  That suits my personal body clock.  Lunch is usually a quiet hour from 1 till 2pm, when I catch up with any news developments, Malcolm and I swap notes on our mornings, and I sit and read some interesting and often inspiring blogs.  At the moment I am enjoying reading through some blogs I hadn’t come across before, from start to now (or in some cases, to the point where they end).

After lunch I try to spend some time getting something done that will give me a feeling of satisfaction – maybe pottering around doing things in the garden, or a few things from my admin list, or (as yesterday) just sitting with a pile of sewing or knitting and a good podcast to listen to.  At some time in the afternoon I make the phone calls I need to make – staying in touch with those self-isolating, or just catching up with friends and family.  I write my blog post in bits and pieces through the day, ready to finish up and publish before I go to bed.

I also do any cooking during the daytime if I’m doing supper (we share this pretty equally – he tends to do weekends and a bit in the week, I do more on the weekdays).  If possible I like to have everything done by 6pm at the latest – then it’s time for the yoga session and winding down for the evening.

This is proving to be such a good way to arrange my days that it may well survive beyond this crisis period.

Although today I switched things around, because I wanted to do something I needed Malcolm’s help with, and he was going out this afternoon.  So this morning I recorded myself reading to granddaughter parts of a favourite book of poems from when our sons were little.  Malcolm has taught himself how to make an e-book including recorded sound.  She loved the one he did for her, and I’m hoping that my one will be the next best thing to being able to sit with her and read.  I can also imagine us sitting together with the same book and me reading to her in a zoom or FaceTime call – there are one or two books that we have here and she has there.

In doing this, I was reminded of all the children with parents in prison who are separated each other and are helped by charities like this (Storybook Dads )[and mums].   It’s not just the parents who ‘do time’.  Maybe a charity to consider donating to?  In gratitude for being able to read together despite the constraints.

Garden/allotment – I sowed most of the rest of the seeds I’ll want to plant out in the early summer.  Now to water and wait and see what germinates and what doesn’t.

Exercise/staying fit – not so much today, though I’ve been thinking quite a bit about food and keeping well with a good diet.  More on that tomorrow.  Not even the yoga today – everything got shifted around a bit to make space for another virtual meeting in the early evening, and I was too tired to do it after that.

Craft/making – crochet.  Of course

House/home repairs, improvements – nothing today

Admin – several more jobs ticked off that list.  Not too shabby, as my friend in Canada is wont to say.

Kind deeds/something for others

  • Many of us are having to have really really difficult conversations and make very difficult and painful decisions, in ways we never expected right now.  I’m not in that position, and I have great respect for those that are, whatever decision they make.  None of us can know how we will react when faced with this, and all of us can find ourselves there suddenly and unexpectedly.  We all face different risks and different levels of risk we’re prepared to take ourselves.  I hope we can try to accept other people’s decisions even when they’re not the ones we ourselves would make (provided of course they don’t put others at risk).
  • Oh my!  Not only has my friend in Denmark been doing loads of knitting for me to sell for the Farm, she’s been farming it out to her relatives (sorry, weak pun intended).  Her mother-in-law has knitted lots of lovely things for us.  I can’t wait to get my hands on them and start to sell them.  Aren’t people kind! ♥♥♥



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 17

  1. Arabella T says:

    Wonderful as ever. Thank you for sharing your routine. I’m finding a weekday routine so valuable – and hope to keep mine going after lockdown. The e-books sound brilliant! Warm wishes to you both.


    • How lovely to hear from you Arabella! I can see from your tweets that you’re still working hard, and it sounds as though your skills are needed every bit as much in these difficult times. I hope your family is all well too. Very good wishes to you too xx


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