In the time of the virus: making the most of self isolation

I’m thinking maybe we should make this week of self-isolation a regular thing: as a tool for getting through the ancient jobs list, it seems to be unbeatable. Of course, the way things are going it may become a regular thing with no choice for any of us. My apologies for any of you already living in a place where the restrictions are such that you are completely or mostly confined to home; and to those of you who would prefer to be but are unable to due to financial or work pressures (including of course key workers).

Things I/we are missing:

Walks – so, so much. For physical and mental health. And also just the joy of being out there.

Meeting up with people – the number of people we meet up with these days is tiny compared to before. It’s shrunk down so much, but those we continue to see on the whole are those we really really want to see. Especially missing spending time with that little girl of ours. There are others we’d love to see but have long since accepted that it’s not going to happen for a while, but that almost makes this sudden further shrinking all the harder.

Shopping – being able to get out to buy the few things we lack. Milk, cheddar cheese are all so far this week. But – having to ask a friend to get it for us? I’d rather not (even though I know they’ll happily do it, as I would for them).

Things I/we are enjoying:

Time to really focus on and get done all those niggling jobs. You know: the ones we put off because they feel too daunting (but often only take a few minutes once we get started); the ones we put off because they’re so boring (but oh the satisfaction once they’re done).

Making the most of what we already have. And yes, I know we are so very fortunate in having much that many lack.

Making. Knitting, crochet, sewing. All good stuff. A pleasure to have the perfect excuse/reason to just sit back and enjoy it. With a good radio play or documentary (hello BBC R4) and a nice cup of tea.

Cooking. Another one of those making the most of what we already have things.

Each others company. We each do our own thing, and get together over breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, and supper. We sit and watch TV together in the evening.

Sorting out all sorts of things to give away on Freegle
Things going for sale to the Farm stall at this week’s Farmers’ Market

Counting down the days – only 3 more left after today.

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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