Easter will be very strange this year. In some ways nothing has changed. There are still lambs in the fields and bluebells in the woods. Birds are making nests and trees are coming into leaf. In other ways every thing has changed. I never imagined I would live through a pandemic. A virus has emerged for which we have no vaccine or treatment and our only defence is the euphemistically titled “social distancing”. For most people it means we can no longer see our family or friends for fear of spreading infection. Here in England restaurants, pubs and non essential shops have been closed and sporting events have been cancelled.
A British blogging group to which I belong is asking bloggers to complete a short questionnaire for a Linky to provide a snapshot of life in these extraordinary times. Hopefully we will be able to look back and smile when we have slid down the curve and landed on our bottoms on the other side.
Here are my answers
1)How are you feeling/coping?
I am feeling lucky. I live with my husband and daughter. We have a garden and two cats. As we are retired we have a guaranteed income. I am grateful for small things like stairs to climb or carpets to hoover. I do miss my four sons and my grandchildren and worry how they will cope. It must be extraordinarily difficult to be shut in alone all day with young children.
2) What are you doing to keep yourself occupied?
It has been beautiful weather so I have been able to spend time in the garden. I have also been trying to improve my photography.
3) How are you dealing with everything at the moment – are you self-isolated, going out for essentials etc? Has this changed?
I am going out for essentials and solitary walks. Apart from my age I am not in a vulnerable group. I used to volunteer in a charity shop which is shut and I belonged to a walking group who have been unable to meet. It is very odd to have to try to keep six feet away from people and I have not left the area of Bristol where I live for almost a month.
4) What advice do you have for others?
Remember that it is OK to feel anxious and that there are organisations that want to help.
5) What have you bought this week that others might like? Especially if from a small business.
I know that it is not essential but I bought bird seed from my local pet shop. It gives me a lot of pleasure to watch wildlife from my window and this week I even spotted a fox in my garden.
6) How has your routine been this week? (Question by Don’t Cramp My Style)
I find it quite difficult to establish a routine without my regular activities. It is strange to wake up and have no activities planned. I am trying to eat at regular times and to get up and do some exercise. I have been following the walking at home videos by Leslie Sansone on you tube.
7) Have you planned anything for once lockdown is over in the past 7 days?? (Question by Don’t Cramp My Style)
My husband will be eighty on May 9th and I would love to be able to organise a party for him. We had booked a holiday to Italy at the beginning of June so I think we ought to at least have an Italian take away.
8) Anything Else.
I think it is hard to imagine what life in social isolation would be like without the internet. I would encourage all older people to learn to use apps like zoom and skype. I am proud of making my first ever video conference call. It is strange to think that a few years ago as a registered nurse I would have been on the front line and that now I am being encouraged to save the world by watching Netflix.
I hope we all come through this. It has certainly made me realise how many of my friends, family and neighbours are over seventy with underlying health conditions.
A virus free Easter hug to everyone.
This post is linked to the grand social at Grandma’s briefs