This partial lockdown has had very little difference on my life other than on a day to day basis I can't just pop out with the dog and have a coffee, just to get out the house and see people, whether I'm in Dubai or the UK.
The last 2 weeks have made me realise that when I do go for coffee, other than the brief chat when ordering, I still sit there on my own, I return home having only spoken to the barista.
Whilst walking Bob, taking a coffee with me, I've chatted to more and more people than ever, neighbours, random strangers.
Every time I have a coffee I put £3 in a pot, I've saved £63 since I've been back, plus the money I would've also spent on just picking up a few pieces while I was out.
I actually quite being on my own, but when I choose, not 24/7 some months whilst Peter is away travelling.
As we're all in the same boat, I don't miss going out, jumping in the car and driving to see the kids or my mum, of course I do miss them, but normally my visits are spent in the car driving here, there and everywhere. I don't miss that aspect of the visit.
I'm calm, chilled, relaxed. I'm sleeping well for the first time in ages. Apart from remembering to pay bills on time, I have no other stress on me and I'm quite enjoying the peace.
96 Sunday Woke to a glorious summer day, seriously hoping people don't go out, I'll keep Bob local on lead today as I'm aware there will be more people taking exercise than usual. Its full lock down now in Dubai, only allowed out for essential food and medical supplies and masks and gloves MUST be warn at all times. I did some gardening and washing, an early bath and in PJ's ready for the Queens speech and spent a couple of hours catching up with blog comments.
97 Monday I dug the paving slabs out the back garden and a slab of concrete, I'm assuming the previous tenants put a rotary line in, filled the holes in, will have to wait for grass seed. Emptied the compost bin and started a new one. I then finished cutting back the prickly shrubs in the front garden, the side gate is full of waste now for the tip. Took Bob for a walk and started my batch cooking, tonight I made chilli con carne, grateful I bought extra storage pots on my last trip here. I started colouring in some Easter decorations I'd originally bought for the Things.
98 Tuesday I cooked a chicken curry, and a casserole enough and a beef stroganoff, beef stew and a beef casserole, providing me with 14 meals in the freezer for the next 2+ weeks. Out of milk so took my trolley to Morrisons about 1.5 miles away. I walked past a corner shop, 2 petrol stations, lidl and the co-op. I know from experience that their range of Gluten Free products is sparse, even though I still have some bread and a cake mix, I thought if I'm going to the shops I should stock up on some extras. I bought tinned fruit and frozen veg to make my trip worth while and I won't need the shops again for another 2-3 weeks, other than milk which I can get at my corner shop. I managed to get 2 slots online for my mum, one for Saturday, the next April 27th. That took a lot of pressure off me.
The dog broke.
99 Wednesday I stayed in bed till 1pm, my anxiety levels were high after shopping yesterday, I decided to be kind to myself. I then reseeded the lawn, walked Bob and picked up milk from the local shop and a packet of sweets and some magazines to post to my mum as they're not available with online shopping. I had post and a phone calls that cheered me up and I spent the evening making elephants for the Things.
100 Thursday Usually I'm at my most productive in the mornings, but I found I was going to bed earlier each night, then wide awake around 4am, so I'm taking the morning easy, in bed with breakfast and reading some magazines before I post them to mum. Washed Bob and took him for a longer walk than normal to dry him off, more cars and people out than normal. Sat in the garden reading in the sun most of the day, tidied up the craft room, decorated another elephant, wrote some letters and continued binge watching The Good Fight on Amazon Prime after dinner.
101 Friday I did nothing all day other than read, write and blog. I didn't eat properly, was bored at the end of the day and felt like I'd achieved nothing. Had video calls with child 2, 2a and 2b and child 5 which cheered me up.
102 Saturday Can't find my motivation. Plan today was to sand woodwork in conservatory, fill holes, clean and paint, but I discovered I only have 1/3rd tin left for the woodwork and I need to prioritise the upstairs first so I can get new carpets ordered as soon as we're out of lockdown, so I spent the morning watching the end of The Good Fight. I finally did what I could in the conservatory and cleaned inside the window and door frames on the bottom floor. I spending the late afternoon and evening looking through stuff of my dad's sorting out what I was keeping and what I am going to sell.
On the blog this week:
Absolutely nothing, how's your blogging going?