A different kind of life

My busy life has often been mentioned during my blog posts, but here I am with time on my hands so I’m afraid that you’re going to have to put up with more posts – so much for a weekend blog!

Monday and Friday mornings usually involve getting my hair done and a visit to the gym. Daughter in Law is not feeling too good (not necessarily virus related but who knows – there’s no way of getting tested) so she’s taking a week off work (she works far too many evenings and sometimes 7 days a week – she deserves a break). The gym is  still open, though I suspect not for much longer, but like many others I’ve taken the decision to temporarily suspend my membership. I feel quite bad about this – without an income, what if it doesn’t survive? But like so many people, I face the possibility of being forced into unpaid leave or fewer hours at work so saving the money is important.  I’m not the most enthusiastic exerciser at the best of times and it’s meeting with my friends for the post-exercise coffee and chat that is the real attraction of the gym,  but I do know that keeping mobile and strengthening our core muscles is important in the ‘later years’ and with limited opportunity available at the moment,  we must make the effort to move as best we can.  Fortunately the gym has uploaded a few of the exercise classes for members to use (I prefer these to the circuit).  I have pledged to do as a minimum, the 20 minute Mobility class every day and suggested to Husband that he join me. I confess to being somewhat surprised that he so readily agreed. I think the surprise to him was that my gym visits actually do involve something other than drinking coffee with my friends!

Slimming World has suspended all groups for three weeks initially; no doubt it will be a great deal longer than that. I had already decided that I was not going to attend for ‘the duration’ . We have a very active local SW Facebook group so that’s going to have to be our main support mechanism for now. My SW group leader called yesterday. She’s hoping to get to talk to everyone this week. I believe we have around 100 registered members – they don’t all turn up every week – so that’s a mammoth job, especially as she has 3 children under the age of four. It was good to talk and I felt motivated to stay focussed and ‘on plan’. I have the right foods in, lots of fish, a couple of bags of Babybel mini cheeses (a ‘dangerous’ area for me but needed as my calcium and vitamin D levels are too low….another story) and plenty of frozen fruit (one of my staples).

I mentioned in a previous post that I was working from home. Unfortunately this is not going to be possible all the time. I do need to go into the office but will bring work home when I can. I’m so grateful that I have my own office, and I now have a barrier across the door. Others might recognise it as a chair(!) but it’s doing the job. It means that I am some 7-8 feet away from anyone who comes to speak to me, and it acts as an intermediary for documents which are brought in. I have disposable gloves available to pick them up (we don’t currently know for sure how long the virus can live on paper though it has been suggested that it may be up to 4 days) and plenty of anti-bac wipes on my desk. I’ve perfected a way of going to the washrooms without using anything other than an elbow to open doors and after a mammoth hand-wash can get back to my ‘safety shelter’ without having touched anything. It’s not ideal; there is a big part of me that would rather stay in bed safely tucked up for the duration, but I am social-distancing as much as possible. Had we ever uttered such a phrase until last month?

I’m a sociable person who loves to meet up with friends and family and I know I’m far from alone in feeling that the situation is going to be very hard as time goes on.  Hopefully we will be able to come up with strategies for coping with not seeing my children and grandchildren – video calls and perhaps meeting (at a distance) in wide open spaces.  This photograph of great-grandparents unable to hug their grandchildren appeared in today’s newspaper. It sums up the sadness.

Touching but not

I promise that my next post will be a happier one




  1. These are such difficult times, Eloise. My new grand daughter I only get to see now via wee videos, which I’m rather sad about. And I am self isolating as I am in the old age bracket and am prone to viruses and flus. I have realised an annoying yet humorous thing though: when it’s over, I might have mostly grey hair as I know that I shouldn’t be going to the shops to get some hair dye. I might have to readdress this (there must be a way!!!!) Best of wishes to you and your family xx

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    • Grey hair is VERY much in vogue here in the UK. Celebrities and youngsters are deliberately colouring theirs, and I confess to using silver shampoo which tints my blonde hair, which ironically covers up the natural grey! The reason is that the original grey is mixed with brown it makes for a dull colour. Stay safe


      • This made me smile, Eloise. My 23 year old son, currently a final year student @ Manchester Uni, had his hair dyed grey a while back. I have to say – although I am definitely biased – that with his blue eyes and dark beard, it very much suited him. When I suggested that I might follow the trend, eldest son commented ‘that at least it wouldn’t cost me anything!!!’

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  2. Your post is a positive one, at least. I think you are being sensible and taking the necessary precautions to go about your day as best you can.
    Thank goodness for social media and the ability to still ‘socialise’. I prefer how it is referred to it as physical distancing in some countries.
    Stay well. X


  3. I think the SW group leaders generally have risen splendidly to the occasion. Like you, I am sure it’s going to be way, way longer than three weeks and the online presence (thank goodness for Facebook – not all fake news, is it) is going to be crucial!
    I hope you can work at home most of the time, for peace of mind as much as for safety. I don’t have anti bac wipes but am washing my hands very often, saving the hand wash gel for when I have to go out.

    I don’t find your post sad. It’s full of positive things, ways to get over current restrictions (not in a bad way) and determination.

    I think the media is just fuelling a lot of things – for instance, those photos were surely unnecessary and just feeding sadness!
    (or am I just being callous?)
    Stay safe.


    • Thank you for picking out the positives in my post, Joy. You are right of course that media photos are fuelling sadness; perhaps not the best choice of photo for my post but I just felt it summed up what I, and many of the friends with whom I’m keeping in touch, are feeling. I am determined to now post positively where possible! Stay safe


  4. These are stressful times, aren’t they? The governor of our state (California) issued a mandatory stay at home order, yesterday. We are all required to stay at home. Most places of work are closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants that deliver food, gas stations, etc., are open and people are allowed to make trips to buy the essentials (such as groceries, medications, etc.) I have switched to have my medications delivered as I am in the high risk category (almost 65, with existing medical conditions) and need to shelter in place.

    Sounds like you are taking as many precautions as you possibly can. Stay safe!


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