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.
I promise that my next post will be a happier one