Two Weeks

This is my teddy bear. We have it on the balcony for the local young ‘uns who are doing bear hunts on their exercise walks. Mind you it has been a source of some tension as HOH keeps leaving it outside in the dark and he will be scared. He will see things that a bear his age ain’t supposed to see. Also – he got wet tonight. I thought it was supposed to be unbroken sunshine and the police were going to have to go out yelling at us with megaphones to GET INDOORS!

We miss our kids. We don’t exactly live in each other’s pockets but it’s the knowing you can’t actually get to them. Mind you FOW2 sent me a message today telling me that a spider the size of a car had run out from under her yoga mat and, knowing how I am with spiders, I feel that sometimes it is better for your kids to learn to stand on their own two feet don’t you?

Is it a week or is it two? Lockdown I mean? I think it’s about ten days now. The days are merging into one now, although I am trying hard to get some order into them.

1. Work in the mornings

2. Walk (or route march if HOH is with me – he doesn’t allow slacking) before lunch.

3. Lunch(trying hard not to always add chocolate biscuits to every cup of coffee)

4. Then try and do something a bit extra before tea. Sometimes it’s creative, sometimes it’s gaming, sometimes watching terrible TV.

5. Tea (Trying again not to accompany all meals with chocolate biscuits – I am too close to the kitchen cupboards for too long)

6. Then a new tradition of Lock-down TV. There’s loads of stuff out there – National Theatre online. Disney+, Netflix (Tiger King is the most dysfunctional thing I have ever seen but I felt like I was the only person in the world who hadn’t seen it. Gave it everything I had – wished I hadn’t). Then there’s reading. Am looking for something uplifting but not too taxing after the Mantel. Someone recommended The Shellseekers – has anyone read it? I am developing a bit of a penchant for crime novels. Not too full on – it’s me and I am not going there obviously but wouldn’t mind a change from Agatha Christie. Also – any recommended Christian books? Don’t really know what to ask for. Needs to be downloadable.

Then there’s online church, which we watched this morning. Is it disrespectful to eat egg on toast while you are watching a sermon? Well, we’re all living a new reality now.

This morning, they prayed from 1 Thessalonians 5. (The Message)

Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out. Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

I can’t speak for you obviously but this is like a roadmap for me and all the things that I am dealing with now. I am on both sides of this set of instructions. I am a straggler bit also I know that I need to be attentive to others’ needs. I mustn’t be snappy (even if – ooh I don’t know – someone who I might be related to mentions in passing after 6pm that she has run out of tablets after she told me she had three days left and it’s Friday night and the doctors are closed until Monday and you know you are going to spend Saturday morning queuing outside the Asda Pharmacy hoping against hope that they got the emergency prescription. This is just an example of course – can’t see how it would actually happen in real life). I keep reading the Thessalonians passage – it’s like it is written for a time such as this, as they say.

Anyway maybe I have been too pessimistic. Between my phone calls and her daily carers, we have been trying to get over to Aged Parent that this shielding may take a good few weeks but she has pushed us aside.

Me. Well, it could be a while Mum – perhaps even up to seven weeks. You have to be in it for the long haul.

AP. That’s what the carer said and I’m not having it.

Me. How can you be so sure?

AP. Well the same carer said it could be up to seven weeks to repair the lift and that was done in two! See? You never know.

Two weeks then. You heard it here first.



  1. April 6, 2020 / 7:55 am

    I am going out today. To the shops. For the first time in THREE weeks. I am very excited about this, but my children have warned me that it is Not The Same Now. I have been instructed to follow arrows on the floor and use the right doors etc. I have a very simple list (eggs, milk, veg, fruit, bacon, sausages) and have wondered about frivolous items (pot of cream, frozen croissants) Are we allowed to buy them? I’m heartened to realise that you have plentiful supplies of chocolate biscuits. Also heartened to hear stories of “grown up” children living away from home managing to cope remarkably well. Continuing to remember friends coping with confused APs at this time. Worse than toddlers if you ask me… Re Sunday services.: we sat in separate rooms yesterday to listen to services from 2 different churches (then came together for our own church worship.) I was horrified to realise that I had the phone to my ear listening to the sermon, and was absent mindedly doing the jigsaw on the dining table at the same time! Keep well, keep safe xx

    • lesleyps91
      April 6, 2020 / 8:58 pm

      Hope you enjoyed your time outside. Whisper it but it’s really not too bad in the shops. We shop small, just bits and pieces a couple of times a week. There seems to be plenty on the shelves – in fact you have more chance with the frivolous items than the everyday stuff. There’s a bit of a strange atmosphere but everyone I have met has been lovely.

  2. April 6, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Re books, I love Patrick Gale as a writer – thoughtful and insightful, but not TOO demanding. Notes from an Exhibition, or Rough Music are two good ones.
    The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier – excellent!
    I’ve been rereading and then reading the new ones by Phillip Pullman – His Dark Materials. A bit more demanding. Did you see the recent BBC adaptation of the first book?

    For crime writers Peter Robinson (Inspector Banks) are good. Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley books are good too, but a bit heavier. And I love Val McDiarmid’s The Skeleton Road. It is a bit harrowing in parts but is also excellent.

    • lesleyps91
      April 6, 2020 / 8:52 pm

      Thank . This is very helpful. I’m definitely going to have a look at those.

  3. April 6, 2020 / 11:42 am

    Chocolate biscuits are permitted in times of war, pestilence and great stress. Definitely.

    • lesleyps91
      April 6, 2020 / 8:55 pm

      I am a woman of simple tastes I think but I do love a chocolate digestive

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