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Hi everyone, thanks for joining me again. If you're new, then Welcome!

I'm sorry I missed the post last week - I had a disaster when we lost our internet - right in the middle of my working day! For someone who has not been without internet for more than 10 years, I was having a meltdown! 

In all fairness, I need the internet to be able to do my job, so it was a meltdown with good reason. Still, I did take advantage of the forced downtime to finish my blanket, crocheted and hand stitched together - a project I started a long while ago. 108 squares later and I'm done! It looks cute though. 

How am I getting on with lockdown? Normal life now isn't it? the washing hands a gazillion times a day, followed by the reach for the handcream and then back to work, sitting at the desk in the corner of the room. To give myself a break, I treat myself to a couple of laps of the living room - goodness only knows what the neighbours are making of it. 

In an attempt to distract me from our internet free zone, the boyf asked me what I wanted for my birthday - just weeks away again now. He knows I don't normally celebrate it - what's the point? Still, I said hew knew what I wanted for my birthday, but as it was never likely to appear, not to worry about getting me anything - I'm not one for getting gifts. I'm much more about giving gifts to others. 

Our balcony project is coming on nicely, just a couple of things to do and we'll have a lovely area to sit out and enjoy the evenings - I can't wait!

Well you'd think after more than a week, I would have more to update you on, but it just isn't the case. I haven't actually been out of the flat since the beginning of May, so I'll be making a sojourn out to go grocery shopping - I think that is still a thing anyway. 

Whatever you're doing, stay safe, look after each other. I'll catch you next week. 

X

Hey, welcome back! Glad to see you. 

Well another week of lockdown has passed and nothing much has changed here is our casa. 

I know there was an annoucement last week and for some people this means returning to their places of work, but for once i'm pleased by my offices' response, which was if you can work from home to do your job, work from home. Best news I've heard in weeks. 

I'm making plans at the moment so that the next time I go back to my home town, it will be to pack up my flat and make the move here permanent. I need to do this for my health, my sanity, and for me. Sounds selfish, I have a lot of friends in my home town who I will miss when I move permanently here, but I miss them now so what difference will it make? Also, I hate long drawn out goodbyes, so this would be perfect for me, kept on the downlow as it were, into the office long enough to sort my locker, grab the few belongings I have there, call dibs on my chair - you'd have to know my chair to understand and get out of there. 

What have I found out about myself this week? I'm settled here. I'm calmer in myself than I have been in years - yes, things still make me anxious, and some things still stress me out, but I know now that I belong here and I plan to make it happen this year. 

I'm learning to do things that I won't regret. I don't want to leave something and then wish I'd done it. I don't want to spend years thinking 'What if?'. 

Still, do I think the lockdown should remain? absolutely. I don't think we were tough enough in the lockdown to begin with. Other Countries had a much more zero tolerance approach and seemed to have better responses from those living there. Maybe we could learn something from them. It isn't for me to tell you what to do, heaven forbid. But I urge you to take the necessary precautions, stay safe, keep the social distance. Please. 

Take care, and I'll see you next time. x

 

Good Morning, welcome to a new edition of 'Me, Myself & I'. 

Another week has passed and we're still in lockdown but I actually feel like I'm getting the hang of it at last. Shopping delivery arranged so the boyf and I don't have to negotiate the trecherous task of braving an actual supermarket - and if I'm honest, the constant queuing is getting a bit boring now. 

I've spent some time this VE day weekend working on our home project, the new balcony is taking shape. It isn't a new balcony per se, just the old one the boyf used as storage is getting a face lift and is already looking better for a couple of coats of paint. Still a few things to do out there, but it is taking shape nicely and, I don't know about you, but I was finding the painting really theraputic. 

I found I could concentrate on the painting, doing the edges (as high as I could reach as the boyf will do the tops), then getting busy with the roller. I love to see the instant change made to the walls as the paint was going on. I can't wait to see how it is all going to look when it is finished. 

I'm getting back to my writing roots more and more as well. I have ideas in my head for a two book series as well as a couple more stand alones. I'm excited by my writing again for the first time in a while and I feel like I can achieve what I want now I have the time - being at home all of the time allows me to plan better and I plan to use my new little outdoor oasis during the warmer months to write out there and relax. 

I do at times feel like the pressure of constantly being home is getting to me and I long to go out, but I'm doing my bit to stay home and stay safe. I'm determined to come out the other side of this pandemic intact, and hopefully, with a semblance of sanity left. I don't care how this all started anymore, though I still wish we'd been told a lot sooner than we were, but I do care about how we end this. 

If you want things to change, do as you're told. Stay home. If you want to enjoy the sunshine, go out into your own garden if you have one. You realise everytime a news bulletin is shown around the world that shows Britain, and people out on the streets, it makes the Country look bad? You people out sunning yourselves in the warmer weather are making all of us look like a bunch of ignorant idiots who don't know what is good for us. 

I know there is always one person who believes that they are an exception to the rule, but really? are you trying to get yourselves in hospital, or killed with the virus? 

Here and now is a prime opportunity to do something good with your lives. Learn something with a new course, take up a new hobby that you've always wanted to do. Read a little more. Write that book you have always planned to write. Just don't put yourself and others at unnecessary risk because you don't know how to follow a simple instruction like STAY HOME. 

This is how I am coping with the pandemic. I spend my time trying to help others who seemingly don't want to help themselves. But, I have my own books to read, my own books to write as well as the laundry, so I'll leave with those thoughts for now. 

Take care, stay safe, stay home. Use technology for what it was designed for. Call a loved one, facetime them, use skype. But stay safe. 

 

A new month already? All the weeks are beginning to merge into one at the moment. Not entirely sure where the week ends and the weekend begins. Day job work is busier than ever and I find myself with that unerring feeling of spinning plates with the knowledge that something has got to give. 

Is is bad that I'm fed up with the constant lack of plain flour in shops? I just want to make some pancakes, or yorkshire puddings to go with dinner - too much to ask for? 

I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm feeling the strain of the lockdown, yet I'm also one of those people opposed to lifting it. Contradiction? yes, but for good reason. No, I don't like the constant pressure to stay indoors, I like it to be my choice to stay in, but I understand the need for the lockdown. Do I think a more drastic lockdown should've been enforced? Maybe. People still have to get groceries (which for the first time since lockdown began I will actually be having delivered in around 10 days), but too many people are flaunting the rules. How many people have you seen "out for exercise" in regular clothes not gym gear? Don't worry, I appreciate you don't have to be in your best lycra to go out for a walk, but some people are taking the mickey. 

Do I think the masks are a good idea? Not entirely sure to be fair. I'm rather sat on the fence with the masks. Society has been given so many mixed messages - yes they work, no they don't - wonder anybody knows what to do. I do have some reuseable masks just in case and I do carry on with me when I go out, it just takes a little geting used to, having something across my face like that - normally if a person went out wearing a mask, they'd be arrested on suspicion of burglary!

One bonus of the social distancing - I now feel like I have the personal space afforded to me when I'm in Nottingham (my home town) while I'm still here in London! I actually have elbow room when getting my groceries - and don't get me started on people's manners. Some are better than others, granted, but I have never heard people near here be so polite to each other!

I know the weather has been lovely and sunny, hopefully it will carry on (I have a balcony to finish decorating!) but I wish people would just listen to the Doctors who are telling you to stay indoors. I know it isn't ideal, if you have a garden to enjoy - lucky you. Spare a thought for those without an outdoor space, whose living room doubles as a playground, dining room and more. If you have got to be outside, be in your garden, pot some plants, sow some pepper seeds in pots and see how many bell peppers you can grow, and don't forget the tomatoes. Just don't head for the coast because you fancy dipping your toes in sand. 

You're not alone in all this lockdown and pandemic malarkey. Just don't be selfish. Think about others when you step your front door and head for the car. Are you going our because you have to or because you fancy it? 

Stay safe. 

Welcome back to the mini series. 

Another wek has passed and I haven't ventured out! Last Sunday morning, my other half and I went to the local Lidl supermarket - a couple of miles from our home and we arrived in plenty of time for opening, but the queue was still quite a way away from the store even at that time. He stayed in the car, claiming he would get bored so he left me to queue and do the shopping - not that I minded.

I haven't been out of our home since. Good job too as deliveries have arrived thick and fast this week, just one left to come. 

I do feel like I'm beginning to go a little stir crazy at times. I'm trying to do little jobs around the home to keep my mind occupied but it is so tough. Working from Home has gone very quickly from a luxury we could do on occasion to the new normal and as such it is far too easy to work all hours and finding the home/work balance isn't easy. 

I'm baking more than ever at the moment, not that my other half is complaining. I'm enjoying that, and scratch cooking our dinners too. 

One good thing about being at home all the time is that it allows me to work on my studies too. speaking of which, I'd better go, my assignment won't write itself! see you next time x