We’re actually into week three of lock down as I write this. I’m trying not to listen to the news too much during the day as it’s all too worrying. It feels like we’re getting close to the peak of this pandemic and I just want it all to be over. I even had a dream the other night that I was surrounded by people who were too close to me and I had to run to get away. We’d never used the phrase social distancing until coronavirus struck and now it’s all I think about when I’m out…
But it’s not all doom and gloom at gilhoolie. Far from it. Sometimes I feel guilty that I’m enjoying this strange lock down. I’m also feeling incredibly grateful for everything I have around me (as well as all those people who are working hard to save lives and keep things running out there). My family (two teenagers who are being great, I’m very proud of them) and my husband (who is working harder than ever in his little office upstairs), my dog (who keeps me company and gives me a reason to get out and exercise and say hello to those I meet on the way), my friends (I’ve had lots of virtual cuppas over the last couple of weeks and a zoom pub night last weekend), my house, my garden, the sunny weather, the countryside, good food, the list is endless. It’s all we can do at times like this to think of the positives and be grateful for the small things we often take for granted.
I’ve been sticking to a routine most days during the week; it’s the best way to keep me going I find. I’m just taking longer to do everything, really slowing down which is good for me I know. Even though I sleep in later than usual I’m still getting up at around the same time each day, doing 30 minutes exercise (I’ve moved on to Joe Wicks 7 day sweat challenge), breakfast, long dog walk or jog, shower, lunch. Then I spend the afternoon on gilhoolie bits and bobs, lampshades, painting, design assistance for any of the interior designers I work for that still want things doing. I often watch an episode of Line of Duty with my oldest son early evening before cooking dinner – I didn’t watch it the first time around so we have lots to catch up on!
Below are just a few of the things I’m grateful for right now. Stay home and stay safe everyone. Let’s hope next time I write there will be more positive news stories. And don’t forget to clap the NHS this evening at 8pm 🙂 🌈 👏