STAYING HOME AND BEING WELL

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all safe and well on this glorious day. If you look outside everything looks just as it always did but it’s not just any ordinary day. We are in lockdown due to the war against an invisible enemy.

I count myself lucky. I have a roof over my head. I have food in my fridge. And I have the company of my Sarah and Maisie the dog. Maisie the dog is unaware of the war going on all around us.

We have taken government advice which of course is to stay home and save lives. I believe anyone who chooses to take this advice is a hero. So, congratulations to anyone who has hunkered down until it’s safe.

Sarah and I take Maisie out for her morning walk together. That way we all get a bit of fresh air and a leg stretch every day. As Sarah and I both live in the same household we are safe to walk together while keeping our distance from strangers. This morning we met absolutely no one. Early morning is a great time to step out. We have a small garden we can hang out in whenever we feel the need as well.

I’m finding it hard to find my feet. I can’t seem to concentrate on anything for any length of time. This morning I forced myself to do a few household chores and some cooking. I have a ham cooking in the slow cooker and if I have enough flour (I couldn’t find flour at the supermarket for love nor money) in the flour bin, I might bake some oatmeal raisin cookies.

Has anyone else had to hit the supermarket since the official lockdown started a few days ago here in the UK? Well I went first thing yesterday. I went at 7am to my local Morrisons supermarket and was turned away because I wasn’t NHS staff. 7am to 8am is reserved for NHS staff. I don’t begrudge that. I feel we need to support our medics. So, I came home and waited it out until 8am and went back. It was all quite surreal. Even getting in the car and driving to the supermarket. I felt like I was driving thru a warzone that didn’t look any different than usual. I seemed to be on high alert on the lookout for police. I’m glad the journey to and from the supermarket only takes about 10 minutes from door to door. Once I got in the supermarket with my trolley, I was really aware of personal space. I felt like a ninja trying to avoid coming too close to anyone else. For the most part everyone was very accommodating. I got most of what was on my list except the flour. There were plenty of fresh veg and meat and fish. Milk and dairy were well topped up, they didn’t have skimmed milk but I can live with semi-skimmed for a while. There was no pasta but it wasn’t on my list, I just happened to notice the shelves were empty. There will be hundreds of people with dozens of bags of pasta which they will still be eating next year! The freezer sections were a little thin on the ground but the supermarkets are doing the best they can to keep up with the demand of people stockpiling. I must admit that I was glad to leave the supermarket and get back into the fresh air. Ninja style doesn’t suit my slow and measured pace.

So, now we are left to re-invent ourselves to suit the situation. I have been soul searching in order to decide how I’m going to go forward once life returns to some kind of normality. I truly believe that life will never be as it was. The economy will take a hot minute to improve. Employment will change drastically. And life will be very different from what we’ve been living.

I remain of the opinion that stitching of the sewing, knitting, crochet, needlework etc variety makes life better one stitch at a time. It keeps your mind occupied and your hands busy. You produce something that you can be proud of. You make history with every project you complete. The sense of accomplishment is amazing.
My sewing endeavour at the moment is my hexagon UFO. I started this project at least two years ago. And slowly but surely, I can see progress. And the progress feels soooo good.

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As I write this post, I can see cars going past my house in both directions. All of these journeys are supposed to have a specific genuine essential reason. I can see familiar people walking their dogs and getting some fresh air while avoiding contact with others. There are no groups or crowds gathering anywhere that I can see. For safety’s sake this is how it must be for now.

I guess that’s my report for today. This is my account of how this invisible enemy is affecting me and mine for the time being. I am prepared to follow government advice that will hopefully save lives. Whatever you may be doing at the moment, I hope you are all safe and well at home sweet home. Until next time,

Let’s keep on stitching. And let’s all be heroes by staying home saving lives.

Lucie x

8 thoughts on “STAYING HOME AND BEING WELL

  1. Well done, Lucie. My sister and I (88 and 84 respectively) have been in self isolation for 16 days now since I went out to have a blood sample taken prior to a hospital appointment. The appointment was cancelled days later. Heigh ho! But I wish all our hospital staff health and gratitude for all their work for us.
    So in the past two weeks my sister has almost finished her third throw, I’ve finished one, but am now knitting a sweater. We have a charity delighted to receive them all.
    Yes , keep the hands going. Britain is going to have such clean homes by the end of 5his lockdown!
    Take care.

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    1. Hi Monica, Well I hope you and your sister are doing exactly as you should by isolating. I hope you both stay well. Staying busy is the perfect solution to social distancing. And yes your charity will delighted to receive your handiwork.
      Stay home and be well x

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  2. Hello lucie,
    After over 2 wks of isolating we now have another 3 wks mandated to us. Shelves are similar everywhere here. We have flour, I guess you bake more in the UK! LOL
    Trying to be motivated to make something but it is getting harder.
    Everyone take care, stay clear and be clear..new motto!
    Joanna in Montreal.

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    1. Hi Joanna, we have to stay strong in order to beat the invisible enemy. It’s hard to concentrate long enough to find something useful to do. Hopefully the peak is coming soon and then not long after things can go back to some kind of normality. Stay strong xx

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  3. eecljw

    I went to Sainsbury’s in Cramlington yesterday for my shopping at 8.30. Very quiet , well organised, police presence, limited supplies of some items but I did manage to get some loo rolls (just a packet of 4-sufficient!!) Today I have been to Morrison’s at Whitley Bay to do shopping for my 95 year old blind uncle who still lives on his own- nightmare!!! At 8.15 had to queue to get in only allowing 5 in 5 out, plenty fruit and veg, lots of shelves empty. Then had to stand in a queue 8 deep at checkout!! Won’t be going back there. Eunice
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    1. Hi Eunice, I agree that getting food shopping done is a nightmare. Very scary this invisible enemy. We’ll have to hold our nerve in order to get thru this. We’re all together in this challenge. Thanks for popping in today xx

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  4. kattails

    Here in the mountains of West Virginia we’ve been under a shelter-in-place order for a week now…grocery stores are open, dine-in restaurants are not. The stay at home order allows for grocery runs and medical appointments. The stores sold out toilet paper, paper towels, diapers and wipes within the first few days. Thank God for faith in Him and enough fabric stash to last awhile. Stay well…it’s good to hear from you again.

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    1. Hi Kathy, It’s lovely to hear from you now that I have popped my head after a long hibernation period. It sounds like you’re in the similar lockdown. I have every faith that once this invisible enemy has been tamed we will come back better than ever. We’re all in this together. Thanks for popping in today xx

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