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CathTheWise Wed 25-Mar-20 06:58:30

Self-isolation was a nice thing for me from the very beginning and I had lots of things to do around the house but now it seems like there is nothing to do for me as all the cleanings, re-organazings and other things are done.
What are you doing while isolating?

Aepgirl Wed 25-Mar-20 11:49:43

I’m doing one ‘chore’ a day - there’s no point in doing it all immediately as we’ve got a lot of days to fill.

Scottiebear Wed 25-Mar-20 11:51:35

Got plenty of books and can download if needs be. Ordered 2 1000 piece jigsaws which have arrived. Been gardening last few days as weather has been so lovely. But I think it will get harder for everyone as time goes on.

Thecatshatontgemat Wed 25-Mar-20 11:51:41

Not to mention all the decorating l have to do.
First the bathroom, then the toilet, then the lounge and lastly the hall. All decided upon, paint etc ready and waiting, to be indulged in at a time that suits me.

Bored? Not a bit of it. Far too busy!!

Hetty58 Wed 25-Mar-20 11:51:49

My house and garden are squeaky clean, shiny and manicured. There's nobody here to see it though - doh!

Chestnut Wed 25-Mar-20 11:58:22

I read somewhere to be bored you need to have a full stomach and an empty mind.

Joesoap Wed 25-Mar-20 12:02:03

Daily routine as usual with a little variation so not in a rut with that, in the garden pottering. thanks to the good weather.Reading, clearing and throwing out indoors.Reading GN first thing,later checking social media. Skyping or ringing people, writing endless e mails ( people will be fed up with me) started writing another book, taking it easy in doing so.I havent become bored yet, but who knows if this drags on, so ladies dont rush to do things, take your time, which is a change for most of us.

inishowen Wed 25-Mar-20 12:05:17

Yesterday I sewed lots of seeds. That took a good while. I have lots more seed packets but I'm pacing myself. Hopefully in a few months time I'll have veg to share with others. I'm also knitting for charity, reading, watching telly, facebooking. Husband is itching to go to the shops for essentials i.e. wine! I've been decluttering all year so I've absolutely nothing left. Luckily I got it to the charity shop before they closed.

3nanny6 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:08:02

Spending too much time looking on GN while I procrastinate what to do next, so in about five minutes one happy doggy is going out for some exercise. When I get back some time in the garden as much to do out there.

Moggycuddler Wed 25-Mar-20 12:10:29

Usual housework and chores. Been pretty fixated on getting online grocery orders and stocking up with stuff. No online orders now for 3 weeks so we'll have to manage with what we've got. Neither I nor DH plan to go out of the door (except in the garden) unless it's absolutely vital. We are not spring chickens and both have health issues so we def don't want to catch it! Plenty of books, dvds, PS4 games and Netflix. And chess. Worrying time though, for everyone.

Jane10 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:11:32

Reading. TV etc all the usual including a route march with DH each day. One thing though, I've joined up to write for the Mass observation archive. They're collecting corona virus diaries similar to WW2 ones. I'd really renjoyed reading about the minutiae of life back then. Maybe one day a nosey person (a 2080 version of me!) will be interested to see how all sorts of people across the UK were feeling?

Paperbackwriter Wed 25-Mar-20 12:14:11

I'm not bored (always got books to read, crossword, garden/seeds to sow and deal with) but it is all very slow going, isn't it? DH says I should get on with writing another book but I'm too het up inside to get any words down. Maybe I'll give it a go next week. Let's just hope we're all OK.

Meta Wed 25-Mar-20 12:26:46

Agree with trying to maintain some structure, as I’ve already mentioned Pahla Bowers weight loss for women over 50 daily exercise easy 20 mins a day on you tube start at day one if you haven’t done it before, I also do Leslie Sansone walking videos, cross stitch, read, clean garden cook etc My guilty pleasure is watching series 5 of Hunted on channel 4 catch up I’m rooting for the 78 year old in it, don’t tell me how he gets knocked out if you’ve already seen it!

karinu Wed 25-Mar-20 12:28:49

I’m very fortunate that I can get out and walk my dog, also have a garden that needs lots of attention.
I’ve neighbours who are house bound, and I do feel for them.
I’ve you need human contact, phone , FaceTime if you can.
There are lots of other ideas online for exercise, an online quiz
language learning.....
My granddaughter got in touch from Australia yesterday , and I joined in their game of Millionaire - great fun!
These are trying times for us all, and it’s ok to get fed up and down. Just remember , there are many people in hospital very unwell. Lets count our many blessings, stay safe!

Sue2406 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:29:39

I've emptied the compost bin. That will keep me busy for a while.

Grannyjacq1 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:36:34

Just signed up for a Spanish course with Future Learn (lots of great free courses available on all sorts of topics).'. Started a photo book of recent holidays. Local gym putting its exercise classes on line (and live) so have done several of those too. And my daily walk, of course. Not bored at all yet!

Callistemon Wed 25-Mar-20 12:44:31

Making lists of what I could be doing.

However, the weather is so lovely it's nicer to be outside in he garden.
The weather is due to change later today so at least the lists are ready

rowanflower0 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:51:40

Being disabled 12 weeks will not be enough time to get the garden stright, let alone do all the craft things people have bought me over time, and I still need to finish writing my book !

Vintagegirl Wed 25-Mar-20 12:53:08

I got two ton of stone chippings delivered Mar 18th so that will keep me busy for a while. I am topping up pathways in back garden and where there used to be a small lawn. Then there is a jigsaw and soduko on kitchen table ... always some chore about the house and thankful for the lovely dry sunny weather of last couple of weeks. We have Netflix and I play online Bridge and can do bit of knitting at same time as those!

Gaga1950 Wed 25-Mar-20 12:56:57

Have been in the garden with my camera photographing the trees - the outlines are brilliant at this time of year - a couple of weeks ago they were like line drawings now they are line drawings with shading.

Nannieannietilly Wed 25-Mar-20 13:01:07

I’m reupholstering an armchair and have several other sewing projects lined up. Crochet, reading, gardening and dog walking all keeping me busy. Started to sort out cupboards, but no charity shops open to take all my toot, so gave up on that or I’ll end up with piles of black sacks lurking about.

Izabella Wed 25-Mar-20 13:34:28

Cramming in the reading and other pursuits before my alzheimer brain is no longer able to cope. Lets hope that is a long way off. We all have to just do what we can, and I accept not all are able.

SusieH Wed 25-Mar-20 13:35:01

9am exercise with Joe Wickes, 5.30pm singing with Gareth Malone. In between lots of music, reading, gardening. Next big job is to do some painting which I have been putting off, and now have no excuse...Stay busy, stay well!

Jaycee5 Wed 25-Mar-20 13:45:42

I'd given up on online ordering but saw that other people were having some success so thought that I would try again.
No luck with Iceland - but Sainsburys now have plenty of slots so I have ordered for tomorrow.
They even notified me of what is unavailable and suggested reasonable alternatives.
Massive relief. I had ordered an Awebox which is an extortionately expensive way to buy snacks but thought I should get something in and wish I hadn't bothered now but at least I donated to a small business.
Now I'm going to spring clean my flat. I was wary of doing it if I might have to go out as the dust makes me cough - whic is not something you want to be doing in public.

Tillybelle Wed 25-Mar-20 13:46:21

Actually my life is hardly changed except I have more to do, trying to research the virus as I like the science bit. But my life was truly abnormal in comparison to others', since I have been more or less house-bound for years. I simply have to adapt each day to the levels of pain I have and my other fluctuation symptoms, I regard that as my job, then I do whatever I can to keep on top of the house work and after that I like looking things up, crafting, sitting in the garden, often need to lie down as it's the only position bearable. But I get by and am really contented on the whole. Also read a lot, for entertainment, favourite possibly are detective novels like Rebus or Tom Thorne (by in order Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham) also adore dear Alexander McCall Smith’s books and actually read almost anything so long as it is well written. Just cannot stand books written badly!

polnan That is so true. People with physical limitations and mental problems are really challenged by being socially isolated and having nothing to do. I do hope and pray that each individual may be given help according to their needs. It has been accepted that this time will see a problem with mental illness. I have been seriously worried about the lack of support for people who are vulnerable and anybody who finds themselves becoming over-stressed by this strange and abnormal way of living that we need to follow at this time. We could all think of anyone we know who might be struggling and how a phone call might help them.

Laughterlines Wed 25-Mar-20 13:47:02

WhatsApp FaceTime phone calls texts tv don’t have time for housework, gardening or chores etc. So glad I embraced modern technology when I did. Really useful now.
Stay cool everybody, we can do this, we are Brits.x