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How would you keep occupied in self isolation?

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MrsPickle Thu 05-Mar-20 18:35:37

Two weeks on your own, or with your partner, is a long time!
What would you do?

I paint a lot, so some of the time woud be spent on that. I'm also learning a new language via Duolingo. Obviously reading. Hub is also a reader and photographer.

With 4 dogs, going 'out' will entail an entirely different regime.

What would you do to pass the time? Jigsaws?

SynchroSwimmer Thu 05-Mar-20 18:41:15

I would spend 2 weeks on the Ipad
Then probably get DVT
Might flick a duster around...

rosecarmel Thu 05-Mar-20 18:44:53

Well, in the US, it seems that there is isolation at home or "having" to stay where they place you in an effort to contain and meet your medical needs- The portable units they showed in the news don't have windows! It's a divided white trailer with doors-

To be honest, I don't know!

GagaJo Thu 05-Mar-20 18:45:10

Sewing, cleaning, redecorating. Or at least, I would if I were at home, which I'm not.

Harris27 Thu 05-Mar-20 18:46:20

Knitting reading and gardening ( back garden of course) .

tanith Thu 05-Mar-20 18:48:51

Reading, iPad, tv I’m guessing I’d have to walk around the garden a lot and up and down the stairs for a bit of excercise.

BlueBelle Thu 05-Mar-20 18:50:15

Go totally mad
I have no intention of staying in unless I m ordered to I think we re much better off in the fresh air

MamaCaz Thu 05-Mar-20 18:51:54

Two weeks on my own sounds like absolute bliss to me, as long as I was well enough to make the most of it!

I would make a start on some of the craft projects that I have been planning, watch what I want to on television for a change, and do lots of gardening.

Curlywhirly Thu 05-Mar-20 18:53:38

Read some Charles Dickens! I keep promising myself to read some of the classics, but never get around to it. Would also watch all the programmes I have recorded, but never found time to watch. If I wasn't too ill, I'd have a really good clear out of all the wardrobes and cupboards and throw out all the old paperwork that I've been hanging onto. Might need a month's isolation to do that lot!

travelsafar Thu 05-Mar-20 18:54:37

Catch up on housework if able to. Defo wash my windows and curtains if weather was ok. Write letters, read, knit watch tv and potter in the garden if well enough.

Caro57 Thu 05-Mar-20 18:57:04

DH is in the high risk group - may i self isolate on my own and enjoy the peace with Kindle, TV, knitting etc in the name of protecting him!!

Anniebach Thu 05-Mar-20 18:58:06

No problem for me, I only see someone every third week

Cabbie21 Thu 05-Mar-20 19:06:40

Work on my Family History.

FlyingSolo Thu 05-Mar-20 19:08:34

I'm sorry, Anniebach. Do you have to keep enough supplies in to last 3 weeks at a time or do you have some slight contact such as receiving deliveries?

M0nica Thu 05-Mar-20 19:12:36

Sewing, gardening, reading, writing the essay for a course I am doing. The tutor always circulates her power point presentation to everyone after each class. DS, who is an academic has already sent me several links or pdf's of articles that are relevant.

I might well end up reluctant to give up my self seclusion!!

annep1 Thu 05-Mar-20 19:26:01

No problem. A chance to catch up on tasks that are put off endlessly like tidying attic, sorting photos, downloading photos from pc on to discs, tidying computer files, sorting back garden, painting, tidy shed.
Fun things:: reading, keyboard, tin whistle, painting, jigsaw, guitar practice ( OH), puzzles, games, tv, Netflix. Two weeks might not be enough.

annodomini Thu 05-Mar-20 19:35:24

Reading, listening to music, watching TV, talking to friends on the phone. Actually...not much change there!

farview Thu 05-Mar-20 19:36:39

Well I'd enjoy the enforced free time..with H sent off somewhere so that I dont pass the virus on,..nobody ringing me up saying "will you...." "can you..." stocked freezer, cupboards, wine rack,its Spring so lots to do in the garden..then sit with a 🍷and look at the view,watch the horses and sheep..leave pjs on all day. eat what and when I one else to cook for ...cough cough..oh heck definitely think need to self isolate now just in case....😊🍷💤🧁☕🌻

MerylStreep Thu 05-Mar-20 19:44:34

No sorting as I don't horde anything.
It would be paintwork. It's been 6 years since I last did it so a wonderful enforced opportunity.
All according to the time of year ( spring/summer?) there would have to be gardening.

Anniebach Thu 05-Mar-20 19:57:36

flyingSolo I have an arrangement with all deliveries they
put them in the hall , takes me quite some time to get to front
door so saves them waiting.

ginny Thu 05-Mar-20 20:09:21

Well , having virtually self isolated ourselves for the last 9 days ( 5 to go) due to returning from a holiday, I can tell you that even if you are fit and well it really isn’t much fun.
One can imagine doing all sorts of home based jobs and hobbies but I have found that when you don’t have the choice to go out that’s really all you want to do. We have been able to go out for walks in quiet parks but it is the social contact that is missing. I have missed several clubs and meetings, yoga. No meeting for coffee, no cinema, theatre, library. Thank goodness for WhatsApp and FaceTime.

gillybob Thu 05-Mar-20 21:33:13

Sounds like heaven . Upside ......Potter around the house, read , do some work in the garden (am I allowed in the garden?) . Can’t go to “that sodding place” yeah what’s not to love?

Downside .... will I be able to see the grandchildren? Who will bring me food ?

ginny Thu 05-Mar-20 21:42:37

Exactly Gillybob. I’m lucky enough usually to see my family very regularly. Not seen them for nearly a month now except on FaceTime and it seems like an age. Even having a chat with DH is not the same when there are no new experiences to talk about.
Not feeling sorry for myself as I know how fortune and I’m able to keep myself busy I am but boy will I be glad when it’s over.

vena11 Thu 05-Mar-20 22:11:36

I would need to be able to go outside and get air, I would clean and tidy the house then walk in the garden drink wine read and surf the net

gillybob Thu 05-Mar-20 22:25:17

That’s awful ginny I can’t image going a month without seeing my children’s or grandchildren . It would seem like forever . Although I must admit I would love not to have to go to work aka “that place” . 2 weeks goes by in the blink of an eye but seems like forever .....xx