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Do you ever just do nothing?

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kircubbin2000 Sat 24-Oct-20 15:27:14

It's quite a nice day here but I didn't go for a walk as I was expecting my son to call. He rang to say he was unwell so I took a short nap, made coffee and have spent the afternoon just looking at the I pad and crossword. I couldn't be bothered going out now so I think I am in for the day!

Calendargirl Sat 24-Oct-20 15:29:20

I’ve spent a lazy two hours watching “The Ladykillers, the original one, always makes me laugh.

silverlining48 Sat 24-Oct-20 15:29:21

I do nothing far too often. grin

crazyH Sat 24-Oct-20 15:29:49

The weather is awful here..... So haven't been for a walk. Lockdown has made me lazy 😫

Ohmother Sat 24-Oct-20 15:31:31

I seem addicted to FB and GN at the moment. I’ve got loads to get on with but after making lunch I can’t be arrist.

paddyanne Sat 24-Oct-20 15:39:38

Chance would be a fine thing ,have MIL staying she was supposed to go home when SIL's family isolating was over BUT she fell and split her head ,needed 4 stitches.Then 3 days later had a strange episode of confusion and shaking.She was in hospital for 24 hours ,no diagnosis ,and she'll be staying for a few weeks until we're sure she can cope alone.Meantime its a constant round of hot drinks snacks and nipping out for new magazines and "stuff" for her.I love her to bits but I was enjoying being just my OH and me .

EllanVannin Sat 24-Oct-20 15:43:52

Many a time. I can do nothing lovely.

Puzzler61 Sat 24-Oct-20 15:50:36

Yes, I enjoy a day doing nothing and don’t feel guilty.
Until quite recently I used to leave the house to do paid work every day and now I’m retired - so I have the freedom to do nothing sometimes.
I hope you have enjoyed today kircubbin although it wasn’t the day you had planned. 🌷 ☕️

BBbevan Sat 24-Oct-20 15:51:31

Very cold and wet here.So apart from a bit of ironing early on, I have read my book.knitted a bit and watched Marie Antoinette on television. Must stir soon to make the dinner

Jaxjacky Sat 24-Oct-20 15:51:47

Unfortunately it’s becoming too easy!

Puzzler61 Sat 24-Oct-20 15:53:17

Oh dear paddyanne not much rest for you, but I hope MIL is soon back to health. You deserve a bunch of 💐 too.

Jane10 Sat 24-Oct-20 16:05:20

It's all too easy for me to just drift through the days. If asked what I've been up to I can't really say!

GrannyLaine Sat 24-Oct-20 16:07:59

I have made it my default mode and embrace it smile

Spangler Sat 24-Oct-20 16:09:20

Didn't Bing Crosby sing a song about: "Busy Doing Nothing?"

Doodledog Sat 24-Oct-20 16:16:43

I can very easily do nothing constructive, but I can't just do nothing. Even watching TV I need to be knitting, or faffing about online - I'm very bad at 'just sitting'. I sometimes think we have become over-stimulated, probably since the invention of TV or radio.

My husband says that his grandmother, a farmer's wife who worked really hard, would relax by sitting in her chair twiddling her thumbs. That would drive me insane smile. I suppose I don't need to physically relax in the way she will have done - for me it's more about 'switching off my head'. At the same time, I don't feel that I should always be busy, or even that I should 'earn' downtime - if I want to take time for myself, I do.

AGAA4 Sat 24-Oct-20 16:17:23

I have become lazy during these days of lockdown and restrictions because there is always tomorrow.

Roses Sat 24-Oct-20 16:28:12

I've done nothing today ass I'm feeling really unwell after having my flu and pneumonia jabs on Thursday
It's great not to have to worry that I should be doing something

Stephenmarra Sat 24-Oct-20 16:32:25

This is how I do nothing more often than not. grin grin grin

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. –
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills
on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think,
since I’m going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the
can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Pepsi aside
so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye–they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I’ve been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I’ll be looking for the remote,
but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
the car isn’t washed
the bills aren’t paid
there is a warm can of
Pepsi sitting on the counter
the flowers don’t have enough water,
there is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can’t find the remote,
I can’t find my glasses,
and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all the damn day,
and I’m really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
and I’ll try to get some help for it,
but first I’ll check my e-mail….

Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!

LauraNorder Sat 24-Oct-20 16:32:25

Finally a question which is my area of expertise.

BlueSky Sat 24-Oct-20 16:48:08

No I couldn’t possibly sit and do nothing. I must go out every day, nowadays a walk, pre Covid shopping or window shopping, a drive to places nearby and a cup of coffee etc. I just need a couple of hours out of the house. If I wanted to stay in it would be because I was feeling unwell, then I would watch tv and nap.

Shrub Sat 24-Oct-20 17:27:43

I remember my mother often saying to me
"sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits". I do both well.

grannyqueenie Sat 24-Oct-20 17:28:03

stephenmarra and that is exactly why “doing nothing” is so tiring!!! 😂

farview Sat 24-Oct-20 17:29:25

I dont like 'doing nothing '...makes me feel really anxious

mamaa Sat 24-Oct-20 17:34:02

Doing it can't really justify playing on laptop reading GN threads as work, can I?

Oopsadaisy4 Sat 24-Oct-20 17:34:21

I’ve done nothing most of the day, finished a book I was reading (Armadale written in 1851) and have started another jigsaw, so , nothing done of any consequence.