Another week has passed


A place I haven’t been for a while, I can’t wait to go back.

Another week has passed in self-isolation here in Devon. What have I learned so far?

That we are a lot better off than we think. I hear that my daughter (the midwife) is having trouble getting food delivered where she lives. Here I went shopping on Tuesday and there was plenty of choice and enough to go around. Menu planning has gone out of the window anyway, In the end, I just bought enough food for 8 days meals and we’ll make what we can from it. Any leftovers will either be eaten on the next day or will go in the freezer. In a way it’s good, we were having the same old stuff every week and now we’re trying things we haven’t eaten for a while. I’m making sure that I get a few treats as well, as we can’t go out for lunch.

My family all work in the health service. Daughter one is a nurse, now working on I.T.U., her husband is a Consultant. Daughter two is a midwife and Daughter three is in her second year of nurse training. I’ve always been incredibly proud of them and what they do, even more so at the moment. I make sure that they know.

I’m resuming friendships on social media with people that I’d not seen for ages. Thanks to all the gloom and doom on Facebook, I’m searching out people who have something cheerful to say.

Every day is like every other, there is no more distinction between weekdays and Saturdays.

I’ve got some jobs done, things that I was putting off. Do you know what? without exception, they all took less time than I thought they would. Maybe that’s a function of having all the time in the world to do them in. As soon as the weather breaks and we can’t go outside, I’ll start decorating the kitchen.

I’m writing regularly again. After the initial phase of being distracted and devoid of inspiration, I’m starting to get tuned in. I was hoping that life would return to normal within a few months, I now accept that we’re in this for the long haul. I’m joining in a daily writing challenge in one of my writer’s groups and sharing my totals with everyone else, it all helps to foster a bit of community, the feeling that we’re all in this together. Our writer’s group can’t meet, but we have a virtual meeting arranged.

I’ve decided to update a lot of my marketing efforts, as they are becoming tired. With so many titles (27), it always seemed to be too big a job, now I have time on my hands and with no new books to promote, I can concentrate on getting my backlist in order. That means new covers and descriptions, the works.

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It’s nice to sit in the garden and drink tea or coffee. People chat to you (from a distance), the air smells cleaner and you can hear the noises of nature, without the low-level background noises of civilisation.

I’ve started exercising a bit more. I have an exercise bike that I didn’t use as much as I do now. In a lot of ways, it’s easier than going for a walk, there’s no need to practice social isolation. I can put some music or a video on and escape for half an hour (or until my legs give out).

I hope everyone who reads this is coping and that your families are OK, stay inside and stay safe.


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6 Responses

  1. Marje

    Hi Richard. Say a big thank you to your lovely family in the NHS from me. I’m trying to keep busy writing, working and exercising too. We have som mini gym stuff here plus do online video work outs or go for a walk. Luckily we also are fortunate to have a garden to enjoy. Take care during these scary times. Best to you all. Stay well. Marje

    • Richard Dee

      Thank you, they are fantastic. Hopefully, the people in charge will see their true worth to the country.

  2. sally cronin

    Glad you are finding the time productive and I hope that your family stay safe on the frontlines. They along with all healthcare and customer facing staff in the supermarkets and pharmacies are amazing and I hope that this current level of recognition continues long after this event.

    • Richard Dee

      Agreed, thank you for all the support you give to Indies everywhere.

  3. Cathy Cade

    My husband is loving it. I’m not nagging him to come to U3A meetings with him. Conversely, with all meetings cancelled, I have failed to progress with the story I’m formatting for publication. I’ve been too busy reading new posts on social media and writing stories for all these competitions I’ve found online.

    • Richard Dee

      It’s surprising, isn’t it? I thought I would have loads of extra time to do so much, yet here I am doing the same or possibly less than usual.

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