The Secret Life of Mrs W Continues

Thursday 26th March

A second response to GC and my Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Daily Diary

While many think being alone and being lonely go hand-in-hand, you know that the sweet feeling of solitude is the best way to recharge when civilisation has got you down.” – Andrea Romano

Wednesday 25th March:

Sunrise Wed 25th March - CopySelf Isolation doesn’t seem to be isolated!

As always I was awake very early this morning and from the edge of the balcony I managed to get a shot of the sunrise.

After pouring my coffee I got back into bed and began to put a shopping list together on the supermarket website. The first available delivery date was mid April, which is fine and although I was unable to book the slot (no idea why) I was able to save my shopping list.

07:05 AM – I Suddenly remembered I’d not put either my Nan’s Farm post or our Weekly Prompts challenge on the scheduler as I normally do. I seem to have messed up a lot lately. Ah well, only slightly late, not the end of the world.

10:00 AM –  I’d done the laundry, emptied the dishwasher and I was still full of energy. So I vacuumed the carpets and after that I set about cleaning the windows. Next, I had a coffee break and caught up with my Reader.

Sophie and Evie wave hello 25th March

1:30 PM – Sophie (no 4 daughter) sent a text to say she was in the field next to my kitchen. She and Evie were enjoying a walk in the fresh air where it was safe and away from other people. They also went down to the bottom pond to look for frogspawn. 

2:30 PM – My airways felt sore, I had a headache and felt tired. I took paracetamol and fell asleep on the kitchen sofa. I woke up an hour later, no headache but still had sore airways. Ordinarily I would think the soreness was due to the spring weather, but right now I worry it could be the start of something more.

6:00 PM – Out in the garden I had a chat with Victoria through her window , she said she she didn’t feel very well either. So, let’s see what tomorrow brings for us both.

Thursday 26th March:

7:00 AM – I’m pleased to say I feel absolutely fine this morning and so does Victoria.

According to my Sleep App, I fell asleep last night at 11:40 PM, well, I beg to differ I switched off before 10:30 PM and fell asleep straight away!

I awoke just after six this morning and spent the first hour on the Supermarket website in a queue to book a delivery slot. Finally, it was my turn, but I couldn’t book my slot until tomorrow! No worries, I don’t doubt I will get there in the end.

Later I had visitors.

Lizzy and children visit 26th March - CopyWilliam and Alice looking for woody - Copy

10:30 AM – After breakfast, I cleaned a couple more windows, and then Lizzy (no 3 daughter) arrived with the little ones. Being very organised, she brought with her the children’s drinks, snacks and toys.We sat outside in sunshine, they stayed for an hour, all the while staying at least four metres away from me, though it was difficult for two year old Alice to understand this rule.

Technically, this family visit isn’t allowed, but if the family were neighbours I would be allowed to chat to them over the fence at two metres apart, so for now we pretend.

12:30 PM – I cooked a couple of meals for the freezer. 

2:00 PM – Louisa phoned to ask if I needed anything, she and her little ones will call in tomorrow and have a walk in the fields. 

3:15 PM – Catching up with the BBC News upstairs in the sitting room,  I received a text message from son-in-law Simon it read – Go out onto the balcony and look down, I’ve got you a present.

the new bird feeder 26th March

SONY DSCA new bird feeding station! 

The bushes and trees are growing, but they’re beginning to obscure my view of the bird feeders in the tree. So, knowing I enjoy watching the birds, Simon decided to surprise me. Half an hour later a bluetit was having a feed!

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26 thoughts on “The Secret Life of Mrs W Continues

  1. Murphy's Law

    Simon is definitely a keeper Sue! What an awesome surprise. He couldn’t have chosen a better time. And a beautiful feathered friend came to visit and christen the new feeding station. I’d say that added up to a very pleasant day.

    The grandkids look so cute. Your patio is the perfect answer to staying connected while keeping your distance. Do you have a canvas roof you can either roll out manually or electrically? I’m thinking when those sweet visitors come and the sun is boiling. Most of you are so fair. Or if it suddenly begins to rain and you’re not comfortable shooing everyone inside.

    Neat shot of the sunrise.

    Glad you and Victoria are feeling fine. I was coughing and sneezing yesterday and in general feeling a bit punky. No temperature. Fine today. Definitely allergies. Any other time I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. Covid-19 has certainly changed our “normal”, hasn’t it?!!

    Continued good health. Stay safe.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Simon is definitely a keeper, he is our rock.
      I’m was surprised to see the bluetit so soon, normally the birds are a little cautious with new feeders.

      Unfortunately, we don’t have a shelter, but it’s rare that we have sweltering heat in the north of England.

      We’re not allowed to have visitors let alone have them inside the house. We’ve been instructed to stay away from anyone who does not live with us.

      I agree with you, Covid-19 comes to the fore with each slight health worry.
      Yes, my allergies also kicked off again later in the afternoon.

      Out of interest, has Trump put anything in place for those who contract the virus but are without health insurance?

      Thank you, Ginger. 🙂


  2. Your family is pretty darn wonderful, Sue. I agree with Ginger–Simon is most definitely a keeper. What a wonderful surprise. But then how wonderful is it to live so close to one another. Glad you get to visit and still take precautions. Regarding Trump….yesterday in the mail I received a post card: A message from the President…..listing what precautions to take during the Coronavirus. Our taxpayer dollars were spent on that??! Something we are all aware of from watching the news and definitely not paying any attention to our loser leader?! Oh, I was so aggravated. Tossed it right where it belongs–in the trash. Ending on a cheery note–take care, Sue. Oh, this secret diary is so much fun!

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    1. Some of your reply here would have made a perfect diary entry of your own for our challenge. I am so interested to know how other countries are dealing with this.
      I was shocked to see Trump’s press conferences with all those people just inches away from each other.
      I agree a postcard is such a waste. He could have addressed the country all on his own in the Whitehouse and said all those things if he was so eager. I wish someone with diplomatic experience would write his speeches!

      Lois, thank you so much for your very kind comments, so appreciated.

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    1. I love watching the birds but we have far less than we used to. We lost a number of trees and it’s made a difference to our garden visitors. Thank you, Sylvia,. 🙂

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      1. Oh I hope so too. The delivery will be weeks ahead, but I was concerned that it may become more difficult for the family to keep shopping for me as well as for themselves, so I thought I’d have a backup. Thank you, Sylvia

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      2. The same thing happened after cyclones up north, different birds and butterflies appeared for a while, probably blown in with the strong winds!

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  3. Murphy's Law

    I don’t know the answer to your question Sue. Figuring out anything that Trump is or is not going to do is above my pay grade!! He changes his mind faster and more often than some folks change their underwear!

    Along the lines of your question, I’ve been wondering who picks up the tab if a person has already been hospitalized and your doctor, who would have discharged you BEFORE Covid-19, won’t discharge you now because s(he) doesn’t feel it’s safe. Does the patient get stuck with the cost? Does the insurance company eat it? Does the hospital forgive the charges?

    I think there are going to be a lot of questions as a result of Covid-19, and we probably won’t like most of the answers. The “side effects” of this pandemic are going to be more than health related. And here in the US we don’t have a leader we can count on. And no one in Washington can get on the same page. Unemployment is rising dramatically.

    I just hope we all get to see a happy ending to this. Meanwhile, enjoy your beautiful family as best you can Sue. They are your light at the end of the tunnel.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Sometimes they forget and go for the sheep version of the rugby scrum!
      Sorry for the delay in this reply. I just found your comment with six others in the Pending file, yet had no notification about any! Thank you, Peter. 🙂

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  4. You are keeping yourself busy Sue…. I wish I had that much energy at 10.00 – 10.30 am !!.. wow, after I’ve done my stretching Exercises, Pedalled “Philly” for 10 mins, and then 10 mins of my balance exercises.. I’m nearly spent til’ lunchtime… but I do tend to get my second wind after lunch…. and I’m ready for my walk mid-afternoon
    ….. however i generally seem to be lethargic and tired….under our present circumstances…….or… maybe I’m just getting older… I’ll be 69 in July….


    1. Sorry for the late reply to your comment. I’ve only just found it sitting in the pending file but had no notification of its existence! Thank you so much Ivor. You take care and don’t over do it! 🙂

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  5. You are so blessed to have family close by. I’m so happy they are watching out for you and each other. 🙂
    My kids are all very far away from me, where their careers took them (closest family member is a 4 hour drive…that is a niece).
    But my kids are checking in daily via Skype, text and phone.
    Keep well and safe, SweetSue!
    And so glad the birds will get to eat in style! That is a fancy bird-restaurant! 😉
    Hope you get your food soon.
    Tried to place an order tonight and they are so booked up I will have to try again tomorrow.
    (((HUGS))) and ❤ 🙂

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    1. You’re right, Carolyn, I am very fortunate. In the past four of them have moved away, both further afield in this country and abroad but gradually they all came back home to roost.

      The bird feeder is very busy this morning, they’ve taken to it very quickly.

      At half five this morning I tried again to book a delivery slot but the next released slot was already full.

      I don’t need anything right now, so from now on I think I will be ordering odd bits when one of the kids goes shopping. I’m attempting to buy and cook for the freezer just in case I become ill. Although common sense tells me that if that happened, one of mine would bring food.
      Thank you, Carolyn 🙂

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