Part 2 – Habits Old and New

Lady slob 2

Sunday 26th April 2020

Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.” –  Elbert Hubbard

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge from GC and myself was Habits.  This is my second response to the challenge.

I began self-isolation on Friday 13th March,  and on Saturday 14th March I formulated a new mindset, I developed the practice of wearing PJs during the day, the ones that didn’t look like PJs.

When I heard others mention they too were slobbing around in PJs I was indignant, Meee… Slobbing around? I don’t slob around, and as smart as my PJs were I began to realise I wasn’t keeping up standards; after all, my son’s favourite TV character wasn’t Hyacinth Bouquet (Bucket) for nothing! So, I gave up that habit, and now I am properly dressed! 

On Tuesday my favourite hour was shopping online at M&S, and on Wednesday several ‘Stay-at-Home’ outfits arrived! I don’t quite meet the floral standards of Mrs Bouquet, but smart casual is fine by me!

Having established a new daily deadline to complete the chores and blog writing, my daily habits have changed considerably.

Swapping my main meal of the day to lunchtime, leaves late afternoon and early evening free, I can satisfy my new daily habit, which is watching the Coronavirus news updates, followed by the government’s daily briefing.

Bathtub and wineMy evening habits have changed too. My usual relaxing soak in my musk scented bubble bath now take place immediately after the six o’clock news. After which, I make a sandwich or cheese and biscuits and fill my wine decanter. Yes, I’ve slipped back into having a couple of glasses of wine in the evenings, no longer do I save this indulgence for the weekend.  New habits can be immensely satisfying!

Editorial Comment: Hyacinth Bucket, prononced Bouquet (so she said!)  was a British 1990’s sitcom character in the sitcom ‘Keeping Up Appearances’.

Clipart courtesy of Google.

(C) 2020   Wednesday Challenge Habits from Weekly Prompts.



26 thoughts on “Part 2 – Habits Old and New

  1. Murphy's Law

    Lol!! Sounds like your new habits might be here permanently. A musk scented bubble bath….ahhhh, Heaven. Cheese and crackers and a glass of wine, (Oooops! TWO glasses of wine), is the perfect way to finish off the evening before nighttime settles in. Add to all this smart casual stay-at-home outfits to perk you up earlier in the day, and I’d say you’re a lady who knows how to treat herself with class!!

    If you’re going to be in isolation, you might as well do it right. You go girl!! You are now a role model for the rest of us! 🤗🤗
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Ginger, hello!
      Not far off half past seven here and I’ve just poured my first glass of wine, nothing to eat yet because I’m not hungry.
      My soak in the bath was lovely, don’t you just love that wonderful relaxed feeling.

      Yes, that’s it exactly, I thought might as well smarten up and look decent for passing cows, sheep or a passing farmer! In truth it was the phrase slobbing around that got to me, I just didn’t want to be tarred with the same brush!

      Ooh I like the idea of being a role model, I’ve never been that before!

      Right now I’m going to watch the Sunday evening Country File that I recorded an hour ago. This episode was filmed at the farm of one of the presenters. Oh, I do lead a glamorous life! After that it will be something a little more gruesome in the form of Killing Eve! Then I’ll go to bed and have nightmares! I understand you also have access to this one in the States.

      As always, thank you for your lovely comments. 🙂🙂


  2. Sue–this made me laugh. Not for one minute could I ever picture you ‘slobbing around.’ Never! For me it’s perfume. I never left for work without a spray of perfume. Now, as soon as I get out of the shower, I spritz on a little perfume. Makes all the difference in the world for me.

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    1. I’m glad you can’t picture me slobbing around!
      I’ve used the same perfume for years, I change it occasionally but always go back to it.
      Thank you, Lois 🙂

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  3. It had been noted that your standards had slipped Sue. My good friend, and spy, Hazel the heifer, kept me fully informed. She tells me that the two glasses has extended to three on one occasion!


    1. For a moment there I thought you meant Hazel down the lane, and then I thought how the heck does she know my standards have slipped?
      Oh, these strange times we find ourselves living in!

      Ah, yes, Hazel the Holstein heifer, she’s a good conversationalist but I don’t always tell her the whole truth! Sometimes I’ve been known to have four glasses of red ! Can you imagine the shame if that got out? Hazel down the lane would be in the chemist like a shot, then the flower lady would find out and she’d tell the vicar and we all know what he’s like on his ‘Zoom’ sermons, technology has gone to his head!

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      1. Well, he does have two communion services on Sunday morning and as you know the rule is he finishes off the wine. I suppose he could have miscalulated the numbers in his virtual congregation!

        I imagine there are a few vicars right now feeling a little worse for wear by lunchtime!

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  4. I have taken to have brunch and then have lunch/dinner – lunner? dinch? around 4pm. I hang in the “other PJ’s” until I want to get out and work around the place then its the dirty daggy work clothes.

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    1. You are such a slob! You mean you don’t work in a shirt and tie… Shame on you Brian! And drinking on the job, that will never do!

      Good job I know you don’t drink! Good one, Brian. 😀

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      1. My shirt and tie collections are just hanging around in the wardrobe now Sue. I used to wear them every day just in case I had to front the media about any issues. I should just get them on to drive the tractor or ride-on mower, a bit dangerous for the chainsaw though. I still indulge in aperitivo as the sun is setting, a glass of wine and some snacks 🙂 🙂

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  5. Ha! This made me laugh…I can relate! 😀
    You, SweetSue, could never be a slob! Whatever you wear, you class it up considerably! So be comfortable and keep smiling!
    Your new habits sound wonderful to me! “Desperate times call for desperate measures!” HA! 😀 Now, how about some chocolate?!?!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…Hyacinth Bucket sounds like a hoot! 😀

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    1. Sorry, about the previous, I didn’t mean to press send!
      No doubt in another few weeks I’ll find something else to pass my time, could be evening dress next! Thank you very much, Carolyn. 🙂

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    1. That is so true, although I know that I personally have at least another six weeks of solitary confinement/self-isolation and I’m not even sure I would feel safe going out after that. Thank you, Sylvia. 🙂

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      1. I agree with you, Sue. Not sure how I’ll feel once our country club opens up its facilities eventually. I’m going to take a very ‘wait and see what happens’ attitude. It makes no sense to take unnecessary chances just for the sake of socializing.

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      2. Oh I do agree. I am hoping for a summer day and all the family over for a BBQ with the little ones running around outside and playing together again. I’m not fussed about doing anything else.

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  6. Oh, goodness, not one, but two tattle-telling Hazel’s! The Buckets were such a riot, but Hyacinth was the first person I both cringed and laughed at. Now, Rose was another matter entirely. My advice to people, having worked at home before, is to get dressed and make the bed. Otherwise, one never knows what might happen. It’s good to have a routine and it’s good to have a new routine as well. It sounds as though you’ve worked things out in a very satisfying way.

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    1. Oh, Lisa, I’m so glad you remembered Hyacinth. Goodness me, Rose! I loved that she never used the first name of her boyfriends!
      Once when Joss was very little we went to the village fete and he shouted out ”Look Mummy, there’s Hyacinth!” It was very difficult to ascertain which of floral ladies he was referring to!

      During my PJ weeks, life was normal, the only difference being I divided up my PJs into daywear and nightwear.

      I am a bit of a neat freak and the bed always gets made. Just before we got married, (all those years ago) someone told me to ”Always keep the fireplace and sink clean and never forget to make the bed!” Good advice. Thank you, Arlene 🙂

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