One Way or Another

“One way or another, I’m gonna find ya I’m gonna get ya, get ya, get ya, get ya!” 

Mask and glove wearing SmileyThe Wednesday Challenge this week over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Tips and Tricks.

During this pandemic, my partner Gerry not only wears a mask when he leaves his apartment, but as an extra precaution, he has also worn disposable latex gloves. Unfortunately, wearing gloves led to an irritating skin rash. It also steered him to think about the extra precautions the rest of us take and the ways in which we have adapted our lifestyles, and he wondered if any of us have useful hints and tips to share.

The best tip I can offer is STAY at HOME!

How many times a week do people need to go food shopping? Everyone has a fridge and freezer these days, so why go to the supermarket more than once a week? Get organised, write an ongoing list and plan for the week ahead and don’t visit at busy times. The more times we leave our homes and unnecessarily go indoors elsewhere, the more we put ourselves and everyone else at risk.

What changes have I made? I wash my hands and disinfect more. I stay at home and have done so for over four months. It wasn’t difficult to adapt to a necessary new lifestyle, I didn’t mind that both my planned and spur of the moment social activities came to an abrupt end, and I was more than happy to take up the family offers to deliver my shopping, staying safe came first.

I still have no urge to go anywhere. I don’t need new shoes and clothes. I’m not even fussed about having my overgrown locks trimmed, and I don’t mind that I’m no longer eating out twice a week or meeting up with friends.

Households in the UK are now allowed to have visitors, but we are limited to one other household at any one time.  I’m reluctant to socialise with anyone out of the family, so I’m limiting my contacts to my children and grandchildren. We’ve been permitted to hug, but why? I would dearly love to hug my family, and it’s difficult not to do so, but why undo four months of isolation with carelessness?  So in my house we continue to respect the accepted safe physical distance.

As the UK  slowly moves toward a new form of normality, I have to ask what has changed? Has the virus altered, is it going away? No, it’s still out there waiting for one of us to slip up, it’s still lurking within our communities, and it’s eager to attack a few more helpless victims, AND if you listen carefully I’m certain you can hear its war cry! Don’t believe me? Have a listen below, Click the angry Virus.

Angry Virus music added

ยฉ 2020 Wednesday Challenge Tips and Tricks from Weekly Prompts.

Credits: Virus clipart, Google. Musical notes, Google. Music sung by One Direction.

32 thoughts on “One Way or Another

  1. Oh Sue, Tips and Tricks, I’ve really have no tips, I try to do the best I can… at washing my hands, sanitizing where ever the sanitizer is available, practice social distancing, and be vigilant …. and I’ve definitely no tricks…. except I keep playing my music, and keep myself busy writing…. I must learn to my rest times…. but overall, the situation is a challenge for me, living alone, and I find my psyche/mental health my biggest problem….. and adjusting to a new strange normal is hard work….. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒ

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    1. I can understand that, not everyone is happy alone and I’m sure the last few months must have been difficult.
      Most days and evenings I’m on my own but I don’t mind that. I’m fortunate that all mine live approximately ten minutes away, so during lockdown, we were able to meet up occasionally in the garden.

      I’m still not comfortable with having the family indoors even though we’ve been given permission. Thank you, Ivor ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I hope Gerry found a solution for his rash. I know antihistamines and hydrocortisone creams can help…or buy different gloves. ???

    Your life, SweetSue, and my life sound a LOT alike. So I don’t know any useful tips other than those you have shared. Feb 24th was the last day I was up close with many people…that day I had a doc appointment, we had an appointment related to finishing the update on our will, and we ran several errands.

    Now Hubby masks and gloves up and goes to the post office, etc,… but, he doesn’t go as often as we did pre-Covid19…used to do the PO every day…now once a week…used to eat out in restaurants a few times a week…now not at all…we used to gather with friends weekly…now not at all, ETC.

    We take drives. We take walks on our property, sometimes off our property when there are next-to-no people out and about. We have our groceries delivered. We talk to our neighbors from porch to porch…not getting close. ETC. ๐Ÿ™‚

    As an extrovert who loves to chat and hug, this is all very tough on me, but I have adjusted and I am doing fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Having been born with asthma, a heart problem, only one kidney…not expected to live more than a year…and then having cancer almost 5 years ago now…if I get the virus I’m pretty sure I won’t survive it. So I’m trying to be careful…maybe overly careful. But, I’d like to live many more years. ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…sorry for my l-o-n-g comment! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. I told Gerry some time ago that he should purchase latex-free gloves. I can’t wear
      Plastic gloves for very long, my hands become hot and itchy, I wear them for them feeding the birds and taking out the rubbish and recycling to the bins etc.

      I think I’ve found it much easier than most to self-isolate, I enjoy pottering around and pleasing myself how I spend my days.

      I find it hard to understand why more people aren’t concerned about catching the virus. People seem to easily accept that because we’re now permitted more freedom that it’s somehow okay and we are safe. Yet we’re not, because until all those foolish morons out there start to behave sensibly then no one is safe.

      Oh, Carolyn, I am so glad you are taking precautions to keep yourself well, especially given your existing health problems.
      Stay safe and stay well. ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท

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      1. I so love that we can talk to our kids and grandkids, and friends, via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime.
        I think I already told you this…we had a family reunion planned for June and it had to be cancelled. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Not sure when we will get to see any of our family again….the closest in distance live a 4 hour drive away…the farthest are a long day plane ride away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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      2. It was fun using Zoom for family meetings. Our little ones love using Facetime to let me know what they’ve been up to and to show me things.

        I’m sorry your family is so far away, not seeing them must be heartbreaking. I hope those infection numbers begin to fall soon. You take care and stay safe ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. blindzanygirl

    We ate shielded, so donโ€™t see anyone at all, and havenโ€™t done for 4 months. But we do go out for drives in the car. Itโ€™s been tough because I am blind, and the inability to touch or have touch has caused me some difficulties both mental and physical. But we would rather have it this way than catch the virus. Face masks are a problem for me I am afraid, so wonโ€™t be wearing one once we shielded ones are let out again! But we donโ€™t go in shops so I donโ€™t think we are going to have too much of a problem. I am a very sociable outgoing person who lives people and so the isolation has been really hard, but also I am a bit of a solitary so have spent a LOT of time meditating. I go to the grounds of an isolated little church to do that. Listening to the wind, feeling it, and the rain, on my face, and hearing the sound of the birds. I can neither see nor walk, but Inhave got thrrough in the end. I have just taken up shamanic drumming, plus I play a Native American Indian flute. I wonder if those of you who really need company could get a dog or a cat, if you like them? Or even a bird? Just trying to think of ideas. Good luck everyone. Great post Sue ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. You have already overcome such difficulties and then along comes the virus to make life even tougher for you, yet you faced it head-on and adjusted as best you could.
      I applaud you, Lorraine, you have a wonderful outlook on life and your spirit is to be admired.

      Thank you so much for your input here it is appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m fine Brian, thank you. Hope you are continuing to recuperate.

      I’m like you and am finding the older I get the less sociable I become, or maybe that should be the more time I spend alone the more I like it! Thank you, Brian, stay safe and well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I am so happy to hear you and Brian talk about being less sociable. I am an introvert–a chatty one, though. But I am enjoying the time at home, and being less sociable. Trying to talk through a mask with someone at the stores is virtually impossible so I rarely try. Less sociable? Yes, and I am OK with that.

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      2. I think I am socially lazy – when I worked I would do everything I could to get out of evenings out with colleagues, and as for Facebook etc I was so pleased with myself when I turned my back on it and left everyone to do their own thing.

        Iโ€™m more than okay with being less sociable than everyone else! Thank you, Lois.

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  4. Murphy's Law

    Great post Sue. I have to wear latex free gloves or I’m in trouble. My doctor told me if you’re allergic to latex, then band aids will be a problem. Use paper tape instead. Most medical personnel, dentists included, wear latex free gloves now, but you need to mention to them if you’re allergic to latex so they make sure to grab the latex free. I’m not sure if Gerry sprinkles a SMALL AMOUNT of cornstarch in the gloves if that would help.

    I have no desire to relax any of the safety rules, nor am I venturing out more than once a week grocery shopping. We already know we have idiots out there just daring the virus to attack them…..why would anyone jeopardize their safety to be up close and personal with these people?

    Wow! Talk about an invisible enemy. That would certainly describe Covid-19, wouldn’t it? Kudos to you for continuing your safety routine. When the day finally arrives that you feel comfortable and at ease hugging your family, it will be all the sweeter!!

    My husband and I have a boatload of health issues, some serious. Reading comments from your readers about their health issues and how they keep putting one foot in front of the other and have figured out ways to keep it together brought tears to my eyes. They are truly role models.

    I think we have to consider that every person we might come into contact with is a possible carrier, and protect ourselves accordingly.

    If the morons in this world would think about protecting others and stop being consumed by their own creature comforts, we could probably wipe this pandemic off the face of the earth in short order.

    Be safe.
    ๐ŸพGinger ๐Ÿพ

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    1. Wiping the virus off the face of the earth is a wonderful thought isn’t it, if only we could.
      The scary truth is that we now know it’s out there forever. None of are safe until the vaccines they are working on are found to be safe and long-lasting.

      I don’t have the serious health issues that you and other friends have, but I don’t feel safe, and I hate that feeling.

      Daughter Elizabeth suggested that as a starter when masks in shops become compulsory at the end of this week, I should begin to venture out, and maybe meet her at the garden centre and have a wander around both inside and out. Thank you, Ginger ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I agree with absolutely everything you say, Sue. Only one of my children lives close by, but he continues working, so when he comes to visit, we don’t hug. Kills me, but we know that is the safest thing to do now. You know, when everyone at work found out I was going to retire they all asked what my plans were. No plans! They were aghast. ‘You’re going to travel, right?!’ I said I was sure, but I truly had no plans. I was just ready to retire from a fixed routine. I feel like I am having the last laugh. Imagine if I did have all these grandiose plans to travel–they would have all been dashed. I know that with all the safety precautions, we will come out the better. Thanks so much for all the good suggestions. I hope Gerry fares well.

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    1. I’m so glad you liked the war cry, I love creating the fun stuff more than anything else
      One thing lockdown has shown me is how much I need a new project, but I don’t know what.
      I’m not into the American stuff, but to you Peter I send a big warm hug. ๐Ÿ™‚ And a big thank you.

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  6. I stayed away from gloves, mostly because I think I’d get a rash as well. My best tip is to look at different kinds of masks until you get one that works with fit and stays on your face if you talk. And have a lot of them on hand, because when they get damp, it’s hard to breathe. I made a bunch with the sewing machine and just have them stacked by the door and in my purse. I don’t mind staying home too much, but am beginning to miss hugs. And had to do a zoom memorial service yesterday, which was oddly comforting, but incomplete without being close to people.

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  7. gc

    Words of wisdom Susan. In Canada so many people believe the virus will NOT affect them until it does. I do not know if they are foolish or just plain indifferent. Stay safe. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I think there are a lot of people here who think in the same way. They seem unable to comprehend that their indifference and false sense of security could render them responsible for the death of someone else.
      Thank you, Gerry ๐Ÿ™‚


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