A record of lockdown experiences
I saw this list of questions on Jennifer’s blog recently and decided to answer them – maybe more for my own benefit than anyone else’s!
If you feel so inclined, you could copy the questions then join in by answering some or all of them. It is a way of recording your thoughts during this time.
Earlier in the lockdown I wrote this post about How I was coping in my little cocoon, so I see today’s post as a follow up and a bit more targeted with specific questions. I also contributed to this collaborative post with Travel Tales of Life, sharing insights of how our small town was coping – Sharing some views of COVID19 from Thailand, Mexico, Spain and Tumbarumba Australia.
As I tend to do with these sorts of posts, I haven’t thought too long or too hard about my answers, I’ve just gone with the first thing that springs into my mind.
What are you most grateful for during this Covid-19 crisis?
Technology – the ability to ‘visit’ and ‘see’ family and friends without leaving home. Zoom, facetime, messenger, whatever works!
Family photo challenges – these have helped in being creative and having a focus.
What have you missed most during the full or partial lock-down?
Hugs – real long and cuddly hugs from friends. Now that surprises me, as I wouldn’t have said I was a huggy sort of person, but just recently I’ve needed big bear hugs and just can’t have them yet, apart from very close family members.
Has your hobby sustained you during this time?
Reading a ton of books – don’t believe me? – go checkout out my 2020 reading challenge, I’m up to over 50 books so far this year.
Blogging has also been a big part of my life while in lockdown. I love the blogging community I’m a part of.
What changes have you seen in your life over May 2020?
- Anxiety levels rising as a result of news from around the world
- Some restrictions have started to ease but that in itself is worrying but I must say I have enjoyed a haircut, a massage and regular physiotherapist appointments
- Constant worrying about everything and everyone in my life
- Lots of medical issues going on within the family and my inability to get to see everyone to help out due to restrictions
- Autumn has moved over and winter has moved in
- Lots of positive reports of people getting out and riding our rail trail
- Huge amount of traffic on my blog – a big surprise!
Have you been exercising more or less?
Exercising more mainly due to the continuation of our daily family zoom sessions – I’ve been doing more stretching, flexibility and yoga sessions and lots of bike riding on my new electric bike!
Has the refrigerator been your friend or foe?
Probably if I’m honest – my foe! But I’m hoping the exercising is helping 🙂
Have you been participating in virtual gatherings with friends or family?
Yes – most days with family for exercise sessions and weekly family zoom catch ups. Book club and Rotary meetings by zoom too.
Have you taken up new hobbies during the lockdowns?
On-line yoga sessions have been good to get into. I had great plans to finish a long overdue cross-stitch project but haven’t even picked it up yet.
Are you cooking or gardening more?
Cooking up a storm – I must be nearly at domestic goddess stage!
Have you shopped more or less? Online or offline?
Not much more than usual at this time of the year with my three daughters having birthdays within 5 weeks of each other, it can be a busy time. But I’ve done most of it on-line due to shops being shut and staying at home.
What have you found to be the strangest change to your life?
I’ve taken up darning holes in my socks – seriously!
Have you found the changes and experience stressful/anxious/worrying?
Yes, with lots of concern mainly for vulnerable family members who were already isolated before all of this hit us – my mother, mother-in-law, daughters with new babies and toddlers to keep entertained.
Not so much for me, as my life has continued on relatively unchanged except for staying at home more and not seeing friends and family. But my anxiety levels have certainly been heightened.
How have the closures affected your local community?
Yes local businesses have been markedly affected! On top of the recent bushfires in our area, we are struggling a bit economically. The rail trail opening had to be done on-line and locals were the only ones allowed to use it, which was a boon for everyone in town. Now with travel restrictions easing, people are starting to move around a bit more and visitors coming in to support regional areas like ours, which have been hit very hard this year.
Have in-person meetings been replaced with virtual meetings via Zoom, Skype etc?
Yes lots but only with friends and family not work things as I don’t work!
Do you enjoy the virtual meeting format?
Not really but they can be useful to stay in touch.
Are you working from home instead of in your usual place of work?
I’m lucky that I’m retired!
Have your habits changed over the past months?
Yes, I’ve definitely slowed down in some ways. I’m pleased that I’ve managed to keep active, both physically and mentally.
Have you had to cancel travel plans for pleasure or family?
Our whole family had ‘rough’ plans to visit my daughter and granddaughter in England for my 60th birthday at the end of the year and to stay on for Christmas, but that has gone out of the window for lots of reasons. Instead I bought myself an electric bike with some of the money I would have spent on the trip and will be going to see a Bluey kids concert on the day after my 60th – woohoo, I’m living a wild life 🙂
Do you think you’ll be able to travel in 2020?
Yes I be will be happy to travel around my home state of NSW and maybe some other states of Australia but no travel to see my daughter and granddaughter in the UK for the foreseeable future – and although I understand the reasons, it does make me sad.
Have you/others been wearing masks when out and about in your area?
Not many masks are being worn in our small country town. Masks haven’t really been the huge issue as in other countries around the world.
Will you change your lifestyle after this experience?
Not really changing our lifestyle that much, we already live quite an idyllic life being retired in a beautiful part of the world, in a small rural community, but we will be sticking to travelling more within Australia for the next year or so.
We will make time to visit our daughters and their growing families, our mothers and other family members – making up for lost time.
We don’t eat out a lot but will continue to support local businesses that have done it tough, in any way we can.
This year has not been the best so far for my family but I’m hoping we’ve hit the top of the wave and will be now coasting down the other-side, but somehow I doubt that will be the way it pans out. I can always dream can’t I?
What about you?
How have you been coping? Have you kept a journal or made notes during these past few months?
I enjoyed joining Sunday Stills in this way, hopefully ‘planting’ a seed for you! Plants are life and I’ve enjoyed sharing some photos of my mother-in-law’s potted plants with you – they certainly add some colour to our lives too.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I’d love to hear from you if you have any thoughts you’d like to share.
xoxo (hugs and kisses)
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