Life Under Lockdown

By Jabo
@jaboUK (63552)
United Kingdom
February 20, 2021 1:16pm CST
We have been under lockdown in England since just after Christmas, and for me personally it hasn't been too bad. We are allowed to go out for one period of exercise per day and must stay in our local area - my daily walk doesn't take me far afield anyway. We can only shop for essential goods but I've never been one to browse the shops. When I do go shopping I get enough food and supplies to last 10 days to a fortnight. I have plenty to do at home - crosswords, sudoku, brainteasers, reading, and of course I spend a lot of time on my computer. Though I'm not taking new guests for my room-renting business, I have two longterm people who have been with me since well before the lockdown. So of course I have housework to do and bed linen to change. (I had to tell my cleaning lady not to come). My expenses have gone down - I'm using my car very little, so no motoring costs. Also, I can't eat out so I'm saving on that too. My son and daughter are allowed to visit me occasionally (with precautions) because as I'm in my 80s I'm regarded as 'vulnerable' (not a word I associate with myself!). I know I'm lucky as there are lots of people adversely affected. This is our 3rd lockdown since the virus raised its ugly head and it seems that we came out of the previous two much too soon. The virus spiked again as soon as we did that. Let's hope this one gets the virus under control. it seems to be working at the moment with the number of Covid cases dropping daily. It remains to be seen if it spikes again when we eventually do come out of lockdown.
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@xFiacre (9010)
• Ireland
20 Feb
@jabouk It is such a pain, but like you, I'm not terribly badly inconvenienced. I'm quite content really and am saving a bit of money with all the cafes, restaurants etc being closed. Our current lockdown started on Boxing Day and has just been extended until 1st April, although I stronly suspect that that will be further extended to prevent crowds milling about during the Easter holidays. I feel for those in worse positions.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
Yes, there are a lot of people worse off than we are. I just hope the restrictions aren't lifted too soon and we have to have them all over again.
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@marlina (118664)
• Canada
20 Feb
I feel for those who are sick from the Covid, so I try not to complain about all that miserable time
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
@marlina Exactly, what are small inconveniences compared to getting ill and perhaps losing your life?
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@sol_cee (26441)
• Philippines
20 Feb
I’m sorry about the cleaning lady. She can get her job back once the situation improves, right?
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
She can indeed - I don't like housework!
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@sol_cee (26441)
• Philippines
21 Feb
@jaboUK Housework or riding horses?
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
@sol_cee No contest!
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@JimBo452020 (41458)
• Montrose, Scotland
20 Feb
It will spike again when we are released from lockdown Simply because people will have more contact with other people. But I think we will all find out on Monday that most of the restrictions we would like lifted will not be lifted this side of Easter. Lockdowns are ok. Saved us a lot of money We have plenty to do Go shopping every day. Shopping is where we can meet who we want. Still see the neighbours. Have a chat in the gardens Entertain the kids and play with them Work to do in garden Hope camping sites are open in May Other than that I don't care lol
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
So you are getting through pretty well, same as me. I agree, I can't see restrictions being eased until after Easter.
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@JimBo452020 (41458)
• Montrose, Scotland
20 Feb
@jaboUK And even then it won't be hospitality. All the unvaccinated like me will congregate in pubs, pass the virus around And then go shopping So hospitality will not be properly open in Scotland until the vaccination program is complete.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
@JimBo452020 Are you still adamant that you won't have the vaccine? I've not heard about any dire consequences of having it.
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@DianneN (219014)
• United States
20 Feb
The vaccines should help. We are lucky to be able to walk freely in our neighborhood, since there is no congestion and lots of land. That's why we aren't in Florida. We haven't been inside a shop since last April. I don't mind being home at all. At least our younger son, who lives nearby, visits us frequently in our garage, masked up, and keeping distant. It's freezing cold, but we leave the garage doors opened and sit in front of electric heaters. Like you, we don't drive much and got rid of a luxury car last summer. Why keep it? Lots of extra money in the bank and many investments. Covid has been good to us. After I receive my 2nd vaccine, we are going to visit our older son and the family - with masks. I need to see them desperately and also am dying to see their new house. Stay safe!
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
I'm glad that things are going so well for you, and I understand how you miss your older son and the children. The vaccines must help - millions have had theirs over here.
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@DianneN (219014)
• United States
20 Feb
@jaboUK Thanks. We are so cautious. Me so, more than my husband, but I Lysol everything he touches before he washes his hands. lol We are hoping the vaccines start lowering the numbers everywhere and work well, even against the new strains. Fingers crossed.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
@DianneN Amen to that.
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@RasmaSandra (39458)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Feb
That is one of the problems I have gotten so comfortable in my little apartment that now I have problems even thinking about venturing out for a walk, I do venture out on my little front porch though to make sure there is still a world out there
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
Were you like that before or is it due to the pandemic?
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@RasmaSandra (39458)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Feb
@jaboUK I have some issues with anxiety so I was always a bit cautious venturing out but I did it now I don't will just have to force myself to put one foot in front of the other I know I need to get out
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
@RasmaSandra Yes, it can't be healthy to be cooped up all the time. I find my walks invigorating even though they only last for 20 minutes or so.
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@CarolDM (117320)
• Nashville, Tennessee
20 Feb
Hoping for better days soon. You are a survivor. The photo is so pretty. And I love the brain teasers every day. Good therapy.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
I do like to keep my brain occupied - use it or lose it!
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@CarolDM (117320)
• Nashville, Tennessee
20 Feb
@jaboUK You are so right about that. Sometimes I feel as if I have lost it, then I find it again.
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@marlina (118664)
• Canada
20 Feb
@jaboUK ?From my youngest memories, I liked to keep my mind busy all the time
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@marlina (118664)
• Canada
20 Feb
Yes, it does remind to be seen, Everyone is so tired of all that!
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
This dang virus seems to habve taken over the world, doesn't it?
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@JudyEv (238613)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Feb
Your 'story' sounds much like ours although we have been able to keep the numbers under control more or less. Any lockdowns imposed on us haven't really affected us much. We have our 18 acres to wander round. We shopped about every 10 days. We would always run out of milk and we don't like the longlife stuff much.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
I find the longlife milk to be perfectly ok - I've always got some of that in the cupboard.
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@JudyEv (238613)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Feb
@jaboUK We just need to '(wo)man up' and get used to it! I forgot to say how lovely your fuchsias are.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
@JudyEv Thanks Judy - I always put flowers up if I can't find anything to fit the post
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@LowRiderX (23715)
• Serbia
20 Feb
@jaboUK In your country, the situation is not at an enviable level, I follow what is happening on the news, but I am glad that you look at it all from another angle and you have not fallen mentally, which is very important .. I like your flowers
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
Yes, things are pretty dire here, let's hope the lockdown works and cases don't surge again when it's over. I'm pleased you like my flowers, thank you.
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@LowRiderX (23715)
• Serbia
20 Feb
@jaboUK Yes, I hope this madness has an end. You drew my attention because you have a beautifully landscaped yard
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
@LowRiderX Thyank you. It's not beautiful at the moment - I don't bother with it in the winter.
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@allknowing (89157)
• India
20 Feb
I hardly socialise and so this lockdown did not adversely affect me. I will be going out for the first time next Sunday to visit a few of my close friends and relatives, well protected.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
You're not in lockdown any more?
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@allknowing (89157)
• India
21 Feb
@jaboUK We cam move around but need to follow protocol
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@rebelann (82047)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Feb
I think you're right about dropping the lockdown too soon but I can understand why they did that, the economy was suffering and people couldn't earn a living. Life is hard for many under those circumstances. We both are lucky, we're of the strong and stubborn genetics which means we are probably much more cautious than they care to give us credit for.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
Yes, the economy is definitely suffering and I feel really sorry for trades people, especially small shops and salons.
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@rebelann (82047)
• El Paso, Texas
20 Feb
Me too @jaboUK so many people are out of jobs right now, it's a shame.
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@arunima25 (54395)
• Bangalore, India
20 Feb
Even I was not much affected by the lockdown. In fact I found few positive outcomes of it. I saved on my petrol prices and working from home has saved me from traffic and the stress from it. I am very happy being indoors and doing things. Even the lockdown is over here and things are almost normal, I prefer to stay indoors and enjoy rather than venturing out much.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
I think it will be a long time before we stop taking precautions, lockdown or no lockdown.
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@arunima25 (54395)
• Bangalore, India
21 Feb
@jaboUK Very true. That's a wise thing to do. The nasty virus is still lurking around and we can not undermine it.
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@edisondanila (38276)
• Philippines
20 Feb
Keep safe my friend.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
Thank you. I've had the vaccine so I'm safer than I was
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• Philippines
20 Feb
@jaboUK Wow! That's really good to hear.
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@Juliaacv (53172)
• Canada
21 Feb
I have thought of you many times just this calendar year and worrying about your emotional and mental well being. It sounds like it is a blessing that you have the longer tenants that are staying with you. They have to help to keep your home from being completely silent. That would drive me buggy. We all hope for better days, enough vaccines for everyone to get theirs, and I am sure, in time, and this will happen. Tie a knot on the end of your rope and hold on tight.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
I've got a good grip on that rope, don't you worry Julia. The renting rooms business is doing so well, you wouldn't believe. In the 18 months that I've been doing it I've only been completely empty for 2 weeks. I've not had a problem with any of the guests and I've met some lovely people. A lot of them have come back to stay again too.
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@GardenGerty (131440)
• United States
21 Feb
We went back to work last August, but we have lots of precautions in the schools. We locked down last March through May or June. As you say, it really was not too bad.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
Our schools are closed except for health workers children, though they are talking about opening them up for all children sometime in March.
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@amnabas (13633)
• Karachi, Pakistan
20 Feb
Thats really worrying...i hope it ends soon.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
So do I, but I hope they don't make the mistake of ending it too soon and it starts up again.
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@myklj999 (54034)
• United States
20 Feb
I remember going under lockdown several times while in prison...
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
20 Feb
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@rakski (80063)
• Philippines
21 Feb
quarantine saves me money too but we gained from eating always. ahaha
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
That's very true
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@rakski (80063)
• Philippines
21 Feb
@jaboUK I am trying to lose it now
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@stephcjh (33682)
• United States
20 Feb
I wish the virus would just go away. Tired of hearing about it and all of the problems it has brought to all of us all over the world. I am not sure if things will ever get back to what we used to know as normal though.
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
I think we'll that from now on we will always be a bit wary of interaction with others, even after this pandemic is over. Also probalby more people will work from home now that they have found out that they can.
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@stephcjh (33682)
• United States
21 Feb
@jaboUK I agree. I always wanted to work from home when I was working in the actual workplace. I do work from home now on my own with other websites I am joined with but I work from home now due to health issues also. I enjoy working from home but do not make as much as I did working outside of the home but my husband works full time and he is the actual bread winner but my money helps us a lot with some bills and the extras too so I am happy and content at home.
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@GreatMartin (18027)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
21 Feb
We have been on lockdown for 11 months but I agree it isn't too bad--though I miss the legit theatre, movies and eating out I have plenty to do otherwise--besides I love my own company!!
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@jaboUK (63552)
• United Kingdom
21 Feb
You're not in strict lockdown like us? i.e.- we can be fined if found away from home without 'reasonable excuse', and vacations are banned.