Life Under Lockdown
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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@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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• Montrose, Scotland
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
• Montrose, Scotland
@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.
• United States
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!
• United States
@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.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
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
• Bunbury, Australia
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.
@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
• El Paso, Texas
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.
• Bangalore, India
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.
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.
• United Kingdom
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.
• United States
@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.