Life in Lockdown

I feel like I need to update and write about what life is like at the moment because I’d probably like to have the record in future years. But I also feel like there isn’t a whole lot to say.

There’s no “what I’m reading” post this week because I’ve been reading the same series since last Friday and I want to post about them all at once. I’m on book 4 now which is currently the last one but I reckon the author will probably write at least one more.

I left the house for the first time in almost two months on Tuesday to go say Happy Birthday to my mum in person. I sat outside her house for a little while (it’s big enough to social distance). It felt OK actually and my powerchair managed it. I had been worried about managing to social distance when my chair means I can’t suddenly move into the road or on to the grass (in some places). And I’d also been worried about how the batteries on my chair would cope without having a proper use other than around the house/garden for so long. But there weren’t any problems. It is a relatively short distance though and I didn’t see anyone, things might change if I went a longer distance or it was busier.

I was really surprised by the colour I saw as I went past the park and also in the plants my parents had. I had been picturing the bare, beginnings of spring that there was back in March when I last went out (I don’t really have any plants in my garden). It shouldn’t have surprised me but I obviously hadn’t been seeing it and it just never occurred to me.

Getting food seems to be working quite well now, it was really stressful initially as I don’t qualify for priority slots and it still worries me but it’s working out.. I’ve had an online slot every week or 10 days at most since the 24th April. But I had quite a long gap before that (about two and a half weeks). I was getting a bit worried as the last slot I had was this coming Sunday and I couldn’t get anything else. It was looking from Tesco that it would be well into June and I was staying up until midnight to book and not being successful. However I then got an FB message from my mum on Weds saying there were slots (immediately followed by a text from Dad saying “Mum says….”) and I was successful.

I feel like I should be doing more with my time however at the same time I’m very content with what I am doing. There’s a lot of content and things to do and I want to do some of them but others times I just want to do my own thing. I’m also coming to the conclusion that I prefer zoom calls with only one other person or maybe two or three, not big group ones.

A friend and I were talking about that and we came to the conclusion that we both feel a bit like that because we live alone and in both our cases at least part of our people have always been a distance away (some of her family live abroad and most of friends don’t live in the same town as me). So we’re used to our own company, keeping in touch from a distance and doing our own thing.

I’ve made two finished craft projects since March (a knitted scarf and a loom knit hat), crocheted part of a blanket and several granny squares. But initially I planned to make a square a day until I had enough for a blanket, and finish the whole blanket.

I’m writing a bit but again not as much as I hoped to. And the same with reading. And using my motomed

I’m happy with everything I am achieving but sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough. I am trying to remind myself what I have done however.

Wednesday was quite a flat day – the first one for a while. Overall I’m coping very well and surprised to find that’s the case. Personally it seems as though this is going to be the situation for a long time and I do wonder whether it will still be as easy on cold dark December days if it comes to it. But I focus on the next few weeks and the rest of the year will sort itself out when it comes.

What I’m Reading

I feel like it’s been a bit of a slow lethargic week or two – I wasn’t well for a few days last week with an ear infection – but looking at my list of what I’ve been reading since I last updated (and adding in that I’ve written a bit and almost made an entire hat) I think that might just be me being a bit hard on myself.

So what have I been reading in the last two or so weeks since I updated? A fair amount. I’ve started and not progressed with a few books but here’s what I have finished.

First up was The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan. That’s the second book of hers I’ve read and I will read more but probably not immediately. It was fab. I must say it was a much twistier book than I expected, so much so that I almost felt like I needed to read the end a second time to appreciate it properly.

Then I read A Postcard from Italy by Alexandra Brown. It combined a touch of historical fiction with travel and chicklit and I thought it well done. There was one disability related trope in the book which I thought unnecessary, poorly done and disappointing so as much as I liked it until that point I struggle to recommend it. And years later, I am still disappointed that Alexandra Brown has never revisited the characters from The Great Christmas Knit Off.

This was the point in my reading that I began to feel really rather fed up of chicklit. Although looking at what I read next I don’t seem to have done a brilliant job at escaping from it immediately (the two books I’m reading now are anything but chicklit but I’ve not finished them so they will be listed next time).

Darling Blue by Tracy Rees was a definite winner for me. It’s a longer read (and it was really nice to get my teeth into a longer book), historical and almost a saga. I had been expecting it to be more of a historical read based on having read two of her other books (and having a third on my shelf) but it was actually the exact amount of historical for the story Tracy Rees was telling.

I was really excited when I went to list this as read on goodreads to see two Tracy Rees books I didn’t know about. It actually turns out one of them was Darling Blue republished under a different title (The Love Note). But the other book is a new one and it feel into my basket when I ordered my mum’s birthday present. I’m looking forward to reading more of Tracy Rees writing soon ish.

Although the title suggests this is a book set in Venice, the last book I have to write about today, From Venice with Love by Rosanna Ley takes place in several settings. It’s a good read and we do visit Venice but this is not the book for you if you want one set solely in Venice (Or even Italy). I found it to be a good book and it kept me guessing (although I did figure one thing out). But having read the majority of Rosanna Ley’s previous books, I definitely enjoyed earlier ones more.