We're into week four of this lockdown and while the government said it would be "reviewed" on 1 December they're not giving any indication that much will change then, even though they've managed to bring the R number down dramatically to less than one. Trouble is, I guess, we can't keep going into a severe lockdown then lifting it and having people start taking silly risks and we get hammered again. Maybe there's a chance we might be able to start going to DIY places or garden centres - who knows, because at the moment all of those are off limits. And everyone seems to agree that it's much harder this time round, maybe because we're heading into winter rather than spring, maybe it's because ... who the hell knows anymore! We're just so tired of it!
I was doing ok with the walking but just like the last lockdown I resent the hell out of having to carry a "permission slip" on me every time I leave the house, being limited to how long I can go out and how far, so the walking just started dying a death here - which was silly because I know how much good it does me, however cold the weather. So tomorrow I'm going to get back at it and start trying to get a few things achieved round here too. Heck, I looked tonight and I've only got four miles to do to achieve my 1,000 mile goal, so if I give up now I might as well give up 100 metres from the finishing line right! I've also been pretty lax about cooking, not making much effort (although we eat of course) and housework too, although again we don't live in a pigsty. So tomorrow, as André is going in to Geneva to the office I'll try to get the house sorted and make something more interesting for dinner!
Then today I received an email from the André Rieu group to inform me that the concert that had been postponed from October to January (for obvious reasons) was now being postponed again, but this time until January 2022. So knowing that the friend who was going with me has serious health issues I decided to just write them back and ask for a reimbursement. I don't know what will happen, if they're allowed to hang on to the money for 18 months like here in France or what. We'll see. So I wrote to T and told him that I had asked for a reimbursement ($200). He responded saying he was having a hard time in this lockdown too, had been in a bad car accident (although uninjured thankfully) and was missing his new grandson. And then he sent me another email and said "you know what, if we get reimbursed why don't we just give the money to a charity of your choice"! Isn't he great! So I replied and said that was a wonderful idea and that I donated to the local food bank every week and had given them money before so would he agree to that? It'd be a nice gesture (and frankly pretty typical of him)!
Then, in an effort to get more forward motion going, I went online and bought the pattern for a bag that Jen had told me she liked ages ago. I seem to have lost my sewing mojo and when I hear about what others are achieving I could kick myself. I know you can't be "up" all the time but you've got to start somewhere haven't you!
And finally, I saw that our FB walking group has a subgroup aimed at walking to lose weight so I joined up. Again there are no rules and you can go as fast or as slow as you want, but people are getting impressive results. Heck even half a pound a week would give you 26 pounds wouldn't it. Apparently you send in your weight loss (hopefully) to the lady that runs the group (and only she sees it) and she keeps a tally, so I'm going to start logging that in January along with my walking miles again, as I obviously ain't capable of doing it on my own. So with a view to hopefully getting off to a good start I've decided to see if I can go "wine free" until Christmas. Admittedly the wine has been flowing rather ... ehhmmm freely these last few days, so here's hoping!
Would your FB walking group take a foreigner? You deserve to express a little bit of glum now and then, You are usually the most upbeat blogger in blogland and I look forward to your stories and words. Not that it is your job to entertain us all, but I want you to know it is appreciated. And again someday I will just be showing up on your doorstep to take that walk in person!!ReplyDelete
The walking group was established in the UK but is open to everyone and you can begin logging any time you want (that's why I'm going to restart in January). Some will be aiming for 2,020 "boots on" miles in 2020. I was thinking of aiming for 1,000 "boots on" miles next year as opposed to what I've had to end up doing now. So as it's a UK-based group most of the members are in the UK and many of the routes they discuss won't be relevant to you and me. BUT it's open to everyone. There are two ladies in Oregon and Alberta posting the most wonderful pictures right now. Another one in Sweden if I remember right, one lady in Italy. They just ask that you post pictures occasionally. Check out the https://www.facebook.com/groups/walk1000miles FB group. They also have a website where you can log your miles but I find it easier to do it in excel because I log in km. As for showing up on my door sometime - we'll be like two mountain goats by that time won't we!Delete
Hey look what I just found. There is a US subgroup also.Delete
I have not walked this entire week. Well, I have not "taken" a walk. I don't know why exactly. It's like my mind just decided I was taking a week off. Whatever. Perhaps I, too, need some outside accountability.ReplyDelete
I agree with SAM- you are a breath of positivity in Blog Land. I appreciate that.
It's reassuring to know that I'm not alone when I get down in the dumps but I also know I have to keep "metaphorically" giving myself a kick up the butt too (haven't got there yet with yoga unfortunately). So I try to stay positive - it's as much as we can do isn't it!Delete
Wine free????? Even doing this damned Keto I still have a glass of wine, I just count it in the daily carb count. However if we get locked down again I might forego the food and jut do liquids.ReplyDelete
I am thoroughly pissed off at the number of huge gatherings I see when I pass a local event venue, as well as the weddings I see on Facebook. Why?
I don't have the discipline to do keto or anything like that and I do find it too easy to open a bottle of wine so I would like to try to knock that on the head until Christmas (not saying I will be able to) in a bid to give myself a head start on the weight loss! As for huge gatherings, I just don't understand it either!Delete
Enjoy your wine, I miss it...but I have been able to enjoy non alcholic egg nog which used to cause me stomach issues. Good idea for the cancelled concert. We are in sort of a lockdown although they only closed certain super spreader businesses like casinos, certain types of gyms, and no one is supposed to go outside of their household unless they are single and part of a "bubble". Mom is in ours and has always been with no one else so thankfully we spend time together and are making Christmas cookies tomorrow. Finally they instituted mandatory face masks which makes my life easier in every indoor location in the Province. They should have done that months ago though.ReplyDelete
You used to enjoy your wine didn't you. It's a pity you can't have it now but it's all in a good cause. As for me, I really was opening that bottle way too easily once I'd finished what I had to do for the day so I'd like to knock that on the head too. It's just too easy when you've nowhere to go and won't be driving anywhere anyway. We'll see how it goes. I don't know where you stand with regards the virus but it really makes sense to me that some sort of action has to be taken everywhere or else we'll just keep going round and round with this damn thing. I'm glad your mom's in your bubble though. Can you imagine the alternative! My mom was in a care home at the end of her life where the family visited every day. My sister commented right at the beginning of this pandemic that she was glad she was no longer here because she wouldn't understand and would have just thought everyone had abandoned her! Sadly, that's what's happening in some care homes in the UK now. Damn, I can't wait for this pandemic to be over!!!Delete