I think this might be the first time I’ve actually done a post for Fandango’s Provocative Question aka FPQ.
Over the past few weeks, each of us has had to make some sacrifices due to the global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have had to make adjustments to how we go about our daily lives. My provocative question this week is simply this:
What activities have you cut from your life since this pandemic started that you DON’T really miss?
In all honesty, apart from walking along the prom to the cafe or driving 20 miles to get those lovely pies and rocky road, not much has changed for us in this respect.
Already we don’t have a TV, and aren’t social people to the extent of dining out or going down the pub for a pint on a regular basis. Sure I miss my darts, but it was the end of the Winter League and I had already decided not to play in the summer.
Of course it’s a shame that Slimming World have suspended their group meetings, but not their support, as this is being conducted via FB or the internet. As a target member, it’s up to me how often I attend as long as it’s once a month or so.
Shopping had been cut back anyway because we were eating too much of the wrong things, Hubby’s food tolerances have changed again, and I have been trying to adjust our spending since the government reduced Hubby’s disability by two thirds in October.
Flipping Fandango’s question, what I do miss is the freedom to walk the dog as often as we like, where we like and for as long as we like. She still gets her walks, the duration of which have been reduced because of her age and arthritis, but both Hubby and I need to exercise on a regular basis, and circuits of the garden aren’t enough to loosen our joints and get the circulation going.
I miss the interaction with other dog walkers, though people we know are content to chat from the opposite side of the road should we see anybody.
I miss the company of our neighbour who used to come in for a cuppa and a chinwag for an hour. She has self isolated and although we are in contact via text message, it’s not the same. However, we can play verbal tennis over the fence and have said that we are here should she need us.
This is a worrying time, and we are luckier than most as these ‘restrictions’ are more or less the norm for us. We are content to be in our own little bubble, but then we have each other to talk to or argue with, and we have. We also have a pack of cards, scrabble, and a dartboard up in the hall, not forgetting the excitement of having a greenhouse and the learning curve that will provide.