Busy doing nothing, I want some variation

Life is too simple, I am busy doing nothing

Simple life, now I’m getting cabin fever

5 May 2020. So here we are, over six weeks into the lock down. Forty-two times one day has morphed into the next. The only variation is the weather. I am busy doing nothing.

I  have a garden, I can see trees and everyone is friendly so I am lucky. Sadly I am not keeping myself busy

Changing the routine

Our daily injection of news and opinion, the newspaper needed a new supplier. The Wife had a brainwave, “We will get it delivered every day”. Brilliant idea in so many ways but it prevents me buying it every day.

Highlight of the day

I now read it over breakfast. I can scan the headlines and look at the cartoon. If it is a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday I will look at and start the ‘mild’ Sudoku. On Saturday it’s a bumper day, Melanie Reid in the magazine and the weekend section. On Sunday it’s the Observer. Is a wee a bit of structure coming back into my life?

Little things to look forward to but it does not prevent one day still being the same as the next.

Another saviour

The weather so far is a glorious bonus of sunshine. This year I have time to appreciate and enjoy the garden. It’s only little but it brings a huge amount of pleasure to both of us. The Wife looks after the flower beds and I do the pots and raised beds, sitting down gardening. MS has stolen my ability to dig holes in the garden but I love watching things grow, blossom and then capturing the moment with a photograph.

Minor successes

In an earlier blog I moaned at my failure to grow plants from seed. This year the omens are looking good, seeds have germinated and are growing into little plants. I am sure it’s because I talk to them every day, another daily highlight.

I have had a dahlia in the same pot for three years and I have just seen green shoots coming up through the soil again, so exciting! 🙂

My baking has been a success, we both ate a slice of cake as pudding every night. The Wife is now an ex-eater, scales do not deceive.

Lock-down means only little things exist to make my life exciting.

Failures and frustrations

When Covid19 hit this country people understood that survival needed urgent action so everything closed down. Suddenly we were all gripped by a morbid fascination in the number of deaths. The daily bulletin at 5 o’clock in the afternoon on the state of the nation’s health was compulsory listening, now I find it boring. Now setting up the new ‘normal’ consumes everyone’s life.

I am busy doing nothing

We are now six weeks down the line and now I am feeling frustrated. I am sure I am not the only one. For many people like me, life is the same every day, I crave variety. Six weeks in this small town, cabin fever is starting to grip me. No changes to my routine. How much longer can this last? Life is too simple, I am busy doing nothing. Instead I need new challenges and conversations so I really am busy.

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6 responses to “Busy doing nothing, I want some variation”

  1. Eileen brunst says:

    Hello Patrick….interesting this lockdown lark….I think it’s giving us more time to look around us and yes watch the shoots appear, notice the lack of pollution and contemplate our navels
    ?. Keep well and safe. Best wishes. Eileen

  2. Comment received by email – any takers?
    How about cutting open a tomato and planting the seeds in a small flower pot? They pop up in no time and, before you know it, you’ll have home grown tomatoes. I have done it with a honeydew melon and hope to have melons growing in my front porch before too long. Costs almost nothing and is very satisfying when the fruit is ready to pick. Don’t forget to water daily. 🙂

  3. Joanne says:

    Hopefully lockdown will not be needed for too much longer and theeconomic rebuild can start … but I suspect us MSers will have quite a while to waitbefore we are back out & about..
    So we definitely need to keep the body and the brain as active as we can.
    I agree about the joy of friendly neighbours and taking pleasure in the “small things” like birdsong, baking & plants – so I hope that way of looking at life will continue.

    • Hello Joanne,

      Slowly, slowly things will get going can’t wait to get to see again. I’ve certainly learnt to appreciate the garden once again and appreciate the little things, thank goodness for the good weather.
      I can’t wait to see inside an art gallery or museum. Thank goodness for ‘Museums in Quarantine’ on BBC

  4. christine says:


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