Saturday, May 23, 2020, Day 69, Week 10, Month 3 of Self Isolation.

The Numbers

282 new deaths. Total 36,675.

The News

The big news is that Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s “adviser” broke lockdown when his wife had symptoms of the virus and should have been self-isolation. Instead, they drove 260 miles, with their children, from London to his parents house in the north of England. The reason they gave was that they were concerned about childcare if he also became unwell. They apparently self-isolated in another house on the property.

There are calls for his resignation. Whatever the reason, he flouted the rules, reinforcing the feeling that there is one rule for the rich and powerful and another for the rest of us.

The government have used the excuse of “safeguarding” as a valid reason for the action. Every person asking a question on today’s briefing has laid into the spokespeople over it. It is all that anyone wanted to talk about. He’ll be gone tomorrow …

The New Way of Life

I’ve been thinking about how our mood and emotions have stabilised now. We seemed to have settled into a place of acceptance. It’s amazing how we all have adapted to such an abnormal situation. It really has become our new “normal” now.

I have been sorting out all my various unfinished cross-stitch and knitting projects. A year or so ago I set myself the goal of finishing all my unfinished projects before starting anything new. Today I did that. I finished the last cross stitch I have been working on for the past year. I try to do projects that represent our various trips. This one was a Scottish mountain scene to celebrate our trip to The Outer Hebrides and St Kilda last year. The one before that was the Taj Mahal, to celebrate our trip to India for my 60th birthday the year before. I just need to wash and press them now before framing.

I’ve had difficulty finding something appropriate to do next. I’ve gone for a London skyline. Not that we’ve been there recently, but we’ve been there lots of times before and hopefully will do again when this is all over. Because of the virus, I couldn’t buy a kit, I could only buy the chart and have had to order the thread and fabric from different places.

We had a restful day today after Quiz Night last night. We won again. Read in bed for a bit in the morning. We ate yesterday’s leftovers so no cooking or washing up. I had a little walk in the afternoon and we’re going to have a  quiet rubbish Saturday night TV night tonight after M gets home from his bike ride.

Today is the first day my head has felt truly better since I broke my nose. My sinuses have been blocked and I’ve had a constant headache. My nose is still tender to touch and if I wrinkle it, but my black eye is slowly getting better. I still have another day or two of antibiotics so hopefully should be back to 100% soon. I’ve not been cycling since the accident but hopefully I can start again next week.





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