Sunday, 29 March 2020

Keep Yourself Going



I'm having a bad day today..living alone isn't always easy you know?
I think we all have the occasional bad day given our present situation 
I knew I was shaky when I shared something with a Going Gently follower and they emailed me with this statement

At times you write, I respond, and you and I share a moment glimpsing into a place within your heart."

I valued this understanding and intuiative support...Mary x
This morning Rachel and I talked and laughed. At lunchtime I received a note of support from  my Australia buddy
Words acting as a duvet on a very cold night
Tonight I caught up with some Sheffield friends on video
I've just finished chatting with Jane, who carried on when Mike's link went down 
And we metaphorically held hands for an hour as only some old friends can do

54 comments:

  1. Hugs. From another Australian.

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  2. I enjoyed our laugh this morning. Sorry if it went downhill from then on but it doesn't sound all bad from here. Take care xx

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    1. I know how to Marshall the troops

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    2. Good. I spoke to Libby later.

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    3. I missed her call , next time we'll chat

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  3. Better to be shaky than flaky, if only for the fact there's less crumbs and dust.

    Titties upwards dear.

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    1. Indeed Mavis ...u are always an inspiration dearheart x

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  4. It sounds like a pretty good day, actually, but maybe you're making the best of things for us. I hope tomorrow is better.

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    1. It wasn't ...but it's gotten better x

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  5. A few months ago people would sit at the dinner table together and be separated by each looking at their phones. Now it's technology that is allowing us to stay together. Funny how that works. But it does so well.

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    1. So true Lisa
      We all need to reach out and hold a few more hands x

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  6. I thought of you today - but then I guess I do every day John! You are like an invisible neighbor I know really well, and I live in hopes we meet in person some day. The hoped for trip home to Devon - with a side trip to Wales - is off for this Spring. Fingers crossed we can come over in Autumn.
    We celebrated our 55th Anniv. on Friday - today we walked 2 miles hand in hand around the neighborhood and reminisced in the eery silence. How life has changed.
    Take care and stay well dear John.
    Mary x

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  7. I stay away from the news and I tell myself my grandparents went through a lot worse. It's a fragile arrangement. Bad days are awful. I hope tomorrow you'll feel more positive. xx

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  8. Today seems to be a shitty day for lots of folks for some reason. I am longing to hear the voice of one or more of my children. Missing them like crazy.

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  9. rest well tonight, john. the puppies will keep you warm in bed.

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  10. Anonymous11:13 pm

    Living with someone else isn't always easy either John. Your day sounds like a good day to me, in contact with so many people. Here I've spoken only to my partner, I'm his carer. Today was no different to any other day, conversation is limited and mostly garbled rubbish. We're isolating due to his health but isolating is a familiar feeling here anyway. Reading blogs is a bit of a distraction but sometimes they can be dispiriting, they're about a life we no longer have. Sorry for the moan, hard to maintain the stiff upper lip sometimes.

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  11. Anonymous11:17 pm

    Living alone can be the "pits," but I am grateful for the 4-leggers.

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  12. Hang in there friend! Alaksa summited that very picture for my happy moments posts and just posted it today!!!!!

    I'm alone too, but it hasn't got to me yet. I can balance my intro and extro sides pretty well.

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  13. Any day they aren’t shoveling dirt on me, is a good day. Rest well, stay well.

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  14. I had a bad day yesterday. Today has been fine. I think we're all doing this but yes, with friends and with care we get through it.

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  15. I'm also feeling a bit down today. I'm missing my son, who is stationed overseas, and before this virus came, was due to be stationed back in the USA, so he will stay where he is (in Japan)for who knows long.

    My daughter is an RN, so I worry about her being exposed to the virus. I hope they really are getting a lot of new personal protective products out to our medical personnel soon, and it wasn't just politicians' claptrap. I haven't hugged my grandson in way too long, but we have been writing old fashioned letters to each other , which is fun. The wind blew hard here all night long. Loud gusts that shook the house and woke me up so I couldn't sleep well, and woke up thinking about and missing my Dad who died in February. The wind is still bashing around outside now. Hopefully it will stop by tonight. Then maybe I will be able to sleep awhile and give my brain a rest.

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  16. Always hugs for you John. I am trying to keep myself busy but I may soon run out of stuff. Weather is still all snow so not much yard work. Yesterday and this morning I knitted a bunting to decorate a friend's deck tomorrow. She is high risk and staying put. I thought about buying towels to make cutlery mats for my counter but don't want to go in any store I don't have to and definitely not the big ones. Luckily I brought in a ratty dish mat and realized it would be good as mats. So cut them out, bound them and they are in place. I am glad you have friends who are reaching out to you. I have heard from only one person in the last weeks though I do call my elderly people to chat.

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  17. Anonymous12:18 am

    Hopefully by now you're sleeping soundly and will awaken with a light heart.

    "Words acting as a duvet on a very cold night"... masterfully written words, I hope the comfort they portray is touching you now. - Mary

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  18. Barbara Anne1:34 am

    Hoping you have a lovely, pleasing, satisfying day tomorrow and am glad today brightened up for you.

    Big hugs!

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  19. It’s a different world and navigating it is very tricky. Appreciating loved ones seems to be on the top of everyone’s priority list. This is a good thing.

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  20. I too am having a disjointed day. I can't seem to settle to do anything at all. We have managed to be in touch with our bank about the mortgage we can no longer pay :(, hopefully that will be resolved by the end of the week. Other half has claimed his last "full week" of pay; now it's just emergency work. I am going to be self isolating after I come off of my A/L that I booked weeks ago, on my Dr's advice so after my second A/L pay it's Government hand out time. Which of course I am very grateful for but makes me also very depressed. However, as someone has already said; as long as someone isn't shoveling dirt on me it's a good day!

    Jo in Auckland

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  21. Hugs from another Australian, John!

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  22. Sending you positive thoughts and hugs!

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  23. Yep, I hear you! It started out pretty shaky here too. But I made some play dough for my twin grandsons, and delivered it to their doorstep while out taking some exercise. They FaceTimed me later to show me their creations, and that cheered me up for the day! We’d be missing out on so much without technology.

    I’m glad you have so many good friends, a chat can really help lift the spirits.

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  24. Anonymous6:46 am

    you boomers are shutting down the entire economy because you're afraid of a flu. Seriously, can you boomers kill yourselves? You are the most selfish generation to ever exist. You don't give a shit about climate change, why should we young people give a shit if you get sick and die of some virus? I HOPE the virus gets much stronger and kills you all.

    Do you boomers realize how universally hated you are? There is not one single demographic that does not hate you- white people, black people, asians, mexicans, indians, chinese, millennials, GenX, GenZ. Something tells me that you boomers are not going to have a very comfortable or easy retirement, especially once you end up in the retirement homes.

    Can you baby boomers hurry up and fucking drop dead? Enjoy your retirement homes cause we younger people will not take care of you even if we wanted to, due to the shitty economy you boomers created. Do you boomers realize that the younger generation is simply waiting for you to fucking drop dead?

    You are all going to end up in retirement homes and we all know that the elderly gets treated pretty badly in retirement homes. Well, that's what you get for ruining your own children's lives. Even if your children WANTED to take care of you, they couldn't, due to you boomers destroying the economy. So I hope you enjoy the retirement homes, boomer scum!

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  25. Yorkshire Liz7:01 am

    Living alone is far from easy, especially after living with another for years. I remember vividly an interview with a lovely man whose wife had died. He very quietly explained how it wasn't the sex he missed as much as the little caring touches in passing. And not the companionship for holidays and outings, but having someone to do nothing with. Too true!

    Living alone tells? A small item staying in one place out of place for three weeks because every time you pass it your hands are full. Not being able to leave someone else to deal with the dead mouse on the carpet. Choosing a bag of crisps instead of making a sandwich because you can't face more self generated washing up. A huge pile of dealt with paperwork it is too exhausting to file. No-one one to confer with over simple as well as hard life decusions, from choosing cheese to remembering if you have locked the back door......And then you remember the friends who shine in some light. And not least, true internet friends.

    Stay strong, John! We are all with you, and baling out the same waterlogged boat!

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    1. Oh Liz that was beautifully put!

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    2. Yorkshire Liz6:55 pm

      Thank you! God bless you. Liz

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  26. I've just completed 14 days total lockdown alone. I've been ok mostly but I do miss being able to get in the car and go somewhere (other than the grocery store) but we're not allowed to do that. I had a slight "wobble" the other day but as I sat down to read I heard my neighbours arguing like hell and thought "nah, I'm fine". And I am, and you will be too!

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    1. I was in my garden and both days I heard my neighbour who is usually working getting nasty with her partner,then one threw a stone at the fence.I then sensed the tension and I felt uncomfortable for being in My garden x

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  27. Hi John, I also live alone (with a black cat Morgana) and we have been in isolation for over 3 weeks now (maybe longer one loses track). There is a moment when it does get to you, at least once a week. We can only go 200 metres from our home and only shop for food with special written permission from the government. These are very difficult times. You are doing a sterling job and your sense of humour is always there. Things will get better, a warm hug from a cold N.W. Italy. Ro xxx

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  28. My day had begun positively and I felt fine but oddly as the day passed it began difficult- my dogs looked unsettled,played a bit outside and I scattered treats over the house for them but they found them quickly and one was sick.They go outside and 2 are then weeing and pooig indoors.They are chasing each other everywhere and even my lily stood eyeballing me with her hackles up.I have been dry for 10 years and I may now be tempted x

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  29. Yep, living on your own sucks, sometimes. I have a busy noisy day job teaching children and have always relished the silence and solitude at home. Whilst enjoying the peace and quiet of my days I find the evenings to be long and lonely. I miss the easy hugs and kisses of friends and family and the interactions of the children I teach Without the affection of my Lab I would be in a worse place. However, I'd rather be lonely on my own than lonely in a relationship. Hang in there John xxx

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  30. Pooing!x

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    1. Oh no sorry to offend -my PS comment was meant to be a correction for my dogs seeing and poking on my comment x

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    2. I most definitely typed weeing and pooing this time and sorry I don't know how to remove this c**p xx

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  31. not a thing has changed , sociable people seem to be the ones finding their dark spaces at the moment. we can go 5 or 6 weeks without seeing a soul , one winter the only people we saw was a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses. In a summer disabled other half likes to go fishing thats it and a monthly shopping trip . I quite enjoy social distance shopping at the moment and i get to be on my own for the first time in years

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  32. Looks like you've had an okay day. I hope things get better out in the world, everywhere. Slowly but surely. Hope to see you around again, man!

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  33. Yes some days are easier than others aren't they? x

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  34. I hope things are looking a little better this morning x

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  35. Joining a big circle of friends holding hands around you John xx

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  36. Hey, even when it's virtual, it's still done with feeling.
    e-hugs for you.

    XOXO

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