Lockdown reasons to be cheerful

If I hear the word unprecedented one more time I may scream. There is no doubt we are going through challenging times and on a household, local, national and global scale. It is at these times that counting our blessings works well for our emotional health. As the marvellous Emma Kenny says too little attention is going on mental health issues at the moment with all the focus on physical health aand you know what. Well I am not going to let myself go downhill and find myself in depression again so it’s a great time to get back to reasons to be cheerful.

I am at home with my brother and oldest son. We are in a small, safe, warm and cosy home. There are only 2 bedrooms but we are making it work. We have time together and time apart. We are eating and sleeping well. Sunshine and blue skies are cheering our souls. We are talking and sharing family memories and remembering people who are no longer with us.

I am missing my husband and my two children overseas who I cannot get back to now the world has shifted on its axis. They are keeping in touch albeit not as much as I would like. The main thing is they are staying well in a safe and secure home with good food and entertainment. My husband is now taking the lead on home education and if I am honest, I am relishing having a break from that. It is not easy to do and leads to wobbles and fears – I am glad the rest of the world is now waking up to that!

The reason I have not posted so personally for a while is that I have had a bad experience online where someone was bullying/trolling me. This current crisis has made me realise that I don’t want to run scared any more so I am back.

Like so many, I am turning to things that can be done in the house. I enjoyed cleaning out the fridge the other day and also making scones. I have a Victoria sponge to make next and want to start getting back to baking bread.

Also how lucky are we to have the Internet for distraction and also to check in giving and receiving support from online friends some of whom we have never met and some of whom we know from school, college, work, blogging and so on.

There is also the telly and I particularly enjoy The Trouble with Maggie Cole at the moment and also that wonderful documentary on Larry Grayson. Look at the muck and will you shut that door? Netflix wise, I have loved Sherlock and now a Viking series.

I am reading lots including a vintage book on blogging and I have recently finished a book by Fannie Flagg.

Yesterday my new sunglasses and the ordinary ones came today from Glasses Direct. I had borrowed my son’s spare pair which kept falling off my face every  time I bent down. So it is a joy to have colourful glasses to the right prescription that stay on my face.

Although  I am sad that people are becoming ill and dying, something tells me deep inside that a great legacy will come from this situation. People are becoming kinder and more community-spirited.  Folks whether rich or poor are realising it is actually the really simple an often free things that make us happiest in life. People are having time and space to think so we can all work out calmly what we want as individuals, families and communities. Even the planet is healing itself.

I am structuring my days and making lists of things to achieve. I even started writing the novel and now have my Mothering Sunday too.

So yes there are sad things right now as there always will be but let’s be cheerful out there!


Staying Happy During The Lockdown



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  • Kim Carberry

    It sounds like you are making the best of the bad situation that our country is in.
    Oh no! So sorry you have had a bad experience with a bully online. I’m glad you are back. Don’t let anyone scare you away from your space online.
    Take care and stay safe xxx

  • Midlife SInglemum

    Wow, I love this new header. I guess I haven’t been here for a while. Or maybe it’s a new URL which is why you’re no longer on my blog list. I’ll you now. I’m a bit sorry you’re not in France as I love hearing about our adventures there and it must be hard to be separated from your younger kids. Otoh, without the house to maintain and home schooling, there’s plenty of time for reading and writing. Enjoy your time for the duration Kate, and stay safe, xxx

  • Michelle Twin Mum

    It’s certianly not easy being separated from yoru other Kids I’m sure, but glad to hear you are keeping well with your brother and eldest and also that you are gettign some time to focus on you. Stay well. Mich x

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    It’s good to hear you writing personally again Kate. It must be hard being away from part of the family, especially during a time like this. It sounds like you’re making the most of your time though, and that’s brilliant. Sending hugs all the way from the #DreamTeamLinky xx

  • Tracey Carr

    Well said Kate – we really need to draw from the positives of this situation and learn from it. It is a unique time and an opportunity for life to slow down a bit, something we don’t get to do very often #globalblogging

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