May you live in interesting times –

“May you live in interesting times” is an English expression which purports to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. … Despite being so common in English as to be known as the “Chinese curse”, the saying is apocryphal, and no actual Chinese source has ever been produced.”

We are certainly living in interesting times. I imagine that you like me are self-isolating or cocooning. I find it strange that the most dangerous thing I do in the week is to go shopping. I wear my disposable gloves and a jacket and use the sanitizer and maintain social distancing. I go out to the shop twice a week mainly for the staples milk and butter. I am eating way too much butter which is fantastic on my home-made brown bread. My scones are improving too. Other than that I go out for a walk maybe once or twice a week. I want to see the bluebells, but I think I am too late.

I am living my life in phases. Phase 1 is the ongoing one. Housekeeping largely. Cleaning – even the windows are clean now! Cooking – the cookery books are getting an airing. Baking – I was never brave enough to use yeast but now I am a dab hand at it. Entertainment – jigsaws and books and we are playing Yahzee – a 5 dice game. I started off very well and won everything and gloated but now I couldn’t win an argument!  I hope to learn how to play the Ukelele but I am keeping that for a rainy day or when I am truly bored.

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