Lockdown part 3….Week 7

This week has been more of one of reflection. I have had a few days to myself and challenged myself to strike the balance between doing jobs and having some ‘me’ time.

I think a few things have been building up and have left me feeling a little drained. I know I feel stronger but clearly burying things under the carpet has taken its toll! I also didn’t realise that writing about what happened in my previous relationship would bring up as many memories and emotions as it did.

The highlight of my week (well in fact of this lockdown) was when I was invited to book my Covid vaccine. (I’m not going to write about people’s judgement towards other people having a vaccine when they don’t think they should. We all have our opinions and may not agree, there’s a lot of things I don’t agree with about our governments decisions, but I don’t have the power to change this and feel fortunate to have now had my first vaccine).

When I went to book my vaccine, I was offered to go to York which although is an hour drive away, I jumped at the chance! I haven’t driven more than 5 miles since lockdown and now I was being allowed to go all the way to York! I can’t tell you how excited I was!! So, I got my play list ready and some snacks for the journey relishing at the thought of having 2 hours in the car, just me and my cheesy play list. It’s safe to say I sang and boogied the whole time!!

I can’t tell you how uplifting it was to see the countryside and to be free to drive!

I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived, but I have to take my hat off to the absolutely amazing volunteers at the vaccination centre. There were so many volunteers there to guide you to where you needed to go. The volunteers covered all age ranges and despite it being dark, cold and windy they were all so friendly, helpful and welcoming.  The whole process from arriving in the car park to leaving was so smooth and efficient. I was waiting no more than a couple of minutes before being sent in for my vaccine and I even got a sticker afterwards! Yay! I’m pleased I had it in my left arm, being right-handed as it feels a little sore but hey, that’s a small price to pay! I have my 2nd vaccine booked for in 12 weeks’ time in York again which is something to look forward to!!

I also took some time to pamper myself a little, do some retail therapy (online) and absorb myself in some grown up TV. I discovered White House Farm on Netflix and got hooked, I ended up watching all 6 episodes over a couple of days. If you’ve not seen it, it’s worth watching. I’m not always into true stories or murder mysteries but it was gripping. I couldn’t even ‘tat’ whilst watching it in case I missed anything. (Normally when I am watching TV, I’m doing something else at the same time).

I feel very lucky as yet again I had another mystery parcel left on my doorstep from a mystery neighbour. Because I got one last week, I feel I should redistribute it but equally know they chose to leave it for me and my girls and don’t want to appear ungrateful. (Which I am certainly not!)

I wish I could afford to do the same for others, but I hope that our window art puts a smile on peoples faces. I need to think of what we can make this time…probably a spring/Easter theme. I shall put my thinking cap on!

I know there is a lot of talk about Boris’s announcement tomorrow and I feel people have high hopes and expectations. There have been rumours thrown around about what he may say but despite feeling pretty desperate to be able to see friends and family, I really hope that he will stick to what he said about following data rather than sticking to dates. I personally don’t want us to come out of lockdown too quickly to only find ourselves in the same boat again. I have no expectations that he will talk about being able to mix socially which is all I really want to hear. I hope he won’t tell us that pubs and restaurants are opening if we can’t go and sit on a bench with a friend or allow someone into our garden. I somehow feel this is a long way off.

This week I shall leave you with this…

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