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“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A. A. Milne

March 13, 2020

And so, dear listener, again this might be a slightly shorter version of the show. Obviously Covid-19 is part of the reason for that, particularly as the story is changing all the time and I think that is part of the problem when it comes to panic buying. 😦

I think people are thinking they’re going to catch it now. And that’s the wrong message.

I mean, I fully believe I will get it but maybe not for a few days or weeks (and then hopefully mild to moderate for seven or so days) so until then my life is about managing things in preparation but trying to keep my life as normal as possible. 🙂

(Mind you, I think the world just changed this weekend. Apart from anything else. sporting and literary organisations made decisions that the Scottish Government were going to announce on Monday and the UK Government have published in the Telegraph. I may have to make some other decisions over the next day or so – taking not just myself into account but others who may have greater priorities.

The house is always well stocked with stuff (but not necessarily what it used to be stocked with) and it’s just a question of keeping it topped up.

However, I have seen two examples of panic buying in the ASDA – none of which had anything to do with toilet rolls – of which there are several. One man walked past with a trolley with, I think, ten x 2 litre bottles of Cola and another couple, at least, had some other shopping in it, but this time I think it was ten x 2 litre bottles of Irn Bru.

Maybe that’s the answer. Instead of all these daft Facebook postings recommending drinking lots of water from unnamed Japanese doctors quoting some unnamed Taiwanese doctors, ginger is the answer……..drinking ginger from the old Alpine lorries going round the streets.

And so, some tips on working from home if you’ve not done it for some time. The new format for Bargain Hunt is rubbish; the postman never brings surprises these days and because of the worries about catching something doesn’t even ring once, let alone twice; and, no matter how much you’re tempted, forget that Amazon even exists. It is not the ‘best pal’ that you want to go shopping with. 🙂

And Abandoned Engineering on the Yesterday Channel is amazingly good.

And you will add weight. Guaranteed 😦

But what has been quite reassuring for me is that on Friday morning I collected two months of repeat prescriptions for my (mild to moderate) heart condition and my blood pressure (back to normal cos of the medication). But then I got a text from the health centre on Friday night saying they were only taking consultations by phone……

So, how are people I know coping?

And I am thinking of people working in residential accommodation, for example.

So when that week of self-isolation comes I have books to read. 😀

I’ve just finished ‘Motherwell – a girlhood’ which is more than just about growing up in Motherwell and at one point, when talking to the other member of the book club (good friend e altho’ there used to be another member, but whatever happened to….?) I was a wee bit dismissive of it as a woman’s book. It was at the point when the author, Debbie Orr, was experiencing her first period and being sized for her first bra but it went on to other areas such as leaving home (but never leaving home) to go to university.

I was lucky in that my older sister had paved the way for me by coming down to Glasgow University from Peterhead, but she, certainly to our parents, was a bit of a goody-two-shoes, so when I returned to Peterhead after three years at uny to earn some money in the oil industry, it was like being back at school.

Their bedroom light was still on as I approached the house after a night out and it only went out as my key entered the lock……..

Tioraidh, keeping it fun and simple and still wearing that badge

Iaint850, and very uncertain but I suppose everyone is – even those who are supposed to be coming up with answers.

So, one brief bit of news from me is that I am considering spending some of my sister’s legacy on a kitchen extension. An architect came round and will now go and do some drawings.

But everyone keeps me telling me to get a downstairs toilet and shower but nobody says the reason why…………..but maybe I’ll end up letting out the upstairs part of the house to a full-time carer but I’ve not told them that yet.

And this is new from the Dixie Chicks. As ever with them, listen to the lyrics. I think Debbie Orr would have liked it. It’s Gaslighter and their new album’s ordered.