I'm sure we all wonder how others are keeping occupied during our current enforced self isolation. Well the short answer here is that I am writing my blog, doing my workouts, reading quite a bit, and learning some new history.
In fact, days like these are not that unusual for someone who is disabled. Although most of the year we do get out a lot, there are many days especially in the winter, when you end up simply staying inside. You quickly learn how to keep yourself occupied and your brain active, otherwise you go stir-crazy!
It helps that both Mrs. F.G. and I are introverts so we've always spent lots of time together and alone rather than socializing. We both have personal hobbies that keep us busy. I also know that I have to keep up my workouts to build and maintain my strength.
So the first thing I do is try and write my blog every day. I miss occasionally, but I don't worry about it. Sometimes it's relatively quick and easy, like the series of barn posts I've been doing, but other times it takes a fair bit of research and thinking . In any case that's a highlight of my day, and it makes me feel less guilty later on when I'm reading other posts. I feel like I've made my contribution.
Then I do my workouts. I use small 3, 5, and 8 pound weights to build up my arms and shoulders. Then I do number of stretches with the Theraband. I also do a number of upper body stretches that try and keep me slightly mobile! This tends to happen in between boats of reading, spread throughout the afternoon.
[ I just saw a raccoon walk across the golf course! ]
I usually have a couple of books on the go, one fiction and one non-fiction. Currently I'm reading AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, and A History of Canada in 10 Maps. I also dip into the news, which I can read on my iPhone. Between this and watching videos after I've gone to bed in the evening, I get a lot of screen time during the week!
Just by accident we came across three videos on King Edward VI, Mary I (Bloody Mary), and Elizabeth I ( the three children of King Henry VIII), and that reminded me that I know very little of English history even though I know Scottish history quite well. So I set myself the task of learning the English kings from William the Conquerer on, and now I'm reading beyond that to understand things like the War of the Roses which I've always found very confusing. That keeps my brain occupied and hopefully gives me a little bit of mental exercise! Maybe after this I'll move on to Canadian and American history; I'm just fascinated with history.
In the evening we watch a bit of TV, usually watching British mysteries, garden shows, or travel shows. We only watch things available on a streaming service like Netflix where we can choose what we want to watch and there are no commercials!
Too soon the caregiver is here to get me back into bed. So I do all this in about an 11 hour day, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. I do usually get eight hours sleep a night, but I lie in bed either waiting for the caregiver in the morning or after I've been put to bed in the evening. That's when I watch YouTube videos.
And that's the end of my day. Hope you are keeping occupied too!