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THE COVIDIARIES - Day 13 - Sunday 29th March

Updated: May 22, 2020

Nothing from the youngsters so it is yours truly again. Another glorious day but with a bitterly cold wind, Patrick was out early in his thermals cuttings the grass again. I think it must be a man thing keeping the grass shorn to within an inch of its life; seems like a waste of fuel to me.

Another lecture from the family on the thorny issue of the newspaper, which I have read every day of my life since the age of fourteen. We have agreed, after consulting ”Forum Hygiene, sub section IFH,” that the papers will go into lockdown for three days and then I can read them. The news three days late will be a walk in the park now that I have entered into slowdown. It is taking my brain time to accustom itself to not always rushing on to the next job; tomorrow is indeed another day.

It is a good idea not to do all the tasks at a gallop as having just heard the news it looks as though there will be a rolling lockdown for six months. There is to be help for the vulnerable with 50,000 food parcels going out by the end of the week and there are one and a half million ‘having to shield’ due to health or age problems.

Do not forget that Reed’s, the butchers, are taking orders and delivering, as are Cawthorne’s, John Patt’s and Edd’s.

There is very little news on facebook, except that the Scott girls cooked supper the other night. There is a thought that perhaps it is time I introduced himself to the recipe books; mind you at the moment it is impossible to follow a recipe correctly due to a lack of ingredients. Innovation is the order of the day. Sue, it was lovely to hear you playing the piano; please, do it again. The concert pianist sighed and said, “I wish I could play like that,” and immediately started practising.

To Toni, please, at any time vent your feelings on our facebook page; that is what it is for and all our love and prayers are with you. Listen to all the comments and take courage. I have copied in Linda’S pertinent words, “sending hugs. Sisters keep you strong - have a good rant on here and take heart.”

“Well it's been quite a week! Just about come up for air and trying to catch up with everything social media & choir related - so fantastic to see all the blogs and support going on! Really looking forward to trying some of the recipes and gardening tips! You are all such wonderful caring people - feel so fortunate to call you my friends Had a good skype call with the folks today - hope you and all your loved ones are safe and well? Trying to read less about death rates and focus on daily achievements and all the positive vibes/ideas/support from our lovely community. Love you guys! Now to spend 24hr avoiding food/drink and doing extra phys in order to successfully pass my self-enforced weekly "can I still get into my jeans" check on Monday!! Xx” This from Beth.

More news needed for our diary as the Farrelly life is becoming very parochial and boring. Perhaps, one of you could fill this Sunday evening slot? I am hoping that Jane will continue with Friday and Shona Tuesday, in fact I am not hoping, but praying.

I leave you with The Serenity Prayer, written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity

Living one day at a time

To accept the things I cannot change,

Enjoying one moment at a time.

Courage to change the things I can

Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,

And the Wisdom to know the difference.

Taking as he did, this sinful world as it is,

Not as I would like

Trusting that he will make all things right, If I surrender to his will. That I may be reasonably happy in this world And supremely happy in the next.


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