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The Daily Dishtowel - 5

Thursday, April 16, 2020

George Bernard Shaw wrote "Hell is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself." In Game of Thrones (yes, I hear you) the character of Stannis Baratheon says "My father used to tell me that boredom indicates a lack of inner resources."

I lean toward the latter.

I'm not sure how it happens, but since I retired I've found that I don't have enough hours in the day. While it's true my energies are generally focused on those things I choose to do, as opposed to those things I have to do to earn a living, it doesn't alter the fact that "stuff" has expanded to fill the hours.

I thought this shelter-in-place thing would quickly pall - in real life, pre-C19, I'd go out most days, if only to run errands, meet a friend for lunch, do a bit of volunteer work. When the lockdown started, I had an idea that shut in on my own, staring at the four walls, could be a recipe for misery.

Well... not so. There's the busy-work aspect. I still have meals to prepare, dishes to do, laundry, vacuuming, dusting - I do prefer a tidy nest. There's the mind-matters: the online course I'm taking runs until near the end of June, and with its peaks and troughs, it's sometimes a major time-suck. There's the household business that even pandemics don't halt - I still have to balance the accounts, plan for appointments (I missed my eye exam this year, and I really, REALLY, need new glasses with stronger lenses!), organize records.

That doesn't include the fun stuff, either - I don't watch much television, but there are some things I enjoy. (Confession: I'm in the middle of a re-watch of Lord of the Rings.) Though it's generally with a Kindle now rather than a paper book (I'm no Jean-Luc Picard, and if he had my eyesight, he'd have an e-reader too) I still want to get lost in a good story.

I volunteer - or rather, did volunteer; not sure when that'll return - at our local hospital. While we aren't on duty for now, they have asked if knitters and crocheters can do some small projects for them. Well... could be. I might have reasonable-enough eyesight for a bit of that.

I don't want to be bored, exactly, but I have to disagree with GBS. I'm perfectly content with my hobbies and amusements. ;-)

More Latin for you: tempus fugit. Carpe diem, people!
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  • PHOENIX1949
    325 days ago
    Perfectly content here, too. And love that when my eyes are tired, I can boost the font size on my e-reader. Love that I can also just decide to go to bed early! LOL. So, my dish-towel is hung out for the day, now, too.

    Stay safe and well!
    325 days ago
    I do okay when I can get out some, but it has turned cool this week---so my mood isn't so good. Have been deep cleaning my house---something I usually do in June when school is over---been stretching that out to bits at a time because I really do hate to clean! LOL But I miss the social aspect of life. Glad you are dealing well with the shut in. We just got told that we have to wear masks when we go out starting Saturday---I am not happy---claustrophobia does not react well to this thought. I think the limbo land we are living in is what annoys me the most. I need an end date---something to look forward to.
    325 days ago
    You have joined a very large club.

    326 days ago
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