Home Alone

The dog is looking at me in a strange way. “Something funny is going on,” she says. Well she doesn’t say but that is what her face tells me. “Where are all the people,” and “Why is Roma cleaning the house.” Now I would hate you to think that I was a dirty little minx — whatever that is — but I do tend to put housework near the bottom of my agenda. That is until now – and by midday today I had already done 2 washes of bed linen (from the boys who vacated a few days ago) vacuumed the house, washed the floor, walked the dog, completed an online Pilates session, and put in an online food order.

Actually, the food order was by far the highlight of the day. Working out what I wanted to eat – for one – and checking cake recipes for ingredients. Sadly, Tesco doesn’t have any yeast, so it is going to have to be Soda Bread. Note to self: You have no money to buy any more clothes so lay off the sugar.

Any takers for a virtual Bake Off? I am already in a virtual bridge game, a virtual book club and virtual scrabble. I might just become so virtual that by June I won’t be able to return to the real world. Shades of The Truman Show. I have always had a sneaky suspicion that maybe we are just one big Truman Show and none of this is real. Backed up by an article I saw about a technology company who was making virtual reality products and planning for a time when actual life and virtual reality are indistinguishable. Which of course, depending on how long we need to isolate, just might be the new norm.

So we are no longer a time poor nation. I remember reading a poll of 2000 people which said that almost three quarters wished they had more time to relax, 54% said they needed more time in the day with the average adult saying they needed an extra 3 hours a day to get everything done. Would be interesting to see how these people used their leisure time post coronavirus. I also yearned for more time when I was juggling children, work and parents. I used to recite the poem Leisure by William Henry Davies, and long to be able to ‘stare as long as sheep or cows’. So be careful what you wish for!

There is a silver lining to all this though: Trump is about to combustulate (not sure if that is a word – or just a malapropism) and hopefully the Americans will realise that he really is just full of hot air. Greeta Thunberg has finally got what she wants. And there is some great humour going around.


Please do send me your comments and tell me what you are doing to keep yourself amused/busy/stimulated.

Author: ladyserendipidy

Journalist, event planner, mother, animal lover, not very good bridge or scrabble player, hopeless housekeeper, ex social worker, radio producer, tv executive, hater of almost all insects especially the eight legged ones. And if I am ever allowed out of my house, intrepid traveler.

11 thoughts on “Home Alone”

  1. Well done Roma your the writer now I use the word confustulate I think I made that up! Xxx You did not hitchhike across Europe on your own I was with you !!!


  2. Sending you love dear Roma… I appreciate your positive points xxx sorry that you are all alone
    Keep in touch xxx


  3. That book is hilarious!  It’s not been easy for me either – my office has been asked to work from home for the next two weeks – and most likely longer.  I don’t have a chronic health issue like you, but I do have ADHD which makes trying to focus on my work challenging.  I do plan to get outside when I can and exercise, and to visit stores at off-peak hours.  Just hope they re-stock the toilet paper before I run out (WTF?!?).  Yes, I certainly share your hope about Trump’s future.  Quite sad there are a good number of people bought into his “thinking,” and equally sad our best hope is nothing more than a shell of his former self.  Still better than keeping this buffoon around for another four years.


  4. My house continues to accommodate two lodgers and a cat as well as me. Actually, one of the lodgers has been sending me bulletins about ‘working from home’ when we both know full well she hasnt been back since Friday. There is a boyfriend you see, but as she is a conservative woman, careful of her reputation, we have to overlook her actual place in the physical world. Its all good.


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