I try to keep in mind that this quarantine is a marathon, not a sprint. Except, with a marathon, you are aware of the distance you need to run and you have been training for months. In February I never predicted that we’d not be able to leave our houses within a couple of months’ time, yet here we are. And we don’t really know how long this will last for, after the government’s recent extension.
So, how do we make this quarantine bearable?
Well, Evee has mentioned how she has made her room a cosy environment to live and suggested ways you can too. But what do we do with our time now, particularly now the weather is brighter and we have longer evenings to enjoy?
We are getting creative, and actually, one Saturday we all got dressed up, had a 3 course meal and went to the theatre! Evee and I cannot take credit for this, the idea was all our Uncle’s.
At breakfast, Peter mentioned that “One Man, Two Guvnors” was now available to stream and he suggested that we watch it later on. Fast forward a few hours later, I was in the kitchen preparing a 3 course meal, Peter was in the living room designing tickets and a menu.
It reminded me of when Evee recieved her A level grades and was accepted into university. To celebrate, we wanted to go to Dartmoor and have a cream tea, but Mum was too poorly. So instead, we drove to Dartmoor, picked up the freshly baked scones, and brough them back to enjoy with Mum.
Not everything is in our control (now more than ever), but we are still in control of our experiences and how we’d like to remember this time. It was so comical to see Peter in a little bow tie to sit in front of the TV on a Saturday night. A great evening was had by all three of us which provided a couple of hours respite. And the awful current events going on in the world were all but forgotten, just as if we were at the theatre.
There are loads of plays going onto YouTube now, including the Phantom of the Opera which is only up for 24 hours from 17th, and Fleabag is soon to be posted, which Evee, Peter and I hope to enjoy.
Other quarantine ideas like this include:
- A cream tea!
- Making dens (simple but effective!)
- Outdoor cinema!
- Indoor picnics
- Brunch (oh i just love brunch!)
- Learn to play the ukulele! It really isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You just need to learn 3 chords (Am, G, D) and you are golden!)
- Enjoy a pint in a “beer” garden (you can decorate your garden and make it a more calming environment for you and your quarantine inmates to enjoy!)
- Movie marathons
- Zumba Classes on Youtube
- Try to draw each other (add alcohol and things are going to get funny)