Lockdown trivial joys, stay busy.



With lockdowns gripping people all over the world in its solemn icy journey , counsellors and those trained to keep us away from gloomy thought must be booked for decades to come. Who would have thought  thousands of police hand in hand with battle ready soldiers scanning the streets in case someone might be freely and blissfully aimlessly walking about?

Masks must be worn and the fines are stiff for open uncovered faces, as are being with more than two people gathering. The park benches are taped over in case someone has the temerity to use them and actually sit down. People are spying on each other and any music indicating there could be feet shuffling about with some joyous dancing could easily result in one being bundled in the back of the Paddy-wagon. But spare a thought for the hapless single person?


I might not yet have reached the stage of ‘haplessness’ but I do  definitely qualify for living the life of being single. My true love is far away and in similar lockdown situation running now in it’s ninth week. We can’t travel and meet up. Can you believe it?  If the dreaded Lockdown, goes on much longer we could well be nudging the ‘hapless’ criteria.  How does it feel to be without ‘hap’ and how does it relate to this Lockdown?  ( I copy from Wik “without hap”—hap being another word for fortune or luck. … English has several words to describe those lacking good fortune, including ill-starred, ill-fated, unlucky, and luckless, hapless is one of them”

The lockdown severely limits interaction and goes against everything that we are supposed to engage in to keep us sane and into maintaining the good ‘hap’.  Meeting friends, talking, laughing, crying, touching, fighting, loving and many other activities are so much better shared with others and now this Lockdown prevents most of those emotion being expressed to others. The benefits were supposed to be of short and sharp duration and that it would curb the spread of Covid, but with a new strain popping up, Lockdowns became the toys of the medical toffy boys who now give us a diet of expert opinions each day on TV and lots of Lockdowns to come.

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I am at times  when I sit in a chair having exhausted my reasonably wide oeuvre of things to do  (to keep busy trying to escape feelings of haplessness), this could include cooking,  vacuuming, stroking the dog ( Bentley) switching heaters on and off, making a cup of tea, texting friends, washing up, changing the bed sheets, knitting, writing bits and treats. Going to Aldi or Bunnings. But sometimes when all that has been used up and one is empty, an almost hypnotic feeling comes over me where I am awake but hardly conscious, sitting in my chair. Is is the much sought after Buddhist feeling of nothingness coming over me? I then find myself wondering if I should get up and move the cup to the sink, or cover my foot of which the slipper has dropped off, should I put my coat on the chair, take an impromptu shower?. And then suddenly the day has moved yet another hour forward, all of its own volition. 

I wonder if others are experiencing similar feelings, and is it Lockdown syndrome?


29 Responses to “Lockdown trivial joys, stay busy.”

  1. DisandDat Says:

    You hit the nail on the head in your usual witty way. Keep it up Gerard. Bucketing down here so an extra pad lock (down) to the doors as we can’t even plant the new season punnets of petunia’s ! Cheers

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I think the weather is now siding with lockdown as well. Still, things will turn around I hope. I tried walking with Bentley in Gale force winds and driving rain. I turned around. Far out. The Bureau of Meteorology had given me a firm warning, ”Stay indoors”.
      Thanks, Herman

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  2. auntyuta Says:

    Yes, Gerard, it seems the lockdown lasted for a long, long time! Much too long. But there is hope. We may see in our country fairly soon a discarding of lockdowns.

    But I don’t think, we will go to our previous lives without any changes, For one, we will have to accept a certain number of deaths, and somehow we have to make sure that our health care system can cope with treating sick patients!

    I believe lockdowns soon are not going to be essential anymore. For sure, even with Delta around, we can learn to live without any lockdowns. This is my humble opinion anyway, and more and more people seem to think so now too.

    Health care workers and other essential workers like truck drivers are of course still needing some kind of protection!

    Vaccinations may give some protection, but so does social distancing, when this is at all possible, as well as the wearing of masks and getting as much fresh air as possible and wearing personal protection equipment where there is increased danger of getting infected.

    People, that do not voluntary follow some restrictions, have to just put up with some kind of health issues even if they are vaccinated because vaccinations so far do not give full protection and seem to give less protection over time, so that boosters are needed!

    So, we can probably look forward to a time without lockdowns, but still have to be prepared for some restrictions that are needed if we don’t want any further lockdowns.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Uta. Lockdowns are not my favourite state of being. Even in jails one has the opportunity to talk to other likewise souls. I often think how it would be in jail. I suppose there must be some sort of comradery about. I have yet to experience that.

      Yes, we will expect deaths post Covid. It has always stalked about and taken its victims or beneficiaries depending on our take on what seems so far fairly unavoidable.

      I think without the vaccines there would have been tens of millions of deaths. Look at countries that do not have the number of available vaccines s a Indonesia.

      You are right, we might well take a yearly Covid vaccine as we do with the flu. Thank goodness for the scientists and medical innovators behind all the medical discoveries.

      We still don’t have a vaccination for Lockdown ennui ,but scientists are feverishly working on it.

      “Vaccinations may give some protection”?
      They give a lot of protection. Without a vaccination we have no protection. We can’t go around wearing masks or protective clothing all the time.

      In a years time I hope life will be back to normal again.

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  3. catterel Says:

    Keep calm and carry on knitting …

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  4. auntyuta Says:

    Gerard. you say spare a thought for the hapless single person! Well, I just thought a bit about it, how it is being single in these Lockdown times. So, you point out, that your true love is far away. As you told us in your blogs, previously you were able to see each other on a weekly basis. Don’t you know you can still do this, when you live within 5 km or so? So I guess, one of you should move house for a while so you can see each other! After all, this lockdown can’t last forever! 🙂

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  5. leggypeggy Says:

    I had a welcome diversion today. Went to the dentist.

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  6. shoreacres Says:

    Your description of life under your lockdown sounds remarkably like life under the Taliban. I’m glad I’m here, and not there. Would they let you and your love out of the country? You could come stay with me. You could take walks, and I’d take you to my favorite hardware + everything store: our version of a Bunnings.I’d offer to take you to an outdoor café, but you might want to wait a bit before coming. It’s still too hot for that!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes Linda, they say different strokes for different folks. It would be fabulous to take up your invitation and walk around. At the moment I would not be allowed to travel.
      Australia and Texas have this laid outback and casualness in common.

      American Covid fatalities makes grim reading and Texas isn’t spared either. Australian total fatalities from Covid is still less than 1000. Texas over 55 000 and with similar numbers of population.
      So, what price freedom of movement and association? A hard question. The Taliban?

      Australia is riding high in its success in preventing rampant Covid deaths and is now also one of the fastest vaccination achievers.
      As you can see, I am a proud Aussie now.

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      • shoreacres Says:

        Ah — ‘Taliban’ only in terms of a desire to exercise control, not violence. I suspect the term came to mind only because we’ve been hearing or reading it about every third sentence these days.

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  7. DisandDat Says:

    Good on you Peggy. Nothing wrong with my teeth. Still got headful of hair. Just got new hip. No headaches, sneezing, fever etc. I feel like am missing out on something. Maybe should seek out a gynaecologist for my prostate ?

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  8. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Yes, we are all feeling this, too, Gerard. You’ve expressed it so well.
    Keep doing the things you can that make you smile. Hoping hoping hoping things will get better soon. AND hoping you can see Your Love soon. 🙂
    We are keeping busy…just busy with different things than we used to keep busy with. 😀
    PATS and RUBS for Bentley! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) for you! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the option is to try and be inventive in spending time in lockdown. Even outside exercise has been pared down to one hour a day. Single adults can nominate a ‘buddy’ allowing visits within a 5 km range of the LGA ( local Government Area).

      There were too many ignoring the lockdowns and that’s when the army was called in. Overnight cases blew up to 870 and have since stabilized and all hope is now vested in getting a 70/80 % double vaccinated.

      Australia has done very well in keeping fatalities down but at cost of personal freedom and the loss of thousands of businesses. The psychological cost has yet to filter its way through but is estimated to be enormous. Help lines are running red hot with people at the end of their tether.

      I am privileged in having love in Sydney and a nice Bentley buddy at home.
      Hugs to you and pats for Cooper.

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  9. Robert Parker Says:

    I read your post while walking, and for a second, thought I’d seen “…cooking, vacuuming, stroking the dog,” and thought, “Oh no! Cooking the dog, he’s been locked up and ran out of food!” and then thought, no, that’s not right, he’d vacuum the dog first. Then figured it out. My dog, who passed away a few years ago, was a Lab and would shed like crazy, so we vacuumed him. We’d take the long hose from a canister vacuum and it would suck up a lot of lose fur, and the dog absolutely enjoyed it.
    Hang in there, looks like vaccinations in Australia are happening at a pretty good clip.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Robert. Bentley is a very long haired dog but oddly enough doesn’t seem to loose hair the same that our Jack Russell did. He does need brushing and he loves it arching his back against the brush. Nice to have him as company.
      The figures for out state of NSW came in; over 900 new cases and two deaths ( unvaccinated)
      Yes, long queues of people waiting for their vaccination.

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  10. rangewriter Says:

    Be grateful for your lockdown, Gerard. You know too well, the alternative as it plays out across the pond. Our local hospitals are full again. And I worry about my friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and needs scheduled surgery in 2 weeks. Will that be interrupted because of some damned, selfish, vaxless, maskless, idiot, sucking down canned oxygen to stay alive?

    I know lockdowns can be difficult. But at least you are locked into your own comfortable home with a dear pup to add an element of the unexpected. Stay safe, my friend.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I shudder when I read the figures coming from other countries. There are anti-vaxers here too, probably the remnants of flat earthers. But this morning some restriction were lifted but only to those that are double vaccinated and have proof of that.

      I hope your friend gets the best treatment in hospital.

      You are right, we have the freedom to feel reasonable confident that in due course the restriction will be lifted when vaccination is around 80% including children.

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      • auntyuta Says:

        A lot of people can’t get their vaccines yet and have to wait, wait, wait, Gerard. There are so many vulnerable people that can’t get a booking yet! Extremely bad planning in my opinion. Vulnerable people should have been given priority.

        I don’t call myself vulnerable. For me, it is alright to wait.
        If I end up with a little bit of covid after I had my jab, I don’t want them to admit me to hospital. When I do end up with complications they should just let me stay at home and observe AND, that is allow my natural death! I think at my age and with my medical history, I have a right to refuse life prolonging procedures.


      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Everyone now can get vaccinates, Uta. Some that prefer the Pfizer might have to wait as that vaccine is now given priority to children. Australia has now the worlds fasted rate of vaccinating.

        My daughter and grandsons would be worried sick if I wasn’t vaccinated. I don’t want to put that on them. Being fully vaccinated means unlikely I get the Covid nor will I pass it onto others. I feel it is a civic duty.

        I too am old but look forward to the years ahead and would certainly not want to keep inside indefinitely just in order not to risk getting Covid.

        I too signed up not to prolong my life if it means being hooked up to the ceiling with tubes and purring motors.

        You stay well, Uta

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      • auntyuta Says:

        Thank you, Gerard. I am very well, enjoying plenty of sunshine and fresh air. In good weather I just love staying outside all day. The nearby park gives me plenty of opportunity for walks without getting anywhere near close to other people. Admittedly I chose to live like a hermit. But this is my choice, isn’t it, and since I live completely on my own and don’t associate with groups of people in any buildings, and wearing a mask outside and keeping total social distance with the neighbours at all times, I really don’t see how I can attract the virus. Whereas when I am jabbed and go out among people I can still get infected with a low dose of the virus. And this is a fact, that people don’t like to talk about. And even if the infection is very mild, I can pass it on to others. But probably I can’t go against the stream for ever and ever. But I am sure I can hold out a bit longer.
        Really, I am not in a hurry to get jabbed. I have a very good, healthy life right now. Living on my own I have to learn to live a very isolated life for most of the time anyway. I can’t help it that I don’t have a partner anymore. That means, I just have to learn to live without a partner. And I don’t have any family around to see me all the time.
        Do I have to learn to live with the Covid virus? For sure, the virus has spread worldwide that far, that eventually every human has to learn to live with it, the same as we have learned to live with the flu. I probably developed some naturally immunity against every flu virus without ever having had a flu injection. Whenever I did get a ‘bad’ cold, I just had a rest of a day or two and then I was alright. I was never scared of the flu, neither was Peter. The only time Peter agreed to have a flu injection, was when he was in the final stages of cancer. If you can count, Gerard, then you must know, at this time, even with admittedly very rapid vaccinations, we are a long way off from having vaccines for everyone in this country.
        It is a fact, isn’t it, we actually do not have yet sufficient supplies of vaccines in this country. Of course, eventually there are going to be enough vaccines available for everybody for two jabs and a third jab just six months after the second jab! Well, this way everybody should be more or less protected. The present vaccines cannot give you 100% protection. Only sterilizing vaccines can give you 100% protection! The polio vaccines that are available now are sterilizing. This is why polio is now eliminated in our community. The polio virus is just not around anymore, this is why nobody can get infected.
        Well, it looks like Cocid-19 is going to stay with us for a long, long time, despite all the vaccinations. And don’t forget, everybody who has been fully vaccinated can still give the virus to other people, even to people who have been vaccinated. So, that means, we cannot give up social distancing or mask wearing even if we are fully vaccinated, if we prefer not to get sick at all from the virus. People, that have no major health issues, may well be able to cope with a bit of Delta. But if you do have some underlying health issues any infection with the virus might put you in an isolation ward in a hospital. I think, this is what scares me. I really would prefer it, if I could stay out of hospital.


      • auntyuta Says:

        I hope you are well, dear Gerard, and that you can publish another post very soon. Have a good weekend! Love, Uta 🙂


  11. auntyuta Says:

    I don’t know if you are up to it, but here is something else to read:

    My Life with Peter and without Peter


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