I have some new outfits to show you, some thoughts on the situation, plus the mask-making that I haven’t quite got right.
Earlier in the year February, when we weren’t in lockdown, and the numbers getting the virus were low, I went through a spate of buying from the online retailer, Warehouse. I thought their prices, especially their sale prices, were excellent as was the quality of the clothes. But I’m not putting up a link as the firm has gone into administration (although it is still selling online) so I’m not sure how secure your money would be if you put in an order. And since lockdown I’ve stopped buying from Warehouse as I get quite anxious about stuff coming into our flat and I’m not sure about those plastic sacks within which the clothes are packed.
The majority of my wardrobe has always been about being out and about and being seen. I have a lot of tight pencil skirts for town wear and frivolous frilly and edgy skirts for London and socialising. I have very little for sitting around in. I always wore my jeans for gardening (when I had one) and for housework, but now seem to be in them all the time and, gosh, am I bored with that! Hats off to those of you who dress up. And see Is This Mutton’s latest post where she manages to make her jeans and t-shirt look amazing. But rather like the jokes that are going around about trouser-less execs sitting through their Zoom meetings I ring the changes with my tops and wear the same old jeans over and over. Anyway to be different I bought this from Warehouse.
What do you think? It’s made from a heavy cotton and feels very relaxed to wear.
My posture seems a bit off, but I hope to rectify this by starting a gentle Pilates class quite soon. I have to get my GP’s permission first though, but don’t see why I shouldn’t do the class, it will be gentle after all! The only disadvantage to this item, btw, is that you have to completely undress to go to the loo!
Earlier this month when it was colder I also bought this bright yellow top and a really great pair of wide-leg black jeans.
The jeans are also made from good quality heavy cotton with pockets to the side, front and back. On the table behind me are some scarves from which I tried to make some masks.
Before I show you what I attempted to make I know there is some controversy as to whether we should or shouldn’t wear masks. It is not the advice to so do in the UK, but on the other hand as the UK government has got it so wrong from the very beginnings of the pandemic I wouldn’t go by anything it says. The scientific evidence is that the front-line workers must wear proper PPE including very specifically designed masks, the population meanwhile shouldn’t wear medical masks as it takes away precious resources from our wonderful health workers. But there is the beginnings of a consensus that the general population should wear home-made masks to prevent spraying, unintentionally of course, any droplets out into the ether. We won’t, however, prevent ourselves catching it through wearing home-made masks. So by wearing your home-made mask you are being kind to others. On balance, therefore, I think we should wear masks when we go out.
Having said all that I’ve been hopeless at making masks, and yes, I have looked on YouTube, and the paper towel one was a complete failure as it was far too small and the elastic bands hurt my ears. Mind you have you seen the photos in the media of nurses with those red welts on their face from wearing their masks? I cannot say how much I respect these wonderful people.
And this below is my YouTube version of the t-shirt mask.
It was very hot, and I know heat is what the nursing staff are suffering every minute of their long 12-hour shifts. So this is what I have been doing over the last few days.
It’s hot but workable and I pull it up whenever I pass someone. Gosh, apologies again for my posture, but it was the one pic that showed the mask/scarf at its best. As you can see no-one was around so this is how I go about most of the time.
I never get tired of the sea and the sea breezes are life-giving.
Here are some more random thoughts on the situation:
I write in the morning but that energy and focus fades away by the afternoon. From what I see from social media (Twitter mainly), this lack of concentration is being felt by a large number of people. It is the age of anxiety and we are concentrating on survival and that is where our efforts are being put. It is quite reassuring, don’t you think, to know that you are not the only one 🙂
How is your sleep these days? Mine is pretty poor. I know all the techniques. You name it I’ve done it, but still I can’t get to sleep about one night in every four, I’d say. Do have a look at The Age-Well Project, which has an excellent post with links on Sleep In The Time of Corona. And I haven’t tried a kiwi-fruit in the evening. Has anyone….?
The skin on my hands is getting red, fragile and sore. Last night we watched the latest Star Wars film and I rather thought my hands were like the Emperor Palatine! You’ll have to watch the film to see what I mean! Hand creams seem to acerbate the skin rather than helping but I’ve found salvation in the form of some aloe vera gel I had tucked away in a drawer. I shall have to find an alternative to soap.
I am putting on weight! Not a lot, a couple of pounds, but even so. This, I think, is due more to my lack of exercise rather than over-eating.
I’m wearing more makeup, not as much as I used to but I’ve begun to put on a line under my eyes with eye-liner and a little eye shadow. Also putting on a bit of lippy, which is quite unusual for me, but I’ve always said it’s either a lot of eye makeup or lips, not both, and as I can’t plaster on the eye makeup the lips are getting some attention.
You can’t really see much of the makeup but I feel better putting on the slap. it is such a morale booster.
The situation is very challenging and I think the economic and social consequences will be huge, so many deaths of loved ones, so many firms going to the wall, so many jobs lost. But lockdown must not be eased too quickly. And why the UK is even contemplating a reduction of social-isolating with our stats, I don’t know. My disgust for the people in charge of our destiny is beyond words, but I shall keep my ire for My Other Blog, which I will resurrect soon(ish). Needless to say when this is over we will all be suffering a certain amount of PTSD, some more than others.
There is so much good out there – we have to remember this. I still bang my pots and pans on a Thursday as it’s a communal community thing. We need to do something to just tell the NHS how much we love it and the staff. The UK is not as religious as it once was, but if it has a religion, it is the NHS! I know, I know, in actuality, if the medics and nurses could just have the equipment they need…..
But what about the lovely care staff who are staying in the care homes with their residents? Yesterday I heard of a 17-year-old who had sequestered herself in a care home with a lovely old chap. Both of them were interviewed by Piers Morgan, who I refused to watch during the time of Brexit (do you remember that era?) but he’s become the nation’s darling in calling out those incompetent people who are meant to be in charge of the situation. And don’t forget all the people volunteering, and the grocery store staff and those who deliver our food. There are so many good people – we have to remember this 🙂
That’s all for now
With much love to you all, take care and stay safe
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper