20 Mar 2020


This week was very strange. It was the first week we were totally confined in our homes. It is a real strange feeling when you drive through Brussels or Waterloo or other towns they alll are empty no traffic jams, nothing.

I had done all my shopping when the rush had not yet started so I didn't have to go out. But the idea to be locked in against my will didn't please me at all and my scrabble girls all agreed confined or not we stay confined together and scrabble. At least that seemed a normal afternoon to us. Anyway the weather was bad so we had a nice afternoon.

The ghost town

Next day again empty streets, lots of people working from home. No kids on the street they had to stay inside ! Poor parents ! I did my blogging work and in the afternoon it was a real funeral weather grey, humid and a lot of rain. Not good for our already damaged mood !

We met at Myriam's  and exchanged the last Corona news. Myriam and Nicole had still their grand children stuck in Morocco and in the Philippines. And we are not allowed to travel either ! A friend has her 88 year old mother alone in France and wanted to visit her, but she couldn't. Had to postpone her visit after April 3. I don't know who has fixed the date of the end of the virus crisis on the 3rd. Must be a clairvoyant, or somebody has it planned (??)

At least the following day the weather was wonderful, the sun shining, warm, a real nice weather to go out for a walk. But ... you are allowed to walk in couples, what the third person has to do is not precised. Could be the grandparents or simply two toddlers, do they have to walk alone behind. And always at 1.50 m distance ! Have to take a meter along !

We didn't care we sat on Nicole's terrace in the sunshine and Isis was happy to have company and be combed. First we had thought to do a little walk, but we all didn't feel like walking in the park and been checked and asked what we are doing there !

Mr. G. went early shopping, now for retired people they open Supermarkets from 8 - 9 am (when I am still sleeping) and only 4 persons were allowed to go inside. He bought his stuff and my apples and returned quickly home. At other supermarkets people were already lined up and waited to be let in. New rules 1 client per 10 square meters and half an hour shopping. In order to avoid hoarding food and empty the shelves, there are security guards now to check the caddies.

As usually after painting class we are going together into a restaurant, I invited my 2 friends (the third couldn't come) in the restaurant "Gattina" where I served a "Quiche Lorraine" and a mousse au chocolat. Mr. G. had nice company, 2 ladies who listened to his stories, while the third one closed her ears after 50 years of marriage you knew them all  by heart. 

When we had finished, we watched a movie I had recorded "Vera" during which Nicole fell asleep and Myriam too. Unfortunately when my camera was ready to take a picture they opened their eyes. We chatted a bit and then they returned home. And we had survived the first week.

At 8 pm we should all go outside and applaud the nurses and doctors, but in my street there was nobody. Not even a cat.

Our house sale is stopped, nobody allowed to visit and all workmen don't work (sounds good) My cleaning lady is not allowed to come, the hairdresser is allowed to take one client per hour ! They are not happy. Deliveries are put in front of your door, and you don't have to sign the reception. The virus could jump on the tablet.

We all feel not real. We have never lived such a situation to be confined and not allowed to go outside except for food shopping. Even the dentist doesn't work !

And even after a week people are still hoarding !

more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.


Wendy said...

I jokingly asked my hubby's family yesterday "how many years do you get for murdering your husband?" gave them all a laugh. Hopefully we will still be able to laugh at the end of all this.

Faith said...

The joy of the LORD is our strength. If you're not a faith based person this virus pandemic is sure to get you connected to the God of the universe!! I'm trusting Him with my future and over here in NY we are pretty much quarantined until April 19!!!! Ugh!!!! But we're making the best of it. Taking lots of good walks, trying to find the things we need that the hoarders didn't grab and counting our blessings.

Mara said...

The supermarkets over here are starting to look a bit more normal. Today there was bread and milk and all!

I don't think I have been out of the house more than 4 times these past two weeks. I must admit, it is starting to get to me now as well.

Susanne said...

I saw a post about Ann Frank in my fb feed that gave me pause to think when I am starting to feel housebound. It was an encouragement that if the amount of people that were crammed into her tiny 400 some square foot hiding place could stay there for months on end then we could hold out with this. That encouraged me a lot. Praying you all stay safe and healthy.

DUTA said...

"Have to take a meter along" - humor never fails to lift our mood.

Andrew said...

We all feel not real. That sums it up well. It is like we are actors playing a part in a movie and we aren't our real selves.

Penelope Notes said...

This urge to hoard is awful and the unhelpful attitude can be found everywhere. We must isolate as much as possible or Italy will be everyone’s story. Everyone must assume they are a carrier and act accordingly. It is not much to ask when at war with such a disease, stay home, read or write a book, watch television and if you can't go outdoors, do exercises on a carpet on the floor.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hang in there and keep us laughing!

William Kendall said...

Isis is good tonic for all this.

Barbara Harper said...

It certainly has been a strange couple of weeks. Glad you have what you need and humor to cope with. I hope and pray you and Mr. G. stay well.

Willow said...

The more we stay home, the more we safe ourselves and others. We are all in this together. Be safe and well.

Life is certainly changing, isn't it?