Corona Chronicles ~ 11

Oh what a mess the country is in. Now we have 3 tiers of restrictions that depend on the level of virus cases in your area you could be in. Our cluster could not be more fucked.

Everyone is anti any more restrictions anyway as everyone is so fed up of not knowing what’s going on one day to the next. Test and trace is working intermittently but no where near what’s needed. Some people in Birmingham were given self-test kits that had already been used, no I’m not making that up! ๐Ÿ™„ Yet another member of parliament, some complete knobhead Scottish bint, took a 3 hr train journey knowing she was Covid positive, met loads of other M.P’s in parliament, and then did the return journey. She can’t be fired, and she won’t resign. It feels like we are in a never ending washing machine cycle of crass stupidity and doom, with not much hope of anyone opening the door and letting us out. Most people are trying hard with the mask wearing in shops etc, but I went to put petrol in the car today and the lady behind the counter told me she is really fed up with younger blokes not wearing face coverings. She told me she’s not supposed to say anything, but she tells them off anyway as she can’t help it, bless her. I’ve noticed that myself in our local corner shop, white-van men and the like being much too macho to wear a mask, fuckwits. Sorry, this is turning into a bit of a sweary post.

Unemployment is sky~ rocketing, and the government says people have to retrain to get other jobs, but how can there be ‘other jobs’ when the businesses are beginning to fail and close down? Food banks are already overwhelmed, and it’s a stain on our nation that they were ever needed in the first place. So much hardship for people and it’s just going to get worse when Brexit hits. Next year is not looking any better than 2020 for a lot of people.

Phil and I are still working of course, and Phil’s hospital is rapidly filling up with Covid cases, he doesn’t think it will be long before all normal surgery and admissions will be put aside yet again and people with other health problems put on the backburner, yet again.

Also, just to make things even more miserable the weather refuses to stop fekkin’ raining.

So as you might just be able to tell, I’m having a moment of fedupness.

Sophie and I managed a meet up by the seafront in Sunderland on Sunday. Masks on and social distancing, we walked along the promenade taking photo’s, had a picnic lunch by the sea, and had a wander around Roker park. It was lovely to be out with my pal again for a couple of hours, even if it was freezing cold, but so different to how we used to do it, and it really brought home how I so miss our proper outings. I just made myself cry writing that, which isn’t like me, I’ve been so stoic and cheery, trying to make the best of it, as if there could be a best of this crappy world.

But, I’m well, I’m alive, I have my lovely Phil, a nice home, a job, and am in a better situation than a lot of people, so I now feel guilty for being a grumpy old lady. ๐Ÿ™„

I found this poem the other day, I’m not really into poetry, but I like this so much.

Come stand over here,
just a step or two beyond the place you have occupied for so long,
where you have worn the earth smooth with your pacing,
where you have spent so many hours fighting the problem you cannot seem to solve.
Take a break.
Catch your breath.
Come stand here, where you can catch a freshening breeze and
see far into the valley below.
Let the distant clouds carry your worry for a while,
see how the sun empties the world of shadow.
The answer you seek may be just a step beyond,
a higher place where the view is clear of all obstructions.
โ€”Steven Charleston


  1. Love the poem CJ…and feel your pain. A lot of the same crap over here. I am lucky as I get to able to not think about it but with Phil working in hospital and you working face to face with people it must be impossible to NOT think about it…nothing to say is there? One day at a time I suppose…so glad you got out with Sophie x

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  2. Ah….Now I know what you meant with the last comment I saw over on my blog and why you needed a laugh๐Ÿค” Glad to have at least done that for you๐Ÿ˜€
    First off…there is no need to feel guilty for being a grumpy old lady (and pssh…old? Now thatโ€™s a laugh, and totally no true!). This year is testing everyoneโ€™s patience to their limits, and a lot of positive folks who are always cheerful are also at their breaking point. And well…thatโ€™s normal. This year is totally nuts…itโ€™s insane, and it keeps getting weirder and weirder with no end in sight. So really…donโ€™t feel guilty! Itโ€™s good to let off a little bit of steam! (I use Ironing for that as you well know๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)
    Seriousy though: donโ€™t feel down about it. Yes this entire mess is sucky as hell, and I think we will all be glad when some semblance of normal will return. But, until then itโ€™s at times good to let go and rant a bit. You will feel refreshed, and hopefully a bit better too.
    So really…no worries. Iโ€™m happy you were able to spend some time with Sophie, and those days will return again eventually. For now, keep hanging in there as best you can! And if you ever want to let of some more steam: you know where to find me okay? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜€
    (PS…otherwise you can always join The Masters Of Ironing….it will do wonders for your mood…or watch a few Star Wars films…..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚) Take care okay? ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. It is! Itโ€™s even better than it was! And Iโ€™m a moderator too now! Iโ€™m moving up in the world! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
        Glad to help, you definitely needed it I think๐Ÿ˜Š Take care okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I feel a lot like you, and have been raging at the Scousers and Mancs saying they are being victimised when they are out in their thousands every weekend pissing it up and cuddling. Fools! Norfolk is not too bad, except for the stupid ‘entitled’ students in Norwich at the university. I do all the right things, wear the awful mask, and feel locked in like an H-block prisoner. But all those smug young bastards couldn’t give a stuff. I want to hit people with big sticks. I want to really hurt them too! A lot!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I have family in the Uk and trust me I have been ranting and screaming profanities at the screens at the mere stupidy of these who think it is false/fake and social distancing doesn’t work…Well trust me it f….does…we don’t have any covid here..Why? because we socially isolated still wear masks as we are not allowed in most shops without them and have our temp taken as well. We are not letting anyone into the country without jumping through copious hoops including at least 3 clear covid tests, valid insurance, and mandatory quarantine in a
    designated hotel at their expense. I don’t care I don’t want anybody let in without doing all that I want to stay covid free….Ijits all of them who don’t comply and that is why everyone is seeing an upsurge…I enjoyed that rant and I hope you feel better for yours…Stay safe and well ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  5. I think we are all fed up for a variety of reasons. You are lucky to be working and have a home – so many everywhere are suffering in ways I cannot even imagine. On our side of the pond, we have dishonest politicians crawling all over the place. POS. I cannot believe these “Christians” do what they do, nor believe these people are so damned iggerint. Putin is a happy camper, I am sure. Ballot stealing is going to happen with drop-off boxes; lawsuits (really??) to prevent mail-in voting; Republicans erecting illegal ballot drop-off boxes. Why are the Republicans so dispicable?? Why do they end up being the ones with scandals and wars in this country? So, yeah, I get you. Covid-19 and manly men with guns who will protect their families but not wear a mask to protect them; stupid white people calling other people the N-word and being nasty and shameless. The current administration is an abomination, and the leader an abortion that failed. Supposedly a curse – “May you live in exciting times” – is saying it all. Oh, Fraggy, you said it beautifully. Feckin’ good!

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  6. Iโ€™m so glad you were able to meet up with Sophie, even if it wasnโ€™t quite the same. And youโ€™re NOT a grumpy old lady! Even for those of us who have been blessed to still be safe with a roof over our heads, are starting to crack under the constant anxiety and worrying over the non-stop bad news. So swear away! BTW, I think โ€œfedupnessโ€ should be the official word of 2020.

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  7. We’re far from safe down here, but I’ll let your map pass. I also feel very bad about being grumpy, since I’m retired and don’t even have to leave the house to go to work. I do feel grumpy, though, because I’m going to have to spend the winter not going anywhere and not seeing my family and friends in the same way that I have spent the summer. I’m glad you got to see Sophie.

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      1. On the plus side, it’s a lovely morning here and I made myself look at the trees and what the sun was doing to the leaves on my run. It was beautiful, so I’m hoping to be a bit more sanguine today.

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