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NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:26:53 PM »
The arrival today of a VGA cable to connect my tablet to a larger screen is an unexpected cause for celebration.  And, for the first time in months, we're due a Tesco's home delivery on Sunday. What a great start to the bank holiday weekend!

What small victories are people finding?

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 05:31:26 PM »
Golf courses beginning to reopen; the old magic is still there!  Runner beans climbing the poles steadily (I'm easily pleased)

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 05:56:40 PM »
The arrival today of a VGA cable to connect my tablet to a larger screen is an unexpected cause for celebration.  And, for the first time in months, we're due a Tesco's home delivery on Sunday. What a great start to the bank holiday weekend!

What small victories are people finding?
I spite of being old and a special case I have failed to get a Tesco Home Delivery since Lockdown started but have manage two Click & Collects which are very good indeed.


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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 07:04:32 PM »
I've taken an unhealthy interest in birds....saw a nuthatch....and heard the cuckoo.... strangely, before the lockdown had an unhealthy interest in aeroplanes

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 07:05:30 PM »
Reading studying audiobooks etc etc.Having had an appalling education due to lack of parental motivation and inadequate teachers am discovering subjects that are fascinating.Being semi retired aged 60 helps as does the lockdown.

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 07:14:33 PM »
The hope that in a few months time we'll all get infected, vaccinated or bored of worrying (I don't care which) and can get on with our lives


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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2020, 07:21:27 PM »
Alcohol, playing my guitars and working from home.
Nearly forgot Sophie Ellis-Bextor on a Friday evening.

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 12:32:09 AM »
I have enjoyed reading authors I wouldn't normally enjoy. I like watching things on line or revisiting some great old DVDs I have. I like being alone in the Lighthouse because there is no real change. Having the odd emergency has been interesting because ironically people and tradesman are not busy and want to help.

I haven't needed to bury so many corpses in the garden as there have been fewer visitors. But sadly that is changing now. People telling me of instant doom unless I give them money for work that doesn't need doing. It becomes very tiring. Enjoyed much of the time away from reality. Returning to normal seems like a shame to me.

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 07:30:49 AM »
every Saturday evening I take part in a "pub quiz" with my 3 girls and their "other halves" via zoom

not the same as physically being together but a nice way to spend an evening


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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2020, 10:55:22 AM »
Golf courses beginning to reopen; the old magic is still there!
Tennis courts reopening.  The old magic was mostly in my head and is now proving elusive.  The aches and pains however are exquisitely real. 

Exercise and movement is so important for me to feel good and ward off the blues.  With no swimming and until recently just one hour a day outside, I turned to running and realised I could do 10k in an hour.  Just.  Very satisfying.

A time to count ones blessings whatever they may be.

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2020, 12:32:56 PM »
Apart from my garden looking the best ever on the insistence of my daughter in law I have sat and typed a 20,000 word story of my Scottish ancestry (I am not proud of it!), the hard times endured by my grandmother and family, how she cooked for and my the 20 year old mother to be waited at dinners given for Moseley, the Mitford, other Fascist sympathisers and the Prince of Wales in about 1936. That was before I got on to more recent history and events in my lifetime.
Julian Fellowes gets paid for stuff like that!

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2020, 12:46:57 PM »
Credit card bills down by 2/3rds, getting lots done in the house and garden.


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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2020, 12:50:46 PM »
Apart from my garden looking the best ever on the insistence of my daughter in law I have sat and typed a 20,000 word story of my Scottish ancestry (I am not proud of it!), the hard times endured by my grandmother and family, how she cooked for and my the 20 year old mother to be waited at dinners given for Moseley, the Mitford, other Fascist sympathisers and the Prince of Wales in about 1936. That was before I got on to more recent history and events in my lifetime.
Julian Fellowes gets paid for stuff like that!

Close encounters with history are interesting, whatever they are, thanks for posting.

I once met a lady who had a 1st edn. Mein Kampf signed by the author, who'd presented it to her as a child. Also have a friend whose mother tended T E Lawrence's room when he was staying in the hotel where she worked and darned his holey socks that he'd put in the bin. My friend is called Laurence and I often wonder...

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2020, 03:46:51 PM »
Credit card bills down by 2/3rds, getting lots done in the house and garden.
😜 I go along with the garden bit an last month for the first time in 18 years my Amex card was a great big £0.

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2020, 04:14:34 PM »
My wife and I bought new road bikes and have got into cycling, my wife for the first time in her life and in my case since I was younger than I care to remember!  I'm loving the sense of freedom I get from just poling off out on a bike and the fitness advantages are a bonus too.
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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2020, 06:52:56 PM »
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Peroni bottled beer

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2020, 09:45:22 PM »
Now that I have a little more leisure time, I am regularly at home on the punch bag, spread ball and skipping rope. Got myself into a strict split routine with my weights and deadlifting. Sparing regularly with all my sons and the timing and sharpness is coming back, muscle memory and a high protein diet coupled with a shed load of desire.

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2020, 04:54:41 AM »
Working through my music dvds, organising ipod playlists, biking, and coffee dates with my wife in her card shed. We are almost back to normal here, golf course open and able to play for a beer, no new c-19 cases for a week.


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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2020, 07:02:54 AM »
I’ve just sorted out my Dusty Springfield record collection, now I just don’t know what to do with myself !

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Re: NFR: what's making you happy in these difficult times?
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2020, 08:49:13 AM »
Just enjoying life with no pressure