Making the best of longer isolation

Our prime minister, Mark Rutte, gave a press conference yesterday and all measures that had been taken to combat the Corona virus have been extended from April 6th till April 28th. To quote the statement:

“The extension means that sports facilities, establishments serving food and drink, childcare centres and other locations will remain closed until 28 April inclusive. Schools will remain closed until at least the end of the May school holidays. The ban on events still applies until 1 June.”

It’s all getting more and more grim.

Total number of confirmed cases: 12,595 (+845)
Total number of confirmed cases who are or were admitted to hospital: 4.712(+722)
Total number of reported deaths: 1.039 (+175)
The number of patients admitted to hospital and the number of deceased patients reported in the Netherlands are increasing less rapidly than would have been expected without measures in place. The province of Noord-Brabant seems to have moved past the peak of new hospital admissions. Hospital admissions are still increasing in Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Gelderland and Limburg.

We live in Zuid-Holland so we’re still getting the worst in this part of the country. It’s no surprise that the measures have been extended and, listening to the press conference yesterday, chances are that the measures will be extended even longer after that date. We’ll have to wait and see. I’ve got to say that with all the criticism I have had in the past of our PM and his policies, I do feel like he is handling this crisis very well.

So, at the very least, we have another 4 weeks of this isolation thing to go… I am extremely grateful that Mr Esther and I both have steady work and a steady paycheck. Not everyone has that luxury and very many don’t have work they can do from home but this stay at home thing is not a holiday either like many in (social-)media do seem to suggest. So many ads and social media posts giving well-meant advice to combat boredom and I keep on thinking, “Really? Is no one else working except for hospital & care staff, grocery store staff and Mr Esther and I”? I really don’t have time to read 10 books a week, watch 20 Netflix series, do full time meditation retreats and play indoor games all day (even if I do have a day off work today). I’m not so much bothered by boredom, rather I am affected by restriction. Our world is large in virtual life but very small and confined in real life. And even then I am lucky that I have a good home life, a good internet connection, am healthy and not lonely.

I hope all these measures to stay at home will help stop the spread of the disease, I hope that all healthcare staff and all other people that work so hard to keep everything going get through this unscathed, I hope that all those who are now not able to work or fear losing their jobs and businesses stay well, I hope that those who have difficult at home lives or no home at all come through this alright and I also hope that in all this darkness we can also try to see some light now and again. With so many people here and around the world getting sick and dying, and these economic problems looming, and our home lives and contacts being restricted, life can be a little demoralizing. So, for me as a cup half full sort of person, I’m tyring to make the most of the little things, like enjoying a geriatric 15 year old cat in the sunshine in our back garden…


…or taking a walk with my home office colleague while keeping our distance from others…


Our black cat is happy that we’re home all day as it means she can always find someone to stretch out on (mostly on my daughter who, by the way, is bored)…


… and faithful reader Squirrel sent me this picture of her son which made me smile and that she asked me to blur and share on my blog. She says, “My son is creating 3D printing masks at home, in his narrow student studio, during spare times.”

Radagast son1

And last but not least, sharing a gorgeous Richard Armitage in Uncle Vanya image might help a tiny bit as well with cheering up. It’s topical too, as he is a doctor.

20200327 RA in Uncle Vanya2

If Dr. Astrov really were a good doctor, I’m sure he’d say, “Take care of yourselves and each other!” and I second that. Here’s to making the best of at least another 4 weeks in isolation.


12 thoughts on “Making the best of longer isolation

  1. Esther I am one of the ones who cannot work from home and am watching Netflix and like your daughter am bored! 😂😉I second all you’ve said. We have a stay at home order in effect maybe til June 10 which scares me to death on multiple levels. I’m blogging to stay upbeat, stay away from snacking stay motivated and stay positive. I’m still in my first week of self isolation or whatever the term is and am grateful I have my dogs who are beyond baffled why I am home all day
    Bless Squirrel too 😘❤️She keeps me informed and on my toes!!
    Virtual hug to you 😘❤️

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    1. Yeah, June 10th is a long time! I know with where I work, the closure will also last till June 1st. Yeah, it’s almost tougher if you have no work to do. Maybe you can pick up an in-house job, like painting or fixing things or gardening? I know we have lots to do on that front in our house but we aren’t getting around to it. We’re thinking of paying our kids a small fee so they can earn some money and tackle those jobs and combat their boredom in the process as well. 🙂
      Hang in there!

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      1. Yeah I’ve got plenty to do around the house
        Been battling sinus headache last three days so I have no energy to move off the couch or bed right now. No blog today just cannot concentrate. Don’t mean to waffle on though
        Glad you all are doing good. Cherish family time now ! 😘❤️

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  2. Servetus

    How can your daughter be bored while in reaching distance of an avocado?

    I’d be fine with the restrictions if I actually were not working, but we “just” went online with all classes. Incredibly time consuming. We have a month more of restrictions but it doesn’t matter because no matter what happens, the universities will not reassemble for the remainder of spring term. I’m counting the days till the end of May. I’ll be unemployed but I should have time to catch up on all this stuff people are posting about.

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    1. LOL! Yeah that avocado was gone soon enough. We have a new avocado cutter that she experimented with and worked fine. That accounted maybe for 10 minutes of time. 🙂

      Yeah, getting all that stuff online is a challenge our teachers are figuring out as well and then there’s the challenge of how to test it all digitally only. Oral exams are doable but all the written exams, how to tackle those?

      Unemployed at the end of May doesn’t sound good…

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  3. We’re like you and your mister… working hard from home. In some ways, we’re busier than normal. I have so many more emails and phone conversations (I actually hate talking on the phone), partly because my colleagues and I can’t have impromptu conversations about work in the doorways of each others’ offices. My son has his Google Hangout classes from 1 to 5 every day and assignments, so he is busy too. I wish i had time to find out if I would be bored! Or maybe not.

    Just went to the store to buy some essentials… milk, fruit, vegetables, chips, chocolate, wine. (Well, the last three are essential emotionally right now, if not physically. 🙂 ) This was my husband’s and my time out together.

    Good for Squirrel’s son, making those masks! That’s great!

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    1. squirrel.0072

      YES, Thank you Servetus! He is never bored. This mask was a prototype.
      I shall send you a picture of us wearing the better plastic masks, above colorful flowered cotton hand made masks, adding cooks plastic hat named “charlotte” on hair and hairdresser’s overcoat on. We look like greek tragedian actors, gospel singers or “Diafoirus” (cf: “Le Malade imaginaire”: last dramatic work written by Molière)… Ridiculous in front of virus!

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    2. Yes, we too are busier than normal as well! Which is why I allow myself this answering blog comments in the little off time I get.
      I always had lots of meeting but I find that now the meetings are conducted more efficiently. Nobody wants to be stuck on camera for too long, I think. But yeah, the informal stuff gets lost.
      Hang in there with work! Now more than ever it’s important to also take some off-time, as work and home bleed into each other much more.

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    3. squirrel.0072

      Sorry, thank you Sue! Working at home or out home give the same difficulties for all of us.
      Continually changing work methods, spending most of your time in disinfection tasks, while receiving, from multiple sources instructions and work orders, always being alert in anticipation to avoid any contamination,…all of these contribute to saturation and exhaustion. The amount of labor provided is immense to give birth to a mouse.

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