A routine of sorts

My brain settles quickly into a routine, it is one of the reasons I find my usual life fairly complicated, as I have no daily routine, working in various places throughout my week.  Those days are moving into distant memory, but having a routine is a comfort.

On the very first day of the instruction to work from home, the youngest offspring drew up a daily and weekly routine.  Both have flexed a fair bit as we have settled into the rhythm of the week, but the evening activities have stayed pretty much the same.  We now gather together most days of the week.   Monday is board games night, that has been the hardest to stick to somehow.  Maybe we just need a break from the organised routine after a weekend together.

Tuesday is a new invention (not the offspring’s) of singing together with SofaSingers.  Wednesday is possibly my favourite and is craft night.  It a loose definition of craft (fitting the old handle to the new broom head was one activity), but we all focus on something practical and or creative around the table.  Friday is a bit hazy, but we’re trying to make that board games night – last week we did a 3d puzzle and all agreed we did not enjoy them as a family, but we have never done one before, so good to try something new.

Saturday is movie night – surprisingly (or not if you know me!) – this is the hardest one, as we rarely agree as a family on a movie, but we have had a couple of hits so far – Green Book and then Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  

Sunday is TV night – another big challenge for us as a family.  But we are forcing the offspring to watch Star Trek Picard, after two episodes they are not that impressed.  Then we watch Friday Night Dinner – two episodes of which apparently offsets the pain of Star Trek.  Friday Night Dinner was a recommendation from friends who think we are like the family. I tend to agree!

It is definitely comforting having some sort of a routine to demarcate the different days and I am really grateful everyone in the family put in the effort to create the framework for the next few months. If you have any other good ideas of things to do, do let me know.

It’s spring, but not as we know it

Today is the spring equinox here in UK.  At last the long nights are over, the days will be longer than the nights from now on.  I am certainly stirring much earlier to the sound of the birds in the garden.

I love the equinoxes, and the solstices for that matter, I like these moments where we acknowledge the effects of the sun and nature on our lives.  Especially for this city dweller, whose exposure to nature is more limited.

The start of spring is a time of hope for me most years and today will not be different.  Without hope, this period of distance from others will be hard.  So my focus this morning is on all the good things.

We’ve been without physical Scouting for all of three days in the UK and yet there is virtual scouting happening already and I know many volunteers are putting plans in place to meet up online next week.  Work is moving apace to create activities young people can do at home, but still part of a group.  So much creativity and determination to keep communities together.

Choirs seem to be determined to keep going.  Gareth Malone is creating a virtual choir, a friend has invited me to Sofa Singers and my husband’s physical choir is working on how to move their weekly rehearsal online. 

I have long used Yoga With Adriene at home and now other teachers are moving that way, I have heard of a Tai Chi class being live streamed and have just signed up for a yoga nidra sound bath this weekend.

Online book groups are flourishing apparently and my own Facebook book group has spent the week discussing whatever we’re reading now and recommending books for the time we may have available for reading now.

My son recommended a programme for playing games together (not free), the RSC has made recordings of its productions available online.  There are museums you can visit virtually.  I am sure there will be so many other things we can do over the coming weeks.  For today as we start spring, the creativity and sense of community that is springing up is giving me lots of hope.