For some reason (probably related to ASD) I'd always been reluctant to use a basket when shopping, generally buying as much as I could carry in my hands and going shopping several times a week as a result. Now I've discovered that it's far easier to make one trip at 07:00 in a Saturday morning to get almost everything I need for the week. It's funny how you can get trapped in a specific way of doing things, and it turns out picking up a basket doesn't make the world end.
I've given up eating most sweets, apart from occasional chocolates. I used to eat an immense amount of Haribo-style confectionery, but they can be lethal for teeth and fear of not being able to get to the dentist put a complete stop to that back in March.
There are quite a few YouTube channels I've started following — Outside Xtra and outsidexbox, The Tim Traveller, Jago Hazzard, The History Guy, Cracking the Cryptic, and quite a few more. Not all of them are about things that would normally interest me but all of them are presented so engagingly that they become interesting. They've almost completely replaced TV for me, and I'm discovering all sorts of new things.
I no longer need to go to a large supermarket on a regular basis. I get most things I need locally. These were the shops that kept us going during the first lockdown so I made a decision to continue using them. After all I dont need 20 choices of a product, just one or two is quite acceptable.
I have my bread delivered fresh from a local supplier who makes delicious sourdough bread which is also healthier.
Read a lot more now. In the past I really only read on holiday. Read a lot during the summer but, have to say, less now its winter as i am indoors more meaning that TV wins over reading.
On the downside I have learnt that a lot of people are more selfish and inconsiderate than I thought they were and the "all in it together" attitude wore off quite quickly.
And finally that Amazon Prime is an evil in my life that I need.
Just read an article on Petula Clark's facebook about her comment after the Nashville explosion and her comment Steady the Buffs at the end . I had to look it up as I had never heard of it.
I feel the need to express my shock and disbelief at the Christmas Day explosion in our beloved Music City. I love Nashville and its people. Why this violent act - leaving behind it such devastation?
A few hours later - I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement - was me - singing “Downtown”! Of all the thousands of songs - why this one?
Of course, the opening lyric is “When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go Downtown”. But millions of people all over the world have been uplifted by this joyful song. Perhaps you can read something else into these words - depending on your state of mind. It’s possible.
I would like to wrap my arms around Nashville - give you all a hug - and wish you Love, a Happy and Healthy New Year - and, as we sometimes say in the U.K., steady the Buffs! (Look it up!)
Steady the Buffs meaning “Steady the Buffs” is a catchphrase meaning “stay calm, be careful, and persevere,” an expression of encouragement offered to someone in trying circumstances.
I think we could all do with Steadying the buffs at the moment! Such an apt phrase.