Day 121 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Today my energy has been low and my mood pretty flat.  It has been a few weeks since I have felt like this.  It has rained most of the day and I think that has been partly due to it.  Also, as I am on my own a lot at the moment.

In a couple of weeks my office space The Melting Pot, is reopening up, so I am looking forward to going there a few days a week!

This low energy, reminds me of when I first came self-employed.  The first 18 months I worked from home.  Was living in Glasgow and had very few friends, so would go for weeks on end without seeing anyone.  When I finally moved to Edinburgh and discovered The Melting Pot, it was amazing how travelling to work and working with other people increased my motivation and energy!

I usually go for a long run on a Wednesday evening, but I just didn’t have the energy at all today, so just a short one 🙁

I am definitely getting more used to wearing my face-covering round my neck as an item of clothing.  Although, in the afternoon when I went up the road to buy some more masking tape for decorating my flat, I got nearly to the shop, when I realised I had forgotten my face-covering!  I wondered whether I could risk it – but then decided to turn round and go back home to get it.

Honey was happy, as I wasn’t taking her to the shop, as no dogs are allowed!  So she got another biscuit when I left for the second time!

On our evening run, we saw another Fox Red Labrador called Rory.  He is only 2 1/2 years old so had lots of energy.  He was virtually the exact same colour as Honey!


So with little energy to write anything else, I will move onto the many different sections of this blog!


Poetry / Art Corner

Here is the seventh in the series of drawings I did many years ago at my first and only Life Drawing Class.  The first drawing is on Day 115, the second drawing is on Day 116, the third on Day 117, the fourth Day 118, the firth on Day 119 the sixth yesterday on Day 120 and today’s the seventh on Day 121.

I think by now I was actually quite good 🙂


Readers Corner

We have three posts in Readers Corner today 🙂



Austen first appeared in the blog on Day 111 at the Bar-BQ Honey and I went to on Holyrood Park.

He sent me a message to me yesterday after reading  the blog (Day 119), saying:

“Nice Jim. Just had a read aloud while Will is driving us back to Portree from Elgol. Glad to hear chi gong is continuing and you’re feeling good about it 🙂 Your life drawing made me laugh.. you’re right, not the most flattering 😂 I’ve only even done life drawing once too and it was a similar story for me! Sorry that nothing made you smile yesterday though 😞 Hope you e had a good day today!”

Portree is in the Isle of Skye.  I messaged him to see if I could put his comment in my blog and he replied today saying that was OK.  Continuing with:

“Almost missed the ferry to Stornoway but we’re on Harris now. Here’s a pic of our campsite”.

Thanks Austen – looks like a great camping spot!  Welcome to Readers Corner 🙂



Matt posted a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 120) saying:

“Hah hah I’m not sure if you re-read my suggestion there’s any mention of Honey writing her own blog. Just that the whole of your blog is about your life and times together! Not sure which us poorer form: plagiarism or misrepresentation? 😂 a bit like the traditional letter to Private Eye: if I had a subscription, I’d be strongly considering cancelling it. Outraged of Tunbridge Wells! 😂”.

Thanks for the clarification Matt!  I have thought more and I could do one blog – “the day in the life of Honey the Dog” – with photos and videos?!

Matt, mentioned a “subscription” – he doesn’t subscribe, but I do have a subscription for the blog.  Not for me to write it, but to deliver the blog to your inbox (Messenger, Signal, WhatsApp, Text, etc…) everyday – for just £5 a month.  That’s less than 17 pence a day – less than a daily Curly-Whurly!  So if you are worried you will miss it on Facebook, just get in touch and you will never miss it again!



Pat posted a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 120) saying:

“I Remember Watching You When You First Got Your Cards And Began Learning Your Tricks.. Reason I Mention Is That I Used To Watch Your Face At The Reactions Of Others And Your Face Lit Up… You Bring Smiles To Many So Don’t Ever Worry About Not Having Anything In The “That Made Me Smile”You’ve Give Smiles To Many That Will Last A Lifetime..Stay Safe and Stay Well Mate….☘️☘️☘️☘️”.

Thanks for that Pat!  Yes – I certainly like to bring magic to people’s lives as Jim the Magician!  It gives me a buzz 🙂


It Made Me Smile

Matt??  Anything to put in here?

Or do we put it to the ‘blog community’ (Brayshaw, MJ, 2020) to discontinue this section?




Days 9 and Day of the Post-25 Day Push-Up Challenge

We were back on ‘Helen’s Rock’ today for 50 push-ups.  It was raining so hardly no one was out!  The rock is a popular spot for people to sit, picnic and have a wee gathering!



As I come to the end of today’s blog, I am looking forward to going to bed!  My motivation to write this blog has been minimal today!

I think I am experiencing ‘post lock-down blues’!

As regular readers know, I have really enjoyed living in lock-down and didn’t want it to end.  I think the realisation that lock-down is now over, but still things are not “back to normal”.  We are kind of in a wee gap, between lock-down just about over, but not quite back to “normal” life.

Of course, it is more the “new normal” as the wold refers it to be.  Will we ever get completely back to how life was before?

I think maybe I need a wee holiday.  Need to get out of the city for a while.  Honey and I are going to stay with my friend Henry for the weekend, so that should be good and maybe just what I need!

Hope you’ve had a good day.

Jim xx

  1. Helen Strand

    Thanks for writing a blog post today, even though you really didn’t feel like it. I hope your energy and mood perk up a bit soon. Even though we can’t do our usual summer trip to Scotland this year, I’m glad we’re able to do day trips and get out of our “geological bubble”.

    Say hi to Henry from us when you see him!