Day 152 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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I’m not in the mood to write the blog today, so it’s going to be short!

I spent most the day waiting in for an Amazon delivery, only to find out afterwards that the “Leave with a Neighbour” option has now returned.  It had been paused during lock-down.

After announcing on Day 132, that my kettle had started working again, a few days after that it ceased to work all together.  So I have been living on boiling water in a pan for the last 3 weeks.  My boiler is also broken, I have an electric shower, but I need to boil water to do the dishes.  I finally decided to buy a kettle which is what I was waiting for.

Also in the same order that I was waiting for today, I bought a mini-cassette player, to convert my tapes to electronic, for Music Corner.  I am not good at recognising names of tunes, so need to have it played from a speaker, rather than headphones, so I can the Shazam App to identify the song.  Then I can create a Spotify playlist 🙂

A couple of days ago, I dug out my old Walkman and found a battery.  Then spent 10 minutes trying to work out how to open it!  It was playing, but no sound coming out of the headphones.  I tried two different headphones and a speaker, but no joy.

So today I took Honey for a short walk this morning, planning a later one after my Amazon delivery.  The App said it was arriving between 2.15pm and 4.15pm.  This kept changing, before settling on 4pm – 6pm.

Just before 6pm, I looked at the App and it said that a delivery was attempted but was not successful.  I phoned Amazon to complain, saying I had been sitting in my flat since midday.  The lady explained that the driver will attempt to deliver again this evening.  I gave my phone number and she said the driver would phone me when he was about to deliver, sometime before 10pm.

I continued to wait and then the same thing happened again.  A message saying there was a second attempt to deliver, but unsuccessful at 8.50pm.

I was pretty annoyed, so phoned up Amazon and cancelled my order completely!!  I can survive without a kettle for a bit longer.

But due to the lack of human contact, not going outside for a long walk/run, being stuck inside on a relatively sunny warm day and my frustration with Amazon has left me feeling not so good.

On a positive note, I spent a good few days down-sizing a lot of my stuff.  Throwing out a lot of mental health training notes and manuals that I have kept for years.



Face-Mask Corner

Today we have Poppy from The Melting Pot, modelling her silk face-mask for me on Day 150.

Like Sam on Day 151 Poppy bought her face-mask at Etsy,


Wow – never heard of a silk face-mask before, must be super comfy 🙂


Readers Corner

Just one sharing in here today.



Pat posted a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 151), saying:


“Agreed The Best Bit If Lockdown For Me Has Been The Ability To Walk My Dog Along The Bike Path And Then Down Along The Clyde side Stopping Ever Now And Then To Listen To The Birds And The Rustling Of The Tree’s… Found Myself Being Really Irritable This Morning When Another Dog Walker Passed “How Dare They.😉😉“Stay Safe and Stay Well Mate…☘️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿☘️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿”.


Ha!  I’m the same if there is anyone in the graveyard.  This evening, there were three different groups of people in there, which really annoyed me!



It Made Me Smile

During my clear out today, I found this photo, which made me smile.

It was taken a few days after I met Brian in 1999 (I think?)!

I’m 2nd from the left.



Music Corner

Helen shared this for Music Corner, saying:

“I don’t often listen to classical music, but this “Tiny Desk Concert” by “NPR Music” is a gem.”.




Thanks Helen, it’s beautiful.  As I play the piano myself, I love anything piano 🙂



As I come to the end of the blog, I am needing to go to bed.

Tomorrow I have an early start, as I am heading to Glasgow to give a magic lesson.

I was last in Glasgow just before lock-down on the 14th March, my last magic gig pre-lock-down.  Although lock-down was imminent back then and Edinburgh was starting to have a lot less people about in the city centre, Glasgow seemed busier than ever.

So will be interesting to see how it is tomorrow.

The weather has been warm, not hot, sunshine and clouds.  A lovely sunset 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Jim x

  1. Helen Strand

    I hope you have a better day today Jim. Thank you for writing your blog even when you don’t feel like it. I didn’t know you played piano!

    There’s nothing worse than being stood up by tradesmen and delivery drivers. I’m not very good at arriving for things on time (as the Chi Gong group knows), but I’ll at least try to let people know if I’m a no-show or need to reschedule. This one thing was actually quite high up on my list of reasons to move to Sweden.