Well, what a time we are having right now. To use a word that I have heard used a thousand times in a week, it’s unprecedented. I hope you are all well and safe and looking after each other.
I am actually currently on annual leave, which has been spent mostly in my living room. I booked the time off at the start of January as it’s been a long time since I had a proper relaxing holiday, and certainly it was long before my heart surgery in August 2018. In fact, I think it was March 2017 when I last had a ‘chilled out, relax by the pool, read books and go out for dinner every night’ kind of holiday. So I was really looking forward to this one, but alas, it was not to be.
I checked with my GP to see if I was ok to be out and about and the word came back that I should be socially isolating because of my heart condition, so here I am in my kitchen writing a blog when really I should be laying by the side of a pool reading some frivolous nonsense and drinking something very cold.
It all seems to have accelerated very rapidly in a short space of time. So much so, I didn’t really get time to shop or stock up on anything at all. By the time I got clued into the fact that something serious was happening, I couldn’t find hand sanitiser, anti-bac soap, toilet paper, pasta, or a myriad of other things because so many people were panic buying.
I did spend over £45 on some toilet paper and a bottle of hand sanitiser in a local shop last week because I’m not meant to be going out, so I had to take what I could get, when I could get it and be thankful. That was a financially painful experience!
I found a large bottle of Australian Body Care Tea Tree Oil Skinwash at home that I got from QVC ages ago and boy am I glad to have it. It is gentle on my hands and really feels like it thoroughly cleans. It’s in my bathroom now and I’m praying it will last for a while. I’ll be ordering more of it and I’ll be getting some gorgeous Molton Brown and L’Occitane Shea Liquid Soap whilst I’m at it!
I have washed my hands so much this last week I can’t quite believe I still have skin on them. Makes me wonder how people like my grandmother coped with all that handwashing years ago and all the scrubbing of floors they did on their hands and knees with those huge bars of Lifebuoy soap they used. I can still remember the gorgeous smell of cleanliness. It brings me back. Their poor hands, though, must have been raw!
Speaking of which, my hands did get a bit dry and painful in the last few days and as I didn’t realise I was going to be in self-isolation, I didn’t have any of the hand creams I normally use at home. They were all at work. My hand kit (mostly used for when I have a jewellery show and my hands are going to be in vision and in close-up) normally has one of either Gatineau Vitamina Hand Cream, Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose Hand Cream or Decleor Hand Cream. My hands were very dry and painful after some work I had been doing at home and some living room workouts I had been doing (check them out on my Instagram). The skin got really dry and sore.
Luckily though, I found a tube of L’Occitane Hand Cream in my gift drawer in a gorgeous zesty lime fragrance, so I’ve been using that and they are really coming back to themselves very quickly. I’ll also be ordering this four-piece hand cream collection for home and away, as I think we are going to need to be washing and sanitising our hands for quite some time yet.
I will let you know more about the living room workouts in my next blog, which I will hopefully be able to bring to you next week. They have been keeping me going and keeping me distracted through the long hours at home. Let me know what you’ve been doing to get through it.
In the meantime, please stay well, stay safe, socially distance and stay home (as much as you can). This is a really difficult time for everyone and not everyone will react as well to it as others, so be kind and be patient.
Until next time,