Distancing and Isolation Activities

Stay Home. Stay Safe.
Is the mantra of 2020
What are people doing at home?
From the reports I’ve seen… plenty!

Self-sufficiency is now popular
Veggies patches are a’ growing
Bread is being made from scratch
Crafty people are knitting and sewing.

If only I could sew…

“Do It Yourself” projects
Are suddenly all the rage
While decluttering and cleaning
For many, take centre stage.

Gym junkies have adapted
Home-based options now abound
They workout in their living rooms
To help stave off the pounds.

The Arts can now be enjoyed
Streamed for free, at any time
Stage shows, plays, concerts
Plus museum tours online.

And, while we’re all cooped up
To avoid becoming ill
Some resourceful people
Are doing courses to up-skill.

Folks are learning instruments
They’ve always wanted to play
Others a new language
For next time they go away.

Board games are being dusted off
Old hobbies are being resumed
Catch-ups occur by video
With “quarantini” drinks consumed.

Industrious people are everywhere
Improving themselves and their homes
Me? I’d be more productive
If I just put down my phone!

Oh dear!

Tea?

I like a coffee now and then
But I drink much more tea
I like it made a certain way
Oh, my children pick on me!

Milk in first, I take it weak
You should hear my daughter
“Mum, that’s not a cup of tea
What you’ve got is dirty water!”

The taunting goes on and on
How I wish it would stop…
“Mum doesn’t dunk her tea bags
She waves them over the top!”

They always say they’re joking
But, I just don’t buy it…
So, I’ll take my cup of tea
And go sit somewhere quiet!

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"Junk" Food

Decided not to cook tonight

Really couldn’t be stuffed
Washing, peeling, chopping?
I’ve done all those enough!

So I sat upon the couch
And ordered food online
Didn’t have to move an inch
That suited me just fine!

The delivery soon arrived
We hungry folk were glad
But soon disappointed…
The food was just so bad.

Covered in lashings of salt
Luke-warm and very greasy
Sure, it was convenient
But it made us all feel queasy 🤢

We knew we had to eat it
We had no choice, you see
Never mind, we washed it down
With a pint of beer (or three)!🍺

Brownies

(Procrasti-baking has benefits!)

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So fudgy, rich, and gooey
Best when they’re still warm
Oh that smell! Oh that taste!
It’s like a perfect storm.

Really easy to prepare
And so quick to cook
Nutritional information?
It’s best not too look!

A big hit in my house
They just can’t be beaten
Not a single brownie
Is ever left uneaten!

A Valentine’s Day Poem

Love hearts are all around  
Valentine’s Day is drawing near
Hubby and I don’t make a fuss
We’ve been together many years.
Back when our romance was young
(And, let’s face it, so were we)
We embraced Valentine’s Day
Made a bit of an effort, you see.
I remember those exciting times
When we were truly smitten 💕
Valentine’s cards were purchased
And romantic words, written.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cute toys were exchanged
And flowers were a winner
We’d often pop a cork (or two!) 
Along with a nice dinner.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ads in the newspaper
Were carefully arranged
But, after we were married,
Well… Valentine’s Day changed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I asked for no more flowers
Notices, or stuffed bunnies
Valentine’s Day became low-key
In order to save money.
Now we just exchange small gifts
To show that we each care
They’re often sweet and edible
…Chocolates (not underwear!)
 
 

We’re Out Of…

My child stares into the pantry
Then turns to me, with a pout
“Hey Mum, look at the (fill in the blanks)
It has pretty much run out”.
“Now what am I going to eat?
Why haven’t you bought more?
I thought you’d have picked some up
You’re forever at the grocery store.”
Hungry child, please have a seat
And listen closely to my story
In my head, there’s no magic list
No household invent-ory.
I really can’t keep track of
Everything that’s running low
So if you don’t communicate
Then how am I to know?
Better yet, you’ve got two legs
The store’s close – you know the way
So you can go get things yourself
(And, yes, I’ll be happy to pay).
Dear child, when things next run out
I won’t be blamed any more
Pretty soon you may find
You’re forever at the grocery store!   😉

Changing Tastes Part 2: Food

I browse around the grocery store
There’s cake, lollies, cookies and more
I look at the treats, so artfully arranged
And think of how my tastes have changed.
Chocolate’s a good place to start  🍫
(A subject quite close to my heart)
These days it’s dark choc that I favour
Milk? White? Too sweet their flavour!
I once loved a slice of cake  🍰
Now, most times, I don’t partake
Donuts, profiteroles, eclairs
For them, I really have no care.
Fruit juice, soft drink – not for me
Nor is ice cream (how can that be?)
With all those changes it must appear
There’s nothing left to bring me cheer.
Past the dessert bar I’ll keep walking
But antipasto? Now we’re talking!
Savoury snacks? Oh, yes please!
And I’ll have some of that yummy cheese. 🧀
While I enjoy all those savoury tastes
They’re probably no better for my waist!
All those sweets – you can have
But I might be tempted by some pav…