October 6th, 2020

African flower crochet motif

Being an introvert can sometimes be an advantage

Over on Facebook, and acquaintance is asking, "What things do you enjoy doing with your friends, or in groups, socially? How have you been doing those things online?"

Well, the pandemic has made me realise just how far on the introvert spectrum my husband and I are. When I was working, I had no social life at all because teaching adults all day left me completely peopled-out. Yet if I have no contact with others, I can slip into depression so since retiring, I made sure to include some activities involving others. When lockdown happened I organised a Skype group to replace the informal Welsh conversation group that normally meets in a local cafe and I host the local Quaker meeting on Zoom. The Welsh class has restarted and is using MS Teams. This, and of course living with G plus a few phone calls, gives me all the social contact I need.

I do feel sorry for the extroverts who must be having a really difficult time at the moment, but then again, what we think of as "normal" life tends to favour extroverts. After a lifetime of pressure to attend social events and being considered odd when I decline or slip away early, it's nice just to be able to do the small amount of socialising I feel comfortable with.
African flower crochet motif

The weekly shopping news

Not much to report. I'm not buying as much now my Brexit stockpile storage boxes are full. I'm just replacing items when they're removed and eaten.

I just did the Co-op today and was a little disconcerted to find part of the car park taken up with those cabins that workmen use. On entering the store, I discovered that the false ceiling had been removed, revealing all the wiring for the lights, and they had moved things around! I'd got into a routine with the new one-way system and even adjusted my shopping list so the items were grouped in a way that matched how things were shelved. Now it's all different!

The only thing I couldn't get was tinned pineapple. I'll try the Eurospar next week if it hasn't reappeared by Friday.

While I'm talking about food...

I made the jollof rice again this week and another Pirate Stew. Meanwhile Atomic Shrimp over on YouTube was making another Nigerian food out of beans. It looked tasty. I'd never tried African food before, so it's interesting to extend my repertoire, especially as we've not eaten out since the New Year meal and I've cooked every single dinner we've had this year.