Message In A Bottle

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I haven’t much to say this week to write about. I’m in lockdown so there’s not much going on in my life that’s worth putting pen to paper, so to speak.

Weekly Prompt Challenge

So I’ve decided to join in with the excellent weekly prompt challenge set by Sue W and her partner GC. This weeks prompt is ‘Suggestion Box.’ My first piece of advice for the suggestion box is don’t put a glass demi-john on your head, especially when it’s half-filled with water! You will probably drown, but if you don’t you will definitely suffocate. As you can see from the main picture, I tried it and it didn’t end well.

A Little Humour

As always, I try to make my blog posts a little humourous as it helps me get through difficult times and hopefully gives you a giggle. I’m in Wales and we have just finished day one of a seventeen-day lockdown. I’ve never been particularly good at taking orders from anyone, but I believe this has to be done and I hope it helps bring us closer to the end of this awful pandemic. At the end of the day, if you want Covid to go away, we must all follow the advice given.

Do Anything You Want

On a lighter note, I have to admit I’ve been quite enjoying these involuntary moments of self-isolation. It’s given me the opportunity to do almost anything I want. DIY, playing the guitar, drawing, reading, blogging, photoshopping and dare I say it, driving a train on X-Box! So here’s another suggestion, make the most of the time and use it to do something you really enjoy. Read that book you’ve had on the shelf for a couple of years, make a meal, decorate the bedroom or at least make a plan to do it. Anything to keep you busy and your mind active.

Zoom?

Another suggestion for those who have a computer and most bloggers, if not all, must have access to a PC, phone or tablet, then Facetime or Zoom is a real boon. (Ooh, I’m becoming a poet), it costs nothing to video call your family and friends and it’s the next best thing to seeing them in the flesh. We may be apart, some of us are miles away and yet others are only yards, however, the circumstances are the same, we cannot meet up.

Write A Letter

How many of us have written a letter in recent times? We may have sent emails or text messages, but a real, handwritten letter full of positivity to a friend, relative or close family member, it can be very cathartic. Keep it positive and even funny if you wish. Now’s the time to do it and with many online retailers operating normally during the lockdown, order some flowers or a box of chocolates to go with the letter. Trust me, you’ll feel good and the recipient will feel even better.

Last But Not Least

My final suggestion is to avoid as much of the news on television and radio that you can. Certainly, keep well away from the conspiracy theorists on social media. They will drain your soul. I know it’s an extremely worrying time for a lot of people. Some will have lost loved ones and close friends, others will be suffering from anxiety and depression. I truly believe though, that the sooner we all do our bit, wear our masks, wash our hands and follow the rules, the sooner we will be able to beat this virus and get back to as near a normal life as possible. Stay safe and stay happy.

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54 Comments
  • Roadtirement
    October 24, 2020

    Your last two lines are perhaps the best and most important lines penned during these trying times. I pray the world pays heed of them.

    • Trev
      October 24, 2020

      Thank you, Roadtirement.

    • Mridul Marks
      October 29, 2020

      Exactly, but the entire writing stuff is just amazing

      • Trev
        October 29, 2020

        Thank you, Mridul. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peter's pondering
    October 24, 2020

    I must say the demi-john is very fetching. It takes 30 years off you!

    • Trev
      October 24, 2020

      Thanks. Peter. Maybe I should try it on more often. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lou Carreras
    October 24, 2020

    It could depend on what’s in the demi-john with you. Good scotch, bourbon or even a nice craft beer…of course that’d be one heck of a chug a lug.

    • Trev
      October 24, 2020

      Haha, just water I think, Lou. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • smarinucci1970
      November 17, 2020

      ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒโ˜•โณโŒ›๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿท

      • Trev
        November 17, 2020

        Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • smarinucci1970
        November 18, 2020

        I thank you I thank you for some great moments reading your post nowadays you’re the only one that could get me the laugh and when they’re not funny they’re dead serious and they make you think and that’s what people are afraid to do they’re afraid to think that’s why they’re walking around like zombies taking all kinds of pills you make us think and you make us hope and you make us remember thank you Trev

        • Trev
          November 18, 2020

          Thank you. Iโ€™m pleased that you enjoy my posts and if they make you smile then thatโ€™s great too. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Yetismith
    October 24, 2020

    I agree Trev. the sooner people learn to behave responsibly, the sooner it will be over.

    • Trev
      October 24, 2020

      Thank you, Yeti. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • John
    October 24, 2020

    Good advice, I avoid the so-called news completely, and scroll past the political nonsense on Instagram. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    • Trev
      October 24, 2020

      Thank you, John.

    • smarinucci1970
      November 17, 2020

      MOST OF IT IS ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’ฉANYWAY JOHN. AS WE GET OLDER OUR HEART SEE S. SO MUCH OF. WHATS REALLY IMPORTANT & WHATS NOT !!!

      • Trev
        November 17, 2020

        ๐Ÿ˜Šthank you ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    October 24, 2020

    Trev, I was surprised to read this remark: “Iโ€™m in Wales and we have just finished day one of a seventeen-day lockdown.” Only now? Here in Los Angeles, we’ve been in a partial lockdown since March.

    • Trev
      October 24, 2020

      We have had social distancing and partial lockdowns all over the place, Rosaliene and a full lockdown earlier in the year. This is another full lockdown.

  • Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
    October 24, 2020

    Excellent post,Trev! Interesting observations and helpful suggestions. <3 We want to avoid idleness and depression by staying active. And it's nice to accomplish something and make others happy! It sounds like you've got it covered! ๐Ÿ™‚ In the last two days, I won two games for Scrabble, but today I suffered an ignominious defeat. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Stay safe and busy! Cheryl

    • Trev
      October 24, 2020

      Thank you, Cheryl. Sounds like you’re doing ok too. Keep up with the scrabble. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shashank Narayan
    October 25, 2020

    A positive article, I especially liked the last one avoiding the media as they mainly focused on their propaganda and building fake narratives, a decent article sir ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Shashank.

  • Herb
    October 25, 2020

    You know, I am going to have to give away your secret, Mr. Jones. I think you are just a really nice guy and not, in fact, a silly old sod at all.

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Herb, I donโ€™t mind you giving away that secret. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • susiesopinions
    October 25, 2020

    Love your picture ๐Ÿ˜™

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Susie. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • SueW
    October 25, 2020

    I always admire all the varied ways you fill your time. You really are the true definition of a ‘well rounded person’ and I do NOT mean physically.

    Eldest daughter as you know only lives next door, but since the start of the pandemic we’ve
    probably spent more time talking on the phone than we have in person! And now the weather has turned there’ll be no more evening drinks across the garden.

    The times when she or her husband have been into my side of the house to do an odd job for me they’ve always worn masks and used hand gel.

    Thankfully, we’re still allowed to have the single bubble person visit, that’s my son Joss and as it’s half term, from today I’ll have his company for the whole week. Even so, we go to great lengths to remain over two metres apart and constantly wash our hands.

    Do you remember when I wrote about a friend’s daughter who refused to wear a mask and was constantly publishing conspiracy theories on Facebook? Well, apparently she’s had her Facebook page taken down! I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when that happened!

    I love your head in a bottle! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Sue, I do appreciate your kind words. It is a difficult time, but Iโ€™m sure by sticking with the rules weโ€™ll all get through this sooner than later. Itโ€™s good to know that Facebook are taking action against the conspiracy theorists. Thank you again, Sue. Stay safe. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • drkingpowerfully
    October 25, 2020

    Good

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Eileen
    October 25, 2020

    Great advice there – (I’m also in lockdown in North Wales) – I’d add one thing to your suggestions, there are many short educational courses available online – FREE courses though the Open University’s OpenLearn website or FutureLearn, which is affiliated. They range from a couple of hours only to a few hours a week for six weeks and cover almost anything. Got an interest in Hadrian’s Wall? There’s a course for that. Want study the stars? Shakespeare? Lean Norwegian?

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Eileen, thatโ€™s great. Stay safe. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Going Batty in Wales
    October 25, 2020

    Some good advice there Trev.

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Going Batty. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • luisa zambrotta
    October 25, 2020

    Great tips…. and I totally agree with your last sentence ” the sooner we all do our bit, wear our masks, wash our hands and follow the rules, the sooner we will be able to beat this virus and get back to as near a normal life as possible”
    Have a nice Sunday!

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Luisa. Youโ€™re very kind. Enjoy your day too. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    October 25, 2020

    Great reminder for me that I have a letter to write “-)

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, June. I’m pleased I was able to give you a reminder. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Invisibly Me
    October 25, 2020

    Trev’s head in a bottle, I think I’ve seen in all now!

    You definitely brighten my day with your posts and your humour. I find even the worst of times become a little lighter to cope with when you can laugh at something or laugh at yourself.

    I think my aunt and cousins are now in lockdown too as they’re Yorkshire-dwelling folk. My mother dearest will give them a call later. I’ve suggested video chat for them and her sister over in Oz, but she looked stricken at the idea. “What, they’d see my face? My actual face?” As opposed to her not-real face, I presume.

    Keep enjoying doing as you please and making the most of the isolation period, Trev. I think more people are hoping there’ll be a national lockdown given the rising case numbers and deaths. xx

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Thank you, Caz. I have a feeling that the whole country will be back in lockdown soon. It seems the only thing that works at the moment. Hope you get your Mom to video call her sister in Oz, it will do them all the world of good. Take care and stay safe, Caz. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cherryl
    October 25, 2020

    I’ve had to mute a few people recently, since all they do is re tweet and repost all the negative things in the news – maybe that’s their coping strategy but it’s too much – non stop. ..some were like this before C19 so they’re even worse now!!! ๐Ÿ™ƒ

    • Trev
      October 25, 2020

      Yes, it can be very wearing down on the soul here all the negativity all of the time. Thank you, Cherryl, stay safe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • KINDNESS WISDOM
    October 26, 2020

    ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค ๐ŸฅณGood one still laughing mostly ” The Bottle” on your head. That’s a 10+ lol ๐Ÿ˜†

    • Trev
      October 26, 2020

      Thank you, Kindness. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Big John
    October 26, 2020

    A positive article

    • Trev
      October 26, 2020

      Thank you, Big John, ๐Ÿ™‚

  • inese
    October 30, 2020

    Brilliant suggestions. Just had a chat with my granddaughter, love to see their little faces.
    Received a sad news about our good friends. A selfish relative gave them the virus. It is devastating.

    • Trev
      October 30, 2020

      Oh my. I’m so sorry to hear this, I hope all will be well. My thoughts are with your granddaughter.

  • Kally
    November 4, 2020

    I’m inspired! Thank you.

    • Trev
      November 4, 2020

      Thank you, Kally. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Rachana
    November 15, 2020

    Great inspiration

    • Trev
      November 15, 2020

      Thank you, Rachana. ๐Ÿ™‚

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