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25 Homey Things I Have Been Doing Today

March 31, 2020

Hello! I did not check in yesterday because I had to finish off my work for uni. But I am here today with something less long-winded than last week’s posts … and also something more chatty.

So let’s do that!! Maybe you want to do this too? You could write down your 25 things in a notebook or you could post them on social media or somewhere like that, if you prefer.

  1. Did a few poetry lessons (via a free poetry course at Future Learn, not on my Curtin uni course). They sometimes have great free courses … I completed another one last month called How To Read a Novel and it was AMAZING. There is a free Jane Austen course at the moment that you might like?
  2. Planted some cosmos that I grew from seed into the garden.
  3. Hacked satisfyingly at some non-cute weeds with the side of a trowel.
  4. Watered the garden and picked tomatoes and talked to a bird (a Currawong).
  5. Tried to dig up some lawn to create a new garden bed (unsuccessfully … not very strong. Will keep trying for 5 minutes at a time. Or maybe 2. Until I do it.)
  6. Drank two coffees.
  7. Drank two teas.
  8. Watched Miranda Hart (who is also reading poems) on Instagram. She read a quote from Dave Hollis (I don’t know who he is, but I liked the quote and hopefully he isn’t someone horrible) who said:“In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.”She also talked about the parallels between COVID-19 isolation and chronic illness which I know lots of my blog readers contend with, so that might be something you’d like to watch.
  9. Tried to think of things to eat.
  10. Watched some podcasting lessons. I might start a podcast but I am not quite sure.
  11. Gave self a telling-off about wishing I could go out to Bunnings.
  12. Thought about the novel I am writing and an idea for another book.
  13. Looked at these amazing UGG FLUFFs. How great are they?!
  14. Listened to some records.
  15. Planted heaps of seeds in jiffy pots and old seedling trays – carrots, rocket, spinach, gem lettuces, nigella, snapdragon, Chinese broccoli, alyssum.
  16. Eventually ate some brie and cherry tomatoes on toast. Drank a glass of tomato juice. I am so tomatoey. I have no appetite at the moment, though.
  17. Thought about cleaning the bathroom. Did not do it.
  18. Thought about cleaning the ensuite. Did not do it.
  19. Sat on the couch and looked out the window.
  20. Started knitting a Super Easy Crib Blanket. So nice to knit for once!
  21. Worked on a square for the Easy Peasy Blanket.
  22. Ate 3 lolly snakes.
  23. Watched the re-run of Survivor All Stars.
  24. Recorded a Marco Polo for my mum.
  25. Wishing everyone who is able could buy a book or two from an independent bookshop or other small business who has needed to close.

What are your 25 things?

x Pip




  • Reply Aleta April 14, 2020 at 5:46 PM

    Oh Pip, I had forgotten how funny you are! On my list of things today was an online family funeral ? but guess what? Shortly after that your new book arrived in the mail to help me feel better AND I bought it from my favourite local bookshop, Riverbend books in Brisbane. Thank you for all your cheerful words.

  • Reply Retro Ruby April 7, 2020 at 7:53 AM

    Thanks so much for this and all your posts Pip. We’re turning our front lawn into a vege patch too and will be using Esther Dean’s No Dig Garden method – no muscles required! There’s lots of info online about it – we basically kill the grass by eliminating light (we’re using layers of old newspaper) and then put soil, compost and all manner of goodies on top – it requires buying some soil so probs more expensive than digging, but will get us to Vegeland sooner! Yours in fellow sanitised isolation. X

  • Reply Tina Pech April 1, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    Hi Pip,
    This is great and will be a valuable trace of social history in the making!
    I too have been jotting down notes of what I’ve been doing most days as a way of keeping track of myself. Thanks for reminding me about futurelearn, I hadn’t looked there for a while. The poetry course sounds good, what is it called? What I most need to be careful of is not to overload myself with all the amazing free stuff on offer!
    It’s all quite overwhelming.
    I am making a serious attempt to encourage others to write by offering weekly creative writing prompts and activities via my FB group called Amotisse.. It is making me feel good and the hope is it will do the same for anyone else who gives it a go. So if you know anyone who may be interested, please feel free to share. You can also find information here

    I loved our writeyoh time together and miss that lovely regular group feedback nurturing vibe, so I’m trying to build on creating some of my own to share!
    Thanks for your bouncy insights

  • Reply Denise March 31, 2020 at 5:59 PM

    I can so relate to No’s 16, 17 & 18 ? My motivation has gone into isolation ?????

    • Reply Denise March 31, 2020 at 6:00 PM

      Oops that would be 17, 18 & 19

  • Reply Kay March 31, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    I loved numbers 17 and 18 and have enow decide that thinking about cleaning will now count as an activity! I actually did go online and buy a book yesterday from a small online book shop, Wabi Sabi Sewing. This is a book that I had bought one of my daughters for Christmas and loved so much that I finally gave in and got my own copy. I am the opposite to having no appetite at the moment and really need to stop eating so much. x

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