CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 24 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 8.4.2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 24 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 8.4.2020 BLOG 10th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 24 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Monday Wednesday 8Th April 2020

8th April 2020 was my birthday and my first in isolation.

The day was the warmest in 2020 so far. But UK daily coronavirus death toll surpasses 900 for first time at 938. The US recorded the most coronavirus deaths in a single day with more than 1,800 fatalities.

I was prepared for a strange affair. We always, always, always get together for a meal as a family on birthdays.

Mamma opened up the day presenting me with the beautiful cards and gift she had for me. A wonderful card full of beautiful words and another funny card with a picture of Boris on the front. And of course, my gift.

She then gave me cards that had come through the post. I cautiously opened them. I have read many articles about whether Coronavirus can be passed on through paper. None have categorically stated not.

One humorous card from a friend I did not quite get. Yet, inside she flattered me by saying ‘you are the only friend I have who will understand this humour’. I didn’t. I was looking for a deeper meaning. I asked Mamma and she sung the 1970s song Kung Fu Fighting and the penny dropped.

I guess you have to see the card and hear the song to get the full jiste of what I’m talking about.

I received videos from all four of my grandchildren singing ‘Happy Birthday To Grandad’. They went on forever as they went into ‘How old are you now? 1, 2, 3…’

One of my two daughters’ family included their gift with my card. Excellent!

There was nothing from the other daughter’s family. It didn’t matter, it really did not matter. At my age gifts are not important. It’s the love you need.

I suppose they could have ordered a book from Amazon. Amazon deliveries have been delayed due to Coronavirus lockdown.

Then again. They do live local they will probably call in with it through the day.

In the afternoon I was cutting the front lawn and sure enough the four of them turned up at the front wall. We now realise it was not a good idea to have had spikey railings on the front wall as our grandsons, confined to the front gate, climb all over them.

There was lots of talk and a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday Grandad’. But no talk of a present. I’ve said, it really didn’t matter. My daughter is a teacher and even though it is Easter holidays I believed she had work to do from home on a Wednesday. And my son in law was permanently working from home. Very stressful. They were both under pressure. They also had the two boys to keep occupied. A fulltime job on its own.

They left with no mention of presents. If they had ordered from Amazon, you would have thought they would have explained. But I’m ok. At my age there is nothing I am wanting!

Mamma made a superb tea. The only thing I missed was the pizza my other son in law usually made.

After tea we had a WhatsApp message saying we would all have a video link call at 7.00pm. I have not yet got into enjoying video link calls, but this was different being the highlight of my day with all the family. I was so missing them all.

In a separate WhatsApp message my daughter asked, “Have you checked your emails today?”

I did do about 7.00am but not since.

I checked and amongst all the crap and spam there was one from Amazon saying my daughter and her family had gifted me an Amazon voucher. The email was timed 8.30am. It had been sitting there all day! And my most favourite type of present in all the world. To be able to go on Amazon and choose any book, CD (yes, I still buy the odd CD) or download. The freedom and the choosing is the greatest part of the gift!

Wow, so they do care.

Birthday in self-isolation was not so bad in the end. I’ve had worse. I think. I must have done. I have. Especially as both families had given me Amazon vouchers which means I can occupy many days I Isolation surfing Amazon looking at items and dreaming. All with the knowledge, ‘I fancy that, and I could buy it. But do I really want it?’ Glory days!





You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N, – Matthew McConaughey’s Wooderson


Happiness is…an Amazon Gift Card


I got another letter from this lawyer today. It said “Final Notice”. Good that he will not bother me anymore.


Love is…a passion for each other.



DAY 4        14 Times – 126 Feet   Cumulative Total 549 Feet




Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

“Here Comes the Sun” is by the Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road

  1. Here Comes The Sun The Beatles 3:07


Country                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              Italy                      143,626                 18,279

2              US                          466,299                 16,686

3              Spain                     153,222                 15,447

4              France                   118,779                 12,228

5              UK                         65,749                   7,993

6              Iran                       66,220                   4,110

7              China                    81,906                   3,336

8              Germany              118,235                 2,607

9              Belgium                24,983                   2,523

10           Netherlands         21,910                   2,405



Global cases         Updated 10 Apr at 09:34 local

Confirmed            1,601,018              +116,207

Deaths                   95,718                   +7,180

Deaths reported yesterday 881

Recovered             354,972                 +25,096



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