Cabin Fever

Three weeks in lockdown and ten days in total lock down and we are all still alive, reasonably in a good mood and not showing our middle fingers behind each other’s back, ….I think!
Truth to be told, a part of the household seems to adapt better than the other. In particular, the male population of the house is starting to show signs of insufferable boredom/crankiness.

Big years german, aka Kurt, has eventually realised that something is going on, and he blames the travelling husband.
In his head, the equation is straightforward: Traveling husband home all day every day=no more beach walks. Since the total lockdown, we have to limit our movements on foot within 2 km from home, and that brings us as far as the field behind our house. I suppose this restriction in his daily walks and the abstinence from seaweeds, explain the dirty looks the dog gives to his master, who has traumatically dropped in his scale of favourite persons. Dirty looks behind which there is only one question: ” When in hell are going back to travel so that SHE(aka Ortensia) can start bringing me back to the beach?.”
On the other side, instead, in the travelling husband ‘s scale of favourite members of the family, the dogs have suddenly jumped up. In his head, in fact, the main interrogative is: “when in hell will this thing be over?”
A question behind which there isn’t a real concern for humanity, but more an urge to leave the house, and nowadays his only chance is the dogs.
Very maliciously, some could think that behind the husband will to walk the dogs, although it is not hunting season, there might be some practical reason like needing some privacy to ring the mistress. Well, fair enough, and yes plausible indeed, even if I think that sharing the house with four women is already enough. But, when the same man who is suddenly so willing to walk the dogs is also the man that in twenty years of marriage never stepped foot with you in a supermarket, and now repeatedly offers to come along, you know there is no mistress there. The same way you also know that there isn’t a newly developed pleasure to share everything with his wife either, but simply a humongous emerging cabin fever. That is what it is! He went from complaining about being always on a plane to missing those flights.

Thank God the traveling husband has an ingenious wife who is now working out the way to transform this distress in something cathartic and useful. For example, the garden wall needs some work, so why not using the few days holidays he already took for next week to paint it? Boom, two pigeons with one stone! The travelling husband will be technically outside the house (no reason to feel cabin fever at all), and at the same time and with a bit of imagination, he can move the brush fluidly like he was surfing in Northern Ireland as it was planned for those days.

Happy Easter, everyone, have a safe one and don’t forget to indulge in chocolate!

36 thoughts on “Cabin Fever

  1. Meowser, I had a similar reaction to my staff, then was informed that our county beaches had been closed because Spring Break people brought the bug to Florida. To keep my staff busy, I have them doubling the size of our vegetable garden and pressure washing the exterior of the house.
    Purrseidon

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    1. Five hours of pressure washing here last Thursday and four of gardening , today morales on the wall as apparently no white paint is available in any shop and husband is not artistic and kids are off school and need a bit of entertainment that it s not baking as I finished the holes on my belt😂😂😂😂😂

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      1. One more good day of work and my staff should finish ‘smurfifying’ the exterior of my house…. I’m pleased to see the last of that dull beige. In the garden, the beans are almost large enough to pick and the tomatoes are beginning to form… Alas, some of the lettuce dislikes this heat, so it is joining the bok choy in going to seed.
        I truly don’t understand why our beaches remain closed …. it hit 100 here, 2 days ago and as I understand that wuhan bug, heat and UV rays kill it…. Thus, I would think a good hot day at the beach would be therapeutic.
        Purrseidon

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      2. Sometimes when watching expert talking on tv I have the feeling that they are saying everything and it’s opposite. Beaches here are open but parking to-get there are closed because we are allowed only two km on foot

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      3. Ridiculous, isn’t it? IF the goal is to stop the spread of that wuhan bug, why keep us away from the beaches where UV and sunlight have the potential to weaken if not kill it? Yet they close our beaches claiming this is to control the spread, then turn around and assure us that if we put packages in the sunlight for a few hours, potential virus will be killed!

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    1. You are not gonna believe it but it is impossible to find white paint here at the moment, quarantine unleashed everybody diy gene so guess who is going to do something “artistic” with the walk in the end?🙄well but that’s it will be next post😉hope everything is ok over there

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  2. Ortensia, you are the glue in that family for certain!! My husband is working his tail off and my son is busy with his remote studies. I have never been bored a day in my life and would rather be outside sitting in a tree than any public place. We are good.
    Be well, my dear. Keep that sense of humor up and you will be just fine! Bake all their favorite desserts and they won’t want this to end!

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    1. Thank you Regina and quite frankly until this Easter hols when everybody is off(from school work and me from writing) I didn’t feel much the isolation, but next week we ll be back to the new old routine. When my days will go back be too short to do everything I d like😂even in lock down🙄there must be something wrong here😂

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      1. Everybody is fine and the girls are coping with it incredibly fine. Now they are on their Easter break but from Monday virtual school will recommence and they are pretty busy but I’m grateful they are not in crucial years so that their preparations for exams is not compromised.
        The husband is the one who suffer the most and in the end I am probably the one who suffer the least because with no taxi mum duty I have time to write more , half way through first draft of manuscript now🤓

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  3. That’s the way to do it, keep him busy! Lol. Dad and I have been in lock-down for 24 days now. We don’t leave the house a lot but I rather enjoyed being able to leave if I chose to do so. You’ve bee cooped up longer than we have! I can’t wait until this has all passed. Happy Easter, my friend. ❤

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      1. Our “stable genius” of a leader is wanting to end our “shelter in place” orders….freakin’ twat. I can’t stand the man. He’s dumber than a box of dirt. Opening things up before the virus is under control is just asking for continued spreading and more deaths! 👿

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      2. It looks since this thing started and he thought it was something only fir Europe and China is saying everything and it’s opposite, I totally share your opinion about the man

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  4. Always a fun read my friend. Hope you and yours all stay safe, no matter how much they grumble. My own wife will struggle to get me out of the house when I have to return to work. My life is reduced to drawing and pottering in the garden and it is ok with me.

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