17 Mar 2020

The “At-Home” Diaries #1

The At Home Diaries #1 on vickiarcher.com


Home feels very good right about now.

I can’t say it is a penance in one sense to stay home as homebody is my nature but when liberties are threatened suddenly it all feels a bit different.


We are home and it is a different “home” to the one we left. We are staying put, keeping our distance and taking stock in ways we never imagined a few months ago. I am weary from travel and have covered a zillion stress miles over the weekend, wondering if the airports would receive us and even if we would be able to leave. There is worse penance than a forced stay in Australia but with our family this side of the world, there is nowhere I would rather be.


I’m home and while I am sitting tight for seven days to make sure all is well I know we are all together and close by.



Here’s the plan.

I thought for however long we are inside I would write a diary, an at-home diary where we mull over the highs, the lows and all in between. Share ideas of how to amuse us, talk about what we never have time for and really make the most of this quiet time. Chat it all out.


If nothing else I am going to be inventive in the kitchen and create nourishing and different meals; we are within such close proximity to fabulous locals I have become quite lazy about home cooking.


Playing with my home is one of my priorities. Sorry, David, you might be concentrating on work but I need help moving the furniture. Finally, cleaning out the cupboards? If it is ever happening it might be in the next few months.


More importantly, I want to read and write and watch films on my lengthy list.


Yes, let’s continue to talk about fashion and beauty because that’s what we do best but maybe from other viewpoints. How we dress is something to think about – there are days when all I will look for is a comfy tracksuit and others where I will go all out.


My jet lag is threatening; I start the day with a bang but come lunchtime my mind has slowed to snail’s pace and the afternoons are not for sleeping but for reading or watching an episode or two. Any brilliance I may have thought of has been forgotten and best left until tomorrow.


Will you share your “at home” time with me, compare notes and swap ideas.

I have always felt together we hum along so well; there is no such thing as distance here. xv

 

VA In Your Inbox

subscribe for updates from vickiarcher.com

In This Post: ,

FEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATUREDFEATURED

27 Comments

Cheryl Kotras

I’ve decided to paint my bedroom suite in a grey chalk paint while being at home. Painting keeps me occupied and seeing how it turns out is something to look forward to. Cooking is also a challenge as it is hard to get the staples we take for granted and we have to learn to be inventive. I also am sending e cards to friends just to keep in touch and know they are well and in my thoughts

Reply
Vicki

I love that idea of e-cards – how thoughtful Cheryl – and painting! That’s brilliant… Cooking will be my challenge… but one I look forward to :)

Reply
Kaaren

Hi Vicki
I am in Vence as we speak . We were supposed to have been staying at your place in Saint Remy -La Maison du Village from March 30 to April 2nd!
We have informed you that we will not be able to get there because of the virus! We only want to Postpone not cancel the accommodation We are so disappointed but will be back as soon as all this is over we return to Australia tomorrow We have only been since last Friday arriving in Nice! We are fortunate to be able to get return flights Keep safe and I intend to do many of the above at home xx

Reply
Vicki

I am so sorry your holidays have been disrupted but I am happy you managed to find flights… it’s best to be at home in uncertain times… La Maison will welcome you whenever you can come .. it will be our great pleasure… :)

Reply
Vicki

Vicki, this is a good time to put our reflections in writing as you suggest. Blogs are a wonderful way for all of us around the world to share our experiences, coping mechanisms, and uplifting thoughts. I don’t have a blog, so I will look forward to your observations during this historic event.

Reply
Vicki

I love hearing everyone’s thoughts and we can make some interesting conversations together :) I’ll try and get the ball rolling …

Reply
Teri Boesvert

Thank you, Vicki, for this lovely reminder that home need not feel like a prison, but can be deeply appreciated as our refuge.

Reply
Vicki

Yes, it won’t hurt us to stay quiet for a little bit and help protect others more vulnerable .. We can keep each other company :)

Reply
Andrea

In Canada we have a 14 day policy of staying at home after international travel.

Reply
Vicki

I am sure this will be enforced everywhere soon… I am self-imposing this as I see no harm only benefits :)

Reply
FrenchGardenHouse

I am so happy to hear you made it back. Here at home in California, we are so grateful for our home. Although it’s raining today, I’m looking forward to some sunny days ahead. I have enough food (and toilet paper! It was a thing here!!) to feed us for weeks, and am thankful for a skill I haven’t had to use since being a newly wed – being able to create a delicious meal from a few ingredients.

We can still sit in our front garden – our back garden has been gutted and hopefully it will still be replanted over the net two weeks. We can walk in the park across the street, and on the beach with our dog. And I have never been more grateful that my business, FrenchGardenHouse antique, is a small family business that we operate from home. We are still shipping out orders and working as before. My husband has come home and is not seeing patients at this time, so here’s crossing my fingers some of those things on “my” list get done.

I am planning on having FaceTime calls with my girls and their families, especially for our adorable grandchildren it’s an unsure time, and this will help them to see that even though we are “older” we are still very much healthy and “the same.” I’ve already told them that if we can’t have our traditional big Easter celebration with an egg hunt with our friends and family on the actual day, there is nothing that says we cant celebrate that at a later day.

All in all, I am trusting that this too shall pass. Treating this time as a time of re-doing the home {like you, I need to move things around} of getting some things organized, resting, and prayerfully reflecting on what matters most. Let’s all stay safe, and be kind to each other.. xo Lidy

Reply
Vicki

Lidy, it’s the same for us.. we have a lovely terrace and garden that shall be greatly appreciated as spring is unfolding here in London. We have been face timing too and while our ‘baby” is confused by it, for us it is the best to see his little face. Travel is so much a part of my life and especially France – it has always been my back yard, that does feel strange being unable to go there – but it is there and that’s the lovely feeling of looking forward and appreciating the future. :)

Reply
Sunflower

I lived a rural area and this morning’s walk saw me see only the Postman on the other side of the road rather than the usual walkers!! Many supermarket shelves are empty but I always have stock essentials anyway and many baking ingredients. Time to try some new recipes for sure Vicki. I also have a lovely pantry which I’ve wanted to empty, paint and reorganise. Emptying and washing jars, relabelling and generally making it much tidier than now. Looking forward to a day or two sorting this!! I’ve also got a jigsaw with the image of three women doing yoga!!!

Reply
Vicki

A jigsaw is a great idea and that’s something I will set up too… Organizing all my cupboards is on my to-do.. but I fear it will be a while before I get to that… ;)

Reply
Linda B

This is a period of time like none we have ever experienced! Personally, I had a few days of anxiety–it took me a bit of time to convince my husband, who has a mild but still significant form of leukemia, that he had to self-isolate. Once I got that through his thick head, things have been so much better, mostly. We still did our usual early Tuesday morning hike today with our small group of friends. . . I have to let go and let him do some of this, I guess. . . We also are getting out of the house to go for runs and bike rides, as usual. We are enjoying our home-cooking more than ever, and even bought a giant bag of flour so we could make bread in the coming weeks. Yay for home delivery for most of our supplies!

We had three trips scheduled in the next month, now all canceled. The one that I feel saddest about was the visit we were going to do up to Oregon to see our 9 month old granddaughter again. On the bright side, as my daughter and son-in-law are now working from home, we have frequent pictures, videos and FaceTime conversations throughout each day. Not the same as being there, but still we are grateful. Who knew that babies could enjoy a video call!?!

I am also loving the abundance of time to work on my creative projects at home. I count cleaning closets as one of those, but also I have been knitting like a fiend, and and have started a new embroidery project.

I am also trying to maintain a modicum of style in my home dressing–something I have been trying to figure out already as part of my recent retirement.

Good luck to all in staying well, and adapting!

Reply
Vicki

Adapting is the right word, Linda… and we all need to change our routines and be a little flexible in how we navigate this time forward. Also, I feel very strongly about letting go of what is beyond our control and working with what is…

Reply
Samille

Dear Vicki .. I think we shall be turning to your lovely words even more so for comfort and for familiarity. I feel anxious from Australia as do all of us. But yes more cooking and cleaning is on the cards if I have to work from hone and soup is on the agenda for my little children.. we will try to make it a family fun activity and I will put more onions and garlic than ever in a hidden immunity boost for my little ones. Glad you are home. Stay safe everyone. Samille x

Reply
Vicki

Special recipes will be created and enjoyed… and yes, I have much garlic on hand too… Thinking about what to cook today at this bright and early hour… one of the joys of jetlag!

Reply
LA CONTESSA

BRILLIANT IDEA to JOURNAL!!!
THIS IS DAY ONE OF LOCKDOWN for us in Northern California……….I’ll be fine it’s the ITALIAN HUSBAND who will GO NUTS!
Let’s hope we can CLEAN TOGETHER and get organized with paperwork!
XX

Reply
Sunflower

Linda B, I do hope you feel more settled and less anxious. You’ve certainly piqued me about knitting!!!
I presume this is for your grandchild and, although I don’t have any grandchildren yet, I really feel the time to knit is now whilst we are more confined to our own homes!!!
I must find the needles and wool I’ve got somewhere in my previous abortive attempts!!
May I ask Linda B what you are knitting? Vicki, are you knitting for your grandchild? Maybe we could have a knitting support group!! 😂😂

Reply
Vicki

I’m not a great knitter although, funny… I would love to start up again… I remember learning at school and with my mother… a great pastime for now… I think I would need the support! :)

Reply
Jean Wethmar

Beautiful collage Vicki, it caught my eye immediately..lovely idea about keeping in touch.. this season has surely caught the whole world off guard – we need to remain connected and gain strength from each other, that will get us through. I am thoroughly disappointed I was due to depart for a fantastic Indian trip today.. my heart is heavy, but I’m glad I’m at home, if this makes sense. The birds are singing still in Au, loudly and very clearly.. like they always do. The white cockatoos, and the Rosella’s making their usual screeches – the sun still shining brightly. Stay safe and well. x Jean from Glam Girls Lux Travels – yes, we will travel again, one day they tell me.

Reply
Vicki

We will Jean… and for now, we must luxuriate and protect ourselves in this slow life. There will be harder days than others for I fear this is how it will be for some time – there will be many disappointments but our safety and health are everything. Enjoy your birdsong…

Reply
Sylvia Kase

To all of my friends here with me today.. Thank you Vicki for giving your space and time to comfort and make great suggestion , during this very difficult time. Here in Houston we sit by waiting for the number of victims of the Virus to start ticking upwards.I found myself lingering far too long on news. Off with the T.V. ..I got out all my old photos, far too many ,started the process of making boxes of pics for my grown children.

The next few days I want to make the effort to prepare a Big “Give Away Box” !
And each day I move ME.. my yoga mat is a welcome place to meditate. My dance music will be on and I’ll be a solo act.

To all :remain in good health and pray for all the Health Providers on the front lines.

Reply
Alice Lawless

Hi Vicki, I was looking forward to meeting you in April with Doni’s “Girls Guide to Paris” group, now hoping for October or next Spring. Today I took everything out of my pantry and reorganized. Very satisfying I must say, but my husband looked a bit worried. Tomorrow I’ll reorganize more of the main kitchen. This forced period of “downtime” is a blessing as I have so much work to do in our house and now have no excuse. Look forward to meeting you sometime in the future, merci, Alice from Vancouver

Reply
Lydia

Many greetings to all of you! Thanks for your support in these times.
As a teacher, I havee started a distance learning for my students and my friends´ children who are in their homes. That is very important for them to be occupied.
Ane in the meantime I check my closet and dream about new outfit combinations in better times.
Be strong!

Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

powered by chloédigital
Read previous post:
Sling On The Slingback on vickiarcher.com
Sling On The Slingback

Close