Escaping the phone

Escaping the phone


Ok, it’s time for a tiny, wee whinge. And quite honestly, I think I deserve one.  If my friends and family had their way, I’d be on the phone for about 7 hours a day. I kid you not.

First off, it has to be said that I do spend about 2.5-3 hours on Skype each evening with Thom and while that’s counted in my total, it’s not counted in my whining. That is simply how our relationship has worked for a long time now, when we’re not in the same room, and we’re glad of that now the world has gone to sh*t. We talk, catch up on the day, watch some TV or a film… it’s not heavy going.

I admit though, that does bump up my daily total hours considerably.

Then I spend about an hour each day on the phone with my mum and while I love her a lot, it has to be said that in recent years she does a lot of talking over me and – staggeringly – telling me off for interrupting if I do try to speak, or join in the conversation in any way.

I remember a long time ago, a DJ on a local radio station I listened to used to call his Grandma live on air once a week and not tell her she was on air. The rules were that he was allowed to say ‘Hello Grandma’ and he was allowed to say ‘Mmm’ and ‘Right’, but the moment he had to say anything else, the timer went off and he’d say ‘So there we go, she talked for 5 continual minutes without stopping or requiring me to say anything’.

And I used to guiltily laugh, feeling bad for her that she was being used in this way but also amused because she obviously didn’t need him to be on the phone at all really.

Now I’m getting my dues for laughing. My mum could beat her into a cocked hat.

Anyway, that’s okay, because sometimes I insist on talking if there’s something she really needs to know and she is almost 80 and I guess I should make more allowances for her.

Finally, my friend who loves to talk… we all have one (you might even be this person). The other day we were on a call for 2.5 hours. Yeah… imagine it. It was mostly about her and her boyfriend (no, they’d not had a row or anything, I’m going to have PHD in this guy before long) and how hard it is to not be together while the isolation and distancing are in effect.

I get it, boy do I get it. I would love to see Thom about now.

Anyway, I love my friend dearly but at the end of the 2.5 stint when I needed liquid, the toilet and a rest, not necessarily in that order, she came up with a new thing she’d ‘just thought of’ to go on about and I couldn’t bear it. I said ‘Well, you’re just going to have to get a grip, love, cus I need to get off the phone now’.


The crazy thing is that I’m already in isolation… and yet I seem to be craving more. How is that possible?

I sometimes think I don’t have enough people close to me in my life and then I remember why – I don’t have time for any more!



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L&T Artisan Market – tea to-go cup (bento hold) (Lock&Tuft Flickr)
(Yummy) Ladybug Ring – Red (Yummy Flickr)

2nd pic also includes

L&T Artisan Market tulip blue, fade, pink & yellow (Lock&Tuft Flickr)
L&T Artisan Market reclaimed wood table (Lock&Tuft Flickr)
L&T Artisan Market 80s alarm clock lamp (Lock&Tuft Flickr)
L&T Artisan Market soap and candle (Lock&Tuft Flickr)

L&T’s Artisan Market pack is a gacha which was at Bloom Springtime Market.

Also in background Reverie’s Dreamer Picture Frame which was a rare Gacha item.

Until it becomes clear what can and what can’t be linked to and from a Flickr picture without it being considered ‘commercial activity’ I will no longer be linking to stores, marketplace, or events. I shall instead link to the creator’s Flickr where available, so you can find what you need from them directly. I recommend using SeraphimSL to find event details and links.


  • Yup!!!
    I’m in isolation with another person. I’d rather be in one on my own.
    That said she is a lovely girl just my stress levels are out of this world. Change your name on Skype. Then they won’t know it’s you!!!
    I’m not phoning anyone at the moment as all I want to do is be that whinging person. I’m doing my good deed for the community. Staying away from whinging on the phone.
    That being said, I need to talk to you about this problem I’ve got……
    I find a good sob and a glass of gin works. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Well… I sympathise, you know that. I am largely relieved I’m alone, but yeah… everybody’s finding it so hard aren’t they? Bless you… don’t keep it all in you know. You don’t have to be happy all the time.

      Re. Gin, yes! I’m not usually a big gin drinker but I do have some and I also got some new elderflower and lime cordial so I’m going to combine that with some g&t and ice and go sit in the garden later I think 😀

      Hugs you lovely lady ❤ xxxx

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    • Don’t forget peanut butter… and that squash is by Tetley, if you’re interested xxxx Be careful out there!


  • My sister phones just to talk over me these days and when I try to add something to the conversation she cuts me off and just keeps going. I’m not sure why she phones at all if she is essentially speaking to herself. She nattered at me about nothing for almost 3 hours the other day. The best part was her repeating a lot of what she told me the last time we spoke. I sure wish I had a terrible memory or didn’t pay any attention so the repeat stories would be exciting each time I had to hear them again…haha.

    As for parents, speaking with my father (he’s 72) lasts a minimum of one hour. He’s taking full advantage of the younger generation having to check-in (on a regular basis) with the older one.

    I tell everyone who’s been getting this kind of phone attention from me to soak it in. Once things get back to a more normal state I’m going back to not answering my phone when it rings and calling them back in my own sweet time.

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    • Oh my… yeah, you have it bad too. Maybe you could try half doing something else on the computer while your sister talks? Hugs to you Marge, just concentrate on not saying “shut up” or going crazy xxx


  • *walks over and wraps my arms around you in a big hug* I can understand the desire to be in isolation while in isolation. What is a cocked hat?

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    • Ooh, good question! It’s just a phrase meaning “she had them beaten” (or he). I’m going to go and Google it. Love things like that. Watch this space…

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    • Okay… either US or UK origin, meaning to be beaten into a shape like a tricorn hat, thus a cocked hat.

      Also thanks for the lovely hug Sadiepie. Best one I’ve had for weeks 😄❤

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