Home maintenance in lockdown

Woman lounging on couch surrounded with rubbish: "Housework in old age."

Before lockdown: your home?

Notice how everyone is into home maintenance in lockdown for COVID-19? Or else they’re doing major house cleaning or decluttering all of a sudden. You know it’s true. And that’s a fine thing, providing  many rewards including a sense of control over something we can control, if we so choose.

After lockdown: drawing of woman vacuuming under a couch, surrounded by rubbish bags and a box of stuff for welfare store

Home maintenance in lockdown becomes high priority

Please finish this limerick. Or write another one.

There was an old woman of eighty
with a home in a terrible statey.
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Thank you! and thank goodness I’m not the only poet looking at this Bad Drawing, and searching for the right words.

26 thoughts on “Home maintenance in lockdown

  1. She climbed on a chair
    and said “I don’t care.”
    as the dust rose she made her escapee.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Haha and Yay and Good Stuff thou poet!

  2. She looked at the mess
    and had to confess
    Twas more important to eat lots of CAKEY.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Excellence incarnate. Bring me cake.

  3. She leapt on her broom
    And “Bewitched” every room
    Now she’ll e’en satisfy Health and Safety!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I am so enjoying these.

  4. Cathy Cade says:

    Takes more than C-19
    to make me housework-keen
    and who’ll see it anyway, matey?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Guffaws here as I read this one!

  5. Dan Antion says:

    She started to mutter
    At the horrible clutter
    But then filled her plate with cream pastry

    Stay safe, stay healthy

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thank you, thank you Dan! For the limerick and your kindness.

  6. There was an old woman of eighty
    with a home in a terrible statey
    she said that she must
    get rid of the dust
    but went to the pub with her matey.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Love it. And am vastly amused by the fact that my second cartoon has made zero impact on any of our poets so far. It’s more than a theme, it’s a movement!

      1. We haven’t got used to the new normal yet!

  7. joliesattic says:

    I don’t know how anyone is getting anything done. Lack of activity makes me sleepy and there is so much on my to do list!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I think people take a while to find their rhythm. There’s hope yet!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    She got off the couch
    No more be a slouch
    And promptly began to lose weighty!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      So good!

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Thanks. Hope you do this again.

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Aha! There’s a thought.

  9. lynmacgtn says:

    But when C-19 struck
    She got rid of the muck
    Now her home is looking quite stately

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yes! That’s what I’m seeing all around me, at least among my friends.

  10. myrak says:

    There was an old woman of eighty
    with a home in a terrible statey.

    She wrote and she blogged
    She cared and she sobbed.

    But she knew what to do
    To love and renew.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Now here’s a different tone! X

  11. Christine McLeod says:

    She said I don’t care
    I’ve got whiskey right here
    So crack ‘er open and she’ll be right Rachey

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Oh dear I have laughed a lot today. Nice one, Christine!

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