Having Fun At Home

Last week Naomi sent me an article she’d found online called 10 Fun Things To Do While You Are Stuck At Home, or some similar title.

We both agreed that while there was some worthwhile suggestions there about half of them were not what we would call fun. It’s a great idea to catch up with your laundry, mend broken things around the house or declutter your wardrobe but is it fun? Well not to us.

Naomi is currently still required at work but I am spending my days at home. Even the volunteering I planned to do has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

I don’t want to make a definitive list but here are some of the things that Naomi and I plan to do for the next few months.

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  1. Take photos – At present it is still fine to go for a walk. Sisters Beach is almost deserted most of the time so I can take photos around the neighbourhood or if restrictions tighten I will photograph the garden, pets, dolls and whatever else I can think of around the house.
  2. Write blog posts – We will both be writing posts for our doll and bear blogs as well as for this one and we have some other ideas as well.
  3. Study online – There are lots of online courses which are inexpensive and sometimes even free. It will be a good time to learn something new and useful. I plan to do one to improve my writing skills and another on photography.
  4. Play with our pets – Cindy thinks it’s wonderful that I am home just about all the time. She loves to go for a walk to the beach or around the neighbourhood. Polly never makes a big fuss but I know she prefers it when I’m home too.
  5. Bake – Naomi has a collection of vintage cookbooks and plans to try out some of the recipes from them. I’m looking forward to seeing how that comes out. Provided that I can get flour and eggs I will probably do more baking myself. If we can’t go out for afternoon tea at a cafe we will make our own.
  6. Catalogue my doll collection – This is something I’ve meant to do for a while and as I have to unpack most of the dolls it seems a good opportunity. I call it fun because I will set them all up to photograph.
  7. Watch the birds – We have an active bird population here and I always enjoy sitting outside listening to the birds and if I’m lucky getting some photos. I may buy a feeder.
  8. Read -I have been stocking up my Kindle with books, you can get a lot for free or for under $2. I like to read the Kindle in bed but I also have many “real” books that I can read or reread as well.
  9. Watch TV- Naomi’s YouTube channel is full of concerts of our favourite bands and old black & white movies. I have a lot of doll stuff, railway stuff and historical footage. Netflix and Amazon Prime have some older programs I’m happy to watch over and over again and the occasional new one that is worth seeing. I watch catch up TV, rarely live and we both have plenty of DVD’s.
  10. Games – On my own I play a games on the computer, Solitaire, Mah Jong, hidden object games and puzzles. I also play The Sims and Sim City because they have worlds I can control. When Naomi is here we have a cupboard full of board games. Our favourites are probably Scrabble and Scattergories but we have Monopoly and lots of vintage games that are fun to play, even the kids ones like “Pillowfight” and “Lost in Space”. We also have a shelf full of jigsaw puzzles.
  11. Crafty hobbies – Time to get started on knitting or sewing some dolls clothes, making a teddy bear, cross stitch or scrapbooking while Naomi gets into painting, drawing, and other crafty hobbies.
  12. Sleep – Plenty of time for those “Nanna Naps” even if we’re not nannas.
A page from a themed scrap book


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Unfortunately for now I will not be having much fun at home. I am grateful for keeping my job as I am an essential worker. My cleaning job at the local hospital is pretty important. I know the resident appreciate us. I have worked every day this week and I work Sunday and I have some days on next week. I do get tired and my back aches. My feet are tired and I can feel my arthritis and sciatica playing up. I went to the chemist and got two prescriptions filled as I had run out of them. I did not panic buy on my over the counter pain killers or my scripts. It worries my that my meds will not be available one day when I go to buy them. Without them I will no longer be able to do my job although I will keep going as long as I can. The elderly residents are relying on us even more than ever. I longingly look at the list of fun things to do and wished I was free to do more of them but after work today I had to go to the chemist and supermarket. I don’t usually think much about these ordinary errands. I am up and down the High Street all the time and it doesn’t take long. Now I am constantly calling in at the supermarket to see if there is toilet paper and at the chemist today I got told off for saying hello to a lady I had not seen in months. I merely enquired after her welfare. She wanted to know how I was and how work was. We were rudely told not to engage in a mothers meeting because of the new laws. I understand there are now rules and why but surely she could have been more polite about it. Mother’s meeting indeed! At the supermarket I finally had to ask them to keep one packet of toilet paper for me as I am down to the last two rolls. How I would love to pack up and go to Sister’s Beach and do some of the things on the list. I think Authoritative people make things much more stressful for everyone including themselves with the way they speak to others.If they were firm but polite they would get more cooperation. People around here have talked about still needing to be able to live. I spoke to a few today at a safe distance naturally. I think spending time with pets,doing hobbies and getting some fresh air outside is very important for the mind, body and soul. We must all try to do some things we value and enjoy during these tough times. I think we all probably spend too much time watching the news.Check in once or twice a day and then go and live the best you can.


  2. Lots of good activities. I am currently going through a lot of YouTube videos that I did mark or save “for later”. Documentaries, educational videos and so on.

    Apart from that, I play a lot of PC recently with my friends. Each evening, several hours on weekends even late into the night or morning.

    I could still go out with the camera as long as this won’t be restricted but it’s maybe a good time to just upload stuff from my library if I feel the need to do something on my blog. But I go jogging once a week, not three times a week anymore… but once a week is ok for now to stay in condition.

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