sandy shore with rocky formation

Annual leave in lockdown

It’s been amazing ……so far

Everyday I have done something new and exciting to expand my mind and open myself up to new pleasures and experiences.


I spent 4 hours in my kitchen trying to work out if the fridge light stayed on when I closed the door. I tried various techniques, slowly closing, slamming and even the gravity effect. For those not familiar with the gravity effect of fridge door closure, I will explain. It’s quite simple, yet at the same time ingenious. Simply raise the front of your fridge, then once you have opened the door just let go, gravity will do it for you.

My findings are still not clear. I think I need to work on eye position. I’m pretty sure the light does stay on as this would explain my high electric bill.


Tuesday was a big day for me. I went travelling around my flat. I started in my kitchen where I made provisions for the trek. Just a simple essential pack. I spent seconds walking through my living room into my hallway and on towards the west wing. I peered into the spare room, a room used mainly for the storage on motorcycle gear. It was a beautiful, breathtaking sight. I paused here for a moment, just to take a picture.

Next I ventured into the bathroom, false advertising here… bath. Next I entered the master bedroom where I paused for a two hour nap. It was when I woke that I realised I had to make the long journey back as I had left my provisions in the kitchen.


This was the day I planned to go for a ride on my beloved motorbike. I couldn’t however for two reasons. One, Boris wouldn’t like it and two, the local roads where far to icy. This didn’t stop me though, oh no. I put on my full leathers, gloves, boots and favourite crash helmet and spent the next four hours sat on my sofa watching last year’s motogp highlights. I was exhausted.


I had ordered a book from amazon on Monday and today was finally the day that I received the email to say it would be delivered. I excitedly stared at my phone screen watching the couriers progress. I positioned myself next to the intercom in my flat, and there I sat for ten hours straight. I waited patiently for “Morris” (the delivery driver) to come. Now, although I was expecting the intercom to buzz, it still made me jump through the roof when it finally went off. I was dressed in my finest clothes, ready to see another human being. As I open my front door I was left heartbroken. I didn’t get to see Morris, but simply heard him shout from the downstairs hallway, “parcel for you mate, I’ll leave it here”. All day I had waited to see him and …….nothing. He is no mate of mine.


I’m still in bed as I write this, and the day has only just begun. I do have plans though, big plans. I plan to go down the two flights of stairs (28 individual little steps), and take my rubbish out. I will have a sensory overload that I cannot describe. I will need to rest when I return for my journey and debrief myself.

The weekend

Once the people in white coats have read all of the above, I will probably be sitting in a nice comfortable padded room, wearing a coat the enables me to hug myself.

About catmann1973

Hi, I’m Martin. 47 years old, living in Suffolk. I have three amazing grown up children. I have the best family and friends in the world. I am a football fan, love going to the gym and I am a motorcycle pilot. I’ve had mental health problems all of my life. This site is about my past, present and future. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to be able to speak freely about mental health. It can affect anyone at anytime.
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