Filling the Void – Walking, Watching, Waiting

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This was soothing and fun – Colorama Coloring Book. I always loved to color as a kid!

The Void

This is rough. One day blends into the next and home projects continue to be undone for no good reason.

While life as usual has been completely disrupted by coronavirus, my personal struggle and biggest void has much more to do with losing my sweet Oscar on March 2nd. I considered a dedicated tribute post, but just can’t seem to bring myself to do that quite yet. Suffice to say, we are heartbroken and saying goodbye was not and has not been easy.

To that end, what do you do when stuck at home, sad and in need of distraction?


I’m a big fan of walking and have been uplifted seeing so many people doing so. The more I walk the better I feel, both physically and mentally. So, while gyms remain closed, I walk on my treadmill or outside with responsible social-distance in mind, of course.


If I’m a fan of walking, I’m certainly an even bigger fan of TV. I’ve been filling the void with some pretty good shows and came to the conclusion that I love British television. If you like suspense, definitely check out The Stranger and Broadchurch (I was so excited when I realized there were 3 seasons). Both set in England and really well done.

Other British Shows I’ve Binged and Liked…

After Life – Ricky Gervais – Kind of heartbreaking, but good.

Derek – Also Ricky Gervais – quirky and good.

Crashing – watched a while ago and found interesting.

Gavin & Stacey – James Corden, cute.

Kath & Kim – Actually an Australian show, but similar kooky British humor. Silly, but funny.

Other Shows I’ve Liked…

Northern Rescue – good.

Virgin River – good.

Dirty John – creepy, but good.

Broad City – outrageous, super silly, funny (if you like absurd humor).

High Fidelity – cool, interesting, different.

Do you have any show recommendations?


And so now we wait. What more is there to say or do? This is, by far, the strangest time in my life.

I hope you are doing well and filling the void as best you can.

Wishing you all good health and sanity.

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4 years ago

Oh Beth, I’m so sorry about Oscar. Sending lots of love your way. Hang in there!

3 Olives and a Twist
4 years ago
Reply to  Evelyn

Thank you Ev! I miss seeing you. I hope to have the chance sometime soon.

4 years ago

Beth – so very sorry to hear about Oscar – it’s heartbreaking to say goodbye. Sending love to all – stay safe and be well.

3 Olives and a Twist
4 years ago
Reply to  Teresa

Thank you Teresa! I hope you and the family are well. Thinking of you and hope to see you soon.

4 years ago

Such an unsettling time in our lives. We miss Oscar so much, but he’s in our thoughts every day! As for distracting TV…we just started watching The Tiger King…crazy intriguing documentary.

3 Olives and a Twist
4 years ago
Reply to  Kiki

Thanks Sisty – Tiger King is on my list. All sorts of crazy though!

Loyce Lawlor
4 years ago

Beth, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Oscar. The ‘void’ they leave behind is simply awful.
Thank you for sharing your list of shows – very appreciated as we all search for some diversion! I too have been walking a great deal and finding it calming. Have also re-engaged with needlepoint canvas – an old hobby that feels good again.
Be well. LL

4 years ago

I am so sorry about Oscar; no one told me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this “war” we are going through.
Try on Amazon Prime the BBC series ” Undercover”! C

4 years ago


Very sorry to hear that you lost Oscar, and hoping he remained regal right to the end! We have been there many times….always gut wrenching, but it does get better in time!

On the TV front:

* Yes on Broadchurch….all three seasons kept me guessing to the very end.

* Season three of Ozark just dropped….it has really jumped the shark, but love the dynamic between Marty and Wendy.

* TigerKing….jeesh!

Continued good health to you, Tony and the girls.


Sandra Monroe
4 years ago

Yes, Beth. Void. I truly feel like something is missing, like I misplaced something and I often see Rod Serling standing in the corner. BTW. Highly recommend “Call the Midwife” which starts is 7th season tomorrow on PBS. Try to find the first 6 seasons. Compassionate and historically correct narrative . You will enjoy. Peace and love to you and yours…Sam