Friday, March 20, 2020

I know, I know

Yes, I said I wan't going to mention it again, but things change.

The Viking Orion has been sitting out in the bay since Tuesday after discharging passengers who if were from overseas, were taken straight the airport and exported to wherever  they came from. I have sympathy for the crew who are stuck in the bay for days on hold. I expect it will be the best maintained ship in the world. A very big hi to the crew of Viking Orion.

The ship cruise we took this time last year and we were near Christchurch in New Zealand when the mosque massacre happened has returned from NZ this year. It took passengers a whole day to leave the ship as checks were made. Melbourne is its home port and while it was supposed to depart tonight, it is still moored at Station Pier. An unscheduled ship was berthed at Station Pier, bound for Fremantle in Western Australia. It did leave.

Australia and New Zealand have now closed their borders to anyone else but Australian citizens. Where we holidayed in Tasmania has closed its borders to all but essential travellers. Our state government is reopening closed hospitals, which makes me think this will get worse before it gets better.

Today, Thursday was Mother Day and we met a real estate agent at my mother's house. As agents do, she had the gift of the gab, nevertheless Mother has now signed with her to sell the family home. The agent is ahead of many with virtual reality and drone footage, rather than risking contracting the virus by visiting someone's home for inspection. The company does meticulous wipe downs of anything a house inspector might touch. Interesting to me, a private auction can be held within a secure portal if two people are keen. She talked us to exhaustion. Finally Mother went outside to smoke and the agent took her leave.

Hippie Niece must leave hospital tomorrow, Friday.She loves being in hospital with everything done for her, she is fed and she has lots of social interaction. Ex Sis in Law asked if we could stay for a week at their place and look after the twins and Hippie Niece while they take a five day break from the twins. R was non committal but it didn't take me long to work things out. We have given money to Ex Sis in Law and her husband. His mother has now died and he has some money. We waived what we gave them. The latest was just $200 just before settlement of his mother's house. There has been no offer to repay that small amount of money.

I don't do children until they can coherently speak. R is 71 years old and becomes exhausted just by daily life. We have selfish lives. We like our own things around us. It is not going to happen. But I will have call Ex Sis in Law and take pressure off R.



28 comments:

  1. It sounds like the right decision to me. But then I am probably selfish too.
    Scary times - the world over.

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    1. Yes EC. Things changed. See later comments.

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  2. I think you are doing the right thing. At our age, it is exhausting.
    I've been running around (gloves and mask) trying to get the last of the things needed to make it. Today our good grocer had Senior Hours from 5:30-7. I went and spent as little time as I could getting some fresh veggies. Then I c.ame home and put it all away. Jack was in bed, and stayed there until almost 10 AM.
    Consequently I am tired and rather short tempered. Bed will be early tonight

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  3. I forgot you were near Christchurch when the mosque massacre happened last year. The horror must have stuck in your minds for ever :(

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    1. Hels, it stuck for a while. We were in a real life situation and the magnificent PM Ardern assured the nation and us. I watched the recording once home and it was horrific.

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  4. That was a big ask from Ex Sis-in-law at any time, in my view. It was right to do what is best for you and R. If one says yes all the time, one turns into a doormat.

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    1. Jenny, that is what it what is was feeling like.

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  5. Yes, it is hard to take care of young kids. Hope all goes well for everyone.

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  6. Things are changing but change isn't always bad.

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    1. Dora, I think some good will come out of what is happening.

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  7. Young kids wear me out fast.

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    1. Me too Strayer. It is not that I don't like them.

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  8. It's the incapacity of most small children to speak at a normal level of decibels that gets me. I find noise very tiring. Round the pool is worst!!

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    1. Cro, I know what you are saying. Did we have such loud voices when we were young? I can't remember.

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  9. Don't do it and you are not being selfish, they are. R deserves his rest and he will need it. What if lockdown happens? What is one or both of the kids gets sick with just an ordinary cold? Throw your mother into the mix and it will be sheer hell.

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    1. All quite right Jah Teh. I didn't have to make the call as a friend of Ex Sis in Law and her twenty odd year old daughters are going to stay.

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  10. Sad situation, but stick to your guns. JahTeh raises good points too. This is a time when all need to be taking care of themselves first. Tell ex-sis in law your building is in lockdown.

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    1. River, I was prepared to but see my comment to Jah Teh. Our building lift buttons and door handles are being disinfected three times a day.

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  11. Disney has two cruise ships based in Port Canaveral, and only one dock. The ships are shifting in and out every three of four days, with one at the dock and the other at sea. My middle brother works for Disney and is delivering supplies to keep the crew well fed, clean and safe. (He has worked for Disney for 42 years!)

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    1. Very interesting Travel. Your bro is doing an important job and wow at 42 years service.

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  12. How old are the twins now Andrew? Small children really are exhausting to look after. Is Hippie niece likely to pull herself together in the near future? I did hear that a cruise ship was due in at Fremantle, hope they are super organised down there 😉

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    1. Twins are soon to be three, Grace. I think their mother will always have ongoing mental health issues and live a somewhat chaotic life. She has had the best of doctors and plenty of family love, but......

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  13. A week with children, no matter the fun level, is exhausting. I'm sure you've mentioned this and I've just missed it, but where will your mom be headed after the house sells?
    YOU stay safe. Stay healthy.

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    1. Sandra, for the last couple of years she has been living with my younger brother, with him as her paid carer. Thanks.

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  14. You are not selfish, you are normal from a certain age on you don't support babies and toddlers anymore it's too tiring. So you got this nice virus too. We have our first week behind us. I wonder how long will it take until this mess is finished ! I still have to read your Tasmanian posts. You were lucky that you don't have to travel now ! We are not allowed anymore to travel !

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    1. Gattina, it was like we saw something in the future as we always have holidays booked, but we had none.

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