Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Personal

Our friend in Launceston arranged a catch up for us, our Hair Dresser Friend and the remaining Brother Friend who lives in Thailand. Of course we were socially distanced by the brilliance of the internet.

We used FB Messenger and while it was problematic at times, we spent a couple of hours together chatting, with the limitations of the app. We could mostly see all five of us, and we were already clued up on the speech delays. While the set time was 5pm, and we were set up to have our drinks and nibbles ready by then, she called at 4.30 which threw us into chaos, but we managed. R had showered to look his best. I had dabbed with a tissue at my bleeding makeup.

We have arranged to do the same next weekend at the same time with a couple of other people included. FB limits to 5 people, so we will use Zoom. We used Zoom for our Owners' Corporation meeting and it worked well enough.

The auto sanitiser machine on the ground floor kept running out of fluid. Another has been installed. Everyone is respecting the two people in a lift rule. And then yet another ground floor sanitiser has been installed Surgical masks protect others but not so much you.

Am I getting used to wearing masks when out? No.

The joke of Who is that Masked Man has worn thin. You have to be of a certain age to get that.

Runners and cyclists don't have to wear a mask. Some do but imagine the expelled air, especially from runners as they run past you!

Compliance with masking is very good. You can remove your mask in public to eat, drink or smoke.

Mother managed to have her lawns at her now sold house mowed the day before Stage 4 lockdown along with having her hair done, the house sale to be confirmed on the 14th. While her life hasn't changed too much she is missing seeing people and sick of looking at the primulas she potted up at the front door of ABI Brother's place.

Fire Fighting Nephew's Poppet is due to be born in two days.

We can no longer go out together for shopping or food. We've generally stopped buying food out at all and as we individually go out most days for food, we might have a lonely cup of coffee on our own. The amount of recycling material we produce each day has doubled, and I don't just mean clinking wine bottles.

Am I bored? Not really. There are always things to do at home. While R cleaned my ensuite today, I cleaned the barbeque. I finished both an ebook and a proper book today. I watched some amusing Youtube videos as well as the usual type of videos I watch. I communicated with people via the information super highway. I drove out to buy some milk and takeaway coffee. I went out for a decent walk, with more bought out coffee and listened to some podcasts.

Before I knew it, it was time for a glass of wine before dinner. TV is not bad tonight.

I have little to complain about, but complain I will. This is a load of shit! I want my old life back.

I guess if you wonder if you are depressed, you are not suffering depression. I feel great sadness for me, for us, for family and friends, for the people of Beirut and for the world. But don't you worry about me. I am a privileged person in this world. Bother your heads about others who are far less fortunate.



36 comments:

  1. I am a firm believer in give us this day our daily whinge. I have found (as have those who live with me) that if I don't express my grumps they build up and explode.
    Good luck with your zoom meetup. I have done one, but it was as an invited observer rather than a participant.

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    1. Wise words EC. I have only been in one as an observer.

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  2. The novelty of Zoom is wearing a bit thin on me at the mo. The family one is weekly and I backed away from yesterdays, I find I get bored. Awful thing to say but the bros are very jokey, everything's a larf. And I sometimes don't feel that way. Two are suffering hearing losses and the jokes about that are over the top. Maybe I'm a dried up old prune with no sense of humour. Maybe Covid is getting to me.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I was bored by the time the last FB meet ended. There are rituals you normally go through when socialising. I'm sure you are not. Like many people who write, you boredom threshold can be a little low. Mine is.

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  3. This is a difficult time, Andrew. I too, want my old life back! I fear that at the ripe old age of nearly 62, it may not happen while I am still young enough to enjoy travel.

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    1. Maribeth, that too is one of my fears, but more so for R who is older.

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  4. I'm not bored wither, I can always find stuff to do. Luckily we are in stage 3 and can get out and about masked. I don't have any plans to eat inside a restaurant and will limit our patio dining.
    I plan on keeping our pantry and freezer well stocked.

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    1. Good to know Jackie, but you are always busy.

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  5. I couldn't stand having to go out for food every day. Never have done so...and, hopefully, will never have to do so.

    Throughout my adult life my cupboards and refrigerator have always been well-stocked, with never any need to race out every day. It's a pattern I learned from my mother and grandmother, I guess. During my childhood years, our cupboards were never bare.

    I couldn't imagine having to go out every day...no way! Having to do so would drive me insane.

    I don't panic-buy; I never have. I just ensure my needs are always covered..."projected planning". I go out once a week...and there are times it might be 8 or 10 days. My habits haven't changed over these past few months. That is my "norm".

    Hopefully, common sense will come back into fashion...as a positive product of the current situation.

    I've never been bored in my life. I find some people can be boring...but, where possible, I steer well clear of them. There is always something to do...and there is always the fun of dodging have to do something! :)

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    1. Lee, it is just how our lives are and it suits us. Believe me, our cupboards, fridge and freezer are very well loaded.

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  6. If mother is bored with looking at the primulas, perhaps you can gift her with more pots, soil and some packets of seeds that grow easily and quickly. Then she can have the joy of planting, watering and watching things grow and bloom. She should be able to handle a small-medium sized watering can.
    I'm doing a lot of reading too, real books and e-books and surfing the real estate sites looking for the dream house which I may never find, but I do see some lovely furnishings and great wall colours.

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    1. River, she did grow the primulas from seedlings. You are R would be in good company, together looking at properties.

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  7. Can we simply scrap 2020? There's hasn't been much so far to recommend it.

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    1. Completely agree with you Cro.

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    2. Download a new version, this one has a virus in it....

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  8. Running should be banned, they just put out too much possibly infected air! Ha. I realized last night I haven't really been around anyone I know for months upon months. And I don't know when that would ever change. I'd like my old life back too. At least then I saw about three people now and then.

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    1. Strayer, I have a friend who runs and he wears a mask. He is the same age as me so I don't know why younger people can't mask up while running. At least you are very occupied, over occupied at times.

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  9. Lovely to have a met up online with your friends. Never used Zoom as yet.
    I presume you like going out each day to buy food - my mother did even though she bought groceries for a week :) You do as you want to and what is permitted at this time.
    Will be a long time before we get our lives back to the old way, if ever unfortunately.

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    1. Margaret, there is often something we have forgotten, in spite of our weekly shop. You are in such a safe place.

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  10. I feel sad for all you Melbournians especially my daughter cooped up with two ratty kids. Hopefully the Stage 4 restrictions will lower the numbers soon. Take care stay safe.

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    1. Diane, I really wonder how people cope in such situations. I'm sure Melbourne seemed like a good choice at the time.

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  11. I'm with Cro....lets go back to New Years Day and see how the year pans out. Had we heard of the dreaded virus at that time? I've forgotten!
    It must be difficult for you and R having no garden....yes I know your choice...but it does make a difference to being enclosed by 4 walls or walking the streets.

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    1. Cathy, we had heard of it by then. Yes, you are right about a garden. It would be nice at the moment.

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    2. I didn't hear of it until March, how did I miss it?

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  12. I am not surprised that every extreme right wing dictator has grabbed even more power this year, as communities are weakened by the pandemic. I am not proud of China in HongKong, but I am terrified of The USA, Brasil, Hungary, Saudi Arabia etc etc.

    Australians are struggling *nod* but I too feel sad for the citizens of many other countries.

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    1. Hels, yes generally most Australians are ok, unless they are infected and die. Why do countries elect right wing dictators? That is the real question.

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  13. We have an idiot for a president you lacks the brains and backbone to order a proper lock down, so we have 1/4 of the cases, over 160,000 dead. I am coming up on 5 months of working at home, wearing a mask when I go out, avoiding crowds, I am growing to like it, though I do miss traveling.

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    1. As I've said in the past, #45 should be locked up for criminal negligence. The US is up there with third world countries, India and Brazil.

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  14. I'm not sure it's true that wondering about depression means you don't have it. I think we're ALL a little depressed in this crazy time. It's a drag having our activities curtailed. But as you said, others have it worse.

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    1. Steve, I have to keep reminding myself that we are doing fine.

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  15. Zoom is great, so is Whatsapp and we sometimes get my parents and 2 sisters together for a family chat.
    Even though I go out to work daily, I miss not socializing much, because even though there is no infection in WA a lot of my friends still feel a bit "iffy" about getting together. And I miss travelling too of course. Keep well Andrew and enjoy your online chats with your friends.

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    1. Sami, and now Google is getting in the act with similar to Zoom. It is wise to still be a bit 'iffy', if we look at what has just happened in NZ.

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  16. Your last paragraph really says it all.
    We are indeed privileged. The whole thing is a disaster and I wish it were over but we do somehow get used to the new normal and most of us make the best of a bad job, without complaining. Well, not complaining too much.

    Enjoy your Zoom gatherings, at least we can see each other virtually.

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  17. Love that you got together with your buds in cyber space.
    So you both can't go out together to the grocery store, etc? I'm glad we can still go as a couple here. Grocery shopping has become a highlight for me. Ha.
    You take special care.

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    1. Sandra, yes grocery shopping was a highlight for us. Now, each on their own. Thanks.

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