Wednesday, June 23, 2021

My day

I wrote this a while ago and since I don't have anything to publish for tomorrow, this will do. It was written when we were extremely locked down at some point. We could go out for food and exercise, and a couple of other reasons.

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Rise at 6.55. Sit on balcony for a few minutes and make sure the 6.57 tram to West Coburg is on time, proving all is well in the world.

Get back into bed listen to the ten minute 7.00 o'clock ABC radio news. I leave my little digital radio on until R gets up and then switch on the mantel digital radio so we can both hear it. I tune in and out of radio depending on what I find interesting.

Because of my osteoarthritis I can't lie in bed with my tablet anymore. I sit in my armchair watching Youtube videos on my tablet. Revisit balcony. The 7.16 and 7.22 trams to Toorak are on time. I make a cup of instant coffee.

8am I turn on desktop computer and and answer emails, answer blog comments, look at new blog posts by others and comment. I also check other social media. I take medications at 8.30. Sitting at the desktop might last until 9.30.

8.30 I hear R's phone alarm go off. 9.10 R gets out of bed.

Sleep well hon? Yes. You? Yes.

There is no rush to do anything. We manage to be showered and dressed by 10.30. I've had some cereal for breakfast. R doesn't eat breakfast.

We drive to the big green hardware shed. We buy some sealant for R's shower tap and a tree for Mother for her birthday. At 87, she is optimistic about a seeing a tree grow to fruition. 

We drive on to a supermarket and I find chilli fish tins on special for $1.25 so I buy two tins. We buy pre made sandwiches at the supermarket and drive further on to a beach side cafe where R buys coffee and we find a lonely sheltered seat to eat our sandwiches and drink out coffee white staring out to sea. What is that boat? Ah, I have an app. I found out what it was.

Home and I empty dishwasher. R alternates between napping and watching tv in his bedroom between 1 and 3. I go out to see something, walk somewhere or travel somewhere.

This day I caught the 58 tram to South Yarra Station, the all stations stopping train to Laverton. and then the express train back to the city from Laverton.  There were a few interesting people on the trains but none of real note and none to fall in love with.

Home by 4 and attend to matters of the internet and watch some more Youtube train videos. 

Plan a holiday inspired by a Youtuber. 

Left over roast lamb with vegetables for dinner. Watch some tv while on the desktop. Bed around 11pm.

34 comments:

  1. A gentle sort of day - which I am appreciating more and more.

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    1. EC, most of our days are like this and make no apology for them.

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  2. A COVID kind of day. Surviving--while not exactly thriving--is preferable to the alternative.

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    1. Cynthia, I think we are doing both.

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  3. A reasonably full day and at least you got out and about in spite of the lockdown.

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    1. River, food was always a reason to go out. So each day we went out to get food and find somewhere to eat it.

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  4. I'm looking for that kind of routine or day. I'm usally at work from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, I think you will so much enjoy the lazier life style when you retire.

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  5. "Uncle Andrew, what did you do during the pandemic?". The word 'war' will have been changed to 'pandemic, but the question will be the same in few years time. I suspect many of us will answer rather like the above.

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    1. "Dear great niece Little J, born in 2020, the year of the pandemic. You are so fortunate that scientists now know how to stop pandemics in their tracks. While 2020 was a horrendous year for us and 2021 not much better but we are less afraid, we will remember it well as it is when you were born. We survived the pandemic and you have grown up to be a person with the best qualities of both our father and mother."

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  6. I vaguely remember this, or a post of yours similar to this. Did I leave a comment?

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    1. Kirk, I may have. I have been known to post about the same thing twice.

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  7. Although a different kind of day, half a world away, it is similar in so many ways. The feelings behind the actions I suspect would also be similar. One more wasted day when I haven't got any to waste.

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    1. Marie, as much as we see the kiddies suffer and miss out, we don't have a long time left or the energy to explore the world.

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  8. Sounds like’ a day in life’ of many during that time. One we all seem to slide back into when the word lockdown reappears

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    1. Cathy, hopefully we hear lockdown again. I am not sure people will againg.

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  9. I like to use my cat trap watching binocs to spy on neighbors sometimes, when I'm really bored. YOu might try that. Just kidding, Andrew.

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    1. Strayer, binoculars are too obvious here. I take photos and then look at them full size on my desktop.

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  10. At least you get out and about a wee bit Andrew and you've been on lots of lovely trips. What kind of tree did you get mum?

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    1. Grace, what kind of tree? Thinking. From memory a James Sperling Pittosporum. Large shrub really.

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    2. Will have to look that one up :)

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  11. Well at least you have a record of what you did that day and know doubt other lockdown days.

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    1. Margaret, a moment in time captured and here for the record.

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  12. I look forward to not having required things to do in my days

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    1. TP, two years and how many months? Bring it forward.

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    2. Travel and Andrew

      Once retirement was on the horizon, I actually thought I would be able to do tons of voluntary activities. But then Covid struck and most people were home-bound anyhow.

      Now I too am getting to enjoy not having required things to do. But I miss my work colleagues.

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    3. Hels, is COVID an excuse for us? I am quite happy to do nothing much.

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  13. I enjoyed spending the day with you;)

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  14. You should check out (on Youtube), Meryl Streep's version of the ABBA song, "The Day Before You Came". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e1NCWWluKo&ab_channel=MerylStreep-Topic

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    1. Noted James and added to 'the see' list.

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  15. It's just another day, as the Beatles famously sang!

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