Last weekend was fairly quiet. Sunday evening we had dinner at Andrew’s Place. Andrew and Rachel decided that since mum was still unwell, they would cook dinner this week, so that’s where we went. It was most enjoyable and Andrew refused all assistance from his mother and produced a simple but excellent meal with Rachel making a Cheesecake for desert. We had a good night and got to play with Connor for a while.
As I said on a previous post, Benji and I go out for our morning walk at the same time every morning – 05:45 and I find it passing odd that the mornings are getting darker. And before you suggest “he’s cracking up” it just seems to me that it has gone from daylight in the morning to darkness very quickly. I have even started bringing my flashlight with me
On Monday I booked accommodation for the Church Conference in February. There is every possibility that I may not be able to attend or that the conference may be cancelled, but I thought it best to book early and did ensure that there would be no fee charged for a cancellation. Not being able to attend means problems with Annabell or it clashed with a Hospital appointment, or it’s simply just cancelled due to Covid. At this stage we just have to take things on a daily basis. Went shopping on Monday and didn’t get much. The
reason that I didn’t get much was that there was not much to get – the spread of Omicron has closed down warehouses, reduced shop staff and reduced the number of drivers able to transport goods to places around the country. Thus, some shelves are very bare looking, particularly the meat sections.
At the moment, here in South Australia we have about 3400 cases per day. A decline from the over 5000 cases a day a week ago. The total number of cases here is about 65,000. We are however, as of this week, 90% fully vaccinated.
Annabell still gets tired but she is starting to do some things around the house. I am still doing much of the cooking and all of the Laundry. I mean there might only be the two of us here but the laundry still mounts up at the end of the week. Andrew and Rachel are heading off to Adelaide today. I was invited to go with them but I would have to get a coach home as they are staying until Sunday. It was a kind offer but I said no. If all is well I will be going to Adelaide myself first week in February and for what I want in Adelaide I need the car.
Having just written the above we have had a telephone call from Flinders and we will be in Adelaide on Friday 4th February for her surgery. Now we do not know all the details but they are sending them by email. We may be required earlier for tests so I will leave off booking the accommodation for the moment. I had intended on going to Adelaide so I might be able to combine the two events — well, that’s plan A.
I read a comment recently that a regular writer had “lost her mojo” and I fully understood. I want to keep writing but I seem to have temporarily misplaced the overall desire to add pen to paper, I haven’t really done anything. For the last six weeks I have largely been confined to the house and infrequent trips to the supermarket and out walking with Benji. To be honest there is nothing really exciting about grocery shopping or trips to the pharmacy for medication. Although, I have to say that I get some odd looks when I buy “ladies things”. Can’ t think why in this modern day… My mobile (cell) phone had been playing up and in essence it’s old and by old I mean that it’s more than four years old. With other phones – as I did in the not too distant past – I would simply go to the battery shop next time in Adelaide and buy a new battery for that particular model. Not any more. Phones are sealed and are not able to be opened. The battery lasts only for a few years and then it has to be charged more often – twice, sometimes three times a day. I was getting close to the three times and I was missing calls, so I decided to get a new phone = Samsung, not Apple. I have to say that I was amazed at the price of modern mobile phones and sad though it may be, $2486 for a phone is a bit beyond my budget limitations. I suppose it really depends what you want. I want a smart phone, I don’t want a, computer, phone, and sophisticated camera sitting my my shirt pocket – I just wanted a phone similar to what I already have, and that, really is what I now have.
Annabell continues to improve and on Tuesday I took her out to her Ladies Group. She had a good evening with the “girls” and I picked her up when she called me. Last
night (Wednesday) I went back to the Photography Group for a little while. The group are going for a photo shoot on Saturday so, depending how things are I might go along for a while. Benji and I are still out in the morning but not during the day, as it’s too hot to take him. I do take him out later in the evening when things have cooled down. I get “the look” every time I leave the house without him and before I get the few feet from the door to the car, he’s at the window looking out and watching me leave and abandon him. Nothing like making people feel guilty. However we have still managed to maintain our total distance walked for the week despite problems and “the Look”. He still has his treat then heads off to watch over his “mum” as soon as we come back from our morning walk.
I took a photograph of a sunrise a few days ago and I was surprised to see that the ground had been cleared not very far from here. There have been two new houses built in the area and this land clearing leads me to believe that there might be some more building in the pipeline. At the moment Adelaide is undergoing a “Rental Crisis” and one young lady interviewed was sleeping in her car because, although she has a job, she just can’t find a place to rent.
Covid cases continue to increase in South Australia with a new total of 5630 cases today (Friday) with 160 in hospital. Not quite as bad as other places, but they have a much greater population with higher density than South Australia. We had a call from Flinders Medical regarding Annabell’s Surgery and the fact that the December visit had to be cancelled because of the seizure. Flinders want to re-schedule the operation and we were willing for that to happen. There will be discussions with the doctors and given the medical restrictions currently in place, ( due to Covid) organise a time for us to go down to Adelaide. Flinders hope to let us know sometime next week.
All in all, a quiet New Year. Andrew was at home looking after Connor and John came here to stay overnight as he generally does. Annabell stayed up with us until “The
Bells” then she went off to bed. John and I watched “70 Years of the Edinburgh Tattoo” since the actual Tattoo was cancelled. We also gave a little bit of a scare to a Elderly Gentleman from Glenmorangie.
It’s been an interesting week, really. Annabell continues to improve and gain strength. I have continued cooking and looking after things. We have been out but not too much since there are now Covid-19 (Omicron) cases here and in Port Augusta. Started at the Port then moved here and we now have about 115 cases between both places Masks are still mandatory at the shopping centre because of the overall number of cases. These continue to escalate throughout the State. Elsewhere, there have been serious floods in Queensland and loss of life : major fires with property and lives lost, followed by major snowstorms in Colorado. I was worried about people in Denver for a while then I remembered that they had gone to Texas and the newsfeed hasn’t told us anything about Texas. Europe is not doing so well , France less so, and I understand that “what’s her name”
has all but closed down Scotland. If I am reading the figures correctly, Scotland has over 100,000 cases. Like many people I thought 2022 would bring some relief. I never for a moment believed that it would happen instantly – that’s just silly – but I did believe that it would show a light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel. However, I am beginning to fear that the light we see is not an exit but that of an on-coming train.
In the beginning of this pandemic people were panic buying. Not so now because the produce is not there to panic buy. Woolworths have announced that they have a 12% absence of warehouse staff and almost 22% absence of shop staff and produce is not arriving because of the shortages of staff to load and transport the produce to the stores. Coles (the other major supermarket) have put restrictions on what amounts of certain produce that people can purchase at one time. But it is not just Covid that is responsible for the
shortage of shop staff. People are leaving because they would rather be unemployed than accept the daily abuse from customers. This is bad in some instances and people are blaming the shop staff for the shortages and the long wait at the checkout. The speed of the spread of this variant has caught everyone by surprize. The Prime Minister underwent a 7 day isolation as did the Premier of South Australia and the leader of the Opposition. Doctors locally are not “seeing” patients but are conducting telephone consultations. I still take Benji out but I stay local and not during the day. Nothing to do with Covid – the temperature is up around 35c – 40c so the ground it too hot for his paws. Before I take him out in the evening, I go out and test the ground with the back of my hand and then decide if we are good to go.
I am toying with the idea of a new computer. This one works very well but it is old and has come to the end of upgrades. Howeffer— I have only recently updated my mobile (cell) phone, so a new computer might be pushing things a tad much :o)