Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.Charles Bukowski
Ah, Bukowski – I just love the way you tell it how it is…
We’re in lockdown again here in our part of the world. Greater Brisbane went into a 3 day COVID lockdown at 5pm on Monday. Ben and I had been in Brisbane so our dog Harry could have surgery. But then lockdown was announced, surgery was postponed, and we made the decision to race back to the Sunshine Coast and do our three days of lockdown here at our new home.
That was working really well until our temporary internet died completely.
Which is how I ended up working from the front seat of my car, parked as close to my Mum’s house as possible so I could use her wi-fi. I am immuno-compromised, and so are many of my family, so I take lockdowns seriously. I socially distanced and wore my mask while I said hello, and then I retreated from the rain and sat huddled with my laptop to bang out this blog, to check my emails, to pay some bills and to upload files for my membership group.
I’ll be back here again at Mum’s tomorrow, but by then my family will have set me up a workspace outside in a little studio. Perfect. I’m all for making do, but it will be much more comfortable than sitting in my car for hours.
Meanwhile, the remains of our house moving is still sitting in a friend’s paddock and shed down in northern New South Wales. They were flooded in last week so we couldn’t get there, and this week there is a lockdown, so our plans are fluid at best. Thank goodness I am a patient person!
Even though we have no internet at home I have power, so I’ve been writing, baking bread, and unpacking. Priorities and processes. That’s what will get us through.
I hope that wherever you are, you’re taking care of yourself and each other. COVID is a long-haul event. Please keep practicing good hygiene and social distancing if there is active virus in your area. Wear your mask. Take it seriously. As someone who lives with chronic illness, the last thing I want is for you to join me in this club of unfixable health issues by ending up being a COVID Long Hauler.
We’ve been blessed so far here in Australia, to have been able to return to a relatively normal way of life. That might change for a while with this latest outbreak, but locking down and being careful is worth it, for the freedom it affords us all as things come back under control.
I’ll see you tomorrow. Love, hugs and hot cross buns, Nicole xx