Mum was dreading going to the supermarket under lockdown today, but it was ok. This was the toilet paper aisle - plenty of supplies with only a few gaps. Kiwis have been told to calm down and shop normally to leave enough for everyone, which I think they are doing.
Mum only waited in a line for 2 minutes to get in and 5 minutes at the checkout. There wasn't much meat but mum got everything she needed.
On the news there was a local bread company where all the 30 staff have stayed in lockdown together, away from their families so that they could make 20,000 loaves a day. Good on them.
We are in strict lockdown here on day 5. No restaurants, no takeaway food, no online shopping except for groceries, no visitors, no travelling - nothing. Stay home. We are allowed to exercise by going for a walk close to home away from others, go to the doctors (although you have to ring them and they are doing 99% of consultations over the phone) or go to the supermarket for essentials. Essential workers only are allowed to go to work. Mum and all of her colleagues carry their ID in case they are stopped by Police.
Mum was surprised to read some of the news from around the world about what other countries are doing. Things she read overnight though made sense about how we have been able to move swiftly. Here in New Zealand we only have one level of government, so decision making can be quick and decisive without a lot of arguing. Every day at 1pm there is a nationwide press meeting, where the Prime Minister, Director General of Health and other leaders present the numbers of Covid Patients for the day and impart any new information for the public. This is broadcast on television for anyone to watch.
Mums cold has settled and she will return to her essential work tomorrow. She is looking forward to getting out of the house for a while, and understands why some people have a touch of the cabin fever. Mum is missing seeing her friends, but they all stay in touch with phone calls and texts to check on each other.
Tonight dinner for her is a frozen cooked spicy mince and veg dish from last week. She is going to reheat it and have mince on toast to use up the last of her loaf of bread. Tomorrow after work she is going to try to go to the supermarket, a task she usually enjoys but now is fraught with its own stress. She doesn't have to get much, but some bread and fruit and veg will help boost out the frozen food and pasta. She tries to be nice to the checkout team and thank them for the good job they are doing in these strange times. Also a big thank you to the bus drivers who are transporting essential workers round for free.
I have been helping mum to rest and she is feeling much better with the cough finally beginning to recede. It has been raining heavily since Fridsy and is much cooler than the weather we had earlier in the month. Ideal weather for sitting and watching the box.
Last night she watched Jojo Rabbit which was good, but mum is not sure that she was comfortable in the satirical tone of the movie. She loves Taika Waititi usually but found that it relied too heavily on too many stereotypical caricatures of many of the supporting characters. Maybe she will have to watch it again when she is less distracted by the current issues occurring in the world.
Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom is on the television tonight. So mum is settling down with a big vodka and orange juice (mums drink is about 1% vodka). Me - mom let's me have 4 temptations.
Mum got her results back today and she is negative for covid 19 which is good news. The results were back quickly and within 24 hours. As she suspected it is probably just a simple cold, and she will be able to return back to work 24 hours after she feels better.
She got lots of texts from friends and made a couple of phone calls today, which is always nice to laugh with friends when they can't get together. She made herself a tasty dinner of a pork chop with potatoes and salad, and mixed herself a vodka and fruit juice. She watched JoJo Rabbit and thinks she will sleep much better tonight, as long as her coughing does not wake her up too much.
Thank you for all the well wishes - mum was very grateful for your kindness.
Mum had the day off today. Yesterday her slight tickle had felt a bit more if a cough so she came home early. She spoke with dr friends last night and came up with a plan. Don't panic my friends- mum just feels like she is getting a seasonal cold.
This morning she rang and spoke with her boss to say she wouldn't come to work. She then rang the gp. She got straight through and the gp rang her back at 8.30am for a quick phone appointment. She agreed that it was probably a cold but for mum to get swabbed as she is a hospital worker, so that she can return when well.
At 2.30pm mum put her jacket on and a face mask and went to the gps for testing. She stopped at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription that had been faxed. Mum had rung them and they had it ready and mum arranged that she would call them as she arrived. Mum stood way back from the front door, and the pharmacist came out and left mums prescription outside the door, so that mum could pick it up with no contact. No id or anything was needed - kiwis are pretty trusting like that.
Swabbing took place in the deserted gp carpark. The dr in ppe just took a quick swab from mums nose and throat. All done in two minutes - she said it was a bit gross and made her want to gag but, really not so horrible.
So dont worry, mum was home 15 minutes later avoiding the people out exercising and getting fresh air. She truly feels fine, just a cough and a bit like a cold. The worst bit was the walking about in the face mask, it made her a bit hot and bothered and was relieved to get home and remove it.
She also has not been stealing supplies. In the past month, she had kept her own gently used masks and put them aside in case this very problem arose.
So now she is waiting results and advice from her dr. She us going to have to wait until she is well to return to work. Luckily I will assist her in getting better.ĺ
Here we go!! As of midnight we're on lockdown here in New Zealand for 4 weeks. Mum ordered a pizza for dinner tonight before they all shut there doors. She hasn't had a takeaway supper all year but knew she might miss them when you can't get them. Essential workers like mum carry on like normal but mum expects the streets to be quiet tomorrow.
It is crazy to think that millions of people around the world will be living like this for weeks but how lucky are most of us to have warm beds to sleep in and enough food to keep our tummies full.
Tonight our country also declared a state of emergency to give police the power to clear the streets and restrict people's movements. So behave out there!!
Mum was a little annoyed this evening. The bus company will still be running over the lockdown so that essential workers can get about. Hats off to them - they are making it free until June which is awesome. However they are going to only run it to a Sunday timetable which means that the earliest bus only gets to the hospital at 08.34am which is hopeless for day shifts which start at 7am. So mum will be stuck walking.
She is lucky that it is only a 40 minute walk to work, but now with added id checks to get into the hospital she will have to now leave even earlier. She feels for colleagues who live much further away who will be stuck. She has written an email to the bus company and to the paper tonight to complain.
Today was mums day off. She took me for a senior check which I passed. I got some furs clipped which I wriggled a bit for.
Mum dropped me off home and then went to the printers. She had made a couple if emergency sheets for me that she had laminated. In case she gets ill or an emergency happens she wants to be prepared. She knows that lots of our readers live alone too. She has all my health history and phone numbers for mums friends on it. There are feeding instructions and info about my sleeping and bedding arrangements. She feels better knowing I will be taken care of.
Mum popped to the supermarket. There was lots of food available and no lines which was good. The meat supplies were low but lots of toilet paper and mum didn't even buy cat food. The government has been imploring people to shop normally and that seemed to be happening today.
When she got home the Prime Minister had more announcements for New Zealanders. Schools close tomorrow and we will go into lockdown on Wednesday at midday. Mum is prepared and ready now.
We found another great thing on Bored Panda today. A Danish supermarket came up with a way to stop people hording essentials like hand sanitiser. They are selling one bottle for 5.50 Euros, and two bottles for 134 Euros. Sounds like a good work around to us.
Mum is trying to distract herself by watching Jurassic World on the tv tonight. Suddenly dinosaurs don't seem so scary.
Jacinda was on the news to tell us an update about the virus today. We have 54 patients and community spread now. 70 year olds have been told to stay home and people are being told not to travel around the country. Libraries and swimming pools are closed now. Mum has a large pile of books as she sensed this was coming. She has a kindle but likes the feel of a real book. We are surprised that restaurants and bars are still open - we see they are closing in the uk.
We sense that a lockdown is not far off.
Mum is working tonight but then has two days off for us to spend quietly at home.
My Mum works in a hospital - and as she wrote last night she thinks a lot of the public don't get it. They don't understand. She found these posts on Bored Panda last night including the picture above. It explains the importance of what is going on right now. We know the news is confusing and scary. PLEASE STAY HOME. If you have to go to work or the supermarket we understand. But cafes, and meet ups and church can all wait. Protect yourself and your neighbors. PLEASE STAY HOME.
Boy it's getting serious out there in the world isn't it. Tonight our borders close so only New Zealanders can come into the country. Only 100 people can be in one place. Mum was surprised to see on the way home that there were still lots of people were at the swimming pools and gymn. I think that people just don't get it and the only way to make people stay home will be to close everything down.
For mum she is happy to come home and sit with me in the autumn sun. The best place to be!
How are you doing friends? The temperature has dropped today, mum has the heaters on as she was cold. Lots of changes here. The streets were emptier on mums way to work and on the way home. I think the schools are having some years stay home, and we won't be surprised if they close entirely soon like many other countries.
So far not much of mums routines have changed, as during the week she usually only goes too and from work, with stops at the supermarket and library. She saw most of her friends at the weekend which was nice.
Tonights sky was super pretty. Mum managed to get a couple of shots standing in the garden in her dressing gown. She has an early start tomorrow morning so will have a big shower and do her hair tonight.
Mum made a simple supper tonight with leftovers to eat for her lunch tomorrow. She is grateful that the library is still open and she stocked up. She worries that they may close the libraries and mum loves to read. Does she sound crazy having 18 books out?
Mum got sucked into looking at the internet to the wee hours last night, and woke up early as it was a lovely morning. The landlord came round and pulled apart the table and benches that were rotten, did some gardening and took the rubbish to the dump. Mum has realized now that I have nothing to jump out of the window onto, so might have to buy something for me otherwise my escape route has gone.
As she was up early she went to the supermarket to get some chicken/mince/bacon and vegetables for the freezer. People were looking a bit tense but the shelves were full looking. She is feeling confident now that there is not much else she could run out of.
We had a nap before dinner. Our nights are cooling quickly and it is dark early. Autumn is now underway - we hope that our friends in the Northern Hemisphere are feeling signs of spring.
How are you doing friends? We had a lovely sunny day in the city and mum went and met a bestie for brunch and a wander. She bought a few treats, a candle, some hair products and a fluffy cushion. there were a few people in town, but lots of the cafes were not as full as usual and mum was happy to get home with me.
Tonight she made an early supper and has frozen half the leftovers so that she has a couple of easy meals ready to go. She is going to get up early tomorrow to fill a few more holes in her supplies and then spend the rest of the day with me.
She watched this video on another website tonight and thinks we all need a little Ode to Joy at the moment. So beautiful.
While the world is spinning around, mum went and met up with 6 friends for a gin tasting at a small local distillery in town. Even though the tastings were tiny, mum does not like dpirits unless they are mixed with lots of fruit juice or soft drink. Mum dislikes tonic or soda water. She didn't come home with any bottles though as she has 3 bottles of gin up in the cupboard already.
She was glad to get home to me. The roofers had been back again. Mum left the curtains closed in the bedroom which was better for me as there was no strange men looking through the windows at me.
Mum has been surprised that I have not been too stressed this week. Yesterday there were the painters here, stripping the paint off our little grey house. Today the roofers were here and it looks like they got the old roof off and replaced in one day, although the gutters will need to be done.
I am pretty keen to see mum when she gets home and ready for some sleep too as all those workmen have ruined my day sleeps. The workers weren't around last weekend, so hopefully we can have a weekend to ourselves. We haven't had anybody here in the mornings either so mum can sneak around in her dressing gown without giving anyone a fright.
Mum has been buying a little extra each week to stock up our cupboards. She has about 50 cans if fancy feast and this week she will buy some more of my biscuits. Mum is thrilled to have 20 rolls of toilet paper, 4 boxes tissues and a couple of boxes of paracetamol and a digital thermometer in the cupboard in case she gets ill. She has had a bad flu a couple of years ago and knows how sick it can make her. She also works at the hospital, so the chances of coming in contact with infected people is raised.
She has lots of rice and pasta and canned soup available - and plenty of chocolate too. This week she wants to reassess what is in the freezer, and make some space for some more bread, vegetables and chicken. Mum wants to have enough of what she would buy weekly, so that if she was stuck at home for a month there would be enough to survive on. She only has a small pantry so it is nice to see it well stocked.
Mum is happy that she is prepared for most possibilities. She has been watching the news and the lockdown in Italy, and if she gets sent home from work tomorrow she would be ok. Because mum lives alone she wants us to be prepared. She is not considering it as pain buying but more as being stocked up.
Mum was exhausted today after her weekend shifts. So she turned the alarm to off and we slept until 10am. No workers came until 1pm and they did an hours scraping some paint and went without disturbing mum. So she will get up earlier tomorrow and get some jobs done.
Mum binge watched a UK series called Back to Life, watched 2 episodes of another series called Breeders and read some of her Elton John biography , which she is enjoying a lot. I slept in the little chair, on mums bed, beside mums bed, on my bed and snuggled next to mum for 5 minutes. A perfect day.
There are some last glances of summer flowers on mums walk home. The nights are darker and cooler and the morning s too are losing their light.
It is a bit busy at home. The landlord has organized scaffolding, builders, painters and roofers. How stressful!! Mum made sure that I can hide in our bedroom but I am glad when mum gets home. The painters have been busy, the paint is just about all of the house after one day. So wish me luck for my days at home with all the noise, cos if I get too stressed mum says I have to go to the cat hotel.
Mum got herself a new phone at the weekend. She smashed the screen on her old one and the battery was dying. So now I am rudely subjected to more intrusive photo sessions that interrupt my snoozing. But they show my lady whiskers off nicely.