The weather is turning a bit. We have had sunshine and mild sunny days of 15 degC. But, when the sun goes down the temperature drops by half, and mum is turning the heaters on and she is glad to get into a warm bed at night with a chubby cat who needs a night time cuddle.
She made it to the supermarket today. 5/5 of no waiting in the 5 times she has been. She got lots if vege today as she is feeling that she has eaten too many carbs in the past 5 weeks. Time to ease back before she can't squeeze her pants on. She figures she has had 7 servings of fruit and vegetables today - a good start.
Today was lovely with lots of sunshine - I even went and had a nap on the painters sheet that they left outside. The builders did come round this morning, but only for an hour, so mum still got a sleep in. She was glad that their visit was short as she didn't get up until after 10am.
Today our lockdown was relaxed a bit . Ours has been set at 4 levels. We had 5 weeks at level 4 - staying home. The supermarkets and pharmacies were open for essential visits, nothing else. No restaurants, takeaways, post offices or shops. No travel allowed.
Today is our first at level 3 - now we can do online shopping and get home delivered or take away food. We are not allowed into shops yet, but can click and collect items. Businesses can open if they can work without face to face customers. Our airports are shut and we still can't travel between cities.
Mum is going to go get some groceries tomorrow and have a look around. It will be strange to see more people out and about.
She heard on the news that our restrictions were almost the tightest in the world, that Italy had the most. I guess only time will tell and the world leaders and scientists will learn lessons from this crisis.
Mum is looking forward to seeing her friends again and sharing a meal out with them.
Our lockdown is easing up as if 11.59pm tonight. As if midnight more businesses can open, and we can order food to be delivered. It has only been essential workers like mum who can go to work for the past month. We still have to stay close to home and no social life yet. We have 2 weeks like that and then the government will reassess more returns to normal if our virus numbers stay low.
Best of all - mum has a day off tomorrow. She is going to sleep in and put her feet up. She is wondering if the builders and painters will be back. She might have to put her headphones in if they are.
Doesn't every day feel like Sunday at the moment? Mum was taking photos of some of the plants on her way home and took this one. Somehow she changed the background to black and white with a filter - and doesn't know how she did it. Some technology is tricky for her now and it makes her feel old.
Today is ANZAC day here, a remberance day for our kiwi soldiers and Australian allies. Normally there is a dawn parade at 6am, but due to still being locked down people were going to stand at their driveways with candles. Mum would have liked to get up but her sleeping has been terrible and she only fell asleep at 3am.
This was a little cottage down the road from our place with their flag up and ready. When mum grew up you seldom saw flags at people's homes, but it has got more and more common as the years have gone by.
Thank you to the great uncles that fought for our freedoms and the great aunts and grand parents who did their part in the communities at home.
And for something a bit cheery. The New Zealand Army Band - Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
Mum had her dinner at 5pm of chicken schnitzel with coleslaw, watched half the news and then fell asleep on the couch like a real nana.
When she was a little girl, she would sometimes stay with her nana who lived round the corner from her house, to make sure she didn't nod off on a Saturday night. Her nana was sweet and would let her sleep in in the morning and let her have chocolate cereal in the morning. Her nana would have only been in her fifties when this happened, not old at all. So mum doesn't feel too bad at her own snooze behavior as it runs in the family. Also she did night shifts this week and it takes her body a lot longer to recover now.
When mum got her new duvet cover, she got the matching quilt with it. Because it was half price and looked good in the photo. It looked a bit much on the bed, so mum folded it up and put it on my chair. I loved it so much that I am going to cover it with my furs as quickly as possible. Then it will be mine - all mine.
Mum got this new duvet on special before the lockdown started. She wasn't sure if I would like it, but within 10 seconds of it being on the bed I had jumped on it and was nodding off. I then slept on it for 2 hours, even though there was no comfy feather duvet inside.
Mum felt this way all day. She could not sleep last night after her weekend night shifts, she only nodded off at 5am. So today was a wipeout. Hopefully she will do better tonight and get back into a normal pattern.
The streets were quiet as mum left work this morning at 7am. All good kiwis were staying home doing what they are told. Mum went to the supermarket closer to the hospital and got most of the things she needed. There was flour and yeast there - but only about 10 packets. Mum left it there though, ither peoples needs are greater than hers. Lots of shelves were only half full, and looked different to they usually do.
There were some nice big posters up thanking the supermarket workers for working hard during lockdown . We hope people are being nice to them. Mum is grateful that she can get in and out quickly with 95% of the items she wanted. If course she forgot to get some things off her list , because she forgot her list. Thank you night shift brain.
Mum has been trying to watch some things to make her smile today like this video. Last night was a night shift for her, and she found some Live at Apollo comedy skits that her two colleagues hadn't seen, so they all had a laugh together in the quiet moments. They snacked on popcorn and biscuits and the time went fast. When the shift finished mum headed home and I was happy to see her!! Mum toasted some pre made waffles and had bacon for her breakfast today, and gave me some treats and then had a good sleep. I only tried to wake her up once to tell her she was sleeping in my spot.
Tonight is her last night shift, so she has the same breakfast planned for tomorrow morning. The supermarket has changed its hours to let essential workers like mum shop between 7-8am and mum is going to do that in the morning. She hasn't used gone before at that time, and has gone after work when a lot of the supplies are gone, so hopefully she can get a couple more items that she has been missing. Maybe there will be some flour?
She has put some fruit juice in the fridge and plans a big fruity cocktail tomorrow night with her dinner. There are leftover thai chicken and rice all ready, so it will be a big Sunday night on the couch for her. Chores can wait until the days off next week.
We hope that you have got some fun things planned for your weekend too. Enjoy your Caturday!!
Sometimes mum leaves the bed unmade when she climbs out of bed as I like to snuggle up in the covers. It is raining and cool here which mum doesn't mind as she is on the night shift tonight, and it is the best weather for sleeping in during the day. Dark and cool are much easier for snuggling in and trying to snooze.
She hasn't done much today it has been quite the lazy week this week. We guess that everyone has little motivation at the moment for doing a lot . How about you all? Just taking it easy.
Last night I was very vocal when mum got home after her late shift. I was hungry , cold and lonely and I meowed at her for 15 minutes. I was very happy when she came to bed to keep me warm and have a snuggle. My tummy was full of fancy feast and I slept all night.
Years ago mum got off the plane to visit her parents. She stopped off at the supermarket and mum got a roast chicken and some salads for their dinner. Mum also picked up one if these blueberry Danish frozen desserts and some custard. Mums mum was horrified, and said Gdad wouldn't eat it as he hated blueberries. When mum dished it up, he asked what it was and mum told him it was boysenberries and he ate it all up and even had seconds.
So when mum was at the supermarket this afternoon after work there was a danish sitting in the freezer section, that needed to come home with her. Mum enjoyed it after her dinner and thought of her parents and the family dinner they shared years ago. It may have been simple food, but remains memorable.
Mum struggled with the 5.40am alarm this morning. The wind was relentless last night but mum was glad to find it had died away this morning. It was nice that mums whole team were there at work and to start the day having a laugh with them.
After work mum only had a little energy to vacuum the carpets and make a grocery list. Oh and to brush my furs and talk to me cos that's important.
Is it sad to say that she is excited that Greys Anatomy is restarting again tonight?
We want to say happy Easter to all of our friends. Mum was looking at old photos and found this one of me that she liked from several years ago. Today was quiet like other days, they all seem to blend into one. Of course mum has to work tomorrow, and this evening it is windy and wet outside making it difficult for her to get to sleep early.
Mum didn't have any Easter eggs today. She still has a choc bunny left over from last year and did not feel the need to purchase any more chocolate as she has a large stash put away in the cupboard anyway. I got a few more temptations tonight, but that may have been because I have been very loud and pestering mum. She did give in and let me have my fancy feast dinner at 3.30pm which is very early, but as the evenings are getting darker earlier and earlier I am just resetting my internal clock.
Mum made a mess dragging out piles of summer clothes and replacing them with long pants, merino knitwear and boots ready for winter. The bed was covered with only a little space for me. She washed all the towels and did a pile of dishes. Now she has made another pile of clothes that need washing. For one person she makes a lot of mess. She listened to a couple of podcasts while she sorted stuff out - Table Manners with Jessie Ware kept her laughing.
She was tempted to go to the supermarket, but more out of boredom then anything. She does have enough supplies to get her through until Monday or Tuesday after work. She is doing her best to just stay home on her days off.
Instead she mooched about with me, and we had a little walk around the garden. Aren't we lucky to have some outdoor space to relax in?
Mum celebrated Good Friday by eating 10 chocolate biscuits, 2 oranges, mince on toast for lunch and apricot chicken for dinner. She did two loads of washing and 3 laps of the garden. She watched 5 tv shows and read 10 pages of her book.
I matched her 3 laps of the garden and slept 23 hours . Life is good. What have you been up to?
This is a local family that made this video : Family Lockdown Boogie. They were interviewed on the news tonight and did agree that dad was the worst dancer, but good on him for getting his groove on. Oh and by the way, our government has told us to stay in our bubble. That means that you can do things with the people you live with, you can exercise with them, eat dinner together, but can't mix with anyone else. So we hope you are all safe in your bubble and finding things to smile about.
Mum is jealous that she could leave me snoozing while she had to go off to work. Luckily there have been some lovely days and mum has got to relax before her afternoon shift.
Work was ok but it is a short change tonight. Mum finished at 11pm and has to be back at 08.30am. She was lucky today and did some internet shopping today. We can now buy some winter clothes and household items - and cat food!!
It made mum a bit teary on her walk home from work today, to see all the bears at windows and some like this one , sitting on porches. To make things more fun for kids lots of home owners are putting bears out, so that when children walk round their neighborhoods for fresh air and exercise they can go on a bear hunt. It made my middle aged mum emotional too.