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Skittering Across My Rooftop

Today is supposed to be my sleep shirt day. I usually alternate my sleep shirt days with casual dress days but I decided to not be so predictable. Yesterday I worked over my garden as it was covered in weeds and grasses. I live in a home park that has beautiful trees and shrubs which are full of birds. Birds that like to skitter across my rooftop and also drop seeds in the garden. Maybe it is their gift to me. This place is certainly a gift to me at the moment. I am isolated but not alone. I think that is an important distinction.

Neighbours walk by on their way to the mailbox and greet me as I sit on my white cane rocking chair on my tiny patio. We smile and share a few words, at least three metres apart! I write and read out there and enjoy cups of tea, have done this since before this all started. My world has not changed that much since this started, apart from not mixing with people. I have always enjoyed reading in bed and listening to the rain on the roof. Now I am also thankful for the rain as it is helping my plants after a very dry summer.

Buddleja Black Knight next to Lilly Pilli


Yesterday I planted two yellow buddlejas, a verbena and a blue salvia. The scent in summer is going to be incredible. I have trailing nasturtiums coming up everywhere and also day lilies coming up around the Hibiscus and a huge Lilly Pilly and a Crepe Myrtle. Am looking toward a forested undergrowth look to my bushes which I hope will suppress the weeds and grasses. The less enjoyable bit is the pain afterwards but it is worth a sacrifice on my part for something of such beauty. Much like the pain we are feeling now for ourselves and the world. Staying home is worth the sacrifice, so that we may again enjoy the beauty of our world., together.

Posted in 90% Rule, Australia, China, Coronavirus, Countries, Covid 19, Family, Flattening The Curve, Masks, Physical Distancing, Self Isolation, Sewing Masks, Son

Gratitude

Tomorrow marks my seven day sabbatical from Facebook. It has not been at all arduous. I checked Memories as I shared my journey there with my aged parents before they passed and will be starting their memoir soon. 

Instead of spending hours trying to sort through Facebook pages and groups posts I have enjoyed blogging again, meeting new people all around the world. Like Heather in South Africa. She blogs at 2Summers and is an American living in South Africa. Her family are in the states so these are I imagine frustrating times for her.

I am going to be hauling out my new sewing machine, purchased in 2015 when I moved into my cabin after my divorce settlement. Sewing masks is going to be a big part of my day though I do limit myself to twenty minute intervals due to severe Cervical Stenosis. After twenty minutes I will get myself a cup of tea (which helps the Diabetic Neuropathy) and relax in the shade. Has to be the shade as I now have Bowen’s Disease which leads to multiple skin cancers. I do not normally disclose personal medical things but Covid 19 and self isolation due to these co morbidities means that people have a lot more time to dwell on these sorts of issues. I however, am not one of them! I almost died in 2015 and since then have relished life, even though my interaction with it is on my terms and hugely different to healthy people. 

I cannot walk far but will be walking down to our beautiful lake and around our home park. Obviously keeping my distance. Our new Government edict of no more than two in public works fine for us as they also want the at risk person to only go out for medical needs etc and only with their carer. 

My son and I have been watching a lot of CNN and watching the catastrophe that is unfolding there. Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper are beyond reproach. Unlike the Trump administration. A thankful for free press. Speaking of that I have been reading South China Morning Post for many months now, really keeping as abreast of the situation in China as much as I can. There is probably no need to recommend that people get their news from other sources than Facebook. Bloggers usually are researchers so are unlikely to believe what pops up on their Facebook feed. I have missed not seeing how my overseas friends are doing however I let them know to contact me on Messenger and several have followed this blog. I am grateful to them, to my sister in law, to the manager here where I live and most of all to my son who has kept me fed and amused. We are catching up on the Walking Dead as we stopped watching after Rick disappeared. After that it is GOTs again. And perhaps the books too

Posted in ABC News, Australia, Care Homes, Coronavirus, dementia, Family, Father, Giselle Wakatama, Mother

A Recipe for Abuse


I was watching 7.30 last night on ABC and was struck by what Leigh Sales was saying about Care Homes not allowing visitors. As my friends know only too well that is simply a recipe for neglect and abuse. 

I have personal experience of this as my dad and my two friend’s mum’s were highlighted on ABC news in 2017 with Giselle Wakatama of ABC Newcastle. This was because of a severe lack of care. While we were there everyone who worked in this particular carehome showed loving concern to our parent. However the signs of neglect were too obvious to ignore. We reported it to the Aged Health Care Commission and in my case was told “ you cannot control everything”. Unbelievable, if we daughters had not our parents would have suffered even more. 

This is why I am concerned now. There are going to be no inspections. The Chaplains who used to go in cannot now. No volunteers either. The people are at the mercy of the system. And the demented are in an even worse position because so much of their care is provided by their loved ones or by extra care workers paid for by the families…who are not allowed in either. 

I understand that this virus is now expected to be shared by simply breathing. So it would be very hard unless visitors do an online course on this virus on how to help and how to protect themselves, their families and the person they are visiting. My thought is that the government should appoint people to “police” these places where our fragile precious beloved ones live.