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Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Time Flies

 

They say time flies when you are having fun – but it also flies when you are busy!

But, today, I am not busy.  New Zealand has gone into lock-down after community cases of Covid (Delta variant) were reported in Auckland.  So, it is stay-at-home for all except essential workers and those needing to access essential services. 



The last week has been a busy one for me.  I have attended a parole board hearing for a family member, been a babysitter for a few hours, spring cleaned my bedroom, caught up with several different family members, and had my first Pfizer covid vaccination jab.

The day following my ‘jab,’ I had a very sore arm (I heard it described as a “dead arm” and thought that summed it up quite well), and then had alternate flushing and cold chills for about twelve hours.  I felt alright though, so figured it was just my body doing what it was meant to do and I am fine again now.

We have had quite a bit of rain the last few days, but the sun is making a valiant attempt to shine now.  We are only expecting a high of 13 degrees Centigrade today, so it is still chilly outside especially in the wind. 

Our household ‘bubble’ is well prepared for this lock-down, as we felt it was inevitable that it would eventually happen.  So we had no need to join the crowds swamping the supermarkets last night (supermarkets remain open anyway, as an essential service).  The CEO of one chain said their sales were up 50% yesterday, with the biggest items sold being toilet rolls, flour, sugar, and pasta.  What is it with toilet rolls?  The country manufactures them,  and there never is a shortage.

Everything is so peaceful at the moment.  The main road is quiet – no traffic noise!  

I rather like the quiet – it means you can hear the birds singing more 😊

Margaret.




25 comments:

  1. LOL at loo paper. It's sold out in most supermarkets I'm told. Crazy. We have a well stocked house so have no need to go out anywhere. I enjoy lockdown! Stew is home and we get to spend more time together. Just as well we get on so well. Here's hoping it is only a short lockdown though, because I do like shopping a bit too much!

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  2. We noticed the bird song on our morning walk (not a soul in sight). I have heard that it is a good sign to get some reaction after the jab. I have just had my second jab and no reaction to either. Keep safe.

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  3. You've had such a terribly long wait for your first jab. F's just had her second and is months behind where she would have been if in UK (got an SMS from NHS for her first one in January). She was double annoyed when her bro and all his family in NZ had been double vaxxed before she even got her first here in Greece. Mind you they got theirs by knowing someone who said 'turn up at the end of the day and if we have any left over shots we'll vaccinate you'. Once pfizer has been taken out of the freezer it has to be used up within so many hours or thrown away. Did you know that Pfizer vzccine costs the govt about 50 times more than Astra Zeneca - which is being supplied to the world at 'cost' - no profit in this for AZ. We hope your reaction to the second shot isn3too bad either.

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    1. Originally we were told we'd be done by May but the time kept getting put out further and further. When I became eligible (they were doing the roll-out in age groups) I elected to go with my doctor rather than the public vaccination centre, so that took a bit longer. A lot of folk have been telling me not to bother - why get a jab when you can still get Covid? sort of logic. I'm quite happy to have it. Second jabs were being done after three weeks, but that has now changed to six weeks. No doubt there will now be an upsurge in people making appointments.

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  4. These are the craziest times, sorry for your lockdown.
    Ha. Guess. August is supposed to be the hottest summer-month. 13C.
    TP again?!!! Oh... help. "Shit#y times"!
    Yes, that is one of the good things - it´s quiet.
    Always see the good - enjoy the birds :-)

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  5. Nothing wrong with being still and listening to the birds sing. That actually sounds very nice :)

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  6. What a nuisance about your lockdown but sounds like you are well prepared.
    Over here we've been almost promised no more lockdowns now such a high % of people have been double vaccinated. Although if there is a new variant... who knows.

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  7. Well done for getting your supplies before the rush, we did the same last year before winter, and will stock up with basic's again in September, as I feel there will be higher case numbers through the winter months. Pleased to hear you have your 1st jab, here in UK our figures are showing high number of cases, but much lower hospital admissions and lower deaths, most of the people in hospital have not had jabs. So the vaccine protects you from having a life threatening case of Covid.

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  8. I have had both my jabs, and had no reaction. Yes you can get Covid after the jabs, but much less severely than with no vaccination.
    The roads are also gloriously quiet here, and our high got to 9 oC - we had a couple of hail showers this afternoon too... I will need to get a few bananas and bits, but nothing very much at all, and I am waiting for a quiet time, rather than join the madding crowds... I had actually bought loo paper yesterday morning :)
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  9. Your Jacinda reacted hard and fast. Hope it works. Sounds as though that first covid spreader was a bit of a social butterfly so fingers crossed for all of you.

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  10. Your last sentence says it all, Margaret.

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  11. I hope the lockdown there isn’t a long one. Yay for the jab!

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  12. I read that your country went into total lock down, for one case.

    Wise that you were prepared, I do hope we all are. Because lock downs are sure to be coming. Needed or not. "The Powers That Be" got addicted to the ability to Make Rules for the Common Folk. And are not going to totally let them go.

    Yes, I remember the lack of cars on the road, one nice thing about lock down. But I also feel there are so many, many, many bad things about lock downs, that.... Well, what difference does what I feel, make???? -sigh-

    🌻🌼🌻🌼🌻

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    1. Many governments are finding themselves between a hard place and a rock at the moment. Lock-down or NO lock-down? Both are fraught with disadvantages, and who can tell which is the right answer. I find myself sighing, as you do :)

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  13. Just my view..... Not meant to be anything, but my view......

    This China Covid is not going away. It is even mutating, just like the Flu Virus does every year. We know that! I think everyone has to know this, whether you want the Jab or not.

    We had ours late, not wayyyyyy back, when all the other Old Folks in the US, got theirs. We got them in July/Aug. Personal choice.

    But a lot of US people do not want the Jab. Many, many, many black people do not. Although, reading the *so-called-news*, you'd think it was only white Conservative people who do not want the Jab. The *so-called-news* will not say anything bad about black people. *Critical Race Theory* and all that *Woke* CRAP.

    Sooooo, these Virus(s) are not going away. Some people won't get the Jab.

    We have to learn to live with them, and die with them. Or close down civilization.

    Just-my-views....

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    1. I agree, this virus is not going to go away. No disease that has ever inflicted humankind has ever been completely eradicated. It is just the way it is. We have to somehow learn to live with it :(

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  14. It was the same during our lockdowns in France
    It was difficult to find toilet paper as people all rushed to get some! Strange isn’t it?

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  15. There are more shut downs coming I expect, with this new variant popping up everywhere. Good to know you had the vaccine. Stay well, and stay at home.....

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  16. Sorry that you're back to a lockdown but it sounds as if you're well prepared and intend to enjoy the peaceful time ahead. I've been noticing lately that time seems to be moving faster than usual in fact I just posted about that. Now that we're having cooler weather I'm fine with time slowing down.
    I love Fall and although it's still August there's a feeling of Fall in the air. I plan on making time to do a lot more porch sitting before winter sets in.

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    1. Rocking-chairs and hammock-snoozing - both equate in my mind as slowing down and enjoying just Being. Make the most of your porch while you can :)

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  17. Yes the lockdown, it is what it is really, can't do much about it, we are just chilling and finding things to do around the house. I had a sore arm too after my jab but better to get it than not.

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  18. We are always turning off the TV so we can hear the birds singing. It's so much more enjoyable. We are having really hot humid weather now...heat index today was 105 degrees. Glad your chills and flushing didn't last but a day. That is whe way my second vaccine affected me,

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  19. I thought of you when I heard about the lockdown. Glad you got the shot. I am stocking up bit by bit also as I am certain that we are headed for a lockdown too!

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  20. When Covid hit last year. Toiketbpaper was hard to find. The aisles would be empty of it and all paper supplies.

    Both my daughters usually buy about a 6 month supply and they were both at the end of their supply. Added to that, one daughter was home half the time so she used more. Lol

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  21. Espero que todo vaya bien. Un beso.

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