Tuesday, 24 March 2020
As of 11.59pm, Wednesday March 25, New Zealand will be in a four week lockdown, to try and flatten the Covoid-19 curve. No school, no work unless you are classed as an essential service (so far my husband is still working), no university, no socialising with friends or visiting family. It's scary. Will it help New Zealand - we can only hope so.
We are lucky it is still autumn and not the cold wet days of winter. I can open the house up for fresh air, we can sit on the decks, potter in the backyard and enjoy some sun. I can go walking (by myself or with a gap of at least 2 metres from another person) and I am lucky I live in a suburb with coastal views and walking paths around it.
So while Miss B and Mr J are supposed to be doing school/uni work via online teaching and lectures, I feel there will be many days of general lethargy and an I can't be bothered attitude from them both. The novelty of not being at school will wear off, the moments of anxiety will overflow into tears. I am sure there will be many days where we will be bickering, and sick of seeing each other, arguing over who needs to vacate the sofa, turn down their music, clean up their mess.
No doubt I will be spending a lot of time in my sewing room. I may or may not get lots of clothes made. I have started my first Bonn shirt, and am telling myself I don't need to order or buy more fabric, I do have enough at home. What I will miss is the access to my work printer for printing out PDF patterns, not economical to do at home. There is a good chance I'll get my ice cream soda quilt blocks all pieced together and maybe my folk flower blocks too.
I have a few real books to read, but have also uploaded the Libby app to my phone for e-books. I never thought I'd not be reading a physical book.
I can prepare my garden for winter, cutting back plants, no vegetable seedlings to be seen anywhere in the garden centres though, they have sold out very quickly. I did manage to get perpetual spinach planted a couple of weeks ago. I can cook nice meals for my family and try new recipes, I have an awesome selection of cookbooks to use.
I will miss talking to people in real life, stopping and chatting to strangers over their garden fence as I'm walking, while I can ring, text/message or facetime friends and family it's not the same. My parents live 3 hours drive away from me, so I'll worry about them from afar, my sister and her family are in Australia.
These are strange and challenging times for us all, and I know I am not the only one going through this. Stay well everyone, stay away, stay safe, be kind to yourself and to your family. Kia kaha.