Gratitude

Weekly Gratitude 2021 28/52

Hello lovely readers! I am writing this early on a Sunday morning, cat on my lap, coffee cup next to me. The sun is attempting to peek through the clouds, but the forecast is for another gloomy day. And that’s pretty much lockdown mood for a lot of us here in Greater Sydney. In case you didn’t know, we have had tighter restrictions since Friday evening because people cannot be trusted to do the right thing without being told. For instance, we actually have a rule now saying ‘no browsing’ in shops. Yes, lovely readers, that’s how stupid people are that they needed the government to tell them NOT to browse in stores when there is a contagious virus floating around in the community. The current restrictions haven’t changed things for me too much because I was already doing most of it anyway. I hadn’t gone beyond my 10 km radius, hadn’t stepped into a shop for longer than 10 minutes {essentials like milk and bread}, hadn’t had anyone over, and maybe the only thing I didn’t do, was the two hikes I went on were with a couple of friends instead of one – because most of my friends living in my radius are a couple. Still, I reckon compared to all the families with children {definitely bigger than groups of 10 sometimes} we’d seen around, it wasn’t the worst thing we were doing. Anyway, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that thanks to the stupidity of people, we will be in lockdown all of winter. Now that my moaning is out of the way, it’s time to look at all that I am grateful for this past week from 4th July to 10th July 2021:

A 12-km walk on Sunday with a couple of my friends exploring a bush track close to us

Staying off social media and regular media all of last weekend – it was great for my mental health {I have a post in my drafts about social media}

Getting a quick turnaround for a Covid test I had to get on Monday after struggling with a head cold; it was negative and I found out by around 5:30 p.m. after getting tested at midday

Two outdoor PT sessions – on Tuesday and Saturday this week – keeping me sane even though it was freezing

Mid-week walk down to the harbour with my friend and her partner

Writing every weekday morning

Week 28

Thursday night 5 km walk around the harbour while listening to a podcast. Very grateful to live where I do

Bookstagram video chats discussing a book with an online friend

The tulips that I purchased at the produce market last week blooming and brightening up the place

Starting a fun show on Netflix on Friday – Final Space. The friend who recommended it knows my taste

A lovely attempt by a bookstagrammer online to help us all connect during these times

Long phone conversations with my friend JR and facetiming my sister this week

That’s been my week. I feel like it’s going to be a long winter down here. The only thing I can hope for is that we have sunny days. I feel like I am languishing for most of my days with very little to look forward to.

How has your week been?

Do share!

***Linking with Natalie for Weekend Coffee Share and Denyse for Life this Week***

Until next time,

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  • Barbara Lofgren
    11 July 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Hope the restrictions are lifted soon. NZ just keeps closing its borders and not vaccinating (how they can say they are on target I don’t know). Anyway, so nice to see you finding positives in the world at the moment. Hope your parents in India are OK.
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  • Deborah Cook
    11 July 2021 at 4:40 pm

    I love that you’ve kept really active. I haven’t been able to get into a routine during this temp gig and I’m not sure if part of it is because I know it’s only a month and so it will ‘end’, making a routine pointless. But it’s been good to keep busy for a change and have some sense of purpose.
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  • Natalie
    11 July 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Sanch, You’re taking the right steps to stay healthy physically and mentally. Keep up your good work. I was in possibly the world’s longest lockdown from Nov 2020 to June 2021 (with shorter lockdowns before that). A healthy routine that involves regular exercise and virtual social connections kept me healthy and sane. I can say “been there, done that, wear the t-shirt”.
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  • Maria
    12 July 2021 at 1:30 am

    Many things to be grateful for indeed! It seems like a very balanced week. Thank you for the coffee!
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  • Joanne+Tracey
    12 July 2021 at 7:18 am

    I love how you’re keeping active – it must be tough to look for the positives. I find it ludicrous that they need to legislate for common sense, but it appears that some people spend more time looking for loopholes rather than complying and getting the job done.

  • Lydia C. Lee
    12 July 2021 at 9:02 am

    That’s a super quick turn around on the test! I’ve had to wait 48 hours both times here! (But not recently) – one time was because the machine broke and they rang me about my daughter – I almost had a heart attack until she explained she was trying to ascertain if they’d sent us the results and not logged it or if the machine had broken down and she was in the back log. Probably need to open with “I’m not calling you to tell you that you have covid” #Lifethisweek
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    12 July 2021 at 10:57 am

    I think you’re doing all the right things in lockdown (and I don’t mean in a following the rules way, although you’re doing that too!) I think keeping active, keeping connected and getting outside when you can are so important. The weather is brightening up this week and I hope that brightens your mood too. Fingers crossed, we get to walk this week. Lucky dogs don’t count so Teddy can join us too!

  • Vanessa
    12 July 2021 at 12:46 pm

    A quick turn around time is pretty amazing given the huge rates of testing going on. I’m just feeling good enough to start exercising again after so many weeks of bad stuff but gotta save my energy for the on-site work days each week. Sigh. One day we’ll have health systems that let us really actually recover and regain health before pushing us back to “normal”.

  • Debbie+Harris
    12 July 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Those tulips are beautiful Sanch and my favourite colour! I hope the next few weeks go well for you, it could be a lot longer than the way things are going! I couldn’t believe that edict telling people to stop browsing in the shops – just plain stupid of people at times!! Take care and keep active!
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  • Jennifer Jones
    12 July 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Sanch I do so hope you get to come out of lockdown before the end of winter. As a Victorian I understand how tough it is. Wouldn’t surprised if we are back in lockdown soon as a few cases here have just been found. Great to read about the positives in your week
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  • Christine
    14 July 2021 at 12:18 pm

    These lockdowns are a nuisance and I hope for your sake and all the thousands of people and businesses affected, the numbers start falling drastically soon and Sydney gets on top of it. So ridiculous that it’ was started by actions that should have been in play (masks and vaccinations for frontline people) to prevent foreseeable outbreaks. We’ve managed well as a nation but we’ve also completely cocked up our opportunity to get thoroughly vaccinated as a community.

  • Denyse Whelan
    14 July 2021 at 4:47 pm

    As I write this we have been told it’s another lockdown till 30 July. I get why. I also feel, at times, like you, if only we could protect people who don’t even THINK about what they could be doing by staying out and “browsing.” Mostly though I am sick of the comparisons between states, cities and countries. It’s just another level of stress that I am doing my best not to get into. For now, as you do, we are doing all we can to stay safe, acknowledging it is annoying to have our freedom curtailed but for you it is harder doing this solo and I send all my love to you. Thank you for linking up for LifeThisWeek. It’s always good to see you link up a post. Next week, the optional prompt is 29/51 Please. 19 July. I will be sharing a post about Head and Neck Cancer in the lead up to World Head & Neck Cancer Day 27.7.2021. Gotta keep the awareness happening! Take care, Denyse.
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