Cleaning up, extra meals


It warmed up on Saturday. The night before, we had a truncated “Friday night drinks” on Zoom, and it was nice to catch up with Alex and LiHar as well as Jason and Mel, albeit online only.

The sun stayed pretty much the whole day on Saturday, so not long after a very nice brekky, we stepped outside and started work on the gardens and lawns. There had been terrifying winds a couple of nights before, with a little 4-year old killed by a falling tree. That family lived not too far from where we are. I don’t know how long or what it will take before that family find any peace again.

The winds had wreaked havoc for us only in terms the mess they brought to our gardens. So there was tidying work – raking, sweeping and picking up branches preceded the usual tasks. The weather was so nice however, so I didn’t mind all the extra work. In fact, I looked for more tasks – more reasons – to stay out in the sun, and cycled through various tools in the process. The rake, garden hands, shears, axe, edger, mower, broom, blower… I wanted to clean the deck with the high pressure cleaner too but I was pooped after nearly 4 hours, and Tress had gone out to get lunch, so that last tool (toy) stayed in the shed. Next time.

Later that arvo, I did some grocery shopping, mainly for stuff to cook the week’s lunches. I had also asked Tracy, from St Alfs’, to let me know if there was anyone needing help with meals so I shopped a little extra.

On Sunday, after St Alf’s online service, I decided to do the cook straight away, instead of waiting until later in the day (usually around 3pm). That turned out to be a good decision, as I got to drop off a few extra meals for a family Tracy suggested. That was after a takeway lunch which Tress had got for us from The Chase, after which we took the little fellow for a walk. When Tracy emailed with the suggested drop, I came back to cook some rice to go with the meals, to bring along for the family.

It’s now a couple of weeks before the present scheduled Stage 4 restrictions are meant to end. The numbers have ebbed, although yesterday it crept back up to 3 digit level, having fallen to double digits for the first time in weeks. Winter officially ends after today. I hope it won’t be just the weather that gets better after today.