Okay – this is supposed to be the week in review which should start in January but as I first saw this during the week I think its fair enough to include it. You won’t have met our puppy Monty before. Marley, our last cocker, died and Roger was bereft. He immediately started looking for a new cocker friend. I said “okay but I can’t take another rescue dog and have another one die in a matter of years. Not when I’m facing mother and you both going.” He agreed and we got a puppy and that is another story. Monty is now a delightful dog of 15months. Come the fireworks on New Years Eve he was terrified. For some reason he went to a place he’d never gone before. The subtitleist got what was said wrong but what an appropriate subtitle.
The first week of the New Year is always a strange time as businesses are closed, the tourists descend on mass and we feel a bit as though we too are on holiday. The tourists have brought Covid 19 with them and for the first time we are feeling really vulnerable. Australia’s new cases are now exceeding the USA and our hospital system is crumbling. Our Prime Minister, a PR man not a leader, is waiting to get the popular sentiment and acting on that rather than leading and staying ahead of the game. He is busily adjusting how we report new infections (in the effort to get less cases), and pull himself out of the mire of failed leadership by not taking a national approach from the outset. The vaccine administration has been a real fiasco and Scott Morrison should be shouldering the blame that we have so many refusing the vaccine that believe in conspiracy theories, collusion between pollies and big pharmaceuticals and that the virus is hyped up – no-one is dying. His vaccine roll out has been a shambles as is the booster. I have been trying to get a booster but the earliest appointment is in 6 weeks time. Then you hear the official line – blame the people for not getting them. Anyway enough of Covid. You are all dealing with it in your own way. Some will have had the vaccine, some won’t have and some will have had Covid itself, something I am trying desperately to avoid. I hope you all keep safe.
This week we have worked on a goal that I hadn’t mentioned. Get rid of all our surplus garbage. I am a horder. Roger is a project person so his garage has all kinds of bits and pieces just in case they come in handy. We have realised we have reached a point where there aren’t going to be any more major projects and so a lot of the stuff could go. We have cleared the garage.
As for my other goals I am struggling to get my head around two impromptu 3 min speeches which must include humour that can be chosen by someone else from a list of 12. I am presenting them next Thursday and I am starting to panic but as I am deadline driven I am sure by Tuesday or Wednesday I will have thought of something.
My biggest joy of the week is that I have returned to blogging. Thank you everyone who has visited me. For those that knew me you have given me a warm fuzzy feeling at the welcome back you have given me and the caring messages you have sent. I cannot even start to express how much that means to me. For people I am meeting for the first time I look forward to getting to know you better. Look forward to seeing you all during the next week.
Every day, twice a day, rain (as it is at the moment), hail and shine (which luckily it is most of the time) I take my two dogs for a walk. Today to end I am going to share a part of our walk. Monty (cocker spaniel) has met up with his favourite friend Misty (German Shepherd). They play and roll and wrestle and chase and then when they are hot they have a dip. Today they were joined by Misty’s second best friend Juno.
Have a great week everyone. Would love to know if the first week of 2022 lived up to your expectations.