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Just when we thought that Australia had contained the pandemic!

We were all getting ready to get back into ‘real life’ with the easing restrictions… Work had given us the option of going back to the office. My friends and I were excitedly making plans to meet up. S and I decided which restaurants we wanted to visit first. I’d started putting in events in my calendar.

Then Melbourne started getting a spike in cases… now several clusters have popped up in Sydney. There’s talk of lockdown restrictions being put back on, and for requiring masks when out and about.

There’s a lot of uncertainty with how things will play out. But I am reminded of things to be grateful for:

  • Today, I received a parcel all the way from the US, thanks to my lovely friend B! It dropped from the tracking radar for three weeks. Then in the span of 2 days, it landed in Australia, cleared through customs and delivered. Now, we have enough gansitos for the rest of the year! Woohoo!
  • Seeing more people in person the past few weeks.
  • Baking a golden syrup cake. I bought a large jar of golden syrup (which I’d never heard of before) to make ANZAC biscuits for ANZAC day. I’m trying to use it up. I was happy to find that recipe because it didn’t need any eggs or milk, which I was out of. We liked it so much, we’re putting it on regular rotation.
  • Having my sewing machine, fabric and elastic on hand. It was for other projects originally, but how good to be a sewist in these times. I’m making some cloth masks this weekend in case we’re required to use them. (I wonder where to get air filter inserts though? I’m not too convinced about the ones on eBay and Amazon…)
  • A steady supply of Aussielent for the times I couldn’t be bothered cooking.
  • Things I would’ve taken for granted previously – having a job, having a roof over my head, having food to eat, my friends and family in good health.

I’m risk averse so I’m surprised to see photos of busy shopping centres and restaurants (though at the same time I’m happy that some businesses are reopening). I wouldn’t mind sheltering indoors a little bit longer though as long as we stay safe. Here’s hoping Australia gets the coronavirus back under control soon…

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