Post Isolation, What Will That Look Like?

Well we are certainly living in uncertain times and while we are eagerly awaiting the release of our freedoms the question lingers “what is the world going to look like post virus? Will it be business as usual or will life as we knew it never be the same again? I personally think things will never go back the way they were, the unemployment worldwide is too high, too many businesses closed down and would be nearly impossible to re-open. Depending on what country you are from there have been some really good stimulus packages but they will soon run out, what then?

If we have a really good look at what has happened not only can we see the earth rejuventing itself but literally everyone has been forced online. Now whether you believe in the agendas or not (I do), you can ignore the fact that we have become less reliant on people and way more reliant on technology. I personally think business and industry will not return to the way things were, I think those who are lucky enough to be working at home will continue to work from home. Wages can be lowered, there are no overheads if there is no office or work place, you an connect through computers and accountability, thanks to technology won’t be a problem. It’s quit scary to think we can as quickly as a blink of an eye be taken from society and placed online with no people around us, just a virtual reality.

It’s not all bad though because with this new way of life comes great opportunity in the form of online business, whether it is direct sales or network marketing, inventing, creating or teaching, there is opportunity everywhere. There is someone somewhere wanting what you have so why not monetise it. Start looking around for what could be possible for you, use your stimulus cheque not for bills and stuff, use it wisely, put it towards building a website or doing some facebook ads or educating yourself. Don’t be defeated, get up and get going, find your niche, find what you can offer and BAM you have your business idea. This is going to be the way of the future so why not jump in now and get a head start!

Flapping In The Breeze…

Is it me or is there something quite enticing about sheets flapping in the breeze? I have memories of running through my grandmothers sheets as they hung on the line, the smell, the sun and the air concreting childhood memories in my brain that I would carry through to my own life as grandmother. My grandkids don’t have the same simple pleasure though, they are not interested in running through sheets on the line. Their interests lie more in driving the buggy and playing with the dogs which is more than ok, at least they are outside.

These old fashioned clothes lines are the best, they give plenty of room for plenty of washing and the air circulates freely around the washing. I have always loved these clothes lines, again, another childhood memory. My husband is gracious enough to build me one of these wherever we go and I am very grateful for that. Living on a farm affords us some of life’s simple pleasures which, in these current times is fast becoming, life’s greatest treasures.

What Do You Do In Lockdown?

While we are have heavy restrictions in place in Australia we are certainly by no means as locked down as other countries. We can still go to the shops, and quite frankly a vast majority of our public aren’t taking this nearly as serious enough as they should, however, we still have access to a lot of shops, I mean I can still go to the craft store and buy my wool, which brings me to the next question…..what are you all doing while in lockdown?

I have started to crochet again now I have more time due to losing my job. I am crocheting granny square blankets as this is probably my all time favorite thing to do. I said to my hubby the other day the one thing I really enjoy that I could do all day, our of all the things I do, is crochet. I had a mindset though, that if I admitted to loving crochet that I admit to being an old grandma, I mean, hows that for a really dumb thought process. So here are my blankets so far, there are 4 x 200g balls of wool in each which is $40AUD so it’s not a cheap hobby by any means especially when that only makes a lap blanket but it’s fun nonetheless.

Completed lap blanket, well its just a bit bigger than a lap blanket but it has worked well and I love how the colors worked.

This next blanket is a work in progress for my grandson. I love working with these yarns because there is no changing colors!

Has The World Gone Mad!

Well in the famous words of Alice herself “Have I Gone Mad”, what did I wake up into, how are we seeing this level of fear and panic in an age where we have every technological device and information at our finger tips, yet we ran out of toilet paper, the most basic of supplies. It’s interesting to note what people valued the most!

It’s a difficult time for the entire world and one has to wonder why? I am not going to get into the politics of it all because Lord knows that is the new obsession, and everyone it seems can do a better job than our leaders. What I can say is that in our household there are several things that we have wanted to put into place over the last 5 years and just never have, be it we have been too occupied, too lazy or too bored but the last couple of months have certainly given us a hurry up. We have finally started my vege garden I have been asking for for over 2 years, we nearly have the fence up so we can start digging and preparing the soil, in the meantime the dogs are having a wonderful time digging and crapping all over my soil! We have also stopped buying takeaway food and I now make everything from scratch including our bread (of course I use a bread maker so a bit of a cheat). I am going to try my hand at jam next week and as soon as my tomatoes grow I am going to make relish. It has been a great wake up call to stop wasting so much money, the amount of money we spent on food is ridiculous, mind you, to get us to this point of stocked up has literally cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars but this week was the first week we haven’t had to go to the shops to buy more food and spend a heap of money that is unnecessary. The lessons we are relearning are fascinating really, right down to just enjoying some peace and quiet and giving our brains time to rest. I lost my job this week, but we still have my husbands income, yes it will get a little tight again but we have done this before and we can do it again. I can say one thing tho, the more money you have the more you waste!

Covid-19 has made us mindful of where the things we buy are being made, in Australia we have a big movement Buy Australian Made & Owned and this is the way we have been buying for some time but we do get a little lax sometimes, this has made us even more conscious as to how we spend our money and where. We are supporting local grown and made products more now, whereas we used to just go to the supermarket for everything, now we buy as much as we can in the smaller locally grown stores even if it means driving around a bit more. ‘Support local’ is our new mantra. Life hasn’t changed drastically for us because living on a property you are semi isolated anyway, you only go to town when you need to.

My children are having a tougher time however with my son being stuck in a different state due to border restrictions as he works interstate, my daughters are finding it difficult not being able to go anywhere and take the kids out but they are adjusting. One daughter lives on a farm also so at least she has plenty to do and they are self sufficient as well. My other daughter is immume compromised so she is actually self isolated except when she has her infusions. As humans we adjust. I see SO many people all over social media whingeing and bitching about being in lockdown and not being able to do this or that, complaining how bad their leaders are doing things and everybody is a bloody expert. I think I would much rather a few months of discomfort than a lifetime of ummm DEATH! People honestly need to be less entitled!

So yes we have been effected by the virus but in more positive ways than negative (prayer has a lot to do with this also). I have lost my job but I have gained motivation to get back to basics which is the best thing for our finances and our health. Will we keep this up after this event is over? Yes I think we will, too much work and money has gone into this to stop when things get easy again, and beside, what’s the next pandemic going to look like? I predict this was a precursor and the next one will be worse. Get prepping people and save a whole lot of stress next time!

Below are some pics of the process so far, we are very blessed to be working and living on a property where the owners have heavy machinery available whenever we need it. They look after us very well!