Stocking Up This Week

These arrived on Monday. With all the extra handwashing hand cream is a thing I’m using a lot of at the moment and a friend was having a virtual Le Reve party on Zoom. The mango lime is my favourite flavour thus far.

I couldn’t even remember how long it has been since all this started now so I went back and checked. March 20th was my first COVID post here.. That means today we are coming up on 4 weeks since we stocked up. So it is time to stock up again this week.

I began to think it might be time last weekend because when we were making pizza, we discovered we had run out of shredded cheese! Luckily I’d bought some gluten free mozzarella plus tasty block cheese for our FEBRUARY pizza night which had been saved in ziploc bags waiting for the next pizza night which of course never happened. That was still ok so we were able to grate that and use it on the pizza.

Monday –

I had to post a package and that place is right around the corner from the bulk cash and carry so right before I left, I checked in with my parents to see if they needed anything. Milk and eggs was the request, both of which the cash and carry has.

Seeing as I was there I stocked up on a few things for us – fresh mince meat, chicken breast was on special so I got those things for both households, I got us a chicken to roast, milk and eggs, some mozzarella cheese, and I got a Milklab almond milk for us (me) to try for coffee. I really wanted Macadamia milk but there wasn’t any – I would like to try that.

I’m usually a person with plenty of spare packet biscuits in the house but surprisingly we had run out of those too, so I grabbed some Melting Moments and some rice crackers.

I dropped those things off at the parents, then back here to roast my chicken slowly. Obvs, roast chicken dinner with potatoes.

Tuesday –

My day started off right with a delivery of doughnuts – this time we got lemon curd, nutella and vanilla bean. These are not all for me – I have distributed them in a socially distanced way to friends and family. I got 3 lemon curd doughnuts. I was only meant to have two but the parents decided they only wanted one of each flavour so there was a spare lemon curd. They are so delicious and not too sweet that is why I love the lemon curd ones. :)

Work & customers, setting up the delivery run for Wednesday, the parents dropped in to grab their doughnuts, a package arrived for me, afternoon coffee with a doughnut, savory mince for dinner then tried to resist eating my second doughnut.. I settled for sharing one with The Other Half for dessert.

Wednesday –

What a massive day we’ve had today. A delivery run down south so we can skip it this weekend, plus a big stock up grocery shopping for two households. It took us two hours to do the shopping across two stores. Our normal shopping takes 45 minutes to go to two stores.

The hope is that we can now stay here for at least the next week without having to go anywhere other than dropping packages at the Australia Post depot, though The Other Half does have to go to work next Tuesday. Our household is set for the next 3-4 weeks other than perhaps an occasional milk top up. The parents probably not so much, they have a smaller fridge so can’t keep as much fresh stuff as we can.

I’m completely exhausted and it is bedtime here. Hopefully on Sunday I can report getting some of the goals finished as I really want to get stuck into jobs and chores the next few days.

Catch up with these other folks blogging about our new normal. :)

Moving With Mitchell
Dkzody’s Weblog
High Riser
Stargazer
Dawn
Sean at Assholes Watching Movies
Zazzy
EssexHebridean
SilverTiger
Joanne @ Cup On The Bus
gigihawaii
anexactinglife

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COVID-19 2020

Egyptian Statue Cat

I just walked down the hallway and looked into one of the rooms and there was Cuckoo Cat, like a statue on the shelf. An impressive yet tiny statue.

Thursday –

I got back to walking today. I did a 5km mostly made up of 100m back and forths in the one spot, on a local oval. It felt pretty nice to be out walking.

I’m going to make a point of marking out some me time in the coming days because I think it is important to get some exercise in, and because when I got back from my 5km walk, the business had not imploded upon itself. People patiently waited. I set an away from keyboard message and SHOCK HORROR actually deliberately left my phone at home.

Because I left my phone at home, the following exchange played in my head many times while I walked..

President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet : I walked to school every morning in weather colder than this.
Abbey Bartlet : From the headmaster’s house to your classroom.
President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet : That’s right, baby. Just a camel hair coat, leather gloves, a varsity scarf, and these wits.

I did not have a camel hair coat, leather gloves, a scarf of any kind, but I take the wits of President Bartlet wherever I go.

You will recall my friend Lizzy, she of the Fascinatory story. On Wednesday she got a fever and sweats. On Thursday her doctor sent her to be tested for COVID. It is now Sunday night and she still does not have the results. You better believe she is taking all of this a lot more seriously now. I am very hopeful it will turn out to be fine.

The rest of Thursday passed in a busy blur of making packages, posting packages, putting stuff aside for customers, and I cannot recall what we had for dinner.

Friday –

This time for my morning walk I called a friend to go with me. She is actually my hairdresser. She is trying to move house in the midst of all of this. We did another 5km and walked to one house she had on her list which is not very far from my house.

Weirdly while we were out, she mentioned she had a craving for a Calippo ice block – and just the day before the other half had said to me “Are you ever going to eat these Calippo in the freezer?” – I had actually forgotten all about them. So when we got home we both had a Calippo.

Another busy work day this time I got in another pomodoro of sorting through the POS system and then sorted out the deliveries for the next day. We’ve decided we will go south one Saturday and north the next one – this one was north and we hadn’t been that way for a bit so we had 8 deliveries to do.

We also decided to make a stop at *gulp* IKEA. We needed more KALLAX shelving and now is a good time to install it, while the other half is technically on Uni holidays.

Dinner was bolognese sauce over mashed potato. One of my favourite meals of all time and I have gradually convinced The Other Half to share this opinion.

Saturday –

We were on our way on time for once, deliveries all went well. The IKEA part was.. well.. weird to say the least. First let me say we were both wearing fabric masks, and I had equipped us well with wipes for the trolley and hand sanitizer.

Being an IKEA nut like both myself and Sephyroth are, I know the store like the back of my hand and we had absolutely zero trouble skipping all the pathways and heading directly for the warehouse down a secret back alley almost nobody knows about to where our item was located, which happened to be right next to where the trolleys usually are.

When we got there, zero trolleys. So we had to go looking for one. When we did find one, of course we wiped it down and raced back to where the Kallax live. The thing that took the most time was waiting for a checkout. Everyone was social distancing like they’d been doing it all their lives and surprisingly many many people had decided to ignore the idiotic advice of our Deputy Chief Medical Officer and wear masks.

We were in and out of there in 30 minutes – 20 minutes of which was waiting at the checkout. Then we strapped the Kallax to the roof racks and drove home. Pizza for dinner.

Sunday –

I managed to take most of today off. It was sheer bliss. First a 6km walk with my hairdresser friend, home to a Calippo again, then after a shower I made my own washing powder, The Other Half built the Kallax, I plonked myself in my chair and binge watched season 6 of Bosch. There were a few interruptions and I did put together a few orders for shipping tomorrow but otherwise I got to rest, recharge, relax, and refresh ready for a new week. I really needed that today.

It seems like Cuckoo needed that too, she spent a lot of the afternoon posing cutely on my lap.

Leftover pizza and two episodes of Westworld, writing this post, a small icecream then it is bedtime. I hope you are all well!

Catch up with these other folks blogging about our new normal. :)

Moving With Mitchell
Dkzody’s Weblog
High Riser
Stargazer
Dawn
Sean at Assholes Watching Movies
Zazzy
EssexHebridean
SilverTiger
Joanne @ Cup On The Bus
gigihawaii
anexactinglife

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COVID-19 2020

What I Find Fascinatory

Is the bizarre statements some people I know are making. Let me give you one example. I will not name names, I will make up names to be on the safe side, though I do not think they are readers of my blog. Lets go with Jane Austen names!

My friend Elizabeth (known as Lizzy) is someone over 60 with underlying health conditions. Her doctor has told her to go nowhere. Yet she keeps going to the shops all the time, and then saying things like “There were so many people there, I can’t believe it!”

This has happened a few times and I’ve kept my mouth shut about it, until the last time on Monday when I blurted out “You were one of them!” in reply to this comment.

Then the story changed “There was nobody there” – wait a minute, just a minute ago there were so many, now there’s none? I said in reply to this “It doesn’t matter how many people were there. It matters whether some of those people coughed all over an item you’ve just bought and taken home to your house. It matters if one of them left germs all over the eftpos keypad.”

She was a bit taken aback when she really thought about what I said. Then I said – “your doctor has told you to go nowhere. You shouldn’t be going to the shops. I’ve told you if you need something I will go for you, and you have family who can do that as well. Plus you can get things delivered, you are eligible to have home delivery from either of the supermarkets. But you’ve got to stop going.. ”

The next morning she had offered to pop around and keep an eye out for the courier while I ran to the post office. I was due a couple of packages. When she got here, she told me she had a sore throat and wouldn’t come inside just in case. I gave her some of my awesome Difflam throat lozenges and she stayed in her car in the driveway while I ran to the post office.

I really hope she listens to me about this. But she’s not the only one doing this kind of thing. We had to go to Bunnings today and by had, I mean we really needed some stuff in order to do things we need to do for the business. I stayed in the car while the other half ran in with his mask on.

The amount of people there! The many, many clearly elderly people there! I have never seen Bunnings so packed on a Wednesday. Normally on a Wednesday you could have your pick of parks, the carpark was nearly full.

Is it that people need to tell themselves one thing “I’m not going anywhere but I actually went here, there, and yonder” so they will believe they are safe from this? Is it because they are bored and need to entertain themselves? WTF is going on with this?

I’m confident enough in my germophobia that I think I take the right precautions but even I recognise that might not be enough and going anywhere is a risky business but especially to the shops, therefore I am trying to limit the amount of times I go to the shops. If I can do home delivery I will.

COVID-19 2020

Mid-Week Update

It really has only been two days since I posted but we’ve got a schedule so I will stick to it!

Tuesday – early morning run to the Post Office to post off 8 packages. That is the most I ever did in one hit. The post office guy seemed a little out of countenance and asked me if I had a business account. I did but never had the need to use it before, and I didn’t have the time or energy to work out the online system over Easter.

But once I got home two more postal orders came in and I gave it a try. It is super easy! I’m doing future posting online now instead and taking it direct to the local distribution centre – less people there anyway, easy to park, it is drop off and they scan it. I print my own labels at home.

One of the things that has annoyed me about posting for a while – they put a postage sticker on which shows one price but to add tracking or signature required or send a registered letter is an extra cost and nowhere do they put that extra cost on the label. This way there is no price on the label. And it looks far more professional too.

Was a less busy day for me thankfully but I had to keep running out to the mancave to print our trays. It is one every 18 minutes, so I set a clock timer and run out to take the printed tray out and put in a new piece of wood.

The other half went to work and he had a lovely chilled out day. Everyone else is working from home, he is the only one there. He can play his music. Also parking is a lot easier now.

Dinner was fish burgers on brioche buns. Yummy, kind of like a home made filet o’ fish and far far cheaper than a filet o’ fish. You seen the price of those babies lately? I think it is over $6 now. Insane!

Wednesday – up super early in the hope that packages would arrive today. Nothing on the app. Nothing arrived – sometimes he just rocks up and the app has not updated yet. Out to the mancave to print, glue and spray the trays I printed yesterday, then check everything off for deliveries we were doing today.

The app updated at 9:19am to say package on board. Well now we can’t go and do deliveries because what if it comes while we’re not here? We decide to wait until 10am and then head off, I will watch the cameras as we go. This is the first day I have felt angry about the postal situation. This package on board today was in Sydney on Friday April 3rd. WTF was it doing for over a week?

The first delivery we need to do is only about 15 minutes drive away. Part way there The Other Half has a great idea and something we’ve been meaning to do for a while – lets get a Ring doorbell. That way we can tell the driver to take the package around the back if we’re not here. A very quick dash to Bunnings, and a quick trip home to install it, and we’re back on our way. No sign of the package yet though.

This is great. We will never miss another doorbell ring again – it calls to your phone and you can also set it to record any movement within a certain area, it will take a photo and send it to you. You can dial in and watch it live too.

We had to drive through some areas which experienced the bushfires on our way to Ulladulla. I find this very hard. Even though the trees have started to sprout new growth, it is the memory of the collective trauma we all went through. There are huge sections of burned out trees, and the enormity of it.. some sections you can see it was far hotter than in others and in those areas a lot of the trees are not recovering at all. They will not return.

I was expecting todays package to be quite a big one. I was wrong. It was so small the postie had it on board. She left it on the doorstep. We’ve talked about this before. :( I had to call Dad and ask him to drop around and grab it.

We had to get milk on the way home, so while talking to them I asked did they need anything.. he said yes, Eskimo Pies. Apparently Dad claims that my mother is using these as one of her major food groups at the moment. Mother begs to differ. I think the mystery of who is actually eating the Eskimo Pies will not be solved without video evidence.

We had two deliveries at Ulladulla and then we stopped in at Hayden’s pies to replace our pie inventory. There was only one left in the freezer. I got the parents some Salted Caramel Cheesecake and some for us as well. I noticed the bakery zombies appear unable to follow social distancing rules, they just walk right up to the cabinet regardless.

We grabbed a couple of pies to eat for a late lunch, so late neither of us felt like dinner. We just had a (cut in half) slice of cheesecake each about 8:30pm and it was delicious.

Dropped the Eskimo Pies to the parents, picked up my package, returned home. Had a nice chilled out evening.

I’m really going to try and take it easy the next couple of days. We have a delivery run on Saturday and we may attempt a click and collect at IKEA on the way through to get some organising shelves.

I hope you are all doing well! No goal update today because the answer is zip, zilch, nada.

Catch up with these other folks blogging about our new normal. :)

Moving With Mitchell
Dkzody’s Weblog
High Riser
Stargazer
Dawn
Sean at Assholes Watching Movies
Zazzy
EssexHebridean
SilverTiger
Joanne @ Cup On The Bus
gigihawaii
anexactinglife

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COVID-19 2020

Flying By..

Is it just me, or are the days going by so fast now?

So much happening with the business, very little time for myself. Where did I leave you last?

Thursday –

Many customers to the studio in the morning. Delivery run to Shellharbour in the afternoon. Dropped into Warrawong to get potatoes – purchased 15kg will be set for a while. They were $5.98 a 5kg bag which is a bargain here at the moment. Dropped one bag into parents. Picked up our Empanada kit the farmers market was absolutely packed. Returned here to more customers

In the evening we had our ZOOM chat – no Silvertiger, I was not aware of the security issues. I only use it to run chats and don’t give it email addresses,I don’t use Apple so I think it will be ok. But I’ll have the other half investigate further. By the time this chat was over, I was so tired I went right to bed.

Friday – Easter Friday. We were open, had a few customers. I made a large vat of vegetable soup. Friday afternoon I worked on sorting through all my work related photos and putting all the inventory photos into one folder all together, listed by price and product name. I finished this by the end of the afternoon and DAYUM it feels great to have that organised finally.

Whatever happens we will be a much better organised business at the end of COVID-19.

Saturday – On this day we were delivered some Hot Cross Bun doughnuts from a local business. They were amazing. We then made empanadas for dinner. Also amazing. I couldn’t really say what else I did, everything is blurring together now. Lesson learned, write these days daily into this post! :)

Sunday – Leftover empanadas for lunch, long day of business related works started off by a home delivery to a customer at 8:50am then organising a delivery run for Easter Monday. Home made pizza for dinner.

Monday – 5 home deliveries done before 10am, back home to open the shop, work work work, leftover pizza for dinner. And here I sit while it cooks writing this post.

Goal Posts Moving

New goals kind of overtook the goals I had already set.

The photo sorting was the start of a bigger job. This is a part of getting our Square system ready for integration into a new business website. The next task involved going through each individual item of inventory, adding photos and a description and a category, and deleting anything no longer needed. I’m getting there. One more 25 minute pomodoro and I think I will have this finished.

So these goals still remain –

2. Dust my bookshelf – personal – Still not achieved.

3. Sort out the studio shelves – business – Still not achieved.

Bonus goal –

4. Have one uninterrupted afternoon coffee – personal/business – YAY I did this. :)

Catch up with these other bloggers too! :)

Moving With Mitchell
Dkzody’s Weblog
High Riser
Stargazer
Dawn
Sean at Assholes Watching Movies
Zazzy
EssexHebridean
SilverTiger
Joanne @ Cup On The Bus
gigihawaii
anexactinglife

COVID-19 2020

It begins..

in the morning before I even get out of bed, usually somewhere between 7-7:30am. I check my phone and there will always be several messages – Can I have this product, can I have that product, how much do your products cost from a new customer (that is a standard Facebook question that customers can pick from a list) what hours are you open, is this still available..

Most of these questions I can easily answer from the comfort of my bedspace. Some of them require the computer, or for me to go and check stock manually. I usually put those things off until after my shower. But sometimes if it is just a quick task – like sending a link or photo I can’t send from my phone, I might run out and do it, pre coffee, pre shower.

Once showered and caffeinated, it is time to survey my vast domain. I set the cameras up on my tablet so I can watch the front door wherever I might be in the house. What needs doing right now, urgently? Are any packages due?

What is on the to-do list for today? Which customers are due to appear and at what times? What household chores are due to be done today? Does the dishwasher need emptying and filling? What is for lunch? What is for dinner? What admin tasks do I need to do?

Lunch is usually crackers with egg and tomato. I like to try and take an hour long break here if I can. Back in the pre-COVID days I used to nearly always manage it.

Since Scomo declared puzzles to be an essential item and my products are very nearly a puzzle, I am now lucky if I can get a whole half hour without someone asking me for something. You would think I would just say.. that can wait until I’m done with lunch. But that is not how I like to roll.

Maybe what I like is just not going to be a good plan going forward. Maybe people can wait a short while for a reply. Maybe I can set my business messaging system to give an away message at the lunch hour. Maybe the constant interruption of my trains on their tracks is making work harder than it needs to be.

When it is time to prepare dinner I like to listen to a podcast as I do it. I have the tablet with the cameras on in front of me, so I can see if a customer appears. At the moment I am re-listening to the Breaking Bad Insider Podcasts, and also to the Better Call Saul Insider podcasts, and sometimes the latest Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda.

Dinner time, we like to watch an episode of Seinfeld together.

If I am very lucky in these current COVID times, I may now have the evening to myself without any phone beeping and customer wants and needs. It is unlikely though. Most nights there will be a few customers who need things.

Two nights a week we do a business related ZOOM chat for two and a half hours with some of our customers who would normally be here in the studio on those same nights. This week I was so exhausted I very nearly called it off, but I don’t want to disappoint people. So I struggled through it.

Some days – like yesterday – I receive my last request from a customer at 10:15pm. This customer is ordering two items. At the end of every day I’m truly exhausted – whether it is from the constant interruptions to my trains of thought, actual work and effort, or just the brain fog of our current circumstances I cannot be certain.

The dryer is beeping. I ponder whether I should rise and put this stock aside before I go to bed – one of them is hanging up on the wall and I will need a chair to get it down, or whether I should answer the urgent beeping of the dryer.

I’ll save the getting down of stock for the morning. And it will be early, again. Because I chose to do a delivery run in the afternoon to customers who are self isolating, word is out that the studio will be closed for nearly 5 hours. Thus, 10 customers are coming to collect things between 9-12. It will be a miracle if they don’t overlap.

Unlike having an actual workplace where you go to do work and then return home to do.. life.. working from home = working pretty much all the time. I now believe I need to change this before I reach burnout status. The first change is to set actual working hours.

I’d like to say 10-6 for all the days going forward but there is always going to be queries in the evenings and first thing in the morning.

Maybe if I say 8am I can do a quick check in and answer any overnight queries and then put myself back to “away” for the next hour and a half, and claim that time as me time.. but then if I need to do a post office run I usually like to go as soon as they open.. you see things are not as easy as just setting hours.

I could try 8-4 as working time with a quick check in before bedtime, but then you miss people being able to drop in on their way home from work, and I like to have some me time in the morning as well. There are consequences to every option.

Maybe better to-do listing is the answer.. I don’t know. But one thing I do know.. in the first three months of this year, the business has done as much turnover as it did in the last 6 months of 2019.

It is getting busier. I am seeing many new customers, many of whom were referred by current customers. All of that is great.. it is just I am not sure how to make it work so I can separate work from home more.

I’m going to go and enjoy a rare evening off, if I can. Lets not jinx me now, but it has been nearly an hour since the phone last beeped at me. Good Friday Night, maybe people are eating fish and chips and watching teevee? That’s what I would like to do, watch some teevee. :)

work

Trying To Keep Up

I would love to say I’ve put myself on a no-news diet but the truth is, I simply don’t have the time for watching any news at the moment. I’m only managing a maximum of an hour and a half, sometimes two hours, of television a day and I prefer it to be quality viewing.

A big surprise delivery on Monday of work stock plus a couple of runs to the post office cancelled out most of Monday.

Tuesday was meant to be a stay at home day but suddenly I had three packages that needed to be posted. I got my home delivery of food this day but they forgot a couple of things.

Why yes, that is a 5 KILO bag of pasta. We will not run out anytime soon.

There was also a moment on Tuesday that had me bolt out of my chair like a horse scared by a snake and literally run to get my credit card. I got this email –

The lady in the store had told me to order it quickly and I took her quite literally. Turns out I could have taken my time because I checked again at the end of the day and they still had 55 rolls left in stock.

I ordered 4 rolls for us and 4 rolls for them. I thought I was maybe pushing the limits there and I didn’t know if they had an amount you were allowed to order but to be fair these 4 rolls would last us about a month so I thought that was a good amount. When I went to pick up the rolls, the person before me had TWO BOXES of 18 rolls. Dude, you’re part of the problem.

So this morning I had to run to the delivery store to get my missing items and then to Centaur to get the TEEPEE then drop half of that to the parents then back here where I discover more people want things posted so I make that happen then back to the post office again, then return here to await customers.

Tomorrow we do another delivery run and also grab our Empanadas on our way home. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday HAPPY DAYS WE GO NOWHERE. I am quite determined.

Pretty much an epic fail on the goals front. I achieved just one of the goals though it is the one I think will make the most difference at the moment –

The desktop is clear. Yay! My mind feels better.

So these goals remain –

2. Dust my bookshelf – personal

3. Sort out the studio shelves – business

Bonus goal –

4. Have one uninterrupted afternoon coffee – personal/business – Still not achieved.

I’ll check in on Sunday, hope you are all doing well. :)

You can check in with some other folks blogging through Corona at –

Moving With Mitchell
Dkzody’s Weblog
High Riser
Stargazer
Dawn
Sean at Assholes Watching Movies
Zazzy
EssexHebridean
SilverTiger
Joanne @ Cup On The Bus
gigihawaii
anexactinglife

Should your blog be listed here? Leave me a comment and it will be next time. :)

COVID-19 2020

Smart Thinking

I’m so excited about this Empanada box. Even Mitchell could make these. :) I ordered two as soon as I saw it because I like the traditional beef but it has olives in there, The Other Half will not like those. He got pulled pork. This will be a tasty dinner for us next week plus there is enough there for me to take the parents half the batch.

This is smart thinking – Ola Chola tend to do a lot of food markets many of which are now cancelled but this way their customers can make their food at home. I wish a lot more food stalls would do this.. it would be awesome.

My parents are a bit cuckoo also. Dad called me Thursday morning and said hey, the reject shop are advertising toilet rolls for $7.50 for a 24 pack. It starts today, he said. Can you go and see if they have any? Well I did need to go to the post office so I said I would do a loop of the shops just to see if they had any. I asked one of the staff – did the toilet rolls come in? Yes, they were here at 8:30 and gone by 8:31. Don’t know if we are getting any more.

I did the full loop of all the supermarkets, I did not find any toilet roll. Insert Fail Whale here.

I had to do a second run to the post office late Thursday, we had to take the parents car to be serviced on Friday, Saturday we went nowhere at all for an entire day and it was sheer bliss except for the fact that I spent the entire day doing business admin work plus uploading photos to our website and listing products.

Sunday we had to do some deliveries for my business which turned out to be a 4 hour round trip with multiple stops along the way but not a single toilet stop yay me! On the way home I called the parents, they needed juice and bread so I dropped the other half home – he is finishing a Uni assignment – and I ran off to get those things.

I think now is a good time to do some goal setting. I’m making use of to-do lists for business admin related things but Saturday marked the last of those tasks at least for the time being, so it is a good time to set some personal and also business goals. We will check in on these on Wednesday!

1. Clean up my computer desktop – personal

Clearly this job needs doing, I am a couple of files from having no space left!

2. Dust my bookshelf – personal

No photo maybe once it is dusted because it really needs it!

3. Sort out the studio shelves – business

Also no photo and boy does this job need doing as a matter of urgency. If everything has a home it is much easier to put it back home each time.

That is three tasks for three days, I think fair to keep it small to begin with. Plus I do not know – I have some stock that has landed in Sydney and if that rocks up here it could eat into my time somewhat, plus customers. But let me add a bonus goal –

4. Have one uninterrupted afternoon coffee – personal/business

This past week we’ve not had one afternoon coffee time that was sacred. People called or popped in or suddenly ordered something which needed to be packed and posted – that was Thursday because one lesson I have learned – never post something on a Friday or Saturday.

In coming weeks I would like to –

Clean & sort the store room – business

Clean the bathrooms & toilets – part business part personal – the business has a toilet and bathroom, we have one just for us.

Reorganise the wardrobes

Empty the drawers out to rescue my earrings that fell down the back & clean off the top of the drawers.

Hang the acrylic pourings (this is an Other Half task)

Put up a picture rail in the studio (also an Other Half task)

If you want to set some goals on your blog I will be excited to read them and encourage you to reach for them. :)

You can check in with some other folks blogging through Corona at –

Moving With Mitchell
Dkzody’s Weblog
High Riser
Stargazer
Dawn
Sean at Assholes Watching Movies
Zazzy
EssexHebridean
SilverTiger
Joanne @ Cup On The Bus
gigihawaii
anexactinglife

Should your blog be listed here? Leave me a comment and it will be next time. :)

COVID-19 2020

Exponential Growth

Seems Scomo can’t go a day without saying something quite stupid but in this case he really put my cat among the chickens.. what I sell are not puzzles but they are pretty dang close. This has been our busiest week ever. I now sit here with paper and a pen so I can write down what people are ordering then go and put everything ordered aside once an hour or so, otherwise I’m just up and down all day and I don’t get much actual work done.

Plus I have been waiting on stock which comes from China, so all of that is thoroughly sprayed with anti bac spray once it arrives here. Not much of it has been, because there are not a lot of planes flying at the moment. I did get a big delivery in yesterday and much of it is already gone. Great for the business, great for the people being kept amused, it is keeping me very busy and I need to make sure I take actual breaks. People can just message me, arrive in my driveway, I’ll bring their stuff out, they tap their card and away they go.

I actually hit tilt today though.. There is only one of me and only so many trains I can keep running on the tracks at any one moment. I’m going to get an early night and start again tomorrow. I might need to aim for a day off and a day out soon, too.

The parents needed some items today plus I had to go post some things to customers so armed with my trusty facemask, hand sanitiser and anti-bac spray, I was off. The only thing I could not get was sultana cake mix – the shops here have completely sold out of cake mix.

I found toilet rolls! My parents think I am a superhero lol. I was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time, but I know there are folks doing a loop of the local shops several times a day – they go to Aldi, little Woolworths, Big Woolworths, Coles, IGA, and then they do it all over again.

We have everything we need here already – though I did grab some extra milk and green capsicum enough for 3 weeks of pizza today – but it was a lot of hard work to make it so, and who knows how much risk was involved in that.

For some idiotic reason the supermarkets here turned off online shopping very early on when online shopping could actually be the answer to this whole problem – stop the people endlessly going to stores, stop those who are bulk buying toilet paper because you only deliver once a week to each address, and stop the risk of having to go out in the world among the other people. Protect the supermarket staff from all the germs, remove the cash from the equation..

But I guess the big brains in charge aren’t thinking outside the box.. :)

I do not have to leave the house again until Friday morning when I have to drop the parents car off to be serviced, but then it will be back here pretty quickly until we have to go and collect it later that day. I will update you again on the weekend!

You can check in with some other folks blogging through Corona at –

Moving With Mitchell
Dkzody’s Weblog
High Riser
Stargazer
Dawn
Sean at Assholes Watching Movies
Zazzy
EssexHebridean
SilverTiger
Joanne @ Cup On The Bus
gigihawaii
anexactinglife

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COVID-19 2020