The curve is turning up again. Covid is not over yet. Second wave is coming. The Netherlands had restrictive recommendations against travelling here, but we just became a high-risk country too. At least my region, my town and my neighbourhood. The Dutch intelligent lock down lasted four months, and after three weeks with limited opening up of society, I fully expect to be locked back in again quite soon. Intelligent lock down is Dutch for "you know what to do and do not need to be policed about it".
But tourists do not stay at home. No-no! The mandatory quarantine is
disregarded as nobody is said to be checking, but that is not how it
works here. Looking at you Sweden, what you do in your own country is one thing, but
bringing your lack of understanding of the pandemic to other countries
is beyond blåögt. Netherlands is not New Zealand. The borders cannot be closed.
Old Zeeland, and both Holland's are all high-risk areas again.
we have rebuilt our two week food stock to be able to handle a full
quarantine again (still no yeast available). We have picked up new books
to read, patterns and threads for sewing, and I have been into the
office and restocked the home office with office material. We have been
out cycling avoiding popular and even pretty places, but increasing
stamina and distance. We can do this, we are not desperate or even bored
- but oh boy, I am so tired of protecting people who ought to know
better. I will continue to protect myself though.
My annual goals are divided into Health, Intellectualism (for lack of a
better word), Finances, Pleasures and Home (including friends &
family). I try to look at them each month to see where more attention is needed.
financial assets are invested to be, if not recession proof, at least
with long term savings in mind. The financial independence number,
dividing assets with my annual budget, is currently at 48,71. The
recession will come also on the markets where I have my assets, but it
is fine. I do not include pension rights in my assets as I do not have
any control. I have no house, car, jewellery or debt to calculate. I
still work so this is not a concern.
Plans are made
for the five year and the one year perspective. Dreaming and having
thought through ideas of future pleasures, makes enduring the present so
much easier. We dream about a two month cycling trip to one of our
favourite places, passing a lot of our other favourite areas. Dreaming
and planning are important mental tools for us to stay optimistic. We
read, sew, garden, cook trying to develop more skills. They are not as
high-brow intellectual or as international as they used to be. The
mental stability is currently more important.
is fine, but fattening up. The home storage of remedy medicine is
rebuilt. I have been to the dentist for cleaning. Teeth are the first
thing to be damaged by unhealthy life style. This is money well spent
but I need to pay more attention to this. We still work out ten minutes
every morning, and have a daily physical activity of some sort,
minimally the daily walk in the neighbourhood. The weekends have
included running or cycling in deserted areas, especially on days with
bad weather or during early mornings to avoid people. In the worlds most
beautiful country, even the weekend closed industrial areas provide
charming picnic places. We are very very lucky that I managed to get
relocated permanently and legally before the outbreak.
friends are kept in touch with, sharing difficulties, life hacks and
solutions. The family connections deteriorating week by week. Caring for
old relatives is currently our main stress and concern. There is a lot
of fear and most respond to the feeling of being scared, with acting out
in anger and with blame. Not a happy family situation. The man and me work hard on
our own relationship. We know that together we are stronger, better and
happier than apart. My reptile brain demands security as a solitary cave
dweller when communication becomes difficult. I work hard on trying to be a
civilized human. Less of a brutal, raging, blood-thirsty, burn,
bludgeon and pillage Viking re-enactment. That dna-derived behaviour need to be
avoided in these sensitive times.