After a restful long vacation, I’m back at work. As I had checked my e-mails a few times during my vacation (although I didn’t answer any) I didn’t have an overflowing inbox. There weren’t many e-mails between the December 24 and January 6 as that is a quiet time when lots of people are out-of-office and the other ones I had read and filed or deleted. There were only about five e-mails that contained things to follow up on. I’ve already done that and have caught up on upcoming deadlines. Now I have an overview what needs doing in the next few weeks. Nothing extraordinary, the same old tasks as last year.
During my vacation, I did a lot of reading, walking with Curious Dog and Partner, and playing Settlers of Catan in a two-person version that we had been given for Christmas. It was fun. We haven’t tried out all the possible variants of the game yet, but the ones we have tried were very good. It seems that the game works in such a way that it’s a very even competition between the two players right up until the end. That’s nice, because one player can’t end up totally under the other one’s thumb – that would be boring for the loser. On Sunday, for instance, Partner won, but I would have won if I’d had another turn.
Walking with Curious Dog has been interesting. We’ve had a lot of wet and muddy but not very cold weather so that CD was covered in dirt after each walk. We’ve also had a couple of walks in snow or in freezing cold with the mud all frozen (and therefore a clean CD at the end of the walks). Last weekend we took our usual walk through the woods, where we hadn’t been for a few weeks as a lot of logging was going on before and after Christmas. That was a nightmare, as it turned out that the downhill path was totally covered in ice (frozen slush). We had a dreadful time until we got back on even, ice-free streets in the town. I guess we should have turned back at the beginning, but we thought it would get better. That walk is now out-of-bounds until the ice has melted.
The news from the US has been shocking. I hope the inauguration of President Biden will go ahead peacefully and that things will improve. News from the Corona front is also awful, what with the new, even more contagious forms of the virus. I’m wondering what the German governments on state and federal level will decide today about new restrictions. Just as there was new hope with the availability of the vaccines, we now have the new evil of the mutated virus to contend with.
My aunt, who is in hospital getting a replacement hip, is also experiencing nasty setbacks. After her hip replacement surgery was done, she tore a ligament in that leg (which is apparently a fairly common adverse effect) and had to be operated on twice more. She’s now waiting to move from the hospital back into rehabilitation, which will hopefully happen next week. But if everything had gone well, she would have been able to go home next week. All this time (about four weeks), nobody has been allowed to visit her, which has been very difficult for my uncle and my cousins. However, my cousin has just let us know that by appealing to the hospital authorities’ humanity she has managed to get them to agree to a visit by my uncle. That’s great news. I’m sure that will cheer up my aunt and uncle. Hope it won’t be just one visit (but even one visit is heartening) and that my aunt will do well in rehab.
On Thursday this week Mum and I will be returning to Bavaria for our week at our house, while Partner is leaving to check up on his. Our usual practice. We keep in isolation in our old family homes just like we do here in Baden-Württemberg (where I rent a place, for work reasons). No changed lifestyle, no new contacts, so no greater risk of getting infected with Corona. I hope we won’t have to cancel our stay in Bavaria because of new restrictions, but I don’t really believe such travel will be prohibited. In Bavaria, one has to wear FFP2 masks (without a valve) when using public transport (which I’m not doing) or going shopping. Partner has already organized some. They are quite a snug fit and my glasses don’t fog up much when I’m wearing one of those which is a useful side-effect. However, they can only be reused a few times, which is a pain. I hate creating extra garbage. But I guess in this case it is necessary and, as I only go shopping about twice a week, I won’t be needing many (and you can reuse them a few times if you let them dry out for a few days or bake them at 80°C in the oven).
I need to check up when I can get an appointment for Mum’s vaccination. As she is 82, she is eligible for a vaccination, but as seniors in nursing homes are being vaccinated first and the vaccine is still in short supply, I’m guessing it will be a few weeks until she can receive it. I’m worried that she may have an adverse reaction, as she is very prone to experiencing those whenever she has to take medication.
Earlier in January, I posted that the Corona restrictions weren’t that much of an issue for my Partner, Mum and I, as we are all quite introverted and deal well with the restrictions, but currently, the situation is really depressing as the numbers of infected people and the deaths keep rising. I hope the lockdown here and in other countries will start showing some decided effects soon.
Keep safe, world