Like many others I observed Anzac Day at my front gate this year, though I must confess to being a little too late to Light the Dawn. The neighbour hung his Aussie flag to celebrate this special day.
This week I lined up at the drive thru flu vaccine clinic at the local hospital. I loved this innovation, so convenient.
We have also had telehealth appointments recently which are also a wonderful convenience. The first one was interesting in that I had been booked for the doctor's first appointment for the day. As the morning dragged on with no call I realised there was some drawbacks to this innovation - you can't see who is getting ahead of you in the queue or whether the doctor is dealing with some emergency. After waiting patiently for over an hour I rang the surgery. For some reason the doctor's call hadn't connected through and I ended up getting my call hours later.
Then this week my husband and I had scheduled telehealth calls and would you believe both doctors rang more than an hour earlier than the appointed time. Have you ever heard of a doctor being early!
But telehealth can't do it all, we both need to visit the surgery for face to face appointments.
Having worked in IT for over 40 years I am quite tech savvy so I expected online shopping to be no trouble for me. But it turned out to not be a technical issue - just about everything I wanted to buy from Coles was "temporarily unavailable" and everything I wanted from Bunnings was not available for online shopping so I ditched that idea.
However, I have noticed that our usually quiet street (so quiet that you notice every car that drives along it) now has regular visits from delivery trucks.
Reading Magazines and Binge Watching
Having given up on online shopping I still scurry off to the supermarket, where the queues are so short there is no time to scan the outrageous headlines on the magazines at the checkout counter. But none to worry, I have found the local library has just about every magazine I would ever want to read available for free and using my husband's ipad it's every bit as good as reading the paper version.
Telstra has given us lots of extra mobile data. Foxtel is providing free access to their drama offerings. I binge watched for about a week then decided I have better things to do with my time but nonetheless think these corporations are great for their kind response during the crisis.
So what new things are happening in your neck of the woods?