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Silent Sunday : 24 May 2020

Gratitude Journal #79

My Workroom
This month marks 5 years of living in our home.  This weekend, we've finally made a start on my craft/work room.  I know it won't be a quick process as we need to put up plasterboard, get it plastered, etc but I am so excited at the prospect of getting it done.  Since moving, all of my craft things, bar my sewing box and a few buttons, have been packed away in boxes where I can't get to them.  The thought of having it all out, to hand whenever the urge to make something takes me fills me with joy.

I've dabbled with yoga over the years but I have never really got stuck into it, doing it regularly.  This past week I have done a short practice morning and evening and I'm loving it.  I'm not all that flexible and some of the poses are easier than others but I hope that with time I will improve.  Mentally, I do feel a little brighter and calmer for doing it so that is as good a reason as any to keep with it.

Good Days

I'm finding I have a few good days and then there will be a low one where we're all a bit snappy and fed up and the day will just drag on and on.  I'm thankful we're having more of the good days than low.

With fewer cars on the road in the evening and fewer people walking on our road, we have seen a lot of foxes over the past few weeks. I say a lot of foxes, I suspect it is a family. They use our driveway as a walk-through. I've seen one carrying something in its mouth, another waiting for its mate and last week I saw a cub. It has always surprised me to see them in the town centre but I do love spotting them.

Socially Distanced Catch-up
On Sunday, I met up with my best friend and we took Buddy for a long walk.  It was really lovely to see her and to have a chat without the girls interrupting us.  My two were very annoyed that they couldn't tag along and from what I gather, her girls were too.  We ended up walking for just over an hour and because she grew up in our town and I didn't, she showed me a few different walking routes to do along the way.  By the time we got home, Buddy was completely shattered and didn't move for the rest of the night.

Silent Sunday : 17 May 2020

(Garden scavenger hunt, one of the pieces of work set by E's teacher)

Lockdown Journal : 13 May 2020

I don't get my kids. Some days, they are at each other constantly. Bickering and snapping at each other. Bossing each other around, pushing and generally being horrible to each other. And then there's other days, like today, where they are practically best friends. They've been in the garden for most of the day, planing Ninja Warrior (new obsession, they love the TV show!). And now, after almost 5 hours outside, they've come back in and agreed on something they would both like to watch on the TV. Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining, I just wish there were more days where they were like this!

So today has been a pretty good day by all accounts, even though I woke at 5 having a coughing fit.  In-laws stopped by and left us some chocolate and a bone for Buddy.   I did some yoga this morning, I printed off a couple of simple routines and have started doing them morning and evening when the kids are occupied or in bed and D is dong the animals. So far, so good. My left hip hurts a little but I'm trying to keep on with it so I can improve my flexibility and hopefully shift some weight.  I wish I'd kept at it, all those years ago when I tried doing it before.

From today we have to wear face masks if we are unable to socially distance. And we can meet one person outside of the home provided that we do socially distance. L has suggested meeting up and going for a walk, I don't know when it will happen but I'm already looking forward to it!

Corona Virus Through a Child's Eyes

I spotted this Q & A floating around on Facebook today and I thought I'd get my two to answer them.  They enjoyed answering the questions and I thought it would be both a good way to get them talking about it, as well as having something to look at this time next year.

1. What is the Corona virus?
E: It is a virus similar to flu that is keeping us all separated and isolated for a long time.
T: It's making people poorly and dead.

2. Who is the Prime Minister?
E: Boris Johnson.
T:  I don't really know.

3. How many days have we been in?
E: 11 weeks.
T: 11 weeks.

4. Do you want to go back to school?
E: Yes, because I can do art, maths, English, science, topic and geography and on Friday afternoons I can choose.
T: Yes, same for me.

5. Who is the first person you are going to hug when lockdown ends?
E: That's a tricky one.  I think it will be A-L and E, M-J, K and Nanny.
T: Nanny, T and M. A-L and E.

6. Where is the first place you want to go after lockdown?
E: I would like to go to the zoo and soft play.
T: I would like to go to the zoo too because I didn't get to go for my birthday. And soft play because I didn't have my party.

7. What do you think we can do to get rid of the Corona virus?
E: Stay home. Try to work from home if you can. Try not to go out and wash your hands regularly. Protect the NHS and save lives.
T: I don't know. Stay home and stay away from each other. 

8. Is Mummy a good teacher?
E: Yes. And a good hairdresser because she cut my fringe neatly and we do fun work like homework on google classrooms.
T: (Lots of laughing) Probably a bit of yes and a bit of no (more laughing - thanks T!)

9. How did the Corona Virus start?
E: The virus started in China in 2020.  We don't know how it started. 
T: When people died.

10. If you had to wear protective clothing to help you what would it be?
E:  It would be a face mask some gloves, an apron and one of those special hats. And some shoes. 
T:  A mask and I don't know. 

11. Are you enjoying lockdown?
E: No because I want to go and see my friends.
T: No because we can't see each other. 

I actually really enjoyed doing this with them! T is 6 and E 7, so it was good to see what they thought about what is happening through this pandemic. As expected, T has shown she understands a little bit of what is going on and E has more awareness about it all.  She also seems to have taken all the adverts to heart as she has got the advice pretty much spot on!