Hannah’s Cozy Home Days: Day Four

Hannah's Cozy Home Days - a series all about my adventures while socially distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020

So having thought we’d have another two weeks of school until the Easter break it sort of starts today. Once Jaxon finishes school today, that will be it for the time being and come Monday, homeschool starts. I think Jaxon is sort of excited about it as it’s different from his normal every day life but also I think he’s a bit worried about it all.

This morning, our friend Tom (who runs Tom’s Garden Services) came to fix our garden fence – he’d been booked in for weeks so we figured that as long as we had minimal contact it should be okay for him to go through to the garden and do what he needed to get done. Then when I went out to check the work he’d done, I’d just stand at a distance. With Jaxon and the little boy next door both being off school from Monday, I’m glad we were able to get the fence fixed so that they don’t try to play together when they should be separated.

I saved this from Instagram – let’s hope the world is a better place when we come out of this craziness.

History will remember when the world stopped
And the flights stayed on the ground.
And the cars parked in the street.
And the trains didn’t run.

History will remember when the schools closed
And the children stayed indoors
And the medical staff walked towards the fire
And they didn’t run.

History will remember when the people sang
On their balconies, in isolation
But so very much together
In courage and song.

History will remember when the people fought
For their old and their weak
Protected the vulnerable
By doing nothing at all.

History will remember when the virus left
And the houses opened
And the people came out
And hugged and kissed
And started again

Kinder than before.

Donna Ashworth

I had some happy mail from Mrs Brimbles arrive. In these uncertain times, I love to be able to support businesses when and where I can. Especially those where they are super reliant on the income from their business to pay the bills.

Homeschooling begins on Monday and I’m a little nervous. I always hoped I’d be like Miss Honey if I was ever a teacher but why do I have the feeling I’ll come out more like Miss Trunchbull come Monday… I guess we’ll see how it goes. Let’s do this thing…

Hannah’s Cozy Home Days: Day Three

Hannah's Cozy Home Days - a series all about my adventures while socially distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020

Captain’s Log: Star Date: -302785.89…

It feels like my post should start something like that (yes it’s a minus date because that is supposedly the correct Star Date for today but actual Star Trek Star Dates don’t start until 2323 or something like that. I guess it would be like 100BC being -100AD! I have too much time to think at the moment!)

I woke with a headache this morning and was worried that it would wreck my day. I have a data entry task to get done and with the schools closing tomorrow for a while, I need to get it done so that I can “teach” Jaxon/knit in the background while he does activities.

I’ve seen posts about scheduling and others about just taking the day as it comes. This one was on FB but I’m not sure who posted it originally so can’t attribute it (but will if someone can point me in the right direction).

My advice for any parents wanting to homeschool during the school shut down – don’t. It’s going to be stressful. If things get worse you’re going to be stressed, your kids are going to be stressed. Your kids might be scared of things they’ve heard or seen on TV. Arguing with your to do work is not what anyone needs right now. Instead, cuddle up together and read, read, read. Take turns reading. Read them your favourite novel (yes, you can read novels to kindergarten age kids). Do a puzzle. Build a fort. Bake. Watch TV together. Paint. Get out the Lego and build together. Set up a tent in your living room and camp out. Look at photos of when you were a kid. In other works. Don’t stress about them forgetting. Don’t stress about homeschooling them. Just spend time together. Your kids won’t learn much if they’re feeling stressed. Though this is a scary time, it could very well be a time they remember as the best time in their life.

The schedule could look a little intense but then when you see that so much of it playtime or outside time that it soon isn’t as intense. For instance, 7-9 am Get Ready is kind of what we do anyway. If Jaxon’s had a good day the day before he gets his school uniform on and then snuggles in bed with us and gets iPad time for an hour. We then come downstairs and have breakfast – we then leave for school at 8:30 am and I get back home around 9/9:15 am having dropped him off. So that 8:30 – 9 am slot will become free time or maybe an extension of Active Time. There’s no reason why we can’t go for a walk around the block or through the local woods and then come back and play in the garden some more.

Rather than sticking to it rigidly, I think I’m going to use it as a guide and then see how our days go – as Anna (Mrs Brimbles) commented in her video yesterday – some days are focused others are pyjama days but they get through them.

I’m fully expecting that next week could be a complete muddle while we find our way and what works for us. My job for today/tomorrow is to also make sure the kitchen table is clear so that we can use it as a “school” area rather than trying to do worksheets sat on the sofa and things like that. It also means that if I do have things to do I can sit one side of the table while Jaxon sits the other.

After posting my blog post last night, I finished this cardigan. It had been all knitted but needed sewing together and having it finishing touches like the ribbons. Now I need to try and get it to the recipient (or at least the “collection point” for it to go onto the recipient).

Later today…

So although I was self-isolating, our friend still came to fix the fence panels for us which was great. I just stood at a distance and minimised contact as best as I could – getting the panels fixed could be essential to stop the boys trying to play with each other if the schools close (which they are rumoured to do).

Jaxon and Chris worked together to sort tea for me which was very lovely. I was presented with a handful of liquorice allsorts too. After starting these socks back in May 2019, at the Lemon and Ginger Knitting Group they were high on the priority list to get finished. I was irritating close to the finish so just had to do it! I learnt a Kitchener stitch from YouTube (this one stops the little eats apparently). So I put them on to take a photo of course and get very excited that I had actually finished another project! Time for the next one…

Hannah’s Cozy Home Days: Day Two

It’s now Wednesday and the day started with a sort of change of pace. My only trip out this week now is to see the Birth Choices Midwife to discuss how Rex/Bump will come into the world amongst other things I’m sure. Before going to the appointment I was pretty sure on a VBAC but if a C Section is needed then we’ll go with that when we get to that point. The size of my bump is being tracked closely given how big Jaxon was (he was 9lbs 14.5oz making him 4.5kg and that classed him as having a larger gestational size or something like that.

Coming out of the meeting… still pretty much on VBAC and then C Section if needed but the interesting thing was that, I might be able to have a water birth. I spent so much time in those last 5 days before Jaxon was born in the bath that the idea of being about to hang out in a birthing pool to labour sounds really good.

After the appointment, we came home and Our Sidekick was mid-strop – all I wanted to do was to get two skeins of wool from the living room but Our Sidekick had only just got up and was still getting ready for the day (it was 11am!) and got super grumpy with Chris and I. In the end he went out for the whole day – if we had to fully quarantine for 14 days, I might retreat to a tent in the back garden if that’s allowed!

I spent a few hours knitting in front of the TV then had a call about work so I’ve got another data entry/research project to be getting on with which is good.

Jaxon had craft club after school so Chris got him from school. Then we got ready to make a flying visit to Chris’s parents. I rang my Mother in Law as we were leaving to let her know we were on our way but then there was a change of plan so we came home for dinner. As we’d been ready to go out, Boris made another statement, this time closing schools. Okay so no pressure, Mummy you’re now homeschooling (of sorts) from Monday.

Having watched this video from Anna (Mrs Brimbles), I felt a bit more like I can do it. Not every day needs to be a school day, some days can be lots of school work stuff – other days can be pyjama days and we spend all day watching cartoons – swing and roundabouts. It’s not the end of the world. And actually even baking a cake can sneak in maths and literacy! (Oh and problem solving too!)

After tea, I carried on with a project for a friend who’s expecting a baby soon. This is part one of it and it’s all finished – I’m now working on the second part – just hoping I can get Chris to either deliver it to either my friend who’s packing it with her bits or he’ll go to the post office and post it for me while I’m “socially distancing”. Since Monday I had been getting muddle by what I was actually doing – self-isolating, quarantine or socially distancing. Now I knew it wasn’t quarantined because I’ve not got any symptoms and don’t know anyone with symptoms. Then I saw this tweet – so straightforward but definitely helped! Some times it just needs to be in KISS terms – Keep It Simple Stupid!

So that’s been Wednesday, definitely a bit of a slower day but glad I got out of the house even if it was just for a little bit. I think I needed it more than I thought because my mood definitely lifted after being out with Mum and then with the boys a bit later (I didn’t leave the car).

Now to cram in that data entry work into two days before Jaxon finishes school like so many other kids across the country.

Hannah’s Cozy Home Days: Day One

Good Morning! Well maybe evening by the time you read this. It’s Day One and so the first official full day.

After having a loopy dream about bad guys holding up the local post office and me relaying information to the police via a payphone (That isn’t even there in reality… and my mobile was in my other hand!) I woke up before the alarm. Normally I wake with a “oh my goodness how is it morning already?” sort of attitude but this morning I woke with a really positive one. Probably about all the things I was going to cross off my list (Without going too crazy and then not having anything else to do!)

Having just commented on Twitter about “the list” I thought I might do a little more explanation. I’m definitely a do-er if there’s a problem I want to help with the solutions. Yesterday, two friends posted on social media that they were looking for baby milk (one lives a short bus ride away and the other lives 30-45 minutes by car away). I started by going to our local corner shop and then to the shop near Jaxon’s school in case either had the right milk for the first Mummy. Turns out she needed a specific brand that neither of them had but I’d done my bit in trying to find a solution. Mummy 2 then tried like 3 supermarkets near her and in the end found what she needed but I did say to her that I would send Chris out to the supermarkets near us to look for the right milk if she needed. Getting it there might be more of a challenge but we’d sort something out like maybe meet in the middle or something.

Anyway, so as I said there listening to the news and feeling a bit wobbly and spirally, I grabbed a notepad and started a list. First of all, I worked out when the 12 weeks would be up – it’s not an official deadline and it could still move but at least being there and written down I had a deadline of sorts. I started with the projects I wanted to do – knitting projects and which order, things I needed to fix and keep putting off and other immediate jobs I thought of. It definitely made me feel more in control even if the situation outside my house hasn’t changed.

This morning, while Chris got Jaxon sorted for school, I worked on adding daily and weekly tasks to my list – as well as the one-off project type of goals too.

These are everyday tasks that I (or someone else in my house) gets done, but it felt like by writing them down and crossing them off each day I’d feel like I’d achieved something even if I wasn’t leaving the house to achieve things.

Then there were the bigger projects or things that might take more days (and others that were a few minute jobs but I just needed to do them lol)

So as you can see – some are little jobs and should be done super quickly, others will take longer (like knitting a blanket!).

How did Today go?

So, today’s getting dressed involved me just changing my pyjamas bottoms which then looks like I haven’t got dressed. But honestly, I have sort of! While I don’t really need to leave the house (minus my potter around the garden or short walk around the block), I’m working on catching up on all the washing. So, in theory, all my “going out of the house” clothes will be washing and put away, ready for when I need them. Most days there will be a proper getting dressed even if it’s into a hoodie and jogging bottoms to chill on the sofa while I knit lol.

Following that I got on with putting away the washing, I get it all done then it gets to the bedroom and forms a clean washing mountain that I sort of avoid dealing with until it’s exploding (or I’ve run out of clean underwear because it’s in the clean pile waiting to go away!). Jaxon is almost up to just the uniform he’s in – which will either last him to the end of the week (if the school remains open) or it will come home mucky like yesterday’s trousers did and I’ll be doing *more* washing!

I brought the washing downstairs and go the washing machine and dishwasher running before sitting down with my laptop at the kitchen table and eating my breakfast. I took a FaceTime call from my Mum who was running errands ahead of her and Dad “battening down the hatches” and then a call with a client to formulate a plan of sorts (99% postponed but the 1% is to help if there is stuff I can do from home or to help once the crazy is over). I then booked a FaceTime/Coffee Date with my friend for Friday – between us we are both socially distancing for different reasons but it would be great to catch up.

I worked through various other work tasks but also crossed off 7 of my Projects from the list and added a couple more so will need an updated list by the weekend I think!

If you’re now, self isolating have you written a list of some kind? I’ve heard lots of people call it a bucket list which seems sort of a silly name but if it works for you. Each to their own.

Hannah’s Cozy Home Days: Day Zero

I’d say this was Day One but that’s officially tomorrow. Coronavirus has been heading this way anyway and I guess I hoped that it would somehow skip me and I wouldn’t really have to worry – well I wouldn’t have to worry about me, instead I was worried about my parent and grandparents. I know maybe that’s naive of me.

So it’s now the 16th March and the PM made a statement this evening with updates about how the UK is dealing with the pandemic and what the plans are for the foreseeable future. We’ve been still making plans for the rest of the month but as the day went on, things got cancelled and then when the PM made his speech one of our other plans got cancelled.

Well following Annie‘s lead, I’m starting a Quarantine Bucket List (except I’m not really in quarantine so I’m not sure what to call it but it can be that for now). So what am I putting on this list – seeing as I might have time to spare….well, you might have to come back for that tomorrow once I’ve figured it out lol.

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