Well, I’ve decided I’m going to do 15 minutes of something creative every day. Given the fact that I’ve been knitting most days anyway, I’m starting from the original start date anyway – so I’m already on Day 10. (But this post has been backdated to fit in the right place!)
My current project has been the Olive Pink shawl by CasaPinka. (Pattern can be found here on Ravelry). I’ve been doing mine as a stash buster so although the pattern is written for 4ply yarn I’ve been using DK as I kind of have it coming out of my ears lol. I know for definite that one yarn is this variegated one by Hayfield. This colourway is called Mystery Spirit. (I also have the Grace colourway in my stash but I have 3 balls of that – need to make something proper with that rather than splitting it up…).
So what will I work on next?
Well, this is definitely not going to take me 100 days to get finished (I’m currently on Section 14 and have 9 more sections to go) but I definitely have a whole bunch of other projects to work on including three baby projects ahead of Bump aka Rex arriving in August. So plenty to be doing. I’ll be doing my best to update here as well as on Instagram. You can find me at @hannahjplans. All my #The100DayProject posts there can be found under the hashtag #Hannahs100DayProject.
My plan had been to write a daily post about what I had been up to while in lockdown/isolation. But once school had been closed, writing every day became a challenge so instead I went for a weekly update. Some will be long essays and others will verge on bullet points. But hopefully, it will make sense as some kind of “log” of what we were up to. Here’s all about my cozy days.
I had this great plan. I was going to blog every day in Lockdown and now I’ve realised it’s just not going to happen. I’m grouping it into weeks and seeing if that works better. So this is week one. You can read about the rest of week one here, here, here and here but this is the first of “weekly” posts.
Day Four finished with Jaxon coming home from school with his exercise books. Here starts our “lockdown learning” adventure at home. I was excited and terrified. I was excited because in a way it gives us a taster of homeschool life. But without the pressure of actually handing in the notice to the school and things like that. Then I was terrified, Jaxon can be strong-willed so how am I going to get through it all. On the whole, I am sure school would have just been grateful that we had attempted anything. I signed up for Twinkl and set about planning some work for Jaxon. Just in case either there wasn’t anything coming from school, or what did come was later than our plans.
Chris encouraged Jaxon and me to start the weekend by getting out the house for a walk. We headed down the woods and explored for a bit. The challenge was that people weren’t socially distancing so I was getting a little anxious. I was ready to head back home again after less than 10 minutes. At one point, Jaxon spotted this bug on my jacket. It looked a bit like a bumblebee so I left it to do his own thing.
He kept attempting to splash in the puddles so his wellies came in handy. At one point he wanted to bring home a twig that was verging on being a small tree! I convinced him that a slightly smaller one might work better lol.
In the afternoon, I got a text from my cousin, saying there was something outside the house for me. She’d delivered chocolate to us. (I think I ended up eating most of it but it was for all of us really lol). Following the government announcement, it was discussed on our Family WhatsApp about who had been upgraded. Mum and I joked that we needed chocolate to be able to get through it and my cousin delivered. Winner!
After the adventures this morning, we gave Jaxon a bath and put one of his bath bombs in the bath. It ended up this amazing orange colour – it kind of looks like he was bathing in orange squash!
Once Jaxon was in bed, I cracked open the chocolate and cast on a new knitting project. With some of the ladies from our knitting group, we’re doing a lockdown knit-a-long of sorts and trying to all work on the same project while we can’t meet up together which is really cool. It’s the Olive Pink pattern by Casapinka. (You can find it on Ravelry here but I wanted to give you a warning. I believe Casapinka is working on getting her patterns onto her own website but it’s just going to take some time, when available I’ll update the link).
This was definitely the start of things not feeling normal. Today it’s Mother’s Day and rather than going to church or a flying visit to Mum’s, we stayed home. We started the day by watching the Woodside Church service on YouTube. Jaxon gave me this Lego heart. He and Chris had been busy tinkering while I woke up.
Rather than going to see Mum in person, we took to Zoom and hung out for a little while for a chat. It was so good to see everyone and get to catch up a bit. Even with Dad’s brithday next weekend it could be some time before we properly get to spend time together in the same place rather than via video call.
That’s one week of cozy days at home complete. It could be at least 12 which takes us to the beginning of June but who knows, cozy days could extend into the Summer and maybe even into the Autumn. I guess we will see.
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.
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…
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).
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…
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.