Phew, Day 56, that’s a whole 8 weeks of isolation. We are a week ahead of the official lock down due to self isolating.
It’s been a while since I updated but hey, it’s much of the same! We home school during the week. We laze about during the weekend. We have still not left our home…at all! Graham has been out for essentials, he’s starting to creep out on a daily basis, but I get it. He needs to get out, and we can count it as his daily exercise. I have to admit I’ve been longing for a change of scenery, but the kids are still happy.
We are lucky to have a garden and when the sun shines we make use of it. Even if it’s getting the kids to sit on the trampoline with their tables. I’m thinking of making a cosier patio area for them to relax in. Just to encourage them out. We have a table and chairs, but they are not comfortable and there is little shade. That’s something to think about I guess.
Health wise we have all been good. The kids are well, I’m trying to keep them healthy with food, exercise is a little harder, especially with the girls. The Little Man is young enough to enjoy the garden toys, swings, trampoline etc. We may put the slide out the front see if anyone else wants it as it’s a bit small for him now.
I think the adults are suffering a little with mental health, but we are not arguing and fighting all the time which is good. We are trying to understand each other more and even though we get on each others nerves sometimes we are becoming more accepting.
My health has not been so brilliant with the usual problems. But thankfully, I can cope and everyone is very helpful, even the kids. I don’t know what I’d do without my family. The wet room has been a great addition, I can shower and dress without using up all my spoons for the day. It’s so much easier. The kids are becoming more helpful around the house, they will clean up and do many more chores than before. If they were at school they would miss out on a lot of the housework, now they understand that they can help and it’s good.
Day 56 seems so long, it’s longer than the school summer holidays, that’s something to think about it isn’t it. The lovely Faith Mummy wrote a piece over her on her Facebook page which is worth a read if you have a minute.
News up to day 56
This week I finished my final interview for the Office of National Statistics which I’ve been doing for over a year. Because of doing this we have been chosen as a family to take part in the first wave of COVID 19 Infection Survey. We are still waiting for an appointment for the first round of testing, but once it begins we’ll be tested every week for a month and then every month for a year. It sounds a bit daunting and I’m not sure how the entire family will react (especially after the first test) but it’s important to help the scientists understand this virus. I have already decided that no matter how uncomfortable it is I’m going to complete the entire survey. The other’s can drop out at any time.
75th VE Day
Celebrations were kind of strange this year but I still think it’s important to remember those who gave us our freedom. With all that’s going on at the moment it certainly makes you think of the suffering that the people of our country went through during the wars. Including my Nan and Grandad and their eight children. My Mum, born just before the Second World War. My Dad who was older than Mum and served in the Second World War. And my Grandad who never came back (But not because he died, but that’s a whole other can of worms.) My Paternal grandparents lived through it too, but I never met them as they had both passed away before I was born.
My last memory of a family celebration was the 40th Anniversary in 1985. I was a teenager and my Mum held a big family party and BBQ in our back garden. We had all the flags and the old music, and my Nan was there to enjoy it too, she would have been 74. My Mum would have been just a little younger than I am now. This party played on my mind yesterday and I realised just how much I miss my family. The family that are mostly no longer with us.
Television I’ve watched up to Day 56
The television has been a bit boring, but it’s starting to pick up a little now, especially with the return of Killing Eve. I don’t know why I like this program, it just intrigues me even though the violence repulses me.
I’ve also been watching DEVS, I’m on catch up so quite a few episodes behind at the moment…shhh! I am enjoying it though, again in a weird kind of way. I wish I knew what they heck it was all about.
The there is the return of The A Word. My family berate me for watching a drama which features Autism when we have autistic family members. But I do actually find it interesting seeing how other families cope and I enjoy it for the drama. For the first couple of series I was quite obsessed with taking the program apart and using it to talk about Autism on my blog, like in this post for instance. Now, I’m just watching it for the drama that it is.
I’m also watching the re-run of Doc Martin. I used to watch this when it was first aired and loved it, but then I didn’t watch it for a while. I’m enjoying it again now, it actually makes me laugh out loud sometimes. I love Martin Clunes character. Oh and who wouldn’t enjoy the gorgeous Cornish scenery, what I would give to live in a village like that right now!
I finished watching The Good Place on Netflix. Oh, I dragged out the last series as I didn’t want it to end, what would I do without my friends Eleanor, Chidi, Tahini, Jason, Janet and Michael. It’s kind of strange because they were dead right from the beginning, but the grief at the end felt real. I’ve started reading philosophy again. If you are interested in philosophy on a lighter level then I’d suggest Jostein Gaarder, Stephen Law or even Paulo Cohelo for reading material.
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