Day 31: March 31, 2020

Made it! Whew- what a month! Thanks again Two Writing Teachers for challenging, motivating and supporting us all month long. This year, I’m closing with a poem…

The month started calm.

The pandemic hit like fire!

Panic opened hearts.

Day 30, March 30, 2020

A New Way of Learning

My daughter is in her “Algebra” class right now. She is cozied up to her computer with her iPod Touch in one hand the computer mouse in the other. She is FaceTiming her study group. I’ll admit, she struggles a bit with math, but she is determined to figure it out.

I can only hear her side of the conversation, but if she doesn’t understand why she isn’t getting the same answer, she asks someone to explain it to her, while she could just write down their answers. She really wants to understand the why and how to solve the equations.

In between the giggles, snarls, ugh, and ‘but whys’, I can tell these girls miss each other. But they are making it work and will be closer because of it. Plus (and more importantly) I won’t have to do Algebra today!

Day 29: March 29, 2020

Windy Weather

The wind bought a bit of normalcy today. It brought warmer weather, bright skies and Mother Nature calling to us to take a long walk.

We had to force our now teenager out from the refuge of her bedroom to take a walk with us. We have been under a “shelter in place” order, but could leave home to exercise. We took advantage of this escape from the house and went to the trails.

A few years ago, our county renovated the railroad tracks that ran thru- a Rails to Trails movement that we have no fully taken advantage of. We did today! While we only escaped for less than 45 minutes… the wind and teenage whining got the better of us… we enjoyed the trail.

Day 28: March 28th, 2020

Screen Time Challenge

All this screen time has given my youngest a headache… literally! We have been social distancing, in fact she hasn’t even left the house since March 14th! She is our introvert, so she loves being able to lounge around all day in her pjs and play on the computer or FaceTime friends.

So today we are challenging ourselves to limit our screen time to 45 minutes. Why 45 minutes? I have a 30 minutes Zoom meeting plus my time to write and respond to this challenge. If I’m going to ask her to go screenless, I feel I need to do the same! My husband will try…

Phones will be used for their original purpose, phone calls only, the tv can be used for family viewing, but all other screens will be set aside until tomorrow.

Wish me luck! Stay well everyone!

Day 27: March 27, 2020

It’s the Little Things

Like your husband buying a 12 pack of toilet paper!

Like your daughter actually eating a new food- even if it is beer battered fish.

Like the sun streaming in the window after a mostly cloudy day.

Like your son helping around the house without being asked (that one is on the maybe someday list).

Like bitting into a fresh strawberry and being okay with licking the juice from your fingers.

Like taking the time to do a 2,000 piece puzzle.

Like finding the joy in your life.

Happy Friday!

Day 26: March 26, 2020

Dog Rescue

This afternoon, my dog, Bella, was barking a bit more neurotic than usual. When I looked outside, I noticed the black lab, also named Bella, sniffing her way along our fence line.

Black lab Bella lives about 6 houses down. I called “Bella” and both dogs looked my way. That was a humorous moment. I grabbed an extra leash, slipped into my shoes and went to get her.

Of course, by the time my son and I got outside, she was nowhere to be seen. Do we just let it go? Do we look for her? Does the neighbor even know she got out? We decided to walk down to their house.

Sure enough, the gate was wide open. It appeared that Black lab Bella had indeed left the security of her own backyard. Any other day, I would not have thought twice about knocking on the door, but with this social distancing…I hesitated.

I shook the uncomfortable feeling away, knocked on the door, then stepped back. He did not know Bella had wondered off. My son and I continued to look for her, their son set off on his bike, while my neighbor got in his car.

Black lab Bella made her way back to our house. My son walked up to her and guided her through the houses just as my neighbor drove up. She jumped in the minivan like this was no big deal. If she only knew how worried her humans were!

All in all, it was a successful rescue and a tiny escape from our own four walls.

Day 25: March 25, 2020

Scrit, scrit, scratch, …..scrit, scrit, scratch….

Okay, that was for real this time. I am not imagining it. It is not the tree scrapping against the shed. It is not the dog walking on the pavers. So what is it.

I cautiously opened the shed door….. something ran across the top beam. My eyes scanned the small wooden room.

Well, there was evidence of some critter living it up in here all winter long. Last year it was a bat family. No evidence of bats, but the chewed up top of the bird seed gave me a new clue. Was is a chipmunk family? Maybe squirrels? A bird would not have been able to make those holes.

Scrit, scrit, scratch… I looked up, it ran down! It ran down the wall and out a hole in the shed siding. It zoomed past my bewildered pup.

Hello Mr. Squirrel! Happy Spring!

Day 23: March 23, 2020

Best Night Sleep

Last night I got the best night’s sleep in a long time. I think a big part of that is due to the fact that all of mama’s chicks where in the hen house!

My oldest came home from Ohio- she had several appointments in Michigan, so she had planned on coming home for a few days. Literally as she was driving home, Ohio’s governor issued his state’s “Shelter in Place” order. We gave her the option to stay here, she wants to be in her own apartment close to her job…although I’m not sure if she will work now.

She and my husband made plans to hit the grocery store early to get some essentials. Never in a million years did I think I’d be sending her back with a “Shelter in Place” care package.

And yes, we did find a package of toilet paper for her! Michigan’s governor just issued a Shelter in Place order. Wow! We need to get our health care providers the protective gear they NEED!

Stay healthy everyone!

Day 22: March 22, 2020

Today’s quote struck me.

It makes me think about this pandemic that is our current reality. If we do the things the CDC has recommended, we will help to flatten the curve. But if we do nothing and live life like we did pre- March 12th the world as we know it may completely collapse.

The health care system needs us to do our part- First responders need us to do our part- Service workers need us to do our part- social distancing, only buy what we need (no hoarding, please!) wash our hands, stay home when we are sick, etc. The list may be longer depending on where you live.

I was going stir crazy yesterday, and the sun was out. I can’t imagine what it will be like on a rainy day. But, I will continue to do my part; stay at home, call people to make sure they are okay, check in with teachers and families, wash my hands, just to name a few.

If we go to hug someone, we can pull back. If we buy too much food we can share with a neighbor; we can “edit the page.” If we do nothing, if we keep doing the things the same way we always had, if we have a “blank page”…. I don’t want to think about it.