Project 365 2021 Week 1 Day 1-9 and we are now in another lockdown and back to school and work from home.
Friday 1st January – Day 1
New Years Day.
We had some drama with my uncle yesterday and he ended up in A&E in Kent but thankfully he was released and saw in the new year in an ambulance taking him home.
We spent the day at home vegging out. Roast Duck for dinner is our family tradition.
Saturday 2nd January – Day 2
The OH had an issue with his van which needed looking at urgently and involved a drive out of town to fix, so whilst he was driving around the country, my son and I went for our first walk of the new year. I don’t believe we should be going far from home for our walks at the moment so we just walked around our estate.
Sunday 3rd January – Day 3
Time to take all the Christmas decorations and down along with the tree.
Monday 4th January – Day 4
My son had an inset day so he spent time with his Dad whilst I was at work.
Berry the Elf had delivered a miniature Christmas Tree which he’d decorated. We decided that we’d plant this one in a larger pot in the garden when I got home, so we can bring it in again next Christmas.
We got everything ready for my son to go back to school tomorrow and then the news came that there would be a government announcement about the massive rise in Coronavirus numbers. 8 pm and we learned that schools are closed until at least February half-term and that we are in a proper lockdown like the one right at the start of this mess from tomorrow. This news has massive implications for OH’s business and for my ability to work outside of the house.
Tuesday 5th January – Day 5
We had a message from school telling us that online live learning would start tomorrow much to my son’s delight. Then we learned that his teacher would also be changing for this period so he’d only have lessons with year 6 children and not year 5’s too as normal. He was less happy. He doesn’t like change.
I hadn’t heard anything from my boss so I bundled my son in the car and drove down to work to sort out the situation. The OH can’t be around to supervise home school and try to keep his business afloat so I have no option but to be at home instead. My hours have been halved without any partial furlough this time around, but at least the stress of juggling work and schoolwork will be less. Who needs to pay the bills anyway? I got some work done once we got back and we will just have to see what I can get done in the timeframe going forward.
I told my son that we would be going for a daily short walk, he wasn’t too impressed and it was flipping freezing, but it’s a start.
Wednesday 6th January – Day 6
The first day of school at home and thankfully it’s my day off so I could be on hand to get my son through today without too many bumps. We have a full timetable provided by the school along with work that is expected to be completed each day. Some is to be submitted on, my son isn’t keen at all on timed tasks, some he needs to write in an exercise book and some are live lessons. I want to try and print out as least work for him as possible and get him to work from a screen where possible to try and save on printer ink and extra paper.
He’s doing ok, but generally, I need to sit with him to get things done and make him concentrate. Thankfully at least he has English comprehension to do before my work start time, so I can guide him through that every day. He hates it. Maths will coincide with my start time for work, but he seems happier with that generally and needs less input from me (famous last words). His topic work starts after I finish and hopefully we can work our way through his live English lessons if he’s struggling – he doesn’t enjoy English work at all – less is more. Not like his mother, clearly.
There’s definitely less traffic thundering along the main road our garden backs on to, which hopefully means more people are following the rules this time around. Stay home please!
Chances of me getting my tax return done this week – zero.
SATS are cancelled! Brilliant news in this household and one less ordeal for my son to be put through.
Thursday 7th January – Day 7
Brewster joined in with school at home, obviously learning about Mars is very exciting. After I’d finished my work I joined in with the art activity my son had to complete for his project work.
We went for a walk to post some letters but it was minus two and bitterly cold so we didn’t go far at all.
Our local Coronavirus Vaccination Centre opened today, it’s literally just up the road from us and will be covering all of the surgeries in our town. There is a glimmer of light at the end of a very dark tunnel. The numbers locally are getting really rather alarming.
Friday 8th January – Day 8
It snowed. Not exactly enough to make a snowman but it made my son smile when we woke up.
We had a call from school to check on how my son is doing and whether we need any support. We’ll be getting a call or email every week to check in with us. I’ve been really impressed with the school at home set up. It’s even more organised than last month and very full on, work has to be submitted every day and the live lessons are definitely helping keep him on track.
Saturday 9th January – Day 9
My son’s normal teacher dropped off a learning resources pack for my son. Our teaching staff are wonderful and are giving up their weekend family time to drop supplies round to all of their class children. It was lovely to actually properly speak to his teacher for the first time since last July.
Went to complete my tax return after spending the morning pulling all my data together only to discover that there’s a big problem with the PAYE data that my boss has entered. I can’t proceed until she replies to me, so that’ll be Monday I guess. Then I guess I’ll be spending hours on hold to the Tax Office to sort it all out. Not ideal at all.