Project 365 2021 Week 3 Day 17-23 and our third week of lockdown with school and work from home.
Sunday 17th January – Day 17
I was adamant that we were going for a walk today whatever the weather was doing. It wasn’t raining for a change and we decided to walk along a footpath we’d tried during lockdown last year from our doorstep. It’s fair to say that it was muddy, very muddy. Work is underway on the East/West rail link and part of the footpath has been closed off since last year but it was good to get out in the fresh air for a couple of hours. But I’m not sure that we will be walking across footpaths again for a while. They are just a massive muddy mess and I feel so sorry for farmers trying to grow crops in these conditions.
Looks like we will be back to walking around the housing estates – joy!
Monday 18th January – Day 18
I received the news that a relative passed away this morning, it was expected (not Covid related) but still gutting. I’d been hoping to visit him and his wife at their home on the Isle of Wight last year but this damn virus put a stop to that. A lovely man.
Brewster had the right idea today, if only we could have done the same.
Tuesday 19th January – Day 19
After school and work at home were done for the day we headed out for a walk around the estate. I’m finding it all exhausting and my head is fit to explode at the end of the day.
Wednesday 20th January – Day 20
Wellness Wednesday so school finishes a bit early and my son had his weekly video call with his best friend. We got to see his dwarf rabbit today and it was just lovely to hear the boys chatting. They’ve been robbed of so much with this virus.
My son has also been busy with his Lego building, today he’s making a tank, this was the work in progress stage. He’s now added the turret and gun – it’s very impressive and great to get him away from a screen! There is way too much screen time with school at home sadly.
My son and I watched Joe Biden’s US presidential inauguration – hope at last.
Thursday 21st January – Day 21
It can be quite challenging with my son at times, he can get quite physical and there are days when it’s been hard to deal with. Today was one of those days. When I finally managed to get him out of the house and he calmed down we did have a lovely walk. I insisted we walk out of our estate for a change of scenery so we walked over to the local nature reserve. The stream looks likely to burst its banks soon with all the water we’ve been having. In one place it was flowing so fast, instead of its normal little trickle.
We listened in to a live book reading with Frank Cottrell Boyce in the afternoon, we’re reading one of his books with school at the moment, and before lockdown happened he was meant to be reading with the class. This was the next best thing, and he gave the school a shoutout which went down well with all.
In the evening I had a zoom catch up with my NCT group. We were discussing school at home and I was really quite shocked by the different strategies of five different schools, all in the same county. My son is the only one to have actual live lessons, it left me feeling very grateful that he’s ‘at’ the school he is right now.
Friday 22nd January – Day 22
We woke up to a hard frost. I’ve decided that we will avoid weather forecasts so that we can open the curtains in the morning to a surprise. Got to find excitement from somewhere at the moment. It made such a change to see that Jack Frost had been busy.
My son had a total meltdown this morning over the amount of MyMaths he had to complete, it set the tone for the rest of the morning and by the time his live lesson had finished I knew he was done. As was I to be frank! Luckily school finished as soon as his afternoon live English lesson was completed.
We had our weekly Skype with my parents in Spain and then headed out for another walk. I’m having to get inventive with walk ideas to get my son to leave home. Today I told him we could walk down to the industrial estate to see his Dad as part of our walk. That worked and he was happy to go, we enjoyed chasing our shadows on the way home. I do have to say though that I was shocked by the amount of traffic on one of the roads leading into our town, and by the number of businesses that were clearly still working on the industrial estate. Not quite the lockdown that I thought we were living through!
Saturday 23rd January – Day 23
The OH was home this morning so I caught up on some sleep. I’m only averaging 3-4 hours a night at the moment and it’s a killer for someone who really needs sleep! When I got up the OH went to work, so another day of just me and my shadow.
After lunch, I dragged my boy out for a walk. He set the route, so it was a fairly short walk around the estate, but once he was outside he was chatting away and we talked about what we might do if we ever get snow this year. We started looking at the clouds, seeing what we could make out of the shapes – my son decided this one looked like a chicken, I thought it might be a cockatiel. It kept him amused for quite a while and meant I could extend our walk a little too.
How has the third week of lockdown treated you?