Things I never would have noticed but for this quarantine period – there’s a dead tree in the floodplain at the bottom of the hill behind my house. It seems to be the home of a family of downy woodpeckers on one side and a family of bluebirds on the other. Also, pileated woodpeckers (the Woody Woodpecker ones) sometimes hop around the ground like chickens. Who knew?! I’m currently watching a blue jay and a red bellied woodpecker fight for what seems like the most preferred position on the fence. Not sure what that spot has over other spots, but I am enjoying the scene. Especially in the absence of sports.
As you can tell, I’m spending an inordinate amount of time looking out the window. I have been intermittently getting actual work done and just goofing off. The art bug hasn’t bitten me yet. I’m hoping that will happen soon because it will make the days go by much faster and much more enjoyably.
I recently looked back at some old facebook posts that I made years ago and I love seeing what the day to day was like when the girls were little. I have a terrible memory and so hopefully one day we’ll look back on this and say “wow, can you believe how it was back then?”
Doug went out for groceries yesterday morning. He was able to get most of what we needed, which was a relief. He calculates that going into this we have 2-3 months worth of toilet paper supply 🙂 We are dependent upon fresh veggies, milk, and half and half. We have a guinea pig – well 2 – but one guinea pig with some health issues. I need to make sure Lily gets a lot of vitamin C and she isn’t super fond of the supplements available to guinea pigs. She however loves sweet peppers, so she gets one baby sweet pepper per day, as does her sister Cinnamon. She still seems to be having seizures, though. Or strokes. I don’t know. Some kind of neurological event. But she pops back up after a bit and seems fine.
Charlotte has been running around outside so much that she is hoping for a rainy day soon because her legs are sore. My super athletic 12 yr old is tired from too much time climbing trees and running around in the flood plain. I guess this is one of those silver linings.
Elisabeth has earned a masters degree in Netflix binge watching. She has also been working on some kind of mindstorm lego/arduino hybrid thing and 2 different jigsaw puzzles. Yesterday she must have hit rock bottom and she started cleaning out her closet.
Right now there is a big social debate as to what is allowed. Our town online Facebook group had a big “debate” yesterday about whether kids playing outside together is allowed under the current “#stayhome” idea. Basketball? seems like no. Soccer? also seems like no. Walking around town together? hotly debated. In our house I think we’ve decided that the adults will practice extreme social distancing meaning only going out for groceries. The kids can play outside with their neighborhood friends so long as they keep a 6′ distance. I suppose as things deteriorate that will have to change.
Our school system has no plan for distance learning that will give the students credits. They are working on it. They say. I worry about what happens with my kids and their school, but I guess in the big picture view they are the least of our collective worries. There is nothing at all required until April 14. Hopefully they will figure it out then.
I keep waiting to see some positive news about progress against this virus. I personally have some extremely smart friends working on it – I love them dearly and hope they can continue working on this without themselves getting ill. I am going to try sewing some masks since hospitals are running out and some hospitals are asking for donations. i know they aren’t as good as n95s, but I will do what I can (if my sewing skills are up to snuff…. we’ll see!)