Well, the first full week of 2021 and I’m back with Project 52. I think this is maybe my 5th year, or maybe 6th of doing this, and I love the record we have of the ordinary things to look back on. And any achievements or exciting things (not that there were many last year). My blog was originally set up as a family journal for us to look back on, so these posts are important in my blog’s life.
If you’re a blogger and fancy trying it, you can do Project 365 which is a photo a day, or 52 like I do which is by week. There’s a Facebook group you can join to get the blog hop code, and you can join any time in the year.
Onto my week one of Project 52.
Sunday was a boring one. But I did have a huge week of blog traffic, by biggest ever. This time last year I was struggling to get to that traffic for a whole month. Going back into tier 4 and then lockdown 3 helped with my puzzle posts taking off again!
It was back to work (the kitchen) on Monday. N had 3 inset days, so it was just me while he watching films, played xbox and went out with his dad on the farm.
Tuesday was busier at work as everyone was back working again in my team. When N is here I get disturbed at lunchtime because they’re both in for lunch so I have to shift from the table. When N was back at school, the OH has lunch at the farm so I have more peace and quiet. N announced he wanted to cook tea himself one day, so we decided he would do sausages, mash and beans. He does enjoy cooking although usually gives up halfway through but he did a good job. I still had to set the table, clear it and load the dishwasher though.
On Wednesday we woke to a bit of snow. Not much but it was bitterly cold. If the dog isn’t asleep, she’ll always follow us down to the gate, or meet us on our return from taking the bins down. More work for me, while N got his home school stuff ready for Thursday.
On Thursday N was back to school, but at home again. We’d spent the last few days wondering what school would offer given they’d suggested they couldn’t teach in school and stream lessons. They got work sent through, much of which is done on Purple Mash, then have daily Teams registration, with remote learners feedback on the previous day’s work, and explanation and expectations for the work set that day. There’s also a daily virtual assembly. At the moment, they’re just broadcasts, but they’re working to enable the children to individually login so they can all see each other too.
The hardest part was getting past all the parental controls and cookies set on N’s laptop to get onto Teams, but now he’s able to just have me send him over the link on email and he can log in himself. The first day was hard as I had pretty much back to back meetings, and even with us both on headphones it’s hard to concentrate. Plus I need to really listen in, and we have to have parents in the room when they’re online for safeguarding rules. So I might have to check my meetings don’t fall at the same time as his short online sessions.
Friday was really foggy and frosty again. I went out early to take some photos, and finally fill up the bird feeders. We get so many birds, we ended up with a crow falling down the Aga chimney somehow, so I don’t want to encourage them too much (especially the larger bullying starlings). But there’s an evil jay who’s been hogging all the remaining apples on 2 trees and the pile of decaying ones, chasing all the other birds away in the front garden, so thought the smaller birds will be able to get seed from the feeders round the back. The sparrows are back already, plus there’s a robin pops up, and a few blue tits too.
It was a better day of work and home school because I didn’t have meetings. Luckily our work are really understanding about parents home schooling or struggling with childcare. N had more work to complete, as well as redoing a maths quiz from the previous day where they’d not got all correct. N struggled with understanding day 1 quiz, so I talked him through what the question he couldn’t work out was indicating (he really needs to engage brain sometimes). But then, he was being marked incorrect for 2 he’d got correct the day before. And with another quiz, he’d written his workings down, but then forgot to type them in before submitting his answer. His teacher’s going to wonder why he’s getting so many wrong when they weren’t hard!
Saturday was another foggy day. It was a relaxing day, although it always seems to go so fast. Just a bit of reading, I made some pom poms (just because). The OH turned up with leftover meat pudding from the farm for he and N for tea, after I’d already defrosted sausages to make a sausage plait. With a roast on Sunday, there was no chance of using the sausages before Tuesday. So I had to spend the afternoon making sausage rolls to freeze so I wouldn’t waste the meat. The OH always says I throw out food, but he doesn’t help things by leaving it late to tell me he’s already sorted out dinner. Drives me nuts when I’ve planned a week’s worth of meals and shopped for that.
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