We’re three weeks into the year and we’ve settled into remote learning online and more working from home. Winter weather is here too with Storm Christoph’s winds and rain this week. Covid cases have reduced dramatically in our local area, although the wider area we’re part of is still higher than average. My in laws have now had their vaccines. President Trump is out and President Biden is in. Let’s see what impact he has going forward in improving the internal conflicts in the US.
Onto our week 3 for Project 52.
Sunday was my brother’s birthday, so a Happy Birthday message had to suffice seeing as we couldn’t go and visit. I had to make a quick trip to the farm shop and stocked up on meat for the freezer. It was nice to be driving out and I took a longer detour back to give the car more of a run out.
I realised my one of my good leather boots I bought back in April, has s strap end fallen off. I’m not impressed as I’ve hardly worn them other than driving 5 mins to the village shop every few weeks). M&S said take them back to store when they open for non essential things again, but that could be months, and I want to have boots to wear rather than having to wear my trainers. Typically, they’re now in the sale for less than half the price I paid, and have none in my size in either colour. I can’t find similar replacements in any of my usual stores, so will have to keep looking elsewhere. I’m going to gorilla glue it back in place and hope the elasticated bit still works.
Monday was back to work and remote learning. Not much else happened, just a lot of meetings for me, so it was a bit frantic.
On Tuesday it was more of the same. My amaryllis is growing at a rapid rate of knots. I never realised they were so tall. Finally, a plant I haven’t killed (yet. Let’s wait til the flower comes out). N lost yet another tooth. This is now tooth 3 that’s come out since the one he had wobbly since the summer, with the new tooth that’s grown above it. I used the leftover Christmas turkey in the freezer, for a ‘chicken’ pot pie with garlic bread topping. Delicious.
Wednesday, they moved some sheep into the field behind us. It’s always nice to see animals out there again. I also had to do the prep for N’s birthday. I wrapped his really random presents he’d asked for: (affiliate links) laptop to tv cable, journal, working hands hand cream, an LED smart colour changing light and a board game that we’d seen). And baked his cake. He’d not specified, but his favourite is victoria sponge, so I made one of those but with buttercream and jam. It’s a shame having a January birthday means he misses out having strawberries and cream inside instead.
Thursday and N turned 10. He said school work was a really fun day – even their english work has been ‘cool’. Last Friday’s homework was comprehension based on a poem of a girl who’d disappeared from the sibling’s point of view (running away rather than being kidnapped as N first thought). So this week’s English has been based on writing police reports of interviews they might have had with family members and neighbours, with art being drawing police photos of the crime scenes. N ended his with a stolen car, and sending the Police Interceptors out. We spent the evening installing his light bulb and the LED strip lights he’d got from his aunt, in his room. There’s nothing like a home disco evening.
On Friday N decided he was going to set up his remote learning linked to the tv in the back room, and using my old fold up craft table. It means we’re a bit more separated when we’re both on calls/Teams, and he said he finds it easier on the big screen. (I can also see what’s going on whereas usually he sits opposite me and he just tells me). We got his new game Tension out in the evening, which was a lot of fun..
Saturday we woke to a bit of snow. It didn’t last long on the drive, or the garden, although it was still on the hills and fields. It was a pretty gorgeous picture when I woke up seeing the sun shining on the icy puddles. So I had to get some photos. It was beautiful blue sky most of the day until we had a brief hailstorm in the afternoon, and some sleet. We’re expecting there’ll be quite a lot of snow overnight. The day was mostly spent doing chores, jigsaw puzzling, trying to catch up on my reading, and being introduced to Pup Academy which N has discovered and was binge watching (9 episodes in already!).
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