Corona Diaries – Days 36-43

Saturday 25th April – Saturday 2nd May 2020

Hi! Hope you are all doing well. It’s been nice to have a rest from blogging every day. This is the first of my weekly round ups.

I don’t know about you but the passage of time feels very strange at the moment. It feels like time drags minute by minute but the month has also gone by in a flash. It doesn’t really feel like I’ve been at home for six weeks. Perhaps because my brain is always occupied with work, home school, crafts, reading etc. I’m beginning to wonder if I’d ever get bored! Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have low mood days but then I would in normal circumstances too, as we all do.

This week I have focused mainly on Faye’s home school and this has helped her tremendously. I’m continuing to work but there isn’t any new work coming in for me so I’m basically on call if needed, checking email, answering phone calls and working on bits in between.

I’ve always been a bit of a geek so it’s been really enjoyable helping Faye out with home school. It must be so strange for her. In the ordinary world, she would be getting inspiration and tips from all of her different teachers and her classmates, not just on the work itself but in how to approach it. Home school means they get the work from the teachers without any of this and I think for a first year in high school these things are pivotal for building a good work ethic. It just so happens that I really enjoyed being organised and working hard in school so I do feel on this occasion that I have something useful to offer her. This week we have focused a lot on doing work we are proud of. Although there is a lot to do, it doesn’t mean we can’t work neatly and make things look nice as well as answering questions in full, planning answers out using mind maps and taking notes while watching a video. I’ve seen a definite change in her as a result of this and she has enjoyed school work so much more. Of course, we do have difficult days when perhaps the topic isn’t something she is interested in or she doesn’t feel much like working (we all have those days!) but on the whole we have been making the best of it!

It was my dad’s 67th birthday this week and I had made him a couple of gifts over the weekend. He’s been building a bar in his summer house since lockdown began and he has finished it so there was a definite theme in gifts this year. He loves the phrase, ‘It’s 5 o’clock somewhere’ which basically translates to any time is acceptable for a drink! I embroidered a hoop for him to hang in his bar, and Faye and I made him some bar mats too. He also loves Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ so I themed his card with this and referenced the bar again. It was actually a lot of fun to make…

I haven’t been knitting at all this week but I have worked a little on my crochet blanket. I remembered that I had a Wool Jeanie that my mum had bought me as a gift. It’s really useful for big blanket crochet as I’m constantly pulling the yarn and having it roll off under the sofa.

I’ve been working mostly on my cross stitch in the evenings. It still doesn’t look up to much but I thought I’d share my progress anyway…

I had a little go at crocheting some bees for my hanging tree. I only just took down the Easter decorations so now I need some things to put back on for Spring/Summer. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for years as it’s now the only time of year I have nothing to hang on the tree. Hopefully, I’ll have more in the coming weeks.

As it was the end of April on Thursday, I thought I’d share my monthly book wrap up. I managed to read 9 books in April so I’m still fairly on track for my goal of reading 100 this year (a little behind but still definitely a chance to do it). My favourites this month were ‘Wonder’ by  RJ Palacio and ‘I, Cosmo’ by Carlie Sorosiak – both children’s books. I’ve said before that I love to read children’s and YA fiction. You’re never too old to read a good book in my humble opinion! Cosmo was adorable. He is a golden retriever and he is trying to save his family. I would recommend it if you want your heart warmed.

The only other thing to report this week is that the first poppy has opened in my garden and although my pretty tulips in pots have begun to open, they are sadly very stunted.

Hope you have had a nice lockdown week! xx



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