Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Day Nine: COVID-19 Self Quarantine - Our Story

Day 9: New way to Student Teach & Long Walk


Monday, March 23, 2020


It's a new "work week" with the new norm in place. Both hubby and I are on Zoom Meetings to start the day off. Good thing we each have our own laptops, not sure how some families are going to be able to both work from home, and have their kids doing online school work. We are blessed.



8:45am - Got onto a Zoom meeting with all of the Family & Consumer Science Teachers in the high schools in the district I am student teaching in. Wow, these ladies (and one guy) have really put in a lot of work already to make this whole distance learning run smoothly for our students. I will have the most interesting student teaching stories to tell for years to come.

11:00am - Meeting has finished and I realize the true level of my exhaustion. I wake up the youngest son, and lay on the bed for a minute.

2:00pm - Holy cow, is it day or night? What day of the week is it? Apparently I fell asleep and hubby let me sleep because I got about three hours of sleep last night. I jumped out of bed and tried to shake the cobwebs out of my head. Head downstairs to find some food, I am real hungry.

2:30pm - Zone out for awhile and figure out a game plan for how the rest of my student teaching
is going to be. The days are starting to blend together and each day is seeming to be the same as the last day. I am going to need a way make each one of my days different from the others to make them feel like different days. 

4:00pm - Sewing again. I am up to sewing about 4-5 hours a day now. I went through my first spool of thread. It seems to calm me and I have something to focus on that I can control. I am enjoying making face masks, and I enjoy all the different fabrics. It's like quilting, without quilting.

6:00pm - Dinner time! Hubby made goulash and it turned out really good. You know how sometimes you make goulash and there is too many noodles, or the sauce is to runny and it just doesn't taste good, well this was not that one. He even put some jalapeno peppers into it, and I didn't hate it. Who am I? I hate all types of peppers, but I was really hungry, and I didn't have to make it, so I wasn't picky.

7:30pm - Need to go for a walk. We haven't walked in two days, and I need some fresh air. We walked over to the oldest son's fiance's house. She lives about a mile away, all back roads, and mostly sidewalks. It was a fun new walk, and it was good to see different neighborhoods.

7:45pm - Made it to her house. Called her, and we had a conversation from the driveway to her bedroom window. It was kind of funny. Her youngest sister (My favorite 5th grader) was playing in the backyard with her best friend (6 feet apart 🤣) and it hurt my heart to not be able to give her a hug. She wanted to come run towards us when she saw us, but we had to stop her. I did not like that at all.

8:00pm - Start the walk home. We passed a house where they had chalk laying out and drew a big square on their driveway. They wanted to fill the box with first names of everybody who was walking by. Such a cute idea. And because we never walk this way, we would be new names for them. And had to take a picture too. Walked past a good friends house from the swimming/diving team, waved at their Ring doorbell. Hopefully that will make them laugh later on if they watch it.

9:00pm - Spoke with my parents again, and trying to get a game plan to get them home from their winter house. We found a one-way airfare ticket from Minneapolis to Phoenix for $17.40 each. Seriously! For under 20 bucks I could be in Arizona right now. Funny times.

10:00pm - Heading to bed, have to work in the morning.



Continue to stay safe as we all learn a new normal.



Monday, March 23, 2020

Day Eight: COVID-19 Self Quarantine - Our Story

Day 8: Live Streaming Church & Delivering Masks 💻😷


Sunday, March 22, 2020


While live streaming Mass from our church, I discovered that my three dogs each have the same personality traits as my three children. See 9:00 below for complete story.


9:00am - Logged into my home churches web site as they are live streaming Mass this morning. We normally attend 11:00 Mass because we like to sleep in and watch CBS Sunday Morning, but I woke up early for the 9:00. This is when I discovered that my three dogs have the same personality traits as my three children. 

  • Mable the Chihuahua - She is my daughter. She sits nicely during Mass and pays attention. She is mature and follows the rules. She will show her teeth if you push her too hard, but she is the easiest of my dogs, and children.
  • Ivy the Pitbull/Whippet mix - She is my oldest son. Hyper and has issues sitting still. She pokes at the other dogs and tries to egg them on too. Doesn't care if she gets into trouble or not.
  • Fluffy the Pekingese/Shih Tzu mix (she is 17 years old) - She is my youngest son. Constantly whining (talking) and always needs to go to the bathroom in the middle of Mass. She actually pooped right in front of us on the floor during Mass! 

My dogs are my children! Everyone of my children have a pull towards one of the dogs, and I think I just proved why. 
Mable watching Mass with me.

10:30am - Hubby is making his traditional Sunday morning breakfast for everybody. Today is fried egg sandwiches on an english muffin with bacon. I wanted him to make a pound of bacon so I can make my famous jalapeno grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch today.

11:00am - Hubby finishing up some homework for the weekend. He is just plugging away with his courses so that he can graduate this spring. I went upstairs again to my sewing room to sew more masks. I have discovered that pinning in the elastic is the longest part of making them. Once they are pinned, they only take about 5 minutes to sew them to completion.

1:00pm - Hungry. Time to make some jalapeno/bacon grilled cheeses. This is one of my families favorite sandwiches, and I got the recipe from an "eat only at Aldi for a week" type of page. It is delicious, and I hate peppers. TikTok below, because does it really even count if there isn't a TikTok about it?

1:30pm - Daughter pulls up into the driveway to pick up her two sandwiches to-go. I video called her and her fiance from the Alexa Show, and they placed their order for two sandwiches. She lives 10 minutes away, and she showed up in the driveway with her Door Dash bag! She is so funny.

2:00pm - Hubby and oldest boy is playing video games again, youngest boy went to take a nap. I am back sewing again.

6:00pm - Dinner time already. Cutting up potatoes and onions to bake in the oven, while steaks are going on the grill. Yummy.

6:30pm - While potatoes are baking (oldest son is keeping an eye on them) hubby and I drive to Grandma's Nursing Home to drop off the 30+ face masks that were finished up today. It felt like a weird drug deal. We pulled up, I made a phone call, someone walked to the door and I passed the bag of to her. Will be sewing more up tomorrow that will be going to a different nursing home this time.


33 masks finished
7:00pm - Time to eat dinner. Figure out that the youngest son is still napping! Oh boy, he's not going to bed tonight. Plus I bet he is growing again right now because he is eating everything and sleeping all the time.

8:00pm - Time to start thinking about my work for tomorrow. Read all the emails, read all the powerpoints, wonder how I am going to have a successful student teaching experience when we are all learning how to do this at the same time? I just want to help where I can, but I am learning twice as much right now.

10:30pm - Time for bed. For not doing much today except sewing, I am pooped. 






Here's to a successful and safe week coming up.






Sunday, March 22, 2020

Day Seven: COVID-19 Self Quarantine - Our Story

Day 7: Vinyl Day, Pepper Planting & Wii 


Saturday, March 21, 2020


Every Saturday at our house seems to be vinyl music listening day. If you are friends with my husband on Facebook or follow him on Instagram, you know how many albums he listens too, he takes pictures and posts every single one of them (for all of his followers 🤣).



Kenny Rogers vinyl album
9:00am - Slept in a little bit. Checked my cell phone to see if there were any messages or anything exciting going on in the world. (Exciting has a new meaning to me apparently). Noticed that Kenny Rogers passed away. Wow, I was never a huge Kenny Rogers fan, but I am a Dolly fan, and that is kind of the same thing then. Went downstairs to tell hubby.

9:15am - We are currently listening to every Kenny Rogers vinyl album that we own. Having a flashback to my childhood and camping at Jellystone Campground in Warrens, Wisconsin. If you grew up in Minnesota or Wisconsin, chances are pretty high you camped there at least once too. Hubby collects vinyl albums, (current personal count is over 600, don't ask about the collection in the basement that he needs to go through....), we have two of Kenny Roger's most popular ones. It is sad that we know all of his songs and we barely ever listen to them. 

"You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille
With four hungry children and a crop in the field
I've had some bad times, lived through some sad times
But this time your hurting won't heal
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille"

9:30am - List of albums we are listening to all day today:

  • two Kenny Rogers albums
  • The Eagles
  • The Beatles
  • Eric Clapton
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Bruce Springsteen 
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Credence Clearwater Revival
  • The Young Ones on YouTube
  • I lost track.....

11:30am - Teach the oldest boy about the BBC show The Young Ones. Wow, I don't remember this show being quite so annoying. Had to fast forward to the episode with Motorhead to show him that one. If you are interested, I have only been able to find it on YouTube for streaming, if you don't know who The Young Ones are, trust me, don't waste your time.

12:15pm - Wake the youngest boy up so he doesn't sleep the day away. Set out all of the supplies that he needs to be able to start his summer pepper plants for the garden. He wants to can super hot salsa this fall, so he needs to start thinking about his peppers now. Planting two varieties of sweet peppers (they can't all be hot) and his seeds collected from previous harvests of Dragon Cayenne and Carolina Reapers. 

1:00pm - The boys are moving our Wii from the basement, where all the video game consoles and games are kept, up to the main family room. Planning some sort of Wii tournament this weekend now. Then we remember that we gave a bunch of games and a good controller to our daughter to use at her house. The boys take off to her house, where she put them on her front step, and waved from the window. Youngest boy drove there and back, got another 30 minutes on his permit. Hmmm, might just need to take him out driving next week so he can finish up his permit driving time. 

1:30pm - Wii is officially back in the family room. All of our old characters are still on the system. Neighbors from our last house are still loaded too. Way to funny. The boys are screaming and yelling they are having so much fun playing Wii Sports. I sneek upstairs to start pinning my face masks together with the elastic.


Planting Hot Peppers
6:00pm - The boys and hubby are STILL PLAYING THE Wii. They are having so much fun and they are all playing together, so I am happy. I have started sewing a few masks together, but need a break. Taped them playing to make a quick TikTok. I have an account that I was using for student teaching, but with no student teaching right now, figured I would use it to show what I am doing during quarantine. I posted it at the bottom of this post.

7:00pm - Making a late dinner of meatloafs in a muffin pan. The grease bubbled over, and I almost set the smoke alarms off. We had to pull out the big box fans it got so smokey in the house. But now I am wondering why the new smoke/CO2 alarms we installed a few months ago did not go off? Guess I will add clean the oven onto tomorrows to-do list.

8:00pm - Boys are all STILL playing the Wii. Oldest boy had to go put his knee brace on! Things are getting serious. Guessing hubby is going to need some ibuprofen in the morning. I sneek upstairs again, but this time to the bedroom. The oldest gave me the night off of watching Marvel movies because he is having so much fun with the Wii. I click on Disney+ and start watching Frozen 2. Ahh, me time. I got through about an hour of it before I fell asleep. Hopefully I will remember to finish watching it at some point.



Good night all.