Hi all. We are on the homestretch (sob sob) of homeschool days as my Grade 10er returns to school on the 25th… and my Senior has already been back at school all this week. I’m not gonna lie, I keep looking for him as I’m moving about the house… I just got so used to having them home.
It’s gotten rather quiet, rather quickly, as with Covid19 restrictions beginning to lift, this meant the reopening of the airfield where my Husband keeps his planes…. That meant Bye Bye Husband most days. He’s deep in a job to do something or rather by way of alterations in one of his 2 ultralight planes… so he’s thoroughly enjoying being aloud to be back into that. However, it means that we went from all 5 of us home all day every day, to 2 (funnily enough, the 2 physically biggest people. lol) not being here. Add to the that a certain 19yr old who lives the night owl lifestyle and sleeps until noon every day, and you end up with a very, very quiet house in the morning hours.
James is here in the study, working diligently (although I’m fairly sure he has Roblox on an ‘Alt tab’ screen for the odd random play.. naughty naughy) I’ve received several emails telling me how well he’s working, and engaging with his teachers.. so it must be all ok. (we can only hope).
I’m usually flitting all over the house between 9-11am… collecting & sorting dirty laundry, putting loads on, cleaning up the house etc etc… Come 11am, it’s usually time to hit the PC and get working…. editing, blogs (ok, maybe some FB & insta).. but generally it’s a good few hours of solid work time, which is great… and was harder to get done when everyone was here.
I really wish I’d blogged more during this whole Covid thing… even just for my own records… how it effected/didn’t effect us etc etc. I see those in other countries where it is mandatory to wear a mask when going out… We don’t have anything like that, but we do have markings all over the store floors to indicate how far apart we need to be… how far we need to stand back from a counter etc. It’s weird though… you don’t realise what seems normal to you, until you need to do it differently and it feels so strange. Even something as simple as standing at a cash register to pay for something, where you need to be standing behind the taped line…. such a simple thing.. but I’d normally stand up against the counter.. probably touching it too… and never even though about it. The ‘new normal’ is gonna be interesting.. let’s just say that shall we.
Stage 1 kicks in at midnight tonight.. its a Friday today, so just in time for the weekend. We can now travel up to 150kms away from our home, can gather in groups up to 10, can get our nails done (& other beauty treatments etc), meet with a friend for coffee (and actually sit at a table in a café.. as long as there is no more than 10 people in there at any one time). As of last weekend actually, they opened up bushwalking trails & national parks.. which is a BIG thing for our family, as it’s exactly what we like to do.
They’ve also opened up Moreton, Stradbroke & Fraser island, which will be BIG news for boaties & boating families. Fraser has actually been on our ‘to do list’ for so long… we realy should do it, seeing as it seems (& for very good reason) that interstate travel won’t happen for a good while.. and international travel for a quite a long while. I actually read an article yesterday that talked about international travel not starting back up until 2023… I find that one a little hard to believe, but who knows.
There’s talk that we might form a Australia/NZ bubble long before any other international travel comes back into play. I think this is a great idea, as their numbers per capita have been very similar to ours. Plus NZ is stinking gorgeous and we can’t wait to go back !!!
I celebrated my 1yr birthday as a YouTuber on April 30. I had some great plans for it before this all happened. Of course, pretty much nothing happened for it with the restrictions we had in place at that time. Maybe I’ll have a 13mth celebration.
On the whole though, my life didn’t change too much, as many stay at home Mum’s daily lives wouldn’t have changed. I had to adjust to everyone being at home.. and learning to still get everything done around them all… but in general.. not that different. Because I don’t drive.. and walking for exercise was never restricted… not a lot changed for me. I still walk to the shops for things I need, do my exercise.. and that’s about it. I can’t lie though, I do miss the church like crazy…. Church at Home is great, but it’s the fellowship of after church each week that I miss.
Sadly, we don’t even know when this can resume, as even Stage 3, due to begin in July, only allows for a gathering of 100. Maybe they’ll look at more services, or some sort of roster situation.. who knows. Zoom has been great though… lifegroup has been going on.. we’ll have one tonight actually. It’s a fantastic way of staying in touch and up to date with how people are etc. It’s pretty easy for a relationship to fizz out when you don’t have any visual contact.
It’s not too hard to stay positive though. Looking back, I only struggled in the very first week we were in ISO… but once we settled in.. it was all good.. and it easy to see different ways that God was using this pandemic to bring about some great things. Not to mention that the things we weren’t/aren’t allowed to do weren’t actually necessary anyway (Jobs aside I mean).
It’s strange to know this time will forever be ‘a thing’. We’ll talk about ‘during Covid19’ and ‘pre & post Covid19’. The current situation has brought out some fantastic debates too…. yes, often bringing out the worst in people… but it’s also a great way to discover a person’s different point of view… and maybe learn something from it.
I do have some pretty strong standpoints on some of the issues, and maybe I’ll ‘put some down on paper’ here on my blog site…. but we’ll see. Things like vaccines, natural health, politics & our ‘rights’ in society tend to become very tricky topics to discuss, as there are sooo many opinions on them. I’ll be praying about it, and then decide what to blog about.
I hope you’re all doing great, and enjoying this enforced family time… coz I sure have.
Love & Blessings