Dispatches from the Distancing – Day 19

It took me 19 days, but I finally broke out a puzzle.  When this whole mess started, I thought about picking a couple up at Target then decided to just order some from Amazon.  Then I discovered Amazon was sold out.  Fortunately, I found a few hiding in our house and made this one today:

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I’m not sure if I’ll start another (I think I have 2 or 3 more puzzles waiting) tomorrow, but I’ll keep the table out just in case.  It’s a nice diversion while the kids are doing their school work (or are supposed to be doing their school work).

Homeschooling happened today…Chris is still having trouble focusing but we’re going to try some new things tomorrow.  I’m working in drawing time because he says it calms him and I’m hoping it will help with focus.  I’m also going to limit his app time a bit–he still has work he needs to do on certain apps, but I think I will limit his time during the “school day” to just those, instead of giving him the option of some of the other educational apps we have.

Lillie met with her class again (virtually, of course) and she has a plan going forward.  Her day will be much more like her actual school day with numerous calls and certain times to do certain things.  She’s been working on math and reading ever since schools were closed and she’s very self-motivated, so I have no concerns about her doing the distance thing.

I had an unpleasant surprise last night–I can’t place a grocery pick up order for at least a week (all the slots are filled), so I will actually have to go to the grocery store.  Ugh.  I’m planning to go in early Friday morning and then place an order for the following week as soon as I can.  Of course, this means that I need to meal plan two weeks ahead, which is not fun.  I’m not excited by having to shop in person, but I the virus is more under control in Oregon than it is in a lot of states, so I think if I’m just very careful, I should be fine.

And, because I’m sure you are all wondering, Alice is still grumpy.  We gave her plenty of play time today but she still is crabby.  I’m thinking I might have to make her another space to hang out upstairs in a quieter room (which would probably be our bedroom) so that she can at least escape some of the chaos.  I honestly didn’t think when this whole mess was thrown at us that the one who would have the hardest time would be the cat!

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