Hello friends. How are you? Everyone holding up okay? Anyone not feeling well? Please let me know how you are.
As for me I have been working still and when I get home trying to get Little Buddy ready for online school. It has been an effort I tell you, but we are finally at the point where I think we know the things to do to log on and get busy. Tomorrow starts his official online schooling and it will be interesting to see how it works in real time. I took the morning off to help him and to hopefully teach his babysitter how to do it all. The more we do it the more it will become easy to understand.
Friday morning I worked which is not usual for me but I had a few kids I needed to make up for various reasons. I don't want to miss anyone in case we have to take a few weeks off of therapy. I heard that Joann's was giving out supplies to make face masks for medical personal so I drove by to see if I could pick up a kit to make and donate but had no such luck as they are already gone. But the store was open so I went in grabbed three bunches of fat quarters, a skein of cheap acrylic yarn and dashed out. Keeping my 6 feet of distance from everyone I might add. It amazed me how many people who were just meandering around shopping. Actually, it amazed me the store was even open.
In one of my recent purge sessions I got rid of all our cloth napkins. Now I am not proud to admit we use paper napkins but I am cutting myself some slack here because really I am the recycling queen at this house. We are seriously running out of paper napkins and good luck finding those out there my friends. I decided that fat quarters cut in half and serged around the edges would be a great idea. I picked the three packs that were not Christmas or baby themed, set up my serger and got to work. I now have 28 light weight napkins that can easily be thrown in the wash. I placed them in a basket on my table so they are easily accessible and there we are. It is better for the environment, pretty cost effective as they were 40% off and easy to make when these get stained and need to be replaced.
While I have been cleaning like a mad woman Little Buddy has spent some time practicing his educational games for school. He really enjoys them and gets credit for doing them. Yesterday I spent over 6 hours cleaning my house and did not even make it upstairs. It isn't that is was that dirty, it really wasn't. But I did have to let my cleaning people go and so now I am back to doing it all myself. I just could not keep up my house with the hours I work so every other week they cleaned the bathrooms, kitchen, cleaned the blinds, vacuumed and dusted. It was nice to come home to a house I did not have to clean for one day. They really did not do a good job, I knew it, but it was a help in my very busy schedule and I trusted them. Lord knows I cleaned and vacuumed all the time, but it was nice to think I did not have to deep clean all my bathrooms. For now with work not expected to continue on a regular basis for some time, my husband and son working from home, not to mention this little one with online school, well it just wasn't going to work. So I did a super deep cleaning yesterday to make things easier for me in the next few weeks. And let me tell you when you really get down and clean you realize just how much was not getting done. I will keep up with it as long as I can and as long as my schedule permits, but for now I am ready to go with a super clean house, well super clean bottom floor anyway!
Today I eased off cleaning the house and Little Buddy and I cleaned our cars instead. He did not want to do this but I promised him he would have fun. He washed all the tires and helped spray the car, mostly after I already had it dry. It is hard to entertain him when he is used to going on adventures to ride on elevators with his dad. Keeping him busy with fun activities at home is hard because he isn't as mobile as other kids. Thank goodness we have a pool where he can expend energy in a wonderful way. By the way, he can now swim down and retrieve and object off the bottom of the pool in the shallow end! That is big stuff!
This weekend I made this little square blanket for one of my patients. He is very physically involved and blind. He likes to rock on his back, make sounds and play with a crochet blanket he has had for years. The problem is the blanket has a big hole in it and it can't be fixed. When I made my mad dash into Joann's I picked up this very inexpensive acrylic yarn and made him this blanket. It is 18 x 18 inches so really it is just a big square, but it is a perfect size for him to play with. He loves the acrylic blanket, not another made of cotton, so for this guy acrylic it is! So, 230 yard of yarn used for this granny square mini blanket and a size H hook. I carefully steam blocked it to make sure there are no germs on it and it is now in a bag in my car waiting for me to deliver it tomorrow.
So that is about it for us. So far we are just trying to get by with the restrictions we have. I am going to work this week if I can, but not with the kids I feel are most vulnerable or the families that have elderly parents living in the home. We are all feeling well, hope you are too!