Hello and welcome to this weeks update.
I am please to report that this week seems a little calmer and we have settled into more of a routine, mainly thanks to Eliza who came up with a planner with her Dad and sticker charts, so the kids can earn a treat when all this is over.
Monday 30th March
Kian introduced Isaac to Call of Duty Warzone and as it is multi-platform, he has been playing with Callan and his Dad online too. We tried to play whilst doing PE with Joe, but found it too tricky, so I am pleased to report that PE won!
Sebby has been struggling with his work, but we discovered that some of the online platforms he uses at school, he can play against friends, so we arranged a zoom chat and he really enjoyed seeing his friends and competing against them online.
Once all their work is completed for the day, the kids enjoy a big Super Smash game before dinner.
My husband had an interview with Tesco today and I am pleased to report he is joining me as a temp, but we will be working opposite shifts so there is someone home with the kids.
Tuesday 31st March
Hubby left us to complete his work induction, so we got to work on the wall opposite our house.
We downloaded a science@home project by Winchester Science Centre and the kids have been designing their own rockets, which then turned into a scene from Star Wars.
The wall has been attracting lots of attention and it is lovely to see other children adding to it as they walk past.
Wednesday 1st April
Being a blogger I always seem to have a steady stream of cardboard boxes come through the house and the kids love to play with them.
We continued our space project and Sebby, with Isaac’s help, made an escape pod for his rocket, which subsequently turned into a jail……..then a tortoise shell.
Isaac then used the flaps from the box to make a stop animation video which is brilliant!
My husband started work at Tesco, he is working 6am-3pm whereas I am working from 4pm-10pm. One thing that I have noticed is that we have our regulars that come in every evening without fail, buying one or two non-essential items which is frustrating when it has been advised to try and limit shopping visits.
Thursday 2nd April
Now that my husband is working in the morning, I am on solo teacher duties and the kids really were not feeling it today.
We managed to get some English done and then I decided we needed some fresh air, so we headed onto the heath for a walk.
At work we installed some direction arrows onto the floor, to help with the flow of customers and social distancing. We are already limiting people to one per household, but asking them to follow the arrows as well is definitely a challenge for some.
Friday 3rd April
An interesting morning, I had just got out of the shower when Sebby came upstairs screaming that he had hurt his little finger by banging it on the sofa. He wouldn’t let me touch it and it was soon rather swollen so we phoned our local minor injuries unit. They think he may have either badly bruised it or had broken it, so we had to strap it to the finger next door and keep an eye on it.
Eliza finally got the post she has been waiting for, her Blue Peter Music Badge, which she applied for about six weeks ago after learning to play the recorder.
Eliza and Sebby joined in a Beavers / Cubs crafternoon meeting on Zoom and made some fabulous cloud rainbows, which are now proudly on display in our porch.
We have had screens installed at work on all the checkouts and customer service desk to help protect both the staff and customers as much as we can.
Saturday 4th April
Sebby’s finger is now a fetching shade of blue, but is less painful and has good circulation so we are keeping it strapped up.
Work was a lot busier than it has been since I started, but we are thinking it is because it has been payday for a lot of people and the weather is predicted to be lovely . Trying to social distance is frustrating when working, especially on the shop floor because people will still lean over you to get the product they want instead of waiting for you to move or saying “excuse me”. There are definitely two types of customer, those who are wearing every type of personal protection equipment they can find and others that don’t seem to care at all.
At lot of products are now back in stock, with good availability so I spent the evening replacing POS which had limited the number of items people could buy.
Sunday 5th April
A full day of work for me, we had the quietest NHS hour I have seen (9-10am) since I started, but the shop remained steady all day, with lots of people buying things for the first barbecue of the year.
The kids enjoyed a run on the Heath with their dad.
On the drive home, I was really surprised by the amount of people out and about. There is a rumour that they are going to strengthen the lockdown before Easter weekend next week, as so many people are out enjoying the sunshine. We will see……..
How was your week?