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    Wow! What a week it has been. Being homeschoolers, I feel that all of this social distancing is not that much of an issue for us. (Especially those of us who social distance as a preference on a daily basis.)

    But are things different for you now, temporarily? Co-ops cancelled, sports practices/meets cancelled, etc? How about those of you with health issues in your family? How are you doing?

    Wouldn't you know, this is the week that my almost never sick DS gets bronchitis. I made two (2-hour one way) trips to campus to take him to urgent care this week. If he gets COVID19 right now, that would not be good. Since yesterday, though, he now has antibiotics and other meds and should feel better soon. Hopefully he can come home (he didn't want to do so until he's feeling better). Their spring break is this week at Purdue, but even afterwards classes will resume virtually, so he could be located anywhere.

    Check in folks. How are you doing??

    P.S. Making cottage pie for dinner and cherry pie for dessert for Pi day!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Well, it has been chaotic here. College students are instructed not to come back from spring break if they leave. The dorms are staying open for those who need to stay, but all teaching will be done remotely for the rest of the semester.

    It doesn't impact our family as much. I am concerned because they have not closed the K-12 schools at this point, but I just think it is a matter of time.

    After the announcement from the White House, the stores here filled up with panic shopping and there is a line at Costco to get in. I stocked up last week, just in case.

    Everything else has been canceled so there is not much to do even if we wanted to leave the house. I was hoping to walk the dogs today, but it started snowing.

    Other than that, we do some cooking and baking. All the low-carb plans are out the window and we will be stress baking. If I have the ingredients, I see cookies in our future.

    I completely forgot about pi day.
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    NM notified residents that the PS will be closed here (starting Monday) on Thursday for 3 weeks. Community centers, most museums, pools, and indoor parts of the zoo are all closed. The local universities will be closed for 2-3 weeks. Our temple and the school are closed for 3 weeks also. Honestly, I'm assuming all the closures will be extended - or at least that is my hope.

    I went several weeks back to do a big stock up because I was afraid to get caught up in the crazy, and boy am I glad I did that. I really had a hard time believing all those pictures of empty shelves, until people I knew started posting them.

    The pools have been closed for 30 days. So the kids are out of swim. We'll have to figure out an exercise routine to help burn off some energy. Today we went for a walk and there were so many other people out walking. I wonder if it was the warm weather or if people are starting to avoid group / indoor activities?

    I have yet to hear about DD's science class, which does take place outside. However, in the interest of public health, as well as my concern for DS (asthma) I think we'll be skipping for awhile.

    DH still has to go to work. I wish he could work from home. Thankfully he does spend a significant amount of time out in the field. Fingers crossed that management has a change of heart soon.

    I've taken a news break today - I need a break from 24/7, overwhelming, information. Instead I worked on getting our garden going. I was not planning on having a spring garden, but figure it will be nice to have some fresh produce without going to the market.

    Inmom - hope DS recovers quickly.
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    Public/private schools here are on "elearning" until April 10th, at least. There have also been wild grocery trips and hoarding here, but we didn't participate. We usually have far more than we need at most times anyway, since I can and freeze so much.

    I'm trying to convince my small number of facebook friends to use this time to do productive things. Do a short term road way clean up (TONS of litter here), do a massive spring clean, hike on nature trails. We'll see if anyone can find the silver lining for themselves.

    RTB: Our YMCA is still open, including the pool. But I'm wary; I think I won't swim for a while. And it's not the pool as much as the locker room.

    DS seems to be improving. No fever as of yesterday morning, and the cough is down.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Im glad your son is doing better, inmom!
    And I forgot about pi day.
    And didnt know ďstress bakingĒ was a thing, but am sure familiar with it!

    San Diegoís in panic mode. We are to continue homeschooling as usual, except that DS14ís learning center classes are cancelled until after Easter, and DS7 is supposed to get his therapies via video conferencing. (not aure how well that will work, but we will try. Therapists are on contract, they dont get paid if they dont work, so I will do my best to help.
    So its like fireweek, where some people go to work, some dont, and we are pretty much discouraged from leaving the house, but stuff is still out there and open if we need it.
    For fires, we can see the threat, and no matter how much we rationalize that we arent in imminent danger, we are still uneasy, and follow the news (probably too closely).
    Coronavirus precautions seem sort of the same deal, except with fires, we have expertise we can trust, and official government statements (from calfire and the county) are reliable, accurate, and reassuring.
    I had bought an 18-pack of TP before this hystaria started because we were on our last few rolls of the previous pack (and I dont go to Target very often... my source for Quilted Northern, DHís buttís preferred wipe), so I hope we will be alright. I did run out of my favorite handsoap (Softsoaps Lime and Basil), and it isnt to be found. Oh, the horror, I have to use unscented.
    Here is AwakenWithJPs satirical take on the panic. (He doesnt address the calamity of no preferred flavor soaps.)
    https://youtu.be/OW7dASdQIgU


    Mmmmm. Japanese milk bread.... I may try using zombie yeast today!
    https://www.thekitchn.com/japanese-m...cipe-240990001
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post

    I'm trying to convince my small number of facebook friends to use this time to do productive things. Do a short term road way clean up (TONS of litter here), do a massive spring clean, hike on nature trails. We'll see if anyone can find the silver lining for themselves.

    RTB: Our YMCA is still open, including the pool. But I'm wary; I think I won't swim for a while. And it's not the pool as much as the locker room.
    I was walking with a friend today and we were talking about how having totally free weekends is nice, but is going to get old real quick. But I agree as added benefit lots of time for spring cleaning and yard work Plus maybe we'll all drop the last bit of winter weight since all there is to do is walk.

    Totally agree about the locker rooms - they are gross on a regular day lol!
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    Went to the grocery store early yesterday--not totally empty, so that's good.

    Then went for a hike, practicing social distancing, at the local state park.

    I suspended my homeschool classes for a month, tentatively to resume afterwards. It's the same amount of time the local schools are keeping kids home, doing elearning. We only have three weeks left. I've put off my one-on-one tutoring students for at least a week, to re-evaluate the situation next weekend. In the meantime, I'm going to figure out if I can implement a virtual option for them...that works and isn't too cumbersome.

    RTB: We are also planning some outside chores to get done, probably earlier than usual!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Inmom - how is DS?

    I went to my local market Sunday evening, itís a small local grocery store. I have to admit I was a bit shocked at the shelves. It was a bit demoralizing - we are so used to abundance in America.

    DDís science class has been called for the semester. The teacher is thinking she may do the lesson online and then the kids can do the outdoor portion on their own. This is DDís last semester with a dear friend in class before he returns to B&M school - so thatís a bummer.

    Hebrew school has been closed, but both kids will still do tutoring once a week with the Cantor on Zoom. They are disappointed, because itís a big part of their social life. However they understand the necessity.

    My Bat Mitzvah has been delayed. It is obviously the right decision, but Iíd be lying if I said I was not disappointed and a bit sad. Iíve been working for almost a year. I also miss being part of the community - they are a big part of my life.

    Hope everyone is well and taking care of themselves.

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    This is kind of like an introvert's and homeschooler's paradise. Most of the world is homeschooling and there will be no more questions about socialization...except it's all rather scary. The panic buying, the crowds, the runs on meat, veg, toilet paper, fever and cough meds, soap, cleaners. If people would just go about this in an orderly way and buy maybe a week or two's worth of items, we wouldn't have to deal with a shortage of supplies as well the fear of all the unknowns.

    And maybe there is something out there lurking in counties that have not made it on the map. I went shopping for food last week with DS in some crowded markets. A couple of days later, we both had low temperatures. His went away overnight. Mine seems to be decreasing today, after four days. No cough.

    I'm using this time to work on my taxes and yesterday I took the census. Doing some of these dreaded tasks actually made me feel calmer, as opposed to constantly keeping up with the news.

    I had been planning on taking a break from the vegetable garden this year, but I guess it'll be back on.

    Hope everyone stays safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Inmom - how is DS?
    Better. Still coughing quite a bit and gets tired, but it's been a hectic few days for him. Purdue finally decided to go virtual for the remaining of the semester. We also had to move him out of his university-owned apartment yesterday and this morning. Thankfully, we are only 2 hours away. He's also just in a general panic mode. I feel bad for his generation. 9-11 as toddlers, the recession of 2007-2008, now this. No wonder some of them feel that the world goes to crap no matter how hard they work or try to do right.

    On a positive note, we tried out Aldi delivery with our neighbors. The husband had a double bypass right after Christmas and is still recovering. We thought we'd see how that would work so they don't have to leave the house except for doctor's appts. We were able to get everything on our list (about a dozen items) except for flour.

    Also, my parent's 62nd wedding anniversary is today. I called a self-employed florist friend of mine to whip up an arrangement. This was perfect as she had stock on hand she couldn't use because of a cancelled event. I picked it up off of her porch, left an envelope with $$, and DH made a nice dinner/lunch for my parents. We took both over, left it on their porch, waved at them through the window.

    I'm trying to do one thing a day to brighten someone's day, even if it's just a simple phone call. A couple of days ago a young female co-worker of DH was stressed trying to work and make sure her 5 and 6 year old were still learning. I sent her some links to worksheets and gave her some ideas she could use.

    We ALL need to keep our stress, panic, and blood pressure down.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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