Saturday, June 20, 2020

From One Day To The Next - R2BC

The lettuces on my window sill are doing well.
As soon as I plant them outside the birds get them.
Maybe I'll stick to the hydraponic approach inside this time. 
I didn't have any Reasons 2B Cheerful on Thursday when Becky published the R2BC linky on Lakes Single Mum. I didn't have any big reasons not to be cheerful but there was nothing particular to write about. By Friday God had provided me with three R2BC - because the world is running so smoothly he obviously had time on his hands to sort out my petty niggles. 

Dinner With Friends
We used to do this every few weeks. Friday night dinner with another single mum at either their place or ours. A friend for me and a friend for DD. Nothing grand, just company and good simple food. But then corona happened and we stopped doing it. So last night we walked over to their place and caught up, ate far too much, and had fun. (I need to get my place in shape so that they can come to us in a couple of weeks.)

The Home Front
Talking of getting my place into shape, I saw the funniest meme on facebook. Of course the funniest ones are the most true. 

Is my house clean and tidy? - No
But are we having crazy fun times making memories? - Also no. 

A friend told me yesterday that when they got the notice that it would be back to school and work in two weeks in their State of the US, he panicked because they'd not done any the things he'd planned to do during lockdown. That too. 

School Changes
Talking of going back to school. DD had one week of the two day arrangement and her school decided that they're all going back on Sunday - full normal schedule, full classes. 

My school was a nightmare because when they were splitting the classes teachers got put in wherever they were needed. The English staff got shuffled around (at least we're still teaching English) and now we're with classes we've not taught all year. I don't know any of the kids' names, I'm taking over specific remedial programmes for the weaker students (who are also less motivated) and I have no idea how these programmes work, and all in masks with no breaks because every teacher is on playground duty and lunch duty three times a day because of staggered break times. And if you found that long sentence difficult to read and take in - that's how I feel all day in school. I honestly didn't know if I could do it for another three weeks. 

The primary school teachers union had agreed with the government to continue school until July 12th instead of the usual June 30th. Meanwhile the middle and high school unions were still saying they want to finish on June 20th as usual, instead of continuing until June 30th. Then yesterday afternoon the labour court sided with the teachers. Middle and high school students are suddenly and abruptly finished for the year (except those taking public exams over the next month) and us littlies have only a week and a half to go. 

Hooray! I would have been happy to teach for the extra couple of weeks but I can't do this babysitting lark whilst pretending to teach. And K - 4th grade are getting free summer school until August 6th.

The Summer Holiday
Talking of breaking up from school, obviously we're not going anywhere this summer but what plans I have for us whilst stuck at home for two months. LOL. See R2BC 2 above. #procrastinatingoptimistsyndrome  No seriously...

Sick Note
I got a sick note from my doctor for the two weeks that we were in enforced quarantine. So I'll get paid for the full month of June and not just for the two weeks I went back to school. Hooray again! 


  1. So glad you found some great reasons! I have no idea when we will be back at school here as I am supply and son year 8. roll on the summer break.

    1. I have a question about the summer break. How will we be able to tell?

  2. Glad to hear that you are both well and that you were able to meet up with your friends for dinner.
    The first month of quarantine I ate and watched the news. The second month I was more productive around the house and actually accomplished a few things. Month three and I'm willing to risk public transit to go into the office twice a week for a few hours just for a change of scene! I plan on doing some dusting and vacuuming tomorrow - truly - I do.
    There is a Plan 1, 2 and 3 for the kids going back to school in Sept. in this province. Which one gets implemented will depend upon the level of outbreak in your region.
    Houses of Worship can reopen now with certain rules and regs but my church (that I also work for) has not done so as yet. Various committees are looking at how to implement all the new rules (5 pages worth) and trying to determine if people will feel comfortable enough to actually come back just yet. We are a large downtown congregation so there is a lot to consider to keep everyone safe. Our Board is meeting next week but we may decide to just wait until September and continue with online services until then. It is going to be a very odd Summer.
    MY R2BC this week is that I had my first ice-cream cone in months! I was out walking with a friend last Sunday when she spotted the local ice-cream truck on his first day and headed to his usual spot down by the river. She frantically waved him down and he stopped - while laughing at us - but it was a really good ice-cream! :-)

    1. I can imagine two ladies of a certain age excitedly waving down the ice cream van. LOL. I see from what you write that a similar thing is happening here. Though the infected numbers are rising again, people are less worried about it and venturing out, albeit with caution. Stay safe and do your dusting. xxx