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No Reason to Leave the House Anymore

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It’s been one week since the littles or I left the house. (We didn’t end up hiking last week as planned as the trails we were headed to were shut down that day by the government.)

We’ve played lots of board games, learned some new card games, put together puzzles and enjoyed making big meals together on a daily basis. There is always music blaring somewhere in the house, except during designated work/school time, and we spent a lot of time lazing in the hammocks outside.

School takes up a good deal of Princess day time. And Gymnast is just getting started with his online school sessions so we will see how those pan out. History Buff is getting tons of overtime and loving it. His school also started back last week. And Sea Cadet is running first responder calls while waiting to hear about a local job. (He has accepted a part time FEMA job, but it will not start until May since that is when his Americorp commitment ends.)

Princess and Gymnast

Princess hard at work while Gymnast enjoys his week of Spring Break

The twins are out and about most every day so they have picked up things we needed rather than us having to get out.

On the Financial Front

On the financial front, this time has been fantastic. I anticipate the longer this continues the more I will save. Not leaving the house, making do with what we have on hand to eat and entertaining ourselves with things around the house is great. All our “extra” money is just sitting.

Work continues to be hit and miss. Many clients have cut back while others are expanding online. It will definitely not be a banner month. But I believe I will make enough to cover the monthly expenses for next month, I hope.

Are you taking advantage of the financial breaks being offered? Student loan forbearance, skipping mortgage payments, etc? At this point, I am not. But I have decided if I can avoid dipping into my EF with no penalties, I would consider it.

 

Online School for the Rest of the Semester

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My grandmother has been safely ensconced and quarantined in her room at the assisted living facility. The twins continue their work and service activities as normal. And the littles and I are sticking close to home. (We are going to pack a picnic get out of the house for a bit tomorrow to go for a hike at one of our many local mountains.)

We continue to be in storm mode financially, saving income and deferring any non-essential purchases. Despite the plan for History Buff to buy a new to him car when Sea Cadet returned from Americorp, we have decided to put that off for the time being. (He’s been driving Sea Cadet’s car since last fall, after selling his car.) No reason to add additional car maintenance and insurance costs when my car is mostly sitting.

Unexpected Expense

I did have to purchase a new faucet and shut off valves for my bathroom as it sprung a leak and neither of the shut off valves work. Because nothing has been updated since this home was built 50+ years ago, my friend who helps with all my maintenance suggested this would be the best course of action. I know my landlord will reimburse me, but since he’s in his 80s I didn’t want to bother him at a time when he shouldn’t be out, so we are just taking care of it for now.

My Grandmother is Now Completely Isolated

The BAD community does not like how I have handled things with my youngest son or my Grandmother. While you may not believe it or see it, we took necessary precautions and had approval from the powers that be (ie doctors, my uncles and my mom) for my children to visit before she was tucked away for the foreseeable future.

I guess since we have been facing her cancer for almost months now and then complications from her surgery in January, we had long discussed that she and we wanted her to have quality of life, not quantity. We make the best decisions for our family. Just as you must do for yours. She will be quarantined to her room in the assisted living facility with no visitors allowed other than her healthcare staff. We will only be able to see her through the window.

We will have to agree to disagree on this, as I have no regrets about the quality time we had together. Nor do I regret letting my kids show her how much she is loved. If we are saying goodbye, this is how I (and she) wanted it. Gymnast will be absolutely broken when she goes. And to have denied him those final hugs and pictures and memories would have been the worst thing I could have done. I’m sorry if you disagree. (And this is not because of our fear of the COVID virus, but rather her being 92 and already in failing health.)

Clearing Up Confusion

With History Buff working at Home Depot and Sea Cadet being a first responder ie volunteer firefighter/EMT, I have little need to get out. So those that have commented on my “lalalala” and “bouncing around,” I don’t have to, my sons are out.

That being said, we have implemented stringent “coming home” procedures for them both to make sure they are not bringing anything home. We are also thoroughly cleaning our home on a daily basis. Most likely, we will be relaxing this a bit with our care for Grandmother being over.

We are well stocked for the long haul, are getting lots of outdoors time and doing our very best to make the best of what to me is a wonderful time with all my kids home. Since I’m a homebody and complete introvert, being home is where I shine.

I apologize that I don’t reply to EVERY comment, but I just don’t have the time to donate to the rants and criticisms all the time. But I do read them. And always appreciate the support. It’s hard to give you a full view of one’s life through a 300+ word essay. But I certainly appreciate those who can read through the lines and know that I would never intentionally put someone, especially those I love the most in any harm.

I hope you are all safe and enjoying this increased time with your family.

 

 

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