Self Quarantining

Corona Virus Pandemic of 2020

Self Quarantine Log

My daily log while social distancing and keeping my sanity during the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19). Keeping a positive outlook while spending time with my family…. by force.

Day 1 – Saturday First day of quarantine and practicing social distancing. Seems like a bad dream as we hear of the horrors that are happening in Italy as we speak. Being that is is the first day of the weekend it really doesn’t seem all that different. 

Day 2 – Sunday Let the baking and binging begin. We shall just call them B & B for short. Looking back I am thankful that I had stocked up on some stables for the house. Restaurants, liquor stores are still open but people are hoarding out of fear.

Day 3 – Monday Kids are are supplemental learning which means they really don’t have to do it but it’s recommended to keep their brains functioning as though they were actually in class.

Day 4 – Tuesday Trying to set the tone for the kids to keep getting up in the morning to set a routine. Remember this isn’t vacation. Works for Peyton but not Walker. I can’t complain as they are pretty good learning on their own so hopefully this will be short lived and we can flatten the curve and get back to our normal routines. Oh…. Happy St. Patricks Day. All the races have been cancelled.

Day 5 – Wednesday Though it was a nice sunny day it was still pretty cold. We hunkered down for another unproductive day. As of today school is delayed until March 31st although be strongly believe it will be much longer. The teenagers are beginning to get a little anxious yet they are keeping up with their work for school. It’s not quite the same learning from a google document as it is with the teacher and classmates. For Walker he is still awaiting college decisions. So the anxious level is higher than normal. These kids have worked so hard and to see their senior year end like this just doesn’t seem fair. They are taking in stride…. not happily but in stride nonetheless. Walker misses his friends immensely but they have been watching movies on-line as a group so they can chat and have conversations as though they were watching in the same room.  So we wait and wait to find out what the next move it for the schools and work.

Day 6 – Thursday The dog is starting to wonder why we are all still home. The cats are suspicious and I have taken up watching the squirrels. Hearing schools may be closed for the rest of the school year. Sadly I still hear and see certain people not abiding on the quarantine. They are still celebrating their spring break on the beaches in Florida. They don’t get it and probably never will.  There are still adults complaining about our president. I wonder if these same adults have ever had a teacher, a boss or any other person they didn’t like. Did they behave this badly then? Did they throw temper tantrums like a toddler? Yet these same people tell their children even when they have a teacher they don’t like to just do the work and do what you have to do. So…. I ask why are they not banding together as Americans first and support our leaders? People do not have to agree with me but I will expect them to be tolerant.

Day 7 – Friday And the wait continues. Kids are keeping up with their school work. Trying to get them up at a decent hour and not sleep too late. They have the weekends for that. Trying to keep a sense of normal (whatever that is) in the house. Weather is still a little on the chilly side but able to get outside for a bit to get some fresh air. We all know we haven’t seen the worst of it yet. Hang tight for this too shall pass.

Day 8 – Saturday Feels like Spring and we are day eight of the social distancing. No homework for today as it is Saturday and it has been stressful enough for the kids, not to mention for us. Making sure we have enough food if the state goes into full lock down mode. This morning the hubs went to get additional cat food as we need to take care of the furry ones too. We have treats and food for them. Weather was a little warmer today there a little cleaning outside as well as inside did commence. I noticed today the buds are starting to appear so hopefully we will see a little more green on the trees before long.

Day 9 – Sunday This Sunday unlike other Sundays. Still a little chilly outside so getting the teens out is a little challenging. We are taking it one day at a time and trying not to stress about what is happening. I truly believe we will come through this and hopefully learned a few things along the way. There is an abundance of information out there that can make this whole situation a little overwhelming. As many people that are panicking and hoarding supplies I see stories of good neighbors and strangers helping others. There’s a balance. It’s not the time to belittle people which I am seeing much of on social media. I also see people blaming our leaders. Shame on them. It is a time to put your personal feelings aside and try and support them rather than tearing them down. I find that some will find something wrong regardless of what they do or say. If that is how you choose to help so be it. The virus originated from China therefore was named by many (not just our leader) the China virus and somehow he is being called a racist. Really? How cowardly ridiculous is that? This is how you choose to help? Not sure how these individuals feel this is helping the situation. Why not spend your time and energy is a more useful way. Regardless of your personal feelings how is that being helpful I ask? Exactly…. it’s not. So why not band together rather than pointing fingers. It’s really getting old and tiresome. I didn’t vote for the last president we had. Didn’t like his politics but you didn’t see me bashing him on social media. Believe me there were plenty of opportunity to o that. You will have a chance to vote them out of office in the coming months if you wish. But for now…. just stop. The left tried for three months to get him out of office and failed miserab

Day 10 – Monday Of course after I post Spring pictures yesterday it snows today. Started out as gentle flakes and then ended with a few inches on the ground. Day 10 in quarantine and time seems to be going by very slowly. The one good thing is I was able to capture Sir Lancelot and Gwenviere today with the snow behind them.He waited patiently for her to arrive. Never at the same time but one after the other. By the time she arrived there was much more snow on the ground and feeder. Seems much easier to just stay home and inside for this quarantine when it is cold, wet and snowing outside. So what does a photographer do…. you take pictures of what is around you. Our town and state are officially on lockdown except for essential business and employees. Additional family time isn’t a bad thing so look on the bright side.

ly. Just think how that time and money could have been used. For me I am thankful that we finally have a leader who is more concerned about it’s American citizens and is willing to protect them. You don’t have to agree with me as it is my opinion and we are all entitled to our opinion. I have two teenagers at home and one being a senior. We need not to belittle how hard this is on our seniors (whether high school or college). This is the time they are usually busy making memories or at least suppose to be. Its hard for them not to be around their friends and relying on technology to supplement the interaction. But in fact it is easier than past generations but our kids have never had to endure situations such as that therefore can we really blame them when they don’t understand? Our family is abiding by the social distancing set by state and our government. Hoping everyone can help with flattening the curve. It’s the only way we can beat this and help those that need protecting. In the meantime Spring continues to peek through all this gloominess and show us change is coming.

Day 11 – Tuesday We haven’t gotten into any kind of routine because I am hoping this isn’t the new normal. This too shall pass. It may take days, weeks or even possibly months. It’s harder to keep track of the days when everyone is home every… single… day. We are adjusting as everyone else is and taking one day at a time. The days are running together and we were just notified today that school will be closed until at least April 20th. Spring break has been minimized and distance learning will begin next week. The kids have been doing their daily supplemental work to try and keep up with their subjects. Rich was notified today that two co-workers from the courts he works in tested positive for the virus. The last day Rich was exposed was the 13th so we are almost at the 14 day mark and he has no symptoms yet so we are thankful and hope it stays that way. This particular song states my sentiments at this point. I don’t have everything I want but have everything I need. Take a listen. I promise it is worth your while.

Day 12 – Wednesday Went to take a walk today and it in the 30’s. Still a little cold for me. We continue to stay quarantine as expected. Good news the stimulus package has passed the first step in getting approved. Big step but it’s not over yet. It’s harder to even get outside with it being as cold as it is but that doesn’t stop the squirrels from stealing the bird food. We let them as they still share with the birds.

Day 13 – Thursday The virus that is going around is taking it’s toll on everyone. It is affecting absolutely everyone in some form or another. There are tons of meme’s going around to try and keep things light and not so dark and gloomy. This is not to make light of what is happening but merely to try and elevate the stress that people are feeling. Today we went on a family walk. Rich and Peyton went one way as they were going on a longer walk and Walker came with me. Yesterday consisted of homemade broccoli cheddar soup, sneaking white chocolate chips, bear hunting and watching the wildlife outside. Not to mentioned the political bashing our president is taking. It’s getting old and tiresome. Two people can hear the exact same thing yet come away with two totally different interpretations. Sometimes you just have to walk away from those that are constantly bringing others down.

Day 14 – Friday Days are running together and Friday doesn’t seem any different than any other day. Everyone is home everyday. Self quarantine has it’s perks but has a few downfalls.  PS Even the squirrels are getting restless

Day 15 – Saturday The weekend. Kids can sleep later than usual. Days are starting to run together and not much happening other than trying to keep each occupied.Still taking pictures of the squirrels and birds as they don’t seem to really know what is going on.

Day 16  – Sunday Today like many others feels no different. The animals seem to be getting restless not to mention the kids. Rich and I will take a loop drive just to get out of the house and drive around not stopping anywhere in particular.

Day 17 – Monday Another gloomy day and the sun is hidden. Hoping for better weather in the next few days. It’s the first day of distance learning for the kids. Got them up at 8 so they can get their brains going and start with their assignments. Day one of distance learning has been a success so far but I have a feeling we have several weeks yet to go.

Day 18 – Tuesday Day two of distance learning. I have faith the kids can handle this. I know they are missing their friends but they at least have on-line access to communicate with them. Later today the RHS teachers and staff will be driving by as a parade to wave to their students. We will be there waiting and waving.

Day 19 – Wednesday Still chilly out but at least we are seeing the sun today. Good news is Eversource was here to install the new meter for our solar panels. This month will be partial solar panels and partial electric company. It will be nice to get rid of the huge electric bills. Day 3 of distance learning and the kids are surviving. The parade of teachers and staff yesterday was good for everyone. Below is the link to the slideshow. Others schools in town did this as well but I had only captured the high school since both of my boys are at RHS.

Day 20- 26 – Thursday – Thursday – It was a blur. We had some good weather that begs for us to go out for walks and such and some miserable weather.

Day 28 Friday (Good Friday) – Schools in Connecticut officially closed until May 20th. One day at a time. Going to the grocery store is becoming more and more stressful. Our banks had merged with another bank and of course the merge happens in the middle of this craziness which just adds to stress levels. We went to the store late last night to make sure to have a few essentials for the next few days. The liquor store was next door so two bottles of champagne were purchased. One for Easter Sunday and the next will be saved for when this is all over.

Day 29 Saturday – Still chilly and a bit too cold for walks outside for me. Getting ready for Easter. The holiday will be a little different this year. Okay face it much different this year. We were hoping to make it to the beach for a day trip but still a little too chilly for that. Kids are on a mini spring break. With all the changes going on they gave them Friday and Monday off surrounding Easter.

Day 30 Sunday – Happy Easter! Today marks 30 days in quarantine. It’s Easter Sunday and we are still muddling through each day. The day started with our usual big breakfast followed by banana fritters in the afternoon and lamb dinner in the evening.

Day 31 – Monday Today marks the second Spring break day off the kids get this year. Given the situation with COVID-19 the regular Spring break has been cancelled and they were given two days instead that surround Easter. We got word there was much damage via tornados in some of the southern state. High winds are expecting to come through Connecticut and today is dark, dreary and rainy.

Day 32 – Tuesday April 14,2020 It’s back to school or at least virtual school for the boys. Still hard to believe they will be distance learning for over another month. Truly hoping they can get back to their regular schedule as I am not sure they are absorbing as much as they need. The teachers have been great with assignments and following up but it is still a challenge for all involved. Walker is still debating between UConn and University of MD at this point. We took the opportunity to drive to UConn and look around from the car. MD will cost twice as much but with UConn he could possibly be playing lacrosse. At least today the weather should be much better. Yesterday was a wash out and many lost power which just adds to the anxiety and stress for many. The stimulus check should be arriving fairly soon which will help. So today we will continue to take one day at a time.

Day 33 – Wednesday April 15,2020 – Today was the distance learning day from hell. By the end of the day kids were caught up. Weather was a little cold so we didn’t venture out and stayed put. Good news is stimulus check was direct deposited into the account. Breathing a little easier but storming ahead one day at a time.

Day 34 – Thursday April 16 – Feels like it should be Friday already. A few snowflakes this morning so we got the fire going the heat things up. Kids worked on their distance learning as usual. We really didn’t accomplish much other than surviving another day in isolation and social distancing. President Trump has had briefings every night and tonight he announced some states will start to open up in stages. We don’t know what states and when. Schools are still out until May 20th but hoping that changes and we can still have a graduation. There are rumors that even the Fall is in jeopardy as students will be coming from many states as well as many different countries. We are pretty sure Walker will be choosing UConn. It’s a great school for his undergraduate.

Day 35 Friday 17 – Thank fun it’s Friday but seriously still feels like any other day. No difference between weekdays and weekends.

Day 36 Saturday April 18 – Saturday. Kids slept late only to find Peyton is having significant issue with the distance learning. Saying he is completing items and not doing them. Lots of screaming and yelling going on this morning. I have gotten several emails from his teachers checking up on him. He admitted lying to me so now we have trust issues in that I can’t trust what he tells me anymore. He is quite capable of completing so not sure what the issue is.

It snowed this morning. Yes you read that correctly. Cold and miserable. Even Hobo stayed in most of the day.