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Fri 1st May 2020
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Life getting back into the school summer term has been very busy. Here are some of the things we've been doing.

Teaching from Home

My wife, who is a school teacher, has been preparing over the Easter holidays, to teach her full timetable from our living room via Zoom. We've setup a second computer monitor on her laptop so she can do this, and have been testing it with myself and children in different rooms in the house attending a test 'class'.

This means we all now sit in the living room on 4 computers / tablets, with my wife on her headset teaching to a full class via Zoom, and the rest of us doing school work etc. It means that I need to be in the living room whilst my wife teaches.

Teaching from Home

My wife, who is a school teacher, has been preparing over the Easter holidays, to teach her full timetable from our living room via Zoom. We've setup a second computer monitor on her laptop so she can do this, and have been testing it with myself and children in different rooms in the house attending a test 'class'.

This means we all now sit in the living room on 4 computers / tablets, with my wife on her headset teaching to a full class via Zoom, and the rest of us doing school work etc. It means that I need to be in the living room whilst my wife teaches.

Creative Cooking

I do most of the cooking at home, and our 9 year old son has, during this pandemic, enjoyed cooking the lunch with me - it saves me time when he does some of the chopping up of things, and gives him confidence as I let him control the cooker etc.

Cooking
What shall we use up today?

During this pandemic the way and what we buy food-wise has changed, and we're no longer getting the regular supplies we used to get. We pay for a food box of fruit and veg, and get other online deliveries, but have much less control of what is in these supplies - the food box is what is available, and the online deliveries often have things we want out of stock.

It is feast and fame time - last week we had 3 bags of potatoes to get through, along with a similar quantity of tomatoes and other things - and I don't want to create additional food waste during this time, so keep on finding ways to eat / cook them. This week we have root veg but little other veg. Add to this my Gastroparesis which means there are a number of foods I can't eat, it has meant some creative cooking - finding things our 7 & 9 year olds will eat, and my body will digest, and is nutritious. It has been a challenge.

And if anyone wants onions, we've bags of them (and I can't digest them). Soup time anyone?

Creative Cooking

I do most of the cooking at home, and our 9 year old son has, during this pandemic, enjoyed cooking the lunch with me - it saves me time when he does some of the chopping up of things, and gives him confidence as I let him control the cooker etc.

Cooking
What shall we use up today?

During this pandemic the way and what we buy food-wise has changed, and we're no longer getting the regular supplies we used to get. We pay for a food box of fruit and veg, and get other online deliveries, but have much less control of what is in these supplies - the food box is what is available, and the online deliveries often have things we want out of stock.

It is feast and fame time - last week we had 3 bags of potatoes to get through, along with a similar quantity of tomatoes and other things - and I don't want to create additional food waste during this time, so keep on finding ways to eat / cook them. This week we have root veg but little other veg. Add to this my Gastroparesis which means there are a number of foods I can't eat, it has meant some creative cooking - finding things our 7 & 9 year olds will eat, and my body will digest, and is nutritious. It has been a challenge.

And if anyone wants onions, we've bags of them (and I can't digest them). Soup time anyone?

Replacing a flat tyre

Normally replacing a car tyre would be simple - but as we have all been self isolating since the start of the pandemic, I personally haven't left the house since the start, but had to, to sort out this tyre. I did try pumping it back up when I saw it had lost some pressure, but over night it lost pressure quickly again, so it needed replacing.

The garage were good at the social distancing thing - they had barriers up, I had to wait in the car to be seen etc., and went for a walk whilst they fixed it. But we could have done without it - and the expense and in the end both front tyres had to be changed (and it isn't that long since it was last in the garage for something else!)

Replacing car tyre
Replacing car tyre

Replacing a flat tyre

Normally replacing a car tyre would be simple - but as we have all been self isolating since the start of the pandemic, I personally haven't left the house since the start, but had to, to sort out this tyre. I did try pumping it back up when I saw it had lost some pressure, but over night it lost pressure quickly again, so it needed replacing.

The garage were good at the social distancing thing - they had barriers up, I had to wait in the car to be seen etc., and went for a walk whilst they fixed it. But we could have done without it - and the expense and in the end both front tyres had to be changed (and it isn't that long since it was last in the garage for something else!)

Replacing car tyre
Replacing car tyre

Being in pain

Muscular pain has been part of most of my adult life, and whilst I don't and won't sit and complain about it, it has been more so in this pandemic - particularly my back and arms/wrists. This is due to the various rare health conditions I've had for many years. I already have loads of exercises that I do every day, and they help, but the lack of going out on the school run etc. means I don't get enough of the different exercise and movement that I need. There isn't any way around this apart from keeping up the exercises at home.

Being in pain

Muscular pain has been part of most of my adult life, and whilst I don't and won't sit and complain about it, it has been more so in this pandemic - particularly my back and arms/wrists. This is due to the various rare health conditions I've had for many years. I already have loads of exercises that I do every day, and they help, but the lack of going out on the school run etc. means I don't get enough of the different exercise and movement that I need. There isn't any way around this apart from keeping up the exercises at home.

Setting up new Blog Format

I've created a new way to output the text for my blog on laptops, with a 2 column layout with titles on the left and text on the right, to create a more justified layout. On mobiles and some tablet formats, the existing one column layout will continue.

Setting up new Blog Format

I've created a new way to output the text for my blog on laptops, with a 2 column layout with titles on the left and text on the right, to create a more justified layout. On mobiles and some tablet formats, the existing one column layout will continue.


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