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Where Did October Go?

It’s a bit early in the morning but I really wanted to get a blog post out. I can’t believe I went almost all month without a post.

I even missed some posts that my daughter put on her blog. I did reblog them on here so please take a second to read them. She is a really good writer. Very creative. My daughter and granddaughter moved out last month.

I have had more time to write with the daughter and granddaughter not around, so I should have accomplished way more writing. Sigh. Procrastinating.

The last child in the family is a senior and unfortunately that has not been going well. He just isn’t feeling the school vibe with all the Covid guidelines. The school has been good though and they have let his many skips of school be excused. He is doing average work when he would be doing A-B work if the school year had ended normally and then begun normally. He shows a bit of depression. 😦

I feel for everyone that has had their life totally or mildly changed. It is so weird to think how life has changed this year. I am thankful all of us have been in good health and jobs have been decent. Slow at times but at least we have jobs.

I keep telling myself that I am not going to write anything about Covid since everyone is most likely tired of hearing about it but here I am. I don’t think it will ever go away. A virus is like a bad stain on your clothes, it can fade, but it’s not disappearing. At least, that’s my thoughts on it. I hope it will disappear. Will it?

The son has been quarantined once during the school year just out of caution. He didn’t go anywhere and was good about staying “6 feet” away from us. His niece didn’t understand why uncle would not pick her up. So then he would run around and she thought it was a game of chase. LOL He never had symptoms so we didn’t get him tested. He went back to school after the 14 days and 16 days for work.

I am keeping plenty of vitamin C around for everyone. Hubby and I are taking vitamin D because we both have had blood tests in the past that showed low. Mostly, just making sure our immune systems are in shape. We do that as much as we can every flu season. I think now it will be all year every year. I hope the four kids will keep their immune systems in good shape. I can at least nag them. 🙂

Sadly, this has prevented the oldest son, his wife, and son from being able to come visit. He is in the Navy and they keep denying him leave. He sounds like he needs a break. Of course, we miss them a lot. It has been over a year since we saw them.

The daughter and granddaughter are only a few hours away so we have seen them several times since they moved. Yay! 🙂

The 2020 graduate son is living with us. His plans are a bit on hold. I mean with the unknown of what the state government could do any day, it is better to stay with us. At least he has a roof over his head and food in his tummy. I’m sure he would rather be having adult life with his friends and not held up in his parents’ house. LOL 🙂 He is pondering joining the military just like his brother and sister. I’m not sure about that but it is his choice. 😦

The current senior has decided to graduate early in January, thanks to all the unsocial fun in school now. I have even heard him say maybe he will wait on college. I never thought I would hear that from him.

I think college is good if you really want it. I also think working a few years after high school is ok as well. I like the trade school option too. As you can see we have two already in the military. One joined during her senior year and then she went to school. She is in the Army Reserves and doing well. She has her Associates and a Bachelor’s Degree. The oldest son went a year of college, hated it. Worked for a few years and decided he wanted to do join the Navy. He got into the Nuclear Program, very intense school and made it through. Now, the third son is thinking Marines. I guess we might just have a kid in every branch. LOL The fourth child really wants college, or at least before all this ‘new normal’ happened. Time will tell.

I don’t know what I will do when they are all out of the house. Might start talking to the cats….wait, I already do that. 🙂

Have a great Halloween weekend!

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Time Is Flying

I feel like I do not accomplish anything anymore. Sigh. The boys started elearning April 6th. It kept getting moved. Don’t think it is for them. No matter how much I nag them they don’t do enough logging in or homework. Homework was that way before though. I am beginning to think the daughter was way easier to get through school even though she was a social butterfly and got into some trouble. The boys have no interest. Sigh again. But it is what it is. Just makes me sad more that the school year would have ended better with in person classes instead of the online learning. I like online but no one else in the house does. Really praying the senior son graduates, because it isn’t looking positive right now. Sadly no graduation ceremony because of the dang virus. Sad for everyone. The school did come up with a virtual ceremony but people griped and even said they wouldn’t participate which is not right to me. I think it’s great that they will do something at least. A little hard to have small graduations when the class is 300+. I understand that it would require a lot of graduations because of keeping it to the 10 and under size requirements for state guidelines. Of course, the school has to worry about someone getting sick and then blaming them. I really don’t know what the solution would be.

The online ceremony is also keeping with the graduation requirements and one of those is having all your volunteer hours done. Sadly my senior did not get those done. I’m not sure if he will be included on that. 😦 My senior is a true introvert unless he knows you well. He mostly stays home so didn’t have to worry about much as he was growing up. He has had some health issues so I think that kept him home more as well. On a good note he has had a job since March working on semi trucks, maintenance, not the deep mechanical part. It has had it’s up and downs. His main supervisor is a kid that graduated last year as the main maintenance man and he is pretty moody. I hope it doesn’t deter my senior from not liking the job. I was hoping they would be good friends but doesn’t look like it now. He has already used his welding skills from school and learning good basic skills. A great first job with good pay making more than I ever did.

Everyone in the household doing fine. No one sick and all essential employees. We don’t go many places even when there is no stay at home so we are doing alright. Youngest son has went fishing a few times, yummy fish. He was recently hired back to his job and it has made him so happy. He was getting unmotivated. Maybe it will help with the learning. I can hope. 🙂

The sun is starting to shine more! We kept going from warm out to freezing. Tired of that. My one flower plant is tired of that. LOL

Stay healthy everyone and hope everyone can get back to work and life and everything else. 🙂

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Same Ole Day

This whole virus thing is definitely crazy. It hasn’t been real different for us. We normally stay home. Now, if the restaurants are completely shut down that will be a whole different story. We tend to eat out for entertainment. Not everyday but we do get ice cream, drinks, and the occasional meal. It will affect my daughter’s employment. She has her hours cut currently but still holding a job. The younger son who works with her unfortunately was laid off. We try to eat out still to help out the businesses but we can’t do too much in case hubby’s hours get cut. So far he is doing ok because he is a truck driver, but not in the food industry. Our son that is suppose to graduate this year landed a job helping the mechanic at hubby’s place of employment. The place is along the interstate by no where else so they should be fine with no spreading, hopefully. The son has enjoyed not having school because he has been able to work more than Saturdays.

I am sad he can’t finish out his senior year at school. Our state closed for the rest of this school year. Bummed. He isn’t sad about prom because he didn’t go last year and wasn’t planning on it this year. His brother that is a junior is sad because he has a date who already has her dress. Sad. Knowing my creative and bored junior he will come up with some way to still have prom. 🙂 Just low numbers, which their group of friends would make the 10 and under. Maybe outside? Grill party in fancy dresses? Ideas are endless.

The boys start elearning April 1st. Not too sure about this. Nothing against the teachers, just my kids. They may not listen to me about appearing for checkins. I believe they will get the work done just not the rest of requirements. Sigh. The senior kid really needs teacher in person. He is not an online learner, textbook all the way. Needless to say the laptop for him is not useful or been used much. But we will give it a try! Another sad note, both my boys had hands on learning classes that they will miss. It definitely won’t be fun online because they are already saying no to watching videos of the stuff, even though they watch 100s of YouTube videos. Stubborn kids. We will figure it out.

This of course hasn’t changed much for me for working already at home. My job has been lacking projects since last summer which is frustrating as heck. I have to say having everyone here ALL the time is annoying because they love me soooo much they talk to me all the time when I am working. LOL

Changes and more changes. Makes life interesting.

The oldest son and family who live out East is doing well. It sort of helped them out because now the son doesn’t have to go to the ship so they are all together. He is in the Navy and landed the on land job last Fall that kept him from deploying with the ship. Nice job. A bit of a promotion. He was suppose to go out for his normal training for nuclear engineering and possibly stay until they made it back. But now no traveling so he is at home with his family. Good news I think.

My new word to repeat is sad……sad…..sad…..sad times.