Sunday, April 5 – Palm Sunday. Watched the bishops service on the Internet. Maddy and I made a pear ginger bread loaf and a banana bread loaf. I made a new recipe, perogie casserole for supper.
Monday, Hubby and I cleaned up the garden around the bee hives before the bees wake up. I sewed some face masks. We all ordered some paint by number kits. I worked Wednesday and Thursday. The inspector came and passed #2 Sons house this time. It was a different person who was much nicer than the other guy. So just the HVAC inspection and the final and then they can move in. They have been busy dapping the trim and painting it.
Friday, April 10 – Good Friday
I listened to our church service on the Internet with the bishop. Then #2 Son and Hubby picked up a load of firewood so I helped unload that. Afterwards I made Some more face masks for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. We normally have fish and chips for supper on Good Friday but we don’t have any and the lineups for take out are really long because nothing else is open so we are having salmon that Hubby and the boys caught last Fall with rice for supper.
Yesterday I got a call from
the nursing home where Mom is to say one of the nurses has tested positive for
the Covid19 virus. I called Bro and told
him; he was very upset. Many of the
nursing homes are bad but hers was doing okay until now.
My friend Carolyn who
returned from Florida about a week ago is in isolation with her 2 friends and
one of them has had a fever for 3 days. He
has no other symptoms but it doesn’t sound good.
The tellers at work had
plexi-glass shields installed on their wickets on Thursday. They were clean when put up but later we
could see spots on them which must be spray from people’s mouths! You don’t realize how much spray comes out of
your mouth. Hubby has been wearing a
mask when he goes to the grocery store now.
I will make some cloth ones; they are quite easy to make with hair
elastics of which Maddy has a ton.
On March 24th everything
but essential services was shut down by the Government. We at work are an essential service so are
open but they closed half of the branches to the public. The employees are still at work on the phones
and computers, just not waiting on the public.
Unfortunately, our branch is one that has been left open but with
reduced hours. We have the door locked
and a person outside only letting people in that have a transaction that can’t
be done at an ATM, online, night deposit or by telephone. On Saturday March 28th
we turned away over 80 people in the 4 hours we were open. I sit in my office
with the door closed so don’t see anyone face to face because I am over 65 but
I did do a half hour as the door guard while Charlotte had her lunch. I rigged up a jay cloth to wear as a face
mask. Lol Better than nothing! I spray my office with Lysol when I go in
first thing in the morning. I have
sanitizer on my desk too. The branches
that are open are being treated to free lunches for 2 weeks and now we are
allowed to wear jeans as well; a couple of perks for risking our lives.:)
On the home front, we are
keeping busy. Hubby has been fixing the
rototiller in his shop. #2 Son pruned
all the fruit trees and Hubby picked up all the branches. The Pencil and I have done 2 x1000 piece
puzzles, one of a beach, the other a really large Canada goose. The crocuses, scilla and snowdrops are
blooming in my garden. Win has been laid
off work so has been doing a lot of wood burning projects. She has 5 kids (2 of her own and 3 of her
boyfriend’s) living in her small 2 bedroom house. I don’t know how she stays sane! She has 7 people, 2 cats and a dog living
there. Her boyfriend is from the USA but
is staying here and working from her house for as long as he can I guess. # 1 Son has been laid off and his wife just
finished her maternity leave so her unemployment has run out. I will have to
help make their mortgage payments. She is keeping the 3 kids busy. The Pencil and I and their family did a
virtual paint night on Sunday. I found
some paint and watercolour paper and 3 easels up in the craft room for us to
use. We painted the Northern Lights. The paint and brushes weren’t the greatest but
it was fun.
On Monday Tyson #2 Son’s 8
year old Rottweiler kept moping around, we could tell there was something
wrong, he wouldn’t eat or drink. This
went on all day and night and the next day, #2 Son was not working so he took
him to the new house. He went and lay
down in the closet. So #2 took him to
the vet who could see nothing wrong so did x-rays and still found nothing. #2 brought him home and the next day, he was
fine, back to his old self! What the
heck? $500 vet bill for nothing!
Thursday March 19 – Inspection Big drama here on Thursday when I came home from work. Hubby had met the inspector at #2Son’s new house and it didn’t go well. His blood pressure was through the roof Im sure. It would take too long to explain but suffice it to say some of the drywall has to come back down. The Pencil and I had to calm him down, make him sit and watch TV to get his mind off it. The inspector guy is a jerk. #2 Son is depressed. We considered writing an email to the inspectors superior but after a few drafts and much discussion we decided to bite the bullet and just redo what needs to be done.
Saturday, March 21 – Pruning and Contests
I read my book for a couple of hours this morning, and then I went out and pruned the row of grape vines and the raspberries and put the clippings in a pile to burn. It was a nice sunny crisp day with a bit of frost on the ground.
To keep from being bored while house bound, the family, being a competitive bunch had a “Draw Yourself” contest. We were in Separate houses (social distancing at its best). We posted the results on Facebook which were quite good. The grandson who is 6 did an amazing job! He is so detailed; he is the only one who drew in a background. He also drew his Mom and 2 younger brothers. Puddin is a good artist too. Also a couple of days we had a colouring contest and posted them on FB and friends voted for the best one.
Monday, March 23 – Self Isolation
Hubby and #2 Son worked at the new house all day fixing what needed to be done for the inspection. Once again the plumbers and the dry wallers didn’t show up like they had promised. Tomorrow starts a lock down of non essential businesses so we are worried they will never get this passed! The list came out later in the day and it looks like construction businesses will be able to stay open. Unfortunately banks are too so guess I have to go to work on Thursday.
I quite enjoy self isolating! I have lots to do, reading, knitting, sewing, crosswords, puzzles etc. I read my book most of the day. Usually I feel guilty if I sit and read too long but now I have an excuse! If I really get bored I could clean the house! Lol. So far that hasn’t happened but I did wash my collection of little teapots yesterday. Maybe I will try to do one cleaning item a day. Also I have been teaching Maddy to cook. One day she made curried chicken and rice, we made banana loaves yesterday and today the lesson was Shepherd’s Pie.
On Monday, one
of my old members drove his car forward into the large front window at work! The
financial advisor was sitting at his desk with his back to the window. It scared the crap out of him. The
window didn’t even break! I guess it is
bullet proof. The frame was just bent in
and the repairman just bent it back out today.
And on another note, our woodstove glass door shattered, again the other night! Hubby was not impressed.
There are 4
employees from work that are self-isolating so we are short staffed. On Wednesday we started shortened hours of
operation and we have plastic gloves to wear but they make our hands hot and
sweaty. It is very busy; the phone seems to never stop
ringing. People are worried about the stock markets,
how they will make their mortgage payments with no income, seniors wanting to
pay bills and they don’t know how to use online banking or debit cards. People are still coming in even though we are
trying to do as much banking as possible over the phone. Social Distancing is not happening at the bank. The employees are feeling very
vulnerable. Win’s flower shop is only
taking phone orders. And she is cooped
up with 5 kids in the house this week while her BF is working from home
upstairs in the bedroom. #1 Son and wife
are both laid off and her maternity unemployment insurance has run out. We may have to help them out. #2 Son is still working.
cancelled on Sunday due to the Coronavirus so I had the morning free to
bake. The Pencil made an oreo
cheesecake, and I made a bear cake. Everyone came over in the afternoon and we
celebrated Arthur’s 1st Birthday and Maddy’s16th birthday together. The kids played Bingo, we did a 500 piece
puzzle and we BBQd hamburgers and hotdogs and had salads.
Everyone is starting to stay in and isolate themselves to prevent the virus spreading. All kinds of events and kid’s programs for the March break this week are cancelled. What do you do with 9 grandkids and Coronavirus has everything closed? Go on a Family Hike of course!! It was a beautiful crisp day so we all met at SH Provincial Park, 5 adults and 9 kids to go on a 4 km trail but somehow we got lost and it turned into a 7 km marathon up and down treacherously slippery hills, through prickly bushes, over waterfalls and through lots and lots of mud!! We had no cell phone service but we finally made it out alive! LOL Everyone slept very well that night!
Sat. March 7 – Hubby and I went out and fixed the fence as the dogs have been digging trying to get into the neighbour’s pen where the horses are. We fixed it temporarily as the ground was frozen. The Pencil dyed my hair after going to the gym.
Sunday I went to church, Hubby looked after the flea market booth all day. The Pencil and I picked up Migrant workers and took them to the Spanish service and Win and I drove them home after the community dinner. There were 75 tonight plus the volunteers.
Monday I finished our income tax, we went to Costco, I went to Lenten Book study and then we went for our pedicures. #2 Son’s main floor passed the gas inspection but the top floor didn’t. There was a leak.
Tuesday, March 10 -I did some laundry, vacuumed, did church books and went to the stewardship meeting.
Wednesday, March 11 – I was off work. Janet called the travel company directly and they said we could reschedule our trip for up to 18 months. So we have postponed it as they said they are shutting all the tourist sites like the temples etc down, so there is no point going if we can’t see the attractions. We are very disappointed and depressed. We are both all packed. But it is the best thing to do. #1 Son and family returned from their trip today and picked up their dog.
Friday, March 13 – The first case of Corona virus Is in our city today. Everything is shutting down, the schools are closing for March break and staying closed for 2 weeks after that. People are cancelling travel plans left and right. All the arenas, library, city services will not be operating. Even the Prime Ministers wife has it and they are is isolation. All day at work I was constantly going back and forth to the bathroom to wash my hands! Good thing I am close to it. Hubby and I had planned to go out for Supper to a place he saw on FB. We decided to take a chance and go. It was $15 for chicken, ribs, fries, all you can eat salad bar and dessert. It was really good. I work tomorrow.
On Saturday I
did housework and made stuffed peppers and banana bread for supper. # 2 Son and I watched the Goober’s ball
hockey game. It was for the championship
and his team won in overtime. Sunday I
went to church. Hubby went to the flea
market to open #1 son’s booth. I visited
Mom in the afternoon. When I got home I had a message from #1 Son
that when they boarded the cruise ship in Miami, their travel agent hadn’t
booked Baby Artie! He wanted to use my
US Visa card to pay the difference but I didn’t see the message until 3 hours
after he sent it. By this time the ship
would have left already and there is no free wifi on it so we didn’t know what
happened. But we assume no news is good
news and they let them on. Artie turns 1
in a couple of weeks so surely they would accommodate him!
On Monday I went
to Lenten Book study in the afternoon. I
had them laughing. They asked what our
favourite Bible story was when we were kids and I said, Shadrack, Meshak and
Abendigo! Because I loved their names! I loved saying their names. LOL Then we were talking about women’s names in
the Bible and I said, well I had # 1 and #2 Sons who have biblical names that start
with a D but I just couldn’t name Win, Delilah! And they all started laughing
again. Afterwards I went to see the travel agent to pick up the
package.for our trip.
Tuesday was a wet rainy day. I picked up Maddy from school and took her down to the school board as one of her pieces of artwork was on display in the lobby. Later I made curried chicken for supper. Win came over after work and The Pencil and I helped her finish her bio for the floral contest she is entering. Pete wasn’t too sure about #1Sons dog, Peppa as it was their first time meeting but eventually they were all fine together. We even got them all in a sit stay
On Saturday I bought the salad ingredients for the migrant workers dinner on Sunday. No Frills had lettuce on sale, so I got 5 heads for the church and 2 for me. We were short drivers as there were 50 people to pick up so Win drove her van, with me and The Pencil driving our vans and the 3 of us picked up 15 guys. We made the salads while they were in at the Spanish church service. We ate supper with them and then drove them home.
On Monday, I did some laundry, church books, did #2 Son’s spreadsheet etc and went to the doctor to get malaria pills. She said she normally charges $40 for a travel consultation but because the receptionist hadn’t told me, she waived it. She didn’t have any face masks either, they are on back-order. I felt tired and didn’t feel like doing much. On Tuesday I did some more ironing and packing. I took in 2 pairs of pants that are too big now that I have lost 30 pounds. They were expensive pants and I really like them, so I didn’t want to buy new ones.
Last night we
all went to the pancake supper at church.
Bro was there and Hubby’s Sister and husband came too. There didn’t seem to be as many people there
this year even though the weather was good.
I ate too much as usual and then felt bloated. Why do I do this? But it was so good! Hubby’s Sister has some face masks I can have
for our trip.
Hubby did not
have a good day today! #1 Son brought their dog, Peppa over for us to
dog sit for 2 weeks. So now we have 3 large dogs in the house! They are driving to Florida and then going on
a cruise. It was a wet snowy, mucky day
out there and every time the dogs came in from outside, the 3 of them were
He came in to
find the toilet had overflowed into the basement onto #2 Son’s bed directly
below it. He and the Pencil had to wash
all the bedding. He built a fire in the
wood stove down there to try and dry things up. Then a short time later, he
heard an explosion. He went down to
discover the glass door on the wood stove that he had just had replaced, had
shattered into a million pieces. They
must not have replaced it with fireproof glass!
Again, he and the Pencil cleaned everything, swept up all the
glass. He called the company and they
have ordered another one. I’m kind of
glad I was at work today! LOL
I worked on
Tuesday, and had Wednesday off. I got
Hubby all hooked up with his “new” phone, a hand me down from #1 Sons
wife. It is bright pink so I bought him
a black case to cover it. I also bought some wet wipes to take on our trip but
I couldn’t get any face masks. They are
all sold out and the clerk said, they come from China so they have stopped
importing them as they need them there.
Hubby has some dust masks we can take instead. Hope we don’t need them but better to have
them on hand just in case.
After supper #2 Son and I went to the Goober’s Ball hockey game. He is the goalie. It was a good game, tied 2/2, they went into 5 minutes overtime, killed off a 4 minute penalty, still tied, so they had a shoot out and we lost. I was absolutely frozen by the end of it!
OnSaturday I got groceries and then baked 2
quiches, some walnut crisp cookies and butter tart squares.
On Sunday, I took the boys to church and then Hubby picked them up while I stayed for our annual Vestry meeting. Everything went smoothly and it was over by 1:30. The rest of the family including Laura and Ruby (20 people total) came over in the afternoon for Puddin’s and # 1 Son’s birthdays. We did a 500 piece puzzle, the girls played with the cut out dolls, we played Password and Jenga by the fire. It was a good day. Win sent us a message saying Laura thanked us for inviting them. She said “she is in the pit of despair right now and you and your family are the best of good people”. She is so nice, I wish I could do more to help.
This morning I did all the dishes and cleaned
up, worked on church books, and then Hubby and I went to visit Mom. She was quite talkative today but kept saying
she couldn’t remember anything.