After months of shut downs and quarantine this spring, this family was finally getting back into the swing of things around here. Otto was finally not throwing a fit about going to daycare in the morning, Joe and I were able to get work done again at the office, things just seemed to be plugging along.
As case counts in Michigan continue to rise we knew it was a matter of time before things were upended again. Sure enough Thursday afternoon when I picked up Otto from daycare his bag was full of all his stuff and I knew we were going to be taking a break from daycare. Sure enough, closed until November 9 for cleaning and quarantining some of the classes. Luckily Otto’s was not affected but I appreciate all of the precautions and safety steps his daycare is taking. Honestly their precautions are the only reason we felt comfortable sending Otto back. (well that and the approval from his cardiologist).
So here we are making it work once again. Otto wakes up every morning now thinking he won the lottery and is getting away with skipping school. Joe and I have found that it’s easier for us to each get half days in the office and work from home the other half that way we are not overwhelmed with a full day of working from home…with a toddler. Joe takes the morning shift and we swap out at lunch time. So far this week it’s working well.
I’m not sure what our plan is for after November 9. Case counts are rising and hospitals are filling up around here. I was talking to a friend of mine in nursing and she sees firsthand the Covid cases coming in to the hospital. We always said we were going to base our decisions on hospital capacity and case counts and right now, they’re not looking good.
I feel a bit more settled about the pandemic wave this time around than I did back in the spring. Although in the spring we had the promise of outdoor activities in the summer..the winter looks a little bleak. I’m trying to remain hopeful that we can get this back under control and continue to enjoy some of the normal activities of life. I’m trying to remain optimistic but I’m also full of worry. I have faith that we will make it through this but I feel like we are playing dodgeball with coronavirus. The constant dodging and navigating business and life through this creates a lot of stress.
I know though, that this is not forever and we just have to pick up the pieces and salvage what we can of 2020. It hasn’t been a total bust and that’s what I keep reminding myself. I have a been saving certain things for this winter to look forward to. Things like planning out the garden, ordering seeds, painting the lounge, hanging some pictures etc. These things may sound small and honestly not take a lot of time but things to look forward to none the less.
What are your plans for this winter season? Have you been saving special projects to pass the time? What is your family most looking forward to?