A Lot Going On While We Stay Home

My apricot roses

Well, it’s been quite a week! Considering we don’t do very much away from the home, the week has had plenty of surprises and drama.

Dear Daughter (DD) started us off with a headache/cough/congestion complaint. Off for COVID testing! We are fortunate to have National Guard testing in our state, but the day we went they must have had an issue because they opened 1.5 hours late and the line was so long we gave up.

Later that afternoon, we heard through the “local mom rumor mill” that another testing site had a short wait, so off we went! Just 24 hours later we were relieve she was negative. She has been tested twice in July and the kid is becoming an expert.

This week I also tried to give blood through the Red Cross… they are offering COVID antibody testing along with your blood donation. I was pretty eager to see if I had antibodies because right before school let out one of our library student helpers had a family member bring COVID back from NYC. He seemed to get a number of our student helpers pretty sick.

I had never donated blood before, and I think I got the “new guy” because everyone seemed concerned about how he was doing 😬. They had to move the needle a few times and I didn’t end up filling the bag. No donation and no antibody test, just a bruise as a memento. Sigh. If you are interested in antibody testing check the Red Cross site for local blood drives.

In happier news….

Cooking– my zucchini is ready and I made a loaf of zucchini bread which is a welcome seasonal treat.

Entertainment – DD and I are watching the new Babysitters Club series on Netflix. It’s fantastic and a nice way to spend some time together.

Buying – one of our more expensive weeks since COVID. We bought a desk and chair for DD as her school will be virtual with more use of synchronous video than last year. I’m grateful our school district made a decision early.

Reading – Two middle-grade books this week. “Wink” by Rob Harrell has risen to one of my top recommendations this year. Best for grades 5 and up. Now I’m reading “American as Paneer Pie” and am enjoying learning about Indian culture through the eyes of a young person.

Flylady – we were in the living room and front entrance zones this week. Admittedly I didn’t do much other than basic maintenance. I did undertake a kitchen pantry clean out as a result of a syrup bottle that was dripping! Good opportunity to tidy up. Next week is Zone 2, the kitchen.

Hope your week was a little smoother than mine. I’m taking a deep breath heading into the coming week as I wait for the school district where I work to make a decision about fall.

12 thoughts on “A Lot Going On While We Stay Home

    1. Jen Post author

      Thanks for visiting! I will stop by as well. I couldn’t get to sleep until 2 am so I need coffee and zucchini bread magic this morning for sure.

  1. Laura Beth

    I’m proud of you for donating blood! Please, try again. I coordinate blood drives with my dad at our church. Our most recent drive was on the 1st. I had trouble filling the bag as well, I got so close!

    1. Jen Post author

      Thank you for the encouragement…I didn’t know this was something that could happen so I was pretty disappointed. I will take your advice and try again when my waiting period is done.

  2. coffeewithisla

    ZUCCHINI BREAD with a happy smear of bbbuuutttteeeerrrrrrrr!!!!! is my absolute favorite! i will trade you some retail me not coupons for zucchini bread! LOL! 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁 this week i am making mango bread or peach bread to match the fresh strawberry marmalade i made saturday evening! i am very relieved your daughter is okay, and negative for COVID. I hope she is feeling better.

    1. Jen Post author

      Ooh, mango or peach bread sounds interesting! I passed a zucchini on to a neighbor so I have at least 1 day reprieve in finding things to do with zucchini!
      Thanks for your good wishes for my daughter. Still coughing up a storm but she is catching up on Dance Moms to keep busy.


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