Days are blurring into one. Weeks are passing in a haze. It seems it’s over a month since I last wrote a lockdown diary, but to be honest I am losing all sense of time here. I have no real concept of just how long we’ve been at home for.
The last month has been a bit of a blur. My husband has gone back to work properly meaning that I am now home alone with the kids in the day time. he was working from home before, but now having an alarm set every morning and him being out of the house from 9 – 5 has definitely changed the routine here. When the older two children are here it’s all a bit of a blur trying to home school both of them whilst also stopping the youngest from destroying the house or trying to escape. When it’s just me and the youngest the days feel incredibly long as I’m simply not used to there just being the two of us here without things like the school run to punctuate the day.
We’ve finally tackled some big projects like moving my eldest daughter’s bedroom into another room. My husband’s final days of working from home involved trying to strip 80s style wallpaper and then a mad panic to get a Harry Potter themed room finished before LMC’s 10th birthday.
Said 10th birthday also meant a deadline for me to complete a Harry Potter dressing gown that I promised myself I would make in an attempt to make her lockdown birthday a bit more special. I’m delighted to say that both projects succeeded, so look out for blog posts telling the story of both.
In the wider world, the government here keeps making vague announcements about the easing of lockdown. Not helped at all by Dominic Cumming’s and his own personal version of the lockdown rules. I’m still incredibly angry about his actions and also his refusal to resign.
I’m also pretty mad about various people who seem to think that lockdown should be completely over and that the rules can be bent to suit them. Apart from my husband going to work and me collecting the kids from their Dad’s house, we’ve stuck by the rules completely. It’s hard, very hard, especially when you see others not following them, but I believe it is the right thing to do. Schools going back for some children has resulted in an awful lot of work for me as a school governor, especially in terms of reviewing risk assessments. The work school staff and teachers are doing right now is frankly incredibly, and I just wish they would get the recognition they deserve of that.
With all this going on what I am really lacking is time for me. Both time to work and time to relax. There are more bedroom changes that we need to complete here so that the youngest can finally move out of our bedroom and I know that will have a huge effect on being able to go to bed when I want and actually being able to do simple things like read in bed at night time to help me unwind. Until then though I fear it’s all systems go still. Lockdown has been long and relentless for parents and right now I can only dream of an end to it all and some proper rest and peace and quiet. I know we’re in an incredibly lucky position in that we’re all safe and well, but Covid is definitely starting to take its toll in an indirect manner.