The Corona Diaries Week 14 - Life Skills Learned in Lock-Down
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The Corona Diaries Week 15 - Back To Basics

June Gloom is still with us and I'm glad and I hope it lasts well into July. I don't look forward to hot summer days especially when there is nowhere to go. I haven't checked in a while, but I'm pretty sure the beach is still off limits as the virus case numbers are still going up in SoCal. I will have to get creative with our backyard summer fun and possibly even front yard summer fun. Also I'm sure we'll sneak over to our friend's pool again at some point.

Bike Camp went well and was a good focus. As was our running training for the 1 mile Harry Potter run we will do at the end of July. Last week we considered tennis camp, but then Kurt was busy working so we mostly did random stuff. Rode bikes a bit and kept the running going, but it felt scattered. This coming week is minecraft online camp, then next week is camping camp. (haha) After that I want to make sure each week has some kind of theme that we can actually do. Science Camp, Arts and Crafts Camp, etc. Even if the theme is only an hour a day, it's helpful to have something to plan and accomplish.

I'm also working hard to have Harper simply figure stuff out on her own to do (which seems contradictory, haha). It's become a habit to help keep her occupied for some part of the day. But aside from the running and biking (which I strive to do with her every day) there is a lot of time to fill and frankly, she can fill it herself - you know, like we all used to do for our whole childhoods! And with all kinds of cardboard, tape and sharp objects around, she does just that. (As always, you can click the images for larger versions.)

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It's amazing what she gets up to. One day I was deeeeeeep cleaning the kitchen and she asked me to help her set up the hot wheels track, but I said, nope, sorry, gotta keep cleaning. So she ended up doing her own thing with cool building blocks and all her cars. This was the end of the activity after about an hour and a half.

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One night she made this, uh, Golem?
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Of course hot days require some splash time.

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And MadLibs. Ever MadLibs.

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In preparation for Camping Camp, we opened up the tent box and gave it a go! Inside that bigger box from last week was a much smaller box, thankfully. Harper and I put most of it up - that's how easy it was. Then Kurt helped with the rain thingy. It has a little screened porch!

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Willoughby inspected our work.


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The cats had another relaxing week.

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I lightened my hair a bit by myself. Did okay! Nothing dramatic at all, but a touch more light around the face...got the materials and color from my stylist and paid her for it all. Didn't do facetime coaching this time, just winged it.

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And speaking of back to basics, the food with week was pretty easy. I had a lovely lunch of Sticky Pickle, cheese and cracker one day. But OOH I miss the GOOOOOOOOD Cheddar that you could just buy at Waitrose. Have I mentioned I miss England? Ever?

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Harper and I had a VERY FANCY lunch one day.
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A friend has a peach tree which is raining peaches down upon him, so Harper and I went over and picked a bunch. Then I made a peach upside down cake. Why not?

Peaches in place:
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Caramel on top - NOT NEARLY ENOUGH! (I made a note in the recipe to TRIPLE IT.)
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Batter on top.
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Et Voila! It was pretty yummy but needed more caramel...!
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Back to more basics on the deep clean the kitchen day. Mmmmm.
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But don't worry we aren't really junk food junkies - many an evening's dinner looks like this.
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The bike riding is coming along. Harper and I went out on the streets! She did well.

No we are our own peleton. Harper attacked on the bike path and we had to hustle to keep up or she would have taken the stage win! Kurt had to unpack his suitcase of courage.

We busted out Kurt's new vacuum for the two area rugs inside the house that really needed attention. Boy-howdy did they need attention! It also works on wood floors.

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And Harper learned another new life skill.

We have fallen down hard on the drums and ukulele. I know I'd be more inspired if I had actual lessons. But noodling around on a borrowed Uke is good for now. When I remember to do it...

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This coming week will be busier and more organized thanks to minecraft camp.

Basics can be good though. Comforting. I plan on reorganizing our deck and putting up outdoor lights and making it a really fun comfy place to live this summer. With the covid-19 numbers only going up, STILL, we are just staying home. Pretty basic.

Oh. And I wrote a very rough draft of a novel. Huh. I accomplished something in lock down after all. Now to revise...

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