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Week 44: Things seem much better today. My daughter got into her school of choice this week. We have paid the deposit and fingers crossed she will be headed back to New York for school in August. She is so happy. She will be 10 hours from us but close to family and friends so…

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Week 41: This Christmas was the same, yet different. We are very fortunate in that the four of us can be together. We have plenty of food, shelter, and heat on these cold nights that moved to single digits on Christmas Eve. We are blessed. But, a Zoom or Facebook call for Christmas just made…

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Week 40: The guiding word I chose for 2020, well before Covid-19 was even thought of here, was breathe. Little did I know how important that word would become to us. I haven’t used it as much as I have as some of my other guiding words in the past but it was none the…

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Week 39: We are not completely decorated for Christmas yet. We had a bit of a set back in that my son’s room had a slow leak in his window and it softened the wall board and warped the baseboards. Having a son with autism means he cannot let it go so he picked a…

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Week 37: I have been reading about Covid confinement burnout lately and I know I am there. In Michigan on October 12th we had 1,829 cases of Covid diagnosed that day. Six weeks, or so later, we are at 8,000 to 11,000 a day. What changed? A couple things. First the Supreme Court of Michigan…

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Week 36: When my kids were little one of their favorite books that we would read when they had a bad day was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Poor Alexander sees everything going wrong during the day and he dreams of going to Australia because everything would…

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Week 35: Covid-19 numbers are going up everywhere it seems. Our little county is over triple the number of cases we had in the spring. I heard from several blogging friends from around the world that they are seeing the same things in their countries. As we get ready to head into winter here we…

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I don’t know about you but as I am watching the number of Covid-19 cases rise across the country I am thankful that the percentage of people of dying from Covid is dropping significantly but I am concerned about the number of cases. When I went to the doctor the other day I was telling…

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Thirty weeks: It has now been seven months since I have seen my parents. My father is fragile as far as his health especially his lungs so I am terrified of the kids or I bringing something to them. Even if it isn’t Covid the flu or something else is just as bad could really…

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Week Twenty-eight: If you follow any sort of social media or news you probably get the sense that things here in the US are a bit tense. It seems like everyone everywhere is on edge. I had a friend ask I had considered prepping for my family. Not, really I mean we have plenty of…

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Week 27: Next week is the first full week of school in person here in our little town. I am still second guessing our decision health wise but know it is the right thing for my son. It feels like a lose/lose situation. Both of my kids looked at me the other day and said,…

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Twenty-three weeks: Sunset is coming a little earlier each night. The town has a feel of the end of tourist season approaching with sale signs on souveniers downtown, fewer choices on flavors at the local ice cream stand, and restaurants cutting back their hours again. The temperatures at night are more regularly dipping into the…