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How are you spending your time during quarantine?

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6 hours ago, ohml said:

Why does the word fridge have the letter D, but refrigerator doesn't?

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I.... never even noticed that before. xDD

7 hours ago, Mouseykins said:

At least with yogurt you can actually keep it for a while past it's due date before it goes bad.

Use by dates mean nothing to me, lol. I'm fully aware they're mostly the food producers/retailers covering their backs in case someone gets sick. Good ol' due diligence. I worked in fresh food production for 20 years so I'm well versed in food hygiene so maybe that's why I'm unphased by use by dates? I dunno. In this country there was talk of them being removed from some products (fruit and veg for example) because people are throwing away so many tons of food because it's past its date when there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. That doesn't seem to have happened though.

These dates have turned out to be more of a hindrance than a help, I think, if people have lost the ability to make a common sense decision about if food is still ok by its appearance and smell, and go solely by a date on its packaging. Is that bread suddenly mouldy? Is that pepper suddenly rotten? Are those strawberries a punnet of mush? Nope? THEN WHY ARE YOU THROWING THEM AWAY? Oh, they're past their date??  🤷‍♀️ Just another indication of humans losing the natural ability that all (other) animals have to look after themselves.

You're so right about the yoghurt, quite often mine is past its date before I even open it. xD I can also state with authority that milk lasts for 3 weeks past its date. They only thing I adher to dates with is fresh (unprocessed) meat, that you don't want to mess about with, but that also visually lets you know as it's passing its best.

I guess I belong in another era; cut the manky bit off and eat the rest! My jar of jam (plum butter, OMG!!!🤤)had got mould on it - mould removed, jam consumption continued! I'm not chucking that away, nuh-uh! :hmmph: My great-nan would be nodding her head approvingly, I'm sure. 😅

@Ennoshima Hoping for your mental sun to come back out soon then, also hopeful that even if you're not up to talking just lurking about here is helpful even if just in a small way. ☺️

@Duma Iced-up freezer solidarity! (pun absolutely intended!) 💪

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Best before dates are sometimes crazy. I've seen sugar and salt with best before dates. They're preservatives! They do not go bad...

I'll look at the dates to have a general idea when I should be looking/smelling/tasting more carefully but I'll still make my judgement based on my senses, with the exception of meat and fish. Thing is, everything fresh that goes into the freezer doesn't have a "Best by" date anymore. Usually I'll write down when I stored it in the freezer since I buy a large packaging and divide it at home. 

@jellysundae For larger blocks of cheese I do the same, cut of the mouldy part and continue. With grinded or sliced cheese that's not really possible though so I'll throw that away if it's moulded. I just really dislike throwing away food with so many people on earth starving.

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2 hours ago, Duma said:

Best before dates are sometimes crazy. I've seen sugar and salt with best before dates. They're preservatives! They do not go bad...

Exactly! Honey being the #1 culprit with that silliness. That 3000 year old stuff that was found in a pyramid and still good, but we slap a best before date on it... 🤦‍♀️

2 hours ago, Duma said:

I just really dislike throwing away food with so many people on earth starving.

Same! I'm contemplating saving my veg scraps for stock once again. I used to do that before but I forgot all about it. I admittedly don't generate much veg waste as I don't peel anything so it'd just be the stalk-end of things, but I tuck it away in a bag in the freezer and there's enough to get stock from before too long.

... 🤔

There's some fancy French name for doing this, but I can't remember what it is! It's not actually fancy at all, it's just French so it automatically sounds fancy. indubitably.gif

A-ha! Mirepoix, fanceh!

 

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@Duma I'll send you Kai! He'll help you clean out your freezers lol! Though that much people food probably won't be good for him. He's still very much a kibble pup and usually he gets whatever the kids don't eat instead of throwing it in the trash. We were getting him wet dog food but he stopped eating it for some reason. He would have that as his supper while we had ours.

@Ennoshima I'm glad you're keeping up with your doctors and it could very well be related to changing medications. Hopefully in a couple weeks, I know that sounds so long, you'll feel better. We're here if you need to vent. 🙂

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@Mouseykins Thank you so much. ♥ 

I'm still struggling -- but just trying to keep as positive as I can during it all. My anxiety has been off the rails again as well. 😅

I distracted myself a bit yesterday by making my own Rose Water, so that's something. 

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@Ennoshima You're very welcome! Small distractions are lovely!

Today my daughter got a huge surprise! Her kindergarten teacher emailed me last week. She had a gift to drop off for all the kiddos. So instead of their weekly phone calls, my daughter got to visit outside with her teacher while still keeping a safe distance. My daughter saw her teacher at the gate and her face just lit up! I didn't tell her about her teacher's visit. I wanted her to be surprised so she could enjoy it more. Her teacher came into our yard and chatted with us for a few minutes. My husband kind of took over, he always does lol. But A was just so thrilled to see her teacher she didn't really have much to say. Often she's a quiet girl anyways. She got to show her teacher their bouncy horse and what's starting to become our flower garden this year now that things are growing. In her email she mentioned asking the kids about how they know it's spring. So I had A tell us how she knows it's spring by the grass being green and leaves coming out. My daughter was over the moon happy and seeing her teacher brightened her day so much!

Last night in preparation for her teacher's visit we made a beaded dragonfly keychain and a braided keychain with her teacher's name in beads. I also printed off a couple of pictures of my kiddo. I have an online store where I sell teaching resources, so I burned a disc with a few of my products for her teacher. We put everything in an envelope for her. I'm sure she'll like what we put together for her.

I just read online tonight that testing for antibodies tot he Covid-19 has become available in Canada so I'm calling tomorrow to see if we can be put on the list. We're almost 100% positive we had the virus already in early March. So it would be nice to know for sure. A friend of mine was sick in January and it sounds a lot like what the COVID is, so I have to remember to text her tomorrow so she can inquire about getting tested. Our area is currently showing no cases and while we were talking we feel that it's here in our area and none of our cases have been tested or reported so there's no data for the geospatial map. Because of the lack of data people are getting complacent in my area.

I'm being whined at to get a drink for my kiddos so I'd better go do that before they have a fit.

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Aww, reading that made me smile! I'm really happy your daughter had such a great surprise! My boyfriend usually takes over too, sometimes I'll be able to just chat freely, but it just really depends.

I also really love the lil gifts you had ready for her teacher -- if I was a teacher myself, I would of totally been happy to receive those! 

(I know my replies have been extremely short lately -- I'm still not back to my "normal" self -- eventually though)! 😅

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I'm glad that made you smile! 😃

This is the first teacher at this school that I actually adore. We even got her a little clipboard message thingy for her classroom for Valentine's Day. I got an email this morning from her teacher and she was so happy to see all the smiles from her kiddos that she's missing. She was tempted to just leave the present on everyone's door, but she needed to see their faces and see their smiles so she opted for the outdoor visit while maintaining social and physical distancing. Kai was not too thrilled to be on the leash. He kept yanking my husband to my daughter's teacher and hurting his hand so I took over Kai. I let my guard down and he pulled with all his might and I fell to the ground. All Kai wanted was pets and attention but we couldn't allow him to receive those out of safety for my daughter's teacher. So we ended up dragging Kai into the house.

My experiences lately as being a homeschool teacher and being in the classroom on parent helper days, makes me want to be a teacher. I know that's something I can't do because of the cost for it and the amount of time it takes. So I'll probably settle for just being a teaching assistant.

I hope your "normal" is right around the corner!

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I just love hearing happy lil things like that -- even more so during times like these! (What's going on in the world/my life to specify a bit more -- everyone has their issues, and I felt I needed to clarify cause my brain ticked into not wanting anyone to feel left out/invalidated)! ^.^ 

I also just love hearing positive relationships with teachers, there's so many people who don't with their teachers -- and parents don't always go out of their way to become acquainted even with their child's teachers, mostly only during parent-teacher conferences. I had a great relationship with a few of mine, and still even keep in contact with a few! They've been mentors for me, considering the life I led isn't the best, nor were the things I've been through, and currently going through. My parents (mostly my father, since my mom worked a lot for us, my father became disabled at a rather early working age) took great interest in wanting to know my teachers, and even doing the gifts like your family does! I know it can be hard to connect with teachers (both for parent or student), some teachers aren't the best, and the other half of the time is the teachers great, but trying to form a comfortable/appropriate bond can be tricky -- mostly just cause of social norms now, even if even is appropriate in said bond, they still look at it as wrong. (I'm not sure if I worded that correctly, but I hope it's clear enough -- sorry)!

My boys are totally the same, and most I know are fine with them being a lil jumpy to greet/get attention -- but it's so hard to let them know that at the moment for everyone's health and safety -- we can't do that. (They're still learning, and boy trying to hold 3 big boys back is hard, we usually leave them in a cool (lots of fans and we got one AC unit just for that room for this reason) back room, they have plenty of water, treats, and toys too -- even though they rarely have accidents, sometimes they get so excited they do try to "mark" things to let their visitors know it's their stuff, but they'd love to share, we have some pads down for them. We check on them constantly while guests are visiting (social distancing, and confirmed "NO" for having the virus, being asymptomatic, or being in contact with someone who has it/someone they were close to had/had it) to make sure the room is still a good temperature, and they still have everything they need). We rarely have visitors anyway just because -- but some of our friends have mental illsues like me, and need some air and a person to see/talk to to keep sane -- so as long as social distancing and physical distancing/confirmed for not being a risk to others with COVID, I don't fully see a problem with it. They're also only a few minutes away, and will travel by car to make the trip a bit more safe/less exposure to anything.

 

I got to be a sub teacher, and a helper in younger classes myself! It was in between times with my Mythology and Forensic Science studies. Sometimes things got overwhelming, and I put my name in as a contact if they needed someone. I was able to fit it in between my classes/school work, and was also granted a few extensions if I happened to be in helping for a longer than expected time. (Hey, things happen)! I was also just a home "teacher", I use that term a bit lightly because it was more so helping school all the younger ones in my family while babysitting! I don't think I'd ever be able to become a full teacher, just for the reasons you mentioned -- but being an assistant teacher is still very good! Depending on the route I decide to fully take -- if I get really good in my Mythology stuff, I could become a teacher easier for that subject -- right now it's mostly a big interest/for fun class/a just in case my Forensic Science dreams don't work out like I want. (Nothing negative btw, I just like having an alternative route, cause the future is never set)!

I hope so too, and maybe just a bit because this reply was lengthier than my usual lately! (I know I'm not fully recovered in any way, so I know not to beat myself up if I revert back to short replies).

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My oldest's Kindergarten teacher and even her two teachers from this year at school before we pulled her out seemed to show favoritism towards other kids over my daughter's needs. When we had a meeting in October about my daughter, they all pretty much ganged up on me and I felt like I had somehow failed my child because I took her out of public school. From the teachers in this school there are only two I really like. One is A's KG teacher and the other is the Grade 3 homeroom, math and LA teacher. She's also the vice principal of the school. If things worked out that my daughter was only being taught by this one teacher instead of 4 different teachers, I'm sure her future at this school would have worked out differently. As it stands she'll continue to be homeschooled until I feel she's ready to return and I'm going to place her in a different school where she can have a fresh start.

The appropriate actions at school is something challenging for everyone because one small act could seem larger than intended. There's this one girl in KG with my daughter who adores my daughter. On Halloween I was the parent helper. My daughter asked me for a hug because she loves me and is always hugging me. Her friend came over and asked me for a hug. I told her that I'm not allowed to without her parents' permission, but I could give her a high-five instead. I brought my camera that day and was taking pictures of my kiddo. A couple kids asked if I'd take their picture. I told them I wasn't allowed to without their parents' permission. I don't post pictures on social media of my kids so it's not like the pictures would go anywhere, but still it's always best to have that permission so you don't get into hot water. Because the kinder-kids aren't in school and usually they do a year-end graduation video for them. We've been sending pictures of our kids to the teacher so she can see what they're up to and how they're learning. We had to provide consent for pictures we've sent and any pictures we will be sending to be included in the video. Otherwise the video would be really short as not too many school events had occurred before the closures.

We bought Kai an elevated pet bed that has supports underneath that will support his weight. It even comes with a canopy so if he's outside he'll be shaded. We might put it in front of our front door at night where he likes to sleep with the window open. It'll be an extra obstacle for intruders to get by. Or we may put him in the living room by the window and make sure the vent is closed off so no hot air blows up onto him. Having a big dog is so different than a small one!

In high school I helped in the special needs room everyday for a few months. It was such a nice break from the regular hustle and bustle of my day with all my classes. I enjoyed working with the kids and they seemed to like having me there. I took time to get to know them in between lessons and didn't treat them any differently. When I saw them in the halls I'd always stop and say hi or wave to them if they were busy.

If and when I choose to go the route of Educational Assistant I can do the courses online from home and just have to do my practicum in person either at the college or a nearby school. I'm not sure if you usually get paid for such placements but I'd be sure to do it on a volunteer basis for schools in my area, just so I could stay close to home. This way even if it's not in their budget, I can still get the experience. But I have things holding me back on that. And as you said the future is unpredictable.

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I'm into gardening right now. I planted new trees this year and I can spend hours working in my garden. It is so relaxing. I want to buy pro chainsaw for home work in the near future and I've found reviews here about best chainsaw for the money. I have so many ideas where I can use it.

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I was never under quarantine orders, surprisingly. I did have an opportunity to ask for a voluntary furlough, but I figured I could use the money.

As much as I dread going to work sometimes, it gets very boring being stuck at my house for a few days, let alone weeks/months.

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10 hours ago, MysteryAF said:

I was never under quarantine orders, surprisingly. I did have an opportunity to ask for a voluntary furlough, but I figured I could use the money.

As much as I dread going to work sometimes, it gets very boring being stuck at my house for a few days, let alone weeks/months.

We weren't necessary under quarantine orders, just isolate and only venture out for essentials. Now things are opening up more and more. I've taken the kids in to the grocery store with me a couple of times but they're wearing masks and under strict orders not to touch anything. If they do they have to sanitize their hands right away. Surprisingly they've been behaving better now than they were pre-pandemic in the stores.

I agree, staying home all the time can get to you. All three of my kids have been stuck together all day, every day for months and they're arguing more. Hopefully, once school starts and they get into a routine things will calm down. It's helped them to go for a bike/scooter ride in the evenings.

I'm most thankful for the dentists being open again. My kids go to a specialist in the city. They were late for their routine cleanings and exams and I wanted to get my youngest in. Her top molars looked weird to me and it turns out she has no cavities and just extra cusps on those molars for more chewing power I guess lol.

Hang in there! 😃

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