The Gambler

Day 6

Happy Saturday, friends! I’m writing this post early today because I plan to disconnect from most technology (not music) for the rest of the day.  I’ve been awake since 5:30 a.m. because – well you know why – the dog! I didn’t bother to try to go back to sleep. I’ve been reading magazines, watching cooking shows, folding laundry, drinking coffee and generally having a quiet and calm morning to myself.  I filled the crock pots with dinner stuff – ham and green beans – and have watched the cats and dog chase each other around the living room for most of the morning. All three are now sprawled out, sound asleep from the sheer exhaustion of it all!


Romeo and I have walked outside 2 times already today.  The sun is shining and the birds are singing – it is still chilly (30 degrees) but as long as I can see and feel the sun, I am a happy girl!  Once the rest of the house wakes up, I am going to suggest a long walk in forest with the puppy – it would be a shame to waste this sun – the week looks to be very dreary and rainy.  And we have now completed the weather report for today! Riveting writing right there!

We had a full day yesterday. We finished out our school work for the week, and went on the field trip to McDonald’s.  We stopped by the grocery store while we were in town, and picked up a few essentials that were running low at home. We arrived home just in time to do the Cowbell Challenge – Arden was not impressed but she giggled a lot, so I think it was a good idea.  We also squeezed in a few spirited games of Old Maid.  Arden is NOT a good loser. She gets that honest. We didn’t put any money on any of the games – but things could change as we go along this road!

The attempted science experiment for yesterday was a bit of a bust. We tried to race paper fish using water and dish soap. The first attempt was semi-successful, but all further attempts resulted in simply drowning the poor, innocent fish.  Oh well, they can’t all be a success!  

After cleaning up the mess of the home school week, I sat down to watch the news for a few minutes and learned that Illinois is now under a stay at home order and we are out of school for at least an additional week.  The earliest we would go back to school is April 8th. For us, the stay at home order doesn’t do much to impact our daily lives. I was hoping to take Arden to do some thrift shopping next week, but I can come up with something else to do.  Other than that, we really weren’t going anywhere anyway. The longer time out of school is going to be a real challenge. The absence of people, especially for my little social butterfly, is going to be a serious struggle and one I’m praying for guidance to maneuver.  I ordered some playground balls – dodge balls, football, soccer ball, basketball – and though we don’t have friends to play with, we are going to play! I just need the weather to help me out a little. The balls won’t be here until Friday, so Mother Nature has some time to cooperate, but I am putting her on notice – WE NEED SUNSHINE!!!! 

Terry and I celebrate our anniversary this week.  Twelve years. It is hard to believe. Should be a really special and romantic evening quarantined together with a 10 year old, two cats and a dog.  AHHH – Romance!!

My birthday is next Saturday.  I will be 44. I’m not sure how that happened.  I am pretty sure I was 30 yesterday. That also should be a really exciting day of celebration.  Maybe I’ll put on a fancy outfit and strut around the front yard. I’ll keep you posted!

News of the Day: IL is on a governor issued stay at home order until at least April 7th.  The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. today.  Citizens are not to leave their homes for anything other than medical necessity, purchasing food,  and getting gas.  Schools are also closed until at least April 7th.  

Kenny Rogers died last night.  He was 81. Islands in the Stream is my favorite duet probably ever.  

Plan for the day:  Unplug. Get outside. Read. Clean the bathroom. 

See you tomorrow!


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