24th March 2020 – Tuesday
Well the morning study session didn’t go as planned. We woke up late … or should I say I woke up late. My bed was too comfy and warm and the thought of another day of homeschooling wasn’t appealing. Study session didn’t start until 10:30am … an hour and a half after my preferred scheduled time of 9am. Ambitious I know, but I’ve got to try. I’m not a morning person anyhow, I’m a night owl … when the rest of the family are asleep you will often see me pottering around the house cleaning or organising something at almost 2 in the morning.
So, an hour into homeschooling the kids were tired and had had enough. They wanted a break so I gave them cake and custard and allowed them some free time to do one of their favourite things … stalking places on Google Maps. To be honest, I couldn’t really be bothered today. It’s that time of the month, my asthma is playing up and I’m feeling super tired so you know what … I let them off. After lunch I let them do their own thing which involved coding, playing out in the front yard and generally annoying the hell out of each other. Great stuff!
Tomorrow I will do better.
I asked Skye how she was feeling about the lockdown so far. It’s been four days for her and Devon and she is in good spirits under the circumstances. It was really sunny and warm outside today and she was a little gutted that she couldn’t go out somewhere nice. The front yard is as far as I will allow. She did say that she is loving the food that she has been eating so far at home. Since we have a lot more time on our hands, we have been cooking a lot more and experimenting with dishes that we always wanted to try but never got around to making. Usually, both me and the hubby work so by the time we have finished work and picked up the kids from school, I would quickly rustle something up. But so far so good…we have been eating well!
Today we made “Gao Tang” which is a traditional Chinese steamed rice flour savoury cake topped with mince pork and soy sauce. It’s one of the kids favourite Chinese foods and they call it “Chinese Pizza” … well it does look kind of like a pizza. It’s lovely and light and is not so heavy on the stomach so it is a perfect lunch.
How are you all doing today anyway? I hope you are all keeping safe and well, looking after each other and staying positive through all of this.
I saw a picture in the news today of the situation on the Tube (London Underground). The Tube carriages were packed full of people. It was like a game of sardines … people crammed in the carriages, shoulder to shoulder breathing on each other. I know they have reduced the amount of trains and buses running and due to staff shortages, they have a limited service, but it was a shocking sight! This comes after the Bojo speech about social distancing. They all can’t be keyworkers, can they? Are people still not taking this situation seriously? I don’t know what to say anymore.
I received news this evening that three people have died in my local hospital … Homerton Hospital in Hackney. That has shocked and scared me to the core. What the hell is going on? The virus is on our doorstep now. My husband had to pop to our local high street Mare Street this afternoon to pick up Devon’s glasses. He said that Mare Street was empty and was a ghost town. He said it felt eerie … there were a couple of food shops open but most of the shops were closed and there wasn’t many people on the street.
I guess I just have to keep doing what I’m doing, keeping me and my kids indoors, safe and away from people. That’s all I can do. That is all any sensible parent can do right now.
I have been a little more active on my Instagram stories since the lockdown. I guess I still want be connected with my family, friends and followers. To let you know that we are still here and showing you how we are coping with the lockdown.
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I hope you are all staying safe wherever you are. Stay safe and look after each other and remember this pandemic won’t last forever if we all do our bit! We need each other now more than ever before.
~ The Cake Lady (and family) xxx