Finally

There is something exceedingly beautiful about walking under a tree that is showering the path with leaves.  Honestly. Look up and breathe in the moment. It sounds like rain, without the associated sogginess, in mesmerizing slow motion. Final leaves spinning down.

I actually caught a leaf and then couldn’t remember if I was meant to wish or do something else, so I stuck it in my pocket, for later. It’s still there.

We had a school Zoom meeting last night for Middle teen. It was about her next steps. I sat down to set up my laptop for the meeting, only to be confronted with a sea of waving arms and hands changing my settings. It felt like something out of a cartoon.

My daughters didn’t trust me to mute the microphone and prevent the camera displaying, during the meeting. They are used to using the platforms now and would set it up in a trice. Yes, they know I am exceedingly well qualified in IT and work in the industry, but they would rather they did it. Just to be safe. After all, this was school. Even their younger brother was in on the act, distracting me with a never ending discussion on…well I don’t know what. My goodness, they do work as a team.

The tide is turning. I now know how my engineering father must have felt when teenage-me took over programming the TV controls to record a programme, back in the day.

(Just for the record, I manage fine at work when my children are not around to help their aged mother join in a meeting. I’ve not disgraced myself. Not once.)

(Finally used my felted acorns in an autumn wreath)

It’s the final week before half term. Always a tiring week. Keeping up the momentum to the end, feels more like an endurance task.

We’ve made it to half term and I’m so thankful that we’ve had not a single case of Covid 19 in the school. I was really dreading it interrupting Eldest teen’s exams.

Talking of which, it’s also been the last week of Eldest teen’s A Level exams. She’s finished now. Officially at the end of her school experience, after 14 years. I have to admit, when I handed her over to her reception teacher, at the tender of age of 4 years, I could not have anticipated, in my wildest dreams, a more different end. I’m proud that she stuck to her guns and took the exams this autumn.

She’s taking the week off and then it’s on to the next stage of planning. Only seems fair.

We’ve also finally finished our marathon viewing of all the Star Trek and offshoot series, much to the children’s delight. They weren’t keen. Time to find something else to binge watch.

And finally, this ball of yarn is out of quarantine and I can finish my crochet blanket. I needed one more ball to finish. I could only get it by either driving 20 miles or ordering it on line, which I went for. Slight delay, plus time to quarantine the wool when it did arrive, but it gave me time to sew in all the loose ends, where I’d changed colours. Now I can finish the rest. That’s my Friday night sorted.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

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14 thoughts on “Finally

  • Friday 23 October, 2020 at 12:19 pm
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    Your blanket is going to look amazing, but why did you quarantine your wool? I have held off buying wool for ages because I can’t excuse the fact that I have two boxes full (and probably a few bags too.) It has been a really long term hasn’t it, I’m glad your children have coped well.

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    • Friday 23 October, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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      Thank you. I can’t wait to finish it. We quarantine everything (or as much as is practical) coming into the house for 48 hrs. Risk seems low for transference, but I’m in no hurry.

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  • Friday 23 October, 2020 at 1:19 pm
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    What beautiful photos. Autumn is really here now and it’s such a pretty season.
    The Zoom meeting sounds like fun. lol I wouldn’t know where to start with it but my girls know all the ins and outs of video chatting.
    Hooray for half term. There is one case in my youngest girls school but so far, so good. We’re ready for the break too.
    Congrats to your eldest. It is such a big milestone finishing education.
    What a pretty blanket x

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    • Friday 23 October, 2020 at 1:50 pm
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      Oh. I don’t think she’s finished yet. School may be out, but I suspect she will be an eternal student!

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  • Friday 23 October, 2020 at 6:31 pm
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    I love sitting and watching leaves falling from the trees at this time of year. These is something very soothing about it. It made me giggle that your daughters felt the need to set up Zoom for you despite you being an IT professional! Love your autumn wreath and the colours in your crochet blanket. Well done to your eldest on finishing her A level exams. I hope you all have a relaxing half term. #WotW

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    • Sunday 25 October, 2020 at 7:27 pm
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      Soothing is a good word for it. Hope you have a relaxing half term too.

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  • Monday 26 October, 2020 at 10:11 am
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    Congratulations to your daughter on finishing school. Beautiful photos today. I love fall’s colorful leaves. Your blanket colors are fabulous – so pretty. Thanks for sharing what’s happening in your life. Have a great week! #MMBC

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    • Tuesday 27 October, 2020 at 11:55 am
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      Thank you. The autumn colours are so beautiful!

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  • Monday 26 October, 2020 at 1:07 pm
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    Love your crochet blanket and all the autumnal colours in your post. You are lucky that your kids’ school had no cases of Covid. My son lasted one day back in September and has been on Zoom since then! #MMBC

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    • Tuesday 27 October, 2020 at 11:55 am
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      I really don’t know what harm it must be doing to children’s education and confidence at the moment. Especially those that don’t have access to online lessons. Some are motivated, but others need that connection to their teachers. I hope your son is doing well.

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  • Monday 26 October, 2020 at 10:06 pm
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    I am not at all tech savvy and am more than happy to hand my computer over to the kids for them to get my meetings started; especially when it’s something to do with the school! We just went on a walk today and noticed that there aren’t that many trees left with leaves on them at all. they have really been falling in earnest this past week. #MMBC

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    • Tuesday 27 October, 2020 at 11:52 am
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      Our leaves are definitely coming down in buckets (not literally!) this week. It looks so beautiful around the trees. Ha! Yes, nothing like throwing school into the mix to motivate my children to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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  • Friday 30 October, 2020 at 1:00 am
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    The blanket is beautiful!! And I love the acorn wreath! I’m glad things are going along. I enjoyed checking back in and reading the amusing tale of the kids not thinking you could log into zoom without assistance! hehe.

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    • Saturday 31 October, 2020 at 11:48 am
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      Thank you. It’s finished now and ready to wrap one of the children up in…or me!

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