Back to Odd

We are back to odd.

National Lockdown and the children working from home are not my normal blog posts at this time of year. I’m usually sighing at the prospect of mud season and wondering if I can hibernate. Looking back, common themes seem to be picking up half finished craft projects or just using what I already have in my craft cupboard. Oh, and the healthy recipes, in a bid to lose some festive inches.

They are all still there, but this time overlaid with a routine of having the children home, working from their laptops. Full marks to school, who have put together a brilliant timetable of online lessons. It follows their existing timetables. The children log in to MS Teams and the teacher teaches. I’ve caught parts of their lessons and the teachers are doing an amazing job. My two school teens feel that they are learning more, which is even better.


We did have an interesting start to the first day. We were out on our morning dog walk, so missed the fun. Isn’t that always the way? Anyway, school transport turned up. I hadn’t expected that.

We are official keyworkers, which means our children can go into school during Lockdown. They don’t as we work from home and, more importantly, the children are teens. They don’t need moment by moment supervision to get on with their work. I hadn’t realised that school or the council even knew we were keyworkers. Where do they get their information? I’m guessing a Government body. Something that didn’t come up in the last school closure.

Anyway, as we live in a rural setting, the children have door to door transport to school, in the normal run of the mill. It was this transport that turned up, insisting that the children need to get ready and go in, because we were keyworkers. I’m guessing it didn’t help that we were conspicuous by our absence, at that crucial moment.

They were faced with Middle Teen who stood her ground and was going to have nothing to do with it. Younger Teen said that she handled it well. I can only imagine. Makes me feel sorry for the driver faced with my determined teen.

Quick call to the council sorted it out and there were no surprise visits for the rest of the week.


Hero had his third birthday, this week. As his present (a squeaky seagull toy) was a day late, we tried to delay his birthday by a day. I mean. He’s a dog. He won’t know. Wrong. Apparently “birthday” is in his canine dictionary. He seemed to know it was his day. The next day, he discovered where I had hidden his present and was on the verge of opening it by himself. Honestly, it is like having a fourth child. Except one that insists on going out.

We’ve been enjoying all the weathers, this week. Freezing fog one day, that left us with frost on our hair and fur (see Hero’s face above.). Walking through the falling snow, another day. Ice on the roads, most days. I do love the changes and it surprises me how much I enjoy being out there, whatever the weather. I’m sure if we didn’t have to fit in dog walks, I’d skip some days. It’s easier once you’re out of the door.


Craft wise, I’ve been mainly knitting. I have a clutch of new dishcloths, to show for my efforts and I’ve also started on a mohair snood for me. I had all the yarn already, so that feels a little bit more normal.

There goes my week. Slightly unusual meals, as I run down the freezer and fridge, ready for our next shop, this weekend. It’s been several weeks since I last shopped, so meals have reached the stage of being a tad odd, but very inventive. It really does fit in with everything else being slightly odd.

Joining in with Anne’s word of the week linky. My word(s) is “back to odd”. Not unfamiliar, but still not as it could be.

Word of the Week linky

14 thoughts on “Back to Odd

  • Friday 8 January, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    It sounds like all the teachers up and down the country are doing amazing jobs! We’re following the normal timetable too and the Zoom calls are starting properly next week.
    What a drama with the school transport. It sounds like your middle teen was very forceful with the driver. hehehe
    Happy birthday Hero! x

    • Sunday 10 January, 2021 at 10:10 am

      The schools have done well. I hope Ellie gets on well with the Zoom calls.

  • Saturday 9 January, 2021 at 4:32 am

    I had thought you guys were already on lockdown, but I see I was wrong – it keeps getting more severe for you.

    • Sunday 10 January, 2021 at 10:12 am

      We’ve been in partial lockdown in different areas of the country, but with the new strain, a national lockdown was the only way to contain it. Hopefully we’ll see a down turn soon.

  • Saturday 9 January, 2021 at 10:13 am

    We have school transport for my son because he goes to a SEN school. Thankfully I have the driver’s number so we were able to text. Unfortunately, my son can’t go to school at the moment as we are not NHS workers. So he is missing his driver. I’m glad your girl knows how to stand up for herself #WotW

    • Sunday 10 January, 2021 at 10:13 am

      I’m sure he is missing his driver. It is disruptive.

  • Saturday 9 January, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Happy new year Cheryl. Odd is a good word to describe things right now. Sounds like home-schooling is working well and it’s good that things have been more organised this time around. That surprise visit from school transport must have been quite a shock. Well done to your Middle Teen for handling it so well. Happy birthday to Hero. It made me chuckle that he seemed to be aware of which day was his birthday. Getting outside is half the battle at the moment. I’m much more reluctant to venture out this time of year but I always feel better for doing so too. Love the colours in your knitting and the photo of the spider web is so pretty. #WotW

    • Sunday 10 January, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Once I’m out the door and striding, it doesn’t really matter what the weather is. I just know I’d be more reluctant if the hound wasn’t dancing at the door to go out.

  • Saturday 9 January, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Well done to your teen for standing her ground, I’m glad you got that sorted. I see that a lot of schools have got their act together this time around, it’s like they were expecting it? No surprise really.
    Happy Doggy birthday to Hero x

    • Sunday 10 January, 2021 at 10:16 am

      I think most schools could see it coming. They’ve learnt a lot from the first time and acted on it.

  • Saturday 9 January, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    My two have school transport and their taxi turned up at 8.30am sharp so I had to answer the door in my pyjamas and tell them no the kids are home until whenever! Love the photo of the spider web 🙂

    • Sunday 10 January, 2021 at 10:18 am

      At least you were there! Speaking to the transport person later, it seems they sent out all transport if you fell into one of the categories. Better that than leaving some home alone.

  • Sunday 10 January, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Back to odd, I couldn’t agree more.
    Lucky for us, it’s pretty much service as normal what with us already being homeschoolers, although I do feel for everyone with school children.
    Good for your teen with standing her ground. Glad you managed to sort it all out in the end.
    I hope Hero had the best doggy birthday, they really are like having another child.
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. X

    • Saturday 16 January, 2021 at 12:21 pm

      I can imagine that little has changed for you, but I bet you are missing your outings.

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