Virus attack, again!

We were supposed to have four kids with us today.

The oldest granddaughter came down with a sore throat and a fever, symptoms we have already seen in one of her cousins. We are trying to stay on the safe side since one of our charges has croup and the other is on the mend. Samantha is thus not coming here. She has the whole Thanksgiving week off of school.

Add into all this that I am tutoring at 1:00 PM in Wilmette. I hesitated to plan on tutoring in this time slot but we thought it was doable. Settling on a time slot was more complicated as the young man is home from college and wants to work on his French. It was doable, until the illness struck once again. Given the amount of juvenile virus, we thought we were safe. I guess that will teach us.

I am going to pick up one of our charges from pre-school at noon, bring her to our house, and then going to tutor. When I come back, I am picking up Samantha from the neighbors, who have generously offered to take care of her in my absence. Samantha and I will go back to her house.

Sometimes life is a circus, but a circus is far better than any of the other possibilities. Wishing time away is dangerous as time is a precious commodity.

MK and I are feeling better and I hope we continue to ‘mend’ as the virus works it way through us.

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Freezing Sunday

A Gingko leaf I found on our freezing walk.

The temps are below freezing and Stewart and I had a quiet walk all alone, without the girls. One was sleeping, she had had a bad night, and she awoke coughing in the middle of the night. She ended up sleeping until past nine. The other decided to take a pass and that was just as well, given the temps.

I am feeling a bit less well than normal, having come down with the family cold the previous day. As the day went on, the cold seemed to make itself clearer as a part of my life. The Zicam seemed to keep it somewhat at bay, but not enough to make it go away. I slept pretty well and now up, my sinuses are draining. I think that is TMI.

I made a fire in the fireplace and I am writing as I sit next to it, my next venture is to read the Chicago Tribune, having seen the New York Times. Of real importance is the book I am reading, ‘Grant,’ which has about three hundred or so pages to go. I am concerned that my borrowed e-book will go ‘poof’ into cyberspace if I tarry too much before finishing it. At over a thousand pages, it presents a real challenge.

Mary Kay and Samantha are doing some sort of sewing work, I am not really sure what.

Breakfast was a bit of leftovers; Samantha had her Nutella crêpes that she had had not finished for breakfast yesterday. Strangely enough, the server overheard our French and started talking to us in French. It turns out she was from Paris and although I detected an accent, I did not put it together with French. Then, while we were talking, a man in an adjacent booth started speaking to us as well, it turns out that he was from Nigeria, and I am guessing from a part of Nigeria near Caméroun.

I am going to try and stay warm.

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Wet Saturday

The play in our office.

We were looking for a better weather weekend than we got, but so is life.

We have two young guests staying with us and decided to go to the River Trail Nature Center. We were able to do things inside but the weather was so inclement that we could still not get outside to see the birds and other wildlife housed in the outdoor habitats.

The inside was still fun and we were out and about before nine, had a nice breakfast, and then went to Northbrook and the Nature Center in the pouring rain.

We are not sure where this day is taking us, in total, but we do know that we have swimming lessons mid afternoon. The rest of the day is up for grabs.

Our other grandkids are still under the weather, the one who was really sick is better but now her brother has fallen to the virus. We are not totally capable of helping since we have two charges and we are thinking that it is not the best idea getting them all together since we don’t want to risk getting the others ill.

All in all, there are not a lot of choices. Sometimes rain does not make for the best attitudes.

As it turns out, MK went to the ‘sick’ house and helped a bit while I took care of the two charges staying with us.

We ended up having a ‘play’ given to us, having a Domino’s Pizza Dinner, and then seeing a movie that I streamed from YouTube before getting everyone in bed.

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Our National Nightmare

I hate talking about this.

I feel like a whiner.

I must be naive because I keep thinking that I am going to wake up and find out that our national nightmare is just that, a real nightmare that one experiences while sleeping.

Whether we like it or not, whether it is legal or not, we have almost had a year from hell with a government that is not meeting our needs, never has, and from my standpoint, never will.

How is it that we have a situation and a leader that are totally unlike anything we have ever seen in my lifetime and that continue to flounder and fester?

How is it that because of their being at the helm we are continuing to see outbursts of racism and violence unlike anything we have ever seen?

I always thought that progress was something that continued. Perhaps it might be slower than we would like, but at least we would experience an evolution. Now it seems that instead we have a decided regression, a definitive movement toward removing the gains we have made and across the board law removal of everything that seemed good or at least held some promise.

Day in and day out we hear of new crises and some governmental officer being replaced. Scandals appear out of nowhere and despite it all, nothing seems to change. We see childish tweeting and inappropriate behavior on the part of our leaders in both the national and international arena. We hear of Russian involvement in our election process.

To think that I thought that the Bush days were bad and embarrassing. I would welcome Bush back in a nanosecond to retake the helm. At least he had some dignity and presidential behavior.

It is going to be a long four years. I have to admit that I never thought that this régime would last but now, I seriously wonder.

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Friday and a change of routine

Friday was a day out of routine.

MK went over to our kids’ home as they were going out of town for a wedding and we were taking care of the kids. After I joined her, we got one off to school and then we took the other one to preschool.

I then went to the gym and after that, went to visit the other son, who was at home with his kids as mom is out of town and the kids were ill, too ill to go to the babysitter’s. I brought some Munchkins for the kids; they needed a treat, and I ended up getting some coffee for daddy. His coffee press ended up broken and in the garbage.

Then I headed off to preschool and picked up my charge and we headed home for lunch. A bagel toasted, cut in half, and filled with cream cheese; some apple and craisins were the fare for lunch.

Then some quiet time with Papi.

Mid-afternoon, I will go to pick up my oldest grandchild from the bus stop.

It is sleepover weekend chez Mamie and Papi.

I am not sure how the rest of the evening is going, but I am guessing that we are playing Uno, a game I have not played in a long time.

We have already purchased our online tickets for a movie on Sunday. We are hoping as well to go to the River Trail Nature Center some time this weekend and I am not sure what other things we may do while the girls are there. Meanwhile, Lincoln, the dog, has our other son and wife as his dogsitters.

A fun weekend!

Friday was a day out of routine.

MK went over to our kids’ home as they were going out of town for a wedding and we were taking care of the kids. After I joined her, we got one off to school and then we took the other one to preschool.

I then went to the gym and after that, went to visit the other son, who was at home with his kids as mom is out of town and the kids were ill, too ill to go to the babysitter’s. I brought some Munchkins for the kids; they needed a treat, and I ended up getting some coffee for daddy. His coffee press ended up broken and in the garbage.

Then I headed off to preschool and picked up my charge and we headed home for lunch. A bagel toasted, cut in half, and filled with cream cheese; some apple and craisins were the fare for lunch.

Then some quiet time with Papi.

Mid-afternoon, I will go to pick up my oldest grandchild from the bus stop.

It is sleepover weekend chez Mamie and Papi.

I am not sure how the rest of the evening is going, but I am guessing that we are playing Uno, a game I have not played in a long time.

We have already purchased our online tickets for a movie on Sunday. We are hoping as well to go to the River Trail Nature Center some time this weekend and I am not sure what other things we may do while the girls are there. Meanwhile, Lincoln, the dog, has our other son and wife as his dogsitters.

A fun weekend!

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