Daily Life

No Place Like Home

The weekend was long and finally over. It was a good weekend. I was at my parents house and I was with my kids but Alex was home and I was not. I love my parents and I am incredibly grateful for all their kindness and hospitality. I’m just a homebody though and like to be home. And I am super glad to be back home with my husband. And not just for help with diaper duty, though there is that.

Monday was my niece’s birthday and my sister had rented an 18 foot blow-up bouncy water slide. It was so high. I had an excuse not to participate, thank goodness, because I am so afraid of heights sometimes. My oldest five kids are not afraid and they were climbing up and sliding down for hours. I don’t know how they could walk after that. Maybe today they will be sore. It was probably the most fun birthday party I’ve ever been to. The kids played with their cousins all week and the party was a good way to end our stay.

We drove home that afternoon and got there right on schedule. Yes, I had a schedule I made and kept. We had to go pick up our fair entries and premiums. Once the kids saw that they were excited to have more entries next year. I was excited just for the ribbons. It was a fun experience.

Once all that kerfuffle died down I got down to business and assembled the IKEA furniture I had been pining after for ages. Last time I’d done the assembly I had to basically assemble everything twice or more times. I remembered that and this time I only did it once! Yay! I still have a couple more things to put together and then to the task of putting everything away. Like there isn’t enough to do. I have a bunch of errands to run on top of meal planning and grocery shopping.

Covid hit my county this past weekend. I’m wondering where it came from. I’m also wondering how it will effect the school year. The school board already pushed the start date back two weeks to implement teacher training on a new platform. I have six kids in school this year and the circus that is distance/ online learning is not something I look forward to. So much uncertainty. This year has been a tough one. I know there are tons of people who will be glad to see it go. I guess we just make the best of it all and do the best we can. There isn’t much else we can do.

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More Demo

What a day. I started it out with helping a friend with something and then I was planning on fixing the outside of the house. Alex had other plans. I came into the kitchen to find him poised to take down the ceiling. The kitchen ceiling in our house was lower than the rest of the house by about 10 inches to accommodate for a fluorescent light fixture. Problem was that above that ceiling was a lot of blown in insulation. A lot.

We pulled the ceiling down and most of it fell down in a big fluffy, dusty mess. Luckily, due to covid, we have “masks”. Bandanas, we have bandanas. We used giant 42 gallon garbage bags and a snow shovel to contain the mess. We ended up with 15 bags full. And I am glad we had masks but after wearing them for several hours I had had my fill and don’t have to wear one for quite a while.

This is one of the smaller piles we shoveled up.

Alex and I were both covered in insulation dust. We had nowhere to store all the bags except to put them back up in the attic. Michael and Benjamin were small enough to get up there and help move the bags around and they had fun getting up there. Once we get the sheetrock up we will have them get back up and spread the insulation around.

The kitchen looks so much bigger now that the ceiling is the right height and the closets have been taken out. Alex asked if I wanted to draw the cupboard lines on the wall so I can see what it looks like. I said no because I can see the whole finished kitchen in my mind. It is just a matter of making it a reality. I don’t necessarily mind the work but I will be so glad to have it done and over with so I can enjoy it and get back to normal life and not spend every spare minute working on this project. There will always be a project but I don’t think I will do this big of one for a long time

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Deaf in a Pandemic

I am frustrated and fed up with this whole virus thing but I guarantee it isn’t for the reason that you think.

This reaction to the virus is discriminatory. Let me tell you why. I am 30% deaf. That means I miss A Lot! I don’t fit in with the deaf community (I don’t know sign language and don’t know any deaf people anyways) but I can’t hear almost half of what is being said. 95% of the time I don’t complain, it’s been this way for almost forty years. It is all I know. But it is frustrating most days.

I can’t hear a lot of the things my kids say. All their little stories- I don’t know what they are saying. I ask them to speak up and kids really just don’t get that concept. They have two volumes- practically whispering and yelling. I say talk louder, I want to hear what you are saying and they turn down their volume. Same thing if I get closer to hear them. They take it as a cue to get quieter.

One can only say “what?” so many times before the other person get frustrated and says “nevermind”.

This virus reaction has made it worse because I can read lips to some extent and that fills in some of the gaps. People are wearing masks now. This takes away the opportunity for me to read lips and it also muffles any sound I might have understood. I ask people to repeat themselves and it is to no avail. At the bank the other day I explained the situation and the girl kindly took off her mask so I could understand. I was so grateful for that one small act.

I’m just ready to throw in the towel sometimes. I mean really, when my neighbor came over to talk the other day I wanted to hear him but if I leaned in a little to hear better he would back off. Stupid social distancing. I can’t hear you folks and it is hard pretending I know what you are saying. “I smile and nod because I have no idea what you are saying.” That is pretty much a deaf person’s motto. We try but it is difficult. If everyone came with captions it would be so much easier. One of my sisters is in the same boat as me so I know I am not alone in my thinking.

Enough of my rant today. The consequences of not hearing what was said got to me yesterday and it was upsetting so I just had to get it out. Hopefully we can get back to normal soon because this virus is effecting so many people in so many ways- big and small. It really just needs to end.