Monday, February 22, 2021

The Gauntlet ~ Day Two ~ Downsizing Cont.

 


Day Two of tackling The RV Garage Gauntlet and continuance of Downsizing went well again.  We got a later start due to Princess T's first day of In-Person Classes, which went well.   Since she'd only be there Two Hours we spent the time getting Errands done during that time frame she'd be in School.   The Son tackled The Gauntlet while we were Errand Running plus dropping her off at School at Noon, then picking her up at 2:00 pm.  




 She said only one other Kid scheduled for her Class showed up, a Boy, so there were only the Two of them this First Day, plus her Teacher, who she likes and has had before for Special Ed Resources.  A shame that Parents committing to this missed the first Day, there should have been 5-7 Students total and not just 2.  If they don't get better participation, I doubt they'll receive the Funding to continue it, which will be upsetting for us Families that are Serious about it and our Kiddos desperately need it.





Anyway, I'm glad she enjoyed it and her Anxiety now is lessened, the Boy in her Class is Cute and held the Door open for her, Twice, she said.  *Winks*  She was all giddy when she got to the Truck and pointed him out.  Which she didn't have to, since they were the only Two that showed up, so were the only Two being picked up!   But, she wanted us to know all about him.  *LOL*  They take their Temperature going in each time and walked her to the Classrooms, she goes to Two different Classrooms for an Hour apiece.




So, since Cute Boy Who Opens Doors is in her Class, I suspect she won't mind going Two Days a Week now for Four Hours total?  *Winks*   We'll see if any of the other Students shows up Tomorrow?   She couldn't wait to tell Gay Timmy all about her First Day of In-Person Classes and about Cute Boy Who Opens Doors, it's Gossip Fodder that is new for both of them and they both do Love the Gossip lemme tell ya!   Pandemic has made Teen Life very mundane otherwise.  *LMAO*




So, while she was in School, The Man and I dropped off some more Boxed Donations, dropped off some more Priced Inventory at the Antique Mall, and did the Grocery Shopping for Essentials we were out of.   Everyone has things stocked pretty good now, but had limits on some items, so we had to go to Two different Grocers to get all we wanted to stock up on.   At least now Coke Zero can be found again at about half the places I shop at, to me it's one of The Essentials.  And, it's limited to Three purchases of it per Customer, thus Two Store Stops.  *Bwahahahaha!*




There were no limits on The Man's Lipton's Peach Iced Tea, so we got as much of that as we wanted to stockpile, so we won't have to make as many Death Runs to do Grocery Shopping.   This is why I stock up on things we use a lot of, so that we have a Cache' here at the house and I can avoid numerous Death Runs per Month.   Tho', I must say, both Grocery Stores really were sparse of Shoppers, so I've also figured out the Days of the Week and Times when most people aren't there Shopping, which is helpful, saves Time and feels Safer.   I had a Special Request from my Blog Friend Shirley over at "Boots And Braids" Blog, that when I found a pix of The Man's Rattlesnake Cane, to Share pixs here in The Land of Blog... so here it is Shirley!




Now, it no longer has Fangs, we've replaced the Fangs perhaps 3 different times and who knew Rattlesnake Fangs are so Fragile and break off so easily?   He kept dropping the damned thing which is why the Fangs kept breaking off, his Motor Skills in 2012 were worse than they are now.  It's probably Safer not to have the Fangs in and he rarely uses it anymore now anyway.  He was very Proud of it when I first bought it for him and would take it everywhere, since it was a Conversation Starter and did Scare a lot of people, especially Kids!  *LOL*  It really is a Curiosity and it's a very large Snake that it was made from.




Now to get him to use any Cane, no matter how Cool it is, is an exercise in Futility, so I quit buying him Fancy Cool Canes to entice him to use them with any consistency.  His Motor Skills improved some and so he doesn't need a Walker, Canes, Scooters or a Wheelchair as much as he used to need them.  In fact, now I make him walk a lot to keep improving his strength and Motor Skills and we assist him when he's getting up or going up and down anything so he doesn't risk falling.   He used to fall a lot, so I know his Balance has greatly improved.   When you're a Caregiver of someone whose very stubborn about using their medical equipment, you have to do a lot of rehabilitation with them instead.




Anyway, after we picked her up from School we joined The Son in The Gauntlet Project and stuck with it until Dark.   The Son and The Man were having so much Fun taking Trips down Memory Lane with the Photo Album Purge that they actually stuck with it much longer than I did in my unpacking of more Crates.  But I did get 7 Old Milk Crates unpacked this Day and my work was more physical, theirs more time consuming.  The Son is now picking out pixs he'd like to have of all of those we're Purging from the various Albums.  He's finally at an Age to want some of our Family Photos and I'm ready to give them to any Adult Child who wants them.






Princess T is also picking out pixs of her Mama and Daddy, to hang in her Room, which is Sweet.  She has no actual Memory of either of them since we haven't been to Mexico since she was only Two... and when they Call her it's still awkward for her, since she doesn't really 'know' them and doesn't know what to say.  Her Dad's English isn't as good as it used to be when he was in America and speaking it all of the time... and none of her Siblings in Mexico really speaks or understands English, nor her Abuelita, Saint Maria, the Paternal Grandmother. 





 Our Daughter is Bilingual, but sometimes even forgets some English, since she speaks Spanish all the time there... and English, not as much for the past Decade Plus.   We Laugh about that, but I completely understand, both times I worked The Census and had to speak Spanish part of the time, I'd end up with this weird accent when I'd switch back to English, which was hilarious.  Now that I haven't had need to speak Spanish anymore, I've forgotten how to speak most of it and only understand partially anymore... if you don't use it, you lose it.   Believe it or not, when I was a Child, my Parents said I spoke Five Languages fluently... now English is about it for fluency!  *LOL*




My Mom was Bilingual her whole Life since English wasn't her First Language, and in her Older Age she was Teaching herself Spanish by watching the Spanish Language Stations.   Her best Friends were originally from Jordan and spoke Arabic around her so much she could understand it, she just couldn't speak it very well.  She picked up Languages easily and I suppose she could easily have been a Linguist had she wanted to be.   Her Jordanian Friends were Tri-Lingual since they fluently spoke English, Arabic and also Spanish, so they could talk to their Spanish Speaking Customers in the businesses they owned here.




Anyway, The Man stuck with it until 8:00 pm Tonight, whereas at Sundown I called it a Day.   The Son came in just before his Dad to fix some Dinner, I'd taken The Man out for Dinner to 'Claim Jumpers', it's nice having The Son here since he'll stick around to ensure his Niece doesn't have to stay Home alone when his Dad and I want or need to do something by ourselves.   Most of the time she's got things to do too, but she likes having her Uncle here when we're not here and when Gay Timmy can't be here with her to keep her company.   Today the Kiddos were burnt out on Purging Photo Albums, but they'd put in quite a bit of time Yesterday and I didn't expect Teens to slog away at it as long as us Adults can. 





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Busting The Gauntlet, One Day at a time... Dawn... The Bohemian

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting that, but OMG does it give me the chills. I can imagine a lot of guys wanting it because of it's uniqueness. Sounds like Gay Timmy is getting some competition for Princess T's attention :-)

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    1. Yeah, the Rattlesnake Cane is creepy Cool and he Loves owning it, never seen one before and got it from a Friend at the Antique Mall who used to be in a 1980's Rock Band and knew a lot of Rock God Celebs, so no telling where he got it from? *LOL* Gay Timmy is always scouting Matchmaker for Princess T and assessing whatever Cute Guys she's eyeballing. She does the same for him. *Smiles* He's very much like a Twin Brother with her.

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  2. It must have felt good to make so much progress in the RV garage these past few days. You guys deserve a few happy days right now.

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    1. It felt fantastic to make so much progress. But we had a scare last night with something shorting out and I got The Son, TJ and The Man trying to figure out what, we are thinking it could be the Hot Water Heater... TJ knows everything Electrical so he should be able to identify the problem and I can't wait to repair whatever it is. Any Electrical malfunction scares me, I didn't sleep at all last night.

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    2. Just found the cause, it is the Water Heater.

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  3. That is some big rattlesnake. Fangs for the mammaries. Sounds like T will sure enjoy her 4 hours of school and I do hope the other parents anti up their lids. Speaking other languages is a great asset. 14 years in Ukraine and few language skills. My hearing isn't good so unless it is written down I can't understand it very well.
    You are a gem and The Man is very fortunate to have you. I am glad his balance is improving.

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    1. I think she will enjoy her School experience more now and from a Mental Health standpoint Kids need the Social interactions with their peers, especially in the formative years. Awww, thank you for the sweet compliment, I'm fortunate to have The Man too, he's a good Guy and has sacrificed so much for Country and Family.

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  4. I am glad that the Princess has a few hours in an actual school. None of our three grandchildren has done well with distance learning. Schools are gradually reopening. YAY! In another 2-3 weeks or so, we'll have been shut up in this house for a year--except for a few days.

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    1. It is a delicate balance on how best to resume things safely and with our Children we all want to be especially cautious. Plus, you know Kids spread whatever they catch, with us being a multi-generational Family we have to exercise more caution than most Families raising their own Children who are much Younger and don't have the fragile Health issues of Aging and being Seniors. Yes, it's been a long Year, that's for sure, reaching the 500,000+ Dead is sobering, that's a lot of precious Souls to lose in just one short Year already and there isn't really an end in sight with these variant strains popping up as the Virus mutates.

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  5. Glad she got back to school. In person learning and socializing is so important these days.

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    1. It absolutely is important and yet finding that delicate balance of resuming safely is a huge issue for all of the Schools and Staff to sort out and they're not getting the Help they really need, nor the funding, from State or Federal, so it's tough right now. Some Districts are richer than others and many had problems even before Pandemic. I wouldn't send her unless and until I felt the Answers to my Questions were such that I had a Peace about.

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  6. Whew...I'm tired for you with all your work involved in downsizing. Glad your daughter liked the classes, and having a cute boy around can certainty be a plus, lol. We've been shopping on line and doing curbside pick up so haven't been inside a store since last March. Stay well, stay safe, and I hope you're able to get vaccinated soon.
    Sandy's Space

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    1. I've heard that in March they're dropping down the Age requirement to over 55 and so I should then be able to qualify for my Vaccine... they never did give Caregivers or those with Comorbidities a Priority, which I think is just Wrong.

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