Today the weather can’t make its mind up. Every few minutes it just keeps changing. So unpredictable. I remember my Dad telling me an expression about unpredictable life. Unfortunately it’s not an expression that translates very well into the modern politically correct world. So here’s one I’ve just made up. The weather today is about as predictable as a ferret which has been let loose in a sweet shop.

Thinking about it – I could do with a sugar rush right now. Better not….

What is pretty predictable is that our little family lockdown is going to extend into 2021. I just can’t see our son making sufficient progress to even consider venturing into busy environments any time soon. We are in this for the long haul. On top of this we is the wider pandemic situation. We are seemingly entering a lengthy period of stricter social distancing rules.

We just have to be realistic. The initial aim has to be just getting son to venture out a few times to remote and quiet outside locations. If we can achieve that over the next 3 months then we are doing well.

So my mindset is now focused around the continuing physical isolation which the rest of this year will bring. But that’s a step forward. Uncertainly and just not knowing is worse for me. At least now I can start to get my head round the situation. Start to draw up plans to get keep our spirits up. Normally the dark months are punctuated with special events and family meet-ups. Not this time. So what do we do?

For son part of the strategy means spending money. Much money…. Going to try and get him the latest Xbox. His current one is well battered now. That will keep him occupied and he enjoys playing his football game. The hope is that I can encourage him to try a few new games rather than just FIFA football. The rest of the approach for him will revolve around just trying to do fun stuff. It’s still his childhood, he still has to enjoy it.

What do I do? I guess I get an old Xbox to play on…. Keep the fitness up. Certainly more reading. Get stuck into improving my spoken German (maybe buy a learning app that can double up as a homeschooling aid). The garden is long overdue a real makeover. Let’s see if I can dust down the 35 year old telescope and get out a bit more on those rare clear winter nights. Going to learn how to play the keyboard

I’ve told the story before of our son asking for a keyboard for Christmas. I did well and got a decent electronic one for next to nothing on a Black Friday sale. Unfortunately when it came to Christmas it transpired that the required keyboard was not supposed to be musical but one for his tablet. So it’s basically sat gathering dust….

Until now.

That’s a start. It’s something to work and build on. I’m no use to our son if I spiral downwards, so it’s time to GET UP and make sure I do more than just existing.

WE can do this.

45 thoughts on “Unpredictable

  1. Awesome. ๐Ÿ˜Š Sounds like a great plan. Yes, keep getting up Superdad. I’ve got to work out a plan as well. I’m going to have to think about this a little more. I laughed imagining a ferret in a sweet shop. A ferret anywhere is funny really. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. Good luck! I’ll try to recall where I saw well rated low cost language courses.

    I learned exactly 1 song on keyboard, Ode To Joy. My brain does not like translating a single symbol (note) into a letter, tone, and duration which then translate to two hand positions. Too much for me!

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  3. Of course we can do this… we ARE doing it! We have an awesome support network here on WP!
    Oh, please get the telescope out and see if you can make your camera work with it! I bet you get some amazing views of the planets & the stars and The Moon!!! I’ll bet it’s so beautiful when it’s full! I told Older Daughter after a camera, I want a telescope… for Sciencey Stuff๐Ÿ˜‰ she told me I might not be worth all that money๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ had to give her that.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

    Your cloud pictures are better than my cloud pictures… I have cloud picture envy.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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  4. Hey, Gary, I promised you a while back some pics from my back yard, and of my back yard. Not sure if these will show up, but hopefully they will: ๏ฟผ
    The first one is an added bonus, as I happened to be awake at dawn and caught this incredible picture. The second is what I wait all year to see. An elm, a maple bush, and a russian olive, side by side in my back yard. I find it amazing!
    As for Hawklad and yourself, keep on trucking. All you can do is your best. No one can ask for more…

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  5. So far we have managed to get our son out if the house twice. Both late night drives to the nearest golf course just to look at the stars. Hardest part was front gate to car which is parked on the street. With son in mask and gloves and coat with hood up. Trying to get him out in daylight but thatโ€™s so much harder. Going to be a long winter!

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  6. Always good to have a plan. The thing about plans is that you can make changes and adjustments along the way. But at least you’ve got a starting place. Keep up the good work. And enjoy life as much as possible.

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  7. Hahahaha omg I think I know your fathers saying – we have that same saying ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ is funny you held back – very politically correct move ๐Ÿ˜„โœŒ๏ธ

    Hey what happened to the children stories?? Iโ€™m over here waiting lol – you get me all excited with that! Lol

    You should do a keyboard – hey you are a poet… you guys can do a band just to mess around – you never know what that will bring

    You sound like you exhausted from all this, and you sound like you miss the world – Iโ€™m sorry โ˜น๏ธ

    Soon ๐Ÿ™

    2020 almost over – we almost there … look how far we have made through so far…

    You have been strong and funny and you have the time with your son… you do good… I know is hard – just hang on a little longer ๐Ÿ™โœŒ๏ธ

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