Week Two of Lock Down

My husband has wanted me to correct that we’re not really in “lock down”. It’s true the countries borders are closed (unless you have a good reason to come in). Our family is in self quarantine.

So to catch you up…

Day 8
The week the honeymoon was over?
Claire did not have a good day with elearning. It was a lot of written work and she was not a fan. We were arguing about doing your best so I decided to let her take a break. That helped a lot. She was able to finish her work after a breather.

Avery learned about the moon through Scholastic learning. We attempted to make a moon craft (she lost interest fast) and so she went to play play dough and Barbies by herself. WIN!
Mom (me) was tired. Tank on E. Tired of trying to be positive.
Luckily it was a gorgeous, sunny day. The winds were light. After all school work was done, we escaped outside. The girls ran around barefoot (crazy) and pretended to be wood sprites.
I worked on our seven raised beds that the owner had left. They had not been tended to for quite some time and needed clearing out and more dirt. We plan to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, dill, peas, carrots, lettuce and sweet peas. Green beans will be added if we have enough room. Peppers will be grown indoors since Denmark is a bit too cold for them and we don’t have a greenhouse.
The neighbor kids were also outside. We waved to them while they jumped on their trampoline and kept our six feet distance. It was very hard for Claire as she loves to make friends.

Press conferences in Denmark continue and conflicting reports occurred as well. Play dates were deemed OK as long as the children were healthy but then were labeled unsafe later that day. It was finally announced that outdoor play dates were okay but with only one other family, that family alone, and they didn’t have dates with anyone else. Public transportation was being greatly reduced and the elderly were advised to avoid it at all costs. Hostels that serve the homeless are allowed to stay open until the end of April. Opticians were told to close. More financial stuff was passed to help the economy.
The National Board of Health recommended all pregnant women who show symptoms of COVID-19 must be tested. Over 11,000 Danes signed up to help deliver medicine to the home-bound (or high risk individuals). The Prime Minister did a Facebook live to answer questions. More numbers were released. Three children were hospitalized. Intensive care ages were 47-82 year olds with the average age around 70. Most are men.
The United States issued a level 4:Do Not Travel Advisory.

The numbers on Day 8: 1151 infected, 153 hospitalized, 30 intensive care, 6 deaths.

Day 9:
Elearning finally went awesome! Claire did 90% of it herself!
We played outside much of the day as it was sunny again. The girls ran around barefoot (again), roller skated and we cleaned up the tennis court. We don’t know how to play tennis so the court is used for RC cars, skating and biking.
The girls also finished a project they had been working on for awhile. A food truck! They spent a big chunk of the day painting it a variety of colors. That night, we watched a movie and they served us from it.

The Menu:
Drinks (including beer):$0.25

Reports of testing shortages began to be reported by the news. Healthcare workers were not getting tested like they should. Protective gear for these workers was feared to be inadequate. The health department was listening and was promising to look into it and resolve it as soon as possible. A song called “You’ll Never Walk Alone” played across Europe for healthcare workers.
Fines were beginning to be handed out to open businesses that were allowing more than 10 to congregate. A bar in Odense was fined and closed down. A teen was also arrested for stealing hand sanitizer from a hospital.
Danes abroad were told to come home now! The window was closing to make it back.

The numbers on Day 9: 1255 infected, 186 hospitalized, 37 intensive care, 9 deaths.

Day 10
The weekend!!!
Which when you’re in self quarantine it doesn’t really feel like the weekend. I’ve honestly lost track of the days multiple times…
We spent most of the day outside. We rode bikes, worked in the yard and chased bubbles. The girls and I planted peas and carrots (may be a bit early).
Claire has really shown a passion for baking so we baked banana bread together. She loved it.
Our neighbors also had the same idea of spending the day outside as well. They also LOVE pop music and they love to listen to it LOUD. So we also had a bit of a dance party while they jammed.

Denmark police sent out a text message to all Danish mobile phones. It basically said: “We know the sun is out and you want to be out. Practice social distancing and keep congregations under 10. If not, you will be fined.”
Two nature parks north of Copenhagen closed because too many people were escaping there and not distancing. The lakes around Copenhagen became unified meaning everyone must walk the same direction around it. An x-ray bus was deployed in Copenhagen as well to test the homeless and vulnerable citizens.

The numbers on Day 10: 1326 infected, 206 hospitalized, 42 intensive care, 13 dead.

Day 11
Cleaning day!!! It was all met with happy faces and no whining.

I’m lying.

There was a lot of crying and arguing. But the house did get cleaned and there was even time to create. Claire took a mint container and added a flashlight (with help from the husband). I also made a quarantine art wall. I don’t know how long we’ll be in stuck indoors but I can guarantee there will be a lot of art by the time it ends.

A new testing strategy was announced in Denmark. They want to go more with the WHO recommendations of “test, test, test”. Plans were being put into action to achieve the possibility to test 3,000 Danes a day. At this point, it was only around 800-1,000. The conditions were also changed for those who should be tested. They included:
-anyone suspected of moderate to severe symptoms
-pregnant women or newborns with symptoms
-anyone with mild symptoms who preforms critical functions
-special attention given to vulnerable groups

The numbers on Day 11: 1395 infected, 232 hospitalized, 46 intensive care, 13 dead

Day 12
Elearning continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was also “spirit” week for Claire’s class. Monday was mismatch day.
It was another wonderful, sunny day so we played outside. This time we crawled under bushes in the yard and played superheroes. I was the villain. I was also a horrible villain because the girls would get upset when I escaped jail and I laughed so hard I couldn’t run.
We video chatted with some family, watched Mo Willems lunch doodles, started a solar system and made another batch of banana bread.

Today bad news came. The lock down was announced to continue until at least April 13th. We knew it was coming but it still was tough to hear. Danish families were told to stay home for Easter and that a travel ban was being considered to keep families home. Officials were hopeful the peak of the pandemic would happen in four weeks for Denmark. Around 1,060 respirators were ready for those needing them and officials estimated this would be enough.
In total, 17,000 Danes have signed up to help the health care system. A juice factory was starting to switch to bottling hand sanitizer; 17,200 liters of cider was being made into hand sanitizer from one of Denmark’s big breweries and Danish health officials were asking South Korea for the coronavirus tests they had originally turned down.

The numbers on Day 12: 1460 infected, 254 hospitalized, 55 intensive care, 24 dead.

Day 13
Team day=Cornhusker day in this household!
PE day was hard. We did burpees, mountain climbers, jumping jacks and more for 15 minutes. I was sore for days.
Claire and a classmate wrote poems back and forth to each other on the learning app the school is using.
We watched story time live in Cedar Falls, watched more Mo Willems and finished the solar system.

Story Time: So the solar system needed glitter (the girls’ request). I hate glitter. It is bad for the environment (ends up in water supply) and it gets EVERYWHERE. So when I accidentally knocked it all over the floor I said some words very loudly. It is probably Claire’s favorite memory of the week. My choice words: “Son of a musket eating bulldog”.

Yeah…I don’t know where that came from. My husband says it may be from those old Orbitz commercials. I think he may be right…

Around 65 fines were posted by police to those who gathered with more than 10. Private hospitals were ordered to shut down so the public health care system could have access to all anesthesia tools and respirators that may be needed. Denmark’s largest toy store closed down (temporarily).

The number on Day 13: 1591 infected, 301 hospitalized, 69 intensive, 32 dead
*Median age of deaths: 77 years old*

Day 14
Today was meal box day! Before COVID-19, I had signed up for a boxed food service (Retnemt). I absolutely love it! Around our small town, the food selection is pretty much the same but thanks to this service we get to try so many different cuisines. The meals are not always winners (mostly losers for Avery). I do love the convince of someone else doing the shopping for me and designing the meal. I especially love the curry based meals. Yum!

Day 14 was another rough start. It was dress wild day so I had two children running around the house with underwear on their heads. (Yes! It was clean underwear.)
Claire has been learning about the environment and Greta Thunberg. Her teachers gave her a video to watch. It definitely overwhelmed her. Let me tell you about my daughter. She has a BIG heart. She also takes everything to heart. Watching a video about how the climate, mass extinction and how we need to take action NOW, brought her to tears. She felt helpless and kept asking me what can we do? I told her we need to follow the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and contact our politicians. This answer seemed to help a bit but she was off much of the day.
We went outside and I created a new game with sidewalk chalk and rocks. Claire named it “Throw Rock.” She also won (first one to 300 won).
To close the day, we made coconut macaroons. Lots of sugar and sticky but ssssoooo delicious! They go great with hot coffee or tea. The girls weren’t fans of the sticky dough but they loved dipping them in the chocolate.

Fines were increased on petty crimes across Denmark as they are beginning to occur a bit more. Fines for any crime related to the coronavirus like theft and fraud, increased four times. Testing guidelines were updated:

-nursing homes/institutions employees must be tested
-threshold lowered for who can be tested (includes those with mild symptoms)

Supply issues were starting to become more apparent and it continued to be a priority of the government.

The number on Day 14: 1724 infected, 350 hospitalized, 87 intensive, 34 dead


Whelp. This is very late post coming out. We’re actually already into week three but I haven’t started that post yet. It turns out being at home with kids really limits your alone time. They are over my shoulders (or on my lap) most of the time.

We are sick of each other. Both girls miss their friends (as do I). I even miss just saying hi to the parents I barely know in the morning. I have little contact with the outside world. All groceries are delivered to the house and the husband gets anything that is not deliverable as he is still working.

Again, we remain healthy. We are lucky to be at home and to have such great support from the school to continue their education. We may have shorter tempers but we also have shared many laughs.

Now to work on the week three post….

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