Weekend Coffee Share – Spring In The Air

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It’s already weekend again! We’ve had a four day work week here, Monday being a red day. It’s been windy all week, and around 40F. I’m doing laundry, and hanging it outside today, for the first time this year. Spring is in the air. We are suppose to get temperatures in the 60’s next week. 60’s and 70’s are perfect temperatures, if you ask me. How would you like your coffee today? Or maybe you prefer some tea? Weekend Coffee Share is a small(ish) virtual coffee date, with participants from around the globe taking place every weekend 🙂

Part of this weekend is going to be dedicated to writing educational plans for the rest of the semester. Starting Monday we are going to be outside. Parents are going to leave the children with a teacher that are meeting them outside, we are going to have our activities outside, and parents are going to pick the children up outside. Most meals are going to be served outside as well. Parents can not enter the school buildings as we just had a new code lock installed. Everything is going to be sanitised and we are going to try limit close contact between people (students/teachers/parents/other staff) by being outside. It’s going to demand some extra efforts from everyone, but I believe it’s going to be great. 

Corona is getting a little more personal now as I have several friends with loved ones that are fighting the virus. There are more cases in the town where I live. It’s not the worst area, but the virus is more widespread than previously. Some people are really worried now and do everything they can to limit contacts (I’m in that category,)  others are letting go of restrictions and ignore them completely; College students having parties, and younger children having playdates organised by their parents.

Sweden, where we live, is around the same size as California, where my daughter was born. Meanwhile, the population of California is 39 million people, approximately 29 million more people than in Sweden. There have been at least 29,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in California, according to a New York Times database. As of Saturday morning, 1,050 people had died. Below are Swedens numbers for today. Most people believe that numbers of people that have the virus are much higher than confirmed cases, as most people with symptoms aren’t tested. 
Confirmed
13 216
Deaths
1 400

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My daughter and I are limiting everything outside school/work to zero. The photos in this post show two of the things that have kept us the busiest lately, chess, and spring planting 🙂 How are you doing?

Love,

Maria

32 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Spring In The Air

  1. I did read recently that Sweden was one of the least restrictive countries in Europe during this crisis, relying on low population density and people playing it smart, but that it might be coming back to bite them. Hope you the people you know with it get through it without any issues and that you and your daughter stay safe.

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  2. Stay safe Maria… here in Arizona our numbers of corona virus are low. We have everything closed except grocery stores. People are staying far apart from each other. And we wear masks when we go to the grocery store.
    Sending hugs!

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  3. It’s wise that you and your daughter take precautions. Is chess taught in elementary or secondary schools in Sweden? I hope your friends and their loved ones get through OK, and you and your daughter continue to stay safe and healthy. #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • I think we all should do our part in this, for everyone’s sake.
      I am not sure chess is taught in schools here. I taught my daughter the basics when she was 3years old, but she became really interested last summer (when she turned 7.) Do you enjoy chess? I do every once in a while, but I would probably not play it as often as I do, if it wasn’t for her big interest. Thank you for having coffee with me.

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  4. Organic gardening improves the soil, air, and water of the garden, as it uplifts the spirit, awakens the mind, and recharges the body of the gardener. It’s the best thing to do now!

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  5. Please stay safe and follow your own instincts and science. We feel fortunate that with the large population here in california we have so few deaths, it is because of all the measures taken and for that I am grateful. A few months of sitting at home, wearing a mask and standing apart is worth it if people’s lives can be saved – I think it isnt much to ask. I do hope a vaccine or a medicine for those infected can be discovered soon. Stay safe Maria and take care of your daughter ❤️.

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  6. Hi Maria, I did not realize that California and Sweden are about the same size, but I’m not surprised. Growing up on the West coast of the US leaves me always thinking that states are big. When I visit the east coast, I’m shocked at how small those states are.
    I’m glad you are being so cautious about your safety. I need to myself so am trying to behave.
    All the best.

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    • Sweden is slightly bigger, but not a whole lot. Strangely I know the roads from the south to the north of California better than I do the Swedish roads. I guess it’s because I’ve driven them more times as an adult. Just like California the landscape vary a lot from north to south. Be safe my friend.

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  7. I hope Sweden hasn’t waited too long to impose restrictions. There are still folks here that aren’t treating this seriously and that really worries me. The numbers coming out of NY are horrific and that is only 4 hours drive away from here. I take comfort that I live in a rural area, so exposure is less. All here are now encouraged to wear masks while out in public and stay 6′ apart.
    I’ve been doing garden work for clients with 3 workers and we all wear masks, which is not convenient, but I feel it is necessary as they say 25% of infected people show no symptoms. All my clients are in higher risk categories and so out of respect for them, I make the crew wear them. Overkill perhaps, but the small inconvenience outweighs the risk, IMO.
    I hope all is well with you and H., and the new outdoor classes work well. What happens if it rains?

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    • Yes, I know the inconvenience of wearing masks (from the fires in CA.) We don’t wear them here, but I gladly would if it was required. Most people stay 6′ apart here as well, that is the recommendation. It is worrisome with people that doesn’t follow them. I bet spring is a really busy time for you. I actually planted some seeds outside today, some beans and peas, the frost is suppose to be done for the year, we are expecting temperatures in the 60’s this coming week. I am going to wait a little to take my bigger plants outside, maybe next weekend? Depending on the weather prognosis.

      I think the outdoor classes is going to be great, less risks for everyone. The children are required to have rain gear with them every day, as well as any other gear the current weather requires. That is normal for Swedish schools. They always play outside every day. My mom always said “There is no bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” In Swedish it rhymes 🙂 The saying was true until I moved to the desert, where no clothes could save you from the heat. I love being home.

      Thank you for having coffee with me today ❤

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  8. Its so great that you & your treasure have greenery to watch grow & sunshine through your window. There is something comforting about watching something grow in the midst of chaos. There is not enough credit going out to the teachers in these times you are a huge credit to humanity many smiley stamps & never ending gold stars to you & the teaching community.
    I hope all your family & friends stay safe & get well. If we are out unnecessarily we are fined $1000 to $1500, a man has been jailed for ignoring his quarantine time after a trip over seas. Our government is pretty strict which is great. our area hasn’t been too hard hit but the big town 20min away is a hot spot. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  9. My dad was an excellent chess player back in his day. It’s quite the math and memory game as he would think 4 to 5 moves ahead or have games memorized. It’s an excellent game to teach young folks too! Love how big your seedlings have gotten! What a beautiful photo!! Sending HUGS from across the pond! ❤️❤️❤️

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    • That is awesome! I think chess can be very beneficial, as it is a lot of math, just like you said. my daughter is good for her age, and I encourage her to play. While I am writing tis she is playing by herself! She would play with me all day if I agreed, but I get bored after a few games..
      Many hugs to you my friend ❤

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  10. Do your best to minimize your chances of being exposed. The CDC here in the US recommends wearing face coverings when out in stores etc. in addition to social distancing. I wish you all the best!

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    • Yes, I am definitely doing that. I only go to work, and straight home, I think having school outside is going to be great for everyone as that will help minimise exposure as well. Stay safe ❤

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    • YES! This beautiful season adds an extra bonus to it! Best of luck with your teaching. I believe I would find it very challenging to teach young children online. You re awesome!! I have taken classes online as an adult, but that is a completely different thing. Be safe my friend.

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  11. Your approach, I believe is the smartest one. Here in NJ the virus is very bad up in the northern part of the state near NYC but where I live in the south, it is much less. Our county only has about a two hundred confirmed cases but everything here is closed except grocery stores and pharmacies. We and all employees are required to wear masks. Hope all goes well for you this week. Wishing you and your daughter keep safe and healthy.

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  12. California went on stay-at-home orders before any other state did. Our leaders had the good sense to start with the Bay Area as early as the second week of March. Although there are large numbers of confirmed cases, the death to case ratio is small, Maria. So many have not tested, so there are many more who have recovered. Every day there is news that California may slowly re-open with continuing social distancing guidelines, restaurants, more outdoor spaces, some schools, etc. We are still not able to go to our delta campground. The governors of Cal, Oregon and Washington state are working together to slowly roll out opening dates. Remember Seattle was one of the first states hit, along with the Cal Bay Area due to cruise ships and high urban populations. My almost home-town of Spokane, WA and Sacramento are very similar in Covid-19 stats. As soon as feasible, we plan to drive up to Spokane to visit our property. I hope you and your daughter are staying safe and I recommend wearing some kind of face-covering now when you are out among people. Keep your hands washed and bring a baggy of antiseptic wipes in your purse when you go out! Enjoy being outdoors as much as possible, you know the healing power of nature.

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    • Yes, it is a good idea to do everything we can to stay safe. I bribg handsanitizer with me, and wash my hands constantly (so does the kiddos.) Nature is an amazing safe place at the moment. We take lo g walks by our Lake every evening. It is wonderful. Be safe my friend 💗

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  13. Love the picture of the sun on the plants…..growth and the power of light. Waiting on a programming book coming through the post for my youngest with a view of trying to get him ahead in his thinking about the computing class when he gets back to school….Just a suggestion for you.,,,’Scratch’ is a programming language for young kids and great for the chess thinking child.

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  14. The problem with the figures is that a large number are thought to have the virus without displaying any symptoms at all. Here our curve seems to be flattening, but any thoughts of relaxing the lockdown are compromised by fears of a second wave of the virus. I’m writing this in a clinic where I’m undergoing a trial for an anti-viral drug that is hoped to be used against the virus.
    You and your daughter stay safe, Maria.

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