Welcome to our virtual coffee date this weekend. The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Alli, and anyone can participate by writing a post about the week, and add it to the list. How would you like your coffee today?
Last weekend I wrote about making rhubarb marmalade and a tiger cake for my daughter’s school picnic. Some of you asked for the recipes. The recipes were in Swedish, but now I translated them to English, both the text and the weight scale. Both recipes are fairly easy to make, and a success in my family.
Lately my weekend coffee shares tends to be a little on the long side. I apologise for that. Since I have been working a lot, and I’m a single parent I do not have that much free time during the week (read: no free time. Luckily I get most of my exercise in at work, and on my way to/from work. And I LOVE MY WORK.) When Saturday morning comes and I wake up early as usual, I find it very comforting to write a little, before my daughter wakes up, it helps me digest the week.
This week have offered us some crazy weather. On Monday it was very hot for the region, around 85F and sunny, no wind. It is very rare that it gets this hot ever. Tuesday started out warm, with a little breeze, but there was this weird pressure in the air. I started to feel strange in my head on Monday evening. Changes in the weather affects me a lot. (I could feel when we were going to have an earthquake in California, when I lived in Las Vegas.) On Tuesday I was hungry when I woke up, but I couldn’t eat more than a couple bites, same thing at lunch, and in the afternoon. It was graduation day for our kids, but I wasn’t nervous or anything, I knew it had something do with the weather because my head was just exploding. In the afternoon the explanation came with high winds and a thunderstorm. After that the week’s been great.
Double rainbows after the thunderstorm
Due to Covid -19 we couldn’t have a regular graduation ceremony for the children that are graduating our school, and leave us to start “real school” in the fall. It is tradition at our school to have a summer party with parents, grandparents, and siblings as guests. The children that graduates from our school jumps out of a window, that is decorated with flowers. We play music as they jump out, everyone claps their hand and cheer, they children get roses and a diploma from the teachers. Everyone looks forward to this and it is really important to the children and their parents. To make the best out of the situation we arranged it a little differently this year, to not gather too many people at school. We did the same ceremony, but with only one kid and their family at a time. We picked this Tuesday afternoon to do this at. Despite the interesting weather it went very well. Every single student in my class got to have their moment on Tuesday. I’m so happy, the children and their parents were very happy and thankful. It was beautiful and the children have a memory for life. Grandparents gets to see the ceremony through videos and photos. Maybe not as good as in real life, but still, it was the very best we could do. I don’t think we could have arranged it any better.
School isn’t out for summer yet, it’s not one official date for these young children, school is open all summer, but most kids get a summer break at some point. The first child left for summer yesterday. It is hard to say goodbye, since most of them don’t return in the fall. I get to keep my five youngest students for another year, along with 24 new ones. I’ve already made a rough plan for how to start the new semester in the fall, and I will tie up the last loose ends next week before going on my own summer break. It’s going to be a staycation (vacation at home) of course. At the moment we have more than 4600 deaths due to the virus in Sweden (a rather small country.) We have cases in my town, and the town where I was born, one hour from where I live now, just had all the teachers at a preschool tested positive this week. It seems like the danger is far from over. You can tell that both children and adults are in need of vacation this year. These special times have been rough on many of us. I feel that this is very true for my own daughter and I can’t wait to give her the attention that she deserves.
Speaking of my daughter, I applied to a middle school for her this week. The school she attends now is Kindergarten – 6th grade. The school I signed her up for is from 4th grade – 9th grade. There is a long waiting list, and I figure that there is a chance that she gets in at some point before 7th grade. She attends a good school now, and I don’t feel a need for her to get in at this school at the earliest possible date, when she starts 4th grade. I would be happy if she gets in any time before 7th grade. The school I signed her up for have all the lessons in English (she goes to a Swedish school now,) and an advanced art and music program. They also get to learn more language from an early age (German, French and Spanish.) The school is known for teaching the children very good manners. I have looked at other schools as well, and will sign her up for a couple backup plans (maybe her interest have changed when she reaches that age,) but this is my first choice.
You can tell this have been a very busy week, next week will be as busy, and this weekend will be spent relaxing with my daughter, listening to the rain falling on the roof, crocheting and reading. Perhaps pick some more rhubarbs 🙂
How are you? How is your week so far? Tell me about it in a comment, this weekend I will have time to get back to everyone within a timely manner. Last weekend I somehow got very busy. I am going to give myself time to relax this weekend. Have a fabulous weekend!