Carly is Finally Home With Her Momma

Tammy has been home for several weeks now and has finished quarantine.  She did a Covid test and came out Negative…..Hallelujah….Life is beginning to return to normal….Well, Sort of….Carly was able to finally come home from Tina’s. Tina has been so good for Carly, and has taken such good care of her.  But she was now so excited to finally be Home with her mom. While Tammy was still in New York City, my niece sent me a pattern for crocheted Momma and Baby bear, dressed in nurses scrubs with face masks on.  So so cute.  I knew immediately who to ask to make them.

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Pam is a winter resident in Eastgate.  Yes, she was happy to crochete them.  Pam summers at Mendota Hills Campground not far from us at home.  Tammy and Pam both returned to Illinois the same days and completed their quarantine the same day.   Pam finished them after they arrived in Mendota Hills.  They all met at Hobby Lobby in Peru.

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See her face scars….Tammy bought her a New Bike…..Whoops she crashed..

Carly fell in love with them.  Pam said while Tammy and her talked, Carly put them in the seat belts for the trip home.  “Thank You Pam for making them, and Thank You Diane for sending me the patterns”.   For Mothers Day, Carly made her a Card.  She is so creative and artistic.

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Now Tammy has learned to be a home school teacher.  Since the Shelter in Home has happened all the schools have shut down.  Putnam Co has been holding classes on the internet.  Zoom is a program that has become extraordinarily popular across the USA for schools, entertainment industry and businesses.  The schools use it to hold classes as a unit.  At least they can see each other and communicate with the teacher and their friends.  Carly had a science project about Landforms.  She really took it to extreme to create her project.  She has such an imagination.  She was to create her Dream Island using different types of Landforms.

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To construct her Dream Island she took clay, molded it, and painted it inside a large Tupperware container.  She has an extensive amount of little animals and characters from her Fairy Gardens.

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You can see she includes a forest, the sea, a waterfall, cave and Palm trees.  She included a firepit, a boat on the ocean and all her little animals.   This is her Dream Island.  So Creative.  I think she deserves an A+ Tammy bought her an Art Easel.

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She wants to watch Bob Ross on TV now.  Who knows, maybe she is our next Budding Artist. wp-15902523113293984787536407489040.jpg

I asked Tammy about that face, as she looks mad…..Carly said, “That’s my Painting Face”….lol…Ok.  So this is the result.

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I don’t know where she got this at, but I rather like the stars.  So now school is over for 2019-2020.  The teachers had to clean out all the desks and lockers and give everything to the kids with their Certificate.  The kids couldn’t go inside, so the teachers met them all at curbside.

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Miley’s teacher met her at the window of the car.   Her certificate earned her an Award for “AGREEABLE ATTITUDE”  I bet theirs a story behind that.  lol.  This fall she will be in 6th grade.  Junior High is Swaney which is in the country south of McNabb.  Amazing she is in Junior High.  Doesn’t seem possible.  All our kids past through the halls of Swaney.  Now here comes the Grandkids…..Really has it been that long???

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Now we have Austin.  He will be going in the 4th grade in Hennepin.  His Award was for “GOOD CHARACTER”.….Really,  …lol…  Just look at that face….I think he is a duplicate for “DENNIS the MENACE”… Mostly the kids have adapted well this year to the sudden change.  The ones that really have been impacted is the Graduating Classes of 2020.  They have lost out on so much of their Senior Year activities.  Sports programs and Championships, Special Events like, Sweetheart dance and Prom.  So many of the things that make the Senior year so special.  They haven’t even had a Graduation Ceremony.  So many of the towns and schools have come up with great ideas.  Many have had drive by Ceremonies.  All cars line up.  As you drive up, the student exits their car in the cap and gown and walks to the area where they give out the diplomas.  Then the student returns to their car and drives away.  Such a shame, but its the best they can do.  Some towns are making Banners and Billboards and displaying their pictures.  Some schools even have the Superintendent going to each students house for a personal Congrats……These kids are in a special group that will forever remember their Graduation of 2020 amid a Covid-19 Pandemic.  They will have so much to talk about some day.

Even the Fire Departments have been so supportive of the kids.  All the Depts in Putnam Co have been doing Drive by Birthday Parades.   Imagine being a kid who can’t go to school, play with their friends, not even go to the store and visiting family and friends.  Then your Birthday comes and your told, …..No Party, No Friends, No outside Family…..That has to be like the end of the world.  The Fire Departments have been doing Parade drive by’s, flashing their lights, blowing their sirens, and wishing a Personal Happy Birthday over the PA.

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This is the post on the Granville Fire Dept. Page on FB the other day.

Granville Fire Department
May 21 at 9:27 PM ·
The Granville Fire Department has provided well over 70 birthday parades the last couple of months. We would like to thank all of our members and the community members that requested visits for children and adults alike. The youngest was 2 and the eldest was celebrating her 93rd birthday.
All things must come to an end though. We have decided to stop doing parades as of June 1st, 2020. People may now safely social distance themselves and have their own small birthday gatherings with families. We have had fun seeing the excitement of so many residents of this great town. Thanks for thinking of us and letting us be apart of your day making memories to last a lifetime!
Thank you for all of your support, now and all year long

What a wonderful thing the Fire Depts have done for the kids.  It will be amazing to see in years to come as they recite their memories of childhood.

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On March 27th the doors on many Fire Departments raised in unison, displaying all their trucks with their lights flashing brightly.  It is an awesome sight.  All the Depts in Putnam Co displayed their videos on FB.  This was done to show Support for all Fire, EMS, Police, Hospital Staff and all the other workers who is out their trying keep America going and safe as possible during this World Wide Covid-19 Pandemic.  So many are putting their life on the lines.

Things are starting to open up now.  Theirs still so many cases of Coronavirus throughout the US and the world.  Our economy is in such danger.  Employment is so high.  As of today the US has 1,613,443 confirmed cases with 96,662 deaths.  As a nation the count is coming down, although their is still some hot spots.  Illinois is 3rd in the nation because mostly because of Cook County and surrounding county’s.   Illinois has 105,444 confirmed cases with 4,715 deaths.  Texas is 8th in the nation, but will soon pass Michigan and come in at 7th.  Texas has 53,584 confirmed with 1,470 deaths.  New York is still the top……359,926 confirmed with 28,926 deaths.  Now that we are starting to open up, the worry is that it will start an upward trend again.  Such a fine balance the government and medical teams need to do.  We can’t stay home forever, but we don’t want to inundate the hospitals the way it happened in NYC.  We must be prepared with all the medical supplies and PPE to treat the patients and also to protect all the medical staff.  In Cameron County where we live, the restaurants have opened to 50 percent.  Walmart and Lowes don’t seem to care how many are in the store even though they do have a percentage.  Beauty and Barber shops are open, also this weekend churches and bars.  All with Social Distancing.  The masks are no longer mandatory but recommended.  Many of the stores have signs on their door requiring a mask.  I hate to wear mine.  It is so hot.  I do my best, but take it off many times when no one is near.  At the Island, they are expecting 50,000 people this weekend.  Ohhh My…..This could be Not Good.  Social Distancing on the Beach…..hopefully they all Comply…wp-15902523337156123028847534338719.jpg But I do believe it is so important to try to wear them near people.  This picture says it all.  We must protect our neighbor, and respect their rights when we are near them.

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This is “The New Normal”

Tammy bought new masks for her family….Of course….She loves her JeepCassidy looks pretty no matter what she has on…..She has recently started her first job…..”McDonalds”…Yea for her….We plan on still heading to Illinois this summer as long as everything keeps improving.  Here at the park, life is almost normal again.  The halls have opened up and above all…..The Swimming Pool and Spa’s are Open…..People were so missing them.  Illinois is taking small steps.  Sounds like Campgrounds might be opening and also Bars with outside dinning areas.  That will be good for Scott and Brandy.  Tammy has went back to her OSF job in Peoria, 1 day a week. She will be starting a new job soon in Peru at IVCH as a Nurse in ICU.   It will be close to home.  I think she is done with the Traveling Nurse for awhile.  She want to be a little more grounded now. wp-15902523447017926855023072972365.jpg

Last week was Nurses week, so this is my Thank You to You Tammy, and all the Nurses out their.  Your work is so needed.  It is so hard on all of you I’m sure.  The things you see, and the things you have to do, has to be emotionally so hard.   You have to make snap educated decisions.  Whether you are on the front lines or in our everyday unit, you see some horrendous sights.  Many of us could never do what you all do.  You must have a calling…..a Compassion Like No Other….

“Thank Goodness for People Like You”

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