The covid situation here has still slowly been getting worse. Ukraine implemented a weekend quarantine, based on what Israel has done. That, and more covid at our church, means that we've been back to online worship lately. Bogdan's bandura teacher also had it, which meant that he was officially on self-isolation for two weeks. He had a fever and cough at the beginning, so we took him for testing, too, but his was just a cold. Today was his last day of isolation, and--so sad!--now our little neighbour is just starting into isolation. I still let them play together some today, only outside. Even if N's teacher has infected him, he wouldn't be sick yet, or so I hope. The rest of our kids were also officially on isolation from music school, but they hadn't had any contact with Bogdan's teacher, so I let them continue their other activities. Since today was the last day, all their teachers called for them to come in. Asya has her first piano exam tomorrow, and that teacher really wanted to see her before it; online lessons apparently just haven't been enough.
It's so, so important to us to stay healthy right now, because Will is finally going start treatment for his allergies! I find it a little disconcerting that he's going to get "immunotherapy": good, because something by the same name saved my life, but bad, because, well... yeah. He went to an allergist once two years ago, got the blood tests she ordered done, and then didn't go back. Last year he couldn't, because we were too busy with my own health. But this year it looks like it will work out. Please pray that this treatment will be right for him, and that it will be effective. He has suffered so much, and so has our whole family. He'll go on Monday for final testing, and if it's okay, then he'll just have to take drops under his tongue daily all winter.
A few weekends ago I got to go with a group of friends to a health geyser. It was amazing!
I also helped a friend with paperwork so that her dog could travel, and then we had pizza to celebrate the end of that complicated process. Dogs need a lot more travel papers than people do.
The Sunday before last, since we couldn't go to church, we watched the online service, and then set out on a long walk. We walked down to the Dnepr and back, 13 kilometres in all. It was a really beautiful afternoon and evening.
This is just a random photo of Will cutting up food for my beloved duck, while she waits and eagerly peeps at him. She speaks English, by the way; after she gets food, she says "peep-peep" in the exact tones of thank you, not the "peep-Peep-peep" that would be spasibo.
Last week when the orchestra was trying to get back together, broken into two groups, I took a screen shot of this, Asya's group. Out of a list of 17 names, only 6 at the beginning were free and healthy. Then rest were like Asya - s/i (self-isolation), or actually sick. Since we homeschool, I really didn't think we'd have to deal with that s/i, but now we know all about it.
Last weekend Bogdan and I went to the botanical garden. He was having such a hard time sitting at home, and no one else was there, so it was perfect for us. It was still beautiful, even if it was cold.
The next day I got to go on a little sightseeing trip with a family here to adopt. That was a real treat for me! We've known about Oleshky Sands, the local desert, for the whole time we've been here, of course, but it's hard to get to, so we've never gone. The visiting family hired a car and driver for a tour and invited me to go with them.
And then--this was way better than the sightseeing!--they got their little guy and stopped by our house on their way out of town. He was a little upset from being woken up and handed off, hungry, to two people who were strangers to him. He calmed down with Asya, though. (And now he's happy with his new parents. He have a great life ahead of him, with lots of love.)
Like I said, our older three have continued with their usual activities. That includes helping with their beloved children's club at church. The time before last was a quarantine theme, and Raia was the hospital (below). Then there was something about helping a professor; Jaan was especially active in planning and implementing that one.