Advice from My Sick Bed

No, don’t worry it’s not Covid. I got my two shots. I found out this week that I have a case of shingles. I am trying to do this update with the dictation feature on my iPad.

From what I can tell I have a fairly mild case but it is painful. My advice to anyone that is 60 years or older is that you should have the shingles vaccine. I had chickenpox as a child and getting the vaccine was on my list but fell to the bottom after a year of postponing so much medical care.

The saddest part of this for me is that I had made the decision to take the short 45 minute flight to Florida to see my daughter and her wife and my three-year-old granddaughter. Unfortunately I had to cancel because while I was OK to travel my granddaughter had not yet been fully vaccinated for chickenpox which she could contract from me. The last thing in the world I would ever do is put anyone of my children or grandchildren or anyone that I care for at risk.

Today I am thankful for a kind and loving husband who is picking up the slack. He has taken great care of me. I did manage to go out and take some pictures today just to lift my spirits. Nature always provides.

If you haven’t gotten your Covid vaccine, rethink it and get in line there’s an abundance of supply now. And if you’re like me and in the senior crowd get the shingles vaccine. It only takes one time to have this to know you never want to experience that pain again.

In the interim I’m OK. I’m on medication and I’m able to just spend my time resting. Each day gets a little better. In 10 days my husband leaves to go to a timber frame building workshop in Kentucky. I know he’s going to have a great time and I will just lay around if necessary and relax while he’s gone.

Don’t be like Maggie. If you’re over 60 go get a shingles vaccine post haste.

(Today is my dad‘s birthday. Normally I would write a post about him and I will do that when I’m feeling better. Happy birthday dad.)


The Last Photo – April 2021

Bushboy has asked if we would care to share the last photo on your camera or our phone for the moth of April. No explanations necessary. Here are the rules:

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th April.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo” or #LastOnTheCard

Here’s mine from my iPhone:


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SoCS – Back to the Playground

Linda‘s prompt had me back on the playground today. If you want to join in the fun, Check out Linda’s blog – she spells out the rules and you can read the the contribution of other bloggers.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “may.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Linda might have been thinking about the fact today is the first day of May, but that’s not where my mind went.

My post title is a little misleading. Where I grew up there was no playground. Well, there was at school, but that was 6 miles away. Our playground was the wide open spaces.

If we could gather enough kids together, we would find a big yard and play things like  Red Rover, Kick the Can, Rock School, Simon Says, and Mother May I.

Mother May I is a strange game when you dissect it a bit. If you are not familiar, one person is designated as the mother. All the rest of the kids line up a distance from mother with the goal of being the first to reach mother.

The game is played by asking questions:

”Mother, may I take one giant step forward?”

Mother would respond with either yes you may, or no you may not.

Then another asks. “Mother, may I take three small steps forward?

Mother may then respond with something like “No you may not, but you may take one step backwards”.

You see, mother has all the control in determining who reaches her first. That doesn’t seem fair! Mother holds all the cards.

Perhaps the game’s origins hail back to the idea that mother is the boss and what she says goes! It sure was that way with my mother!


When Technology and Hobbies Save Lives – #WATWB

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Welcome back to the monthly bloghop – We Are The World Blogfest – started by author Damyanti Biswas. It is a time to share snippets of good news happening around the world in an effort to diminish the impact of negative news.

Rene Compean was an experienced hiker, but that did not mean the elements could not conspire against him. After venturing out on a solo hike in the Angeles National Forest, he took a new trail. After spending several hours trying to find his way, he got scared. He was lost. The wind was fierce and the temperatures were dropping. He found his way to a high peak and took two photos and sent them with an SOS message to his friend. Only one photo went through – a photo of his soot covered legs on an overlook.

The Los Angeles Search and rescue teams spent hours trying to locate him before they sent a plea for the public’s help on Social Media. Fortunately Ben Kuo saw the message and put his hobby and technology to work to see if he could help locate him. He was able to pinpoint the lost hiker’s location allowing search teams to locate and rescue Compean after a harrowing 30+ hours lost in the wilderness.

Read their stories here at Not All News Is Bad (which links to The Washington Post.(Hopefully you will not hit the paywall – if you do here is an alternate link – Inside Edition.)

I love it when strangers help strangers!

Want to read more good news or join in the effort to contribute to the spreading of good news throughout the world?

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