Monday Missive – A Time of Change

I don’t know about you, but there is more to focus on these days than I have the mental capacity to undertake. I prioritize and try to maintain a modicum of positivity as I look forward to change.

  • I am still riding high on the tails of our first visit with family. We may get a chance to hug two of our grandchildren and my son this coming weekend.  I am more than excited for the possibility but will discuss the boundaries before we proceed. We will definitely take a little Easter surprise for them to enjoy.
  • After our last few days of on again off again rain and storms, spring is coming on with a vengeance. It is as if azalea buds happened overnight. I am anxious to plant our garden but with predictions of lows in the high 20° F range, I will wait even if impatiently.
  • Even though the date for filing Federal taxes is delayed this year as are our state taxes, our state tax payment dates are not. So, we must first complete complete the Federal so no delay for us.
  • As of this coming Wednesday, all of our children are now eligible to receive the vaccine. In our latest video chat with our youngest granddaughter, she was beside herself to think we will get to hug her soon! This time has been so hard on the little ones.
  • Last night we dropped off our cars to be inspected. This is an annual requirement to insure your vehicle is road safe. They are following Covid protocols so everything is no contact. They sanitize the car when the inspection is complete so all we need to do is pick them up. Easy.
  • Yes, there is a lot going on in the world and unfortunately it is not always good. There  are good things we can do, though. I hope you all continue to line up for your shot, mask up when going out, and stay safe. Let’s get through this thing!
  • Here’s a little spring for you to enjoy!

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SoCS – Internal Dialogue

Linda seems to have had a rainy Friday. I hope it was better than our rainy Thursday – we received almost five inches of rain in 24 hours.

Check out Linda’s blog if you want to join in – just check out the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “run.” Use it as a noun, a verb, use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

After reading Linda’s prompt I found myself having some interesting internal dialogue.

”Today, I’m going to run to Target.”

”Are you crazy?”

”No, i feel totally safe since yesterday was the end of my two week vaccination waiting period. I’ll still mask up of course.”

”Seriously? You are going to run to Target? I doubt that.”

”Yes. I know I still need to be careful because people are still going to run amuck with no masks.”

”There you go again. No one is running. They are walking or driving, but no one is running and that includes you.”

”Are you saying my grammar is lacking?”

”I don’t know. Look it up.”

“I can’t do that. I must write stream of consciousness. No research allowed.”

“Ok. Fair enough. So you are going to drive to Target, not run. Where you feel safer because of the vaccine.”

“Whatever. Yesterday our county opened up the vaccine to every age group. Lots of people have received their second shots. I wonder how many will run a fever like I did.”

”I give up.”

“I think you should chill out. Let’s have a cup of coffee. I wonder what time Target opens? I need to run by Costco and fill up my car.”


Monday Missive – March 15, 2021

Good Monday morning. I had a bit of a lull this weekend after having my second dose of the vaccine on Friday afternoon. It’s time to play catch up and get started on the week.

  • Friday we had dose 2 of the Moderna vaccine. I was chilled Friday night but never thought to check my temperature. I woke Saturday, still chilled after a restless night. I took my temp and realized I was running a low grade fever. I spent the day under a blanket with a slight headache and achy joints. Roughly 24 hours after my shot all the symptoms had subsided. I was left with a sore arm, but even that is gone now. All well worth it.
  • Late last week I spent a lot of time cooking and baking. I made hummus, kale/chard (from our garden) and potato soup with chorizo sausage, and two loaves of pineapple macadamia nut bread. The bread is from a recipe out of the Mary and Vincent Price cookbook adapting well known dishes from famous restaurants for the home kitchen. It is so tasty, but the next time, I think I will add coconut.
  • Our lovely spring weather will pause a little this week bringing rain and some cooler evening temperatures. The weekend may bring low temperatures close to freezing.
  • Wednesday I am taking Mary Smith’s workshop. So excited!
  • I have been following the CDC changes in their recommended guidance for fully vaccinated people and what it is safe for us to do. We do not plan to change much about our daily activities, but I really want to see my family. One of our daughters and her husband received their first dose of the vaccine, so we are one step closer in having some much needed family time. No other members of our family are yet eligible for the vaccine. And now we have the variants to also consider.
  • We have postponed clearing our property of fallen branches and leaves. These areas are so important for insects that winter over. Many of the ground feeding birds are finding their meals scratching in the leaves.
  • One pair of our bluebirds have definitely begun laying eggs. There is a nest in the other birdhouse, but we have not seen much activity there of late. In 30 days the hummingbirds should return and will remain until they migrate in the fall. Such a rewarding time to observe nature.
  • I have been trying to observe small changes as I take my walks. Color is appearing in the distant trees. It will transform quickly now.

One Liner Wednesday – My Shot

We finally got a time slot for our first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. We have to drive a bit to get there, but in the words of Hamilton:

I’m not throwin’ away my shot!

One liner Wednesday is beought to us each week by the lovely Linda Hill. Please visit her blog to read the rules, read other one liners, and possibly join in the fun!