fun (and safe) meme

1)👱🏻♂️ Brothers: Just the one, thankfully.
2)👩🏻 Sisters: 2, one passed away and one still living.
3)👶 children: None
4)☀️ Tattoos: None.
5)💍 Piercings: Just the ears.
6)🌴 Been to an island: Rhodes, Sicily, Palma, off the top of my head.
7)✈️ Flown on a plane: Yup.
8)🚑 Ridden in an ambulance: Yes, after collapsing at work.
9)⛸Ice Skating: Once, hated it.
10)🚢Been on a Cruise: 3 so far, love waking up in a different country every couple of days.
11)🏍Ridden on a Motorcycle: had one in my youth.
12)🐴Ridden on a horse: Again, in my youth.
13)🚓Ridden in a police car: Never.
14)🏥Stayed in a hospital: Six times, that I can bring to mind.
15)👀Eye Color: Blue
16)📱Last phone call: Sister-in-law, Pat.
17)☕Coffee: Don't drink the stuff, but do love coffee cake - go figure.
18)🥧Favorite pie: Apple Pie with custard
19)🐕favorite dog: Saluki
20)☀Favorite season: Spring
22)🎅Favorite holiday: Can't say I have one. All holidays are good.
23)👮♂️Ever been handcuffed: no
24) 🍓Favorite fruit: Spanish Navel oranges.
25)🍺 Favorite color: Red
26)🚜Can you drive a tractor: Never tried.
27)🚛Can you drive stick: I've only ever driven stick shift.
28)🚂Have you traveled by train: Yes, love it.
29)🍲Favorite food: Anything with pasta.
30.)🚁 Have you ridden in a helicopter? Nope and you'll never get me in one unless I'm unconscious. I get dizzy up stepladders!

catch up...

So, anyhoo, had my Covid jab last Friday at the local surgery.  I would normally walk there but as it was raining heavily, decided to drive.  Got there for my appointment bang on time - no queuing, just walked right in. They really are well organised. I normally hate injections, but the nurse was very good and I hardly felt a thing.  In fact, felt fine all a day until bedtime when I had some chills and a little headache.  Symptoms only lasted a few hours, though, so not problem.

Had some snow the last few days.  Nothing major, just about an inch or two.  It makes everything seem quiet and peaceful.   I even regressed to my childhood and threw a few snow balls at my fence.  And why does it feel so good being the first to leave footprints in the pristine snow?  Last winter we didn't get any snow here at all, which has never happened in my lifetime, so I was happy to see it,

Last week was the funeral for my neighbour, who sadly passed away.  I'd called an ambulance for her after hearing a loud thump that sounded suspiciously like a body falling and was saddened to know I was right.  Her family have been clearing the house out the last couple of weeks and I suppose it will go on the market soon. 

Started my diet on Monday morning, finished it Monday evening.  I'm so weak.  I really need to get a handle on my comfort eating, I'm starting to outgrow my clothes.  Frankly, I'm not in the right state of mind to give my previous healthier eating habits any thought.  I've become lazy, binge watching TV and playing games on my laptop.  I tell myself things will get better when things get better.  But when?  I never explected this pandemic to last this long, I don't think anyone did.  I need to stop there, before I get maudling.  Spring will be here soon, my favourite season.  Already my daffodils are budding.  I'm so looking forward to it.

Covid jab...

Woo-hoo.  My local surgery has just called to book me in for my Covid jab next Friday.  Since I'm classed as 'clinically extremely vulnerable', I'm lumped in with the over 70's, not that I'm complaining.  I just hope the vaccinations will mean the start of the end of this plague - I'm ready to go back to normal, now.

A picture from my walk.

I'm asking those who love the outdoors to post a picture on your page. A picture that YOU took. Just a pic. No description. The goal is to regain peace and harmony without negativity. Please copy the text, put a picture on YOUR page, and let's look at these beautiful pictures.


Update 2nd Jan 2021

Well, that was an unremarkable Christmas and an even more boring New Year. I usually spend Christmas day with my sister and her family, but of course that was called off this year, so spent the day alone. It just felt like any other day of the past few months. And I almost forgot it was New Year's eve - the fireworks going off was a big clue.

Two nights before Christmas, I heard a loud thud from next door. My neighbour is elderly and lives alone, though she has regular visits from family during the day. Worried for her safety, I called the emergency services and as we were trying to figure out how to get in her daughter-in-law pulled up in her car, coming to check on her. When they opened the door, I just saw poor Lillian's feet sticking out of the bedroom door. It wasn't good news. It shook me up a little, I don't mind admitting. I'm glad that I didn't ignore the loud thud, even if we were too late to do anything to help her.

Oh, crud...

Just found out my sister and her husband have tested positive for Covid. They'd decided to take a few days break in Blackpool and when she got back, she started with a cough. I stayed away from her as I have health issues, but then she developed flu-like symptoms and her husband started to feel unwell, too, so I told her she should get the test, just in case. The results came back positive. They have to isolate for 10 days. At the moment, she's not too bad and I hope she stays that way.

But I really miss her. I live alone and though we sometime argue over differing opinions, I miss our chats. We go for regular walks 3 or 4 times a week and it's not the same on my own. I hate this virus! I want life to go back to normal, crazy, chaotic normal.

Rain, rain...

I’m not one for keeping fit, but I do like to take a walk. I walk most days, around 60-90 minutes each time, but yesterday it rained all day and I missed my little stroll. So, today started out bright. The sun was out, there were few clouds in the sky, so I donned my shower-proof coat and set off. Apparently my shower-proof coat is good against showers – not so good against a torrential downpour. Twenty minutes into my walk, the sun had disappeared and the sky turned battleship grey and what started as a sprinkling of rain soon turned into a deluge. My trousers clung to my legs, water dripped down my neck and by the time I made it home, even my underwear was soaked through! And the forecast for the coming week? Rain, rain, followed by more rain. I miss Summer already!


In need of hugs...

My sister, Linda, came round this morning, carrying a bundle of PPE. I found out a few days ago I had soft tissue sarcoma, a rare cancer, and she was desperate for a hug, bless her. I'm the pretty one in the photo.

Continuing isolation....

So, I’m getting a better handle on this isolation lark, now, and I’m starting to adjust.

So far, I’ve managed to sort out a couple of ‘click and collect’ shopping slots, which means I can shop online and drive to the supermarket to pick it up. I’m not supposed to leave the house, but I figured it’s the least risky option. You just drive up and they bring the shopping to your car, no contact between you and staff. Plus, my car gets a much needed run out – I’m worried about the battery going flat from lack of use.

I’m using an old cross-trainer for exercise. So glad I didn’t get rid of it now. Considered dumping it because it takes up too much space in my tiny home, but now I can’t go out for walks it’s become my only source of exercise. I dragged it into the living room so I can watch TV while I use it.

Getting some jobs done in the garden. Seedlings are sprouting nicely in the greenhouse and today I managed to get some bags of compost from a Horse & Pet Store five minutes away, since garden centers are closed. This made me oddly happy. I was beginning to think this year’s veg patch would be a non-starter.

Got a lovely card from my oldest friend the other day, telling me she loved and missed me. It made me cry. We’ve been friends since we were toddlers, 60+ years, and never run out of conversation. We regularly meet up with two other friends and I’m really missing our lunches together where we put the world to rights. One of our friends has just been diagnosed with cancer and it really sucks that we can’t be there for him.

So, at the moment, I’m in a better frame of mind and counting the days till my 12 week isolation is over. And just hope that by the end of it, the situation is much improved and I can go out into a safer world without fear of getting sick.