so quiet!

How are things out there??!!

Nothing dramatic to report at my end. Finally completed the final steps of the extended and profound effort to repair all of the damage wrought by hurricane Ida. HVAC ducts cleaned of mold and sterilized, and final mold testing—and we are clean! Now we’re beginning to replace all of the furniture and shelving that had to be destroyed.

Discovered a spotted lanternfly infestation in our yard—just what I need! And I’m learning what steps I can take to get rid of them. And the garden has been so poorly tended to for too long, so I’ve been putting effort into getting rid of what shouldn’t be growing there (so much yet to do!!), and have to work on what should be growing there.

My husband seems to be holding steady when it comes to his cognitive losses. Praying this continues! And continuing to enjoy the good news of his early June scan and bloodwork. Next month is 11 years since his diagnosis with metastatic kidney cancer, and 3-1/2 years into remission. My caregivers support group at Gilda’s Club, which I’ve been part of for several years now, has been a godsend.

I was exposed to someone with covid this past Monday—an exercise trainer. Thank goodness we were both masked the entire time! Her husband tested positive the next day, and she tested positive on Thursday. I did a home test yesterday that was negative, and I may do a PCR test Sunday. Fingers crossed I’m not infected!!

My kids are about to visit—my son from Reno, my daughter from Paris—to help celebrate a big birthday.

How is everyone else?

=sheila

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We have some family visiting, leaving today. The next group arrives Saturday for a week, then we head south to do a celebration of life for my mom, who passed in early January. She would have been 100 on August 2.

Quiet is good, isn’t it? I see you on the Discord. Alstro signed-up, but hasn’t really shown up. The big concern is that she isn’t online because some tragedy happened.

1poormom is apparently causing trouble. Relatively benign, but I got a message. Apparently when she is at a doctor’s office, she wants to talk to everyone. But the car has a schedule to keep. They want me to pay for an escort to keep her more punctual, but I don’t know if that would help. It’s difficult to stop her once she starts chatting.

Which is interesting, because she used to not want to talk to people. To be blunt, she figured most people weren’t worth talking to.

An escort would be expensive since she has a chiro appointment weekly. She has scoliosis, and she had a collapse of her spine a few years ago. It was weird. Literally, overnight she lost a couple inches of height, and described having difficulty getting out of bed. She walks OK now, though a bit hunched. But she’s shorter. The chiro keeps everything aligned as well as he can.

1poorguy

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then we head south to do a celebration of life for my mom, who passed in early January. She would have been 100 on August 2.

A friend of mine would have been 90 in August, if her cancer had been found early enough to respond fully to treatment. Just shy of 100 is so impressive! That is a lot of life to celebrate.

=sheila

Alstro signed-up, but hasn’t really shown up. The big concern is that she isn’t online because some tragedy happened.

That’s my worry too—especially since she hasn’t responded at all to my note!

1poormom is apparently causing trouble. Relatively benign, but I got a message. Apparently when she is at a doctor’s office, she wants to talk to everyone. But the car has a schedule to keep. They want me to pay for an escort to keep her more punctual, but I don’t know if that would help. It’s difficult to stop her once she starts chatting.

The only way you’ll know if an escort will solve the problem is to try it. And I don’t see that you have much choice, anyway.

=sheila

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I am doing well. I am beginning to harvest veggies from my very first time gardening. I am part of a community garden in my town and it was a great introduction to gardening. I got a 20’x30’ plot that was tilled and fertilized to begin with. Unfortunately my plot is the last one at the bottom of a bit of a slope and received all the water runoff so my weeds grew faster and taller than everyone else. One bonus is that there are water pumps/spigots/hoses at the top of the garden plots and at the bottom. Free water so I sure appreciate that.

Last week I picked 5 yellow squash which were my first veggies ready. I got a later start than most because that plot just became open and gardeners there have told me how previous folks have chosen to move to higher ground. I put my name on a waiting list for one higher as well. My carrots should be ready in about a month. The green beans as well. I will be picking more yellow squash and zucchini and cucumbers soon. Sadly, my cantaloupe and watermelon seeds did nothing. Overall a good start.

I will be flying out to SoCal near the end of September for my 50th high school reunion on October 1st. I figured I should get out there 4 days in advance to allow for travel delays and I will be staying with my one daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren for a nice visit for a week. I have seen a hometown girlfriend several times over the decades so I will be staying at her home overnight after the reunion ends at 10pm. My daughter lives 3-3 1/2 hours South of Covina so it is just too long of a drive after the reunion.

I am on the board of a senior center and I am pleased that we are working with some Girl Scouts who will be making and installing a food pantry area. Hopefully it will be up soon and I would love to share more in-depth with the seniors about how to store and plan meals for at least 2 weeks per FEMA suggestions. It used to be that folks were told to have 3 days worth of food and water in case of emergencies but I agree that there is no guarantee that you will be able to get what you need after just three days if there is a natural disaster or other challenges.

On this past Valentine’s Day I began a low carb eating plan and started intermittent fasting. It has been amazing how my body has taken positively to it. I eat two meals a day with medium protein and lots of lower carb veggies and a bit of fruit. I am happy with the weight loss of almost 35 pounds. It isn’t a quick weight loss program for me but I do feel better. My snug jeans are now loose and my previous jeans (very loose now) are my gardening pants.

I have been having treatments for the past 4 months for an ocular occlusion in my left eye. It is slowly getting better but this will be a long haul treatment regimen for me. I was in the ER about 10 days ago because of continued reaction to Betadine as a disinfectant. I am changing specialists (from the same office) because my original doctor said Betadine is the best and he is unwilling to use anything else. In the past each recuperation time became longer and longer because I couldn’t see for at least 2 days and then my left eye felt like it was burning and aching and looked extremely bloodshot for up to 9 days.

Starting June of 2020 I began learning some new skills (even at 65 then) and have loved making bread from scratch (no bread machine), dehydrating fruits and vegetables and canning. I have learned to use just about everything I buy because I was getting frustrated with myself because I was wasting food that I forgot about and then had to throw it away.

I am grateful for my life even with its challenges and very thankful for my frugal ways that have made the past two years more of an inconvenience rather than a big problem.

Robyn

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I am part of a community garden in my town and it was a great introduction to gardening.

A closer relationship with nature! And to more tasty and healthier veggies! Sounds like you’re involved in a variety of deeply satisfying things.

Good luck with the new eye specialist. I can’t believe that the first one refuses to acknowledge that some people are allergic to Betadine!

Your comment on having wasted food that you had forgotten about and then had to throw away — that hits home, I’m regretful to say! And I have promised myself to improve.

=sheila

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