Day to day stuff....a memoir without order.
Imagination is described by Webster as...The act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses in reality. Albert Einstein said "Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere."
I never realized it until I read it somewhere but there are ways to boost one's imagination:
Create a visual journal
Draw whatever you see for 15 minutes a day. You don't need to be an artist.
Think like an artist
Cut out pictures from magazines & piece them together to create an original image.
Listen to Bach
Close your eyes while playing your favorite music. Or listen to the sounds of nature on a CD or in the great outdoors.
Play word games
Try thinking of as many words as you can that begin with MAR...or you pick.
Let your mind wander, or focus on a single object & study its characteristics.
Everyone has a story....here's mine.....c
|This month I enjoyed my first two restaurant outings since the pandemic began over a year ago. Both were very enjoyable, one outside, one not, and I'm planning another for the 30th. It's wonderful to actually see and talk with friends again. The only visitors I had during the Covid crisis were family and one of them actually got the virus and had to stay away for some time (over the Christmas holidays even).
I hope we all remain virus free. When socializing, I allow myself to be around vaccinated people only. My writing group is scheduled to meet at a member's home on the 23rd. That will be our first get-together in a year and a half.
So, yes, my restrictions are easing. I hope I am being careful enough.
|Does anyone get important post office mail anymore? Mail you do not immediately throw into the trash? I am a subscriber to the USPS Informed Delivery and through an email "see" all my mail coming to me each day. I visit my mailbox...maybe...once a week to clean it out. For example, today, I am receiving a pre-selected offer from Capital One (trash), a letter from Accent Physician Specialists to Oakleigh Austin (whom I have never heard of) (back into the box with NOT HERE in big red letters), and a flyer from Tuffy Tire and Auto Service (trash). Nothing to warrant a trip to the mailbox.
I do have some mail to go out, the odd birthday or holiday card and my lawn guy, who invoices by email, accepts payment only by mailed check, a dinosaur. And I heard that stamps will go up to 58 cents in July. Did the post office ever stop delivering on Saturdays? Not a problem to me.
|I've been on a diet since last summer. Actually, I've just changed my eating habits...forever, hopefully. Even though I continue to take Prednisone (down to 5mg per day now), I have remained faithful and as of this morning weigh 124.4 pounds (I'm only a hair over 5 feet tall and probably diminishing as we speak...write). I weigh everyday and keep track of every calorie put into my mouth. It is a habit. I am vegetarian, still eating eggs, cheese, and fish. My knees are getting happy.
I hear on the news that so many people are not interested for one reason or another in getting the Covid-19 vaccine. I cannot understand this especially when it is affecting everyone in some way. If you were drowning and someone held out a hand, would you not grab it? Please please get vaccinated as soon as you can.
|Today was grocery-shopping day which I have decreased to twice a month for the last year, used to go every week. Today was my first time as a Covid, fully-vaccinated person and even though I continue to wear a mask and distance when possible, I must say I felt so much better in the store than I have for months! I know it may not be true, but I felt so much safer from catching the virus. Of course, I hope it is true.
|I had my second Covid shot on the 17th and still only a sore arm for a couple of days. So happy that is over.
Zoom meeting today with my writing pod, so looking forward to that. We are a memoir pod of mostly little old ladies, not very exciting, but when you've been cooped up for so long, all social contact is welcome, enjoyed, and relished!
My PMR is still under control with the Prednisone, alternating 10 mg and 5 mg every other day this month. Next month, 7 1/2 mg every day. My doc says 7 1/2 is the turning point for adverse symptoms to my glaucoma and osteoporosis. It has certainly made the pain go away.
I'm getting a new roof next week. Hopefully, the rain will stay away as I have a tiny leak which started about 2 weeks ago with that weekend deluge. The contractor says two days and it will be finished, pending the weather of course.
Our weather is beautiful right now, chilly at night (40s) but absolutely lovely during the day (70s). I think we are having our few days of spring here in Florida. I planted some herbs last weekend and in seven days hope to see some tiny leaves...except for where a silly squirrel has been messing around. There are many many birds at my feeders, having a grand time, and I hear the sandhill cranes coming to or going from Payne's Prairie. It's hard to tell which.
|I had my first Covid shot on January 18th and am scheduled for my second on February 17th. I hope everyone in my age group is doing as well. I experienced only a sore arm with the first but expect a few stronger symptoms with the second...more after the 17th.
I'm still on Prednisone (low dose) for my PMR, but thankfully I have very mild symptoms at this stage of trying to decrease the daily amount. Although Pred has some potentially serious side effects, to me it remains a miracle drug. I would surely be using a walker without it.
One of my dear writer friends passed away last Tuesday. She was the leader of the Life History Group I have been attending for seven or so years now. Of course, for the past year we have not met in person, and only last month did she let us know her breast cancer had returned. She was deeply involved in her small town's history and was the editor of an online town newspaper, The Waldo Phoenix. The paper's name tells you a lot about the town and about Penny. I will miss her.
|I've had another flare of PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica) and am back on Prednisone. Unlike when I was first diagnosed, the Prednisone did not work immediately this time, took a little over a week, but now I am feeling 100% better. Hoping I will not be on it as long this time, over 3 years the first time.
Finally, I am having the exterior of my house painted. I kept putting it off because I feel so "invaded" when people I don't know are in close proximity, but I bit the bullet from necessity and on Friday had a swarm of painters outside. They will be back on Monday. I tend to hibernate inside which, durng this time of Covid, is becoming normal. I had to take down my bird feeder and bath, and the birds are fussing at me.
|Well, I rescheduled my eye appointment, not feeling particularly comfortable going at this time. Only a delay though, until October 20th, and probably nothing will have changed by then. Although I have no urgent problem, I do have glaucoma (high pressure), which is monitored every six months and treated daily with eye drops. So I should keep my October appointment I suppose.
Nothing much is happening around my house for which I'm very thankful considering what is going on other places. My computer sits in front of a window with a view of the street in front of my house so nothing much gets past me as I'm at the computer a lot. I write short stories for a couple groups I'm part of and I'm continuously (for years now) working on a memoir. Closer to the window is a bird feeder, bird bath, and a hummingbird feeder so I have many distractions. The hummies are not eating quite as much as they were. I think in October they begin to leave for distant places, but I will continue to refill every 4 days. Otherwise the mix goes putrid in the 90+ degree weather we have now. The water in the bird bath has to be changed every day. I have noticed that once one bird gets in, they all want in, splashing, shaking, acting just like little kids.
I will be happy to see fall this year even though fall in Florida lasts about two days or that's what it seems like anyway. My back porch is not usable in the summer, too too hot. I will enjoy sitting in the porch swing again, even napping in it, listening to the crows, the bluejays, the woodpeckers, and of course the neighboring doggies, all sounds of fall to me.
|I have a doctor's appointment (eye) this coming Friday and can't decide whether to go or not. I expect I will end up going. A notifying letter (email) said to come alone if at all possible and wear a mask, which I will since that has become the norm for going anywhere. One of my prescriptions I was able to pick up through a drive-though but the other I had to go inside. Before I could enter the building my temperature was taken and I was asked a few pertinent Covid questions.
School started here in Alachua County yesterday, public schools showing a 35% actual attendance, the rest on-line in some fashion. The U of F (60,000 students) also welcomed 50% in-person attendance yesterday. I haven't been out for anything yet so I don't know the effect on traffic but I'm sure it has increased dramatically.
I have new neighbors on both sides and have met neither as of today. Both have several vehicles lined up on their driveways. I guess that's the norm now. Maybe their garages are filled with moving stuff and will contain some of the cars later when everything is put away. Both have been quiet so who could ask for more. Hope to meet them soon.
Sometimes I think we seniors are being culled by Covid, even purposely. In the beginning there were special shopping times for seniors but that has disappeared, warnings as well. I guess we are smart enough to know what to do. It is interesting how younger people are so relatively free from concern, carelessly playing with the much longer life they have left whereas old folks like me guard our remaining short time here so fiercely.
|My writers' group had its third monthly program yesterday via Zoom. It's beginning to feel like the norm, like a real get-together. At first the Zoom meetings were so stilted and distanced, everyone wondering what to do, how to act, what to say, dwelling on appearance in that Hollywood Squares spotlight, but now it seems like any other meeting...almost. We always have a board meeting prior to the program and that is becoming the norm as well. People are used to raising their hand to be recognized whereas in our in-person meetings, somehow we knew when to speak by other signals. I guess you can get used to anything.
I live in Florida, the State with astronomically climbing positive test results. I don't go out often, just for groceries once every 2 weeks, and prescriptions, thankfully only 2 every 90 days. I always wear a mask and I carry my own hand sanitizer and keep socially distanced as best I can.
The University and College in my town are planning to re-open on August 31st with a low percentage of in-person classes, mainly labs that cannot be done online but I suppose the dorms will be open, haven't read anything about that yet. Our population will swell by several thousands if that happens. Schools are being bullied into re-opening as well but no definite date set as far as I know. Times are scary but life goes on...for most.