Jan 2, 2022

Bring on the Horse Wormer

 When I restarted this blog, it was not to be about the pandemic.  It was to kickstart my retirement - the next chapter of my life.  And now just one week away from the first day of the rest of my life, I have the Covid.  I'm the only one vaccinated in my house and low and behold, I am the one who gets it.  

On Friday, I started sneezing.  Not unusual when I get a cold.  Case and his girlfriend were in the kitchen working on my puzzle while I made dinner.  I even commented to them that I was washing my hands a bunch while I was cooking because I am getting this darn cold....

The next day I woke up with severe congestion in my sinuses.  John made bacon and I couldn't taste any of it  but the salt.  That was my first clue.  I had bought a 2 pack Covid test one other time when I was concerned so took the test.  Sure enough, it came back positive.  

If you have not had Covid in your house, you might want to consider a Covid care package.  I didn't even have Kleenex in the house!  I stumbled through the first couple days taking allergy meds to help my runny/stuffy nose and NyQuil when I went to bed.  I was running a temp but couldn't find a Fahrenheit thermometer in the height of the pandemic last year, so had to run a conversion on my Celsius model; somewhere around 101 degrees.  It isn't in my chest yet, but still difficult to sleep with the sinus congestion.  Today, day 3, McCain drove out with nasal decongestant and Vicks Vapor Rub.  Good Lord, THAT is pricy!  I do feel better today.  

Last weekend, my sister was here for the holidays.  She had never watched Yellowstone and I talked her into staying a few days and binge-watching it.  On the last day she was here, we went out for an early dinner at the Mexican restaurant.  When we started watching again, she suggested we have a screwdriver using the Titos vodka, my brother had left.  I suggested we play a drinking game.  Every someone used the F word on Yellowstone, we had to take a drink straight from the bottle of Titos, alternating between us. 

Who the hell that THAT was a good idea?  Do you know how much they use the F word on Yellowstone?  And WHY did we not stop with a good buzz?  Did we really need to finish off the entire bottle?  Covid has nothing on a the Yellowstone Drinking Game.  I may never drink again.  In case you are wondering, Beth and Rip have the worst mouths but Travis wins!  We got to dreading anytime he rode into the scene.    

Here's to better health and better decisions in 2022.

Dec 15, 2021

Looking Back

The pandemic of 2020 changed our lives.  The way we work, where we go, and how we socialize.  It brought some people closer together and split others up.  I don’t think anyone was unscathed by its reign.  The “new normal” we were told. 

 When we flipped the calendar to 2021, did we magically think we would get our lives back?  The pandemic continued.  I donned a supply of masks in my car because you never where they would be required.   Vaccine became available and now we were split again by our “right to choose”.  The “new normal” was not as promising as we hoped.  Where we virtually joined together and sang kumbaya in 2020, I witnessed circles growing smaller this past year.  I’ve learned we no longer stand on your own merit but are judged on degrees of separation of the unknowns.  I’ve seen the loss of kindness.  I have felt left out and cried over the loss of friends and the way things used to be.  I won’t cast stones; guilty as charged.  

While a few of my immediate family and close friends may have contacted COVID-19, no one close to me was hospitalized.  I don’t think anyone of us can say we didn’t know of someone who perished from the virus, but at least in my experience, no one close (knock wood).  I do believe the virus is real and I do believe that the vaccine has reduced the number of those infected.  I just can’t get behind the politics of it all.  I’ll save that for another rant, should I have the notion. 

 I am more optimistic for 2022.  The changing of the calendar will have a direct affect on me, as I am retiring from my company after 35 years of service.  I’ll take on a lesser, part-time role with the same company to help with the cost of health insurance.  I’m excited about a reduction in hours and responsibility.  This new position will give me 4 day weekends every week and summers and falls off.  A horse riders dream!  I’ll still work from home which is a plus most of the time.  The minus is the human contact.  I miss people!  But hopefully can reconnect during my days off.    

 I am 60 years old.  I planned for retirement when I took a job with this company 35 years ago.  I always thought I would work longer than 60, but I doubt I’ll have a herd of 7 horses and pull 32-foot trailers when I am 80.  Maybe my herd will be down to 2 by then!  (Big smile).  I don’t want to sit around at 85 with money in the bank and wishing I would have done this or that when I was 20 years younger.  I want to look back and smile. 

Painting a BIG old house is a BIG project!
We’ve spent the last 2 years remodeling our house and will wrap up the outside painting this spring; just ran out of nice days.  I’m looking forward to fixing up the farm in other ways.  I want to put in a wash bay for the horses (and poodle).  My friend, Kathy, gave me some day lilies that I have the perfect place to plant.  I want to stencil the floor on my front porch.  

I have plans with a friend of 40 years to go on a trip together.  My sister, who lives a couple hours away, also retired and we have made a conscious decision to meet monthly for lunch or dinner.  I’ll have more time to help my son work on his house remodel.  And I already have ride trips on the book; one most notable is 2 weeks on the road with a horse – most likely Punch.  I’ll come home for a break, repack, choose another horse and off for another week.  Pray these dreams come true.  

My office is full right now with work equipment.  When I start my new part-time job, I am moving my work equipment to another room in the house and reclaiming my office at home.  I’ve ordered a new home computer and found some beautiful shelving units on marketplace.  I want to add a crafting space, too.  I’ll then start including pictures with this blog.  I still take a lot of photos, just don’t share them much beyond Facebook.  

There are good times to come.