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The hint of Spring

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

It is warmer today here in Northern California and will be for the next few days. We need rain and another drought year is forecast. I have maintained my drought "habits" - taking quick showers, filling buckets while water warms, we have a drought tolerant yard with mostly native plants. It is still scary, for the impending wildfires. Last year, the heat bothered me more than in previous years. That's saying something, as I lived for a time in the south and swore I'd never complain about the weather in Sacramento.

Well, that's the weather chat. I'm feeling a bit better this week, with less pain, blistering, and fatigue though today I do feel tired. I got to swim again Monday, as well as today, and it's been great. I haven't pushed it, especially today when I felt more tired. This is an ongoing struggle for me as I'm used to pushing through things. It has been a lesson for me with this health issue.

I'm scheduled to get my first COVID vaccine on Saturday. I had an appointment for last week, but it was at a community clinic and I'd been hearing that if you have a PCP, then it's preferred to use that system, so vaccines are available for those who don't have them. I got notified on Thursday that I could schedule, so the first available was this weekend. The upside of cancer during COVID, is moving up the priority list.

Not much else. I haven't seen my sisters for even social distancing. My art classes are finishing this week for this session. I loved doing the waves in watercolor but wasn't really happy with how the final painting turned out. But, the instructor encouraged us to do everything over during the summer and that's what I'll do.

I've been making some slow progress through letter and picture sorting. I made a trip to Michaels to get some items to use for storage and have gone through 2 boxes. Each time I end up going back and editing more. That's a good thing in the long term; but means I'm sort of spinning my wheels. Mostly, I'm planning on keeping the correspondence with my family and probably my best friend. It's a good / bad thing that now, there's less mail and it's mainly digital. I love being able to look at my mom and dad's handwriting as well as my uncle. All of those people, and my grandmothers, are gone.

Hope you are having a good Wednesday, it feels like a Sunday to me! Thanks for reading.
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  • ERIN1128
    I'm glad you're hanging in there!
    52 days ago
    I inherited boxes of family photos. About 10 years ago, I put together an album of memories for one of my brothers, scanning the photos in, for a birthday gift. I then did the same for another brother. He particularly enjoyed the photo of our blue 62 Chevy, which he loved driving! Was a much appreciated gift!
    52 days ago
    The fatigue lasted for me intermittently for quite a period of time: something I slowly learned to accept. In retrospect, I think that the fatigue was my body's message that it needed time to heal -- and maybe my soul too!! Cancer -- the disease and the treatment-- is such a huge emotional shock as well as physically stressing the body. For the blistering, the simple sterile saline solution on sterile gauze offered considerable relief -- and maybe the rest required to hold the gauze in place at the same time!

    I've been re-reading old books from my great aunt's collection and enjoying the handwriting in some of her notes!! So much personality in the handwriting of that era!!

    Have you considered scanning some of the items?
    54 days ago
    It'll be good when you get your shot....I'm half-way towards my 2nd shot. I wish everyone would agree to have it but some say no. I want to protect myself & others around me....
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    54 days ago
    Totally get what you mean about good/bad of going digital, as yes, some of the handwriting in those old letters is amazing. Seeing Grandma's, Mom's and my own, for example, and recognizing the similarities.

    So glad you're on the list to get the shot. Hope you allow yourself all the rest you need... when my sister went through her radiation, there were days, and then there were days, if you get the idea.

    About the news stuff... always hits harder when you know the place. I remember peering closely at flood pictures in cities where I had lived before... Binghamton, NY, one year, Tom's River, NJ (a place I'd visited, never lived there) another year... you just put yourself where you've been before.

    Sending warm and caring thoughts your way!
    54 days ago
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