Monday, December 27, 2021

December 27, 2021 Monday--1:30pm

Good afternoon!
You know how I like to have current pictures--well, got a couple of older ones to show you before we get into this past week.  Whenever Leah and I go to my infusions now I ask if we can get a cubicle with two chairs so Leah has a comfier place to sit.  She got a picture of me under my warm blanket.  This was the first Big I infusion, I believe.
I also asked her for a picture of the boys' new bunk bed set up from Ikea.  Wow!  Pretty cool!  They've had this for a while now.

Okay--caught up.  :)

We DID get snow! 
I still wasn't feeling well and was still racing to the bathroom. 

Woke up to a sparkly white blanket of snow.
Hopeful for a white Christmas for sure!
The Critter Cafe was busy all week.

But the thing that made me the most happy was seeing the partridges able to make their snow nests!

I love it when they can dig down a spot to be half buried to protect themselves against the wind.
I was on R&R recovering all week--from the vaccine.  I had such bad reactions to the first two it was no surprise.  Was barely able to even work on Christmas cards so a lot of mine will be really late this year because I have to get back to them soon.  It's the thought that counts, right?  As long as you get them before Valentine's Day--LOL!  :)
I did make it over to McFamily's on Christmas Day!  
Had a most wonderful visit.

The boys love maze books!
Blink can sleep through anything--LOL!
I did have to leave earlier than I had expected.  Sitting in different chairs all day set off the neuropathy in my legs.  But the boys got in their pajamas and we took pics in front of the tree before I left.  Ian's got one front tooth coming in now.
I got sweet hugs goodbye.  Was sad I was going to miss watching Rudolph with them...but by the time I left I had to have Leah help me down the front stairs because my legs were so weak and painful.  Dagan gave me a ride home.

Leah sent me pictures since I missed the movie.  :)  
...and Liam were enthralled.
Oh, and it snowed all day long on Christmas!!  Snowed last night again, too!  Woke up to a blizzard this morning actually.  It's awful to have to get around in, I know, but--homebound me--I LOVE IT!!  
Hard to even get a picture of the Critter Cafe visitors with all the snow stuck to the patio door.

The partridges know right where to dig for seed in the snow...
...and the sparrows appreciate them unearthing those deeper seeds, that's for sure.
The blizzard white-out winds died down a while ago and I was finally able to get pictures of the snowbanks from the parking lot across the way.  When the big plow was out there this morning all I could see were the blurry headlights and flashing lights through a wall of white swirling snow.  But now you can see how much snow they moved about this morning.

They haven't been back of our building to get to the sidewalks on the walkway.  That's always last on the snow removal list.
The patio has a few drifts now.
As I am typing this the partridges have been out there digging down in the snow.  They're happy.  The sparrows are happy.  Annie and I are happy.
Leah plans on coming over this week.  I need trash brought out and bird seed brought in--am not even walking all that well yet.  Regardless, I promised Dagan and Leah I wouldn't do anything like that or climbing stools until I can feel my legs again.  :)  Anyways, we were thinking tomorrow but they are talking more maybe Wednesday.

Me--I need to get the 2022 bullet together and work on Christmas cards.  That's about all that is on my to-do list this coming week.  

Oh my!  Three partridges are just parked in a planter box relaxing out there!  I love that!  I'll try to take a picture for you.

They are so seldom relaxed.  I love to see them hanging out near or on my patio in the winter.  That's the only time I can occasionally see them totally calm like that.

Well, it was a wonderful holiday.  I hope you all had your own special memories.  The new year is right around the corner.  I won't see you before then so I wish you all a very happy new year.  We are all hoping for a better, brighter one ahead.  See you in 2022!!  :) :)

Monday, December 20, 2021

December 20. 2021 Monday--12:30pm

 Good afternoon!

I am totally disoriented.  Lost time this weekend.  Let's just say I was able to do a few things last week.  Did some cooking and baking.  Worked on Christmas cards and letters.  A nice quiet week and feeling okay.  Then came Friday.  

I met Bianca Ferrari (doesn't that sound like a made up Hollywood name?) and really liked her.  I do have her again in three weeks but found out she is leaving.  Too hard on her kids, I guess.  I will take whoever is available on the Fridays I have to come in.

I asked about getting the covid booster shot and she said sure I could go and get it after my infusion.  Great!  So, I get the infusion and then go up to the vaccine area.  Well, I was flagged as a vulnerable and immunocompromised person so they wanted me to get another full dose of Moderna and then get a booster shot in six months.  The lady even went and double checked with the boss and that is what was recommended.  So I had my third full dose of Moderna.  I had not heard of getting three full doses and a booster before, have you?

Leah stopped by briefly after we were done.  The weather was blowing about light snow and supposed to snow all night so she really needed to get home, I thought.

I was asleep by 7:45 and woke up at 10:30pm.  Running a low temp, but no teeth chattering this time like I had with the vaccine before.  Let Dagan and Leah know I was doing okay...and was back asleep by about 11pm!  And I slept and slept and slept!  I remember once I woke up at 9:15am but I don't know if that was Saturday or Sunday.  I was finally awake and stayed awake at 12:45pm on Sunday...and then I was hit with diarrhea--LOL!  So, I kind of lost the entire weekend, really.  Wow!

But I am triple vaccinated.  Still feeling a bit off, but doing okay.  I hate to jinx myself but I am thinking the first two vaccines did me in worse...and either the infusion or vaccine or combination of the two may have been a positive thing for my neuropathy.  Seems to have gone down a notch?  (knock on wood!)  

Anyways, I am so glad Leah sent me pictures.  I hadn't taken one single picture all week.  Enjoy!

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!  Anyone else remember that song?

I told Ian that my two front teeth came out before Christmas, too, and this song was on the radio.  Every time it came on my dad would tease me and sing along.  You can find it on google or Alexa.  He thought it was a pretty funny song.

We have had some snow but then it warmed up enough to melt most of it away.
Hopefully we will have enough snow to have a white Christmas.  Supposed to have to possibility of snow every day and never get above freezing so whatever we get should stay on the ground.  Just doesn't seem like Christmas without a decent amount of snow on the ground.  Lately we have to be happy with whatever we get.

A Liam jig saw puzzle!  I didn't know you could have these made.

Christmas family photos.
The boys.
We shouldn't be able to see grass by now--see.
McFamily Christmas tree.
Liam being silly.  :)
Since most of the family gatherings are cancelled this year the boys have had Christmas presents here and there.  
They look pretty excited about these educational games.  Their very favorite thing about homeschooling!
At one point we actually had some snow--so, thanks to snow plows, kids have to take advantage while they can, right?
A small hill is better than no hill at all.
But you need to pay attention to where your rope is--LOL!
Do you see the start of a circle in the back yard?
The boys are making an ice house or an igloo...out of ice blocks!
This will take quite a long time to construct...
...and looks like it could be quite colorful, too.  
So, there you have it.  Caught up with me and McFamily.  :)  I think I should be doing okay again soon.  Do plan to make it over to McFamily's for Christmas Day if all goes well.

  I am even farther behind on Christmas cards than I expected to be.  Nothing I could do about that, for sure.  I'll get back to them in a couple of days, I hope.  Soon as the light fever and diarrhea subsides.

Anyways, Merry Christmas!  I'm praying for snow...and to have Christmas with McFamily.  :)  I can't even remember if I have been over to their house since I was diagnosed in June.  Seems like forever.  Haven't even been up to video calls yet.  Sad, but true.  This is another setback, but hopefully it won't last long.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that 2022 is a really great year...or at least a better year than 2021--LOL!  Till next time...