Saturday, February 6, 2021

Saturday ramble

Well, the weekend has rolled around again and once again, we have a gray, chilly, wet day. We've had a lot of rain this year, and consistently cold temperatures. I don't mind the cold but the endless gloom is getting old. On the rare afternoons when it's not totally overcast it's been heartening to see the extra minutes of daylight we've gained so far. 

An email went out at work last week that the district is making plans for our vaccine rollout. They've been partnering with one of the local hospitals to make sure that as soon as the shots are available to school employees we'll be able to get them. That was nice, but then later that same day I heard on the news that our lovely Guh-vuh-nuh (Ol' Foghorn Leghorn, as I like to call him, the bastard) is balking at the state department's insistence that educators need to be cleared for the vaccines. This is after he's pushed and pushed for schools to remain open, no matter what. So who knows when it will happen, but I'm hopeful that by the beginning of March our turn will come. The school nurse had her second shot on Thursday, lucky thing, as all school nurses and some types of therapists were already given the green light. What a relief it must be for her! I can't wait for my turn.

Saturdays have been long and lonely for me lately. Gregg works until 7pm or a bit later on Saturdays these days in exchange for an extra day off each week (Sundays). Pre-pandemic I treasured time at home by myself, but now that that's my only option on Saturdays I'm growing tired of it. Hopefully by the summer most of our friends and family will have had the vaccine and we can relax a little about socializing.

I was thinking that I'd like to host a small cookout this summer--Marla and Martina along with their husbands, Toyo and Will, as long as we're all vaccinated by then. It would be so good to have a small gathering of friends, mask free, when we can all be together and talk and eat and laugh and feel like normal human beings again. It's nice to look ahead to that time and plan for a party (or two) to celebrate. It's something I've been thinking about all day today.

I did go out and run a few errands after lunch. I picked up a prescription for Gregg at the drugstore, went by the bank to make an ATM deposit, then to the grocery store for a big (much needed) shop. I even went by the butcher shop and restocked our freezer with meats, since we've almost finished what I stocked up on back in the fall. I've also started making a "spring cleaning" list for the house. If we're going to be able to finally invite people over by the start of summer, I'd like to give the whole house a good deep cleaning between now and then. 

Are you making any plans for your post-jab year? What are you looking forward to most by the time summer gets here?

Oh, and just for fun....I thought this might make you smile. It made me smile. Have a good weekend, everyone.





19 comments:

  1. I want to see some of my blog friends in person again.

    we are due for another 4-6" of snow tomorrow, dammit.

    the only place I have visited in months is my leg surgeon's office. spouse has been doing the grocery runs since my legs are in recovery.

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  2. It is fun to plan for our post jab more free lives. Two of my besties and I are aiming to have our vaccinations completed so they can treat me to birthday lunch in a restaurant in April, just like in years past. In 2020 we had Zoom birthday parties, not at all the same thing. I think your summer cookout sounds fabulous.

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  3. I, too, am waiting to get out and see people. We're up for the vaccine in the next four weeks or so.

    Thanks for that video; it always makes me smile.

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  4. I plan to hug all of my grandchildren so tightly that they complain.
    And we are going to have a picnic lunch with dear friends who live across the state. We're going to meet at a state park and oh! won't that be beautiful?

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  5. What I'm looking forward to is finishing the fourth book. And playing games, and warmer weather so I can take the dogs for walks.

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  6. And those dance routines were done in one take.

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  7. Love the video. I could watch Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance all day!

    It sounds like you have some great plans for when we get past this mess. I can't wait to spend lots of time with my family, eat out and go to the movies!

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  8. Our skies turned a strange orangy-pink yesterday morning, then later dumped a load of Sahara Desert sand on our cars etc. We too have been talking of a big Summer party, but we'll have to wait to see how things turn out.

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  9. It's gonna be some time till Im eligible to get the vaccine I cant wait to get back to traveling to Europe. And maybe Ill come back!

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  10. Frau Merkel has promised everyone will have their jabs by Sept. 21 - five days before the big election in this country. It will be months before the likes of me, in no risk group, are going to be vaccined, so I am mentally prepared for at least another half year of restrictions.
    What I am really looking forward to is going dancing with my girl friends, and evenings out at the pub with my quiz team, and of course hosting my own cocktail parties again!
    Realistically, though, I am looking forward to spring, blossoms on the fruit trees and tender green leaves in the woods, beautiful walks and hikes with O.K. and on my own.

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  11. I DO love that video and can never seem to get enough of it. I, too, am having dreams of the friends we'll invite over once this is all history. Although the Saturday's alone much be overwhelming now, I'm so glad you both have had work through this. I'm just glad SG and I get along so well; we've been spending on average 22 hours a day together!

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  12. Thanks for the video. The athleticism and sheer vitality of the dancers does put a smile on my face. I loved watching those old movies. So much so, that I can name almost every performer in the clip.

    As for a jab, even though I am in the old age zone, the supply in our state is so limited, I have no idea when I'll get it--the process is chaotic at the moment, so just signed up with my local health department and will leave it at that. Not chasing around for one. Was hoping to make it overseas in the fall--a friend is supposed to have a one-person art exhibition in October--but thinking travel is less likely than I might have hoped. C'est la vie!

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  13. That video was mesmerizing! It was fun to try to recognize the movies and performers. I'm amazed how well they were able to synchronize the video with the modern music.

    I hope that vaccine comes your way soon! Unfortunately educators don't get any priority here in the UK, apparently. :/

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  14. A lot of my blog reads have the same sense of cold/gray/lousy/lonely. You are not alone.
    Happily you have all of us to keep you company.

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  15. The music and the dancing were so expertly co-ordinated. Brilliant!

    I have forgotten what normal life was like but I would like to go away somewhere - even in Britain would be fine by me - just somewhere different.

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  16. After I get the vaccine, I look forward to inviting friends in and visiting them. Insisting that schools stay open and then not prioritizing vaccinations for the people who work there is stupid.

    Love,
    Janie

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  17. I've had the vaccine, but it's way short of 100 per cent effective so I'm still observing the safety measures for the moment. Nice as it would be to to mingle freely with other people for a change, I could still catch the virus and I could still pass it on to others. I think any lockdown relaxation has to be very gradual. We'd love to jet off on holiday somewhere but we're waiting till things are a lot safer.

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  18. I have always been a bit of a loner, but I have to say that I find myself absolutely hungering for people to talk to, to sit and visit, and to hug people without a second thought. February is a hard month without a pandemic. I find that I am REALLY struggling this year.

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  19. I would love to get the vaccine but I am not sure when it will happen here. I still plan on getting out on my bike though.

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