So, here we are, late in February 2021. Looks a lot like the previous half year or so. Well, more people are wearing masks, so that's a good thing. Some of us are double masking. Still some idiots who won't wear one. I wish that damned virus was more selective.
In weather news, we survived that damned storm. We had snow and ice in alternating layers. Snow is fine. Ice is not. While it's not Texas, we lost power in many parts of my city. Mine was out for two nights. My dad and brother also had outages and spent one night here at my house. I was so glad that I have a gas stove! There were multiple cups of hot tea, lol. Some rural parts of the greater metro area are still without power.
Temperatures are warming, though. I saw some daffodils starting to come out in a neighbor's yard. I found the first violet in my yard as I was cleaning up fallen tree branches. A sign of spring, most welcome. We've had a lot of rain since the snow/ice storm but there are some sunny days in the forecast. Good, I'm ready for a little natural vitamin D.
In other news, I managed to get my 85 year old father an appointment for his first covid vaccine. Hallelujah! It was no small feat, let me tell you. Hours spent online and on the phone over multiple days. It is incredibly difficult. I don't see how the elderly can be expected to work their way through the (lack of a) system. My dad wouldn't have been able to do it, not by a long shot. Even my brother (who is younger than I am) would not have been able. But, it's done. And the second dose was scheduled when he received the first, so that's good. I don't expect to be eligible for one until April or May unless supply ramps up considerably. How about you all? Have you been vaccinated or at least been able to make an appointment?
My friend Lisa is fully vaccinated and I am very grateful for that. She was far too vulnerable. She said that she really feels like a weight of fear has been lifted. She is still being very cautious, of course, but now feels like it is ok to go to the grocery store (masked) instead of getting everything delivered.
In more mundane news, T has found a new girlfriend. I think this one might be good! She lives in Oregon, which is a relief as they can drive to see each other on the weekends. She is gainfully employed, a big plus. So far it doesn't seem like she has a lot of baggage. I haven't met her yet but I am very hopeful. T is happy and that's the best thing. Also, she has stopped calling me every morning and that is the second best thing. Lol.
As someone who craves solitude, the pandemic has perhaps been easier for me than others. But I am growing restless. I want to visit my daughter, or have her visit me. I want to see my friends, and hug them. I want to go out for a burger and tots with my neighbor. I want to take a road trip to see my cousins. I love my house, my yard, my neighborhood but... I am ready to see something else. Some days the depression takes hold and I can't even read a book. I can't even play solitaire on my phone. I just sit and stare out the window and try not to think. Ugh. Those days are dark. I know that I should get up and take a walk when I feel like that, but nothing could be harder. Still, the daylight increases and, Goddess willing, my mood will lighten.
In a moment of hopefulness, I bought a day-use parking pass to the Oregon State Park system. When this drenching rain lets up, I will force myself to go outside and hike (or at least walk!) in this beautiful place I call home. If the weather reporters are right, that could be next week. Fingers crossed!
Stay strong, women! Someday this epoch will end.