Archive for April, 2021

Part 2

April 30, 2021

Yes! Second Moderna is on board.

We’re hoping for a good tomorrow, and based on friend’s anecdotal tales, we have a 50/50 chance. To prepare for the potential day in bed we got some deli chicken soup. It’s good soup, so even if we’re not feeling poorly, we have a good meal. And, because we were at the deli, pastrami sandwiches for dinner tonight.

So it is 2 weeks until we are considered fully vaccinated, and will allow ourselves grace to be more out there. We have tickets to our Mariners Opening Day on May 14th.

After that who knows.

In other goings on, work continues to be continuous. There is no end in sight, just mileposts along the way.

We are also involved, but from afar, in the latest travails of Carl’s father, Bob. He’s been having various ailments that pile on top of each other. Carl’s brother is doing a yeoman’s job of trying to manage the situation. Not helping is the Covid spike that stretches medical resources to the limit. This impacts others that don’t have Covid, but could benefit greatly from resources being siphoned to deal with the pandemic. And a bit of ageism may be in play. It seems that being older is not a positive mark in your column.

On to tomorrow.

Garden tour part cold

April 20, 2021

I am sharing pictures of the sisters yard/gardens from today. A little different from the tour we had just days ago. Separated by 500 miles (8 hours by car), the weather is similar.

Ours, on the other hand, has not changed.

Not much else to report. We walked for takeout from a Vietnamese restaurant about 10 blocks away. The short blocks. This particular restaurant opened a few years ago when we were in the middle of a remodel, living in an apartment across the street from the restaurant. We remember the grand opening, complete with costumed dancers.Grand opening blog

Garden Tour

April 19, 2021

We held a sisterly zoom yesterday and the youngest gave us a tour of her garden. In bloom through just testing the weather.

So, here is my somewhat abbreviated version of the current garden.

What a lovely yellow field of blooms. Not ours, and our goal is to keep this particular variety at bay.
Camellia, one flower. There are hundreds.
Garlic
Oregon grape
Little tiny plant. Strawberry, not carrots. The stake is to help avoid the tiny plant being trod upon. Not unlike the rocks Mom placed to warn us off young trees
Chives
Tulip, limited petal count
Tulip, many petaled variety
Back to the sun, so the mobile device is shaded.

Now, back to work!

Sunny Wednesday Afternoon

April 14, 2021

Carl has been out and about. I have been working.

That is the essence of our lives, and especially mine right now. We are managing, and I am not sure if the weather is helping or hurting. It is gorgeous. A bit windy at times, but I am sure it is in the 60s this afternoon. I am on a work break, and plan to go back to try and complete the final 4 draft slides for a presentation on Monday. That may sound like I am ahead of the game, but it needs to be reviewed by my boss…..

1 week post Covid shot 1 reaction.

I noticed this nice red area a few nights ago, just in time to read an article about such occurrences. The article suggested it was a good sign, showing the body at work. But wow, what wrinkles. I hadn’t had time to apply the spackle yet.

There have been a few walks along the way, but not enough given the weather. Signs of spring in Seattle.

We ordered tamales from Frelard Tamales and they were delivered today. Most are in the freezer, but I intend to steam a few to enjoy tonight. And they delivered flowers along with the food!

Speaking of which, it is time to start dinner. Carl does the bulk of the food prep, but I am up tonight.

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

April 11, 2021

Carl has been working in the backyard. I have been working.

So we are taking a break on the deck. 52 degrees (feels like 58). Nary a breeze, and lovely.

Shadows

This few hour interlude will be my weekend. Work is far too demanding now for much more. The weekend provides time to catch up on the, “not the primary focus, tier one”, work. This is more individual customer centric, rather than policy based. Ah yes, customers.

I am actually okay with this. I know what moratoriums are like. Much more work than not. Been there, done that, and now experiencing PTSD.

In other news, we watched Under the Skin last night, starring Scarlett Johansson. I had not read much before, and it was a little off the beaten path. But I did find myself trying to puzzle out bits afterwards, so it did engage my brain.

Now for the mundane, yard waste and recycling to the curb. Garbage can wait.

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

April 11, 2021

Carl has been working in the backyard. I have been working.

So we are taking a break on the deck. 52 degrees (feels like 58). Nary a breeze, and lovely.

Shadows

This few hour interlude will be my weekend. Work is far too demanding now for much more. The weekend provides time to catch up on the, “not the primary focus, tier one”, work. This is more individual customer centric, rather than policy based. Ah yes, customers.

I am actually okay with this. I know what moratoriums are like. Much more work than not. Been there, done that, and now experiencing PTSD.

In other news, we watched Under the Skin last night, starring Scarlett Johansson. I had not read much before, and it was a little off the beaten path. But I did find myself trying to puzzle out bits afterwards, so it did engage my brain.

Now for the mundane, yard waste and recycling to the curb. Garbage can wait.

Easter

April 4, 2021

Pictures of various celebrations running the gamut.

Easter Kittyness
Easter Bunnyness
Easter Happiness
Easter Cuteness
Rhubarb Goodness

A rather tired day. Largely due to limited hours of sleep. A restless night, including the Easter Bunny delivery in the wee hours of the morning. And a long walk mid-morning. A very nice walk, and thankfully out and about before the tiredness really arrived.

Chilling now, watching soccer and generally relaxing.

And because sports, what a basketball game last night with Gonzaga pulling out the overtime win with a halfcourt bomb. We were bouncing between the Mariner and basketball games, with both being recorded. There was a huge cheer from the Mariners crowd, with no baseball play, so we bounced back to basketball to see for ourselves.

Fun game, and a hope for Gonzaga on Monday. I recall several years ago when they were a Cinderella team making a run. Maybe this year the shoe will fit.

Puzzling Rest Day

April 3, 2021
Just completed. Took a while, very challenging.
Next Up

Walkies too. Sore arms are our only side effect of note today. A beautiful spring day. Trees are in bloom, profusion of daffodils and tulips starting to show. I remember a year ago finding this time of year making staying at home enjoyable. Just getting out into the neighborhood so much more frequently. The lack of other social engagements and commuting opening up open hours of time. An upside to the pandemic. A good side effect.

Part 1

April 2, 2021

We went out tonight. Twice, sort of. Are we becoming social butterflies?

The first outing this evening was for our first shot. Moderna as it turns out.

The second outing was to pick up some Indian food from the restaurant at the corner.

We have a walking date for Sunday morning. This will follow Carl’s turn as the Easter Bunny for his most recent kids. It’s been more than a year since he worked, but no reason to mess with tradition. Very socially distanced as the kids should still be in bed.

That gives us tomorrow to be general lazabouts, whether we should be or not. There are lots of things to do around here, but I feel like I need a vacation day.

Opening Day, er Night

April 2, 2021

I worked yesterday, the entire day. That is unusual for an opening day of baseball, but this holiday was just a bit different.

We did celebrate, and in trying to add some “normalcy” to the day, we gathered with our seatmates. We went to one house, but stayed in the backyard. And there was no sharing of food and libations. Of course the game didn’t start until 7 PM, so it was past our normal dinnertime. And masks make it harder to eat and drink.

We were expecting to listen to the radio, old style, but finally managed to get a game feed to an I-Pad, through some feed that is not standard. The video feed was ahead of the local radio feed, so we ended up listening to the Giants feed from the video. And of course the I-Pad’s battery died, and then the backup battery died, so we listened to the 10th inning on the radio.

We missed hearing and seeing a diving outfield catch in the top of the 10th to keep it tied, but did listen to the Giant’s pitcher walk in the winning Mariner run.

We didn’t get home until 11:00, and it is a tired morning, but a good tired. The Mariners are still tied for first, and weren’t postponed for either weather or Covid. And tonight we get shot number one.