Hello Again

Huh. It’s a blog post! Considering my last one was in December, I thought I’d write another one and try to be better at it. I said try, folks.

In said post I had mentioned that COVID cases continued to surge. That’s no longer the case as more and more people get vaccinated and numbers are actually dropping. As a result, the state has entered a lower tier and restaurants are starting to open for indoor dining, stores are allowing more customers in their doors, and gyms are welcoming back the resolutioners that haven’t thrown in the towel yet.


I have acquaintances posting family pics at Mongolian BBQs. Ann has friends who couldn’t wait to get smashed at local bars and posting selfies of their exuberant debauchery.


Perhaps I speak for myself when I say that we’re still in the midst of a motherfucking pandemic and it’s still way too soon to be getting shitfaced at Moe’s Tavern or be slurping udon with your family in a restaurant.


Anyway…

(Update 3/25/21: I learned yesterday that a family on our street — known to have had plenty of social gatherings during this pandemic — all came down with COVID after one of their drunken soirées because one of the members was unknowingly exposed and spread the virus. It cost one of the eldest members his life. Worth it?)


I haven’t been shot yet because I do not meet the state’s criteria of being a fat…uh, morbidly obese nor do I fall within the age range of being 60+, work in field that puts me at risk, or have any underlying conditions that put me at a higher risk of dying from COVID. Damn you, you healthy stinking body!

Ha ha. Sucks to be you, I guess. Go eat some oranges you healthy sucky-suck.


Frankly I have a greater chance of getting hit by cars while out for my morning walk/ride – and it’s already happened more times than I’d like to mention.

The family hasn’t been vaccinated yet either for the same reasons I’ve stated although they do have asthma and one is a cancer survivor. (Ann is now two-and-a-half years of being what the doctors call “unremarkable” and still exceeding all the -ologists expectations!) My mom has gotten both shots and in-laws have had their first dose. My brother got his today although I suspect he, as he always does, stretched the truth to get it. I mean…there’s a history of that and all…

And when we finally do, don’t count on any post-vaccination selfies. Because.


In a post last May I had mentioned that I was going to write a three-part blog series called The Days of Wine and COVID with Part 3 being called The Return to the Office (ala the J.R.R. Tolkien books which I did read, thankyouverymuch). While I got through Parts 1 and 2, Part 3 isn’t happening any time soon. My employer continues to monitor the state’s situation and will follow those guidelines when the time comes although we are at no obligation to ever return to the office. While I do miss being around some coworkers, being home has proven to be a viable alternative to the typical workday. We’ve gotten just as much done at home as we would have at the office and I have much more freedom to do what I need for the family. I miss the location of the office and my coworkers but this is just too easy.

So aside from all that, what’s new?

I’m down 20 pounds. I started to track my weight when I got my Wyze scale last April and weighed in at 237 lbs. Holy, holy fuck. I’m currently at 217 and working on reaching 25 pounds lost by this April. So far this year I’ve logged 500 miles between daily walking and cycling with the occasional rest days. Change is always possible even in the most adverse of situations so don’t give me the “But we were in lockdown!” or “The gym was closed!” excuses for weight gain because I did this during lockdown and never set foot into a gym. You want it? Find a way and work for it.


I’ve joined some virtual challenges. With running events being on hold indefinitely, virtual runs/walks have become more popular. I’ve completed several Conqueror Challenges and have set a goal reaching of 2,021 miles this year so with 500 miles in the books thus far, it’s gonna happen by October. As of now I’ve earned 5 medals and they are soooo cool.


L-R: Mt. Fuji (46 mi.), Mt. Everest (40 mi.), Giza Pyramids (46 mi.), Grand Canyon (280 mi.), St. Francis Way (312 mi.).

New iPad Air. Stimulus money be damned! I got a 2017 Nissan LEAF EV last July and Ann realized on the last day of 2020 that I qualified for a $1,000 rebate, so I hastily submitted my application with the appropriate paperwork and got approved a few months later. Once I got the check, I used a portion of it along with some cash I had saved up for this specific purchase and some Amazon gift cards to get the iPad and an Apple Pencil 2 (required for newer iPads). That said…


Y’all wanna buy some stickers? Part of the reason I got my new iPad was to be creative and draw more regularly. I had one of my drawings of Milhouse Van Houten made into stickers and my first batch is up for sale on Etsy. I’ve sold a total of one but will have more on the way.


NOBODY LIKES MILHOUSE!


We’re growing stuff! No, not that stuff. After a year of being home, we decided that having a garden would be fun so we used our existing planters and any empty areas in the backyard to plant a bunch of stuff: onions, pumpkins, peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, etc. It’s been a lot of work but so worth it. This is just a small part of it.

Green goodness!


Fresh eggs are comin’! I eat two eggs every day for breakfast, so I thought hey, why not have fresh ones? I have a chicken coop coming and once it’s built, I’m getting a hen. It seems we’ve turned into city farmers – maybe even hippies with my EV – and it feels kinda nice picking what we need from our backyard. And no, my hen isn’t going to be on our plate one day. She’s going to provide the eggs and be our pet, and we’re looking forward to having her.


And that’s pretty much been life since December!

The Root of the Matter

Being that today was such a fantastic day, we spent a good portion of it outside in the backyard attempting to make it a bit more appealing. The place looked so damn good the first time we gutted everything and planted new stuff but since Hurricane Arliss came to town, the place went to Hell. Dogs are motherf…dogs.

At any rate, I dug up all sorts of stuff: plants, trees, weeds, roots, etc. Once the flowerbeds were destroyed I laid down about 10 pieces of sod to cover the patches of dirt. And even Ann will admit that even though there is only sod and a few trees in the flowerbeds, they look good now. (I’m a minimalist when it comes to landscaping; Ann is just the opposite.)

I did have some difficulty in removing the root of a bush, the likes of which I couldn’t tell you. I didn’t think about using the ax on it since it’s pretty rusty and doesn’t cut very well. I ended up stabbing the gnarly root with a shovel until it broke into several pieces, which I then twisted or snapped off of said mangled root.

After snapping off one piece I paused for a moment and gazed at it. I started laughing. Ann wondered just what it was I was chuckling at–until I showed her.

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Pumpkins!

Since it’s getting closer to Hallowe’en, I thought I’d post a picture of the pumpkins we grew this year:

Pretty cool, eh?

By the way, the power’s out in half of the house due to what we think is an electrical short somewhere, so I may stay home to TCB. We’ll see.

A Second Garden

I took a day off work yesterday to spend time with the family.

In addition to dropping off and picking up Anthony from pre-preschool (he “officially graduated” to preschool and has the “diploma” to show for it), we decided to plant a new garden in some wasted space we had in the corner.

One trip to the local nursery and the deed was done. In addition to our existing garden ripe with cherry tomatoes, carrots, pickling cucumbers and beefsteak tomatoes, our new second garden has corn, grapes, pumpkins, watermelon and some herbs. We planted the pumpkins right in time to be picked for Halloween and the corn and watermelon might just be ready at the end of the summer.

We made a mistake with the cucumbers by letting them get too big for pickling. We’re going to pick them while smaller and pickle them so we can have a nice jarful of them. I’ve picked a few cherry tomatoes and there are plenty more coming in, too. Those’ll be nice for salads (and will be salmonella-free).

I’ll post the images later because I did take some but haven’t had the time to upload them just yet.

And let me take this opportunity to say that I really feel like a hippie. All I need are some Birkenstocks and love beads.

But hey, growing your own vegetables is turning out to be fun, relaxing, and educational for Anthony, who can’t wait to pick that first apple from his “buddy,” the apple tree planted in the center of it all 🙂


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