It's Friday and we are one week closer to spring! I'm seeing those of you in warmer places starting to put your summer gardens into plan, sowing seeds, getting your starter kits ready to go. While that is not my world, I like to see it. I don't want time to keep moving so fast though, just want the nice parts to get here and last a bit longer. I gripe and gripe and gripe, I know, but winter is just too long in Minnesota. What should we discuss today?
Lingering Covid Effect?
I'd like to avoid Covid talk all together, but have a few comments. While I didn't get a bad case, mostly like a cold and then a lot of extra napping the first weekend, I'm finding now I have developed an irritating dry cough. I don't think I mentioned that my daughter, who had a rapid test in a clinic, then had the longer test also done, ended up getting emailed positive test results-over a week later. Likely she had Covid the week before and may be where I got it from. However, I didn't really spend time with her during what would have been her infectious period as she was out of town, then when she had a few symptoms, she stayed home. I only saw her briefly to drop off some soup, ginger ale, crackers, and bread she was asking for to help recuperate. Anyway, she too mentioned she developed a similar cough after what would have been the end of the isolation period. I think there is something to this longer term effect of Covid-so much different than just a cold. Its been irritating, but not debilitating, but I am paying attention to how I feel.
Ping Pong Weather
I know I already complained, but as the weather app described, we're going to have whiplash weather. I mentioned the -35 wind-chill with -17 actual temps the other day. Wednesday still felt bitter, and pup took his dear sweet time doing his business and my cheeks were raw, Well it warmed up to 29 yesterday, It felt down right tropical when I took pup out. Don't get too comfortable, because it dropped again to sub-zero temperatures last night, but we are supposed to get a week of nice weather. Tis is the time though I really hate walking at night because the day thaw seems to start freezing immediately once the sun goes down, and then little spots that are hard to see create ripe slipping and falling conditions. Poor pup did the icy patch dance last night in a section of the park path.
I must not neglect my house this week. Saturday morning I will have a list ready, music on, and I will push through until done. I used small breaks in my work day Thursday and will today for laundry so that won't be on my list. Every room needs a deep clean, with the exception of my office as I did that when I had the long weekend, but it needs a tidy. There's a few boxes left from unsure Christmas gifts, but I think those can go now as well. I was a bit appalled last Sunday when my daughter and friend stopped by and she complimented the vaulted ceilings and the wall between living room and kitchen I looked where she was looking to see a big cob web hanging from the high point of the vault! Since then, every where I look I am seeing neglect. Maybe this is where my cough is coming from.
Three siblings have birthdays in January. We have a small get together tomorrow afternoon. I will find some funny cards and our token gifts, usually consumable items as none of us want more stuff. I'll get a few scratch off cards as they all love a good gamble. If I am as industrious as I plan Saturday morning, I'll bake them each a loaf of pumpkin bread. Report to come. DH's brother also had a birthday and I have his gift already, but no idea when we will see him. They are still in the throws of basketball tournaments and hauling kids to ski slopes on weekends. I have several friends with January birthdays as well, not all the same friend group. With one, we've been trying to figure out a lunch get together, but her husband is battling a degenerative illness, and they have good days and bad days. Making firm plans other than day of does not work. Of my "birth friends" those I've known since we were born, two are widows (one remarried), and the third has a very ill husband. When I complain about life, thinking of what each has gone through is a good kick in the pants.
Long Work Days Ahead
This past week was brutal. Yesterday was an 11 hour day, full on brain power kind of day. Someday when I'm no longer employed, I'll better share what my job actually is, but in short, it's involves budgets, policy, and program implementation. Certain times a year are more busy than others, and I'm approaching that time frame that's the busiest. No one has a crystal ball what will eventually be approved, so we plan multiple budgets, multiple policy scenarios, and multiple launch action plans. Doe sit sound like a mess? Yes is the short answer, it is.
Feel free to join in any of these topics, or pick a whole new one. It's a Friday Free for All and let's share what's on our minds.