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Friday, May 22

The assault team has arrived

7:09 am Friday, May 22, 2020

I’ve been awake for about thirty minutes. When I walked into the kitchen my coffee was already made. Mike heard that I was up and made it. He does that almost every morning and I start each day with a little sweet loving gesture. He took off a few minutes ago to run over to the physical therapy office to continue work on his shoulders. He has to go twice a week for several weeks and he has stretchy bands to use at home. He has pretty broad large shoulders and he’s been having trouble and pain for years. He used to do a lot of tree and bush trimming at our old house, lifting the saws and trimmers and stretching and twisting to use the tools. It seemed to start several summers ago after using our big hedge trimmers a lot. He’s also had some sports injuries from his youth. He also has been suffering with plantar fasciitis the last few weeks and has had a lot of pain walking. He is not one to let me help him. He’s like a wounded snarl-y bear. Thank God he finally went to the doctor for his shoulders and started going to physical therapy.The landscapers just came and attacked the yard with mowers and trimmers buzzing and whirring away for twenty minutes and now they’re gone. It’s like a bunch of commandos on D-Day.  They’re fast and furious. I’m sure they have many yards to complete today. Most of the residents around here use landscapers. There are lots of different companies that serve Sun City. None of our neighbors have complained about our guys coming at 7am, they’re done so fast anyway. Our community has covenants about upkeep and maintainance. You have to apply to the modifications committee if you want to add or remove trees, sidewalks, change your house color, etc. The whole community is well kept and nicely maintained. There are no dumpy houses or yards here. You’re not allowed to have junk dumped in your yards. I think some of the rules are a bit uptight. When we moved in we had several evergreen trees removed. Evidently we were supposed to submit an application for approval to have that done. No one said a word. There are some prissy old dried up busybodies who want to tell you your business. I’ve encountered a couple in our neighborhood. Fran, the lady next door in her nineties is kind of snippy with me and has a barbed tongue. I try to be nice because she’s old and takes care of her 99-year old husband John. He’s so old he’s got the weak happy smiley old going on most of the time. I have seen him fly in to a ridiculous raging rant. I imagine he could have been an asshole in his younger days. He’s a WWII navy veteran and traveled around the world so even pushing one hundred he still has the piss and vinegar in him. Recently Fran got some really horrible- sounding tinny wind chime and stuck it out by the end of the garage closest to our house. It makes a really awful sound. I don’t know if it’s to scare birds away or what.  After I just wrote that I went out to my front door stoop and took down my two nice-sounding wind chimes and took them to the back yard and hung them in the back corner tree . Now I can enjoy them back there with my birds. Beautiful Wind Chimes





I have two Zoom private lessons today and that’s it. I’ve whittled them down this week. I’ve gotten some really nice emails from students and parents for my retirement. Several kids have made me nice tribute videos on Flipgrid. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of retiring teachers shamelessly milking all the praise, attention and adoration they can get building up to their retirement. I get embarrassed for them just seeing or hearing it. Just say thanks and be done already. Our whole purpose is to teach the students and push them forward to succeed. Push forward don’t cling and drag it out. I prefer clean cuts. Move on. I just got an email from a student ( actually from his mom) with a $25 Amazon gift card link. You just click on the link and it adds it to your account. This is the third one I’ve gotten. So quick and easy and thoughtful!



9:13 Now I have the back screen door open listening to the birds singing. I just filled hummingbird feeders but they’re empty again so I made more syrup and it’s cooling. I always bring the feeders in and wash them in hot water before refilling them. Something knocked over my big birdbath so I had to set that back up and fill it. Mike is balancing the checkbook and sitting at the kitchen table. He is very detail oriented and OCD and his minor was accounting so he always does that stuff. He’s better at it than me although I could do it if I had to. I hear him shuffling papers out there will the bird trills in the background. I have on super soft light gray yoga pants, a hot pink sleeveless clingy yoga top and a loose lightweight white short- sleeved Columbia top over it as a little jacket I LOVE Columbia shirt jackets  ’m wearing my neon yellow-green Crocs slider sandals that I got on Oahu two summers ago at the Crocs store in an outlet store. They’re SO comfortable. Awesome Crocs sandals 

2:36pm I just finished my last two Zoom private lessons. I’m done. Technically there’s next Tuesday and Wednesday but all my stuff is done. I feel like I just jumped out of a plane and I’m not sure if  even  have a parachute or if I even want one. Pretty strange. AND now finally the sun has come out. Everything’s gonna be alright. 

If you haven’t guessed, I haven’t really shared or promoted this blog to anyone outside a very select few who somehow I’ve up to this point been unable to scare off. It is available to search engines ( sometimes). This has just pretty much been like an online diary for me for years and has helped me cope and process life and my ( often self inflicted) struggles. I have toyed with the idea of doing it more openly after retirement and have been investigating promoting, affiliate marketing and sponsorships. I’m still in the investigative stage. Still pecking away with one finger on my iPad in my lap while I lounge in my worn out recliner with birdsongs and wind chimes as my background music. 

What’s it all about Allie? 

3:51  I have been cleaning and packing up all my Zoom lessons junk and instruments from the spare bedroom. Milo & Oscar are taking the trombones. Lola wants my old junky baritone and my oboe. I’ll put those and books and folding stands in the back of my car to get them out of the way. Mike is camped out in the office on his laptop even though he’s not working so I can’t really go in that dinky room and start purging. The ice pick pain on the lower right sacroiliac joint is back. I’m drinking my leftover vodka lemonade that was in a thermos cup in the fridge for several days. My brain can already feel it. A lady from my wine fairy group stopped by this morning and brought me wine and dark chocolate. How very nice. I got lovely retirement cards in the mail from a couple friends. So thoughtful. 






Saturday, May 2

Ya do what cha gotta do

11:12am   It’s warm today and I’ve been outside several times. I tended my perennials and took my snippers and cut off all the dead tops to ease the new growth coming up. I filled my hummingbird feeders and relocated them. My solar birdbath fountain is actually dead I believe. I don’t know what the hell happened to it. Disappointed and mildly pissed about it.

I have bread rising and I baked a pan of chocolate chip brownies and I have a beef roast in the crockpot with carrots and potatoes that will cook several hours.

In a little while we’re going over to see Jackson our new grandson. He is Mikes daughter Shannon and her husband Justin’s baby. It’s their first baby. She’s been a nervous wreck and suffered with terrible postpartum depression and anxiety. We are seeing the baby on the back patio, wearing masks, not entering the house, not touching the baby or anything. She has called and rescheduled the viewing appointment twice today in response to Jackson’s schedule. She has it all written out to the minute. I’m not really feeling like going given her obvious angst. I want to tell Mike I’ll just stay home but there I’m sure he would be mad and hurt. This all feels terribly strained and awkward. Her fruit loop mother has been staying over there helping with the baby. She is a little skinny hunched over old crow with ridiculously bowed legs. She has a really harsh voice and cackle laugh and she’s really LOUD and always starved for attention. I try to be polite but keep my distance. Sigh......

I ordered from Instacart for the first time yesterday. It will be delivered this afternoon. 









2:31 We’re back home now. We’re back home now. Baby Jackson is beautiful and perfect. Mikes ex was there and had to come out to the patio and get right in the middle as always. She’s been staying here the whole six weeks since the baby was born.
Now I’m really missing my grandkids and feeling very sad. 

Monday, April 27

Sleep drunk

8:13am

I fell asleep on the couch last night and slept for hours. When I woke I was uncomfortable and felt groggy as I staggered to the bathroom then climbed in bed then cuddled up to soundly sleeping Michael. We’ve been watching the TV series Ozark on Netflix. It’s kind of dark, funny, creepy. There are three seasons and we fell asleep on the first episode. I have five Zoom lessons this afternoon if they show up and remember. 

8:49 pm

I went to two stores and the post office today. It felt good to get out and drive. I had five Zoom private lessons.I made salsa verde.




Saturday, March 28

Rain on the roof

4:52am

I’ve been up for quite a while. I couldn’t get back to sleep and laid there tossing and turning, bothering Michael so I finally got up, put on my tone and slippers, washed my face, took out my retainers, brushed my teeth and came out to the kitchen and made myself a coffee with milk and cinnamon in it. I can hear the heavy rain on the roof and the gentle growl of thunder. I think it’s supposed to rain all day and night and into tomorrow.

This whole pandemic is like some weird bell tolling in my mind. I keep thinking of the principal of naturally occurring forest fires supposing to be nature’s way to clear the way for new growth. Is that the same deal as pandemics?Ive become so troubled watching the news with increasing numbers of deaths across the world. It’s very hard not to get bugged out by it. I’ve been trying hard to not let it get to me.

Yesterday Mike got an email from his company notifying all employees that effective immediately there would be an across the board 15% salary cut. About nine years ago it was a 20% cut so Mikes now down 35% of where his salary should be. Plus lately he’s working from home and having a lot more to do and longer hours. Frankly I’m surprised the paper’s still in business. They’ve been making cut after cut for years but at the same time buying up lots of smaller downstate newspapers. I call bullshit. Mike also has a dear old friend who’s on the edge of death. Yesterday was not a good day. The rain is now pelting down harder and louder.

Most  all of the day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I did technology training for distance learning. The platform the district has been using and pushing us to use and training us on ( well one of them) is called Zoom. It’s a free video conferencing app. As of last night at 6 pm we were told NOT to use it with our students due to liability matters with minors. I’ve already used it with a few students. Some teachers have built their whole distance learning units around it. Fucking swell guys.



Mike’s mother had her single brain tumor radiation treatment Wednesday from a gamma knife technology procedure. Evidently the cancer detected in the lower back of her brain was super tiny so it was just a one shot and done. In a week or so she’ll start going for her immunotherapy infusion treatments for the lung and lymph node cancer. Mike and his siblings are taking turns taking her. I haven’t been out to visit anyone or go inside any stores in a couple weeks. My immune system still isn’t strong or normal. We have about 90 confirmed cases of the virus in our county and 8 deaths so far. I’ve been going for walks every day so I get out of the house and don’t completely lose my shit. I’ll greet or chat with neighbors and passersby from a distance as I’m walking. The rain is slowing down now and dwindling off. There is a relaxed soft trickle sound of water out the front sitting room window. 

In the last week several the neighbors around us have had their landscape companies come and do their spring yard opening clean up and prep- remove branches and leaves, re-edge the flower beds, mow, mulch. Most of the neighbors in our 55+ community use landscapers. None of the yards are very big. Most of them also hire snow removal services. We do not. Yet. So anyway, the yards on either side of our house look all spruced up. Ours is not but it’s not bad. I walked around and inspected it yesterday looking for flowers coming up. 



Mike said his daughter is now having pretty bad postpartum depression and Justin, her husband, and Coleen, her mother, have been helping a lot with the baby. I have never been very close with her. She hasn’t let me and I haven’t pushed it. I try to be nice in a gentle way. Not pushy. I hope it gets better for her. 

Now I don’t hear any rain, just the high-pitched squeal and whoosh of the furnace in the laundry room. It’s taken some getting used to living in a house all on one floor with no basement. It is easier to take care of though. We got rid of a ton  of stuff when we moved. Our old house had a large finished basement and we accumulated so much stuff over the years.








6:
Birds have woken up and are chirping away outside. I love birds. There is a wetland / marsh area behind down the hill from our yard and a park across the street with lots of tall stately oak trees so there are a lot of places for wildlife to live nearby. We seem to have a LOT of birds here. When we moved here birds had a big nest in our exhaust vent on the side of the house. You could hear them scratching around in there and going in and out. Pretty creepy. We put a screen up to prevent them from doing it. Every once in a while you can hear them scratching at it trying to get in. They frequently fly into a window too. 

So I have to fill out my TRS retirement forms, scan them and send them in this weekend. I also have to scan our 2016 income tax return because I was on disability due to my stem cell transplant that year and TRS needs that or I won’t start getting my pension. Also, due to Covid-19, there is not any school district retirees banquet planned. Yeah this all blows big time. Oh well.... onward and upward.



Fire And Rain
Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to
I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again
Won't you look down upon me, jesus
You've got to help me make a stand
You've just got to see me through another day
My body's aching and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way
Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again
Been walking




Wednesday, March 4

Here comes the sun

6:36am Wednesday

I sit in a brown leather recliner in the front sitting room facing the window with a view to the East in the morning. I like watching the sunrise. It’s here in this spot every morning I sip my coffee slowly to come awake, read the news on my IPad, check emails, check social media, post to this blog. Some days I don’t have time, have nothing to say or just plain don’t feel like “ talking”. Some times I prefer to stew in my own juices.  


It’s hump day - usually a good work day for me with a big time gap in the middle between schools.After work yesterday I went and bought a front entryway table. It’s pretty nice and I got it for a steal. It looks nice by our front door. I have to go pack my lunch and take my vitamins and get ready to leave for school. More later probably. 
















12:28   It's a nice warm sunny day. I have about fifteen minutes until I go in my next school. Biden came out ahead in yesterday's Super Tuesday primary elections. Bloomberg is out and endorsing Biden #Democrats,#makeamericasmartagain, #coronavitus, #weneedarealpresident


4:58.  I’ve been home for a while. Mike worked from home this afternoon following lunch with one of his former Cubs reporters. Mike is still out at the kitchen table editing stories on his MacBook Pro.
Yesterday he went to the doctor and got his shoulders examined and x-rayed. He got cortisone shots in both shoulders and has to have physical therapy for a month to see if that helps. The shoulders have been causing him neck pain as well. It has been a beautiful unusually warm pleasant day today. I am so thankful for my blessings. 


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