Cabin fever requires getting out of the retirement community

THE BIG EXCITEMENT: RIDING MY TRIKE FOR FLU SHOT

I rode over to my flu-clinic appointment, and rode through the drive-by on my trike, Trixie, because we have been in California since Aug. 2018, and haven’t bought a car.

And haven’t yet acquired driver’s licenses.

We were doing okay with Uber and Lyft until the pandemic; now I’m not taking that chance.

I’m practically never leaving the premises except for a short trike ride occasionally – and everything out there looks perfectly normal (I stay on the greenway, don’t get off the trike).

A few days later, the medvan took me to my cardiologist appointment with Maggie2 – and I decided to just ride her home – and took a few pastoral pictures on the way home.

Beautiful day, almost too hot in the sun, and yes, I wore my helmet (not that I usually bother – I go about a mile an hour; you can walk faster).

When you don’t hear from me

it’s because I haven’t had much to say for one of two reasons:

  1. I’m bummed, the body isn’t working, and I can only stare at the screen and feed myself, or
  2. I’m writing!

Pride’s Children NETHERWORLD lost about two years to us moving. I started it in 2016, and had hoped to finish it in 5 years instead of the 15 it took PURGATORY, but I hadn’t planned on the move.

No matter – the new insight I have into how my body works is letting me have a few more usable hours, and I’m plugging along, as slow as usual during the actual time the brain is on (I do a LOT of work preparing for a scene, consume many hours in the writing, and spend gobs of time editing).

So it takes up most of my days to get some usable time around the limitations, but lately the words are coming out the way I like them to, and I am about to finish another chapter.

The ‘real world’ is crazy

Between the pandemic and the politics, and us being in lockdown with pool hours only available mid-morning, right in the middle of my writing time, and me still spending hours staring at the screen, I’m surprised I’m getting a single word on a page.

My secret is Freedom – and the self-discipline to block the internet for a set of hours, with no way to get more than the few sudokus I set up before I start (for breaks).

FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO WRITE is my motto.

(me)

And fight WordPress for the right to blog my words my way. Mostly I win.

We are being allowed a little other freedom

We can have dinner on the outside terrace by La Brisa, our alternate dining venue.

We can have dinner with ONE other person or couple in the regular dining room, with the tables now very far apart, and our temperature checked before we sit down, going in one door of the dining room and out the other (which, due to the design of this place, requires us to go down from the Third Floor by the Central Elevator to the First Floor, walk a fair distance, and take the East Elevator up to the Fourth Floor where we live.

They tell us it’s Yolo County rules. It’s supposed to keep people from bunching up. But they still do it when we’re the last seating.

We had dinner with friends yesterday, for the first time since March, and will be having dinner with different friends next Saturday – assuming no one gets ill.

And we’re still using the outdoor pool (Yolo County again), but I had to get out after 20 minutes because it is way too cold, and I couldn’t take it any more. Slightly better than nothing.

In other news

And we went to a wedding in Boulder, CO, by zoom because our son and new daughter-in-law (finally) have decided to postpone the reception but had the wedding. It was lovely. Parents and sibling on both sides, and the bride’s grandmother. California, Texas, and New York were represented.

There will be a party when it’s safe – they have a venue date for October of NEXT year.

And that’s about it except for compulsive news reading (NYT, WaPo, a few others) about the pandemic, and we’ve sent our ballots in by mail and the State of California confirms they have been received.

I hope the nightmare is over. Nobody is taking it for granted.

What a year!

And this is why I don’t blog when nothing has been happening – it’s boring!

My lovely beta reader is expecting, and they have had three hurricanes go over their heads lately (Gulf Coast-ish).

And the fires are mostly out around here.

The other night when I couldn’t sleep I felt an earthquake rattle the bed – it was a 2.7 (tiny to those of us brought up in Mexico City), the person at the Front Desk didn’t feel it, and the Earthquake reporting site had it as happening about ten kilometers from here.

Hope you are all having a more exciting life than I am – and stayed safe over Halloween!

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5 thoughts on “Cabin fever requires getting out of the retirement community

  1. acflory

    lol – your life sounds plenty exciting to me. 😉 Sometimes not having anything exciting to report is the best thing of all. Nothing nice-exciting here, just more things breaking down from old age. No, not me, appliances. 🙂

    Take care and keep writing!

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  2. marianallen

    Your life seems pretty exciting to me. Which probably tells you all you need to know about MY life. I’m glad things are loosening up with appropriate caution where you are. So far, we don’t have a mask mandate, but I’m seeing more and more people wearing them anyway. Not everybody, but more than had been. I’m trying to get back into writing but I haven’t felt very motivated since I lost Charlie. He used to laughingly call me a Trollope, since Anthony Trollope would finish a book and immediately start on another, and I used to write with that much industry, although far less talent.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      I knew that about Trollope, and your year was the horrible year beyond horrible years – you can’t be expected to do anything else because your heart is too full.

      We went to maximum protection here immediately – the reports from nursing homes (which we have one of, downstairs) and assisted living facilities (ditto) were dire.

      This place is stuffed with former academics and medical personnel – we KNOW how viruses transmit, and can’t believe those who fly in the face, literally, of science.

      You have your daughters over. That would be huge for us – but, though we would trust our own kids (youngest quarantined for two weeks to be able to see friends on Halloween), we are loathe to trust everyone else’s friends in a community this big (around 350, most in the same building).

      Just in case. And we HAVE had cases: two new residents brought it with them when they moved in, and maybe 10-15 of the staff have tested positive. No deaths in our little group, thank goodness, but several I would blame on people in memory support and the other levels not getting anywhere near the physical contact and affection which would have helped them survive a bit longer, and enjoy their families during that time.

      You just write when you feel you want to – the rest will come back when it will.

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