Quarantine Catch Up

I apologize for my silence the past few months.  I won't lie...it's been rough.  And now we are at the 1 year mark from when I started hunkering down due to Covid-19 (read here).   I never would have imagined that the past year was spent mostly at home (I'm sure a lot of people can relate).

Thankfully my health has been great.  I've been on Trikafta for over a year now! WOW!!  What a great accomplishment and I'm so thankful for how it has made such an amazing impact on my life.  My lungs feel open and clear..and I hardly ever cough.  I'm still using my vest, which I'll have to admit, I've slacked off some.  I'm working to get my act back in line for a daily vest session.  I'm loving my Peloton - nothing better than a good sweat session on the bike.  I use the digital app when I take my walks so it encourages me to push my pace and plays some good tunes.  I've also ventured out with the strength training classes - I do need to get some better weights for the house.

I recently received my COVID vaccine, so I'm definitely happy about that.  The first dose was super easy, no side effects other than a sore arm for 2-3 days.  The second dose still wasn't awful.  I woke up in the middle of the night with some chills and light body aches.  I took some ibuprofen and slept in the next morning, so by the time I woke up (around 9am), I felt good as new...just the sore arm for 2-3 days.  

So, what does life look like a year later?  Well, I'm still not going to the gym (beyond thankful for my Peloton), mostly doing grocery/Target pick ups, and a lot of cooking at home or take-out meals (I have eaten out a handful of times, but only if it's not too crowded for my comfort).  I will hit up Target from time to time to get out of the house and browse (usually weekday mornings when it's less crowded).  I am beginning to run a few more errands like checking the PO Box, or running in the grocery store for a few items I forgot on my pick up.  

I feel I'm getting accustomed to the hermit life and kind of like it.  Thinking about going to a concert or football game with so many people freaks me out.  I was never a lover of massive crowds to begin with but this quarantine may have made it worse.  Stranger danger! HAHA.   BUT, I will get back out there and live my life.  I love seeing my friends and family.  We do get together and are just as careful as we can be, that's all you can do.

As I've said, the past few months have been rough.   I never imagined COVID would take a parent from me.  I'm still struggling to grasp that he's gone.  I've gone to call him more times than I'd like to admit before realizing that I can't.  I think of him daily and miss him more than words can say.

My best friend then lost her mom in January.  Darlene was a wonderful, kind, loving, giving, thoughtful woman and the most amazing Nana.  She is missed so very much and it was such a blessing to have known her.  

I've had the pleasure to get to spend some extra time with my best friends grandmother since Darlene's passing.  She truly is a light in the darkness.  I don't have any grandparents left so getting to spend time with Nanny brings me so much joy.  She makes me laugh with her stories and the random things she says.  I'm so grateful that Brandy is sharing her with me.  

And most recently, my girl Stella has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma.  We noticed she started limping in the middle of January.  Long story short, after some x-rays and biopsies, they were able to determine that there was cancer in her femur.  Fortunately her CT scan looked good, so we are going to amputate her bad leg tomorrow (3/17).  I'm a nervous wreck about the procedure but I know she will be so relieved to have the pain gone.   She will rock the tripawd life!  She is so feisty and determined that I know she will be fine.  I'll be sure to share a Pupdate on her progress.

Even with all the crap going on, there is still a reason to smile every day and be thankful.  One of my favorite things I've been doing the past couple months has been transporting bulldogs for the Georgia English Bulldog Rescue.  I've been able to transport several puppies that need some extra love and medical care.  It's been a great experience and I love some puppy breath (and snuggles)!!

Me and the pups enjoying a beautiful afternoon outside.

One of my transports - French Jessie 💕

More puppies - JD, Thelma and Louise!!

COVID Vaccine 

We got to enjoy some snow on a visit to camp

A beautiful cool evening by the fire

Golf cart ride!

Stella was loving it!


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