There is nothing special going on here in my little Home Sweet Apartment. Just the day to day routine of living. And when I look at the news and see the chaos in our country, I find myself very grateful that I live such a quiet life.
Lori left yesterday for Colorado to spend time with her family and to see her daughter graduate from college. We miss her but are really happy for her as this is something she has been looking forward to. This means Duane is batching it this week. He came over last evening as he does twice a week to help me with my leg bandages. I fed him pork chops covered with dressing and baked in the oven. I will be seeing him often as the landlord has sent workmen to fix the bathroom in Duane's apartment. The contractor who remodeled the apartments several years ago did a lousy job there. The shower had developed a large crack in the wall, the toilet had been leaking underneath the floor so the plywood flooring had rotted out and there were other issues. By the time the work is finished, Duane and Lori will have brand new bathroom. Meantime, he is using mine. Good thing we live so close.
Youngest son David called me yesterday to let me know that he would likely bring his family to see me on Saturday. It is always fun to see the grands. They might bring the new puppy. Puppy still doesn't do car rides very well. Motion sickness. And given that puking puppies are not much fun to travel with, they may just wait on the pup's visit.
I am enjoying the spring breeze through my open windows in the afternoons when the outside temperature is warm enough. I admit to having a slight case of Spring Fever which accounts for the need to tidy things up a bit after the long winter. The few dust bunnies that have been found are now gone. Cupboards have been straightened and shelves have been reorganized. I'm waiting for my grocery order to be delivered today, after which I think I had better bake a couple batches of cookies. To have a grandchild find an empty cookie jar is just, well, wrong. :)
My days are peaceful for the most part. I still am working on being prepared for whatever comes - canning and dehydrating as much as possible - adding to the other supplies - spending some time in the evenings learning skills that may be useful. YouTube is a great resource for tutorials on most any subject. So many of the skills that were second nature to our grandparents seem to have been all but lost. Sometimes I long for the days before electronic gadgets took over our lives. The days when we read real books and wrote letters in cursive using pen and paper and actually held conversations rather than texting. I do admit to loving my computer, for it gives me the opportunity to connect to the outside world at a time when it is difficult for me to leave my apartment. But I think I would give it up to be able to sit on the porch and listen to Grandpa tell stories about his childhood. I treasure the memories of those conversations with my Dad in his later years. Reading from a screen or watching a video just isn't the same. I guess the older I become, the more I wish the world hadn't changed so much. Sigh.
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