Sunday, July 26, 2020
Sunday Update July 2020
Still here folks. Working two days at week at the hotel, mask on.
Taking care of Bill who has now been categorized as 100% non-service connected disability by the VA.
Plowing through the constant ninety degree humidity laden days here in southern Delaware.
I count my blessing these days. Even though I have challenges, mine pale in comparison to some of my closets friends and relatives. Both of my younger brothers are undergoing cancer treatments. My longtime friend Larry is in a rehab center now. He had a stroke and will be in his rehab facility at least another six week until he can manage to walk. He was diagnosed with ALS four years ago. I've watched his slow decline over the past four years. We're the same age, meeting in third grade (1950) when he outed me to our teacher on a book report I did that was actually from a Scrooge McDuck comic book. At recess he thought I was going to beat him up and was surprised when I approached him and said "You have comic books? Would you like to trade?"
My routine these days is keeping me and Bill safe from catching the coronavirus. I try to make Bill's life as comfortable as possible now that he has lost his sight. He can see colors and light but can't make out detail. He so enjoys the daily ride I take him on (almost) every day.
First thing after I get up and wash is I take a walk through our developing to get the blood flowing through my veins and maintain my weight. I've lost seven pounds during this routine that I began a couple of month ago. I'm down to 165 lbs., five pounds short of my goal of 160, my fighting weight.
After breakfast I go into my office and check my online Scrabble games, a source of comfort for me. I play eight games with Pat and several others with strangers from the Internet who have challenged me.
If the weather isn't too oppressive in the morning I do yard work. I also now mow the grass, a job Bill had for the last thirteen years since we moved to Delaware.
Usually I take Bill for his daily ride in the morning before lunch. Yesterday we went to BJ's, in Millsboro. Bill used to go with me in the stores but because he has trouble walking, he just sits in the car now. He does enjoy people watching while he is waiting for me to return from shopping.
I have fallen behind on my e-mails. I don't even try to keep up with my e-mails now, which is 90% ads or more.
Around noon is lunch then I take a long afternoon nap, usually two hours or more. Yes, I sleep that long.
Late afternoon I do more yard work if the temperature has dropped.
Seven o'clock or so is when I have dinner. Bill goes to bed around eight o'clock.
After Bill goes to bed I'm back on my computer. I usually call my Canadian Travel Buddy Good Friend Pat at his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada at this time for an update on his day. We no longer get-together quarterly like we used to before the Great Pandemic. Already we missed our trip to Palm Springs, Philadelphia and I will miss my trip to visit Pat in Hamilton at the end of August. We're still scheduled to get-together for my birthday in November in Philadelphia. However, that is still up in the air because the Canadian border is closed both ways.
So there you go folks, my update.
I'm still here. I may not post as often but I'm still here, thankful.
Have a great day everyone!