Our family has all had one illness or another lately. May and Michael have been suffering from something that is either covid or the flu- not a cold. Body aches, fever, congestion, extreme fatigue. They got tested yesterday and are waiting on results. They'd done rapid tests and gotten negative results but it seems that tests are not picking up some of the newer varieties of the damn virus. How May and Michael could get sick is a mystery. He works from home and never goes anywhere and when May's at work she wears an N95 mask with a cloth mask firmly affixed over that and she does not take those suckers off. Of course she works in the "wellness" section of a coop where people come in seeking natural remedies because they don't believe in things like vaccinations and they certainly don't believe in masks and they want to talk and talk and talk. Closely. To her.
Jessie and her kids have come down with something again. Upper respiratory. They, too, have been tested and are awaiting results.
Hank and Rachel seem to be covid-free but Rachel's had some surgery-related things going on and she is getting better.
Mr. Moon and I are okay, for the moment, at least, if you don't count his extreme reaction to the medication they gave him before his endoscopy. I don't think he's back up to 100% yet. I'm fine physically but have been so damn emotional today. I suppose I've been holding a lot inside me, worrying about my family which is what I do best, of course.
Worrying and feeling guilty. Those are my super powers.
And of course there's Putin's attack on the Ukraine which I do not begin to understand but which feels more than ominous. They have reportedly seized Chernobyl. What the fuck does anyone want Chernobyl for? I cannot believe that in 2022 anyone truly believes that war is the answer to anything but madmen always will.
And right here at home in good old Florida where we have a governor named Rich DeSanctified, we're trying to stuff LGBTQ+ rights, education, safety, and health back into a black, airless closet with a lock on it. And let's not even talk about the new voting laws and restrictions on abortion.
Yeah. It's all a little much, I guess. Despair and existential angst are probably a completely normal reaction to what's going on in the world.
But this morning I did get to briefly see Jessie and the boys and Jessie's best friend since forever who is visiting from Germany where she lives and works now. It was so, so good to see them all. Melissa, the friend, feels like one of my babies and always will. One of their high school friends is getting married this weekend and she wanted Jessie and Melissa's old band, The Cicada Ladies, to play at the reception and so...the band is getting back together. This makes me very happy.
They were only here for a short while. Jessie's car needs its AC fixed and she took it to the shop right down the block where friends of Mr. Moon's work (Lloyd has a repair shop, believe it or not) and then she borrowed a car from the vast stable of assorted vehicles around here. As soon as August walked in the house he wanted to play games so we played a quick game of Battle. It was actually the fastest game of Battle I've ever played. Levon was going to be on my team and help me until August started winning big, at which point my helper decided that he was turning his coat and although he would still sit on my lap and flip cards for me, he was helping me to lose so that August would win.
He did a great job of that, too, and he and August won handily.
I was pretty amazed at how well Levon played. Suddenly he knows his numbers and which cards are higher than others. He's four years old! I told Jessie that the boys could play by themselves now if they wanted to.
"Hmmm," she said. "Good to know."
After they left I had to go to town to get stuff because that's my job. I got the stuff we needed at Costco and Publix and picked up a few things for May and Michael and dropped off groceries at their apartment. I got to see them from a reasonable distance, outside and masked and although it wasn't that wasn't entirely satisfying, it was better than nothing.
I stopped at the library on my way home and lucked into getting the newest TC Boyle book. I don't think I've read it but I could be wrong.
Tomorrow I'm going to attend to my potted plants. They are scattered haphazardly over all the porches and in the laundry room and I feel the need to create a little order. When I was at Jessie's house last week her plants all looked so pretty and tidy and thriving and green. Mine all look raggedy and neglected and some of them are frost bit and some of them are chicken-nipped and I feel a huge urge to give them a little love. A little fertilizer probably wouldn't hurt either.
Gibson is spending the night tomorrow and that will be fun. He's such a sweet, smart boy. It is DEFINITELY his turn. All these kids are so different, from how they look to how they think, to how they process things, to how they show affection, to how they learn, to how they talk, to what they want to wear, to what their interests, talents, and inclinations are.
Today May texted me while I was playing cards with the boys and she said, "Tell those boys I love them!"
So I did and then I asked them if they'd like to say anything back to Aunt May.
Levon said to tell her that he loved her too and August? He told me to tell her that he likes her so very much.
That pretty much sums it up.
See you tomorrow.
It's a struggle all round, isn't it? Hope you and all of your family are feeling fine soon.ReplyDelete
Doing better every day! Thanks, Wilma!Delete
I do love reading your family chronicles. So much going on. And August's measured response! Yes, also plenty to stress about, too.ReplyDelete
I often wonder why anyone would want to read about my family stuff so thank you. August is August and we would not have him any other way!Delete
I hope they are covid-free and get better quickly and that you are spared. Life is certainly getting more stressful. Take care of yourself and enjoy Gibson tomorrow.ReplyDelete
Covid free so far! Gibson is here and doing the Oculus with his Boppy.Delete
Honey-I like you so very much. I'm waiting impatiently to drive to the airport to pick up Milo! It is just beautiful here in Seattle for the moment but COLD so we'll have to see about an adventure tomorrow...ReplyDelete
And I like you so very much too, Beth!Delete
I hope you're having a grand time with your grand boy. I bet he adores you.
hoping everyone gets well soon with no complications...though nowadays.....it's a crapshoot all around. Sigh. Enjoy your Gibson tomorrow..... bless his heart. I have a friend who's family (his wife and inlaws) in Ukraine....they didn't sleep a wink last night......checking on everyone via phone and computer. Not a good scenario any way you look at it. Another HUGE sighReplyDelete
Our little health situations are nothing compared to the prospect of bombings and shootings are they?Delete
I just cannot believe this.
You seem to be the epicenter of a lot of contagion. Stay well and remember your superpower job is to get things. Have a good visit with Gibson.ReplyDelete
So are Mr. Moon and I seem fine. Gibson seems a little snuffly so who knows? Whatever. I could NOT disappoint him again.Delete
That is wonderful, "I love you" can just seem so hallmark you know...but "I like you so very much"- sincere.ReplyDelete
No fakery for August. He calls it like he feels it.Delete
I listened to the Prime Minister this morning on the radio talking about Ukraine and I cried. Canada is home to the largest number of Ukrainians outside of Ukraine. I feel heartsick. More traumatized people, more traumatized children for what? Because some psychopath says so? People suck.ReplyDelete
I did not know that about Ukrainians in Canada. And of course I completely agree with you. Do you ever wonder what in hell happened to these mad men psychopaths who have such a need to rule the world to make them this way?Delete
Something horrible, I assume but that does not give them the right.
A card sharp at 4! what a genius. It's nice they can play together without help now.ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to hear so many of you have been unwell and hope that changes very soon. Ukraine is going to be all over the newspapers and TV news for weeks now. It makes me want to crawl into a hole and hide.
I am ready to dig my own hole and hide. What can be done? What CAN be done?Delete
here's to it not being COVIDReplyDelete
Not so far!Delete
Oh my, that's a lot of symptoms/illnesses doing the rounds in Lloyd. I do hope everyone is ok. And what a turncoat Levon is!!!ReplyDelete
Well, we're all doing pretty well today.Delete
That Levon. Even as he was "helping" me lose, he was sitting on my lap. He's a hoot, that boy.
I think I would like being "liked so very much" by dear, sweet August.ReplyDelete
It is a fine thing indeed.Delete
Sorry to hear everybody's sick. It's just damn cold here. And overcast and wet. And I'm really tired of it. I've been wondering about May and Michael as you don't write about them much and hardly ever about Michael.ReplyDelete
We have Trump to blame for the situation in Ukraine and his pro Russia magat congresspeople. I believe this was the agreement between Putin and Trump. Trump would weaken NATO, exit the Open Skies treaty, build up Putin's image so that Putin could take over Ukraine without resistance. Don't know what Trump was supposed to get out of it. A Trump tower in Moscow? Unlimited bank loans he wouldn't have to pay back? But then, Trump lost. So now Putin is pushing forward hoping he can still get away with it.
And yeah, same in Texas with all the restrictions of what can be taught in school and now Abbott has issued a decree that teachers are required to report the parents of any trans kid for child abuse. Your gov and mine trying to take us back to the religiously controlled dark ages.Delete
I think there is probably a lot of truth in what you said about Trump and Putin. You KNOW Trump was so far up that man's ass that he's never been able to back out entirely. Praising him as a "genius." God, I hate him.Delete
I don't write about May and Michael much because I so rarely see them! They work and mostly stay cozy and safe at home. I do talk to May and we text back and forth. But I don't see them enough.
As to your state and mine- just makes an old hippie want to puke, don't they? I am aghast at how far backward we are going.
Even though everyone is grappling with health and life events, I rather like the energy of this post, its connectedness, the love weaving through, the sense that you all will meet whatever comes and get the plants thriving and happy, too. May you all be well again soon. Sending so much love.ReplyDelete
Aren't we all just trying constantly to fight entropy? I think so. Using machetes and fingernail scissors against the chaos. We try.Delete
I love you.
Your posts always express exactly what I'm thinking about general fuckery in the world, but they also ease my mind, make me laugh, and help me to remember all that is good and fine.ReplyDelete
That makes me feel good in my heart, Elizabeth. You are precious to me.Delete
Well said, Elizabeth! I agree!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Susan!Delete
I feel the dread and am scared of what may happen. I hope that NATO and Biden can stop Putin and make Trump and his followers shut up.ReplyDelete
Sorry about the illnesses. Ugh! But it sounds like you had a great time with the boys -- kids are so funny how they'll switch allegiances based on who's winning.ReplyDelete
It is all more than a little much. Sorry to hear everyone is not Well and Hope all Test Results for The Rona come back Negative so you can have peace of mind about that. I'm still suffering from Long Haulers after it burned thru our Family, I was vaxxed and boosted, so it kept me out of the Hospital or Morgue but it sure is a nasty disease and takes a toll out of many of it's victims that Survive it. My Heart Aches for the people of Ukraine and their Nation, I have an American Blog Friend who lives there and hasn't been able to get out yet... I worry about he and his Family, his Wife's Family are Ukrainians so it's not as easy for him as just leaving.ReplyDelete