Weekend noise

On Friday late afternoon I was suddenly overcome with an urge to take apart the old, rotten picnic table that’s been decomposing in my backyard. ๐Ÿ˜ถ

It was a nice picnic table once, handmade by my ex-neighbour’s grandpa many moons ago. When she moved away she left it with me. My daughter and her gal pals used it for many crafting projects during the summer months…

But it was no longer repairable. And, since we’re re-doing the deck later in June, it needed to be removed anyway.

My son was playing with Tucker when I started my project. I suggested he help me, and he did. We used a few incorrect tools to remove the rusted, damaged screws, nuts and bolts until we realized pulling it apart with our hands might be easier. I kept my fantasy to take an axe to the thing to myself, not wanting to succumb to a sudden rage attack… ๐Ÿ˜ต (lockdown is getting to me, sorry not sorry).

So now we have a bald spot on the grass where the picnic table used to be. I’m sure Tucker will dig it up as soon as it stops raining… ๐Ÿ™„

Or maybe not. This is his current state:

The next day was gloomy with a promise of some warm weather. But I spent most of Saturday feeling annoyed that I had a headache. I had all sorts of plans to fill the day with gardening…well, sort of. The garden centers are closed, and the only way I could get some potting soil for balcony boxes (which shall remain void of flowers) was by ordering online and doing a curbside pickup.

I have never done a curbside pickup. The few items I required in the past 13 months have either been available in essential stores that were open, or via an Amazon delivery. I’m not a huge fan of Amazon, but they do have a good and simple return policy for the few items I did need (new Keds, for instance, as my old ones were falling apart before puppy decided to chew them…)

The order went through and two hours later they texted me to say I can come and pick it up. We were just about to get the kids out for a dog walk so I pushed it off to Sunday. That will be my highlight today. I feel like a prisoner on day parole.

What else?

Oh, yes, let’s talk very quickly about two covid things.

First of all, I received a lovely message when I clicked on the new available date to get a vaccine slot. (That’s a lie, it’s not a lovely message at all.) This is what came up.

It sounds like I will be unvaccinated for the foreseeable future which doesn’t really change anything for me anyway. I’m not an essential worker, and I don’t want the AstraZeneca vaccine which is the only one that seems to prevail at the moment (I think they’re coming from the USA which has deemed the AZ unsafe for Americans so Biden sent them to Trudeau – don’t quote me, I didn’t fact check this, I only saw a couple of headlines somewhere and declined digging deeper because I am fragile and can’t handle any more idiocy.)

I’ll be fine. I’m healthy and strong, and not a covidiot.

I can’t even remember the last time I was sick, much less had a flu. It must have been several years before covid arrived…I’m not particularly concerned, but I am fed up with the lockdown measures and want to go out and live my life, so if/when the vaccine becomes available I will go get myself jabbed.

BUT.

My pessimism that this covid thing will go on for a while is justified and me being me, I will tell you why.

Covidiots. They are everywhere, aren’t they?

There is a low-rise apartment building on my street where some Covidiots arranged for parties in the back parking lot. Loud music deep into the night, people not from within their own household congregating without masks…

Frustrating. It’s happens frequently, too…last night was not the first time.

My postal code has been designated a hot zone and still, it’s not sinking in. The irresponsibility is hard to swallow at times.

That being said…

Your readership means a lot to me. I appreciate you more than I can say. Thank you.

But don’t worry. I’ll survive. I am writing books and I’m on a roll. So there.

Speaking of which, I have downloaded and began reading two more books from fellow bloggers and followers:

Teresa Dovalpage’s Death Comes in through the Kitchen (begun), and Catch It Spinning by Claudia J. Severin (not begun yet – thank you Claudia for the email and recommendation). โค๏ธ

See you in the comments.

16 thoughts on “Weekend noise

  1. I’ve found that the best way to dismantle furniture is to give a crowbar to a ten-year-old ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If they offer me the AstraZeneca vaccine, I’ll take it. Not that I can pick and choose, of course, but the concerns are driven more by political maneuverings than any real risk.

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    1. Crowbar. Right. Thanks for the tip! ๐Ÿ˜‚

      At this point we are hearing from actual people we know who have received the AZ. They seem to be over 55, mostly.

      But since I can’t get an appointment I won’t worry about it for now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. We’re all waiting to be invited to get a jab as well. If I’m lucky, the one-shot J&J vaccine will be available by the time it’s my turn ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. “Covidiots”๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I love it!! Thank you for almost making me choke on my coffee.

    I didn’t even know the AZ vaccine was in the US. Mostly we’re doing Pfizer & Moderna. I guess Johnson & Johnson is available in some places too.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the clots with the AZ. When Europe started halting it, I read a few articles and I think it’s mostly hype. With your National Health, you can’t really “shop around” for a shot, can you?
    I’m still super shocked at how lucky I got. I just want the card so I can go to a concert in July… if it doesn’t get canceled again. I figure vaccine cards will be required, or a negative test.

    Good job on the demolition. Why didn’t you just grab a hockey stick and beat on it? I took a wood baseball bat to a metal dumpster one time. The family freaked, but it felt good to release some rage, and nothing got hurt, or broken.

    I also sometimes lay on my bed and have a “tantrum”. Kicking my feet, flailing my arms… it helps! Keep the dog away though… Zeus barks at me๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. You have such an interesting life. hahaha!

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I definitely can’t shop around for the vaccine but if/when it finally happens for me, who knows how dire the new variants have mutated and maybe everything will change again.

      So I sit here and write. ๐Ÿ˜› No virus on my keyboard (I don’t think)…

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  3. Yes, President Biden has agreed to send AstraZeneca to Canada and Mexico. A large-scale U.S. trial found it to be 79% effective against COVID. He never deemed it unsafe for Americans, but rather, we are focusing on the other three vaccines we’ve currently got circulating.

    “God bless America they are coming to our rescue,โ€ said Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the leader of Canadaโ€™s most populous province. He thanked Biden for his willingness to share the vaccines.

    โ€œAnd once I get them I will call you a champion, but I need to get the delivery first, so thank you. I appreciate it. Weโ€™ve been waiting. Thatโ€™s what true neighbors do. They help each other in a crisis,โ€ he said. โ€œWe will take all the vaccines you can give us, so thatโ€™s fabulous news.โ€

    So, I think, yes…you do indeed have a good friend in Mr. B!

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    1. They don’t administer them to the under 55s, especially menstruating women, is what I heard in passing, as the blood clot issue is more likely (but still highly unlikely) for that demographic.

      Thanks for looking into this. I didn’t go past scanning the headlines. All I heard was that various studies called this particular vaccine not appropriate for the bulk of the population.

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      1. From what I’ve read about AstraZeneca, most experts believe the risk of blood clots is so slim you’re MUCH better off getting the vaccine because of the protection it offers from COVID. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but if it were my only choice, I’d take it for sure.

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      2. Well it’s moot since I can’t get on a site to book a slot. My designate place (I need to enter my postal code (hot zone) as well as my age to show eligibility) is full, probably essential workers are getting in. (I’m ok with that.) It’s not yet a free for all, but it’s coming (I heard).

        We’ll see when the time comes. Mom who is in her 70s got the Pfizer two weeks ago so that vaccines is definitely in this province too.

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  4. Got my first shot yesterday–to be followed in three weeks by the final. But it won’t really change anything. The vaccines are not fully effective against the variants, and that’s what’s leading the surge now. So we’ll stay home, plant trees, plan the garden and mind the chickens. That’s what’s new here–we added to our chicken flock and we’re busy watching the social upheaval.
    I went into town yesterday (on my way to the clinic) and the covidiots were out. I know that this is a tourist destination town…and I suppose we should be happy for the return of business. But these visitors don’t wear masks, or socially distance. They are, after all, on vacation. Sheesh. So, for now, I’m happy to stay home.

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