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March 2021
Hey readers, I know, been a long time since I wrote in this blog. I've been busy with life! So far, there's no COVID-19 in our building, but sometimes I wonder about if we have been notified someone is sick with it. Things are changing since we now have a new manager.

Our manager of two years has moved onto a better paying job (with the same company). Can't blame her, but she was such a great person and did a wonderful job managing this building. With 114 apartments and people moving out, in and swapping apartments, it's been something to watch the bustle of folks.

The nasty neighbor who accused me of giving her bedbugs (three weeks after I moved in)...had moved to the first floor with her son. He's keeping an eye on his mom since she now has Alzheimer's disease compounded with schizophrenia. What a challenge she presents to him. They moved from a one bedroom to a two bedroom so the son has his own room and isn't camping out in the living room. I'm glad I don't have to see her face in the hall anymore. The gal who moved into the next door apartment lived downstairs with her sister...who died from bone cancer. The new neighbor is friendly...and I do know her to be a nice person. This will be a nice change for me.

I've been dealing with a new primary doctor system at my health center. This has been a troublesome transition for me since these new practitioners don't know anything about me except what's in the notes. These new people insist on vaccines for elderly ailments...and I don't do vaccines. This includes the new vaccine for COVID-19. Since this vaccine was rushed without long-term effects, I'm not having it. I will be content to wear masks, social distancing and hand washing often.

Meanwhile, I have had a reoccurring skin issue over several years. On my chest, there are sores that break out, then heal. They are getting larger every time. But when I see the doctor in person, they have healed over...and the doctor says there's nothing there. Kind of like when she dismissed the cyst on my back that got infected and had to be lanced. WTF? I like to be heard by my practitioners. I have been referred to a dermatology specialist but the appointment isn't until April 20. I'm sure the sores will be healed by then and I will once again be dismissed!

Since everyone is (or should be!!!) wearing masks, the "normal" flu season just isn't! There's not been a big flu outbreak like there normally is during winter months. Must be due to masks and social distancing. What a concept!!! Rather than get the flu shot, just wear a mask and stay away from humans! I can do that very easily.

I am still cooking for neighbors/friends in the building on Sundays. This has been a fun thing and keeps us connected during this time of concern. I still do take-out...folks come with containers and take out what they want and leave. This is safer and easier for me since I don't have to wash dishes, just the pots & pans from cooking.

On a bright note, I have reconnected with a family I knew in the late 1960's! When I was young, I lived in CT and met a family with 4 young boys. The parents both worked, father worked days, mother worked second shift. There was a lapse between when the mom left for work and the dad got home from his job. These kids were between the ages of 6 months - 6 years old...and no one would be in the home to watch the boys. I moved in with them for many months to help out. It was a tumultuous time in my life, I was 17, in a city without family or friends. I cared deeply for these kids but lost contact with them pretty much after the 1980's.

I discovered that two of the boys and one of the girls (who was born long after I left) now live in MA! The brothers have a construction company and have been working in my area of MA for about 20 years!

Sunday, I went to see one of the boys...the youngest who was just 6 months old when I met the family. The son is now grown up and is a successful businessman! He buys, improves and flips houses. We had such a nice visit and it was great to reconnect with these kids...now all grown.

The March weather is bringing some very mild days over the next week. I will be working in Linda's and my gardens, setting up frames for trellises to grow snap peas, cukes and beans on. We have found some free bamboo for frames at a nearby public garden. This week, we will collect what bamboo we need to frame, collect the hardware from the hardware store and set up the frames...

My FEDCO seed order arrived, so we will get ready to plant snap peas, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard and endive on March 17...the traditional day for planting these cold tolerant seeds. The kale and Swiss chard from last season is still alive and we will pick greens from these plants, then take them out as the new seeds emerge and produce. Such fun!

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Thanks for reading! Stay SAFE! Stay HEALTHY!