Last week I signed another lease for a the coming year at my active retirement apartment.
Honestly, it's hard to believe I've been here for a year, even though the last year has encompassed so much! When I first arrived, we were still in the "thick" of the pandemic. I unloaded, settled in, and except for waving as we walked masked or sat on our patios, there was little interaction- even with the other residents although people did stop by to welcome me. Other than times I visited my daughter and son-in-law, that was occasionally a lonely time and I relied on Facebook, Zoom and my daughter for my social interaction.
Fortunately, 2021 has been an improvement for me, even with the variants and masking issues. I was (fortunately) vaccinated early on (my booster date will be in just a couple of weeks) and so except for a period of Hell Freezing Over, the new year has slowly improved. I am still a homebody much of the time, and I am still cautious, but I have moved past the lock myself away period of life. I go to church, I have joined a group or two, I have eaten out, and yes, I have just returned from two weeks in Denver-smokey air and all.
I haven't been an "official" renter for a while, so did find it interesting that rather than going month to month after the first year, we signed a new lease. Not that I have a problem in any way with such, it was just different for me. And it may be because many of the apartments are income qualified. Who knows?
In other news, I FINALLY had my first PT appointment this morning which was an evaluation. I have been walking with an uneven gait forever, I need pain management tips, and had other issues that were affecting both my pain and my walking and activity even more than usual. It still looks like I wont be walking much more than fifteen minutes at a time, and I am actually supposed to walk with a rolling walker now (just for the exercise type of walking so that I can go faster and not worry about falling and get my heart rate up). I have been measured and tested and been watched while I walk and now it's time to start all the new exercises and therapies I have been given. Plus I am meeting with the guy two times a week through the fall.
Football is back and I'm happy to see the Washington Redskins or the Washington Football Team as they are known to some to have had a win. It may have been 102 here today, but hey, it's football season.
I am still mainly ordering online for trunk pickup and or delivery, and while I have had some substitutions I have not seen any large shortages. That and the fact that I eat almost anything so can easily substitute has me more relaxed that it seems some others are. However, prices are definitely rising and I pretty much ate down my freezer before my Colorado visit so I will slowly start stocking up on some non-perishables and loss leaders for the freezer. Yesterday I made a large slow cooker full or garlic brown sugar chicken thighs (literally I just used herb garlic seasoning and threw brown sugar on top and cooked on hi for four hours), so I am again feeding the freezer (I knew there were reasons I would want the giant extra large slow cooker)
Denton is a town of many small businesses and one of them is an specialty cheese shop. Each week on Wednesday they have a different grilled cheese sandwich, depending on what special jams they have received, cheeses on hand and other gourmet items they sell and when they run out they run out. I've decided that on Wednesdays at 11:15 that's where I'll be for lunch. Look for pictures...
Tomorrow I'm being a good girl in her birth month and having a skin test done. I'm also braving the nail salon come hell or high water with mask in hand. Because no matter what magic this physical therapist works, never again am I going to be able to trim my own toenails. Never mind paint them. I also may grab some eggs bennie, and in the afternoon my quilt guild has a large surplus fabric sale!
Oh and the quilt? It's a very early Christmas present from my sister, who is also a quilter. And is already on my bed