Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Lock Down Diaries And Sanity Jail Breaks



 Hard to Believe the older Grandchild I Raised and is pictured above, The Young Prince, will turn 21 in just a few Short Months from now!  *Gasp!*  I finally feel Fine after my 1st COVID Vaccine and adjusting to the new Diabetic Injection Med, Trulicity, all administered in the same Week.  I did pretty much Sleep away almost all of Friday and Saturday tho', it was quite an adjustment for my Body I guess... I just couldn't stay Awake!   I felt knackered!  When you're of a Certain Age, recovering from shit just takes it right outta ya, you don't bounce right back anymore... or mebbe that's just me?!




 I can't even blame it on being a Grandparent, I've been a Grandparent now for Decades already.  Good thing Princess T was spending the Weekend at Crazy Pamela's and didn't need to be picked up until Sunday Morning and The Son was doing Door Dash runs with one of his Friends all Weekend too.  It just left The Man and I on our lonesome here, with me Blissfully Asleep and him Happily watching his NCIS Marathon Reruns.  *Smiles*  We lead such a Serenity filled mundane Life when the Adult Son and Teen Grandchild are away.  *Bwahahahaha!*




Purging all the Photo Albums recently, we've taken Hours of Trips lately down Memory Lane!  See, I was once a Thin and Young looking Gramma, Once Upon A Time... like in the Fairy Tales, people used to think I was the G-Kid Force's Mom... ha ha ha!  Today, because I actually felt just Fine and the Arm isn't as sore as it was, I Priced a shitload of Inventory for the Antique Mall Showroom, The Man assisted.  We had Dinner from "Ono Hawaiian Bar-B-Q" in the Park, it was a Gorgeous Day, well into the high 80's, it's starting to feel like Spring in the Desert already.  



 The Park has a Lake and there's always Wild Migratory Birds, we noticed most of the Wild Geese are leaving now that it's getting too Hot tho'.  Pretty soon it will only be the Domesticated Ducks that remain and all the Wild Migratory Birds will have abandoned the Desert and gone elsewhere, like the Snow Bird Humans do around this time of the Year.  Come Spring and full on Summer, only Arizonans will remain and I'm okay with that now that we still have a raging Pandemic going on.




Sales were actually quite good at the Antique Mall this Two Week Pay Period, so I'll finally get a relatively decent check.  Once I got my 1st Vaccine the GM and our Mall's Manager asked me once again when I could/would come back, they'll hold open my Favorite Night Shifts.  So, I said that by Mid-April, after having had both Vaccines, I would consider coming back part-time and On-Call only for a while, until I decide how I feel about returning to Work and how the Numbers look in the State for Cases and Deaths.  I do miss Working a lot, this is the longest I've gone without any kind of gig beyond just the Full Time Caregiving here at Home. Pandemic Penitentiary Living within the confines of Home does not suit me well at all and I get beyond Restless. 




So many of you have handled Lock Down really well and have been in virtual Isolation to where I don't know how you all haven't gone completely Mad?   I'm already Crazy, so complete Isolation for an entire Year would have sent me right over the Edge into Insanity, it wouldn't have been Pretty.  *LOL*   I like a balance of being by myself and being around people.   The Man could literally be a Recluse and be Happy as a Clam at High Tide with not being around Human Beings at all!  Princess T professes that she's not really fond of People, as a Collective, they give her Anxiety and Panic Attacks... so she's very sparing about whose in her Posse. 




 Right now she's got Crazy Pamela, Gay Timmy and Straight Anthony and that's more than enough People for her in Life.  She can only take a little bit of Crazy Pamela and Straight Anthony, since a little bit of them goes a long way.  Granted a little bit of her can go a long way too and she's Aware of that Fact.   So 1.5 Days with Crazy Pamela was sufficient, no Bibles were thrown at her this Weekend.  *Bwahahahaha!*   She and Gay Timmy can hang out together all the time and they get along Fabulously, mostly because he's so easy going and tolerant of The Diva just being Herself.  *Winks* 




She will begin In-Person Classes full time after Spring Break, by then I'll have had both of my Vaccines and The Man already had both of his, so we're ready for the inevitable.  Besides, Pandemic Home Schooling was beyond Challenging when you have a Special Needs Child and the only ones here to help her are a Brain Damaged Grandpa and a Gramma who Graduated before any of her Teachers, her School Psychologist or the Principal of her School were even Born.  *LOL*   I probably Forgot more than some of these people know, but I still feel like an Idiot with Modern Education Methods and Technology making me feel like a Dinosaur.  Now that we're always Masked Up, I don't even bother with Make-Up anymore either and it's a good thing Dreadlocks require no fuss ever.  Some are almost down to my Ass now, I trimmed about an Inch off a few to see if they're easy to cut... they aren't.




Princess T only goes for In-Person Special Ed Services on Mondays and Tuesdays for only Two Hours each Day, with only one other Male Student in the Class and Two Teachers and a Psychologist for both of them.   She's only been doing that for Two Weeks, but it has eased her into High School In-Person Learning and familiarized her with the New High School Campus.  Enough that perhaps she won't have Anxiety or Panic Attacks when her Freshman Year resumes In-Person Learning for the first time?   She did Cry one Day when Two Teachers sat on each side of her, because that was Too Many People and her Anxiety went thru the Roof having Two Strangers that close to her, assisting and watching her Work. It just overwhelmed her and made her too self-conscious.  Funny how she's not at all self-conscious when doing Vanity Selfies tho'... one of the Mysteries of Life I guess.  *LOL*  




 I myself still Suck at The Selfie, even tho' Masks Help {Winks}, so I rarely try to take any, my Vanity left the Building beaucoup Years ago.  *LOL*  Anyway, I talked it over with School Staff not to Double Team her with 'Assistance', no matter how well intended, it won't happen again, her IEP accommodates her Social Anxiety Issues now too.  Of coarse they didn't accommodate the Special Needs Students until Two Weeks ago, even tho' Pandemic Online Learning has been going on now since the end of her 8th Grade Year in Jr. High... so they're running way behind in helping her to Succeed.   Since this is the 1st Year of High School and having a different Teacher for every Class, it's an adjustment for every Student, let alone the Special Needs Students.  She is passing Math and Spanish... she joked that being half Mexican, she figured they expected her to at least pass Spanish even tho' we don't speak it in the Home.  *Bwahahahaha*




The irony being, her Siblings living in Mexico that I'm not Raising, don't speak or understand any English.   So, she's learning some Spanish in order to be able to speak and to understand them and her Paternal Grandma Saint Maria... and they're trying to learn some English to be able to speak to and understand us.  Luckily here Online in The Book Of Faces, there's a Translate button so I can communicate with the Spanish Speaking Grandchildren and they with us, so that's handy since my Kitchen Spanish pretty much Sucks.  *LOL*   Anyway, The Lock Down Diaries get monotonous and Blog Fodder gets scarce, even when I wanna Blog, finding anything Interesting is a stretch now... a Year in... and I get out way more than most of you... I call them Sanity Jail Breaks, they're quite necessary, Trust me!




You aren't likely to see me on the Ten O'Clock News going Nationally Postal if I get the occasional Pandemic Jail Break from Lock Down Incarceration, I'm a lousy Pandemic Inmate.  I cooked some Corned Beef, Cabbage and New Potatoes in the Crock Pot since we had no Kiddos at Home to complain about it.  It was delish and we ate it for Two straight Days.  Problem was, it stunk up the House so that when Princess T returned, she complained incessantly about the pong!  *Bhahahaha!*  I thought it smelled mouth watering and Divine, buy it was pretty strong, I ain't gonna lie, you knew what had been cooked, that's for sure, the Aroma was distinctive!   So were the after effects... we're pungent... whether it's coming out as a belch or a fart.  I know, TMI... scraping the bottom of the Barrel for Blog Fodder when you're adding info like that, huh?  *Bwahahahaha!*




Meanwhile, in The Land Of Pandemic Trivia Facts... not a single Republican Voted for the $1,400 per person Stimulus Bill, even tho' it had Bipartisan Support with The Public and was sorely needed by Regular People blundering thru this extended Global Economic and Health Crisis.   The above Meme instantly came to Mind, since they clearly had no trouble Supporting and Voting in Bail Outs for filthy Rich Corporations and Billionaire Buddies claiming financial hardship within a Week of reduced profits... go figure!  Things that make ya go... Humnnnnnnnn!  I will be looking forward to getting ours, since I won't be going back to even On Call Work until at least Mid-April, if that...   Plus, I don't receive a Paycheck, just comped Space Rent at the Antique Mall, at less than Minimum Wage.



It's a good thing I'm a Low Maintenance Woman and don't go to Salons and shit like that to Maintain myself.   I haven't been to a Hair Salon since getting Dreadlocks and haven't had a Mani or Pedi in I don't know how long, but it's been a lotta Years.   The Princess told me Today that she thinks I could be getting some Grey Hairs finally and will I allow my Dreads to go Grey/Silver?  Well, what else am I gonna do if that's what they decide to eventually do... and I'm thinking an Ombre' Effect might just look rather Interesting... we'll see what happens over the Years, I don't really Care one way or another really.   I'm in my Mid-Sixties and almost all of my Hair is the same Color it's always Naturally been all my Life so far... so any Change would be 'different' at least.




I have thought about trying to find Ginger, the Gal that did my Dreadlocks for me, and see about getting the first Maintenance of them.  Since I've got so much New Hair coming in that isn't Locking up right away, mostly near my Scalp and around my Face.  The Fuzzies when that happens can be annoying, when you want your Hair to tangle and it refuses to, even tho' you don't brush nor comb it anymore and let Wind blow thru it like a Hurricane with the Windows down in your Vehicle often, it's a strange anomaly of Straight Type One Hair Defiance!  *LMAO*  You all know, that those of you without Dreadlocks, would not be able to get a damned Comb or Brush thru your Hair just Minutes after something like that, it would be so damned tangled!  *LOL*   Ah well, eventually it'll all get sucked into a Dread... Patience is Key with this Hairstyle...



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Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


10 comments:

  1. Whew, what a read! First off, thanks for stopping by and taking a chance with that content warning. I'm envious even reading your profile. Sounds like an awesome lifestyle. I have so many thoughts for a lengthy post, but for now will just leave it at a few comments. No vaccine here yet. I, too, am a grandparent, though only to a fraction of your brood. Lockdown for my wife and I has meant next to nothing since neither of us are "people" people. We drum to the march of our own beat, if you will. Corned beef and cabbage is one of the best meals ever! The lasting odors of such a meal are a treat, and the after-odors are tolerable as well, I say. The cat/cactus photos are the best, and that fruity treat at the bottom of the post looks mouth-watering. Stay well, enjoy life, and feel free to stop by now and then.

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    1. Well, now I realize the Content Warnings don't always mean a Blog I wouldn't want to read, I might chance a few that other Bloggers I know have frequented. *LOL* You just never know online what you might stumble into so I tend to be cautious and guarded. *Smiles* The Man and Granddaughter are not People oriented either, but The Son and I are just the opposite... people joke that we seem to know everyone. I've often cultivated what I call Loose Ties, people I see regularly enough we talk every time and know something about each other, but it's situational usually... they work somewhere or happen to visit similar places that I do, so we know each other from those situations only. Most of my Close Ties at this Season of Life had moved away or Died off. Being a full time Caregiver isolates you Socially. So The Land Of Blog Community has become a Social Network I enjoy and it's amazing the Kindred Spirits you end up connecting to and often Befriending. I've even met some Blog Friends in person over Time and at first it was Weird when a Stranger would walk up and introduce themselves saying they'd read my Blog for Years and just had to make contact in person! Some became long time Friends after that in the Real World and not just Online. The Kiddos said the odor from the Corned Beef/Cabbage Meal made the house smell like a Fart. *LMAO*

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  2. Once in awhile I notice I am not bouncing back as quick as I used to, but I try to ignore it as I ignore most things related to my age :).

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    1. Don't we all, my Friend? *Ha ha ha* I don't 'Feel Old' in my Head or in my Spirit, I feel the same as I always have felt regardless of time passing, it's my Body that sometimes reminds me and rebels. That said, I am told that for my Age I'm very active and have stamina some less than half my Age don't possess. I attribute that to the Adult ADHD actually, if they saw how Hyper I was as a Child they would understand. *Winks* Being Still is torturous to me and my Mind Racing means I have a million things going on in there and need a lot of activity. So, this Lock Down Lifestyle does not suit me whatsoever and I get restless and melancholy if Days just blend and I feel like Life is zipping by without me present in all the Moments I used to enjoy filling Life with before Pandemic.

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  3. That is you as a Grandma? Holeee Smoke. One has no idea from your masked photo. I'm better looking with a mask, just saying.

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    1. LOL, yep, that was me in 2008 with some of the Younger Grandkids we have, the two we Raised. We have much older Grandchildren... and Gt. Grandkids now. The Grandson in those 2008 Photos is turning 21 this Year, my how Time just flies. The Toddler in the 2008 Photo is Princess T, she's now 15 and in High School. I think we're all better looking with a Mask. *winks*

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  4. And only a cat would sleep on top of a flaming cactus. Good Lord.

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    1. Cats of any kind can sleep anywhere, can't they? *LOL*

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  5. My hair is long enough for me to just sit on the ends now. I cut my on hair and haven't been to a salon in years. I'm a grandma too! My grandson is 8 years old. I just turned 51.

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    1. I haven't been to a Salon in Years either, the last time was to get the Dreadlocks. Most Salons don't have a Clue how to do Dreadlocks, so you pretty much figure everything out from people who already have them. Being a Grandparent is really Special and Raising Two of ours meant we have spent more precious time with them than the average Grandparent who isn't the Custodial Caregiver. We have a lot of Grandchildren and a fair amount of Great-Grandchildren now too, too many we have never had the Joy of seeing in person. The Man has been too unwell to Travel far and most of our Grandkids live back East or in Mexico.

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