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    Which is worse? Packing to move or getting a shot? My answer is simple. One’s a pain in the arm and other is a pain in the … you know.

    Here in South Carolina—and, yes, I am still a resident until the move is complete—the qualifications for the COVID vaccination changed to aged 55 and over last Monday. My Ever Patient Partner in Life called up the local hospital’s hotline and, after only an hour on hold, secured both of us appointments.

    We might have to wait on the phone for an appointment, but the process at the vaccination clinic was as smooth as could be. Large signs pointed the way (held in a largely vacant mall), pleasant volunteers greeted us, and we were soon receiving our shot. An appointment has already been made for the second shot.

    Fortunately, side effects were minimal. My arm was a little sore the next day and I was a little tired the next evening, but overall the experience was much more pleasant than my recent shingles vaccinations. By the second day after, I didn’t notice any issues at all.

    Exactly a year ago, the world felt dark and scary. The word “pandemic” was being tossed about. Restaurants sat mostly empty (and ordered closed on March 17 here). People hunkered in their homes. We all tried to figure out what was happening. We could only dread what would happen next.

    Fast forward a year and today feels so different. Spring blooms with hope and possibility. Momentum is building to a golden summer. Yes, I’ll take a little pain in the arm to accomplish that.

    Books I’m Reading

    Notice anything weird? Yes, this is the same book I was reading last week. Packing boxes in preparation for a move doesn’t leave much reading time.

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    Interesting Links

    I shared both of these on social media this week, but thought I would share them again in case you missed it. Well, that, and I blame moving again.

    Daylight Saving: Spring Forward—A movie preview parody about the change in time.

    An Early Tim Conway skit—A prison warden with creative ideas is shocked—shocked—a prisoner escaped from his fenceless prison.

    Gratuitous Dog Picture

    Landon complains

    Poor Landon’s naps on the couch grew increasingly complicated this week as we packed items and stacked things for the movers. Notice the blankets wrapped around fragile items in preparation of loading them on trucks. We can only hope Landon catches up on his sleep after all the inconvenience.

    Background title image courtesy Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz via Unsplash

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    1. Jean Burkhardt on March 15, 2021 at 7:43 am

      AAWW Landon-I know it’s hard to sleep with all the packing BUT soon you will be in your new home and tucked in to sleep!

    2. Debbie and Ruby on March 15, 2021 at 8:08 am

      Hang in there big fella you will be moving soon. Glad you got your shot. I get my 2nd on the 29th and hope it is as easy as the 1st. Things do look a bit brighter this spring!! Lots of TP and paper towels in the stores!

    3. tammyj on March 15, 2021 at 11:15 am

      o dear. I’m lost. I face planted on the floor of my apt. on monday Mar 8th.
      concussion an d 6 stitches on forehead. have tried to follow you. but some days just couldn’t.
      are you movings again? I missed it. i mean moving from chez herd there on the salty marshland?
      sorry to be having to asks it! xoxo good luck to you either wa y!

      • D.K. Wall on March 15, 2021 at 12:29 pm

        So sorry about your accident. Hope you’re feeling better.

        Yes, we are moving back to the NC mountains to Asheville.

        • tammyj on March 16, 2021 at 10:27 am

          oh Hu Dad!!!
          I’m so glad you’re moving back home.
          stitches out of forehead tomorrow I hope.
          I have new respect for the term ‘face planted’ LOL.
          can actually type now without going haywire.
          again. so glad you’re all moving back. those NC mountains are hard to beat!
          and Ashville especially. best of luck! XO

    4. Shirley Johnson on March 15, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Got my second shot Friday at 2pm. Woke up at 4am with a headache, chills and a very sore arm. Felt fine by noon. Getting the vaccination is well worth a few symptoms for a few hours.

      Enjoy all of your pictures.

      I liked Red Mountain.

      Good luck with your move!!

    5. Patty Markiewicz on March 17, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks for sharing the Tim Conway skit!! It was hilarious! He is one of my all time favorites. They don’t make them like him anymore.

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