Two days ago I went to Costco with Jeannie & Donald and it was so good to be out among people, even though everyone takes care to stay socially distanced and masked. While I was one of the first eligible groups to be vaccinated, I still wear a mask around others. I was vaccinated in Jan/Feb, so I'm anticipating notice that I can get a booster shot. Thankfully, Jeannie, Donald, and their two girls also got their first vaccination, and it will be a relief when they are fully protected as well. I was concerned about Jeannie and the vaccine because of all her autoimmune issues, but she had no problems with the first shot. I hope her second dose goes as well as mine did.
With Autumn and Arianna here, my coffee table is stacked with their books. They remind me of myself when I was their age, and even as an adult when I could see well enough to enjoy reading. That is one thing I truly miss about getting old and with waning eyesight. I have been advised by many folks to try audio books, but I tried those once and my mind wanders because they are so tedious. I've always been a fast reader, and the reader of an audio books speaks much more slowly and with great expression. I just read fast with no expression (internally) that I can tell. I listened to a part of an audio book and could have fallen asleep, it was so tedious and boring. I then actually read the book which I found to be very interesting.
Steve, Meg, and their 2 kids are going to be gone next week, and asked Jeannie to stay at their house and take care of their two dogs. It will be very quiet around here while they are away, especially for Rocky. I may try to walk him a bit in the evenings. So far I haven't walked any further than the mailbox! I will have to constantly look where I place my feet, and try to avoid/be careful of cracks in the pavement, uneven pavement, etc. We are in for another hot week of temps in the triple digits, so the walk will have to be done either very early in the morning or early evening. I will be so glad when fall weather arrives. Summer has never been my favorite season - I always loved spring, which we didn't get much of this year. As my kids were fond of saying when they were younger, "You take what you get, and you don't pitch a fit!" Speaking of walking, I walked a half mile on my treadmill last night. I have doing way too much sitting with no exercise, so my legs hurt enough that I stopped at the half-mile mark. I'll try to increase that today and then walk every single day (with a day off during the week for good behavior).