Found out my brother and all four of his kids tested positive for covid this morning. I had a couple friends in Omaha and a couple cousins catch it last year. So glad I got vaccinated months ago. Having a chronic mental illness and being overweight are already two strikes against me. I’m getting prepared in case another round of lockdowns are enacted this fall. I hope it doesn’t come to that.
Saw my psych doctor a couple days ago. We did a teleconference. Got my prescriptions renewed. It was essentially a follow up. I had been having more irritability than usual all of last week. I wasn’t paranoid but I was quite irritable. It seems to have cleared up.
Been following the Olympics some. I don’t watch much for regular tv anymore. Most of what I watch are youtube videos and Amazon Prime. Saw the first half of The Ten Commandments yesterday. Probably finish that tonight.
Been chatting with friends a little everyday. Found out a friend of mine is going to talk to a disability lawyer soon concerning chronic health problems. Another friend’s daughter had her first birthday party a week ago.
The Black Hills Motorcycle Rally is starting this weekend. That is always a sign for me that summer is all but over. My cleaning lady’s kids start back to school in a week. I just hope schools reopening and summer rallies don’t turn into super spreader events. Since we actually have vaccines, where we didn’t a year ago, I hope the outbreaks won’t be as bad this fall.
I’m pretty content to stay close to home, at least for the near term. As long as I can get my groceries delivered and have access to internet, I should be alright.
Been spending my Independence Day getting in touch with friends and family. I was lazier than usual in keeping tabs on friends for the last couple weeks. I usually don’t have much going on during the summers. Still reading a lot, even if it is mostly online articles these days. Watched some of the UEFA tournament over the last couple weeks. Most of those games started late morning here in the US. I don’t watch much for traditional tv anymore besides live sports events. I’m looking forward to the Olympics later this month. I have no doubt that Japan will be good hosts. My favorite events to watch are the sprints and long jump.
Found out my complex has a new permanent manager. I haven’t met her yet. I usually don’t interact with management much outside of my annual recertification, and that is usually in March or April. Hard to believe it’s been almost a year and a half since I got my flooring replaced and my walls repainted. The only complaint I have about having vinyl floors is they are very slippery when wet. When my cleaning lady mops, I make a point to not walk on the floor for at least two hours. I slipped and fell in my living room several weeks ago. Since I landed on my hands and knees, I didn’t hurt anything. Just had to catch my breath and stand back up.
July and August are usually rough times for me. I have a seasonal aspect to my mental illness. Haven’t had much for flare ups so far this year. I hope I can keep this up.
Been feeling pretty decent mentally for the last several weeks. I haven’t really felt much anxiety or aggravation this month. I am back exercising again. Still have a long way to go to build up my stamina. But it is better than even two weeks ago. I am starting to get out of my apartment complex more often. I haven’t been to the park much this summer but I am beginning to get over my fear of driving. It’s been quite hot in my town this summer, especially this month. So far the heat isn’t effecting my mood. I usually do better in colder weather than hot weather. Winter and spring are usually my best times of year.
Heard back on my insurance claim from my auto accident last October. They’re offering to cover my medical expenses and give a little extra for my troubles. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the money as I already live debt free and really wasn’t planning on getting anything extra. I’ll probably put the money into my savings. When my car was wrecked, the auto shop had to do a few thousand dollars worth of work on the car. It was almost as much as the resale value of the car. If the airbags would have deployed or the damage much worse, the car would have been scrapped. It’s a good car with only 42,000 miles and only one previous owner. It was a commuter car for a nurse who took good care of it. It’s a good car and hopefully I can hold onto it for the next ten years.
It won’t be too long before the weather starts cooling off and school starts again. School starts in 3 1/2 weeks in my town. Since I live in a college town, this town really comes to life again in the autumn. I went to the community open house at the local state university last year. Had enough fun I might go again this year. I haven’t done much for socializing or fun this summer. My nephews and niece are visiting their grandparents next week so we’re talking about taking the kids to a museum and for a picnic lunch in my town when they are here. It’s their last fling before school starts. The oldest is starting middle school this year. And the youngest will probably start pre kindergarten this year as well.
The Olympics start next week too. I always enjoy those. I especially like watching the track and field events. I hope it goes off without any problems. I really haven’t watched much for tv or sporting events since the end of the Copa America and Euro tournaments. I especially had to watch when Team USA played. Other than getting blown out by Argentina the US team put up a better showing than I thought they would. It would go a long way to popularizing soccer in the US if they put up a good showing at the World Cup in a couple years. I follow soccer some, especially if Team USA is playing, because I have a niece and a nephew who are big soccer players already. And I have to keep reminding myself that unlike football or baseball, soccer doesn’t have tv timeouts every fifteen minutes. More than once I have had to visit the restroom while watching a game only to miss a goal.
The weather will start turning cooler within four to six weeks. The leaves will start turning by late September and the corn harvest will begin in late September and be in full speed by October. This has been a long summer for me but it is almost over. I’m pretty happy that I have gotten through much of the summer without any prolonged problems.