, Turn the page – another year begins – On Life and Love after 50

Turn the page – another year begins – On Life and Love after 50

Turn the page – another year begins – On Life and Love after 50


On Everyday living and Love Immediately after 50 eNewsletter December 31, 2021
by Tom Blake – columnist

Convert the Page – an additional calendar year begins 

My husband or wife Greta and I have taken the Covid considerations seriously. The two of us have had two Covid vaccinations and a booster shot. Our wellness would seem fantastic.

At our age, we’ve acquired to be mindful. Like most persons in the United States, we are involved about the Omicron variant of Covid that is spreading quickly. Consequently, we prevent crowds and have no cruises planned. 

On Thursday, December 16, we made the decision not to go to our Dana Point Chamber of Commerce month to month indoor Satisfy and Greet social gathering. We didn’t want to risk it. And the office environment Xmas party scheduled for Friday, December 17 at the home of our newspaper publisher and his spouse was canceled due to renewed Covid worries.

Greta and I had been looking ahead to that occasion, specially to commit time with yet another few (Dominque and Tom) who are friends and who are also affiliated with the newspaper. Tom is a columnist for the San Clemente Periods, for which I also write. And his spouse Dominque labored with Greta in Unique Training for yrs. We changed the canceled function that Friday evening by inviting Tom and Dominque to our household for a light-weight food and a glass of wine.

Designs for Xmas week 

Our Xmas 7 days ideas were small—only becoming a member of a few household users. On Thursday, the evening ahead of Christmas Eve, we ended up obtaining evening meal at Greta’s son Tony and Joann’s home (pictured higher than), with two of Greta’s grandchildren. 

On Xmas Eve., we ended up going to Greta’s daughter Tina’s residence with her husband and two much more of Greta’s grandchildren, plus a person of their other mates. Just 5 other people, and us. 

And on Xmas working day, we ended up scheduled to go to San Diego to my sister Pam’s residence, with her spouse Bob, and my other sister, Christine. This was to be a particularly crucial function for Pam, Christine, and me, as our only brother passed away in January. There are only 3 of us left in our family.

On Wednesday, December 22, mid-afternoon, five times right after Tom and Dominque were at our household, Dominque known as Greta to say that she had examined positive for Covid. And though Greta and I felt no signs and symptoms, we wanted to get a speedy-final results Covid exam. We didn’t want to endanger any associates of our relatives. But wherever to get a check on these types of small detect? 

I checked on the internet. CVS pharmacy seemed to be the location of preference, but each individual place in Orange County essential an appointment and there were no appointments out there just before Xmas. We requested Dominque the place she had been examined: South County Urgent Care Talega, in San Clemente. 

We telephoned. Of course, they were being accepting walk-ins but encouraged us that they were active and there could be a little bit of a hold out. Greta and I have been in the auto in just minutes and arrived at the South County Urgent Treatment area 25 minutes later on. We signed up for the speedy-success check. The awesome girl informed us receiving examined would be an hour’s wait around, and for the reason that all seats in the waiting around space have been taken, we could hold out in our auto if we most well-liked (it was a lot more of a recommendation it was make sure you do it).

She would text us when our transform was up. We made a decision that would be the wisest matter to do. 

I’m about as client as a puppy. After 3 minutes of sitting in the auto, I reported to Greta: “Let’s get a generate and see if we can come across a quick-food place where we can seize a beverage and maybe use the restroom ahead of we’re known as for our test.” I was not common with that element of San Clemente, so I just began driving. Inside of 5 minutes, we noticed a mini browsing middle with a couple of dining establishments.

1 place was identified as Wow Poki, which offered poke bowls. In we went. We ordered a poke bowl and a beverage and drove again to the parking good deal of South Coast Urgent Care. We experienced a delightful, scrumptious, light dinner–each employing diverse forks and paper plates—in circumstance just one of us would test positive—in the entrance seat of the vehicle. 

Soon following our meal, the textual content came Urgent Treatment was ready for us. We went in and crammed out the paperwork. We have been shocked that the fast check would expense us $100 each and every. But, to be with our families at Christmas, we willingly acknowledged the price tag. I had been tested three instances right before, so I understood what to anticipate. Greta hadn’t experienced a Covid test but. She was a bit awkward when the cotton swab was inserted into her nose, but the health care provider was light and considerate.

He stated we’d have the final results in 10 minutes. So, there we sat, for the longest 10 minutes of our life. “What if?” “What if?” “What if?” We stored thinking. And then the health care provider returned and handed us our results: Both negative.

Oh my gosh, what a aid. The 1st factor Greta did in the car or truck was call Dominque to notify her the excellent news. She was ecstatic, so delighted we were all right, and she was emotion perfectly. We also reflected on how wise my newspaper publishers had been in canceling the place of work party, which prevented roughly 20 other people getting exposed to Covid. 

When we acquired home, you bet we had a wine-glass toast to just about every other. How lucky we felt. Nonetheless, we notice that we however will have to be very careful. A single take a look at does not assurance we will not be uncovered all over again. And our three Christmas visits went off with out a hitch. As well as, we have a new poke cafe to repeated.
Joyful New Year Champs!


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