Love living in Florida. I even like the hot weather.
And, the main problem with the high humidity, and mugginess, is having to run air conditioning to keep our house furnishings from being damp.
But, I have to admit that I’m eating the current mild weather, up with a big spoon.
It’s only been getting up to about 80 degrees, for the last week. And, the night temps have been in the low 60’s and higher 50’s. Makes for great ‘cuddle’ opportunities.
I do have a beef with the cooler weather, though…
Sooner or later, I’m gonna have to act on my threat to chip and scrape damaged paint off our three porches and re-paint them.
I’d hire someone to do it…
But I kinda committed myself to doing as much of my own handy man work, as my skills allowed, when I started considering myself ‘retired’ back a year or so. (Awkward sentence, my bad)
This decision wasn’t to prove a point, or anything that enlightening. Just figured doing my own household maintenance was another simple way to stay in shape, both physically and mentally, as I get older.
Truth be admitted, I’ve always detested painting anything, types of jobs. As the reckoning chip & paint day approaches, I’ve been reconsidering whether my self-commitment excluded jobs I’ve the skills for, but hated doing.
Thinking about this makes me squirmish, because nothing good ever comes from broaching the power of self-commitments.
On the other hand, I do have a wide wiggle margin to rationalize in. Which is too bad. Like most lazy a*s people, I’m an expert wiggler. And, I’ve spent more electrons, than I can spare, trying out different scenarios on myself.
And all the while, somewhere in the back of my mind, I can hear my Mom saying something like,
Honey, you could of done the job in the time you’ve already spent on dreading it.”
Her imaginary words sound sweet, and caring. Yet, her voice always seems to somehow drip with a sarcastic undertone she’s a master of.
However this chip & paint deal works out, I ain’t paintin’ nuttin’ today…
Yesterday I got my annual flu shot.
Treasa and I usually pay twenty bucks each, for the shots at Panama City’s Bay County Health Department.
Medicare, and, or, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will pay for the shot if we went to a doctor’s office or other traditional locations.
The county health department is usually a little crowded and we have to wait around with a gaggle of strangers. Hanging out with people we’d probably never meet otherwise, is the reason we like going there. Kinda cool…
This year I got my influenza shot at a local Walgreens pharmacy.
Walgreens has this program called Get a Shot, Give a Shot, that I wanted to support.
The program is hooked up with the United Nations Shot@Life campaign.
The way the program works is: for each vaccine Walgreens customers get, Walgreens provides a life-saving immunization to a child in an underprivileged area of the world.
It’s estimated that every year at least 1.5 million childhood deaths could be prevented with preventive vaccines.
Right now, on this bountiful world of ours, one in five children, still don’t have regular access to life-saving vaccines that can stop deadly childhood diseases.
Not only do we take this privilege for granted, but some of us fight like hell, to keep our children from getting them. (But, that’s an emotional story we won’t ever get into)
I don’t know if you’re getting an immunization to protect yourself from influenza, but if you do, please consider getting the shot at your nearby Walgreens. Me and the kids thank you in advance.
BTW: If you’re undecided about flu shots, read my post called, Why I Get A Flu Shot Every October
That’s it for today. Looking forward talking to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…