May 2022

It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of May. Time seems to pass quickly. Not much is happening here with me. I seem to stay busy and talk with friends on the phone and do lots of things online to connect with my friends around the world. I also have been continuing to make all of the food I eat from scratch including bread, crackers, pasta, candy, etc. and I am trying lots of new recipes.

I had my camper van repainted about a month ago and she looks really nice. About 2 weeks ago I could smell smoke and the day after it rained and there must have been ash in the air because my camper van looked like a zebra white with black lines on it that would not wash off with regular car wash soap, even with elbow grease. So I am bringing it to another detail place in the morning and then have it waxed and hopefully prevent this from happening again.

Healthwise, have some things happening and still dealing with the results of many operations internally and other issues. But I have so much to be grateful for that the health stuff is a minor part of my life. This past week was 33 years ago that my mentor and a woman very special to me being who I am today died. Her name was Lois E. The things she taught me, and shared with me are what has helped me become who I am today. She has a significant positive impact on my life in the 10 1/2 months I knew her and I do my best to live life so that she would be proud of me. I still can hear her laughter and know she is watching over me and probably laughing still. I truly felt the meaning of unconditional love from Lois and I learned how to return it, not always perfectly, but I try to do my best every day.

Have some health things to get resolved, and I am still considering taking a trip in my camper van in late summer for a few months even though I probably will not have Internet/wifi much while traveling. I thought about going out west to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque again since it’s their 50th anniversary but decided that is not a great idea for me with my compromised immune system. I would want to volunteer and there are thousands of people from around the world there and no telling what I could be exposed to.

So, I might just decide to take a shorter trip and go visit friends in Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and that part of the country. I will try to decide after a doctor appointment the end of June. Lots of logistics to consider and coordinate when I travel.

Until then, I will continue to use online platforms to connect with my friends around the world, cook and keep trying new recipes, and talk on the phone with my friends, and read books to relax and/or learn.

I hope all of you are doing well. I still have stories from last fall to write and photos to add like the Native American Flute Festival I went to in November along with Arnold’s Wildlife, and going up in the Goodyear Zeppelin. Hopefully, I will get around to it soon. But there are stories and pictures from those events in stories over the years and if you do a search you will find them along with inspirational poems and stories that have helped me over the years, pictures of puzzles I have done, and a few books I like like Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, and The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs, by A. Wolf. It has great illustrations and great messages of life.

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