I Remember When …


Polio.  That was a word that scared the living hell out of us when some of us were kids growing up.  Some of us grew up before the vaccine and some of us grew up after it was introduced.  But a good number of us remember lining up at school for the vaccine.  It seems like everyone knew someone who had it or we went to school with someone who had been afflicted with it.  A number of us remember the kids in school with the braces on the legs and walking with crutches.  It was a nightmare to those who had it and scarier than the Boogey Man to those of us who didn’t have it.

A whole flood of memories came back to me today when Miss Leslie and I were talking about Izhak Perlman and his disability.  I never knew until recently that he had polio as a kid and he still has the braces and crutches today.  What a shocker and a reality check for me.  I can’t help but think just how lucky I was as a young kid to never have this disease.  I can’t help but think how lucky I was that none of my brothers or sisters had this either.

Times have changed.  It’s all but eradicated here in the US.  Two whole generation grew up without ever having to worry about it or seeing its effects on others.  But we Baby Boomers and the generations before us remember it.  I only hope to God no one ever sees something like this ever again.

Random Thoughts for Hump Day


Time to get ready for a new season which means let’s give our WP a fresh look.  Something with a little more color and light as we start to push the dark days of Winter into the past.  “Yes” I did see a Robin in one of my trees yesterday.  “No” I didn’t get a pic of it.  It was gone by the time I retrieved my camera.

I let out a huge sigh of relief last night as I watched the last of the clouds from this front blow south and east.  Yeh, we have a few days of cold weather but it’s all trending upwards starting Saturday.  It’s just being patient with Mother Nature and patience is something those of us in colder climes have in short supply right now.

I’m all caught up with work and projects that I wanted done.  Today is gonna be one boring ass day for work.  Things will probably explode now that I wrote that thought down.

Refurbishing my deck is turning out to be more complicated than I originally thought it would be.  No, it’s not in the “Too Hard To Do” category.  I’ll figure it out.  I like being independent in those areas.

I should be having some seeds coming in fairly soon.  It’s time to start gathering up materials so I can start the plants indoors and then transplant them outside sometime next month.  Planning, planning, planning.

Back to acting like I have a j-o-b.  Feel free to comment.  🙂