|Ceramic Bunny in a Broken Canoe Under the Lantana Bushes|
I was walking up and down the sidewalk (pavement) in front of my house when I noticed something white under one of the lantana bushes! What on earth? A ceramic bunny, in a canoe! Not sure who put it there or why (it's a long way from a river for him to have washed ashore!), but, the bottom of the canoe was broken and I tossed the figurine in the trash bin. It's better than the half empty beer bottles, cans, and fast food containers I sometimes find tucked into these plants along the front of my garden! M usually wants to put the beer bottles, etc. on top of the neighbor's wall, but, I just tell him to put them in the recycling or trash bins. I have my suspicions who puts those items in my yard, but, I've no proof!
I went to bed relatively early, at 1:30 a.m., last night/this morning, but, then, I couldn't fall asleep and tossed and turned until well past 3:30 a.m. Even when I fell asleep, it was a rather disturbed sleep and I got up a couple of times, turned off the porch lights, and fell into a deeper sleep after 8:00 a.m., only to wake up when the alarm went off at 9:00 a.m.
I had my lab work scheduled for 10:30 a.m. I brought in the two trash cans that were emptied early in the morning (they were blocking my driveway) and moved aside the recycling bin that had not been collected yet. Then, went to the clinic to have my lab work done. They had put all the chairs back around the waiting room (earlier, all but six chairs had been stacked in a corner of the room). There weren't a lot of people in the waiting room, however; but, three people were without masks, even though there are signs posted throughout the building stating masks are required as it is a medical building. Finally, one of the lab technicians who came into the waiting room to call in one of the patients noticed that there were some people without masks and told them they needed to wear masks; she brought out a box of masks and handed one to each one without a mask. I was glad that she made them put on masks.
The lab work proceeded smoothly, except the lab tech had a question about one of the tests the doctor had ordered. Apparently, the computer required additional information when she entered the test code. She tried to call the doctor's office, but, only received a recording asking the caller to leave a message and she didn't have time to wait until they called back. So, she made a photo copy of the lab requisition and highlighted the test in question and gave the copy to me; I need to call the doctor's office for clarification and then, go back to the lab. I also have to do one additional test at home and mail in the specimen sample directly to the lab. Parking rates at this clinic are more reasonable at $1/20 minutes; $9 maximum for the day. I had to pay $3 for today's parking.
I felt a little low in energy when I came back home after the lab work. I guess because I went fasting for the blood tests and I missed having my morning cup of tea. I rested on the sofa for a bit and then, ate a cup noodle soup for brunch.
In the afternoon, I walked again for 20 minutes and that's when I discovered the ceramic bunny. Later, I called my insurance company to clarify something about my coverage. The blue recycling bin wasn't emptied until after 4:30 p.m., today, but, I brought the bin in as soon as it was emptied and checked the mail, too.
In the evening, I replied to blog comments, watched the evening news, had a cup of tea, and chatted with friend R.
Later, I video chatted with my daughter. Apparently, she received an email notification from the organizers of the conference she attended stating that some people who attended the conference had reported they had tested positive for Covid-19 post-conference. Sigh. Daughter had worn her mask for the vast majority of the time, but, she had gone out to eat a few times and, of course, she didn't wear a mask when she was in the hotel room which she shared with her supervisor. We are hoping that she will not get Covid, herself. She is isolating herself, anyway, this week, because she is planning to come home for Thanksgiving, next week and wants to minimize any risks to me. She will test herself for a couple of days before she comes down. We can only hope for the best.
Dinner was rice with the last of the Thai pepper beef.
We are having a high wind warning and I can hear the wind gusting, outside.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Medical insurance
- Being able to receive health care
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- Friendly staff at the clinic
- Weekly trash collections
Today's joyful activity was video chatting with my daughter.
Plans for tomorrow include M tending to the garden in the morning. I put the snow peas to soak as we are planning to plant them, tomorrow.
How was your Tuesday? What are your plans for Wednesday?