It Will Soon Be Spring, but …

It’s supposed to warm up today, here in the Great White North. It would be good if this warmth was to stay, but alas, that’s not the case. We’re only getting a short break.

But, having gotten our second jabs, M and I are getting a more permanent break from coronavirus.

And that’s something to celebrate, no matter what the weather. 🙂

Happy weekend, everyone. Stay safe.

47 thoughts on “It Will Soon Be Spring, but …”

    1. Thanks, Stuart. Things are looking up. As predicted, I’m having a bit of a reaction to jab 2, so am staying home for a bit until it passes. It’s quite a relief to get this done; I didn’t realise it was weighing on me this much, and we’re in a very safe area (no deaths, no community spread) with very tight restrictions.

      1. I had an unpleasant reaction to the 1st jab. Our 2nd ones are being done 12 weeks after the 1st, so that more people can be vaccinated in as short a time as possible. We’ve currently vaccinated around 21million.
        The side effects won’t last long, and it’s a lot better than the virus, eh?
        I think you’re sensible to take a break. Hope it soon settles, Lynette.
        Our village is also safe so far. 1 death but not in the village, at a residential home for an aged resident. And most of the people have been sensible.
        Roll on normality, eh?

        1. I had a mild reaction to the first one, as well, but I took some ibuprofen and went to work; I was fine. This time is loads different. This morning’s headache and muscle aches morphed into a fever and all the familiar flu symptoms later this aft. Tylenol helps. I’m told it won’t last long, and really, if some temporary discomfort is the price for protection, then I have no problem doing it again. Be sure you have lots of ice on hand (for cool compresses) and ice cream. Ice cream is always medicinal. 🙂

          1. I hope you’re feeling better today, Lynette. You’re right; a bit of temporary discomfort is way better than the disease itself. Sleep and rest should soon have you back to normal.
            Keep safe.

    1. Thanks, Jill. I was happier than I thought I would be to get the second one. This has been weighing on me more than I realised. I have something of a reaction going on, but I’ve had worse and I understand that it won’t last long.

        1. Hi Jill & Lynette. My parents just received their second vaccine last week, and neither had a reaction from any of them. I’m hearing that older people aren’t reacting to it as bad. But, as usual, we’re all different. 🤷‍♀️

        2. Thanks, Jill. I have a general achiness and a headache. I’ve taken some Tylenol and the headache has dropped off but it’s still there. I’m propped up in bed and if I don’t move around much, I’m sort of okay. I hope that info helps.

  1. That is a Northern Canada scene, if ever I saw on. Warm here all this week and +10 today. Yay. Congrats on your shots Lynette. We are about a month away from our first, here. Just to keep in practice we are getting 2nd Shingrix dose today. Allan

    1. Right? Almost iconic. We won’t get to +10 for a bit, (we’re getting +2 for a dat, maybe two) but soon!
      I was quite relieved to get shot 2. Didn’t realise it until a volunteer nurse (she came out of retirement) was sticking that needle in my arm. I think that the underlying stress was higher than I thought, and we have been in good shape here (no deaths, no community spread, only two hospitalizations). I will still be wearing my mask, etc, though to help keep the unvaccinated safe.

  2. Hi Lynette. Glad you’re feeling relieved and protected from the vaccine. Now, just stay warm for a few more weeks and it’ll be spring. Have a nice weekend.

    1. Hi Lori, thanks. Yes, I didn’t realise how much I had been bothered by it. I had really stuffed that concern in the basement, so to speak. As long as I don’t turn into a zombie, it will be all good. 😉 You’re right: next up, spring. 🙂

  3. So happy for you! Every single member of my family is at the bottom of the priority list, so ours will be a while. We have had gorgeous weather the last few days here, but I’m certain winter isn’t ready to let go of her hold yet and will be visiting again soon.

    1. Thank you TJ. I feel very grateful to be at the head of the line like this (the NWT is being vaccinated very quickly, town by town, every adult). If I was in my home province of BC I would be much further down the list. Enjoy your reprieve from winter. 🙂 I’m spending this weekend in bed watching old silly movies.

  4. You’re lucky to have had both your shots, Lynette. Sorry you’re a bit under the weather, but that should pass soon. No such luck for us here on the island. They’re telling us maybe July but more likely September. I’m not holding my breath.

    1. Yes, M and I are very conscious of our good fortune, and while I feel awful right now, it’s a whole lot better than getting covid or having to wait, wait, wait. The NWT has taken a very organised, no-nonsense approach, and Health is vaccinating all the adults, town-by-town. The mobile unit arrives and the nurses (a lot of them are volunteers) go right to work. It’s quite an amazing production(and at least something is going right). Fingers crossed that it’s going to speed up for Islanders and BC generally (I did hear that on the news today). Stay safe, Anneli.

          1. I checked it out, and I hope she’s right, but I’m not seeing the vaccines being given out yet except to a very few “at risk” people. I’m hoping that will change.

  5. We’re having a big warm spell too – nearly all the snow is gone! Also got my second jab last Friday and spent all weekend on the couch watching old movies as a result (high fever, achy joints, fatigue, yada-yada). I’ll probably write about it soon, but need to find a way not to scare people off. I don’t regret getting it one bit!

    1. We were quite warm here too (-1C only – unusual for us at this time). I’m doing exactly the same; watching old movies and waiting it out. I agree, no regrets. If a little temporary malaise is the price, so be it. I’m grateful to all the amazing people who worked on developing these vaccines and also to those who stuck their arms out for the trials. They are terrific.

  6. Wow! Lynette, that is an amazing amount of snow and looks picturesque wintery. Here it has been warm enough for snacks outside some days. Great news about the second jab – my first one is next week and then a long three months wait until the second one. Hopefully, by then, some restrictions will have been lifted. Enjoy the Spring weather when it arrives. xx

    1. Thank you, Annika. Yes, lots of snow here – it started in October and won’t leave until April! I am in the Subarctic, so quite far north. Our northern areas are considered to be at higher risk for coronavirus, so a major drive has occurred to get most adults fully vaccinated (both shots) by the end of March. We’re hoping to have some restrictions lifted soon, as well. My, that will be so nice!

      1. Blimey, that is a long time with snow and I had no idea you lived so far north. Is that in Canada? It is frightening when one is part of the highest risk areas but wow, great news that they hope to have so many vaccinated by end of March. Here in the UK they are hoping to have all over 50s with one jab by end of the month – however a three month wait for the all-important second one. 😒 Take care and just imagine a small slice of normality ahead. xx

        1. Yes, I am at 62° N latitude in Canada. Not the Arctic, but you can see it from here. 🙂

          There are many indigenous people here, and in the past, they were often left to last for vaccines (or didn’t get them at all), resulting in high death tolls, so there is an historical imperative to ensure that northern peoples (and indigenous people in general) are at the head of the line. The culture of very extended families living together is another risk factor. However, the territorial gov’t has done an excellent job of containment. No deaths, no community spread, and only two hospitalisations. I thought I was feeling quite safe until I got that second shot and realised that I had been stuffing my concerns.

          I understand that the UK is a model of vaccine rollout and is doing better than anyone else. The first shot apparently provides a high degree of protection, and the time between shots adds to efficacy, I believe. Watch out for that second one, though; it’s a real doozy.

          I am so looking forward to “normal” or something like it, at least. 🙂

          1. Wow! Lynette, I’m in awe how you can see the Arctic!! That is incredible. Spring and Summer must be shorter for you and perhaps not too many roses?!

            It is brilliant how the local government has managed to control the virus so well with no deaths.

            Yes, the U.K. has a model vaccine roll out … early on the engaged the army to sort out the logistics. So much else has been handled dreadfully with deaths nearing 130,000. An unnecessary tragedy.

            Hmm … I have to ask ‘doozy’? Is that good or bad? I’ve heard the phrase but realise I’m not sure of its meaning.

          2. “You can see it from here” is a saying to reference the fact that it’s very close by; it’s not meant to be taken literally. I have flown into the Arctic, though. It’s not far. 😉

            We do get roses; a northern variety that’s very hardy as you might imagine. Our spring and summer seasons are short, but since we also get very long daylight hours (and that means the days are quite warm), the growing season works well.

            We have had issues with obtaining vaccines although that seems to have eased up now. Many people have been very upset at the federal gov’t for mothballing our vaccine production facilities. I hope our other jurisdictions (outside of this one) get themselves properly organised; we should have put our military in charge of that, too. So many deaths in UK – I didn’t realise there were that many! So sorry to hear.

            A “doozy” is something that’s outstanding in a negative way. I meant that the second shot usually causes quite a reaction. 🙂

    1. Thank you. 🙂 As Ashok commented, what kind of times are we living in that we celebrate getting jabs? Yes, better days and warmer, for sure. When our daylight hours extend to 20, it warms up quickly!

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