Spring has sprung in Missouri - we've been blessed with beautiful weather and unseasonably high temperatures throughout the month. The weatherman keeps saying it is more like May, and I love it! The trees and bushes are all in bloom, and our spring flowers are quickly making their appearances, seems like something new is popping up every day. I just hope we don't have a cold snap in April, that would be brutal. And, as some people are saying, if it is this nice in March, are we in for a miserably hot summer? I hope not, but I really am enjoying the weather we're having right now, so I will just be grateful and enjoy what we have.
We are also seeing a late influx of the flu throughout the United States, and in our local area as well. Our general region has been on red alert the past two weeks, and all our employees had to show proof of vaccination in order to be able to work within the hospital and areas directly related to the hospital. The discussion for next year is that all employees will be required to have the flu shot as a part of employment, unless they have an allergy against it. And knowing that we have had several patients in hospital die from the flu, I do understand why health systems are mandating this for employees, so that we aren't spreading it unintentionally.
I haven't had the flu in several years, but I did come down with a very nasty upper respiratory infection this week. I wondered if it might be the flu, but I never had a fever more than 100 degrees, which is one of the determining factors for the flu. My bout started with a scratchy throat on Monday, and went from there; first time I've missed work for more than a day because of illness in quite awhile. Several friends on Facebook say that they've had the same thing, and it lingers for weeks. I can see that may be the case, as it is Saturday and while I'm up and function again, I still have the whole cough and congestion thing in full force. Yuck.
As you can see, I have still been having fun this month with the Photo-a-Day challenge on Facebook. All of my photos are taken with my iPhone, and then I use some finishing tools on my phone to add filters, frames, etc. I've also started posting my photos on Instagram, so if any of my family/friends would want to follow me on there, it is fun! Instagram is a photo-sharing site, kind of like FB but without all of the other junk - my username on there is nancycatherine71, if you are interested in doing it, and posting some yourself! But in the meantime, I will still post some on here.
This one I took in the grocery store on my lunch break one day - the word of the day was "fruit", and I had hoped to buy some strawberries to eat, and take a photo of them when I did. But it was not yet strawberry season, and they were very puny-looking. So Brian and I were skulking through the produce while I snapped photos with my phone. This was one of my favorites for the whole month:
I enjoyed a visit from my dad earlier this month; he was in town for a judge's conference and stayed with me on a Thursday night and then we all enjoyed Friday evening together at Susan and Ron's home in Stockton. Brian and I grilled out for dinner Thursday night, and then Dad assumed his usual position later in the evening and so did Rocky... I was the only one awake in the living room, at 8:30 at night!
Let's see, what else - oh, we enjoyed a trip down to see friends Chris and Jana in Kimberling City, at their bar and grill, Fishtales. Brian loves their burgers - says they are a close second to his favorite burger joint, Five Guys Burgers and Fries...
Last weekend we spent Sunday afternoon at friends' home near Springfield, for a birthday barbecue. They had two little donkeys, Pebbles and Bam Bam. Daniel was very excited about them on the way to the house, but once we got there and heard them loudly braying, he wanted nothing to do with petting them!
Things have been going great with Brian, he is very down-to-earth and grounded. One of the best things is that in addition to our relationship as a couple, Brian has also been such a positive person in Jace's life over the past several months, something for which I am so thankful. Jace and his dad are close, and Jim is very involved with Jace in sports, etc. But I remember being 13, and having another adult besides your parents is sometimes what you need - someone else who can tell you the same things your parents are saying about school, grades, friends, peer pressure, etc. - Jace seems to really listen to Brian, and Brian has the background and experience in working with kids and teens, it is just a very natural thing.
(flowers from Brian, "just because")
Looking forward to the upcoming Easter weekend, and time with my family in St. Clair. Annie and Matt will not be able to join us because of timing and airfare; we will miss them so much! But we'll take plenty of photos and know we'll see them soon, hopefully this summer.
My coffee's cold and my massage is in less than an hour, so better close and get this Saturday going!