LOOKING BACK AT MY 2020

The historically painful year of 2020 finally came to an end. The ball dropped in Times Square with no revelers allowed. At that point 342,000 Americans had lost their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic and the numbers were growing. Donald Trump’s administration was becoming more and more chaotic. For my part, I helped vote him out of office, published a book, and learned how to cure a wart. Also, due to painfully arthritic knees, I went from being socially active to being homebound and bedridden.

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PALLIATIVE CARE

This October finds me in Hospice Palliative Care. My arthritic knees seized up and I am unable to stand or walk on my own. Since July 25th I have been either in bed or in my power chair. Physical therapy was tried for a month, but proved to do more harm than good to my stiffened knees. I had known for years that I wanted to be under Hospice care at this point, wanting to be kept comfortable but without a team of doctors and surgeons passing me back and forth trying to fix a problem that is not fixable.

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DIDN’T I JUST HAVE A BIRTHDAY?

Next month is October, my birthday month. But wait, didn’t I just have a birthday? In spite of a worldwide pandemic which turned our lives upside down and my becoming bedridden from worsening arthritis, this year has flown by. I meant to write a description of my ninetieth birthday party immediately after the celebration, but many months later the cards and souvenirs are still in a pile in the den waiting for me to write that story. Going through those mementos yesterday, I re-lived the entire happy event.

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FERNS AFFIRM A FRIENDSHIP

Ferns like being wet. Florida is in rainy summer season now, and my ferns are flourishing. These are not just any old ferns. These ferns have a history. It involves my longtime birding friend, Sunny Bynum. Sunny gave me many plants for my yard and wooded lot in The Villages of West End, but it is the ferns that have noticeably taken root and are claiming more and more territory each day. These are big, sturdy, shapely ferns, standing two to three feet tall. They are identified as Bracken ferns.  Continue reading

SPRING OF 2020 (COVID-19 STAY-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES)

Conveniently, the Covid-19 stay-at-home requirement coincided with a time when I would have stayed home anyway due to my worsening, arthritic, walking disability. But, I was determined to socialize. Once a week, with much help from my son, I got seated in my power chair on my back porch to receive guests for a two-hour period. We took all the precautions. Chairs were positioned six feet apart, and we wore masks. Seating for five was about the limit and made for good conversation.  Continue reading

THANKS TO ALEX, I HAVE MY OWN QUOTE

A treasure trove of favorite quotations was recently uncovered in a folder on my iPad. I had almost forgotten my old habit of adding a quote to the list whenever one grabbed my attention. Surely there’s a story here, I thought. Never mind the challenge of winnowing down these many wise words into a short piece of prose while making it relate to my own life history. Here are the results:  Continue reading

ON PUBLISHING AT AGE NINETY

My collection of fifty-five true-life stories was published a few weeks ago when I was well into my ninety-first year. Now I know what I want to do when I grow up! Included are some colorful memories from my long life. The book, titled Sunsets and Buzzards, is available from Amazon in three different formats:  Kindle e-book, paperback, and hardcover. Go to Amazon books, enter SUNSETS AND BUZZARDS and it will come up. The author’s name is Pattie Martin Macurdy, since much of the content occurred while I was still Pattie Martin, and Tennessee locals will remember me by that name.  Continue reading