This year I chose my own flowers during a whip round at the local grocery store the day prior to Valentine's Day! Bob was willing but as there were so many to choose from, and I knew what I would enjoy, he said go ahead pick your own while I'm grabbing my cereal!!! We do not delight in spending much time in the grocery stores now. Armed with a list, a quick pass with little time spent browsing is the usual. Romance or surprise did not really come into equation, but choosing what I knew I would love was enjoyable.
I gathered bunches of roses, carnations and alstroemeria, all in faded shades of pink and cream. The floral clerk came over and loved what I cradled in my arms and asked to take a photo - not of me but the flowers!
Back home in the kitchen, I first added the flowers to a vase to allow them a good clean drink, then later trimmed the stems a little and arranged them in the large vintage white pitcher.
On Sunday, Valentine's Day, we were up early to make our 9:30 AM appointments at the hospital parking lot for our second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations. Well organized, as was the first visit three weeks prior, the volunteers in lime green safety vests directed the traffic through the chilly, soggy mist toward the canvas tents where cheery nurses, male and female, awaited with their needles at the ready.
Because I have an allergy to iodine contrast dye, we were then directed to a 30 minute parking spot to wait before leaving just in case I had a reaction, which I didn't. We drove away feeling that we'd just received 'life saving equipment' which will hopefully prevent us from becoming ill or making others ill. We understand that this not a silver bullet and we must continue to be diligent, especially for the next 14 days.
Did we experience any after effects from the second vaccine?
Bob didn't, other than the expected soreness in his arm.
As for me - I awoke at 4 AM Monday morning feeling like I'd been hit by a bus, dizzy, shivering, with a somewhat elevated temperature of 100.1F. I followed instructions, took Tylenol, drank water and went back to bed. . . . . .. and slept until 11 AM! Rested most of yesterday - didn't even feel like blogging - and today feel much better.