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February Has Been A Challenge

Back on the very first day of February I was in a great mood I was energized I felt like it was a restart of some thing and then fact I wrote a blog post about: Restarting .....

And I did restart. I was working on my websites, I was writing articles, I was beginning to organize for a podcast and webinar - and to rework some courses that were halfway done and polish up some books that were nearly ready to be published.

And wow it felt so good.

And then the weather gods decided to do their thing. We had just had an historically warm January and December. There had been talk of snow - but that's been constant since I've lived here and it rarely happens - but guess what?

This year it happened.

By my New England standards, it was not a lot of snow. But by Pacific Northwest standards it was.

My dog was happy with it and for several days so was I. It wasn't cold out the snow was pretty - the dog and I took lots of walks in the snow.

Then along came a cold spell and a nasty East wind. Where I am east winds are brutal.

That water that you see through my lilac branches is the Columbia river. That empty space you see is where a house used to be.The east wind was really blasting my plants and my house.

Then because winter doesn't usually last very long here the sun came out and rapidly melted all the ice.

Unfortunately because of the warm December and January many trees have leaves and buds on them so they went crash boom into the electric transformers and overhead wires. I had no electricity for two days - some people had no electricity for over a week. And we also had no Internet service because that was also taken out with all of the damage from the falling tree branches and powerlines and everything else that went crash boom. It really was a serious state emergency.

And then, I got my 2nd dose of the covid-19 vaccine. 

In spite of my having no reaction to the first shot except for a little whatever a few days later the second shot I was fine for about 18 hours and then I felt awful. I stayed in bed for the better part of a day and a half. I had a headache and felt nauseous lightheaded. I'm glad the electricity was on but other than that I did nothing. In retrospect having a few days of not feeling so great far outweighs getting the virus itself. But it was another few days of February that were a challenge.

And TADA - it's finally nearing the end of February.

February is a short month and for that I am eternally grateful this year. I'm gearing up for the tail end of February going into March - with the energy and work schedule that I had wayback at the end of January.


  • Lily Leung says:

    Yes, February can be the cruelest month. I decided I would watch Netflix instead of blogging today. 🙂

    • Thank you. Yeah, February is usually worse than April for me in spite of loving Eliot. I’m watching Crazy Rich Asians on Hulu even though I’ve read the book – laughing my head off which seems a good thing to be doing today.

  • Awe Lynn, sounds like a perfect storm 🙁 Sorry I couldn’t help myself. Seriously though, sorry about all the issues you’ve had in Feb, but hopefully things will turn around and March will be much better. I know Paul would say, keep writing those posts and save them for the next UBC 🙂 Look forward to seeing what else you share the rest of the month. Best of luck.

    • Thank you for that. I never thought about the perfect storm but that’s exactly what it was here. At least reading this and thinking back I can laugh but it was certainly no fun going through all of it.

  • KateLoving says:

    February here in Central PA felt like the longest month of my life. But I managed to write a blog for almost all of those days. Lol

    • Thank you for the comment and congratulations on writing and posting every day. I haven’t done a challenge in years and I thought this one was gonna be the one 🙂

  • Oh my, Lynn, it’s been an eventful month! Glad you’re getting back on track.

    I can relate to the COVID-19 vaccine #2. I had my second dose on Feb 8th and felt like crap the next day and part of the following. And as you noted, it was nothing compared to getting Covid, so I’ll take that and not complain. I’m grateful to have had a full vaccination and glad you’re fully vaccinated, too.

    I hope March is better for you and before you know it, the challenges of February will be a distant memory.

    • Thank you for your comment and your sentiment. I’m slowly plotting and planning for what will happen at the end of February early March. But I am not going to push myself – for now, sitting and working it out on the computer is fine. Taking my dog for walks again is even better.

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