It’s Been a While…

Fast-forward, and it’s now April, 2020. Yes, I’m still here; Nights on Venus is still here. And the world has changed. The album I had meant to release – “Late Night Meditations in Suburbia” – actually at the end of this month, is in limbo. I’m not quite sure what to do with it.

And today, I made a decision on it: it’s postponed indefinitely. Two weeks ago, my wife, Erin (Shmoopy), slipped and fell on a sheet of ice in the parking lot here at home and tore all three tendons in her right hamstring. Within 10 days she had surgery on it and is currently in recovery, and given the severity of the injury, it’s a long road…

4/3  (journal entry… more to follow)

Friday, a.k.a. Day 5, Shmoopy post-surgery… it’s a little after 9:30 in the morning and she’s taking a nap. She had a better night last night and her left leg wasn’t hurting her as much. That’s the leg that didn’t get operated on but getting her up the stairs back on Monday is probably the biggest thing that caused it to be hurting. We put a new dressing on tomorrow and the groceries are being delivered tomorrow between 1-2 pm again. Will have to review the order in a little bit. Shmoopy mentioned bacon for a quiche and that actually sounded like a good idea. We haven’t had bacon in a while and as far as I know there hasn’t been a run on it like toilet paper and paper towels. It’s somewhat ironic that even when I’m staying home taking care of her, there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day now. I want to get some reading done today and I’m gonna start putting the rest of the songs from the new album “as is” up on SoundCloud. I’m just gonna postpone it indefinitely. My mind’s just not there.

It did snow last night, not much but enough for it to be icy out there so right now there’s no reason for me to go out there just taking out the trash when I can do it when it’s above freezing. We don’t need me getting injured as well. It’s now two weeks since Shmoopy took the spill on the ice and tore all three tendons in her right hamstring. In that time we first tried ultrasound on the leg, continually icing it, then getting her in to see the doctor at Kaiser Lone Tree, then Dr. Kang, the surgeon over at Kaiser Franklin, then scheduling her surgery and the pre-op appointment back at Lone Tree, and finally the actual surgery at Franklin this past Monday. It’s been kind of a whirlwind. We had to do it as quickly as possible, not just because of the severity of the injury but also because of the continuing spread of the coronavirus and the possibility of not being able to get in to have the surgery done in the timely manner this required.

We’re running the ice machine on her right now so Cosmo’s in my room, sitting on the ottoman. Of our two cats, he’s more freaked out than Maxx because he’s the more sensitive one. I’m making some modifications to the King Soopers’ order that’s coming tomorrow, switching out the chorizo sausage for bacon and I’ll make another quiche next week. Also I’ll make some more chili and ordered all the ingredients. I’m down to about 4 more of my blood pressure meds but I checked to see whether the charge came through or not and it has, on Monday this week so I should be getting them today or tomorrow.

…It’s almost 4:00 now – I’ll detail the BP meds ’cause that’s the easier one. When I got back from the office there was a knock on our door and it was this guy I hadn’t ever seen before and he got my package from Kaiser in his mailbox and walked it over. Yes, we were 6 feet apart and I thanked him for bringing it over. The package is in the front closet where it will remain for at least a couple of days.

The guidelines:
Coronavirus can stay in the air for 3 hours
On copper surfaces for 4 hours
On cardboard for 24 hours
On plastic and stainless steel for up to 3 days…

Did the guy at the door exhale? Well, we spoke. We were approx. 6 feet apart. The package is plastic, so it stays there ’til Monday.

But the big news and why I went up to the office in the first place: on top of everything else, we are now moving in 3 1/2 weeks. The apartment complex offered us the 3-bedroom on the 1st floor in building 1, at the SAME PRICE we’re paying now. Despite the timeframe and the monumental hassle/labor involved, we had to take it. This is a no-brainer. Shmoopy has to be on the first floor during her recovery and physical rehab. So now, starting this weekend, I have to go buy boxes. Yes, seriously. I have to start packing us up. I’m used to packing my stuff – you start with the non-essentials which in this context, ironically, means books, CDs, DVDs, records. Guitars can go in their cases; guitar effects go back in their boxes of which I have saved all of those. I can’t even wrap my mind around this still after the last 3 hours. I’m looking at my keyboards… obviously I bring over all our music gear and electronics – computers, electronics, etc. in my car. That, I’m used to. And it’s only 400 yards away. [end]

I will be adding the rest of the songs from the album to SoundCloud and elsewhere over the coming days, weeks…

Currently… thanks for listening,

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