I’m still here.

22 02 2022

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything other than necessary emails let alone post on this blog. There have been a number of difficult life events and situations I’ve had to deal with and none of it is/was anything I want to write about. Life has been more challenging and difficult even before the pandemic and it’s insanity.

The cattails are still in the corner and doing very well for all that the shouldn’t be growing there in the first place. They live in the corner of two tall concrete walls with asphalt at the bases with only a crack for the cattails. It’s always wet there, the hill I live on has natural springs all along the length for about 4 and a half miles running north to south. It was part of the western shore of the ancient Lake Chicago.

The hill at the point where I reside is steep for the area, some of the other east-west streets have a steeper incline further north and south of here but it’s still steep enough that it is sometimes difficult in bad weather, especially in winter, even in good weather the odd 18-wheeler will have trouble going uphill if they didn’t get enough of a start below the hill. The alley access to the place I live is even steeper and there is no plowing or salting unlike the main street in front of the building so getting in and out is either difficult or impossible depending on conditions – even with a four-wheel drive vehicle (which I have). Once it snows there are always people who get stuck on the alley hill, doesn’t matter if they’re going up or down. The new people on the hill will sometimes back down while the weather is good and the hill clear of snow or ice, they only do that once after it’s slippery and it get very slippery. Many of the residents will just park either above or below the hill on a side street and walk down on the front sidewalk if they have no problems walking. For a person who has difficulty walking on a flat surface the hill is impossible in bad weather and very difficult when clear and dry. I spend the bad weather pretty much stuck and unable to get out – thank goodness for stores that deliver groceries and good neighbors who will pick up things occasionally while they’re out anyway. I am hoping to relocate come spring, a house preferably in a small town south of where I am at present, and most definitely NOT on a hill ever again.

I can’t promise regular posts, other than I will try. Thank you to everyone who follows me and I apologize for the long silences.


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4 responses

22 02 2022
Bridgette

We are all doing our best in this difficult time. I went several years without posting on my blog. I wish you well!

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23 02 2022
Aquila

Thank you.

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23 02 2022
GP

Priorities first – at all times!

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23 02 2022
Aquila

Yes, I’m hoping things will improve from here on.

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