Covid Vaccines

With tomorrow being the one year anniversary of the start of the pandemic (as announced by the WHO on 11 March), I thought it was time to take action. So, this morning I went into the VA for my first of two shots. I got the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and I’ll get my second shot on 31 March.

No side affects, I did just fine. A little sore at the injection site but that was about it.

Tira on the other hand didn’t do so well. She got her first Pfizer vaccine back on 27 Feb and felt bad for days. On the 28th she had “the worst migraine of her life”. It was about the same for her second shot, thankfully it wasn’t worse like some people experienced.

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We visited Kayleb!

This summer we drove to (socially isolated our way up to) North Dakota to visit the new Grand-baby, Kayleb. We had a great visit (how could we not, there was a new Grand-baby to see!?!) and you can see some of the pictures from the top menu under “Photo Albums”.

This is a quick link to the pictures if you prefer: http://www.alvars.us/blog/pictures/nggallery/picture-albums/first-kayleb-visit

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Stay Home For Nevada

Well, it’s been just about a year since I last posted here. I was looking back with fondness at the pictures from a year ago. It was a great trip.

Last year I left home before spring break, and made it up to Reno. Then when spring break started, Tira flew up and joined me. This year, because of the Carona Virus and Covid-19, we are all staying at home. Tira has been out of school for just about a month now, since they closed the schools due the outbreak. Nicholas lost his job temporarily due to the virus too, and is at home with us. I’m not used to being around the house with so many other people.

Even though she’s home Tira has been teaching of course, the best she can, by making use of online resources and reaching out to the kids every day. But of course it’s just not the same as being with them in a classroom. Her biggest problem is actually connecting with the kids. At least half of her class of about 16 either has no internet access or has it but can’t use it. Remember, these are 7 year olds. So everything she does has to go through the parents. Tira tells them what they should work on with their child, and then they report back. It’s absolutely not ideal. The higher grades have it easier, at least the students there can read assignments on their own!

With a little extra time on my hands I’ll maybe go back and load some old pictures or something.

But we’re all safe here, waiting and hoping things get better.
Stay safe!!

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Reno trip day5

Today Penne and I drove from Walker Lake to Carson City, NV. We’re set up at Washoe Lake State Park, and plan to be here for 7 days, the max we’re allowed to stay. I’ll go pick up Tira in a few days, this is where we’ll be when she arrives:

The drive today was WINDY!! So we took our time, stopped for only a cache or 2, and got here safely. There were only 2 spots open in the campground…. I’m lucky one of them was one of the best! 🙂

This morning, before we left the lake, Penne and I just had to take a couple of miles walk for a couple more geocaches!

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Reno trip day4

Today Penne and I got a later-than-I-wanted start on the day. The goal was to work on a “geoart” about an hour away. A Geoart is a group of geocaches that when you look at them on a map, they form a shape or an outline.

This is what we did today:

It was mid 80’s and we walked about 7 miles. I wanted to do the whole thing but since we got a late start I ran out of time. So today, we did just the yellow geocaches, the flame above the bomb. It was lots of fun… trust me! 🙂

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