Vaccine and Winter

The second Amaryllis is getting ready to bloom, and the Walking Iris has bloomed twice with many more to come.

It may be white outside, but it’s colorful inside.

We got our first vaccine shot last week. Our local site is a drive through with plenty of space and manned by the National Guard. It went smoothly, was painless, and we were certainly glad to put a check next to that box.

Getting the second shot scheduled was not quite as painless, but I won’t bore you with the online struggles. The state learned a valuable lesson from a senior uprising. Was I one of those making noise of not being able to make the second appointment sooner than April? What do you think? Starting today, people will get their second shot date with the first one. That’s a better move for all concerned.

The snow has been falling and falling. Spring may be 39 days away, but no one has reminded Mother Nature of that. One side benefit is I really do think we’ve made up for our drought last year.

We took a ride just a little north on Friday to see if there were any bobhouses out on Lake Winnepesaukee. Sure enough there were, but a blizzard broke out while we were there, and the photos are not great.

I always find it interesting that there are people and houses out on the ice when you can actually see open water like in the first photo on the left. You also may be able to see what looks like the snow having been plowed off the ice, and that is exactly what it is because as soon as they get a solid 14″ of ice, a runway will open for light planes to land.

Do they occasionally fall through the ice? Sure. This past weekend three snowmobiles with six people went in the water at Lake Winnepesaukee. The people got out on their own or were pulled to safety by others. Ages ranged from 5 years to 45. No further comment needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you had a good week – enjoyed the last football game, had a great book to read, good food to eat, and maybe most of all got an appointment for the vaccine. ๐Ÿ™‚

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65 Responses to Vaccine and Winter

  1. Angela says:

    Judy, I’m so glad you were able to get your vaccine. It’s been a nightmare in Pennsylvania as well, but I’m hoping that things are easing up. Onward and upward! I’ve never seen the lake in winter, so I enjoyed these photos… but I can’t imagine trusting that ice! Love all your posts and photos.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, if we can only get that vaccine, we can at least assume some portions of our previous lives. The lake is beautiful, snow and ice, but I’m with you, I can’t imagine setting up one of those houses or driving on that ice. I wouldn’t have done that even in my younger years. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Ice rarely forms strong enough to walk on in my area. Every few years someone drowns when the ice they were walking on collapsed. Good for you on the vaccine. I haven’t been able to schedule my first yet. My husband got in early (he’s over 75) but at that time 75 was the cut off. Now that they’ve lowered it, I can’t get an appointment. Here they give you a second appointment when you get your first shot. Our biggest issue is lack of supply.

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    • I’ll be crossing my fingers you can get on the list for your shot. Yes, second appointments at the first shot seems to work for everyone. After the first shot, they had us go back onto the CDC system and look for open appointments, but the system couldn’t seem to handle it so they spoon fed a few each hour. I got lucky and went in right at the top of an hour and grabbed two, but you would have laughed at me sitting with two computers trying to do it. There were so many thousands of people who couldn’t get a second appointment within a safe timeframe and there was so much noise about it, they had to rethink what they were doing. This new system will work for everyone. Stay well.

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Judy, you couldn’t get me out on the ice even at 14″ thick…..but those are great photos you got. You can feel the bitter cold just looking at the pictures.

    Best of all though is your plants. Gorgeous. What a treat to see inside, especially when outside is so miserable.

    So glad Vaccine #1 is done. No vaccine here; consequently no appointments available.

    Keep warm. Let the young’uns deal with Mother Nature. You relax with a book, a cup of coffee, and chocolate!
    Ginger

    Think positive. Test negative.

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    • The only time I’ve walked out on it was several years back when we went up to see a fly in and watch the planes land. I looked at that on Friday and saw that open water, and there would be no way I’d walk out there. Then when I read about the three accidents, I was certainly convinced. I’ll be certainly hoping that the vaccine supply ramps up and heads your way so you can get your name on a list. Stay well, and I hope no one tells you be patient. I’m really sick of people telling me that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. bikerchick57 says:

    Judy, I’m glad you’re on your way to being fully vaccinated. I will be waiting awhile since I don’t fit into any of the current parameters for receiving the shots and Wisconsin has no nt been the quickest in getting the vaccine out to people.

    I do not walk, snowmobile or drive on ice-covered bodies of water. It’s a fear I have of falling through or maybe I’ve seen that happen to too many other people who challenge its depth and strength. Of course, we always have a few nutty people who go out on Lake Winnebago in the spring when the ice is gray and the authorities tell them not to. Silly and dangerous!

    Enjoy the beauty of the amaryllis and your Monday!

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    • Isn’t it interesting how each state rolls out the vaccine distribution. Ours started at 75 but then dropped it to 65 before it actually started which made for a huge pool of people. Our state is getting between 17-21,000 shots per week so it’s going to take awhile, but I’m guessing it’s even more challenging in a larger state. I love seeing them on the ice, but those days for me are long gone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Judy, it seems like a different lifestyle up where you are. We’re 27 degrees this morning and it’s been raining way too much this winter. Only one light dusting of snow. Glad you got your vaccines (and 2nd appointments). Hope Mother Nature reads your post and figures it out to prepare for Spring.

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  6. You can add Maine to the nightmare column, along with a story of nauseating favoritism, where rich donors of a local hospital got their vaccines well before most people. No lines, no waiting, no phone calls for a scheduled appointment. Disgusting!

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  7. So glad you got your first vaccine! In Vermont, it’s been going well, although frustratingly slow since we get such a pitiful small amount of vaccine each week. We are actually geared to be able to expand greatly at a moment’s notice, but so far that hasn’t happened. We have pretty much finished the nursing homes and medical workers and about halfway through 75 and older, the highest risk groups. In a couple of weeks it will be 70 and over, then 65, my group, etc., all targeting the most vulnerable and most likely to die or have more serious symptoms. We have a family member in New Hampshire who is 78 and her first shot is not scheduled until the end of March! Patience for a few more months I guess!

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    • It sounds like you have a logical system and just need additional vaccine so I’ll be hoping that ‘s exactly what you get. NH was going to start at 75 after healthcare and long-term care, but then dropped it to 65 and the number increased dramatically. One of the major problems with the system was that so many got dates in late March and into April, and then those that got dates for second shots were that far out too. Supposedly they are calling all the folks with dates like your relative and moving them up as the volume increases, so fingers crossed she gets a call and gets moved up. It will be good if someone is taking detailed notes on what’s working and what’s not with this process so this doesn’t happen again.

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      • Itโ€™s all so amazing that any state has been able to figure this out. I am hoping there will be some increase in vaccines so that the work can proceed swiftly. Letโ€™s keep our fingers crossed! Good to know they are rescheduling some of the older folks, thanks!

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  8. Joyce says:

    โ€œSenior uprising!โ€ Omg I love it! You go, girl! That situation DEFINITELY needed fixing!
    We are registered here for the vaccine, told weโ€™ll be informed when our turn is up. In the meantime, our RN daughter received her first one at the same downtown arena where ours will be. She said it was a complex maze of parking, security points,….and lots of WALKING! Picture that for a currently eligible group that includes 74+ seniors. Just hoping thereโ€™s a drive up option by the time our turns come up since my arthritic knee isnโ€™t going to manage the current situation well. Iโ€™m just happy for you, though. Youโ€™re half way to crossing off that pesky item on your annoying-things-to-do list!
    As for the foolishness of tempting fate on unstable ice, Iโ€™ve seen enough from my fellow Americans over the past few years to believe anything! And Iโ€™ll also end my comment with โ€œno further comment!โ€

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    • I could write an entire post on how many emails I sent to ‘officials’ and how many responses I received. I won’t bore you, but it was pretty darn interesting. I’m pretty computer literate and could not imagine the average or below average computer user our age maneuvering that site. I wondered how an outside site would work, but it was pretty good. It is a bus depot that is shuttered because of lack of travel, but for this it is perfect – lots of parking area to create lanes, and even one part where we sat for 15 minutes to make sure there was no reaction. The National Guard had it completely organized. We never got out of the car. They opened the door and administered the shot. That was it. I hope you get the call but don’t have to walk a mile to get it.

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  9. Judy, glad you got your first vaccine. I have no doubt you did your part during the ‘senior uprising.’ We will get our first shot on Wednesday, and the 2nd was automatically scheduled for one month later. Our process hasn’t been the smoothest either, but it’s working. As to the snowmobile with a 5yr old, riding on ice – no comment! Have a great week.

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  10. Oddment says:

    What a contrast between the life in those flowers and the frozen white of that lake. I’ll take the flowers, thank you! I had never heard of a bobhouse, so of course I googled it, and one of your posts came up! It was from almost exactly eight years ago, before our blog paths had intersected. Some gorgeous photos on that post, but I still prefer the flowers to anything on ice. Right now I am iced quite enough. But I’m not too cold to cheer on the idea of a senior uprising. It is needed, and on so many levels! Congrats on that first shot. Here in Indiana the process went well for me, aside from getting lost on my way to a place about ten minutes away. I astound myself sometimes.

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    • Flowers or ice – flowers win hands down. ๐Ÿ™‚ In general and in my experience, I think a lot of seniors especially those of us who go natural in hair color are somewhat passed over. This was a situation that involved those over 65, and it was a ridiculous process that didn’t work nor meet the medical guidelines for vaccine administration. After a year of stressful living, they dealt us another dose of stress. Enough. During this pandemic and ‘our’ isolation, our generation has stepped up and adapted which includes online shopping making us the fastest-growing group of shoppers. My thoughts were if you want our vote and you want our money, then give us a system that everyone can maneuver. I’m probably a little bit more computer literate than most, and I got lucky. All of it could have been avoided if only they had remembered – KISS, keep it simple, stupid. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Your blooms are beautiful! The snow and ice, I enjoy seeing it virtually from my heated house. Glad you got your first vaccine! When I got my first one, before I left they gave me an appointment for the second one exactly 3 weeks later. I get it this Thursday. Woo Hoo!

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    • Congrats on your second shot on Thursday. โค๏ธ Giving the second appointment out makes great medical and scheduling sense. Even though we may not be able to assume our normal lifestyle, it certainly helps relieve some of the deadly stress related to the situation.

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  12. Heather says:

    “Senior uprising” eh? That works for cultivating the garden and for all ways forward. Glad you got your shot – here in Ontario our timetables stretch out over the next six months or so depending on the vagaries of supply. But, the snow will melt. Seeds will germinate. A time of transition for sure!

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    • As much as I wish it wasn’t true, sometimes the squeaky wheel still gets the attention, and that is what happened here in an effort to get a bloated system changed. It seems like there are systems in place here for distribution by using our National Guard, but the supply is definitely the issue. I’m getting set up to start some purple asparagus indoors. Once, I turn those grow lights on I won’t even pay attention to that snow banked up outside. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. We may have to have a senior uprising here. We received our first shots but the second is way more iffy than weโ€™d like. Even those who got an automatic second appointment (we didnโ€™t) arenโ€™t guaranteed that vaccinations will be available. I am trying to remain optimistic but, until we actually get the second dose, Iโ€™ll be concerned. As one friend said, โ€œby the fall, we may be swimming in vaccine.โ€ Until then, our fingers remain crossed.

    Thanks for the pictures of the crazies on the ice. I canโ€™t imagine relying on ice thickness you canโ€™t see bearing the weight of a person, let alone a bobhouse. Which leads to my question: are they called bobhouses because, if they breaking through, youโ€™ll be bobbing in the icy water? ๐Ÿ˜œโ„๏ธ

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    • We received our shots the second week of the >65 distribution because I got lucky with the online registration and others didn’t so many are waiting until March or April. When I tried to get the second appointment for around 21 days, I was being pushed to >50 miles away and more importantly about 12 weeks out. I tried repeatedly but nothing worked. What good is that first shot, if you can’t get the second one in the required time frame? At that point, I was hearing on the local news that many were having the same experience so I started firing off emails to elected officials who had already had both their shots in a timely manner because of their titles. During this time, I got lucky again and was able to schedule the second shots online, but there was such crowd noise that they were forced to simplify the process and give the date for the second appointment at your first appointment. I think the plan may have looked good on paper, but some of the planners should have asked their parents to try it out first and saved themselves a lot of grief and us a lot of stress. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fingers crossed you get your second shot appointments in a timely manner. ๐Ÿคž

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  14. They’re still only vaccinating 70+ here so I have a ways to go before I am even eligible for the first dose which is okay with me. I can wait and do it patiently.

    We see people fishing on the ice but not sheds here or in California yet.

    While driving to Baby Girl’s we had a series of unfortunate events happen with our car that kept us from making it to Our Littlest’s 2nd birthday party a couple of weeks ago, but we got it all sorted/fixed and went this past week-end to see the boys, and our son flew in Thursday for a long week-end too! We had a blast snowshoeing, riding in the side by side, and hanging with the family. ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    • As long as the system works, I think a person can summon up the patience to wait their turn. Sorry to hear about car issues keeping you from a 2nd birthday celebration, but it sounds like it worked out even better since you got to see both kids and grands. It’s hard to believe he is two already.

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      • I kept saying there was a reason for the tire to blow and the side mirror broke to keep us from making it to the party. 3 days later Big Baby Boy called saying he was coming for a long weekend. It worked out really, really well. ๐Ÿฅฐ

        Two already and real words are being communicated more and more each day! It’s going too fast!

        There are grumblings here from some who think it should be trickling down to those under 70 in addition to the workforce and first responders, but it will come. He-Man and I are content to wait our turn and be cautious and continue with what’s working for us in the meantime.

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  15. Nancy says:

    Oh Congratulations on your vaccine shots with a second appointment! Hallelujah! Sweet Man got his first a few days ago… and here in AZ they learned to set up that first appointment immediately. We got the confirmation as we were driving out of the drive thru. (It was not like that for my friends who got it a few weeks ago.)
    I love seeing your amaryllis blooms. Mine are coming along!
    Seeing frozen lakes is always wonderful but even though itโ€™s cold out the wind and geese can keep areas open. Sometimes these areas are hidden if it snows over them. Scary indeed!
    I thank God for your vaccine… and for Sweet Manโ€™s. Now I need it but they have not lowered the age yet. I am trying to volunteer at the drive thru sites (booked all of February) as the volunteers get vaccinated! I can wave orange flags to direct traffic. All you need is to give 6 hours of your time.
    Happy Monday to you my friend!

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    • In order to get the first shot, you had to enter it into an online system and that is where we were suppose to also schedule the second shot. No problem, except the system was not accepting the dates and times uploaded by the state so when we went online there were no slots open. Giving the second appointment out works so much better for everyone. Hope you get a volunteer slot and a shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Ingrid says:

    Congrats on getting your vaccine. I’m not sure when we’ll be able to get ours. Yep, ya won’t find me ice fishing. My brother-in-law in northern Wisconsin has been out ice fishing, but he doesn’t go out too far from shore nor uses heavy equipment. Regardless, not something I would do.

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    • Thanks, and I hope you get yours sooner than later. It certainly helps lower the stress level a little. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ice fishing certainly is interesting to watch. I also wonder how successful they are at catching fish because I’ve never been around to see anyone haul one in. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. John Hric says:

    Judy love those shots of the flowers. We are finally having a cold spell that Lake Erie might just freeze over and we could get some more sunshine. The open lake is great at generating cloud cover. Thanks

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  18. This was really heartening to read. Earlier this morning I heard on NPR some real horror stories about people not being able to get any confirmation about a second shot. I’m so glad NH has its act together, a senior uprising notwithstanding. Congrats! – Marty

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    • When we got the first shot we were somewhat euphoric. Then when we realized we couldn’t schedule the second one, it was pretty darn stressful. Those of us who worked most of our lives realize that even the best laid plans don’t work as hoped, but no one was doing anything except telling ‘us’ to have patience. We’ve had a year of developing our patience, but now that we are to the distribution period the process is suppose to work. Yesterday, they entered the third week of distribution to the over 65 group, and they were giving out the second appointment info at the first shot. Now, that works with no angst for anyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Joanne Sisco says:

    Good news on the vaccine front!! I’ll consider myself lucky if I get mine before the end of the summer ๐Ÿ˜•

    I have a hard time trusting the ice on any body of water. I cringe whenever I see people on frozen lakes & ponds. I only needed one bad experience as a child to make me leery for the rest of my life. Every winter there are stories of drownings as snow machines fall through the ice on nearby lakes. They call them drownings, but more than likely it is hypothermia first … which then results in drowning ๐Ÿ˜•

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    • I feel fortunate to receive the vaccine this early in the year. I also know we won’t be unmasking or returning to normal anytime soon. What it does is alleviate that all encompassing fear of contracting the virus which is a huge relief. Wearing the mask a while long? Well, if I’m honest I haven’t missed putting on makeup. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. germac4 says:

    Great to hear you got your first vaccine and a second is on the way. Thanks for those photos of bobhouses … a completely new world to me, as I was saying in Laurieโ€™s post. My neighbour is Canadian & he loves all things ice and snow so Iโ€™m getting it, & I hope they are all having fun !

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  21. Wow, that looks cold! Iโ€™m glad to read about your shots. I finally managed to get appointments for my parentsโ€™ first shots for tomorrow morning. The place is about a 45-minute drive away so Iโ€™ll drive them. Then hopefully in the next tier my husband and I will be able to get ours. I also hope Mom and Dad will get a second appointment with the first shot.

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  22. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad you got your first shot with the second on the calendar. Moving towards herd immunity!
    I bet that 5-year-old won’t be getting on the ice anytime soon. What a harsh lesson! They are lucky to have escaped with their lives.
    Have a good (snowy) week ahead. I’ve actually been enjoying the ‘real’ winter weatherโ€“ that mild weather of Jan. made me nervous. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  23. Except for the people who fell into the freezing water this all sounds very positive. It’s great that you have a second appointment scheduled. We’ve been seeing the snow storms on the TV news. It looks incredible and I can’t imagine what it must be like. This morning I’ve been out deadheading my roses and I picked lots of paper daisies and and put them in a vase. They’re so bright and cheery.

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  24. I spent almost 2 weeks online trying to get Garry his vaccination. I’m still not eligible because i’m ONLY 74. Massachusetts has made a horrible mess of vaccinations. I’m horrified that I’m going to have to go through this all over again for me just about when Garry gets his second shot. The place where Garry got his shot (Dartmouth, just before the Cape) gave him his date for part two before he left there and they were really nice and very organized.

    Should I ever become eligible for a vaccination, I will need not one, but TWO co-morbidities, so I want to know if having two replacement heart valves and an implanted pacemaker counts for more than one, or do I have to add in something else, like high blood pressure? I’m really hoping I survive until they get around to me.

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    • I feel your computer pain. NH is using CDC VAMS system, and it is a challenge both for the resident and the state. They are now creating their own system, but at least while they do that a person only has to use it for the first shot and gets the date for the second one when they have their appointment. I think some of this looked good on paper but not necessarily once it rolled out to a generation of people a lot of who are not all that comfortable using computers and maneuvering very intense documents. Then add in the fact that even the state couldn’t input dates except by hand, and you really have a mess. Glad Garry got his and hopefully they’ll streamline the process when it gets to the younger crowd like you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. So glad you got the vaccine.

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  26. Ally Bean says:

    Good food, yes. Good book to read, yes. Appointment to get the vaccine, not ever a blip on the radar yet. I love Amaryllis and am sorry that I didn’t get the chance to force any this year. Another first, I’m usually into bulbs in the winter but not this winter. We are bulb-less. ๐Ÿ˜„

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    • Hope they get to your group soon, but let’s face it none of us are ‘going’ anywhere anytime soon anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re probably bulb-less because it required shopping in a store with people in 2020. I get it. I happened to see a local discount store had them on sale and showed up the minute they opened the door – grab three, self check, gone. ๐Ÿ™‚ There is no ‘shopping’ just ‘missions’ to pick certain things up that can’t be delivered. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. Lavinia Ross says:

    I am glad you were able to get your first dose of vaccine. We’re still waiting here.

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  28. joey says:

    Glad you got your first shot ๐Ÿ™‚
    I haven’t been out on natural ice since I was a child, and since I do not weigh the maybe 60 pounds I weighed then, I may not do it again.

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