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I got orange juice, 2 cans of mixed fruit, 2 cans corn, 2 cans pears, 2 cans tomato soup, 2 cans tuna, 1 can Spam, package of egg noodles, 2 lbs dates and a bag of dried garbanzo beans…plus a dozen medium eggs I already put in the fridge.

I also got 5 plums, but they are rotten. Perhaps I can save a bit for smoothies.

There are two food bank programs that are delivered here to the apartment building. One is labeled “state”, the other “federal”. There are totally different foods in each box. I get the state box. These boxes are considered the supplement for a month. Each month that I have lived here, they have gotten smaller and smaller. That’s because there are fewer donations. The need has increased exponentially from so much unemployment and an increase in seniors.

If you are a person with some food or money to spare, I encourage you to donate to your local food bank or pantry. I sat there for awhile this morning and watched a few people on the verge of tears, with quavery voices, find out they didn’t get much…or worse, a few people weren’t on the list even though they had applied. My friend, Buster, was sitting next to the free table, filling a box from other people’s unwanted food from their share….it was for an old woman so thin that you can practically see through…who didn’t get any food.

And speaking of tears, I cried like a baby when my nurse pushed down on my belly to get the plastic to seal tight. He was surprised because I have never cried in front of him. He thinks of me as stoic. Ha!

My bladder, female parts, intestines, belly wound hurt like crazy. It wakes me up. It’s a strange kind of hurt. The nurse thinks it’s my nerve endings growing back. I am not convinced. Yesterday I had a fever of 99° and felt like death warmed over for awhile.

You know what else I did yesterday????? I sat and talked to one of my neighbors for 6 or 7 hours!!! Wow. She was talking to me out in the hallway and I invited her in. All those hours seemed like a short time. I told her we were in a vortex. Yup…must have been some sort of time warp vortex…no other explanation for it 🙂