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    From Southern California to Fulton County

    Of all the places I’ve ever lived, I’d have to say that it was the best being in southern California. Compared to here in upstate New York, winter in southern California was a breeze. I enjoyed phoning home from the beach (home being Cleveland, Ohio), to rub it in that it was so nice on the beach.

    I’ve also lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Cleveland as well as a few short visits to Europe. And I have to say I love the change of seasons in the northeast. By the time it got to be late January, no matter where I live, I was ready for a change.

    Fortunately, my mother regularly rents a place in Siesta Beach, Florida, to help solve the winter doldrums. And this year it will be no exception, if I have my way. See, Mom pulled her rotator cuff playing tennis (something you might not expect a 77 year old to be doing) and she may not feel up to the Florida trip this year. Which I would hate. But I’m determined to get there either way.

    Even with the nice weather in California, by mid January, I was ready for a change. There is a rainy season even in southern California, and February is when it falls. As I’m looking out the window (as I’m writing this to you just before Christmas and noticing a mountain of snow already on my front deck) I can’t help but start to think about Florida.

    I definitely want Mom to get better. And not just for the trip to Florida, either. I just hate the thought of her being in pain. When I spoke to her a couple of days ago, she said she was going on oral steroids. I told her that was ironic in that I was going on intravenous steroids myself.

    I haven’t done steroids in awhile. And after having just finished them, I’m glad of it. It gives me a boost, which is much needed in the dark of winter. I’ve got bad veins in my arms though. Every nurse who tries to get a vein to dose the steroids has trouble. This time was no exception.

    I normally do five days of steroid infusion, though this time I just did four as the vein finally collapsed on the fourth day. Try as she might, my nurse Patty couldn’t get a line in. It wasn’t her fault. I just have tough veins. Part of the reason I need this infusion is my seasonal “unwellbeing.” That seems to go with both the mid-winter and mid-summer doldrums.

    This concludes my report to you. Enjoy the rest of the winter. Warmer temperatures are coming.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"