My first Social Security check arrived last month -- and I was mighty glad to see it, given that I wasn't sure if it would actually be issued, things being as they are -- or were, around the time it came! It reminded me that I am a retiree and not just on an extended, joyful vacation! I'm off on the new yellow brick road!
I'm not sure what Lizzie makes of my constant contact, but she's hanging in there, sleeping on my desk -- and on occasion, the keyboard. And doing her window watching thing when I kick her off after she has made too many typos!
As you know, I have had time to gather with friends (lunch! what a concept!) and started to cook. more....
...and make art! (Our sale continues Nov. 8 and 9!)
I'm also working on the house, making an attempt to get the last two rooms in order before heading to the basement. As for the outside, here is before...
...and here is during -- meaning after I hired Mark the Garden Warrior.
This spot took him about four hours. He's been back again and I have plenty more work for him, but my guess is it will have to wait till spring. It's about time to bring in my potted plants (which means FINDING a place for the potted plants; I have bad light, which means the herb garden will look pathetic by Christmas.)
I also took off to Cleveland to visit my cousins and a good friend. For once, I had time to spend with everyone, rather than just the big gathering. And we had many chuckles as Woody the Cat rocked the mouse catching world. I wish I'd brought down Lizzie Cosette to get lessons.
On the way down, I met blog friend Vicki for tea at Zingermann's. I love meeting blog friends and as usual, I was not disappointed!
I have finished a couple books (and most heartily recommend "Bootstrapper" by Mardi Jo Link. It's fabulous.)
And as you know, when weather permits, I'm taking lots of walks. I suspect those days are close to numbered -- it's starting to get pretty cold here. But you never know...
I have time to have lunch and dinner with friends and more time for Rick, too! I've lunched a couple of times in Old Town, our arts district.
I can decorate the house for holidays during the day instead of at night when I'm tired.
I actually had time to prep for my art sale during the day!
...and apple dishes. 'Tis the season.
Fall is almost over and I haven't been sick for several months! I savor the last of the autumn walks and dig out the Richard Simmons DVD for those cold mornings.
Yes, life is very good!