SoCS: How Ya Doin’?

How many times have you asked that question of family and friends?

A hundred? A thousand? Too many times to count?

When we don’t stay in touch with our people on a regular basis, it’s a fairly common first question to ask.


So, how are you doing my fellow blogging peeps?

I’ve been a tad busy the last couple of weeks, which means I haven’t published a post or been reading many of your posts. I apologize. I’m not sure how being retired equates to not having time to keep up on WordPress, so I’ll offer some mitigation for your Saturday.

If you’re wondering what the lead photo is about…well, I have freshly cleaned carpeting. Natasha came over this past Monday to help move a few things out of the way and off the carpeting. It took some time trying to work this puzzle since I live in a two-bedroom apartment. Where do you go with the many things? I have too many things.

The carpet cleaning guy came over on Tuesday and was done in an hour. I had to leave for awhile because of the cleaning solution smell while Gibbs hung out in the bathroom. I felt bad for him, but it was his nap time anyway, soooo….

This was Gibbs after the carpet cleaning and after “mom” put everything back on Wednesday. He likes to make his own little cuddly bed on the human bed and, unfortunately, has been trying to find his way onto my pillow if I get up in the middle of the night. One place I do not want him laying his butt is my pillow. Ewww.

Natasha and I continue our Star Trek/TV/Food/Wine Thursdays, which we have grown to love. It’s our time to hang (now that we have been living in our own spaces), try new recipes, laugh, have a glass or two or three of wine, and watch our favorite streaming TV shows. We trade off “hosting” weeks, so that means every other Wednesday, one of us is in the kitchen cooking for the next day. And we have also started going back to the movie theater (with masks) on afternoons when there is hardly anyone present. We both miss movies on the big, gigantic screen. Our next foray is to see “Uncharted” as we heard it deserved two thumbs up.

It has been snowing on and off in April. Not much – it’s usually gone in the afternoon or next morning. Rain too, which is turning the grass green. Not good weather to get the bike out yet, which has been frustrating. The Kona went in for the spring check-up and to readjust a few things, so I’ll be ready when the weather is ready. In the meantime, I walk, lift a few weights at home, and do my PT. The PT started in January, when I began seeing a specialized therapist once a month for the scoliosis I’ve had since childhood. It is something that can’t be fixed, so I do what I can to alleviate the issues that have arisen as I age. As with the massage therapist and chiropractor I visit regularly, the PT is intended to help with staying upright and moving and enjoying summer bike rides.

I’ve been trying to get out more during the day (I can easily be a home-bound hermit on these icky spring days), other than going to the grocery store. (The thrift stores have been calling lately.) Two Fridays ago, biking buddy and I went to a fairly new microbrewery in Appleton that also has unique pizzas. We agreed to try the beer bratwurst pizza with sauteed onions, sauerkraut, mustard butter, smoked cheddar and beer sauce. That may not sound good to you, but I can reassure the pizza was delicious. I liked two of the four beers, but that’s usually how it goes with microbreweries – one does not find love with all of the offerings.

I met up with my last two bosses this week, to catch up and remind them how fabulous I find retirement. Boss Aaron texted me a little over a month ago to ask if I would consider coming back as a limited term employee, to do HR, and I had to restrain myself from replying with a thousand laughing emojis. I reiterated when we met in person that it would be a cold day in hell before I would do HR work again. He understood, but really, why would I give up my excellent free time – the Star Trek Thursdays – to be in an office, looking at spreadsheets all day? Really?

There it is. Mitigation for being absent in the house of blogging. Sometimes it’s good to take a break, sometimes it’s writer’s block (I had a little bit of that last week), and sometimes life gets in the way.

I’ll work at getting to your blogs this weekend, but please let me know how you are doing in the comments. I hope life has been good for you.

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33 responses to SoCS: How Ya Doin’?

  1. Sounds like you have figured out a life plan that works for you and are gearing up for spring. Both good things. As for going back to HR after retiring, may I also add a heart felt guffaw.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I somehow knew you’d be laughing loudly with me at the prospect of resuming HR duties. That part of my job was constantly changing, so even if I had lost my mind and accepted, it would have taken me three months – at the very least – to get back up to speed.

      Yes, a life plan of sorts is good. It keeps me going to the next day, next week and beyond. Happy Saturday, Judy!

      • A lovely woman who worked in HR that I stay in touch with volunteers doing HR for her church, interviewing, hiring and firing, etc. I’d volunteer to dig every weed on the church property before I’d do that. 🙂

  2. quiall says:

    That made me laugh out loud! My sister lives across the country and we speak every Monday and a conversation goes something like this… “How are you?” “I’m fine.” “How are you?” “I’m fine.” “What’s new?” “Nothing.” “What’s new?” “Nothing. Her husband is high risk as am I so we basically avoid anything extraneous. I am enjoying writing, watching movies etc, painting and thinking. It surprises me how quickly the day can go by. Yes I like my hermit mode!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      How ya doin’ Pam? 😉
      There’s absolutely nothing wrong with hermit mode. I had many days like it over the winter months and sometimes it made me laugh devilishly to think that while I was sitting on my couch in pajamas at 11 am on a Monday morning when it was -10F, my former workmates had to get in their cold cars and go to the office. That’s a good, warm feeling! 🙂

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Now that you’ve discovered the important things in life, you clearly don’t have time to go back to work. Ugh, just writing the words hurts. In answer to your opening question, I am retired and busy. I think that’s how it should be. I hope you have a great weekend, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Dan, you are like many of my retired friends who say they are busier now than when they were working. A good busy, of course. I could not give up my current life of non-working when it has been a good thing for me, mentally and emotionally. You would probably say the same for yourself, since it has given you time to blog regularly and write books. Right?

      Have an awesome weekend and say hello to the furry girls for me.

  4. lois says:

    Oh, gosh–going back to work. A thousand laughing emojis would have been the perfect response.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I should have, Lois….
      I doubt my boss will ever ask again if I want to come back to work. I believe he got the message, loud and clear. 😀 😀 😀 😀

  5. JoAnna says:

    Retirement is a wonderful thing. My biggest surprise is how busy I am. So many possibilities! So, I can understand how easy it is for blogging or anything else to slide quietly to the back burner. I’m looking forward to going out to the movies, too. Going to look up, Uncharted.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It really is easy to let go of writing and blogging when there are many other things to do and take care of, JoAnna. I didn’t keep up with reading this past winter, but that is my fault. It’s been too easy to turn on the TV and watch reruns of my favorite shows.

      Have a wonderful weekend and I hope we can both enjoy more movies at the theater in the year ahead.

      • JoAnna says:

        Thanks, Mary. You have a wonderful weekend, too! Enjoy the Thursday trek!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks for stopping by, commenting and following, Lauri. Welcome! I appreciate you and am happy to share the parts of my life that you’ll find here.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m glad all is well with you. I sometimes wonder how the day goes by so fast, especially when there is nothing on the agenda. Then again, it would be worse if we were sitting around, waiting for the clock to move, being bored.

      • henhouselady says:

        The thing i discovered about retirement is everybody thinks you have a lot of time on your hands so they try to fill it with stuff for you to do.

  6. murisopsis says:

    Glad you have been keeping busy doing the fun stuff! I’m fine, no, I’m better than fine! I’ve been having lots of fun but I made a mistake. I said I’d do a month long study for work… Still I’m making double what I took home working only 1/4 as many hours!! So I can’t complain. It snowed here too. I want to get my ducts cleaned and the carpets afterward… but that will wait until June or July.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I often said “yes” to extra projects at work, but most of them came without extra hours or pay. I eventually started saying no when my regular work needed full attention. I’m glad you are getting hours and pay for the study.

  7. Maggie says:

    I am good – thankful for not being in a war torn country. I seem to stay busy but do not ask at what. I think I am just busy being retired. It has been cool again this weekend with freeze warnings. I am ready to have more of that spring weather I have yearned for!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      We are both ready for spring. The grass is turning green, but not much else. The temps have to warm up and the sun needs to be out a little more often. But, as you are, thankful for not fearing war and bombs overhead. Have a lovely day, Maggie.

  8. dweezer19 says:

    Thanks for the update Mary. It helps me feel not so bad about being MIA in the blogosphere lately. I seemed to need to blog more when I worked full time than now. Of course the novel I’m writing has been eating up my computer time. Then it’s feeding the birds, potting flowers and plants, walking down to town or having a nice date with my gal pals. Hubby and I have our little adventures and up until two weeks ago I had a neighbor who was addicted to hiking. Still… I love my blogging and blogging buddies. I can smell your fresh clean carpet from here! I hope all the snow disappears soon so you can ride, ride ride!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s an interesting point about blogging more when working. Same here, which makes me believe writing may have been part of our stress relief efforts. Now it’s our way of being creative in between enjoying a more leisure life and our surroundings. I’m looking forward to reading your novel, Cheryl, and your lovely offerings on WordPress.

  9. What is that beer on the left? Beetroot beer?

    All good here. I still have to work but I called it quits on the term a week early and went hiking last week. Best Thing Ever. (Especially since I kept getting notifications of staff off sick with covid.) I could easily see how being in retirement would just fill your life with possibilities and other things may take a backseat. We’ll all be here when you have the time or inclination. 😊

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The red beer is a raspberry sour, but it wasn’t really sour, just yummy. It would be a good summer beer.

      The hiking jaunt sounds fabulous. I’ve only been able to go for walks here and there as our weather has not been good, but I hope soon there will be biking. Yes, there are lots of possibilities in retirement. I haven’t fully taken advantage yet because of Covid and lingering variants, but I’m working my way toward it. Warmer weather will help!

  10. Ally Bean says:

    Best line of the day: “I had to restrain myself from replying with a thousand laughing emojis.” Would that you had, but I understand why you didn’t. Nice to have you back to blogging.

  11. Nice – you’ve been very productive, I’d say. And your writer’s block is temporary. The weather we have in WI is preventing our jumping into spring with a spring in our step. I smiled when you talked about HR and not wanting to go back to that. That’s one of my responsibilities at work and for some reason, bi-weekly payrolls seem to sneak up on me faster and faster as I age. 😉 I’m taking a vacation next week to stay away from my desk which has been my faithful companion for 2.5 years! LOL Enjoy your weekend, Mary! PS – HI to Gibbs from me and my furry companions too!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The lack of spring is about ready to do me in, Shelley. I so need warmth and sun and time on the bike. This afternoon, I’m meeting friends for adult refreshment and dinner and I think a few good laughs will help weather the weather. Hopefully, we’ll get back on track with spring before the end of the month.

      • I’m right there with you on needing warmer weather. I hope your friend gathering turned out well and that you’re glowing with happy thoughts! I’m counting on spring to arrive soon!

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