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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Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “how.” Use the word “how” in your post. Bonus points if you start your post with it. Enjoy!