Halloween has come and gone. Nary a gremlin or a ghoul stopped by Casa Tipton-Kelly last night which was just fine with me. Bill was in bed at 7:30 PM (his usual bedtime) and I was ensconced in my bedroom at the Tipton Cinema watching the last season of "Mad Men", which is turning out to be pretty lame by the way. I can understand why this is their last season.
Now the holidays begin in warp speed. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year's, Martin "I have a dream!" King Day and . . . . . . wait for it . . . President's Day. Who among us doesn't get all tingly when President's day approaches? All those used car ads with actors playing Abe Lincoln and George Washington rushing to buy the latest used car clunker.
The Ebola Scare has abated somewhat but not enough to prevent certain politicians from trying to score political points by showing their "leadership" qualities (Christ Christy and Mario Cuomo I'm talking to you).
The phones continue to ring in this household from political robo calls urging me to vote for this or that candidate. Hey, I've already decided who I'm going to vote for next Tuesday, I don't need a robo call to tell me.
Tomorrow morning we move the clocks back one hour. Didn't we just change the clocks? Where does the time go?
All the years I worked I always looked forward to retiring. For many reasons but one of the main was that I would finally have time to do what I really wanted to do. Guess what folks? I still don't have the time.
Sure, I work two night a week at the hotel. But the rest of the week I have off. But between updating my blog daily like I'm doing now, going to the store for vitals, taking our daily ride (I like to get Bill out of true house at least once a day), preparing nutritious and healthy meals for myself (can't eat prepared food anymore, my body has rebelled), and yard work . . . I do not have the time to do some of my favorite activities.
I could spend hours updating and checking my genealogy records. Answering e-mail inquiries from various distant relatives. I just don't have the time.
I could spend hours reviewing, scanning, and updating my thousands of photos. I do little bit but not near enough to keep my files current.
I still haven't unpacked all of the boxes from our move here in 2006. I have a basement media room that is a storage room. I keep saying to myself "I'll go down today and sort through that stuff." Doesn't happen.
One thing I do do though (did I just say "do do?") folks is read. I LOVE to read. I usually have two books going at the same time. One in my
Another thing I do every day is take a nap. I have to take a nap folks. When I was visiting Pat in Toronto this past August I didn't have time to take my daily snooze fest and I paid the price. By the time I caught the plane home I was seeing double.
I'm coming to the realization that I'll never get done the things I want to in my life, even though I'm "retired" now. But I am thankful that I'm well enough and still here to do and enjoy what I can. I take nothing for granted. I make each day count. And believe me, I know I am one of the lucky few.