Winter has hit
Snow takes its place in the air and on the ground
I do not object
to the season
But is there really any reason
That it has to go on and on and on for months at a time?
Maybe it will be lovely all winter long
My attitude is in need of an upgrade
My daughter is 41 years old!!!
Which, by my calculations,
makes me a touch older,
truth be told.
It seems unlikely….and yet…there it is —
I am in a new age category, and gee whiz
though I feel grateful as I write this text
because I like seeing what will happen next
I’m also kind of a ‘fraidy cat
so I peek around the corner to see where I’m at
and although nothing is ever quite crystal clear
it turns out I’m standing, still standing right here
in the middle
of the beginning
of the rest of my life
A good place to be
Today I wonder if I will ever just relax
I wake up in the morning feeling tired
Go to bed feeling the same way.
I ain’t nuthin’ but tired. Yeah, I’m just tired and bored with myself. Hey there baby I could use. just a little help
Wait, I just lapsed into a Bruce Springsteen song.
Meanwhile, I dreamed I had to maneuver through lot of obstacles to get somewhere — rocky stuff and hills that a person could easily fall off of and I seem to have made it through; but what was the point? I do not know.
Maybe it was that you can make it through the things you see as trouble.
You are strong. It’s not that the obstacles won’t be there. It’s that you will handle it.
Maybe it was a psychic thing — a few months after that dream, I broke my wrist on Mount Vesuvius! And I handled it! Coincidence? Non lo so.
The spice of life…..
can be risky
and even scary
and even worth it
… most of the thyme!
Playing around with paints on a tile
Takes my mind completely off of me for awhile
This little bird looks a tiny bit shy
something in the shape and the look of the eye
it turned out that way and I don’t know why
On a winter’s day
Lost in the perpendicular peripherals
Tripping over clutter and chaos
and finding my way back to the center
Looking forward to being in the moment.
I wonder if retiring in the winter was such a good idea as a little cabin fever is creeping in. Maybe it’s okay, though. It is definitely a time to lay low and relax a bit….and a time to recuperate from a cold. And maybe more importantly, a time to recuperate from the somewhat unnecessary scramble to wrap things up at work while preparing things for the transition from me to my replacement; all of which was actually stressful and difficult. I allowed other people’s poor planning to become my problem. I won’t miss facing that particular situation.
I wonder if I learned anything from that experience. I feel a certain disappointment that my recommendations went unheeded…would have been a smoother transition, I do believe. Ah, well…..it is what it is and they are what they are and I am what I am.
I wonder if I will pursue a part-time job in this retirement phase. Ah, honey, I do not know.
I wonder if I will get started now with more “arty” pursuits. I received a gift certificate for the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts …. so I can take a class sooner or later. Meanwhile, time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future….which means spring is on the way and that is a good thing to anticipate.
I wonder if I will be okay, be okay, be okay. I say it could happen!
(“So many things I wonder.” — part of a song from Mixed Nuts movie)
via Daily Prompt: Inkling
I had a bit of an inkling
as to what is required
but less of an inkling
now that I’ve retired
I look forward to exploring
with a dollop of dread
while visions of happiness
dance in my head
With an inkling of mortality
and an inkling of life
Expecting the joyful might
outrun the strife
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I have now been officially retired for 18 days, the last few days of which have been spent with a cold or flu — still not sure which. I read that a cold doesn’t involve a fever and I did have a slight fever yesterday and part of the day before that of about 99.9 or so. Fever is gone now and I am feeling better. Meanwhile, my husband has a sinus infection and is on antibiotics so it’s been a less than stellar beginning.
This may be an aspect of the joy of retirement, though; it is so nice that I didn’t have to worry about payroll not getting done since I was feeling rather miserable and it is so nice that I didn’t have to stay at work even though I felt bad. Just had to focus on healing.
I could even make a healing soup with ease. Sauteed onions, celery and diced carrots in broth; then added remaining broth, and after that cooked for a few minutes, I added a crushed clove of garlic, a few sprinkles of thyme, dried basil, and a dash of paprika and some frozen peas. Later we added in some rice to cook in the soup. This photo shows pasta, but that was from last week (same process, same good taste).
The sandwich includes non-dairy cheese made by Follow Your Heart — the mozzarella version is especially good.
I read that broth and thyme and garlic and dark chocolate are supposed to be helpful for healing a cough– couldn’t hurt!
May we all be well and prosper. Starting NOW!