If we were having coffee together, this weekend, you would find grand changes at our house. At seven months of age, The Scampers enjoyed their first bath and haircut at the groomers. The dogs are having water, today, and I am having iced Toddy coffee. We’ve also got lemonade-flavored ice tea, which Al enjoys, 7-Up for the desperate, and hot tea (teabags), to accompany the recently acquired blueberries and strawberries. No home-made yogurt, this week, but I’ve got some (plain) store-bought that goes well with the fruit. (The Scampers ate the last chunks of watermelon…and cantaloupe.)
After Monday’s great adventure at the pet salon, The Scampers are all set for the hot summer, which this week has turned out to be. I do not like temperatures in the 90s. The Scampers, however, enjoy getting out there and sunning themselves while I huddle in the shade of the shed or gazebo (depending on time of day) and consume much cold water.
I would share with you my relief after the last few weeks of worry. I finally managed to contact my mother by telephone, late last Sunday. She told me that she was busy, and then hung up her phone. Fortunately, she did call on Monday or Tuesday, and we visited for almost half an hour. We shared stories of our battle scars of age. I learned that she is, in her 90s, coping with macular degeneration, as well as increasing memory problems. Oddly, my father, who turns 100, this year, is having problems only with some frailty and hearing, which he considers not to have become bad enough to justify hearing aids. He and I do not have problems conversing. I am hopeful that my mother may remember that we have spoken recently, sharing an enjoyable time together on the telephone, and call again.
If we were having coffee together, I would share with you some of my photo art, which mostly lives on the computer, these days. For about ten years, in addition to my academic style editing/resume writing work (freelance writer/editor, taking on all sorts of jobs for thirty years, after spending fifteen years and some months in IT in the finance and insurance industries), I sold prints, cards (and coordinating photo stamps) via the Internet. Now, the new stuff mostly goes up on my personal Facebook page.
I have been quite happy with being retired, but sometimes I think I would like to find a local fulfillment company that could make prints for me to have framed and hung on the walls. I was not happy with stuff I could print out on my color printer. My mother used to do some nice prints on her equipment, with which she decorated her office and the living room at home.
I still am spending much time outside with the dogs, who would like to go out frequently, of necessity, but will not go outside without me. If we were having coffee together, it would indeed be easier to do so in the gazebo. There is now a floor fan out there.
I confess that I have not looked into getting an elliptical exercise contraption yet. I have been getting up and out early to the gazebo and am putting in a few miles of pedaling each day, although sometimes broken into two or three sessions.
I hope to establish a place for lists where I can find them again. Where do you keep yours? Do you have trouble finding them?
Please venture forth to Diana’s Part Time Monster Blog to enjoy her weekendcoffeeshare post and read more about this weekend happening! Links, &c.