Oct. 25, 2017 at 2:05 p.m.
Updated Nov. 3, 2017 at 9:36 p.m.
Going into what I will refer to as “Week Nine” of my retirement has been both hectic and relaxing and yet I haven’t had a single day that I became bored.
I didn’t realize how much I would really love it!
I know, I know…..it’s only been a few months. I will say this however….if this is what it’s going to be like, I never knew not being gainfully employed would be such fun!
I’m really somewhat surprised about it all.
If you happen to be keeping up with my blog, “Slowin Down'”, then you know how busy I am right now getting ready for hosting Thanksgiving.
I can’t wait for all the cousins and now grand cousins to get re-acquainted again.
It’s been a year for most of them since they’ve seen each other and we’ve added new babies to the family! Yeah!
I know Meme is looking down with a huge smile on her face knowing her family continues to grow and multiply.
Being from a large family is wonderful but it’s definitely not always perfect (no relationship is) but I know we all love and care for each other with all our hearts.
We each have our own quirks but I believe we try to overlook each others shortcomings and also know, we will always have each other to lean on if need be.
I’m in Dallas with Danny right now.
I just couldn’t wait until Thanksgiving to see my Dallas grandchildren, Ainsley and Easton.
It was a perfect time to come up because Ryan left for his annual South Texas hunting trip and we’re here to pitch in and help Julie with the children.
Ainsley is in school while Mommie teaches today, so it was just Pop, Easton and I.
Easton is such a sweet little boy and we enjoy our time with him immensely.
He’s such a trooper too because I drug him and Pop all over at the stores I wanted to visit.
The Allen Outlet Mall is wonderful!
I helped Ainsley with a school project last night while Julie was helping a friend and it was nice being able to give some input to her school project.
I don’t really miss those days but enjoyed getting reacquainted with it.
I must say, she did a wonderful job with her Tyta’s help and guidance.
Her Mom and Dad tell her “always do your best” and she definitely tries.
I have three free week-ends to finish up all the last minute projects for this Thanksgiving celebration.
Need to cook and freeze the Lebanese food, replant pansies and violas (they cratered with the heat wave we had last week) and add the mulch to all the flower beds.
Everything else I need to accomplish has been done.
I just remembered….still have the windows to clean but that’s a Danny and me project we accomplish together.
We’re over halfway there and we have the three week-ends to finish up.
I haven’t worked on my Spanish too much this week because I need to get to the library and check out the CDS produced by Pimsler.
I prefer this program over the others.
It may take me the rest of my life, but hopefully I’ll learn enough to converse with someone who speaks fluent Spanish someday.
The four years of French hasn’t helped me at all.
I’ve had layovers in Paris but have never visited France.
Not really sure if I’ll make it there.
I’m hoping Danny and I can meet up with Dany’s parents, Yves (who is French and grew up there and received his college education) and Atalia for a short holiday someday.
We can’t wait too many more years to make this trip, but it’s on my bucket list.
The book I’m now working on is very exciting for me.
It’s not a children book either.
It’s a story that I’m telling about how this country has changed so drastically in just a few decades.
I’m concerned about our direction and where this country will end up and affect future generations.
I’m on Chapter Eleven and have asked three people whose opinion matters to me to critique it thus far.
I received this compliment each time “it’s a good read and you tell a good story."
Not sure this will make it publishable or not, but it’s my hope I live long enough to finish it.
I truly believe this is the book that will speak to readers hearts and emotions.
Victoria continues to recover after Harvey and I’m seeing new roofs and less tree limbs along the curbs, so we’re making progress.
I believe in our wonderful city and the surrounding areas and how resourceful and resilient we are.
Everyone has come together to help each other and that means we are united in making the greater Crossroads area strong and a great place to live and raise families.
I’m trying to write better and shorten my blog so anyone who reads it doesn’t get too terribly bored with my rambling on and on.
If you check in from time to time, I say thanks and always welcome comments or a thumbs up.
Until next time, I’ll continue my journey in Slowin Down and you take a break too to enjoy the day.
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