Reading a book

This summer is already half over. I can’t believe it. The older I get, the quicker time flies. At least it seems that way to me. I should have enough time to do everything I want to do. I’m retired, for crying out loud. Yet, I still don’t get everything accomplished that I want to get done.

I’m hoping everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying time with family. Summer is always such fun for children and young people. It’s that time of the year when school is out, kids get to enjoy summer camps, vacation bible school, going to the pool, fishing, camping, playing or spending time with friends and family and just having fun. It was always my favorite time of the year when I was much younger, decades ago.

It will be exactly one year the end of July for my retirement and it’s been quite a journey…as many of you know. We’ve had a hiccup or two with Danny’s seizures but all is well now. He’s doing great and staying strong and my faith keeps me knowing that he and I have many more years to enjoy together. Honestly, I knew I would love retirement but was a little concerned about Danny. He’s a very active man and sitting still is not something he even begins to understand. It’s non-stop projects, yard work, doing planks six days a week for over twenty minutes and never sitting still. I get tired just watching him. I wish I could stay that active all the time. Unfortunately for me, I’ve slowed down my pace quite a bit, and really enjoy my “down time” of doing the things I enjoy…..writing and reading books, enjoying my grandchildren and getting to have coffee with my sister Marilyn, when she’s not in Rockport, I continue to write as often as possible and still working on projects. Writing continues to be my passion and I enjoy the process so much.

We had a wonderful July 4th in Colorado. The parade in Vail is the absolute best. We were in Breckenridge almost three weeks and I absolutely love this state. We met some amazing people and had such fun with family and friends. It’s so beautiful in Colorado and there’s so much going on during the summer months. Free concerts, plays and musicals, biking and walking trails, white water rafting, fly fishing, and tons of activities of small children. Danny and I did early morning walks to town and back and I came back home to find I had managed to lose a few pounds.

You must drink plenty of water coming from Texas and arriving in Colorado. We sit at 300 feet here in South Texas and in Breckenridge, you’re at 10,000 feet. You must hydrate, hydrate and hydrate or you’re gonna pay dearly with altitude sickness. The first two days I had very bad headaches and began drinking nothing but water when we left Texas. I know the drill because we’ve been going to Colorado for awhile now for the Fourth. I still managed to have bad headaches for two days, my lips were chapped and my eyes felt like sandpaper. Once I was past the first two days, I was good. The mountains are breathtaking and the cool weather makes exercise a true pleasure. If it was my choice and decision, I’d definitely want to spend my entire summer there and get out of this Texas heat. Danny wouldn’t have it though. He loves the heat, he loves to sweat, and loves the pool during the summer. We can’t seem to get on the same page on this issue. It’s like the issue of wanting to move to a smaller “cottage” style home. He’s pretty strong minded about our home. He would never want to spend the summer in Colorado either. He felt like we were gone too long this time. Not me, I love the weather and everything about Colorado. I’d love to stay all summer and come home mid-August. We’ll see what next year brings. As usual, I’m sure Danny will get his way and I’m OK with it.

Danny and I are having the time of our life with this retirement journey. Like me, we both miss our great customers and clients, but we certainly enjoy our time together. We feel blessed we were able to retire when we did and on our terms. We’ve had so many conversations about our future and have decided that life is uncertain. We don’t know what the future will be. So…..we strive to enjoy each and every day together. We try to never have serious arguments about anything, especially the small stuff. We take nothing for granted with each other. We thank the Lord every day for all our blessings. That’s pretty much our mantra now and we live by it.

In closing, remember to offer a smile to a stranger, give a compliment and make someone’s day and enjoy some time “Slowin Down” . Have a wonderful summer!

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