What can I say? That seems to be a reoccurring theme around here. Maybe I should make it a regular feature. I wish I was organized and had regular weekly themes to write on, like some of my favorite bloggers do. Helen, Shelley, and Vickie all have weekly themes that they write on. It seems so organized and grown up. Maybe when I retire I will be more grown up??? (Which, BTW people, I have nine shifts left!!!!!!!!!)
Well, here’s a bit of this ‘n’ that. Yesterday my friend and I drove down to the bay area to pick up my dad’s roll top desk. It is a beautiful LARGE desk. I live in a 650 square foot cabin. Can you say, what was I thinking? We got home and I looked in my living room and I thought, all my furniture is large. What is wrong with me? Maybe when I retire I’ll re-do my living room. (Can you see a reoccurring theme here?)
I talked to some missionaries I like very much on Sunday. They work to support a Christian school in Thailand for the hill people. It started out especially for the girls who were in danger of being sold into the sex slave indurstry, but now they have little boys in their school too. This guy is a go-getter. He gets these kids into college, and then he fights to get them a job, because there is a prejudice against them over there. The wife asked me when I was going to visit, and I said, “maybe when I retire…”
A couple of nights ago I was reading my How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free book, and they recommended Elderhostel as a way to travel economically. Evidently Elderhostel has grown up and is known as Roadscholar. And they now offer travel experiences to all ages–they call them intergenerational. It is a fascinating website. Most of their trips are billed as educational experiences. I love that they are all-inclusive (meals, travel, and accommodations.) I definitely plan to use this service when I retire.
Last night I watched my favorite internet quilt show. The featured quilter was about my age, height, and weight (just guessing by appearance.) She had some great quilts and was an animated speaker. But my favorite part was at the end when they talk about the other interests of the featured quilter, and she talked about her passion for bike riding! She talked a little about how she sometimes has trouble balancing her love for biking and her quilting. I loved that! Because I’m a little worried about how I’m gonna fit all this in when I retire… oh,and I checked her out, and how about that? She’s a fellow blogger!
A while ago Vickie turned me on to the Happiness Project, where you get a ‘moment of happiness’ quote of the day in your email. I have to admit, I don’t always open them up, because for goodness sake, I’m just not that stinkin’ cheerful every morning. But I almost always like the quote when I do read them. Here is this morning’s quote, by one of my favorite guys. If only we would all aspire to this.
“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.”
— Thomas Merton