On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

Published in the Rains County Leader on January 29, 2019:

you mean it's wednesdayThis past week was pretty busy for a retired lady. The one thing I did notice is that the days more or less ran together. Several people had told me to expect that phenomenon, but I didn’t expect it so soon. If it hadn’t been for several appointments and a couple of regular events, I might have lost track of time altogether.

Monday was a holiday, so the Senior Center wasn’t open. David and I spent the day inmessy closet house pants and sweat shirts and watched a lot of TV. I did clean out one kitchen cabinet where an avalanche of koozies and “go” cups threatened to fall on my head every time I opened the door. I filled a box with the extras and took them to the Good Samaritan Thrift Store later in the week, and we still have plenty to choose from. In the process, I found several measuring cups and a funnel that I didn’t know I had. Later in the week I cleaned out my side of the closet. I’ll spare you the details, but I can now stand in the closet without kicking empty hangers out of the way, and I have to make another trip to the Thrift Store.

Between us, David and I had three medical appointments. I had a stress test during which the tech said, “Young lady, you’re in such tip-top shape that I’m going to have to speed this machine up to get your heart rate up.” That scared my heart into speeding up so I didn’t have to walk on the treadmill too much longer. A couple of days later the doctor agreed with the tech that I was in pretty good shape for someone of my age and weight, so hopefully I’m through with doctors for a while. David had a much-needed eye exam, and it appears that he will finally be wearing glasses, at least fairly regularly.

We both enjoyed the luxury of my lack of schedule. I was able to spend a little time on jigsaw puzzlethe 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that is nearing completion at the Senior Center, and I was available to help David – or at least offer encouragement – the afternoon it was warm enough to put some putty in the nail holes in the new porch. We also spent some leisure time shopping for paint, lighting, and furniture although most places don’t have their outdoor furniture out yet.

metal detectorDavid has also renewed his interest in a hobby he and his dad shared many years ago – treasure hunting. No, not the Indiana Jones kind of treasure hunting, but the metal detector kind where you search for coins, jewelry, and other objects that have been lost or buried through the years. He has found a lot of YouTube videos made by people who are devoted detectors, and he found a man in Gilmer who has over fifty years experience. We drove over there one afternoon and spent a couple of hours listening to his stories and admiring his collection of finds. I want to write more about him, but I’m waiting for his permission before I do that. I know some of you are thinking that I never ask you before writing about you, but that’s because I know you love me and won’t sue me.

I haven’t done much writing this week except for emails that I owed to people, but that’s going to change quickly. I have received word on two writing projects that we are ready to move to the next step, and that means more work for me. I was also asked to consider another writing opportunity, so my calendar is filling up fast.

Right now, though, I’m going to shut my computer down for the evening. David has found a movie for us to watch. We’ve done that several times this week, even making it a double feature a couple of times. Now that we’re both retired and don’t have to get up at any certain time, we can stay up as late as we want to.



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