Everyday is a new day! Sounds like it could be lyrics from a song, maybe it is. I am so blessed that I am living a new day everyday! Retirement is my new freedom! No rules except the ones I make for myself; and have the opportunity to change them any time I see fit! Loving it!
Monday and Tuesday mornings I meandered the short distance to the pool for water aerobics. It is certainly a class for beginning seniors – although I am 66 the workout is not very challenging – but I enjoy it and the socializing. Note to self, kick it up a notch!
Tuesday evening at BINGO, I won! The game was three postage stamps – in any corner(s); the pot was a whopping $28. I placed a portion of it in the food kitchen collection box in the clubhouse.
Wednesday morning coffee I was busy selling tickets for the “Creek” edition of Cinco de Mayo – on May 7. Agreeing to fill-in during the summer as ticket sales rep is of course on the “list” of new experiences. As was my decision to accept an invitation to join three of the other “single ladies” of the “Creek” on an outing to the track.
It was not my first time at a race track.* It has been so long ago though it counts – at least my first time in many years. The invite to the track included V.I.P. passes to box seats and a complimentary voucher for $2. I am a rookie wager. My choices are based solely on hunches; no hunch, no wager. In one race, I had a hunch but when I saw the horse exercising in the paddock pre-race, I decided not to put money on him. His hindquarters looked underdeveloped; his back legs too skinny and long. He came in last! I won some and lost some; I played with my BINGO windfall from the night before. Essentially I spent more on food and water than wagers. It was a fun afternoon.
Yesterday I took a route out of my comfort square. My goal was to check out how the reversible sofa/chaise seen on-line “sits” at Rooms To Go outlet store. I found three; one sold; one too red; one just right…except it measures two inches longer than the dimensions provided on-line. While that doesn’t sound like a big deal it is because of where I want to place the piece. Price was right, etc. just a wee bit too big. So glad I didn’t order it on-line!
Also discovered another Wal-Mart and a bonus, Bed,Bath, and Beyond on the expanded route of places I now know in my new area. BBB was truly a lucky discovery. I found enough matching, plain, inexpensive tension curtain rods for all of the windows in my Florida room. As it turns out, I bought two more than I needed – no clue how I did that. Today I followed directions (that’s a first!) on how to remove wrinkles and folds from packaged curtains. Success! While de-wrinkling process was underway, I worked up a sweat measuring and adjusting the rods for each window – and of course they are not all exactly the same! My arthritic hands gave out with three more rods/curtains to go.
I love the bold color choice – some would say it’s a first for me; Lime and Raspberry – twelve panels in alternating cabana colors. They are “black out” curtains which I am hoping means they will also keep out some of the sun’s heat.
Way back in time – I once worked for the Zoological Society of Florida and met some amazing people. Recenly, I re-connected via Facebook with one who was also a co-worker. She is now in Chicago at the Brookfield Zoo.** From time to time she posts educational/informational stories/links about the zoo. Today, I learned there are two types of porcupines. There is a video as they underwent sedated check-ups by the zoo’s vet. Brookfield was my childhood zoo, so it’s a nice connection to that part of the world and my life.
Another connection is also through FB; Kankakee, Past, Present and Future. *** The administrators of the site are not people I knew when I lived in the area, but I feel that they have become familiar to me (somewhat) through their FB voices. Ironically, I have sometimes considered subscribing to the Kankakee Daily Journal as a way to keep up with what’s going on. Through the site it seems that I get more updates that I would through the newspaper. The group is great. Through their updates I have learned of a horrific and tragic fire; two toddlers loss their lives. Many people were displaced from their homes and lost all of their belongings. One person lost his business. Their tragedy gave me an opportunity to pay back the kindness of strangers.
The family who grieves the loss of their two young children have additional children; and needed assistance with funeral expenses. The small contribution I made will hopefully be directed to assist some of the others in need. As it turned out, R. Kelly, the musician, entertainer stepped up and covered the funeral expanses for the family. That is a remarkable gift! His generosity, I hope, will trickle down and inspire/spur others to assist during such time of need for so many affected by the fire.
Equally responsive to the needs of a disabled vet in nearby Momence. A group of local people (alerted via FB) stepped up to remove a fallen tree from the roof of his mobile home; patch the roof and repair plumbing issues for him. From what I can surmise, requests for assistance through “normal” channels were ignored. Once again, through the kindness of strangers…by day’s end things were looking up for the vet in need.
While scrolling through my daily e-mails this morning I came across a site called, Love What Matters.# It speaks for itself; check it out on the link below.
Be the rainbow in some one’s life!