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The time has come to smell the flowers.  Our nation is always on the go.  I was always on the go.  Get up early in the morning, work, shop, cook, transport kids, – when do we stop.  I am guilty of this type of life also.  There is never enough time in the day to accomplish all we have to do.

So what if we stopped – turn off the electronics, sit on the patio with a cup of coffee and a good book for what?  an hour or two?  Will the world come to an end?  Cant the shopping wait until tomorrow or later?  This world is always on fast forward and life is short.  When was the last time you took a bath.  Not enough time?  Sure, a shower is quicker but not as relaxing.

Take time – read more, drink that cup of coffee on your patio not in the train station.  More and more young people are having heart attacks because of the fast pace and continuous working in our lives.

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Time to Declutter

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ah, clutter…we all have it. And in today’s world it has gotten into our minds. There are some very good points in this book on how to handle the everyday worries and anxiety that seem to affect all of us. But reading about eliminating it and doing it is quite different. We can always try and I do follow some of the points given in this book but somehow I really am not sure you can turn off what swirls in your mind every minute, hour or day.

But at least this is a road map to follow. And I suppose if you are really diligent about it, it will work. Having just retired I certainly have eliminated the stress of work….that’s a start!

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It cost how much?

Being off a whole week affords me time to do what I want.  Of course, lately all I want to do is relax and read….so we decided that instead of relaxing (or going to a doctor which is usually what we do on time off) we would get up early and take in a movie.  It is not something we do often – let’s face it, eventually they all end up on TV.  But it is nice to go out especially since the weather is now showing us a little spring.

So we put on sweaters (nice to get rid of the winter coat) and off to the movies we went.  The one we wanted to see – Going in Style – started at 11:30 am so it was only a 20 minute ride away.  The story is about these three old guys who are going to lose their pension and one of them will lose his house – so – they decide to rob a bank.

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It was a cute movie – a lot of laughs in it – which is good for the soul and it had some of my favorite actors – Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine – even Ann-Margaret (who looks good for 75 years old)

Hubby had passed me the receipt to the movie which I stuck in my purse.  When I arrived home I looked at it – $12.20 each for tickets? – I asked hubby why he didnt get Senior Citizens tickets – to which he replied – that is senior citizens tickets. I really thought the girl made a mistake so I looked it up online and found he was right – and the regular cost of a ticket is – $15.70!

Now I would like to know how a family takes their children to the movies; how a man takes a date to the movies……figure children need snacks and even a date means dinner somewhere……and now I remember why we don’t go to the movies that often.

Life is full of crap

As I look back on my past, I am amazed at how far I have come without giving up on life.  I remember good times growing up, especially with gandma – who was wise and loving and never said a mean word to anyone.  She raised 8 children by herself and during this growing up period we all practically lived on the same block.  We also had our bad times, most families do.

But it is not whether you have good times or bad times – it is how you handle those times.  Does it get you down to the point of no return – do you feel you have nothing to live for?  We all have been there – face it Life is Full of Crap

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But if you spend your days thinking of all the good times and how much life has to offer and how good it really is – even a rainy day can give you rainbows – then you can side step all the crap and enjoy life.  Remember –

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What is she wearing?

I recently went to a show that my grandson was performing in.  It was amazing and he was great!  But this post is not about that.  Because of limited parking, hubby and I left early so we would be within walking distance of the front door.  Parking was not that bad (since we got there 45 minutes before doors open) and while we waited for the doors to open, we sat in the car.

I wonder if other do this – we people-watched.  It is amazing all the different people passing by – especially the school is near a park and there are many people who walk for exercise.  And then along came “miss beauty” – she was wearing leggings (which are now so popular) but not your usual black or gray leggings.  These were with crazy outrageous designs on them…..I am told that they are all the rage – I even have a friend on FB who sells them.

Here are the usual ones legs3

And then there are these (just wish I had the legs to go with them!)

Do you wear leggings?  Are you the zany leggings type or more reserved with solid colors?

Doing What I Want, When I Want

There is a countdown on my phone and yesterday I finally got a look at it…..and it told me that I have 92 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes, 24 seconds left to go until……… I retire.

When I started the countdown I remember it said something like 136 days, etc. and I said well, that’s a long way off.  But now there is only about 3 months left.  I have been reading blogs on retirement and trying to find out how other feel because I am not sure how I feel.  Oh, I do know I want to retire but then what.

How will it feel not getting up at 5:15 am (hitting the snooze button for 1/2 hour) – getting dressed, have a cup of coffee and out the door.  My schedule involves picking up 2 grandkids along the way and stopping at Dunkin Donuts.  After I drop them off at school – I finally arrive at work (also a school) and the day begins.

How am I not going to do that?  First thing of course will be shutting off that dam alarm, so I guess it will be easier not getting up that early.  Then  I will leisurely get dressed and go downstairs for my first cup of coffee.  I might even have it out on the patio if the weather permits.  Of course I will have my Kindle with me as I can now read during the day – instead of squeezing it in at night before bed.

I will go shopping at 9 am when the stores are not crowded.  I will have lunch with friends who are retired already.  Of course, I still have my Avon business so I will expand that – but because I want to do it, not that I have to.  I might take a class or two at the local community college.  Then there is joining the community center – I am lucky to have one in my neighborhood and one in the next neighborhood only 10 minutes away.

I can pick up and go anywhere – living near Atlantic City I can take the two hour drive and sit on the beach or gamble the day away.  And if I dont want to return home – I can stay there overnight – or for as long as I want.

As a lover of reading books I have always wanted to go to a book signing – but they are always at noon or 1 pm on a week day – yay, I can finally go to them.  I guess what I am saying is I CAN DO WHATEVER I PLEASE!!!!!

Happy Birthday

Yesterday I celebrated another birthday.  I stopped counting about 10 years ago because age is just a number.  My health and well being is what is important and what I need to work on.  So I am trying to eat right, walk more and get more sleep.  But as I woke up with hubby singing “Happy Birthday” to me I had to decide what to do for my birthday.  Hubby said anything I want so thought maybe lunch or dinner out, I am not one for a showy day.  As the day went on and I waited for hubby to get dressed, my front door opened and in walked my son and his family.  They live about one hour away and this was a surprise.  Shortly after that the rest of the clan came and I found out the girls were taking me out to lunch while the boys stayed home and ordered pizza.  I was delighted and so surprised.

The day was perfect with close to 70 degree weather – this is NY people, that does not happen.  I hate celebrating my birthday because of the month and the fact that the weather would never cooperate.  But today it did – lunch was great, got cards, flowers, balloons and ice cream cake…..plus hugs and kisses – calls, texts, emails and great conversation.  What more could a mom ask for.  I am blessed.

This morning I had breakfast with some good friends – who treated me – and the celebration goes on and on.  Not bad for an old lady…lol