How did we ever find time to work for a living? Something we hear from active retirees all the time and we’re no exception. A good routine of exercise, recreation and ADL’s (activities of daily living) can take up most the time in a day, but when there’s those “extra
chores” like volunteer projects, maintenance on Silverton properties, repairs, and getting ready for winter, there just isn’t any time left to get old. It’s rumored that naps are available to senior citizens, but those coupons must be getting lost in all the junk mail. There’s hardly time to do the fun things like tech support for friends or blogging.
However, when you notice that those faces and ages in the obit’s page are your age or younger, it’s probably a good thing being “back to back busy” — not to mention lucky. Practicing the tenets of “Younger Next Year” has worked so far, and keeps the need for naps at bay. I remember the joke about a woman who said she lost 175 pounds by getting a divorce. I’d just like to lose some of those nagging “pounds” in Silverton. And then there’d be lots more time for projects in Durango, like remodeling our shower.
Right now, we’re not starting anything new or major, just wrapping up loose ends and eating down the stores in the larder and frig. Thailand looms on the horizon in early December and somehow that sounds a bit more restful.
Looking thru the week’s photos reveals some of the chores, projects and celebrations we’ve had.
Right in the middle of “The Crown,” Netflix’s wonderful series on Queen Elizabeth, our flat screen bellied up. You Tube is rife with videos on how to repair it; best was one posted with the narrating voice saying no less than 6 times, “I’m a girl, you can do this.”
So, as per usual (or maybe 99% of the time), Radio Shack was out of stock on the correct capacitors “the girl” recommended for replacement. Amazon is sending us four new capacitors to be soldered in the TV motherboard.
Stanna got her new loom that seems like a toy compared to the last one.
She found a good home for the giant Gilmakra locally and now has a Schacht Baby Wolf that doesn’t need the entire living room. Weaving is already underway with a warp of dishtowel yarn.
One more solar barn raising project provided a Durango home with 5kW of photovoltaics at about $1 a watt. Twelve people showed up and 20 panels got installed in less than 2 hours. The talking, camaraderie and lunch took another two, but that’s when the newbies get to ask questions and get excited about their upcoming installations. Our group is close to having installed 250kW here in Durango over the past 3 years.
Stanna’s ladies hiking group is still hitting the trails Wednesdays. As the cold, hunting season and snow close off the high country, they venture south and west. In this photo they went south of Farmington, New Mexico to the Bisti Badlands, a wilderness reserve famous for it’s petrified logs and trees. This week they are West of Cortez hiking in the Canyon of the Ancients, a BLM wilderness area famous for it’s ruins and petroglyphs. We’ll leave for Thailand before the ladies start snowshoeing on Wednesdays.
There was a milestone passed last week when tg finally dipped into the seventies. Our Portland family hand crafted birthday greetings, which we posted on the china cabinet for the subdued celebration.
Donna and Chris joined us for a Surf & Turf supper at Casa Condo where the service is good and prices fair. For a first time menu the food was exceptionally good.
And just to show you the holidays aren’t far off, some Forest Service WIS Volunteers and San Juan Mountain Association folks got a permit to cut 20 White Fir trees, in a specific thinning area of the forest. They’ll be offered along with the Oregon shipment of Xmas Trees the SJMA sells as a fund raiser starting on November 22nd. The grove in which we cut these trees was so thick it actually felt good to be taking some away.