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Bits and Pieces

Whew, I have been busy!


I have had Ziva about 3.5 months now, so here is an update. 

Ziva and I are still going to dog training classes. She is doing excellent!  She walks by my side with a loose leash, sits, lays down, comes when called, stays, jumps through hoops (literally), and mostly leaves everything alone, including other dogs and treats just around to tempt her. 

The two cats have accepted Ziva as a family member and everyone gets along now. The cats sleep on the couch and Ziva sits close by. If she starts bothering Sunni, the cat just swats at Ziva’s nose. 

Ziva loves playing outside – except when it is raining. So I got her a little raincoat. Now she will at least go out in the rain to take care of business. 



Sleeping in is sooooo nice! I am reading a lot and even finding time to get some cooking/baking done. 

Above is some apple monkey bread I just made. Easy to make and tasty. 

I try to plan things for each day. Some days are really busy. For example, today I did some laundry, paid bills, got a flu shot, quick stop at drug store, put gas in the car, and grabbed a pizza.  

And because today was a nice day – meaning it was not raining – I worked outside, preparing for winter. I have a flowering thundercloud plum tree that was damaged in some strong winds last May. Last week another wind storm was predicted and I got worried. The tree was leaning towards the house. So a friend stopped by with a saw and we lopped off the branches. 

The branches will be cut into smaller sections and hauled off soon. But today, I cut off some of the smaller branches and put them in my yard waste bin. 

Yup, retirement is hard work!  


Doing My Part

Today is National Lazy Day and I am doing my part to honor the occasion. 

First off, I slept in until 9:00. And I only got up because the dog needed to go out and wanted breakfast. 

Then, because it was cool, I did a little yard work. There is a large area in my backyard where the grass has died. I think it is due to compacted soil. About a month ago I dug up a small area. Dug down deep, added gypsum, and then grass seed. It worked!!

So today I dug up another small area and did the same thing. The bottom of the photo shows the new grass from the first experiment.   

Of course Ziva was assisting since I was supposed to be lazy. Good dog!

In the early afternoon I met my mom for a movie. We enjoyed “Finding Dory.” A quick bite to eat and then back home to work on being lazy again. 

Late afternoon nap and it’s time for the Olympics. Although I cut the cord and got rid of cable TV a year ago, I really wanted to watch the Olympics. So I bought an indoor antenna and voila – network TV!! 

The day is near its end and I feel as if I have done my part. How about you?

Bidding Time

Since retirement coincided with knee surgery, I don’t feel the thrill of retirement yet. Am stuck in recovery limbo with my knee getting better, but not enough to do much at this point. 

So I am bidding time by reading. Here’s the current breakdown. 

The Glassblower Trilogy by Petra Durst-Benning. Great read!!! Story of three sisters in the late 1800s in a small town in Germany. Glassblowing is everyone’s business. One sister ends up in America, one runs the glass business in Germany, and one becomes a creative glassblower. The trilogy occurs over many years and follows the sisters’ lives. Some great historical fiction. 

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.  Wow, I am rereading this masterpiece and wondering why I waited so long to embrace Conroy’s Wingo family again. A superb book which now has me adding his other books to my reading list again. 

And since I can’t read all the time, I am making use of Netflix. 

NCIS. Yes, I have been watching the NCIS television show, starting at season 1. I am now on season 6 and loving it! Can’t decide who my favorite character is because they are all so perfect together. I will admit that Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs does make my heart skip a beat at least once per episode. And Duckie brings back memories of Illya Kuryakin, the heartthrob from the 60s. Hopefully some of you will remember him. 

Gotta go read!

The Routine

It’s been one week post knee surgery and I sort of have a routine.

Get up whenever I want. If it is early and cool out, I sit outside sipping a glass of orange juice.

Check on the plants and water them if needed. The lettuce is starting to grow.

Then it is shower time and change the bandages. By now, the knee is getting tired so it demands a rest.

After a bit of rest, it’s time to fix lunch. I then eat lunch while icing the knee and watching a movie. Today’s attraction is Paint Your Wagon. Great musical from 1969.

Now it is chore time. Maybe a load of laundry, dishes, or vacuuming. Today is vacuuming. Mostly Miko’s hair.

Rest, elevate, and ice time again. I usually get some reading done until I fall asleep.

Now for the day’s highlight: cleaning litter boxes!  If that doesn’t earn more rest time, I don’t know what does.

Dinner time or dessert time, depending on how I feel. A little Netflix maybe (I am watching NCIS, currently on season 4).

Bedtime requires pain meds, book reading, and cat snuggling.

All in a days work. I don’t feel retired yet because I can’t do anything carefree yet. But it is nice to not worry about work stuff.

So that’s my routine and I am bored. Getting longer periods of activity though and hoping those keep getting longer.  

Ice Ice Baby

Day 4 after knee surgery and my motto is elevate and ice.


And since it is in the mid 90s here, ice is always welcome.

Pain is semi-tolerable, but I eased off pain meds when I got quite nauseous. Nothing worse than vomiting when you can’t make it to the vomitorium in a timely manner.

Feeling better today so just eating toast and drinking fluids. Here’s to a better recovery!

One More Day

    Wednesday is my last day at work. Retirement, here I come!

    So of course I have been cleaning out my cube/desk. It is amazing what one accumulates after 23 years.  

    This little magnet was my favorite though. My daughter was maybe 2.5 years old when it was taken.    

    Time has flown by since I made the decision to retire. Performing “brain dumps” to the person taking over some of my work has helped. And a little retirement party with the best cake!  

    So here’s to retirement. You might be jealous — or at least that is what everyone is telling me. 

    Wind 1-Tree 0

    A nasty little storm blew through here last weekend. And when I checked outside the next morning,  I saw this damage. 

     The area I live in has had some severe windstorms the past couple of years. Although I have not had any damage to my trees, I am concerned. 

    I have two large blue spruce trees in my yard and worrying a bit about them toppling over in a future storm.  Here’s one of those spruce trees, right before the storm hit.   

    But I sure didn’t think my little flowering thundercloud plum tree would be a victim. So getting the downed branches removed and chopping down the rest of that tree.   

    Oh well, I didn’t want any shade in my backyard anyway.