Big Al and I went to the Bistro for lunch today, followed by Tai Chi for me, and 15 minutes on the recumbent cross-trainer for him.

We’re back home now because the lady who was the driving influence for our bridge game on Tuesday afternoons has been ill for several weeks. She is hoping she will get better, but I’m afraid the end is near (she’s almost 90.) It started with dehydration, as so many of the “last illnesses” around here seem to do. Not drinking enough water/liquid leads to electrolyte imbalance, and that leads to folks acting spacey and the staggery, followed by falls and small TIAs, and before you know it, they’re in Health Care for the last time. Big Al and I are deliberately drinking water, iced tea, diet Pepsis and whatever else we can get hold of. Maybe next week we can gather up a couple more people to play (I hope).

Since I have an unexpected afternoon free, I’m going to go watch “The Hobbit”.


It came from Netflix yesterday, and Mr. Watters is NOT a fan of Tolkien. He gets movies that I don’t like, but he stays up after I go to bed to watch them. So I’m going to indulge myself. That will make for a really nice afternoon for me.


Big Al and I went over to the Tobey Jones building for Gamers Club this afternoon.

Sundial in Tobey Jones garden

It was 3 PDT, but as you can see it was really 2 p.m. sun time.

Original entrance to original building

I think this was the first time I had ever gone in the original entrance. It’s usually closed and locked, but they had the doors open today because it was so warm.

Kate, the program director, had forgotten she had a trip to see the Tacoma Rainiers (minor league baseball team), so she wasn’t there, and consequently, the games weren’t there either. We didn’t have too many people show up, so there was no great loss, but it would have been nice to play something (either bridge or cribbage or something).

Oh, well, we’ll play bridge tomorrow afternoon, anyway.

We did get a good look at THE mountain (or as one of my friend’s kids say, “Mount Reindeer”).

The Mountain in May

I may get tired of looking at it one day, but not yet. Not for a while yet.

The Present

Do you have any hobbies or special interests? – As I said last time, I love reading, and web-cruising. I think I may have already mentioned, too, that I love knitting. I’ve discovered yarn that makes striped socks, and I always have a pair on the needles.

That’s what I do to occupy my hands while I watch TV in the evenings and so I don’t snack.

          I always use the same basic pattern that I have memorized, so I don’t even have to count stitches any more except when I’m turning the heel. I’ve done these since mid-winter, and I’ve already given away 4 or 5 pairs through PW at the church. I figure there’s always some teenage girl who would like a pair of funky socks.

Do you enjoy any particular sports? – I love to watch football – my favorite teams are the Oregon Ducks, TCU Horned Frogs, the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New Orleans Saints, and I root for anybody who plays against the University of Texas, Oklahoma University, Ohio State University, any of the southeast conference except University of Arkansas and Louisiana State University, the Minnesota Vikings, the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, or the Washington Redskins. I like going to live baseball and live soccer games, but televised games don’t hold much interest to me. I DESPISE!!! basketball! I love to watch diving, track and field, ice skating, and gymnastics on TV. I never was much of an athlete myself. Taking a walk for exercise is about as much as I care to do, myself (mostly because I HATE to be hot and sweaty!)

What’s your typical day like now? – I get up between 6:30 and 7:30 in the morning and fix myself a cup of tea (Bill has gotten me hooked on Teavana), I take my pills for the day, and have a breakfast granola bar with my tea. Then I read my e-mail, check in on Twitter, check in on Facebook, and by that time it’s usually 10:00 or 10:30. I take my shower and get dressed. If I need to go to the bank or the grocery store, I do that before lunch. Big Al and I have lunch between 12:30 and 1:30. Then I spend the afternoon reading, messing around on the computer, etc. I have a game going on Facebook, I’m one of the organizers of Presbyterian Women Interest Group on Facebook, I’m doing some genealogical research on Ancestry.com, and I write my blog for the day. Al goes out to watch the news at 5:30 and I usually join him when I finish my blog. If we went out for lunch we each fend for ourselves for supper, or if we ate in I usually fix something. We eat supper between 7:30 and 8:30 while watching TV. I almost always go to bed between 11:00 and 11:30 after checking my e-mail one last time. About the only variation to this schedule is Wednesdays, when we play bridge in the afternoon – I play in a foursome that meets at Barnes and Nobles, and Al plays with a group of four or five men who play at the church. The other variation is Sunday when we spend the morning going to church and then go out to dinner and get home about 1:00 or 1:30. I used to go to Toastmasters every Friday morning at 6:45, but I’ve recently dropped out. It’s too hard to get up that early since I’m not used to it any more. We’ve got doctor and dentist appointments fairly regularly, so that also breaks up the boredom of the weeks.

How is it different from your daily routines in the past? – Since we moved to Dallas, I usually worked – 7:30 to 4:30 or 8:00 to 5:00. After I started my own practice I had clients that I visited several days a week. I also attended lots of networking meetings – breakfasts, lunches or happy hours – to try to get additional clients. Being a CPA meant I had to keep up with a lot of professional reading and training, and when I had an IT employee, I had to keep up with his training. For the last couple of years though, I’ve been gradually decreasing my book of business in anticipation of retirement.