a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Practicing For Retirement

My self portrait with SOME of the dogs
Arrow looking for fruit.

I started my day, after I got the men out the door.

I took a shower, the longest most enjoyable shower I have had in months, no, make that years. I shaved, I lathered, I shampooed...twice, just like it says on the bottle; lather, rinse, repeat. Do you know how long it has been since I shampooed according to directions? I kept turning the cold water lower and lower until it was a steam shower.

On to my appointment and the grocery store and home again, home again. I bought chocolate creme filled doughnuts and Dr Pepper, the rest was unimportant.

I unhurriedly checked my emails with no back ground noise except for the farm animals.
Then to the cow lot to pick up a few walnuts since I had promised Beverly I would help. No one on the farm but me!
I relished in the aloneness, the solitude of the farm.
I picked up one measly feed sack of walnuts and went exploring. This is no way to get the work done, believe me, but remember, I am practicing retirement.
I toured the earthen dam that broke during our big rains and found an arrowhead and a few chips, sunk up to my boot tops in the mud and had a wonderful relaxing time.
I placed the camera on the fence post and tried to send a wave to all my friends. I shall have to practice on self portraits.

12 comments:

SkippyMom said...

::Waving back::

I love the self portrait, but I especially like the pic' with the dogs and how attached Gypsy seems to be....hmmm....:D

Rudee said...

That's a recipe for perfection!

Grammy said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. You will love retirement. I love you self portraits.

The Green Stone Woman said...

Great self portraits, Gail. I do enjoy seeing you and your happy face. And the dogs, of course. Sounds like you had a really good day. That's how I like to hear it.

Patricia said...

shampoo has instructions? haha...What a perfectly lovely day...and I don't think you have to practice self portraits...such a happy wave to your friends.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

LOL! LOL! YOu do retirement very well indeed!
This post made me smile huge! I've been missing around here for a while, and this was such a great post to come back to, with you waving at me, too!

You're so much fun, Gail :)

~Lisa

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh...and creme-filled donuts and Dr Pepper? You know how to choose the best treats!

~Lisa

Pyatshaw said...

I haven't enough time in a day to do "nothing" nowadays. How did I ever manage to work full time?...oh, I remember, I had no computer and had never heard of blogging! You will enjoy retirement but it takes a bit of practice!
By the way, how many dogs do you actually have?

Rural Rambler said...

Gail I think your self-portrait is awesome! I love seeing that wonderful smile and I am really loving those boots!! NoBody could keep a smile from crossing their face this morning with that waving picture.

Retirement is a really, really good thing!

Nezzy said...

Self portraits,chocolate creme filled doughnuts washed down with the Dr. how could this not be a glorious day. I loved your big wave!!!

Have a good day...I see your off to a great start.

mrscravitz said...

You look very happy! And I am going to have that kind of day tomorrow! Why I might even take a long hot bath and soak awhile! NOT! I must be dreaming! LOL Enjoy!

SaucyKod said...

I really enjoyed this post.It just brings out the H in HAPPY.

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