A Long Day

Yesterday afternoon was weird: I had my lessons ready for the next day, I had no grading, and the long-term stuff was far enough off that I wasn’t stressing about it. So after school, I… went home?

The sun wasn’t anywhere near setting when I got home. I ate something, then watched a little TV, and it STILL wasn’t dark. I decided I would read out on my lanai for a little bit. I got some cookies and milk, and put my feet up to read. It was delightful. And weird.

My camera lens was dirty. It makes the sun look like it’s glaring. It was actually quite nice out.

My camera lens was dirty. It makes the sun look like it’s glaring. It was actually quite nice out.

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2 Responses to A Long Day

  1. Lauren says:

    Yeah. I think there are people who do that every day. How can they stand it? I left early because we were so low and was home at 5. It was odd having dinner in my belly by 6……

    By the way, your lanai is cool! 🙂

  2. Carol says:

    Just wait until retirement! Practice now to get the fullest enjoyment out of it you can. ‘Course, I am typing this during a lunch break at the school I help at this year, so even semi-retirement can look like that. Heck, anything centering around milk and cookies is good, right?

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Buying Beds

Because I have guests coming, I’ve been looking for a guest bed. At first, I was thinking queen size, but my mom pointed out that two twins would be more versatile. I was thinking maybe I’d get bunk beds. That way I could stack them or un-stack them according to how much floor space I wanted. I’ve been looking on Craigslist every day.

But I found something better than bunk beds: a tall twin bed with a trundle bed that rolls underneath it. Perfect!

This was before I got the room cleared enough to set up the trundle bed.

This was before I got the room cleared enough to set up the trundle bed.

If you would have told me before I moved here that I would ever buy used mattresses from someone on Craigslist, I would have laughed at you, but the other choices are so expensive. The seller’s house was beautiful, and the bed looked great. It belonged to a little girl who was getting bigger and wanted a full-sized bed. It seemed like a good buy. Besides, Lauren has taught me how to look for bedbugs.

All clear!

All clear!

It has been great to have a reason to sort and stash all the boxes I’ve been keeping in the guest room. And I have had a ton of fun shopping for bedding. I got quilty bedspreads. I like them.

Gus likes sitting in the guest room because it's the last to cool down when I turn the air conditioner on.

Gus likes sitting in the guest room because it’s the last to cool down when I turn the air conditioner on.

The tall bed is a little high for my mom or my Aunt Marlys, so I decided to get a step-stool for whoever uses it. More shopping! Yay!

It's tiny, but solid.

It’s tiny, but solid.

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Beachcombing

A few weeks ago, a friend from church asked me if I would be interested in helping pick up litter at a beach. He is part of the Kiwanis club here, and their group has an arrangement with a shipping company to pick up litter, and load it into the company’s truck, where it will be taken to the dump. In the name of community relations, the shipping company even donates money to the Kiwanis for the operation.

The beach had so much trash on it. So… much… trash…

I started here, and spent a couple hours without getting very far.

I started here, and spent a couple hours without getting very far.

It was fun to meet some new people. I even got invited to join the club, but they always meet at noon. I’d never be able to do that. It was also interesting to see what kind of trash was there. Lots of plastic. I guess Lauren was right. All the plastic DOES end up in the ocean.

There were a lot of golf balls

There were a lot of golf balls

The group spread out and cleaned a nice swath of beach. We worked for about three hours, then had lunch together in the shade of the garbage truck. It was a fine way to spend a Saturday morning.

It was a breezy, beautiful day.

It was a breezy, beautiful day.

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Sleepless

Dang it, I forgot to post last night. I blame a computer game that kept me up unnaturally late on Thursday night. I was so tired yesterday, I was in a groggy state in the evening.

Last night I got more sleep.

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Baby Steps

My mom and Aunt Marlys and Ed and JoAnn are coming to visit me in less than a month! Woo hoo! My mom and aunt will be staying with me, so I’m trying to get my guest bedroom ready. Up to this point, it’s been a storage room. There are a LOT of boxes in there.

I’ve decided to chip away at it a little at a time. My first little job was to unpack my suitcase from Christmas. I’ve only been back for two weeks, so this is soon for me. Good job, Brad! Yay!

BEFORE

AFTER

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