Janice Hall Heck

Finding hope in a chaotic world…

15 A Day in the Life

BBlogEverday[1]log Every Day in May. Prompt 15. A Day in the Life: A Typical Day

Is there a typical day when you are retired? Yes, no, and maybe.

I woke up thinking about everything I had to do to get ready to leave for a BIGGGG college weekend. Gordon College, my alma mater, invites fifty-year graduates (Class of ’63) to join in the ceremonial procession with new graduates. This sounded like fun, so my friend and classmate, Judith Krom, and I decided to gather our regalia and join the fun.

Then the phone calls started. My sister Bev called to give the latest report on my sister MsJoanne (hospitalized because of a recent stroke.) Report: No change in her condition, not better, not worse. My brother, Adam, called, and we made plans to visit MsJoanne on Thursday. Bev planned to visit today. (MsJoanne is in intensive care with restrictions on visits.)

Next, my friend Ron arrived to dig up a clump of hosta in my yard. A few days ago, I mentioned that my hosta needed to be divided (one clump blocked the lawn sprinkler) and invited him to take some for his yard.  While I had other things on today’s agenda, I decided to go out and help him.

Hosta plants before the attack.

Hosta plants before the attack.

Ron digs his clump of hostas.

Ron digs his clump of hosta.

Although Ron took half the original clump, the remaining clump still blocked the sprinkler.

Although Ron took half the original clump, the remaining hosta still blocked the sprinkler.

Ig out another part of the clump, divided it into three new plants, and planted them our back.

I dug out one more clump of hosta, divided it into three new plants, and planted these out back in my yard.

Happy hosta in their new spacious living quarters

Happy hosta in their new spacious living quarters.

I stopped to take a picture of this rhododendron in my back yard.

I stopped to take a picture of this rhododendron in my back yard.

The sprinkler is still not clear of hosta, but that’s enough for today. I have to get back to my trip prep list. I have miles to go before I sleep. (Recognize that Robert Frost line? I wrote about this poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,”  in  the 2013 A to Z Challenge). Mom would say that we gave the hosta a “lick and a promise,” meaning that we would get back to it another day.

My blog for May 12 had not been published, even though May 13 and May 14 blogs have been. Sunday’s blog was too long (1400 words) because it was about my mom, and I had a lot to say about her. I pulled out a couple of sections that could be published on other days, and then I proofed and proofed and proofed the post and published. (Errors sneak in when I am not looking, so I have to be extra careful.)

Errands filled the rest of the day: haircut, manicure (French!), gas fill-up for car, new purse, new GPS (our last one had a “fatal error” mid-way on our last trip), blog, laundry, dinner, blog. Midway, I talked with my friend Connie about a writing workshop we plan to attend in September. We’re all signed up.

This has not been a typical day, but typically these things happen.

The Last Meow

Sometimes ya gets so tired you fall asleep wherever ya fall asleep.

Sometimes ya gets so tired ya falls asleep wherever ya falls asleep.

Well, this is my typical day. Can’t think of a better way to spend my time. Why worry when you can nap? Anywhere. Any time.

Meow for now.  ={^:^}=

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13 thoughts on “15 A Day in the Life

  1. ninamholland on said:

    I agree, there’s no such thing as a typical day! But I would have definitely loved a mani 🙂
    I hope your sister is alright and am keeping her in my thoughts .


  2. Your day sounds like my days off…a whole mental list of things I need to accomplish, then all sorts of other items try to force their way into the lineup. I usually need days off from my days off…it makes me a little uneasy to think that my entire retirement could end up like that! 🙂

    • Just remember, in retirement you can take a nap whenever you want! Otherwise, our days fill up with all sorts of things. Doctors’ visits take up more time. To be honest, I don’t know how I got everything done before I retired. Of course, I wasn’t in to Facebook or blogging then either. These two eat up my time.

    • I need days off from blogging. These Blog Every Day challenges are fun, but time consuming. But keep in mind that we may a long list of things to do, but we putter at them. They don’t have to be accomplished in a hurry, so we just dawdle around with them. If I were working, I would be much more efficient with my time. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  3. Hello Janice! I nominated you for the Liebster blog award http://ambrozya.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/the-liebster-award-thank-you/

    With great respect! A.

  4. My hours have been cut so dramatically I am semi retired without being officially semi retired. I never get bored either as my days, like yours are full. And yes part of that is blogging and facebook but they are parts I enjoy so I have no plans to stop. I hope you don’t either. I enjoy your posts.

    • HI again, Thanks for the visit and the compliment. I’m glad you plan to keep going with the blogging because I enjoy your photography. I was just staring at the flowers and the butterfly that you have posted….I must have looked at that picture for three or four minutes. It is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Pingback: Hostas, Lillies, and Little Robbers | JaniceHeck

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