Just Life / Life and Pets

Might just live …

I think (without rereading my own blog) that in a recent post, I said that I was on the mend from my cold. I spoke too soon, really, because I spent another few days feeling sorry for myself, coughing a lot through the night, suffering headache and brain fog, oh, and coughing through the day almost to the point of losing my lunch. Heaven forbid I lose my appetite or throw up: “Feed a cold!” they say!

Perhaps because I am so rarely ill, I’m full of self-pity when I’m not well. Upon recovery, because it has never been extremely serious or long-lasting, I feel like I have never been so healthy or fortunate! I am grateful every day for something, and today I feel like “myself”.

Before joining my friend for a simple but delicious lunch, I visited the little house and put up a “coat hook board” … that is what it is. Gary forged the hooks for this project. I distressed the board, and now there is a way to actually hang things behind the front door.

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There is not really enough room for the same thing at the back door: both sides of the foyer at the back “contain” pocket doors, and you can imagine that one can’t insert a very long nail or screw through THOSE sections of wall. To compensate, I will put up some extra hooks in the utility room.

Gary has been working on a kitchen table for the little house. This will suffice as a dining room table for up to four people, I suppose, and also be used for letter-writing, homework, or alternate counter space (a catch-all). If renters wish to have banquets, they will have to do what I did for the open house … employ folding tables and/or chests of drawers. The table is perfect in my opinion, though my hubby has found the building of it quite a challenge and learning experience. It will be stained, sealed and delivered soon.

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Last night as I was waiting to fall asleep, I had the oddest experience. It was not quite “out-of-body”, but something I don’t remember feeling before. No, I was not playing with myself.

It might have been the swig of cold medicine I had taken. As I lay there very comfortable in the bed, I was as sure as could be that I was twenty years old. I don’t even mean that metaphorically … I felt the same way I did as a very young woman. For a few minutes, I had absolutely no aches or pain. At these times, I was relatively slim and fit and strong: last night, and forty years in the past. I absolutely did not appreciate this decades ago, but last night I was convinced I was quite lovely and tanned, with good hair and teeth and passable intelligence.

Inwardly, I chuckle to think how a woman my age looks to someone who is twentyish. I remember: OLD! We look old at 40, 50, 60 to the youthful, barely adult ones. I remember hearing Betty Haan and Eileen Wall saying that they enjoyed being in their forties, that they would never want to be twenty again, and I, as a smug 24 year old, thought, “How could you NOT?”. Shame on me, so judgmental.

How fast a whole lifetime passes. I hope I have twenty years left, but shudder to think how quickly the last two decades have gone by. I told Kim (my youngest daughter) recently, that sometimes I miss the days that my three children were small; if only I could go back for a little while. Many days, I think I could have done better, and want a “reset” button, or rewind. But the girls have all turned out to be stellar human beings, so I evidently didn’t do too many things entirely wrong. My nostalgia; in my mind I revisit those years quite a lot.

So that’s the little anecdote of the day. The experience last night was neither uplifting nor devastating. It just “was”.

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Hope you are well and have escaped scourges and colds. We know of several people who have lost loved ones this winter; our hearts go out to you.

Love,

Ann

 

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