I know better – As the keeper of four bird feeders, I know a lot about birds. At least birds at feeders. They are like people. Some are clumsy and fly into things. When you see one sitting in the grass it’s best to let it be. It may be catching its breath after a crash landing much like I do when I trip. I don’t know why I didn’t do that. There was a bird sitting in the long grass. I worried that it was sitting bait for a predator so I opted to move it to under a bush. Unfortunately I didn’t move fast enough and I terrified the poor thing. It flew into a tree trunk and fell. I’m pretty sure it broke something because it died. Hands off next time. I may not like seeing nature take its course but I really can’t change it.
Getting reclusive – The weather this summer has made me reclusive. With almost constant rain or high temperatures/humidity, I opted out of some things I would normally do. Being home seemed good enough. Even neighborhood walks were rare. At the start of the summer I was hopeful that I could stack my walks with my walking group in the morning and a neighborhood jaunt later in the day. Mostly that did not happen and not because I didn’t want to. For the first time ever I am looking forward to the fall. If you see me embrace pumpkin lattes, call for a strait jacket!
I’m not a procrastinator – Except when I am. The “required maintenance” light on my car’s dashboard has been on for two months. It’s not a warning light but a (stupid) reminder. I don’t know how it’s set but it’s not time for any sort of maintenance. The dealership told me to “just come in” and they would reset it. It would only take a minute. I’m not believing it. Nothing takes a minute. In the ER center at the hospital a few minutes takes four to six hours. I’ll have to check in (that’s already more than a minute); wait for a free mechanic (no idea how long that takes); only then will the minute start. It’s could be an hour easy. Consequently, it’s on my (procrastination) list of things to do.
Speaking of procrastinating – There are chores I don’t like to do (like getting stupid lights cleared). Cleaning the basement (which is finished) is another one that’s on my procrastination list. We don’t use it often. The cat’s litter room and the treadmill are down there. This past week I started attacking with fervor the list of things I procrastinate about so there is hope for that warning light. Maybe. Basement is done but it didn’t require me to leave the house!
Working on the smile – Older folks can get testy. Often they don’t feel well or they get frustrated when they don’t understand things. Or maybe they can’t hear or see well enough. I see it a lot. They stop smiling and grumble. No one wants to be around them. I became focused on this earlier in the year. I don’t want to be a grumpy old person so I focused on smiling and engaging even if I had to push myself. I even made notes to remember people’s names. It seems to work. It’s either that or people think I’m a weirdo in lalaland. Either way is OK with me.
So how was your week? Are you procrastinating?