5100 And Counting!

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou.

What does 5100 and counting mean?  Well, Sue and I retired from Rockwell/Boeing 5,100 days ago. We walked out hand-in-hand and never looked back.  We had 4,600 days together before Sue departed these Earthy bounds.

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.

It was a busy day around Chez Liles as Mary worked in Huntington Beach (to keep me in a style to which I am becoming accustomed…dog sitter!).  I brought Scout home with me last night as he likes activity around the house, and Mary was working.

The Sun came up, and I jumped up, took Scout out for his meeting with the grass,  and started my chores.   Scout loves chasing elephants, which is good as we have seen no elephants in the hood since Scout started visiting.  Outside of a dog, a book is your best friend, and inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

He can see the entire backyard from this vantage spot.

Scout is a lot of company, and I enjoy him being around.  We talk a lot about “boy-stuff,” you know, scratching and sniffing and stuff.

Oh, how true!!

First things first, open the Amazon deliveries, and I had several.  Could I be an Amazon Junkie??  According to them, I placed 427 orders in 2020!  So far this year, 120 orders placed.

The first package was an 8-Qt Instant Pot because my cooking is centered around the Instant Pot recipes.  That sucker is huge! It says it is an “Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sterilizer, and Warmer.”

Mary laugh’s about my kitchen and all the goodies I have collected.  I told her, when I was a student, I was worried that my housemates would be annoyed if I ran off with some of their kitchen equipment. But that was a whisk I was willing to take.

More buttons, good for my brain!

I received Mary’s St. Patrick’s Day shirt so that we will be matching, yeah!

Now we have matching shirts for St. Patrick’s Day! 
Oh, oh, how will they know who is who?

Then came the pills (supplements), so that took time to put away and finally, I got a new bed quilt kind of like the one I already had, but when I wah it, it takes two days to dry, so I needed a replacement.

I have a bed decoration!  When I was at the zoo many years ago, I saw something like a frog tapping things out on a piece of wood. It turned out it was a morse toad.

Mary gave me a Valentine Frog for the bed! He is pretty funny!

Next came the puzzle.  There is a place on Amazon where you can send in a picture, and they will make a puzzle from it.  We choose Mary and Scout looking after the cripple; after my knee operation!

Today it was coated with Mod-Podge making it sealed and permanent.

I found a universal remote control down the back of the sofa, and I thought to myself, “this changes everything.”

In the afternoon, I did wash, updated my website to be in tune with St. Patrick’s Day, and went on some errands to the dry cleaners and glass store; I needed a glass tabletop for the card/puzzle table; it was too soft.  The table was great for cards but too squishy for a puzzle.

Mary called around 4:00 PM and said she was heading home, so I showered, did some last-minute things, and headed to Mary’s to watch TV.  We watched The Queens Gambit and really got into it.  The Queen’s Gambit is a 2020 American coming-of-age period drama miniseries based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name.

Television: A medium; so-called because it is neither rare nor well done.

Good movie; we rooted for her!

After watching six episodes, I headed back home.  I was done for the day!

Remember:  “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — Mark Twain.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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