A New Life! Retirement at its Best 2021-102

A Pictorial Blog Post

The past week’s time to write evaporated into thin air. We watched the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, dozing off in our lazy chairs; I actually read a few chapters in a new book! My acquired wound dressing  skills became helpful when a friend in the main building called: he had fallen two days ago and badly injured his arm. A friend down the hall, who used to be a nurse, came to the rescue, but she put several bandaids on, and blood kept pooling underneath. It caused excruciating pain when I had to pull them off and, with all the leftover supplies I have collected from Mike’s wound dressings, I was able to put on a professional pressure wrap. The doctor and wound nurse were going to take over the next day.

On Monday, I cleared away all the Christmas ornaments until December 2022. Among them are two Arizona stockings which we have never used, because we moved to North Carolina. If anyone is interested, please let me know, and I will sent them to you. We have no fireplace, nothing to hang them from. So they are free for anyone who has a good use for them.

The temperatures dropped from the seventies all through Christmas and New Year’s, to the low thirties in one night, with a flash flood warning and torrential rains in between. some images from my walks in the neighborhood: this little volunteer wasn’t sure if it was still summer or whether to drop its leaves because it was fall…

This little pumpkin, leftover from Thanksgiving, was first “tasted” by a few birds, then by squirrels, who were looking for the seeds inside, and then visited by tiny snails. A sight for Halloween… I finally picked it up and threw it down the hill into the forest for whatever creature would be interested in feasting on it some more.

And if you look closely, new buds are visible on some of the trees by the main building. Lured into thinking Spring was just around the corner by the unusually warm temperatures.



We have started a new year. I hope it will be a good year for all of us and wish everyone the very best.

May your days be peaceful and happy

Until next time,


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