Friday, June 10, 2022

Thursday in Review: Lunch, Doves and Rocks

Three loads of rocks, many more to go.
Yesterday, I had planned to go back to the gym to start chair yoga again.  It is a low-impact strength training/stretching exercise that is easier to do than regular yoga.  Instead of that, I got a better offer.  A long time friend called and wanted to meet up for lunch.  Lunch sounded much better than chair yoga. We became friends in 1989 when I started working at my kids' elementary school as a Teacher Assistant.  It was a great job, I had the same schedule as my kids and I made several lifelong friends as a bonus.

Lunch was great, we both had shrimp tacos  ($12.50 for three small tacos) with water and lemon as the drink.  I am finally at the age that I don't want to pay $2.00  ( sometimes more) for a glass of Coca-Cola. A beer maybe, but not a soda. She had recently lost both her parents within 3 months of each other, similar to when I lost both my parents within 6 months of each other.  Grief is like a monkey on your back, that is not always there but when it grabs you around the neck, you hardly know what to do with it. I encouraged her to take the free grief counseling that Hospice is offering. I did, and it was very helpful. 

Before lunch, I was able to get a few tasks completed which included walking Cricket, a small pile of laundry, and for a bit of physical activity, I have an ongoing task of moving landscape rocks from the back yard to the front bed that sits below the bedroom windows.  The rocks originally were placed (we moved them ) around the pool cage and looked really nice.   But, there are so many of them that they prevent drainage from the pool deck which caused pooling of water and eventually staining. We have NO pool ownership experience so we didn't know that the rocks would be a problem.

Momma dove on the nest 2022
I get my gloves on, and start loading rocks with a shovel into the wheelbarrow and then tote them to the front of the house. They are heavy, and the wheelbarrow is cumbersome.  But, I feel accomplished that I can fill the wheelbarrow, roll it into the front yard, and dump the rocks into the front bed.  I count this as my physical exercise for the day.  I am good for about three loads and then I have to give it a rest lol.   There is always tomorrow. 

 The rest of the day was uneventful as was dinner.  Simple grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with tomato soup.  I did go out and water a few of the Lowes rescue plants that I planted in the backyard and clean out the birdbath for Friday.  The crows do enjoy it and the crows amuse me.  I also checked in on the momma dove that has built a nest in our pole barn.  We have had doves nest in the same place for the last three years. It must be a safe place away from the hawks and crows to hatch their babies. 

Tomorrow the drywallers are coming to patch the holes in the walls left by the plumbers that did the re-pipe.  Fun times. 


  1. I would say lunch is always better than any kind of yoga! Even though we love diet coke. We never order anything but water at a restaurant. We only get a soda at Mc d's where it is cheap. I just had a conversation with an old school friend who recently lost her mom. I told her to find a grief group that it really helped me after I lost my daughter. Moving rock is quite the job. Do it carefully.

    1. I do enjoy a diet soda a couple times a week at home. McDonalds Coca Cola is the best!! Grief counseling is so helpful, glad it helped you Kim.

    2. I prefer fountain soda and McDs is the cheapest.

  2. I love yoga, but lunch is definitely top in that comparison. :) I only drink soda when I travel, and only then when it's free (on a flight, etc). I cut out soda maybe 12 years ago, and really don't mind not having it. It's my special travel treat. I do love sparkling water, and also don't buy that when I'm out, but tend to have it on hand at the house. The kids go through it very quickly, particularly on hot days, which can get $$.

    1. Yes!! Soda can get expensive. I may drink a soda to to three times a week here at home. My husband likes soda and drinks several a week. Maybe more than several, but that is what he likes. We have been buying store brand soda, as opposed to brand name and that does save a bit. Sparkling water is pretty darn good too!