Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I'm not up to much . . .

Dear Friends,

How are you? What have you been up to? I haven't been doing much. That's what people keep telling me. . . . Rather, I haven't been doing anything.

An acquaintance, over the years has reiterated her idea, a few times, that I do nothing. No nuance here, she comes right out and says it. Once she actually said to me, "You don't DO anything." Recently, she noticed that my husband had been gone for some time {He was away at a forest fire. My Hero.}, she asked me, "What have you been doing? Your husband's gone." I wish I could get the tone of voice in here, it implied that the obvious answer was, "Why, I've been eating bon bons beside the pool."

As I think of it, I suppose that would have been possible if I had popped them in my mouth while I swept the pool. . . Or while I watered around it, or . . . maybe while I was on my hands and knees cleaning the pool sweep!

Perhaps she had noticed my long relaxing strolls. . . . In fact I did take some! I donned my walking shoes and pushed the lawnmower across our yard, and our neighbor's.

There were also the days that I spent visiting my Mother. We had such a lovely time. . . while we unloaded boxes and furniture into her new home. It's going to be positively wonderful!

I'm certain to an observer it appeared that I was hanging out in the bars, tossing back margaritas. {If I had been, it definitely would have been margaritas.}

Maybe she was thinking of all of the fun and playful days with my son, daughter-in-law, and their wonderful little boys. We played until all hours of the night at the house they've just moved out of. {There's a whole lotta movin' going' on!} I can't tell you how much fun it is to scrub bathtubs and tote boxes somewhere near midnight! Giggle City!

There, too, was that lovely day with my Grandma, lolling around the beauty parlor. A new haircut and perm can make a woman feel like a new person! Even give her a new lease on life. That's what 99 year old Grandma tells me.

Yes, I see it. Now that I take a look back at the way I spent my time relaxing while my husband toiled in the fire mountains of Yosemite, I see what she saw. Now though, I am resting in the knowledge that apparently, I make it all look effortless. {grin}

~ Much Love!

Graphic ~ courtesy of The Graphics Fairy


  1. Ha! That's hilarious. Yup, you're doing nothing, nothing at all. People are so funny.

  2. Oh yes,sound like we could have the same "friend".I often get told "how nice to JUST drive around in the van all day, and work with flowers...At least they did not mention thatI also spend 24/7 doing this with Jimmy....such togetherness..and you, you are always doing something[usually for your friends and family]... maybe because you always seem to laughing and with a smile you do make it look EFFORTLESS....