Friday, August 20, 2010
So, here's what I've been doing this year. I continue to learn piano. My progress is slowing because I'm trying to learn more advanced techniques and styles. I do pretty well with simple triad chords with the left hand and single note melodies with the right, but I want more than that. I've picked up a few boogie woogie rhythms and I'm learning new chord inversions that make the songs come alive.
Since February Dorothy and I have lost 20 lbs. The doctor advised her to change her way of eating and to exercise more to avoid type 2 diabetes. So I changed my way of cooking and it has shown results. I still make things like pizza but I add wheat germ and ground flax seed to the dough mix to create a more complex carbohydrate. We try to eat a low carb snack between meals to keep our blood sugar from spiking and that helps to assuage our hunger so we don't eat too much at each meal.
I continue to read a lot. I try to keep up with the contemporary bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction while reading some of the good older books I missed through the years.
Spending time with the grand kids is a source of joy. Have you ever noticed that your grand kids are so much more beautiful and intelligent than other kids?
I'm thinking of getting back into the business of online book sales. I enjoyed it while I was doing it and the extra money would be nice.
I'm doing more projects such as clearing brush and trees around the property. (I'll be posting photos) The remodeling is on hold for now because I'm saving money to stay out of debt.
Sometimes I run into friends who are still working and they always ask how it feels to be retired and whether I am able to find enough things to do to keep busy. I tell them that retirement is especially sweet for someone like me who does not require structured time. If you need something to do every moment of the day you should keep working. The freedom to sit in the yard listening to the birds sing is something I value. There are chores that I do every day but they don't command my life.