BEYOND THE PALE AND RUDDY, IT’S THE SAME OLD ME

Ecclesiastes 1:9 — New International Version (NIV)

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

I’ve been giving this one a real think and realized that whatever it is (was?), if I’d wanted to do it, I did it. If I haven’t done it by now, it’s because (a)  I didn’t want to do it more than I wanted to do something else, or (b) it was outside the realm of the doable. Or at least, my doable.

There are tons of things I’d like to do again, a myriad of place I’d love to revisit … as well as some I meant to get to, but ran out of time. It seems when you have plenty of time, you are inevitably broke, but when you are flush, you are too busy to do anything except work.

marilyn december 2013

Retirement for most of us means we have time — in abundance — but alas, lack both money and stamina. Traveling used to be a lot more fun than it is today. Airline travel in particular has really fallen on its face as a mode of desirable transportation. Most of the places I want to go involve a lot of airplanes and airports. Yuk. I’m not at all afraid of flying. I love flying, but I hate airports. I hate luggage handlers. I hate airport food, uncomfortable lounges, incomprehensible announcements, delayed flights, security — SECURITY, DON’T GET ME STARTED! — and that for reasons unknown, ones connecting flight is always at the farthest point on the other side of an airport bigger than my home town.

So, I haven’t done anything new lately. Unless you count getting sick, which I don’t.

I’ve had a lot of fun recently. I’ve written stuff I like, taken pictures I’m pleased with. Spent time with friends I love. Kissed my husband until he giggled. Fixed a broken computer and failed (miserably) to fix another. Got a pair of slipper booties so comfortable my feet sing when I put them on. Played with my dogs and my friends’ cats and laughed until I cried.

Nothing new. Same old same old. Kind of like me.

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28 thoughts on “BEYOND THE PALE AND RUDDY, IT’S THE SAME OLD ME

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  1. Ack, my dear friend, Marilyn…I have SO missed you and your posts. After this past craziness, I’m hoping to get back into the blogging flow. Looks like you are still (as always) being photogenic, having cute conversations with Garry, taking great photos, and posting lovely blogs. I promise to visit more often. Many a hug sent your way!

  2. I’m perfectly happy doing my usual things all the time! The very occasional new-to-me thing is sufficient to keep me happy. I like the sound of those slipper-booties!

    • My adventuresomeness has diminished considerably (but not entirely disappeared) with time. It helps that I like where I live. As for the booties, they were on final clearance so I gave them a try. And wow, best $7.50 I ever spent!

  3. I love your spirit, your attitude, and your picture! And the fact that your husband compliments you right here we can all see it! Good for him!

  4. The things you have mentioned seems like a lot of fun ! I wish I could have slippers like you, and a husband who can giggle :D Btw you are so gorgeous :) Love you ! xx

  5. Garry Armstrong says:

    It’s nice to giggle. Sometimes I forget. BTW, that is a CUTE picture, KID!!

  6. My golden oldie life is similar. When you are a working woman and don’t have the time, you want to travel, see the world, stand on your head, run a mile etc. etc. Being retired you still want to, but who wants to go through the stress of it all. I suppose that’s life, so now it is just me and Mr, Swiss and we let the kids get on with it.

    • You summed it up perfectly. It’s not that I lack an adventurous spirit. I lack funds to “do it in style” — translated: “in comfort” — and energy to do it any other way. I’m not unhappy with my life, either. I’d love to win a lottery, but barring a big infusion of cash, I can work with this :-)

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