Feeling Fancy — You’re given unlimited funds to plan one day full of any and all luxuries you normally can’t afford. Tell us about your extravagant day with as much detail as possible.



It’s such a dreary, drippy day. I think it will be teeming soon enough. That’s what the forecast calls for. Almost 3 inches of rain today and flash flood warnings throughout the Valley.

At least it isn’t as cold as yesterday, or all the stuff falling out of the sky would be snow and sleet. It’s dark, too. I keep turning lights on, but it doesn’t feel bright enough. And my head hurts. I blame it on the weather.

I blame everything on the weather. The weather can’t argue back.

It is hard for me to imagine spending unlimited funds on myself for any reason. It has been a long time since I saw money and didn’t think “bills need to be paid.” That’s life in the slow lane, life since retirement, since the paychecks were replaced by pensions and Social Security.

So many things which were yearned-for luxuries have no place in today’s world. Not that long ago, a “spa day” sounded great. Now, it sounds like a long drive through heavy traffic, somebody poking at me, followed by a long ride home. I haven’t had my hair professionally cut in more than a year. Not because there are no hairdressers to whom I could go. It’s that I don’t trust anyone near my head with a pair of shears.

I wouldn’t mind a pedicure, though. That would be nice. I can do that locally. Get my eyebrows waxed. How about dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant? Get the car detailed so it looks good and smells fresh?


If we are going to go all out, how about a chair lift so we can stop hauling our reluctant bodies up the stairs? And a pair of senior scooters plus a car-carrier so we can take them with us? That would make life a lot more fun!

Maybe a contractor to fix the stuff that needs updating, replacing, repairing, restoring. Not an overhaul. A coat of paint. New vinyl in kitchens and bath, carpeting in bedrooms. Give the old place a face lift. Since you asked.

I don’t brood on this stuff. We manage. We’re not suffering, though we aren’t getting younger or more spry. But who is?

december bouquet

We have a lot more than many others, so rather than yearning for what we lack, I’d rather dwell on how lucky we are.

It has been an amazing year. I’m alive! That’s a good starting point!


With your help, we have a well. Water flowing from the taps. The project is not quite completed. We still lack the well’s top. Probably not going to get that done until spring. But everything else is finished.

The well is working. We have water pressure. Water from the taps is icy cold and crystal clear. It means we can continue living in this beautiful valley of rivers and dams, beavers, ducks, and herons.

So this is a good time to be glad. Christmas is rolling around and I’m here to celebrate. Grateful to have friends who care. Family. And so happy we have each other.

That’s huge. Come to think of it, I’ve got plenty!

Categories: Blackstone Valley, Dams and Waterfalls, Family, Getting old, Health, Nature, Weather

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30 replies

  1. Now I’m imagining Garry on a souped-up senior scooter with a manic grin on his face, for whatever reason 🙂
    I’m glad the well is working, when I saw the title of your post “about the well” I thought, “uh oh”.

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  2. We’re on well water too. A luxury in and of itself. But I miss the luxury of youth.


  3. The news about the well is good indeed. Glad to read it is finally working.


    • It has been working for a couple of weeks, but I was waiting to make sure the fix had really “taken” before I announced it. It still isn’t quite finished either … and of course, it is now unlikely to get finished until spring. Still, the most critical work is done. The remainder is mostly cosmetic.

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  4. I agree with you. If they gave me money I’d spent it in necessary things rather than in luxury for me.


  5. I’m glad your natural wealth is still well invested as you and Garry head in towards Christmas. It’s a mystery that the US is getting more snow than Canada these days – is the north pole migrating without our awareness? We all went out on the lawn in Ontario just to watch Buffalo loom up as a vast snowdrift across the lake. Teepee weather continues this weekend. Much love.

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    • The weather is totally screwy. We can all say what is happening, but no one can say why. This area has always gotten a lot of snow and it has always been very cold. It’s actually less cold now than it was a couple of hundred years ago. But cold New England and snow? Like horse and carriage. The jet stream has changed slightly, but mostly, I think Mother Nature is fighting back!

      How are things going? It has been a crazy year. I’m glad I’m still here. I wasn’t sure I would be!


      • I’ve been working away on a book about English (the language), and it’s been going well when I’ve been able to extract time to write it. I’m amazed that even after having been reduced to working two days a week, I have a devil of a time obtaining writing time – people and dogs see me at the laptop, assume I’m doing nothing, and ask me to do something else. Only one dog is involved in this, actually, but he trots over, tail wagging, and pushes my lappie off my knee with his nose three times during the working day – at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 pm. That’s a very reasonable periodicity, but sometimes I’m in mid-paragraph! Otherwise, he waits patiently. Anyone with such a good dog has no real complaints, but my ache to work on this book is very strong. (The form I’m working in doesn’t make a paragraph break, so this is it.) I’m also glad you’re still here! Marvelous, I will have to catch up on your recent thoughts.


  6. I am so happy to hear about your well. And the much-needed rain, though it does make things wet for awhile. :o) We are in a for a few days of heavy showers here, which, for an Oregonian, is pretty much business as usual in the winter. Normal is good…
    Keep writing, m’lady. Keep that coffee pot flowing. You bring cheer to many readers.

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  7. So glad to see that you are a contented soul. Christmas is just around the corner, enjoy it with Mr.Garry, your family & friends….yes, you have plenty.

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  8. Yes, we can be thankful for so much. Today’s prompt reminded me that you do not to be fancy or have luxuries. We have each other, we have a roof over our heads and food on the table. There are so many that do not have that.

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  9. Right now I’m so living the: It is hard for me to imagine spending unlimited funds on myself for any reason. It has been a long time since I saw money and didn’t think “bills need to be paid.”

    It’s snowing very prettily here in NH right now. I can barely tear my eyes away from watching it. Then again I’ve only been here a week. 🙂

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    • You certainly chose an interesting time to move to New Hampshire! We do get a lot of snow here in New England. I remember our first winter here and how beautiful it was … and how tired of it we got when we realized it was going to keep snowing and snowing and snowing … But it’s beautiful. If you ski or some other winter sport, that probably helps. Hope you have a 4-wheel drive car or at least good snow tires!


      • Ahahahahahaha! I have a 2001 Mustang bought in the flat lands. Even in Ohio a Mustang is crap on wet or slippery roads. Snowy mountains? It is going to be interesting. 🙂 Yeah, why do anything simply, that seems to be my motto! But put it this way…snow or no snow, just about anything is going to be better than SE Kentucky.

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  10. Very glad you are still here on earth. Happy to hear about the well too. Funny this came up. I was just sitting here looking at the Christmas tree, listening to the pouring rain and listening to the peace in the house and found myself very contented. I don’t feel that often but when I do it’s blissful.

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