Ten Things About Me You Might Not Know

1.  I rode my first motorcycle at the tender age of six. It was tiny, a bit like the photo below, and I took to it like a duck to water, zooming (carefully) around and around the cul de sac we lived on at the time. And later, I received my Class M1 license at age 15 & 1/2, meaning I could legally ride around town on a motorcycle (which I did gleefully), even as I had to wait six more months for my 16th birthday in order to obtain a Class C license to drive a car. I know, it makes no sense, which is why an M1 is now obtainable only at age 16, and not before.

I had my one and only serious motorcycle accident at the ripe ole age of eight years, when I turned directly in front of two guys that were racing toward me on either side of the trail I was on. The impact ruined my motorcycle and sent me flying. I lost consciousness, but not before hearing my father race up and verbally tear into the two bozos that had scared me so badly, I'd turned in front of one of them in my desperate…

Monday Musings 10/8

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share a bit of what's been going on in my little part of the world.  However, I need to be a bit quick with this one . . . Monday is close to being over already!

1)  I attended a full day training session over the weekend, and I am now  t  h  i  s  close to being a certified O-2 Sierra Club wilderness leader. The O-2 designation means I can lead hikes and backpacks on developed trails in our local mountains. The training session was long, but very, very interesting. Firstly, I really enjoyed the energy of the other people taking the course, about 1/3 of them my age, and about 2/3 of them appearing to be in their 20's and 30's. They had youth and strength, but those of us that were older had considerable experience, so when we were broken up into groups for some of the time, we all meshed terrifically well.

I love the outdoors so, so much, and it's where I feel my most authentic self, so I'm very pleased to be training to be a vol…

October Goals

I find that I much enjoy reading about the various goals that people set for themselves, and in that I'm a list-lover myself, I thought I might jump on the bandwagon in order to see what happens. And in order to be true to my somewhat-procrastinating self, I'm opting to set monthly goals rather than weekly goals , so here they are:

October Goals

1)  Get my annual flu shot. This is completely free through my medical provider, and doesn't even require an appointment, so I have literally no excuses not to get this done.

2) Go through my garage holiday decor closets and purge at least 50% of the items. This is a realistic goal in that I doubt I set out more than 25% of what I own in any given year.

3) Go through my greeting cards drawer and purge at least 50% of the items. This is even more realistic in that I doubt I've used more than 10% of my stock over the last ten years!

4) Do two sessions of weight training per week. Honestly, I don't know what my problem is here…

A PSA Regarding Identity Theft . . . Ours!

Our morning got off to a bit of a rough start today upon discovering that someone had apparently filed for Social Security benefits under my husband's account earlier this year. The bad news is that his Social Security number appears to have been compromised. The good news is that there were apparently enough red flags raised at the bank selected to receive the fraudulently-filed online benefit transfers, that they rejected all of the transfer attempts, alerting the Social Security Administration that there appeared to be a problem. Meaning that even if a 1099 is generated by the IRS at year's end, it will show $0 as having been paid out, because all monies distributed by Social Security were returned.

What. A. Mess. My poor husband is sitting down at the Social Security local office now, likely for a good number of hours, in order to start the paperwork necessary to open an investigation and get this cleared up. We were able to get his account temporarily frozen during a lon…

A Week of Being Spontaneous

We had a newly retired friend drop by recently, and as we were out back visiting together, I slowly realized that he seemed very content to just sit and chat, giving off no signals whatsoever of being in any sort of hurry to leave. Which was totally fine, but which felt very odd to me. As I later pondered why it seemed so odd to sit with someone appearing to have all the time in the world, it dawned on me that once upon a time I had been like that in my retirement, way back in the beginning. Over time however, little by little, my time began to be taken up with a multitude of hobbies and activities that had slowly each taken on a life of their own.

For the most part I like it that way in that I'm a total extrovert, meaning that my energy goes up, up, up when I'm around other people, and down, down, down when I'm off by myself. So on a very practical level, my commitments keep me motivated and moving forward on a day-to-day basis. However, too many commitments can also res…

Monday Musings 9/17

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share a bit of what's been going on in my little part of the world.

1)  Our backyard is now about 90% completed, with just the balcony stairs and glass panels still needing to be installed. We arrived home last week to this loveliness, and have been outside enjoying it in some capacity - gardening, entertaining, dining, sipping wine, reading, chatting - pretty much daily ever since.

2. I'm also happy that with the approach of fall, many of the activities I enjoy participating in are back from summer break - my Spanish class, my Hiking club, our Lifelong Learning program. We kicked off the return of our hiking club with a pretty challenging eight mile hike that was both extremely hilly and extremely fast. We both did great, but I have to admit I crawled into bed at about 8 o'clock that evening, and slept for nine straight hours, a rarity for me!

3. I'm enjoying the return of sunflower season. I took this photo during our recent visit …