Jaz---Yep, the days I have had to put dogs down are easily amongst the worst of my life, even though I know it is a blessing for them. Such hard good byes.
But now that part is behind you. As I know from experience, yes, it still hurts, but every day life just elbows its way in and pushes you along, whether you like it or not. I can't help but think, silver lining, that the timing here is good for you. You are on your way to a sparkling brand new place, and brand new life. No memories there...yet. Just a lovely blank slate, which I send high hopes will fill up with very good things.
Oh, and that boss.
What a hard a**. I'm so glad you "put your well being" above work, here. It is all part of boundary setting with a new job, and you took your jazzy chalk out and drew a nice straight line for her. All you have to do now is be good enough at what you do that she can't afford not to afford you
the respect you deserve.
Trig---I am hoping your mama is going to be just fine. It makes me smile when you talk about her---she sounds like such a stalwart soul, just like you.
I really appreciated you sharing the part about her docs telling her she needs to move. "Movement is life!" This is a message I really need to embrace. Time was life was so busy, you had to move whether you liked it or not. Gads, I used to run around like crazy. All the time. For me, the Co-vid and a life passage of change right now have severely dented the "movement" quotient. Writing my book requires absolutely no movement. We haven't had a dog to walk since she went blind. One by one, little by little, the things I have to move for have declined. So yeah, I'm with you, I'm thinking a lot about this right now, because I can feel the difference and I don't like it.
Nic---How's Sophie? SIGH. I come here and catch up like reading a novel.
And lately there have been all kinds of pet pitfalls and some human ones too. I hope Sophie is doing better. One thing I will say is, our dogger had many false flags before she was really done. Hoping Sophie has more quality life left in her.
Oh yeah, me too, I really giggled at your remarks about the chatty exercise video gal. LOLS, I remember those gals from my video exercise days. And like Lori says, sometimes a work out works well enough for you, that at first while you may be irritated, eventually you come to memorize their every gabby word and it just becomes part of the work out, and you get to the point where you know if she's saying this or that, you're almost done!
Lori---Is Gabby's limp improving? Hope so. Feel I have come to know your "furry alarm clock" a bit. I am quite fascinated by cats and what it might be like to have one for a pet. Alas, won't happen for me due to my allergy to them, but I really enjoy hearing about it.
Makes me happy that the season for your passion, golf, is here and you're enjoying it for the better part---which seems to me with golf is the best you ever get. What a challenging and frustrating game that puts even the best players up a tree, or better said, in a trap when they least expect it.
But I think back to when you had that nasty shoulder injury and how much that sidelined you from golf, and then time whizzes by and here you are, out there enjoying yourself, or not---but somehow with golfers, like with fishers I think, just being out there and giving it a go is well worth it.
I'm doing OK---but then as I keep saying "Ok is the new fab in these times." Having been fully vaccinated is a great help when it comes to my anxieties about socializing, and it is good to have more of that back, if not exactly like before. Still, better is better.
Recently I have had a couple of work projects turn up out of the blue, in both of my businesses. I've wanted to be semi-retired, but at times in the last year or so, seemed I was going to just be retired, whether I liked it or not. SHRUG. You just never know. So that's keeping me busy right now, particularly since I'm feeling pretty rusty at it all, and I don't just whip through it like I used to. It will be what it will be, and I've given up on guessing what that will be.
SO looking forward to some travel. Looks like we might head up to our beloved Door County sometime in the next month or so. We have a pal up there with a summer house she recently inherited, and she has invited us to come stay with her. It won't be at our traditional place, but that got bought out and now is holy cats expensive. But we enjoyed it for a very long time for a lot less, and now it seems like a new adventure to stay on a totally different place on the peninsula.
Also, hoping to get back to my home town this summer. It's been over 2 years and I miss it. Lucky us, we have pals who will put us up there too. So now I just have to get it planned and on the calendar.
All in all, things are rolling along---LOL, including me when it comes to "the rolling" as I am getting round enough to roll. I don't like it. I don't like the way I feel. Think I'm pretty close to doing something about it.