Goodness me! Where did the days go? Seems like I spend more time at ordinary tasks these days — necessary and unnecessary. My San Francisco loved ones visited over the New Year and as always, treated me with more consideration than I deserve. Only after they left did I realize I hadn’t washed dishes while they were here!
The accrued laundry is still awaiting my attention and I let it wait because I had other priorities once they were gone. (Happy Birthday Joseph!) Then my exercise and Tai Chi classes started again and let’s face it, nothing seems more important than keeping this old body of mine moving. Time passed quickly and I’m only now sitting down at my computer to talk to you.
I was going to write about pet peeves, but let’s face it, what in the world do I have to complain about? Someone as lucky as I am must, therefore, include praises as well.
Since I no longer drive, I use our transit service. I also use a walker, I’m slow, (I was never fast.) and must praise our bus drivers who are patient, thoughtful, and caring. They wait patiently until I am safely on-board and seated before they restart the bus. They tell me to take my time when I disembark. We are certainly fortunate to have such wonderful people at the wheel.
I also find strangers extremely kind. When I want to enter a store or cafe, someone will most often come forward to open doors for me. Am I deserving of such attention and kindness? They don’t ask. They don’t care. They just DO. I’m grateful. It isn’t always easy to push a walker through a doorway.
Talking about praises, I also must praise and am mighty grateful to my children who take time out of their own busy lives to not only visit and cheerfully put up with me when I visit them, but help me with whatever my needs are, especially my tenuous relationship with this computer. Seems to me, as soon as I get comfortable with a program, they (whoever ‘they’ are) ‘update’ the darn thing and get me all confused again. How do the younger people manage???
Which brings me to pet peeves. That’s one of them. I’m convinced it’s a conspiracy to
keep me humble. ‘They’ want me feeling stupid and they’re definitely succeeding. I don’t know what to make of this computer most of the time. Grrrrrrr.
Pet peeves? On the bus, in movies and restaurants, some people will put their feet on the seats. Look guys, you walk on the sidewalk. People walk their dogs on the sidewalk. Dogs urinate on the sidewalk, they also sometimes defecate on those surfaces. Yuk! Please don’t put your shoes up where others have to sit.
And, talking about dogs, I implore dog owners to walk their dogs on-leash on city streets. Yes, I love dogs but I’m uncomfortable with them prancing around my feet. My balance is lousy and I worry about falling — again. Most of us deal with balance deterioration as we age, so this is not only a problem for me. Besides, I have friends who are terrified of dogs, either having been bitten or taught to fear them.
I don’t know what else to complain about, but I’ll bet you do. What pleases or irks YOU?
I tend to be a grumbler, but for some reason I can’t think of any major complaints right now, except for Trump. He’s the worst!
See ya —
I’ve got to agree with you on this one. Trump indeed! Have a good 2018. Thanks for reading. Muriel
Mur, I love the photos you use! This post I especially like the little clip art of the smiling lady with the walker. I’ll have to think of some pet peeves and get back to you. Happy new year! Thank you for entertaining us with your posts
Dearest Vinson: And what would I do without your knowledge of technology and your hugs??? Talk about luck. I bless the day we met and treasure you as part of my family. Love ya, Muriel
What pleases me: our Tai Chi class! 🙂 (and our coffee/chat afterwards:)
Me too Val: And you being there adds to my pleasure. And of course, the coffee/chat makes it even better. Cheers, Muriel
I can say that the computer/IPad also peeve me a great deal, especially as I had to buy a new IPad recently and although it is much like the old one there are subtle differences that cause me to demand constant help from grandchildren. Like you though, lots to be grateful for too.
Exactly a major pet peeve for me too Tony: I no sooner get the hang of it than they change things. They say they’re ‘improving’ it, but we know it’s on purpose to make us insecure and dependent.