FALL

With the help of my gardener guru, I planted my fall garden yesterday with mixed emotions.  On the one hand, sewing seeds for fall and winter vegetables signals the end of summer.  Summer has always been my favorite season, allowing me to bask in the sun and swim.  This past summer was highlighted by driving with the top down from doctor’s office to doctor’s office and going to my Rock Steady classes.  Believe it or not, most days it was too hot to swim.

On the other hand, planting a fall/winter garden is a new and exciting experience as it signals the coming of a mild southern winter.  While I loved living in Long Grove, I hated the grey sky of the Midwest fall and the arrival of winter snow.  This winter, I’ll have plenty of sunlight and no snow.  I expect to drive, top down, year-round.

I’m working on maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” despite the fact that I hate retirement.  Yes, I enjoy gardening and driving with the top down, but those activities only take a fraction of the time I have daily.  While seeing my docs takes up a significant amount of time, it is depressing. 

As a practicing doc, I never realized how depressing retirement could be.  I never realized how long a day could be.  I also never realized how hard following my advice could be.  I envisioned retirement as a glorious time when you could do whatever you wanted.  I never envisioned retiring to chronic illness where the only thing I really want to do is walk normally.

Yes, I’m depressed.  I can’t put the top down and go for a ride.  Someone forgot to break and smashed the back of my car.  Renee was driving and she has a mild whiplash.  Hopefully, Renee and the car will return to their pre-accident conditions soon.  While I have resisted taking more pills, I may need an anti-depressant for a while.

Getting my emotions onto paper has been my best therapy in the past, so I expect that I’ll return to daily publications for a while. I’ll work hard on being upbeat and am sure I’ll find my way out of my current state. 

Here’s the joke for today:

I was sitting on my own in a restaurant when I saw a beautiful woman at another table. I sent her a bottle of the most expensive wine on the menu. She sent me a note: “I will not touch a drop of this wine unless you can assure me that you have seven inches in your pants.” So, I wrote back: “Give me the wine. As gorgeous as you are, I’m not cutting off three inches for anyone.”

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4 Replies to “FALL”

  1. Sorry to hear about your recent challenges. We’ve got some going on here, as well. I DO enjoy your blogs. Keep writing!! Hang in there! Thinking of you!

  2. Stewart a FYI:
    Anti-depressants have been my life saver! You might seriously think of giving it a try….you’ll need to find the right one that works for you!
    Laughter with friends is still the best medicine! LOL🤣😂😆😜🍹🍸🥃🍾🍷

  3. Keep chin up remember it’s the little bumps in the road of life that makes us stronger Bob and enjoy reading this blog if that what you call it we always love the jokes , Bob is so ready for retirement we bought a little place with a pool two bedrooms two baths in Bonita Springs in Florida last year I retired five years ago just waiting for Bob to say good bye to his medical practice he loves his patience so much I retired five years ago I will be 70 in March but Barb is still a baby he’s 64 won’t be 65 until July so have to wait till he grows some lol can’t wait for him to get on Medicare so tired of the insurance drain stay well be safe and keep writing ✍️ ❤️❤️

    1. I am glad you are enjoying the blog. Retiring is one of the hardess things I ever did. I truly enjoyed practicing medicine and miss it.If you are ever in Charlotte, look me up!

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