“Learn to recognize good luck when it’s waving at you, hoping to get your attention.”

Today is lovely. The sun is shining but a little breeze is keeping the day from getting hot. It rained 2 and a half inches the last couple of days. Everything looks brighter and cleaner. I was on the deck earlier just admiring the morning and was loath to come inside, but I dragged myself in for another cup of coffee and my second paper. I’d have stayed on the deck, but everything is still too wet.

Fern is sleeping in the sun. Gracie is in and out but it will soon be her nap time. A short time ago I heard a crash and Gracie running. When I investigated, I saw the box with my new umbrella had fallen and knocked over and broken a flower-pot with a cactus in it. There was dirt all over, even in a few spider’s webs. The umbrella is still by the door as it is too heavy for me. I need to replace the older one and put up the new one in the box, but I don’t want to aggravate my back as I’m still in the I don’t lift stage according to the nurse; however, my impatient stage may overcome my don’t lift stage. That umbrella has been there almost two weeks.

I think I have lived a charmed life. I’ve fallen downstairs too many times to remember and have barely hurt myself if you don’t count the fractured shoulder and the broken teeth, but those were two different falls. I tend to space out the injuries among the falls. I have traveled. I’ve seen remarkable things.That huge line of fire ants which seemed to go on forever is one of my favorites as are the baboons on the road in front of me. I wasn’t born finicky, and I think that’s really lucky. I don’t mind dirt or strange foods. Luckily, I have never been into fashion preferring comfort over style. I do have my two dresses: the summer-spring one and the winter one. I have great friends, and my sisters would be here in a heartbeat if I needed them. I don’t have an overwhelming need to be busy all the time. My lazy gene has grown since I retried. Speaking of retirement, how lucky I was to retire at 57.

I’ve reconnected with many of my Ghanaian students, and I consider that remarkably lucky, even fateful. My local students, my DY students, are all over the place and give me hugs when we run into each other. One was over the other day. She’s a grandmother of three now. Nan met her husband in my class, and I went to the wedding. We’ve never lost touch. I get invited to reunions and usually go.

Sometimes I don’t even get dressed. I just sit and read. Other times I take an aimless ride and usually find treasures along the way. The ocean is not far, and in the winter it’s mostly mine. The front garden is beautiful and filled with flowers. I love my house and my housemates, the Misses Fern, Maddie and Gracie. I am a lucky person.

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13 Comments on ““Learn to recognize good luck when it’s waving at you, hoping to get your attention.””

  1. Bob Says:

    I have also been very lucky, except for a few bumps in the road along the way, I have had a charmed life. I work in a profession that I dreamed about as a kid and enjoy my career so much that retirement doesn’t even enter my mind. I have never gone hungry, homeless nor suffered ill health. I have two beautiful children that are a joy to have around most of the time. However, in my next life, I hope to be lucky enough to choose wealthy parents. 🙂 Life just might be a little easier if I had a trust fund that deposits an extra $10,000 in my bank account every month.

    Yesterday’s rain is gone and partly cloudy skies might keep the temperature down in the lower nineties. We might complain now about the heat but I love 60 degree days in January.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m with you on the wealthy parents though I’d want them to be the ones I had only with money. The rest of your life sounds wonderful. We both have to count ourselves among the lucky. I can’t imagine waking up and going to a job you hate. I loved mine every day.

      Today is probably in the 80’s, but the breeze is really nice.

      Hope you have a great Saturday!!

      • Bob Says:

        It doesn’t really matter if your parents are very wealthy, because you will be raised by nannies. Rich folks get to visit their children sort of like grandparents. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I’d want a nannie who speaks a foreign language so I could learn it. Then I wouldn’t mind as much.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve fallen off more horses than I care to count and have only had a cracked coccyx, a few broken fingers and toes and one mild concussion.
    That I remember anyway. 🙂
    Every one of those incidents could have been much worse than that.
    I have a roof over my head, a little bit of money coming in and a lovely dog for a companion. It’s good.

    The weather is much the same as yours. There are big puffy clouds that block the sun now and then. There’s a lovely breeze.

    There was a fabulous double rainbow last evening, just at sunset. The low angle of the sun made for a huge bow with a fiery sunset glow to the atmosphere around it.
    Yep. It’s definitely good.

    Beer tasting event tonight for the benefit of the MSPCA. I’m meeting my sister-in-law and some friends. It’ll be fun and tasty, I’m sure.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We don’t seem to learn-at least I have an excuse. Almost everywhere has stairs.

      Yup, it’s good as I have all the same plus two cats.

      I just took a shower and am about to go out on the now dry deck with my book and something cold to drink. How can life get better than a lazy Saturday.

      I wish I liked beer. The few times I’ve tasted it I think this is what cow pee must taste like.

      Have a great time tonight!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m with Bob on the wealthy parents too 🙂 🙂 But I can’t complain about my life either. Sometimes it has felt like I’ve taken one step forward and two steps back but that’s life 🙂

    I live where I want to live, when I grew up kids born in the less fortunate parts of town really didn’t have a chance to leave for the country side, I don’t think they ever even hoped to do that because one continued the way of life ones parents had. Even dreaming of another life style would have been seen as very odd -) 🙂 🙂

    It was cool and we got some rain before noon today, it felt wonderful even if the rain barely reached the ground before it vaporated 🙂 Tomorrow we’ll reach 86 they predict and they also predict thunderstorms and sunshine, tomorrow will be nasty I’m afraid.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I just had my third back surgery so I definitely take steps forward then back though this one seems the best ever.

      When my parents moved to the cape, I hated it because I knew no one and had lived in the same town all my life. Now I can think of no other place to live. I am happy and content.

      That sounds so hot for you. I always imagine you being a bit chillier. It even sounds too hot for us for this time of the summer. They have a possibility of rain for us as well.

      Have a wonderful evening!!

      • olof1 Says:

        This is unusually hot for us, we rarely reach temperatures like these. This is the summer we’re going to talk about for years to come, when everyone got a sunny and warm vacation. That only happens once in a decade or so 🙂

  4. Birgit Says:

    Lucky and tired 🙂
    Sorry, better comments next weeks, we have guests for 4 days and I can’t think anymore. Enjoyed your music / post.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      If I had guests, I’d be exhausted. Being social and a good hostess takes far too much energy.

      Rest up!!

  5. Cuidado Says:

    Appreciating what you have is the key to a happy life, my dear. I have just enough and an thankful for it every day.

    • katry Says:

      Cuidado,
      When I was younger, I wanted everything. Now I replace: shoes die-I get new shoes. I am perfectly happy!


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