“Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don’t expect too much, enjoy what you have.”

Today is another beautiful sunny day in the high 60’s. There’s an intermittent breeze strong enough to sway the branches. It is a perfect day to take a ride.

Lately I have been quite lazy. I haven’t even made a single list. There’s no reason. It’s just inertia.

Laundry is piling up in the hall. A few dishes are in the sink. I figure I’ll get to all that later. There’s no hurry. I don’t have to do something every day.

The flowers beside the house are still blooming. The pumpkins are on the front steps and corn hangs on the gate. I saw a tree covered in yellow leaves. Fall is so filled with color. I always think of it as Mother Nature’s last gift before winter.

My lawn is disappearing under dead leaves from the tall oak tree and brown needles from the pine. It will be raked a few times before the lawn reappears. The irrigation system will be blown cleared of water and my outdoor shower will be turned off until the spring. It’s the same every year. All the pieces of summer disappear in turn.

I think being retired has brought me back to a simpler life. My wardrobe is mostly casual, and I seldom add to it. Once in a while I go out to eat, but mostly I spend time with friends. I watch TV movies but every now and then I treat myself to a newer movie though I do complain about the $5.99. I get books from the library. I used to buy the newest hardcovers, but now I get then for free. I don’t deny myself stuff. I just need less stuff.

When I was a kid, all my TV heroes always won. The bad guys were alive when nabbed. The only violence was usually a fight or a bullet to the arm or hand. Good guys never lost their hats in any fights. The animals, mostly dogs and horses, had names and were important to the plot. I remember Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, his dog Yukon King and his horse Rex.  I learned history and geography from watching this program. I remember at the end of each show he’d tell King this case is closed.  Sometimes there was even a bit of humor. Pat Brady provided that in the Roy Rogers Show. I never questioned that Roy and Dale rode horses while Pat had a jeep, Nellybelle. I was a kid. I just believed.

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6 Comments on ““Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don’t expect too much, enjoy what you have.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I didn’t know Sergeant Preston’s horse had a name. I did wonder why Pat Brady had a jeep and everyone else rode. But that happens on ranches even now so maybe it was normal.

    Inertia seems to be the flavor of the week. I’m looking at Things That Must Be Done and thinking “Nah.” 🙂 It’s too lovely outside to do them anyway. I’ve been to the beach and the lake and taken walks in the woods. It’s still summer and difficult to think about fall and winter tasks in such weather.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I think every horse and dog had a name on those old shows. What made Pat stand out was every other actor rode a horse, including the bad guys. I once saw the whole Roy Rogers gang at a rodeo in Boston Garden. Even Nelly belle was there.

      I just took a shower, and I feel accomplished. I do have to go out so I’ll wait until my hair dries a bit and go to my three stops: dump, clinic for a regular test and Ring’s for a few groceries.

      Have a wonderful day!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    Unless you are Bill Gates everyone who retires downsizes their life. If you don’t go to work you need less cloths, you only have to get a haircut when you think your hair looks too long. You travel less and use less gasoline and hopefully your car will last a long time. When you don’t work you have the time to shop and cook your own food rather than grabbing fast food on the way home. Those lucky enough to have a pension are set for life while the rest of us must work to afford to retire on just Social Security and our meager savings. Many elderly lost everything after the 2008 depression. I just heard an interview with Jessica Bruder who just published a book entitled, “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century”
    The book chronicles retirees who have given up their permeant residences due to lack of funds to buy campers and travel from one part time job to another to make ends meet. Amazon has even built their distribution centers near campgrounds to hire these elderly part time workers.

    Here’s the link to the podcast:


    The weather here is beautiful again to day with a high in the low 80s but rain is expected tomorrow night.

    • katry Says:

      I haven’t really downsized. I just don’t add much to what I have. I have been lucky in that I have traveled since I retired, four big trips, and have renovated my house. I don’t go out much, but then there aren’t many places to go.

      I am lucky with my pension and don’t have to work to supplement my money. I am comfortable with life.

      This has been the best fall I can remember in a long while.

      Thanks for the link!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I usually wait and buy the movies on dvd, a cinema ticket costs around $ 14 Us here, so it is actually cheaper to buy the film on dvd after a while. People rarely talks about movies any longer so the risk of hearing too much about it before buying the film is almost none. Back ine the days everyone talked about the latestet movies so then one really had to go and watch it 🙂

    I saw, through the windows, something purple flower in my garden but I have no idea what I’ve planted there 🙂 I think it might be an Aster but I’ll check it out later today. Only Asters and Yarrows flower here this time of year.

    We never saw shows like that when I grew up, the Swedish Televison employees were politically more to the left than the Soviet Union so we had really horrible chilkdren programs. People still have nightmares about them 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I’m finding a treasure trove of old black and white science fiction movies on youtube. I happened upon one of them tonight you might like called Space Invasion of Lapland, a 1959 Swedish-American black-and-white science fiction-monster film.

      Going to the movies is expensive. I have Netflix and Amazon where I can watch movies. They’re enough for me.

      We had tons of children’s programs when I was growing up. Saturday was mostly for kids’ shows.

      Have a good weekend!

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