Conversations December 3, 2022

While Out to Supper
(45 minute wait)

One of the Couples waiting next to us.

40’s something Man: “Is this place alright?”
40’s something Woman: “As long as there is a bar, I’m good!”

40’s something Man: “Do you want to sit down here to wait for an opening, or wait in the bar?”
40’s something Woman:”No. I’m a leaner. I’m fine to stand.”

40’s something Man:” Have you been using the dating app frequently?”
40’s something Woman:”Only when I’m hungry. Ha! Or thirsty.”

40’s something Man:”Okay then. Let’s go over to the bar side and order a drink for you.”
40’s something Woman:”Thought you’d never ask!”

40’s something Man: “I like how the bar is separated from the good side.”
40’s something Woman: “On her phone.. not paying attention.”
40’s something Man:”I say I like how this place is separated. You?”
40’s something Woman: “Yeah. It’s nice. Let’s go have that drink now. I have another date later.”

And they both walked off to the bar side of the restaurant.

I wonder how his evening went. 😱

I think I can understand why there are so many older, single people nowadays…😔

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Conversations November 30th

At the YMCA

Two older men

Man 1: “Hey, how you doing today?”

Man 2: “Pretty good brother, pretty good. God is good. I am 67 today.”

Man 1: “Really, you look Great! You don’t not look a day over 50! What’s your secret?”

Man 2: “Working out, have to do it, even when you don’t want to. I have great health! No meds at all! Best shape of my life!”

Man 1: “Mind if I workout with you today?

Man 2; “Sure! As long as you can keep up!”

Both laugh and start working out.

Turning 50 next week!

What do you want for your birthday, DH asked.
New bag? Perfume?
Fancy dinner?
Party?

I didn’t need to think about it.

“No, none of the above. I replied.”

The truth is, I’d LOVE to be sitting in my living room with my five children for hours on end, playing Monopoly with them. Just like when they were younger.

THAT, is on the very top of my list. My heart.

Maybe on my 60th?”

Hmm, so Instead,

I’d take a….

  1. A lingering stroll in a park for fun, not exercise.
    Stopping to examine Gods creation.
    3.Sitting at Pilot Mountain, breathing in the fresh air and watching the birds fly by.
  2. Maybe, wading in the waterfalls. But it’s much to cold this time of year.
    5.Sitting on my porch rocking chair, and just staring off in the distance.
    6.Reading into the night without watching what time it was, or worries about the next days tasks.
    7.Sleeping until noon. Coffee and a Western omelette in bed.
    8.Waking to a clean house because it was clean the night before.

These are the little things that bring me Joy.
And the best part is, you can’t put a price tag on them.

I have experienced so much heart break in my life, and at fifty, I have come to realize it’s made me who I am today. I love hard, and feel all the feels, and had I not given my life to Christ when I did, I know I would have never seen fifty. So when I wake up on my birthday I will be praising the Lord wholeheartedly.

Conversations November 12, 2022

Thrifting

Lady #1: How does my jaw look?

Lady #2: Don’t worry about it, you can barely tell. No one is going to say anything.

Lady #1: I hope not!

Gym Locker Room

Lady #1: It smells so good in here.

Lady #2: It does. Nothing like the other day when it smelled like farts.

Lady #1: That is so true. Let’s do a workout and then spin class. I need to burn some calories.

Lady #2: Are we still going out for pizza afterwards?

Lady #1: Of course!

Conversations October 10, 2022

Walmart

Cashier to me:
“How are you doing this evening?”

Me: “Good, and you?”

Cashier: “Amazing! My husband finally left me. I’ve been waiting fifteen years. Finally, at 62, he’s gone. I wake up happy every day now.”

Lady behind me: “You too huh? Mine asked me for a divorce and I screamed YES! I was hoping he’d leave for years. So much better being single at 56.

Cashier: “I’ve beat cancer twice, and now with my husband gone, I can really start enjoying life and not having to put up with him. Life is amazing!”

Lady behind me to me: “Yes, life is much better in the later years being single.
How old are you? Are you married? Happily?”

Such an odd conversation. 😳

Conversations October 3, 2022

At the YMCA

LOCKER ROOM

“How was your music lesson today?”


“Good. I had fun. I love to sing.”

“That’s good. Your mommy will be happy to hear that. We have your swimming lesson finished now, so let’s get your leotard and Tutu on and get ready for your dance lesson.”

“Yay! I’m ready.”

“You certainly are honey. You will be a pro at everything before your sixth birthday!”

Conversations September 27,2022

In The gym Locker Room

Lady #1 “So you are not going camping with your family this weekend then?”


Lady #2 “No. we are going to postpone it.”


Lady #1 “Well then, can we expect to see you at church this Sunday then? No one is keeping track, but it has been a few weeks dear.”


Lady #2 “You just may.”


Lady #1 “Well I will let the good Lord know that you said maybe.”

Lady #2 “You do that.”

Conversations September 22, 2022

I spent three hours at the nail salon yesterday.
I thought it would be a nice relaxing visit.

I was wrong.

Man talking to the lady giving him his pedicure:
“I went to school with the lady but never met her. Found her in my year book though. We had a virtual high school reunion a while back and got to talking. I flew here to meet. We are going out tonight, which is why I’m getting my feet in shape.”

Lady: “So nice. You will have a good time. You going to move here?”

Man: “I don’t know. I have been in Tampa, Florida for thirty years now.”

Me: “Tampa is beautiful. I was just down there visiting my mom a few months ago.”

Man: “Where does your mom live?”

Me:” St Pete. I took my kids to Tampa to site see. We went to the aquarium and the battle ship. And I was able to point out those mega mansions over on the island. That is where the Buccaneers live, supposedly.”

Man: “Yes, my neighbors. I live on that island.”

Lady working on his feet: “So you have mansion too?”

Man: “I did well for myself. Retired five years ago and mostly travel now.”

Lady:”Maybe you will marry this lady you went to high school with and you bring her to your mansion. Or you sell and move here to be with her.”

Me:”Don’t sell your house. If it works out with your friend, she will want to move there.”

Then we all laughed.

Two very loud women walk in with a little boy.

Lady 1: “Is there someone in this joint to fix my dam* nail?”

Worker: “You sit and we take care of you in a bit.”

Lady 2: “I want a gel set!”

Worker: “You sit too.”

Lady 2:”This candy free?”

Opens container on the counter to take a full size Twix candy bar out to give to her grandson.”

Worker: “No $1 for candy.”

Lady 1: “Nah, it’s free. Where’s the dam* remote control. No one wants to listen to The Voice in here!”

Turns to the row where I’m soaking my feet.-
“You wanna listen to the Voice?”

Me:”I don’t care what’s on.”

Lady 1: “Okay, let’s put my password in and hook up Philo. There. Imma gonna leave my information in your TV so you can have something good playing.”

Lady doing the man next to me feet- “Sorry”

Man: “They are not from here I bet.”

Little boy runs up to where we are sitting and says hello.

Both ladies scold him.

Lady 1 to boy:”I know you miss your mom baby, but she’s dead and never coming back.”

Me: “What???”

Lady 2: “His mom killed herself a few months back. Drugs. My oldest son Is doing the best he can.
Moved here to get away from the drama.”

Me: “New York?”

Ladies: “How’d you know. I’d move back in a hot minute, but our two bedroom that was only $1500 a month in 2020, went up to $2800 a month. Hate this place! Mainly the schools. They don’t let you fight it out like back home.”

Lady 2’s phone rings.

“What the H*** do you want me to do about it? Let them fight!”

Lady 2 ends the call.

Lady 1: “The school again?”
Lady 2: “Yeah. Just let them fight. What a bunch of sappy whimps they have at these schools down here.”

Lady 1 to Lady 2: “Are we getting drunk tonight or should we wait until Saturday again?”

Lady 2: “ I think we should wait until Saturday, but start earlier then last week because I was still hung over last Sunday at church. Don’t remember anything the preacher talked about.”

Lady 1: “You didn’t miss much. They mostly talked about giving. They took money for the building fund. I was asking what building fund? It’s a new church. But you know who, told me that you should always tithe to a fund so the preacher can’t get his hands on it.”

Lady 2: “Truth right there. I tell you it’s culture shock down here. I just hate it!”

Lady 2: “That’s my phone again. The school. Leave me the H*** alone!”

Lady 1: “ You are too nice. Forget about our nails, let’s go to the school and get him. Let me talk to the teacher and principal and straighten them out. Kids need to learn to fight it out for themselves.”

Lady 2 turns to me: “What do you think? Also, where you from? New York too?”

Me: “I’m From Massachusetts.” “Is he in high school?”

Lady 1: “No. across the street right over there. Middle school.”

Me: “ So fighting in middle school?”

Lady 2: “This one boy called my son a N**** and then spit on his Nikes.”

Lady 1: “So her son punched him and he gets suspended!” “Let’s leave right now so I can go take care of this once and for all!”

Ladies and little boy get up and say they will be back in a hour.

Workers all apologized to the rest of us, as the ladies that left kept cussing, too.
Then one changed the TV back to The Voice.

Is it 2023 yet?

Or maybe 2020 again? Can I stay home and do nothing please? What happen to my slow living journey? I want it back. Oh yes, life! 😅

My daughters wedding is in less then two months away. The wedding shower is a month a way. So much planning is involved, and I want it to be perfect. It will not be Pinterest perfect, because that is out of my means, but I’d at least like it to be something that takes her breath away.

Honestly though, I had no idea how much goes into an actually one hundred guest wedding. Who knew? I certainly did not. And when I think about other countries wedding customs and partying for a week straight, it’s exhausting to think about. Slow living will do that to anyone. You get use to taking it slow and easy. Handling one thing at a time. Slowly. Carefree.

Next week we will be moving my daughters things into her new house. The house closes next week. And they really did get the house of their dreams. It is just perfect.

There are so many changes happening at once and I thing I’m going a bit stir crazy. I really want to have a couple weeks of not leaving the house or working. I guess this is what happens in mid-life.

Actually, I take that back. While it’s not empty yet, I see the next five years, and while most people who become empty nesters look forward to a life of going here and there. Perhaps doing everything they had put on the back burner to raise a family…

Ha! No thank you. I do not care about going here or there. I’ve found my contentment in life.

Currently, I just don’t want to leave the house. I want to do, well, nothing. Maybe doing nothing would get boring after a few months, but I’m up for the challenge.

I always assumed that life would become easier when my kids got older. It doesn’t! It just gets busier. Life was easier when all the kids were younger. Go figure?!

I think it could do with my midlife lack of energy. I feel my energy levels dwindling by the month. Having to still cook so much, I’ve managed to get off Keto again and I’m guessing that is making my mind grouchy and foggy.

It really sucks! And when we are home, all I want to do is sleep, because quality sleep seems like a luxury my age.

Okay, I guess my semi-rant is over. I’m just so tired and don’t want to burden anyone with my feelings.