Glorious day! We did one of our favourite things; we got in the car and drove somewhere for lunch. Today it was Stratford for lunch at one of two Indian restaurants in town, a walk around our favourite antiques mall and a wonderful stroll along the river. Well, Doug strolled; I watch the swans.
My friend Peter was talking about retirement planning in his blog today. Retirement planning is a pain, but a necessary one. We aren’t where we thought we’d be because of the time I spent on long-term disability and because of the stroke that largely ended Doug’s thoughts of full-time work. My long-term plan, because I am after all, a sociologist, was to marry a younger man and let him continue to work while I concentrated on writing the best-selling Canadian mystery novel. I did marry the younger man, but the rest of it has kind of faded a bit. We have an absolutely brilliant financial planner though, and he is managing our resources so well that we have been able to travel far more than I thought we might. And now that I am being a healthy, etc. ….we should be able to really have some fun for the time that we are both able to enjoy the process of discovering the world. We are blessed in so many ways.
Tomorrow, we will join my nephew and his wonderful family for Thanksgiving. We will be representing our generation since both his parents (my brother and sister-in-law) and his wife’s parents are on jaunts of their own this year. We will get some one- on-one time with the great-niece aged 9 and her little brother, aged 7 who is a particular friend of Doug’s. Better than when the whole gang is around.
The mood of yesterday seems to have been largely banished, although I did have my moments today. After a sudden stop in the car on our way home, my neck reacted as it often does by hurting like blazes, and I felt very fragile. Thankfully, the electric shocks from the pinched nerve didn’t last too long, but it took a while longer for the sense of vulnerability to dissipate.
Anyway, the Tigers are at it again, so better go watch for a bit. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you be surrounded by all the good things in your life.