|grey cape with blue skies on Friday|
When I retired three years ago, Monsieur was still working and was only playing music from time to time. He has since joined two bands and is singing occasionally. There are regular rehearsals and much of Monsieur's life is involved with his music.
In addition to reading blogs, I enjoy listening to podcasts. Recently, I listened to The Ballad of Tin Ears on CBC Radio's Ideas. Although I know all the lyrics to the great Broadway musicals, I am completely
tone deaf! We tested it and I really can not distinguish pitch. I am not embarking on a musical career any time soon!
Soon a new year will be upon us and I will have another birthday in January. Another year has almost passed. My father has been gone 2 years in January. Although Maman misses him every day, our lives carry on. I am aware of the more frequent aches and pains in my own ageing body.
So my challenge in the new year is to try to find more engaging activities in my own neighbourhood. My retirement plan involved "front loading" travel for my healthiest years (60-65). I will be 63 in January so now is the time to create my "at home" life.
Before I went away, I took a course in Writing a Children's Book. Yesterday, I met with a publisher who is going to mentor me in the process. I have written since I was a little girl and I am constantly reading. At University, I studied English and French literature as an undergraduate and Children's lit as a postgraduate. I will be working with X to develop a story that I hopefully will publish. I am always happiest when I have a project.
Monsieur drove me to Granville Island for my meeting. The skies were blue and clear. I put on my charcoal cape and grey Eileen Fisher pants to walk along the waterfront. We stopped for lunch at The Vancouver Fish Company. I have eaten in so many restaurants and dining rooms recently that I am really looking forward to simpler fare.
I have hardly thought about Christmas. Our gift list has shrunk as more family members have opted out of the gift exchange. It is a relief! We will spend some time together but gift giving will not be our focus. There are some special Advent services at our neighbourhood church and I am looking forward to a Christmas Cantata.
My challenge for today is a performance of one of Monsieur's bands at a larger, probably noisy venue. The band doesn't play until 10:00 and Madame finds band wife a very stressful role. Oh well! Life is about compromise.