Not deciding is deciding

You owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at.    W. H. Auden

This quote was a page-stopper for me.

It comes at a time when I am weighing options in my life.

There is what I want to do.  Quit my job and pursue other interests.

I tell myself at least once a day that I should quit and do something else.

Then there is what I feel I should do.  Stay at the job and try to contain work to a reasonable amount of time in my day and space in my brain.  So far, not happening.

I need to learn some Jedi mind tricks.

What I am good at?  Writing, communicating, helping others, finding solutions, taking care of loved ones.  Even if I am not first-rate at anything, there are many things I enjoy doing such as writing (I always come back to that), painting, playing the piano, learning computer science.

All take time and a full-time job doesn’t allow for much free time.

Everybody’s doing it

I have many friends who are retired.  I am just tired.

I want to step out in faith that the future will be OK, that I have saved enough, that I will not regret my decision.

My friend’s younger sister (40ish) was killed suddenly in a car accident a few weeks ago. A terrible reminder of the uncertainty of our time on earth.

My friend who retired in December hates it.  Other friends love it.

A man and his wife recently retired and downsized.  As he put it, “We want to make tnese decisions while we are still able rather than have someone else make them for us.”

If I look hard and long enough,  I will find arguments pro and con for quitting my job.

Every day brings me closer to starting a new life.

The question is will I let fate decide (illness, accident, industry changes) or will I be the captain of my ship?

My heart longs to travel down peaceful, quiet roads.

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~Photo Pexels.com Kaique Rocha~

Your thoughts?

 

Breaking my fast

 

I am trying to eat good food when I “break my fast” but, it’s not always easy mainly due to lack of time and a bit of laziness.

I don’t want to cook first thing in the morning and I don’t want to clean up afterwards.

However, I do want to eat well. Continue reading “Breaking my fast”

Forget Cargo Pants

“If you look back (at) pictures of women who have strong style, you will never find pictures of a cargo pant.”     French designer Johanna Senyk*

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A model wearing cargo pants on the Prabal Gurung spring 2019 runway Victor VIRGILE https://www.glamour.com/gallery/best-cargo-pants-for-women

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If you want happiness…

 

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If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. Continue reading “If you want happiness…”

On a cold morning

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It is wonderful to sit by my fireplace on a cold, dark morning.

The sun will rise in an hour or so. There is snow on the ground.

I have a hot cup of coffee and a book to read.

My sweet Ginny lies on her rug near the fire dozing.

Could there be a more perfect morning?

Moving Toward Personal Peace

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~Photo Lori Greer, Portland, Oregon, USA.~

I went to an early morning yoga class recently.

In moving from a bending pose to a standing pose, I reached and pulled my hair out of my face.

In that instant, I felt a sense of peace.

Peace such as I have not felt in a long time.

Continue reading “Moving Toward Personal Peace”

Great Coffee Great People

As sure as the day breaks in Portland, you will find me sipping a cup of hot coffee.

On warm days, I sit on the patio with Ginny, my Goldendoodle, who wonders when we are going for her morning walk.

In the winter, we sit by the fire listening to soft music.  If it is raining, Ginny is much less interested in going for a walk.  She is a fair-weather girl!

Rose City Coffee

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Coffee from Rose City Coffee, Portland, Oregon. Photo Lori Greer

In my cup you will find Rose City Coffee.          Rose City Coffee

The people are lovely,  The coffee is great.  I take it on trips.  I give it as gifts.

The owner, Christie, has created warm welcoming spaces at both of her locations in southeast Portland.

Rose City, I love you too!  Lori

 

A Simple Work Ethic

 

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I find that if I can do just these two things, I normally will have a productive, satisfying day. Continue reading “A Simple Work Ethic”

Cooling it with Google…

I never imagined that cooling my home in summer would be an issue in Portland, Oregon.  I counted on  a few hot days and then, back to cooler days and nights!

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~Photo Lori Greer

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Photo San Jose del Cabo

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San Jose del Cabo ~Photo Lori Greer, January 2018~

I love old, rustic shutters, doors and gates.

Continue reading “Photo San Jose del Cabo”