bookshelves in my office



What one thing are you really glad you did yesterday?

I’m glad that I convinced myself to go to my office. When we retired and downsized, I no longer had room for all my books, so I got to rent an office where I keep most of my books. I have a computer at home, of course, but that office is my real workspace.

I spent most of my adult life doing freelance work from my home office, so I never had to “go to the office” to work. Well, now I do. The office is not only the place where my books reside, it’s also the place where I get most of my work done. Just being in the office lets me know that it’s time to do some serious work, not just sit and play solitaire on the computer.

Yesterday I got a later start than usual. I was tempted to just stay at home, but I finally dragged myself out and drove to the office. I’m so glad that I did, because I know that I wouldn’t have done anywhere near as much writing and reading if I had just stayed home.

Are you generally focused on today or tomorrow?

I’m probably about evenly divided between the two. Staying focused on the now has its benefits, but I’ve always felt it important to plan ahead, too. I like to take advantage of the many activities offered at our retirement community, and to do that I sometimes have to look at the weekly calendar and figure out what to do when. It’s a never-ending balancing act, but definitely an enjoyable one.

Who Would you want to have as a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now?

I’ve reached the point in my life when I can pretty much do what I want to do, and I kind of like that. I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but I feel like my own best mentor right now.

Would you rather live in a cave house or a dome house made out of glass?

Caves always pose a problem for me because I have a touch of claustrophobia. It’s not severe, but since I spend a lot of time at home I don’t think I’d want that home to be in a cave.

However, I’m also not thrilled by the thought of living in a dome house made out of glass. Right now that sounds appealing because we’ve had a few days lately when some sunshine has broken through, a welcome respite from the prevailing gloom and doom of a Pacific Northwest winter. I definitely want to be able to take advantage of that sun, but I’d also want some very good curtains that I could pull together for privacy. I’m an introvert and love my solitude, so I need to be in control of when, where, and for how long I expose myself to the world.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m definitely grateful for those smatterings of sunshine we had several days this week.

One drawback to living in a retirement community is that the people here are, well, old. In the past few months four people whom we knew quite well have died. (Several others have died as well, but I didn’t know them personally.) Those losses have made me more aware of how grateful I am just to wake up each morning. My joints are stiffer than they used to be, but at least I’m still around to climb out of bed each morning.

I hope everyone has a good week!

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