Life Gets Busy

You know how when you’re still working, you dream of the time you’ll retire, when you’ll have so much time to do what you want? I remember when I thought that. In fairness, I do have a good deal of time to do what I want. Most of the time. Lately it seems life has been busier. Just don’t ask me what I’ve been doing. Not sure. Whatever it is, it sure sucks the days up.

There are things – like trips 30 miles down the road to our “big” town. Two so far this week, another tomorrow. Like lawns that need mowing, weeds that should be pulled – but wait, maybe it’ll bloom and then we can call it a flower. Dishes to be done, laundry to be washed, dried and then folded and put away. I’m good at parts of that – but somehow it’s rare for a load of laundry to be completed in one day. House to be cleaned. Or sort-of-cleaned. Pine needles to rake up – how can these trees lose so many needles and still have needles? Kind of like how Shasta can shed so much hair and not be bald, I guess. Pine cones to be picked up. Always. Frequently.

TV to be watched. That accounts for a good part of many evenings. I think I have not missed a house hunt or a Property Brothers renovation, or Food Network’s chopping. And then there’s the streaming – Netflix, Amazon, all those channels for streaming. Getting hooked on shows, silly shows.

Naps to be taken. That’s important. That allows me to stay up too late, so tomorrow I’ll need another nap. Gotta stick to the routine. Actually, I’m trying to break that routine, but it gets hard to resist anytime after lunch until about 7:00 p.m. So here I am. Sitting on my front deck enjoying a nice breeze and a glass of lemon/cucumber/mint infused water. Heading back to Costa Rica. I still have lots of pictures from that March cruise I haven’t shared and a few more recent photos to share, but I’ve opted to go back to Costa Rica today to show you some of the more exotic things that we saw when we were in the Veragua Rain Forest. First, a pretty red flower. Of some kind. A pretty kind.


And something purple


the sun shining on a fern


interesting tree bark


A view across the valley and more things that caught my attention








So now maybe I’ll go mow some of that lawn. I have a couple of hours before the sprinklers come on. Yes, that sounds like a good idea! While I’m mowing, you sit back, put your feet up, have a glass of wine or beverage of your choice, and appreciate this life that offers enough if we are willing to see it.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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13 Responses to Life Gets Busy

  1. I don’t know where time goes either, Carol. It seems like it just speeds by! And there is so much to do that fills the time! It’s crazy. It’s great to go back to Costa Rica to see all this amazing vegetation. What an amazing slice of paradise!


  2. Loved how you (write about and) take naps πŸ™‚ I do the same and I am so grateful for my freelance / home office work schedule that allows me to have 45min to 1h after lunch every day. And because I get up around 5am – that one hour of sleep is crucial to continue and make those evening/afternoon meetings and events πŸ™‚ Loved your photos – thank you πŸ™‚


  3. cobbies69 says:

    Enjoyed your breath of summer and sunshine.. πŸ˜‰


  4. suzicate says:

    There never seems to be enough time to do all we want to do! So glad you took time to share this beauty and I took time to enjoy these photos…thank you.


  5. Karma says:

    Retired life sounds a lot like my summer time, lol. Deciding which chores to do (or not do), enjoying the outdoor deck, watching tv. I don’t really nap, unless you count falling asleep while watching tv! Love the rain forest shots.


  6. I’m trying to break the late-to-bed routine, too, but tha’t when I start to think clearly!


  7. Robin says:

    Beautiful series of images. The lemon/cucumber/mint infused water sounds wonderful. I had to laugh at this: “..but wait, maybe it’ll bloom and then we can call it a flower.” That’s how I garden/weed, too. πŸ˜€


  8. Kathy says:

    That red flower is gorgeous! Took my breath away with its beauty. I know what you mean about the crazy-busyness of this time of years, at times. And napping is essential! (Is it time for a nap yet?)


  9. Heather says:

    Strange how the days are so much longer in the summer, and there still doesn’t seem to be time to do daylight things.
    But, napping is good. As you said, it allows you to stay up late, so that you need another nap the next day. Being a night owl and a napper myself, I understand. What I don’t understand is how I can brush so much fur from my little cats. So much. Why aren’t they bald? Oh wait. You don’t know either. Well, I’m off to see if that weed bloomed into a flower. πŸ˜‰


  10. Carol – Your photographs take me right back to Costa Rica with you. I just wish I had a glass of lemon/cucumber/mint infused water to enjoy while taking this virtual tour β€” it sounds deliciously refreshing!


  11. Lisa says:

    You are my idol. πŸ™‚ I do dream of the day I’m officially *retired* and my days can be my own….but until then, I’ll just try and be happy with *enough*!! Hope you have a great week, my friend. Absolutely love your photos. xo


  12. Robin says:

    Wow! Beautiful photos. I love HGTV, especially House Hunters. I leave that channel on for the dogs when we go out. Busy…some days I throw my hands up in the air and sigh. A lot of time is dedicated to dog care. I live in a condo, so besides walking, Old English Sheepdog are just plain high maintenance. I am glad I don’t have housework and yard work. Errands never end. A nap sounds nice. Oh, I haven’t been awake long enough for a nap…sigh.


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