Odd combination perhaps, but it’s what’s on my mind right now. This past Sunday, we celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary. Compared to last year that was a super wonderful party celebration with family and friends followed by a fall trip to Maine, this year was pretty tame. LOL Totally appropriate, too.
We never got around to making a reservation for supper and were surprised to find most places had a 1 to 2 hour wait! Who does that? I mean I’ll wait for 15 maybe 20 minutes, but I won’t wait for any place for an hour or more. I mean that just blows my mind.
Anyway, we ended up a restaurant where we’ve celebrated many past birthdays, Lucile’s. Bob had his traditional salmon, and I had steak. I don’t eat steak often, but my parents always celebrated with steak, so I think it’s in my DNA. 😊
Interestingly, we took no pictures. The ones I’m sharing are all from last year.
Let’s talk about Self-Care. Our ABC affiliate does lots of good stories about healthy living and you know I love the Blue Zones information. One of the tests I took showed that I don’t do enough socializing—not enough fun and games.
Well, I don’t. I’m a self-confessed workaholic. There is always some project that needs my attention. Between the many and varied tasks for writing and publishing a book, I do a lot of work at my church with Presbyterian Women and our Outreach Committee and a new committee I’m chairing about being a Matthew 25 Church. Look for a whole blog on that subject sometime soon.
You know all about my Noom experience and walking 10 K + steps every day. Those are all important pieces of self-care. But the doing nothing just for fun? I’m not too good at that.
So anyway, this summer the church has something we’re calling Terrific Tuesdays. This is a chance to come together for projects, fun and food.
Tuesday was our first gathering, and I attended to learn about Mah Jongg.
Now I love to play games, I just normally only get to do that with my granddaughter Sarah, a big gamer herself. Some of our favorite games are Chess, which she is teaching me, and Word Salad, an expanded Charades type game, and these in the pic.
Also, Corn Hole–did you know there are national competitions in Corn Hole? I only just discovered that fact.
Anyway, I am choosing to do something for myself, even though I don’t have time for fun and games because of the book, a lesson I’m teaching in Sunday School this coming Sunday, and getting this post ready. 🙂 I’m going to do it anyway.
(I started writing this on Monday and now it’s Wednesday.)
OMG! Yesterday, my mind was blown just looking at the pictures on the tiles (which don’t show in this pic) and hearing all the strange new terms. But what fun. I’ll be returning next week.
Interestingly, I had a group of women playing Mah Jongg in ACT OF TRUST, Book 2 The Second Chances Series. On one of our trips to Maine, we’d stopped at a small cafe. About 8 women were gathered around tables plaing and laughing. I went over to make conversation (because that’s what we authors do! LOL) and they told me what they were playing. I just learned today while walking at the Mall with a friend that the games you can play change every year, so you never get bored. At this point, I don’t see boredom becoming a problem for me. 🙂 The rules are very complex. It’s a bit like learning a new language. But it’s fun to be with friends and new people leaning a new thing and just hunging out.
Are you a gamer? What do you do to take care of yourself? As always I’d Love to hear from you.
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