Monday, February 17, 2014


One of the good things about reading a lot is learning new words.  Yes, I'm one of those dorky people who looks up words (it's so easy if I'm reading online ...)  Today I learned indolent.

Lazy!  Sometimes I feel like I am lazy.  But it has such a negative connotation.  So I don't dare let the word enter my mind.  It's harsh and could possibly affect my self esteem.  Which is borderline right now.  

Occasionally someone will ask how I'm doing and am I keeping busy.  Well, yes, I do seem to fill up my days and evenings just fine ... but no one gets excited when I say "just keeping my head above water and myself out of trouble."  Today I thought I would keep track of my day to see how indolent I am.

I got up at 8am, made coffee and then the bed.  Brushed teeth and enjoyed over an hour of news headlines, email, Facebook.  Today I had oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit.  (I always start out healthy ....)

At 10am, I tossed in a load of laundry and accepted all my Words with Friends and Scramble and LetterPress invitations.  My sister is in the design stage of remodeling the tiniest kitchen in the universe so I printed out all three schematics, looked on line for different solutions (they make 18" dishwashers!) and emailed her my thoughtful opinion.  

I then checked the Olympics stats and wandered back onto Facebook.  (I really love Facebook!)  Emailed back and forth with my friends who arrive in Maui tomorrow afternoon.  Sent two birthday emails and checked the weather in cities where I have family or friends.  (Brrrrr)

At noon I puttered around in the yard.  The cat trap is NOT working ... they manage to get the food but I don't get the cat.  I used WD-40 again but I'm not hopeful.  I trained some bougainvillea to climb the trellis Mr. Ralph installed.  Smiled when I noticed how many blossoms are on the lemon tree.  Swept off the deck and made a list of handyman chores. 

It was almost 2pm when I dried and folded the laundry and seriously thought about doing another load, but quickly ruled that out.  Best save something for tomorrow.  I took myself in for an hour meditation (nap).

My wonderful young condo tenants spent their weekend moving my life back into my condo.  I ordered an Edible Arrangement to be delivered to them at their new digs tomorrow to thank them.  Gosh it took me half an hour just to decide which fruit bouquet to choose.  And I called back to have the strawberries dipped in chocolate!  Not frugal but gosh I am so thankful to them.

I went online again to start the electric at the condo in my name.  Unfortunately, I was NOT successful and actually had to call someone.  Very interesting since she spent 20 minutes getting it together (something to do with a condo complex) and I have the same account number as a year ago!

Thankfully, my insurance company emailed me that the umbrella policy is due in a month, and I did get that paid online with ease.  I got an email link to sign in for my new health insurance.

My Maui hair stylist and I exchanged many text messages.  She has a friend a little older than me who is recently widowed and this year decided to come to Maui like they used to.  But she needs some friends who are not couples.  Lesa asked if she could send her the link to my blog (heck, yes!) and if I would be willing to talk or meet with her to share my "secrets."  As if.  We know this is the hardest part about being a widow .. making new friends.

By 4pm it was time to make a few phone calls.  And start thinking about something healthy for dinner.  I made a dash over to the grocery store for a few items.  Now I can have a nice salad with a piece of fish and LOTS of veggies that I like.  Upon my return my daughter's "almost" mother-in-law called to see if she and her boyfriend could pop over to see the little house (we had dinner at a restaurant last night).  6:30 til 8:30 so now I'm not very hungry.

My high school buddy (and two family members) called to say they just arrived on the island so when can we meet up!  My next set of house guests arrive tomorrow afternoon ... right after the cleaning lady.

Not fast paced living, but certainly not indolent!


  1. It's amazing what we accomplish when we think we're not doing much if anything. You keep are much busier than I am! I tend to get on a project and stick with all day.

    1. I think I have Adult ADD. And no big projects!

  2. No, not indolent. Cross that one off your list / LOL. Sounds like you have ample doses of 'have to do' busywork and doses of 'get to do' opportunities. What matters is what actually helps you. How do you rate it? Sometimes I feel really satisfied when I can check off the 'have to do's. Other times I want to put them off. What was life like before computers??

    I know what you mean about borderline self esteem. Hope this rises; you sound like a lovely lady.

    1. LOL! I'm the world's worst procrastinator. But I'm good with myself. I do feel better when I can cross things off but I also have to remember what things I added on that day! More fun than not, I must say!!!