WaaWhoo, it’s Saturday. That used to mean something when we were w*rking stiffs but, now that we are foot loose and fancy free our week consists of six Saturdays and one Sunday. Yesterday, the 5th Saturday, we drove into the city to visit with our son. Judy had some paperwork to take care of and Brian wanted to do some shopping for baby Fortner. He, also, needed a couple pairs of pants for himself.
It’s been a long time since Judy and I have been in a giant shopping mall and the Rivertown Mall was rather subdued for a Friday morning (generally it is packed with people). We were able to park, get in, walk through, do our shopping, and get out before the herding began. Then we made a quick trip to Lifeway Christian Bookstore just to say we did.
As is the routine whenever we visit Grand Rapids, we went out to Arnie’s for lunch. Arnie’s is guaranteed to have a great lunch at a reasonable price. We always head for the “select any two for $8.99” section of the menu and select a soup and sandwich with a cup cake for dessert. Brian was looking especially good since he’s lost some weight.
On our way home we stopped by the Amish farm veggie stand to pick up some more corn, green peppers, and watermelon. Ray and Pat will return today and we’re fixing a “travel day meal” for them. Here it was, Friday night and no hordes of campers with kids, dawgs, and smoky fires lining up at the entrance of the Fabulous Friendly Faber Family campground. Just a nice peaceful old campsite in the woods with water and thirty amp electric hook up. Aah, this is what camping is really all about. Now we’re roughing it smoothly.
Being that we had a big meal for lunch, we had picked up a “footlong” Subway sandwich which we split for dinner and then it was “let the games begin”. We played a game of backyard Bocci Ball. That Miss Judy is going to be a formidable opponent when we get to playing on a court. I win now because I can throw the Pallino farther away and she doesn’t have the strength to throw the Bocci Ball quite that far but, when we’re on a court she will have a good eye and be “all over it”. So there’s a lot more Bocci Ball to come.
It’s nice to be getting back to our old routine of “early to bed, early to rise”. We like to go to bed somewhere between nine and ten and arise between six to seven. Actually, Miss Judy likes to roll out of the sack around five thirty and I like to get up somewhere between six thirty and seven, however, nine hours sleep is too much for me. I’m better off with six hours sleep than nine hours of sleep; that much sleep makes me groggy but, Judy likes to have an hour or so to herself in the morning. So, I may have to start staying up until eleven. Either that or take my Nook to bed with me (I hear that laugher, Terry) so I can stay in bed and read in the morning.
Oh well, we’ll get it all worked out one way or the other. It’s just nice to be retired folks again. To paraphrase Bert from Mary Poppins, “[We] does what [we] likes and [we] likes what [we] do.”
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