Still Sorting Things Out and Smiling More – 12-29-19

Today was the kind of day that I needed.

A comfortable day outside, well at least for winter and not a lot going on other than a nice run. Although I might have gotten in a longer than normal nap, a good dog walk over at UMA, delving into the rabbit hole of old blogs I used to follow and in the process found several new ones that sound interesting. Hell, I didn’t have the TV on for more than a few minutes…my interest in professional football continues to wane and most shows outside of a very few don’t make me stop what I am doing to watch them.

These two were waiting when we opened the door, it is time to be fed, what have you two been doing???

This morning’s run was more to get out and stretch out the legs than any kind of serious training run. I only needed 2 miles to go over 1,700 for 2019, so I planned on running my test course to get the miles in. It did mean coming back up Philbrick Hill, but I am getting used to running up the darn thing at this point. Nope, it doesn’t mean it is easy, just that it is part of running in winter when I run around the house.

It was very fitting that I chose to wear my New Balance Beacon 2s since I put more miles in that line of shoes than I did any other over the course of 2019.

This afternoon, we did something a bit different, we took both dogs (Bennie and Hunter) on a road trip to UMA for a walk. Usually, if those two get too close to one another for too long, there are problems with both attempting to prove their dominance of the other. Not fun or good, but today, they were well-behaved and I enjoyed walking around the old stomping grounds.

Mary asked if I missed working there and I told her that sometimes I do. Not so much the work, but more because the people at UMA were great to work with. It did bring back a lot of good memories.

Tonight I was reading an article and the author was someone who’s blog I followed for several years, but lost track of somehow or another. So I followed the link back to Bob Lowry’s Satisfying Retirement blog and read a few articles and added it back into my list of blogs I follow.

While there I got into his blog list rabbit hole and had about 20 tabs open with blogs that I wanted to get a closer look at. Some were other old blogs that I used to follow and others were new to me. I followed a few that seemed in line with the direction I am going or were just interesting on their own.

Articles that I read today:

How to Retire and Follow Your Own Path – podcast
Holiday Visitors
The Earth is Flat – this is the old blog that I used to follow, glad I found it again.
Simple Strategies That Will Help You Live Longer
3 Mindful Steps to Make Successful New Year’s Resolutions
Recommended Reading 2019 – FS Blog
Spirituality and Aging: Lessons in Letting Go
Consistently Good Enough Beats Occasionally Great
Neuroplasticity And the Aging Brain
Seven Reasons We Should Be Amazed About Getting Older
The Summerhouse Year’s role as a retirement influencer
What is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started – This is one of those blogs that I used to follow and something that I do attempt to follow to some extent. “The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t. What we have influence over and what we do not.” Something I work hard at thinking about whenever I can or run into situations where I have to determine whether I can change something or not and if it is worth worrying about if I cannot. I will start following this site again and who knows to bring a few more of its ideas back into my life.
Glad to be alive – Sightings at 60…one of those new to me blogs I will be following.

One of those quiet days where I didn’t really accomplish a lot, but I feel really great about the day that I had. Right now I am in one of those reflective moods that are brought on by the end of the year and also the end of the decade, during which my life and outlook on life have been challenged several times and changed for what I believe is the better.

Well back to reality tomorrow…the cat boxes need changing, a snow storm is coming and depending on the track will give us somewhere between 3 and 8 inches of the lovely white stuff (I will be calling it white shite in March) to move around. I will do chauffeur duty on Tuesday morning/evening and whatever chores need to get done around the house before the storm hits.

Originally posted on Aging – My Thoughts and written by Harold L. Shaw. I am no gerontologist, expert on aging or anything else, these are just my thoughts and experiences about getting old in today’s world.

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