Old Dogs New Tricks

We are now back on track with another good lesson under our belts.  At the end of the summer we decided we should start to slow down a bit and not try to do so much so that was why we put the farm up for sale.  When we got here in Florida we promised each other to start pulling back a bit and not do so much but that just didn’t happen as quickly as it should have.  Norman redid the master bath.  He took out everything and then tiled the floor, repaired and painted walls and mop boards and put in new vanity and dressed up the room.  He should have taken it slowly but once he got started it was “hell bent for election” and he got too tired so left himself open for the colds that were around.  That took him out of stride for a week but taught him a good lesson -he has agreed to wait on redoing the kitchen until we sell the farm and then have some one come in draw up plans and do the remodel  while we take a cruise.  Now we get the idea.  But I had not learned from his mistake.  Christmas Eve is always my big deal, this year Patty said she would do it for me and I agreed in thought but when it came right down to it I just could not keep out of it any more than Norman could have kept out of the master bath remodel.  I tried to spread it out over three days but did much too much each day and pushed it too far and let myself open to the same cold as a result I am still fighting the bad chest cold and had three times the amount and variety of food for Christmas eve that I should have-  Patty told me but I didn’t listen.  Next year she is doing Christmas Eve and I will do only what she tells me to- Promise. These old dogs still have many new lessons to learn but we get there one at a time.  I learned or thought I had not to climb up on a chair to get something on a top shelf but when I went to put the small tree I keep on the dinning room table away in the linen closet I thought I could do it just once more.  When I put the tree on the top shelf it fell over, I just needed to stand it up again and push it back to the back but to reach it I needed something to stand on.   The only thing that would fit through the bathroom door was the ladder back chairs from the dinning room so I got on put it in the door of the linen closet and put my left foot on the chair.  My knee was bent of course and when I tried to pull myself up enough to get my right foot onto the chair seat also my legs just folded and I landed on the chair in a crumpled mess.  My knees and hips just folded in different directions and I couldn’t move.  I didn’t want to call to Norman to come help me as I didn’t want to take the scolding I knew I would get so I slowly and painfully unfolded my legs and finally got my feet back on the ground.  It has taken three days to get the soreness out of my knees and hips but at least I know now I will never climb on anything again and Norman will remind me often.  That same afternoon Norman went out to put stuff on the ant hills and got stung by a hornet so he decided to spray the hornet nests around the house also.  He got all but one that was too high to reach so he got the ladder and climbed up to get it.  I can’t climb but HE could.  Well something happened and the ladder went out from under him and he fell backwards, smack on the ground –  I was inside and did not hear him but did hear a noise outside when the neighbors came over.  I just thought they were visiting but it turned out that they saw him fall so came to help.  When he got up and checked to be sure nothing was broken he came in.  I knew as soon as I saw him something had happened as he was so white, his color had not yet come back to his face.  To make a long story short- there was no damage done just a sore shoulder and back and two days taking it easy has given him a full recovery but I will not let him forget- all of these things must be done by a younger person not an 84 year old — KEEP BOTH FEET ON THE GROUND !!  So it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks but God it getting it through our thick heads one trick at a time and maybe we are learning.  It is a whole new way of getting things done but we will learn and keep active, just not up in the air.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Old Dogs New Tricks

  1. Nancy O'Grady says:

    Well, I’ll try again……just lost my first reply.
    What a story and I think you have taught us all a good lesson. Afraid I still do some crazy things and just have been lucky.
    We have enjoyed the holidays but now I look forward to a couple of months of hibernation with the bears. Have some books lined up and the library across the road with more, plus movies to entertain. My kind of relaxation!
    No snow yet but it will come I am sure. Then it will be excitement enough for me. Go to exercise class 2 times a week and walk Jade every day a.m. and p.m. The days just fly and here we are at 2015! How did we ever get here so fast???
    I think it will be a good year for everyone. Do sit back and watch the clouds.
    Love, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, Nice to hear from you. We had a wonderful Christmas and now are enjoying a visit from Celina and our grandson Alec. We invited them for the week but told them they had to go sight seeing and visiting on their own and they do. It has worked out great. We get to see them each morning for breakfast and then again at night for supper. They got to spend one day with her brother Thomas and his boys. They went bowling and yesterday they went with Patty Kayaking on the St Lucie River. Today they are going to the beach this afternoon and tomorrow everyone is invited to Tom’s house for a dinner and see his new house. Monday they leave early to visit a friend in Orlando and going to Universal Park where Rob is an engineer for the Park and has been since they graduated college and Tuesday they fly back to CT. So they have had a fun packed week and we did not get too tired having them here. We enjoyed their visit so much and hope any other relatives that want to come down would feel free to do the same as long as we don’t have to entertain them. Love Carol

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