Last Day

This is the last day of Patty’s break and my last day to do just as I please. It has been a nice week. Otis and I have no duties or obligations to anyone else. The kids have come over every day to visit and make sure we are still here and being good. Otis gets to sleep most of the day but does keep tabs on me and he makes sure I am never out of his sight. It is nice to have a silent partner and very comforting to have him around.
Yesterday he went for a pretty good walk before breakfast so this morning I thought we should go again before breakfast, before it started to get hot but what I think and what he thinks is often two different things and he is tricker or more stubborn than I am. So when I told Otis he had to get up so we could go out for our. walk before I’d give him any breakfast, he just looked at me as if I had two heads. I went to the kitchen and got ready to go and called Otis. He came out limping. This time it was his left FRONT leg he claimed was not working. He came out with that leg up in the air and claimed he could not put any weight on his leg. I believed him so said he could sleep and I would work on my genealogy. I went to the cottage and Otis followed me when he saw I was going into the cottage all of a sudden he was better and walking on all four legs. I worked on the Swartz family tree for a couple hours and then came back to have a little breakfast.
I tried again after breakfast to take a walk and Otis would not leave the yard. He walked to the end of the drive way and then just stood there and refused to move. I gave up and put him out the back door and made him stay out and tried to get him to run around a bit. I did a lot more running than he did before I gave up.
I didn’t do much else today, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to do much. I don’t know how I ever worked, where did I find the time. You would think with how little I do each day how I can sleep at night but I do. Come nine and I am ready for bed. I try to stay up another hour and listen to the news but there isn’t much there either- What a mess this country is in!! Do you think we will ever get this mess untangled? I am really glad I am going not coming.
Have a good night, sleep well and wake up early to fight the good fight, love your neighbor.

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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