Errands & Chores


Yesterday I went to the antique mall. I was fairly tired from dragging decorations out all week and lifting boxes to get to them, so I wore the boot.

I walked around for quite some time, picking up items, putting them back. I left without buying a thing. 

But I enjoy my time just strolling and imagining. Pondering where I might put something. Getting inspiration.

Then I went by the grocery store and picked up staples for another meatloaf and pot roast. Last stop: pharmacy pick-up.

Then home to the pupsters. (See how they look with their new hair cuts below.)


I was thinking that I've been in this city for over five years now. A couple of years in the little blue house. And nearly three years here in this patio apartment. 

Sometimes I miss being in a house. But I don't miss the upkeep. My ankle just isn't up for much of that any more. 

I have to learn that if I am to walk, I have to set limitations. If I get up on the step ladder to hang curtains, or if I lift things that are heavy, I'm going to have to take it easy for awhile.

It isn't really my nature to pace myself. I'm working on that day by day. Learning patience.


I went out and cleaned the bird bath yesterday afternoon, so the birds would have fresh water.

I sure enjoy watching those birds fluttering around. 

Do you have a bird bath or bird feeder?


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  1. I find I have to pace myself also. Sometimes I push it and then it takes a day to recover!

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  2. Learning to slow down is my goal, also. It is not easy after pushing myself and burning the candle at both ends for years. A large bird bath was here at my home when I moved in seven years ago. It has a fountain which is at the feet of a little boy and girl who carry an umbrella. The neighbor's cats drink from it more than anything. She has at least five cats. It seems like there is one of every color. The fountain is by my kitchen window. Thanks for writing about your bird bath. I need to pause and appreciate mine.

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    1. I went years like a whirlwind. But after the double ankle break in 2012, it just ain't happenin'!

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  3. I love the wonderful haircuts. Your pupsters look so handsome!!
    If I don't pace my daily activities, I will be so incredibly exhausted the following day. My back will also hurt.
    Thinking of you...
    Gayle

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    1. Yeah, I've got the back problem too. Definitely affects everything.

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  4. The only birds we feed are the eight hens in the chicken run. Are the pupsters allowed a scrambled egg occasionally? As I age, I find that mornings are my best time to work. You are smart to pace yourself...it takes too long to recover from going full tilt...

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    1. No, they can only have a tablespoon of cottage cheese each evening when I eat.

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  5. I think I am ready for some down time from packing. Hopefully moved soon then maybe a trip to the antique mall.

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    1. Oh, decorating your new home will be SO much fun!

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  6. Hi Brenda,
    Sounds like you had a very productive day. I have a birdbath for the birds and I usually put seed out when the weather here gets really cold. I know they have a hard time finding food then. Happy Friday.
    Kris

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    1. I'd love to put bird seed out, but with the mice problem, I'm scared to.

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  7. is it possible that abi and charlie look even more adorable now? yes!
    i only have a balcony at my apartment. i live upstairs.
    but i watch the little sparrows in the huge crepe myrtle tree across from it. i love sparrows.
    when i had my cottage i always kept a bird bath for them. it was one of my favorite things to do...
    watch whole little families of them taking turns bathing! birds are a big part of my life always! anywhere!

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    1. I'd be fine with just a balcony if I didn't have the pupsters.

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  8. The babies look so adorable with their puppy cuts!! I wish I had a good antique mall nearby where I could stroll around and find treasures...we do have an antique mall but I find their prices too high, such a shame!

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    1. Well, we seem to have terrible thrift stores. So it's the antique mall or going out of town. Which you know I won't do!

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  9. Please do take care of your ankle, and don't overdue it if possible. I love the pups haircuts...they are so sweet.
    We downsized 2 years ago from 2700 to 1500 sq. feet..got rid of lots of stuff but still have too much...I KNOW I need to get rid of more but it all takes time. I enjoy your posts...as a matter of fact they are my favs!!

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    1. So many people are downsizing these days. And learning how to organize more and live with less.

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  10. I have a heated bird bath right outside our windowed room. The neighbors dog drinks out of it. But we love him, too. I so enjoy the birds and have several suet feeders, peanut feeders and then regular birdseed feeders. They are our entertainment during the long winter days.
    I do not get as much out as years past for Christmas. I have suffered from back issues the last two years and I am very careful with lifting. I accept it as I am grateful to be alive and have good health. I have friends who are not so.

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    1. You and me both with the back. Mine has been a problem since my twenties. Lifting has to be curbed!

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  11. I know what you're talking about with limiting your activities & taking time out. Good for you in recognizing it's simply something you need to do. I have a tricky back & I have also learned the same lesson. The pups are adorable, you take excellent care of them! Your blog is fun and informative. Have a splendid day.

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    1. I probably take better care of the pupsters than I do myself. They're my babies!

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  12. We just moved here a few months ago so no feeders or birdbaths yet. But we will put up a feeder soon and add a birdbath as soon as we can. We saw a hummingbird fly near the house back in early September, so we plan to put up a hummingbird feeder in the spring. That should be fun. I've never had one before. (When I was young, I thought hummingbird feeders were just something that old people messed with. Now, at age 61, I'm one of the old people! It actually is not so bad getting old -- I am not as hung up on what is age appropriate as I was back in my younger years!)

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    1. I will be 60 in February. Now that I think about it, I don't think I saw one hummingbird all summer!

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  13. We have a bird feeder....this time of year we have Painted Buntings...they are beautiful !

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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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