Life has been incredibly busy lately and it's not slowing down any. I've done nothing for months other than reading outside and swimming when I get hot and now everything is happening at once.
On Saturday, we attended a 90th birthday surprise chamber music concert for my dad at my youngest sister's house in her backyard with the musicians playing from the stage and the audience sitting on the grass in chairs on rugs with pre-packaged dinners made by my 2 youngest sisters for all the guests who included everyone in our family except 3 grandkids who couldn't attend due to work and schooling commitments. So, there were 17 people in our family plus the girlfriends and friend of 3 of the grandkids, the 4 musicians and my youngest sister's animals: a 9-year old Golden Retriever and 2 tabby cats. One is 16 (?) and the other one isn't even a year-old yet.
My dad was so surprised and so delighted with the concert and music and everything. Apparently, they were world class musicians. I would hope so for that kind of pay. It wasn't as expensive as the last time our 2 youngest sisters decided on an expensive present for a milestone birthday and split between 5 families was easier to swallow.
But, with a dad who is turning 90 in a month, I'm just happy he enjoyed it. And, the concert ended just seconds before the heavens opened up and a downpour came down. Everyone had parked at our house and of course, none of us had umbrellas so we all quickly walked/ran to our place. My purse doesn't look shaped anymore. I hope it's not ruined as it took me forever to find a good purse that would accommodate my e-reader along with travel documents and passport for when I travel. Everyone was in distinct family pods during the concert to maintain distancing because of COVID safety measures.
It's too bad it started to rain. I wanted to at least talk to my dad before I went home. My youngest sister who lives 3 doors away from me (my dad lives 4 doors away from me) told me that my dad was wiped out yesterday after the weekend excitement. The first bit of excitement was when our middle sister and her husband who haven't seen my dad since last fall surprised him early afternoon with a visit that had been arranged with our youngest sister (the one that lives between our dad and us). She arranged for our middle sister to stay in their RV while there as my dad wasn't letting anyone into his part of the house other than the kids of the youngest sister who are currently living there in the front of the house while he has a granny flat in the back of the house since all university courses will be online for at least the first term. Confused with which sisters are which yet?
And, I still have 2 more sisters whom I haven't even mentioned yet. 🤣
And, then a few weeks ago, we received an invitation to an outdoor concert at a friend's yard who we met when we started following the local band he was in and we haven't seen him or the rest of the band since last late summer for me and fall for my husband. Anyways, he messaged me saying he was having this concert at his house where the band would play in his carport and the audience would sit or stand somewhere on the lawn, sidewalk and parking lanes and said he missed us and did we want to come and I immediately said yes so we went to that yesterday and it was great!
We were among the first to arrive and his wife greeted us. We've never met before and when she heard who we were, she pulled the family's chairs over so that my husband I could put our chairs in the shade, which was really nice of here. She let me use the washroom during intermission, too which was also very nice of her. I got a hug from her husband and he said he missed us. It was nice.
So, today, it was supposed to be hot and sunny so spent the majority of the day outside reading my book on the aforementioned e-reader and going in the pool when I got hot. Usually, I go in the pool when I get hot and it feels refreshing but we've been experiencing some residual effects from Hurricane Laura, apparently.
But, it hasn't been hot. It's been coolish and rainy and the temperature of the water reflected that so I regret that I couldn't handle the 76F temp for any longer than a quick dunking which I did most of the time. I'm disappointed it was too cold to actually enjoy swimming in. I usually swim 10 laps each time I go in the pool but I barely went one lap in the 3 times I went in the pool.
I'm hoping the temperature of the water will warm up soon so I can continue to enjoy it until we have to close it mid-September.
Back to the topic at hand, coming up, I have a pedicure booked this Friday as the following week, we're going to the wedding of our first born niece. She was the first born anything on both sides of the family.
Her wedding is located 3 hours east of us.
I also have my first hair appointment since early March scheduled for September 9. And, on, September 10, we're travelling to the location of the wedding returning the next day after the wedding (it's a morning wedding). The drummer from the local band mentioned above lives near where the wedding is so we might visit. I'm not sure as they have 3 dogs and I'm allergic to dogs, itchy eyes allergic but if we stay outside and the dogs stay away from me, I'd probably be fine. We'll see.
And, once the pool is closed, it will be time to start decluttering and cleaning the whole house. Now, I just have to make sure I keep depression at bay. When the weather turns cold, I often get depressed. And, this year will be a lot tougher what with the pandemic and all.
Although, it does help that I've been retired since May 1st. If I was still working from home during the pandemic like I did for two months before I retired, I think I would have been very depressed. The two months were brutal enough and I know it would be even worse in the nice weather. I still got depressed though until the weather finally got better and I could spend more time outside.
Today should have been the day I retired as September 1st was the first date I was eligible for a fully-paid retirement. However, my husband figured out that it was only $90 less a year and since that was less than $10 a month, he said I could retire just in time for the nice weather and it's been great for the most part. I'm living my dream. I practically read a book a day. I've read 52 books since May 1st.