My Patio

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today I am grateful for my patio.  It’s not big, but it is my summertime oasis.  I used to take a book over to the local pool, sit and read, swim a little, then read and relax some more, in the shade of a huge tree.  Since they built new pools the tree is gone and these days the music is blasting so loudly that I can’t hold a thought much less read.  I don’t hang around after water class and laps.


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I go to my oasis on the patio.  Sure when the neighbor’s air conditioner kicks in it sounds like a plane is landing on the lawn, but I don’t care.  I barely notice it anymore.  If it’s not too hot and humid, usually towards the late afternoon, I grab a big water bottle, the phone just in case the president needs my opinion, my current book and head to the patio.  It’s my detox.  My down-time.   I read a page, nap a little, read another paragraph, nap some more. . .you get the picture.  It doesn’t matter.  I once watched an ant traveling the stucco for twenty minutes.  In silence.  Just the birds and me and that one tenacious ant.  Now that’s retired!  I know many will think “get a life”, but this IS the life and I love it!


But the best, the very best, is when friends stop by unexpectedly and the wine gets poured and a gust of wind nearly takes the umbrella off as if Mary Poppins needs it for a mission, and the laughter drowns out the noise of the neighbor’s air conditioner.  That is when I am most grateful for my patio. . .an oasis with friends.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

Each and every day I find something to be grateful for. My gratitude's are heartfelt, personal, moving and often humorous. Facebook followers have encouraged me to branch out. I hope you will relate.

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