You know people; this column seems to have turned into a soap opera! The Day in the life of Tulip Green. I spoke with the Daughter and all my friends at the lake and they have told me to stay put. It seems that this weekend you even had a little snow. So after I told the Hubby this great news he agreed he thought he could just stay put and enjoy all the good food here. Everybody is always swapping food and “tall tales”. Imagine that! He even found some fishermen that have fished lakes he has never been to in his life.
It is the strangest thing, one woman asked me where in the world had I been all my life. They had been coming to this senior citizen center for years. They have it so organized. They have a calendar of events that would blow your mind. Of course the Hubby is not really a person that would go out and look for something to do or entertain himself but I certainly would!
The best thing of all is the sun comes up really bright and it is around 40 degrees at night and during the day it is between 52 to 58 degrees so far. They tell me it even gets better in February. But you know I don’t think I can be away from home that long. I am a person that likes to sleep in my own bed. But I will keep in touch with the temperature at the lake and will let you know just where I am at all times. I am sure you would worry about me if I just disappeared.
The other day I attended a book review group. Don’t know if I ever told you people but when I retired I had four things on my “TO DO LIST” before I died. #1 Read a lot, #2 Go to movies, #3 Travel and #4 Watch a lot of television. You see I worked all the time and really never took any time to enjoy myself. Well, I guess my ship just came in and I jumped on it. I have been enjoying the lake and now I have discovered there are other fun places that I can enjoy when it is cold.
Well, as I was saying before I started giving you my life history, I attended this group of nice ladies and most of them were retired teachers. They were reviewing books that they had read during the summer. One lady even told about there was a new book on Hemmingway’s letters he wrote to his mother many years ago. Another lady spoke up and told us she had taken care of Hemmingway when she was a nurse trainee. That was many years ago and Hemmingway was very old at that time. If you don’t know Hemmingway, then that could be a great project for you to have this winter. Go to the library, they have many of his travel books. I have read most of them and I am sure you would enjoy them. One other book that was mentioned was “The Invisible Thread”. I plan on reading that one and after hearing what this lady had to say about it, I am sure you will enjoy it too. So sorry but I did not remember the author. Will find out and let you know.
One other group was learning to knit. I told those ladies that I had too many hands! One lady looked at me kinda funny. I told her that I had tried that once and it seemed my hands were always in the wrong place. I just watched and after I tried to learn a few things, the ladies agreed; I had too many hands and fingers and they were all doing the wrong thing!
I moved on to a group that was learning to paint. I told them I was pretty good painting a wall or a bath room door but I really don’t think I was cut out to paint a pretty picture! It didn’t take long for me to realize I did not fit into this group either! I was quickly running out of groups. The Hubby kept telling me not to give up hope. Surely there was something here I could do.
Finally, I joined the puzzle group. You remember they were doing a great big puzzle when we got here. Well, I found my “nitch”! You first have to turn over ALL the pieces so you can get all the colors together. Well, guess what I am great at turning over the pieces. The best part is that the ladies do a lot of talking! You know about their favorite recipes, their children and the good old days. Man, this is my kind of group.
I truly am enjoying the moment. So sorry you all are enduring this cold snap on the lake.
Almost forgot, please say a special pray for my friend Tweedy Dee! She is a lady that graduated from Lewisburg High School and she sent me an e-mail right after I started this column. She thought we had gone to school together. She is under Hospice Care now.
Till next time, keep warm and most important stay HAPPY. The sun will shine again….I HOPE! Bye now!