December 17, 2016

It takes a village!

Bob and I needed to have separate PCs.  I did my normal stuff and he loved to play games; our computer use times could be a large conflict if we only had one.  My computer desk is in the office and we put his in the kitchen.  For about 18 months after he passed away I used both computers, but when I got back from France I decided to just use "mine", in the office.  This month I got tired of looking at the large oak computer desk, PC and printer that were no longer necessary, and I ordered a small, white, mission-style desk that will essentially be a large telephone stand.  Yes, I'm old; I still have a house phone and extensions in every room, plus the garage.

I reserved yesterday for putting the desk together.  After un-boxing the parts and verifying that all the components were accounted for, I got to work.  I'm patient, I've been a seamstress for over 50 years, I make quilts, but I wasn't strong enough to put everything together.  I called for help.

One of my neighbors had told me, right after Bob passed away, to call him if I ever needed help with anything.  So, I called him, almost two years after he made the offer.  He came over and after about an hour with both of us working/engineering we got the desk finished.

I had been to the TVMQG Christmas Party the evening before, and when I got home I put the leftover "crack on a plate" into two Christmas tins.  I gave him one of those as a thank you.

Today, I added the charging station for my devices to the desk,  I'm going to get more use of this than I thought.

Now, I about the village; we moved to Murrieta, to a 55+ gated community over 18 years ago.  It was a great decision for us.  There are a lot of activities and residents can participate in as many or as few as they want.  This is where I volunteer to teach Tai Chi and Qigong.  I took over the class when the founder of the class could no longer teach.  Next month will mark 15 years of teaching Tai Chi twice a week, for free.

I volunteer to do two other things, as needed.  We have a Neighborhood Communications Committee that passes out fliers to all 1500+ homes in our community, when the "powers that be" think something is too important to wait for the newsletter.  The other thing I volunteer for is working on the reception committee.  This involves setting up, serving and clean-up for memorial receptions that are held at our clubhouse.  
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my life with me,

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