It's late morning and beautiful weather in Portland. I just took this picture from my apartment's patio (which I like to call by the Israeli Hebrew term, 'mirpeset', even though the neighborhood doesn't look a bit like Tel Aviv). Probably a great day to get out for a walk if I can get off my lazy backside.
This will be one of the last days that I'll have the option to just be lazy. I've enjoyed some extra income from an inheritance, which has allowed me to live more comfortably than would otherwise have been possible for the last 10 years. Mostly it made it possible to spend more time with the kids. I moved back to SF for a few years and got to visit TNG regularly, despite his mom's extreme possessiveness; and it gave me the chance to become a parent to Bunny, whom I raised mostly by myself for the first two years while her mom pursued her art career.
I've got enough set aside in the bank to keep me afloat for a few more months, but I'm setting August 1 as my date to officially go back into the workforce. Most of my civilian work experience is in the administrative / clerical / office services area, but I've also had vocational training in computer tech and EMT.
As much as I value my leisure time, I'm kind of looking forward to going back to work full-time again. I've been working off and on, mostly to keep my resume and my skill set current, but part of me misses the security of a regular work routine.
And I miss the social contact, too. I live alone, which works fine for me most of the time, but even introverts get lonely.
The apartment complex where I live is really big and ridiculously scenic; they keep the grounds immaculate. Most days I can see and hear kids playing outside. I miss parenting, too, and part of me wishes I could have more kids - although it's pretty late in the game for me, as I'm 53 and all the women in my age bracket are past childbearing age.
But it is what it is, and I'm looking forward to moving on to the next phase. Got just one more big thing coming up this month - and that's Yehudah's visit to Portland in a week!