I'm finally really retired. Last Tuesday was my last day. I don't miss it at all.
The past month has been busy. I went to Boston for a long weekend to visit Kate and the kids, and we went to Connecticut for Corinne's Feis. I had never seen her dance in a Feis, so it was interesting. There were some real stage mothers there. One little girl fell and didn't want to dance anymore, but her mother made her, literally pushing her up on the stage while she was sobbing. We stopped for lunch on the way home in Sandyhook, which was kind of eerie. Corinne seems to enjoy Irish Dancing, though Kate doesn't know if it's worth the time and money. It was good seeing the kids for a few days; they'll be here for Thanksgiving but everyone is running around trying to see everyone else.
Halloween was kind of a bummer. It rained pretty hard until about seven. Our in-town grand kids came over about seven fifteen and trick or treated for about half an hour. I was disappointed in the weather because I finally have a porch the trick or treaters can stand on and it was raining.
Our house is pretty well finished. We had part of the porch screened in. Wayne wasn't crazy about having that done, but he loves it. He sits out there for hours. Then last week we had a new roof put on the old part of our house to match the new part. All we really need to do now is have a tile back splash put n the kitchen. We'll probably wait until after Thanksgiving for that.
When I got back from Boston, I got a new car, a Jeep Compass. It's dark red and looks like a miniature Grand Cherokee. I wanted a small SUV but most of the ones rated highly were foreign cars, and Wayne does not want me to drive a foreign car. I took the new car on a road trip and drove to Cincinnati to see John and Chellie and help with the babies while Chellie went to a conference. It was fun spending a few days with them. Stephanie is a real character, and Julia is just darling. They also will be here next week for Thanksgiving; they have not been here since Easter so it will be fun to have them here.
After I got back last week I worked just Tuesday and have been really lazy the past week. I've been trying to get closets cleaned out upstairs and get rid of clothes we don't need. And cleaning up there. Wayne and I have been watching a series on Showtime, Homeland. We started with the first season, using "on demand," and have watched all of season one and most of season two in less than a week. That's about 20 hours of TV. It's a great series; Kate has been telling me to watch it for two years, and now I see why.