The first fireplace fire of the season. The last two days have been November Lite- Near 100% humidity, enough to keep everything outside damp and sprinkles of rain. I bought a coat for this weather, warmer and moisture resistant, a hood so the threat of rain need not stop me. This seemed an important purchase now in retirement. I can go outside most anytime during the day now and I don’t want to be timid about challenging the weather; gloves, a knit hat, water repellant coat, I have all of the gear!
Listening to Ahmad Jamal and his latest, “Marseille” on an evening when we will be gaining a hour, a special night, going off daylight savings time. I already told the story of traveling from Marquette to Minneapolis on the night of the time change. I didn’t have to adjust my clock, not many could say that on that night.
I told Gabriela this evening that I was giving retirement four stars. “Why only four?” She asked. “I am still learning, I think it can get even better as I fully discover and embrace retirement.” My reply.
I feel like I am settling in to this freer time. I hope to use the Max and Streetcar more for travelling in downtown and to get me out walking. This is a way I can compensate for having a bad walk score neighborhood. I still have several downtown excursions.
plural noun excursions
- a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity.
- trip outing jaunt expedition journey tourroad trip day trip day out side trip drive run ridejunket spin sortie
- an instance of the movement of something along a path or through an angle.
- a deviation from a regular pattern, path, or level of operation.
- a digression.
I can see why I like the term, best,– “a deviation from a regular pattern, path, or level of operation.”
This is how I would like to think of my trips out of the house during the week downtown or . . . to lunch with Gabriela, or on my own, a “deviation”. Later this week we will be going to Detroit on a red eye for a longer excursion, several days. Not an excursion, I’ll make that distinction more like a trip which will be documented; film, video, audio. An excursion is not as formal as a trip