Friday, April 26, 2013


I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends
I want to see. The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon
the beauty and wonder of the world. I hardly know which feeling leads,
wonderment or admiration.

John Burroughs

A sigh of relief.  Friday is here.  Another week in the books; another week closer to July.  If all is in order, I'll retire in June.  The sooner the better.  It is really getting unbearable at work.  And I am not alone. We are all disillusioned, and I am not alone with having health issues. I  Counseling is a profession that drains you.  Mental illness can be both heartbreaking and frightening. This work as taken everything from me. I have little left to give. I know I have made the right decision.

This is a pay week, so  you know what that means.  Saturday will be spent in the kitchen.  This is another thing I will no longer have to do.  I only began cooking and freezing for two weeks because it is so hard to cook everyday after work.  It's impossible to cook on my late nights when I arrive home at 8 pm and even on early nights, it is hard to find the energy to cook.  And then, one must account for the trains which give a problem a minimum of once a week.  Thinking about it, I'll no longer have to deal with all this cooking in one day.  Once I am home, I can fix meals on a daily basis and maybe I will begin liking to cook again.

There was a time when I loved fixing meals.  Hubby never knew what to expect.  One day he would have Chinese, the next German, to Italian, etc.  I even made my own noodles.  I made beaded  Native American jewelry, crocheted hats and scarves,  and embroidered my pillow cases.  All that has fallen by the wayside. I just have no time for me. 

Did you hear that those two brothers were on their way to the city to blow up Times Square?  It is scary, and the fact is, as much security as we have, there is no way to 100 percent stop a terror attack.  I actually found myself waiting for the next train yesterday because some guy made me nervous.  I haven't done that since the days after 9/11. I was literally afraid yesterday. But, hey, this is the weekend, and I am going to enjoy it as much as I can.

So, as far as this weekend goes, other than the above, I guess I will just play it by ear.  I am in the process of reading a wonderful trilogy by Ellen Everett Hopkins which I will talk about next week.  The books are totally engrossing, but they have stirred up a tinge of anger as well, but that is for another day.  For now, I have to get my butt in gear and go in to complete this week.  

I am wishing you all a fantastic weekend filled with relaxation and rejuvenation. See you all on Monday.


  1. Mary, pretty soon you'll have to change the title of your Friday posts!!!!!

  2. Wishing you a weekend that encompasses all you love to do amongst all you have to do. (((hugsssssssssssssssss)))

  3. Enjoy the relaxing you can get, on the weekend. And look forward to not needing a 2-week-cooking-day!!! :-)

    Oh yes, I heard about the 'scum-bags' wanting to bring bombs, to NYC.

    Wonder how much MORE info, the FBI could have gotten out of him, if he had not been "read his rights" just then?????? I know. The Constitution. But the Founding Fathers didn't envision today's radical Islamist Terrorists, blowing up bombs in our land, either. -sigh-

    Enjoy the weekend!

  4. I used to be a counselor so I totally get your burnout and needing to take care of yourself. I'm so glad that fun is coming up for you with retirement in view. Enjoy this weekend and maybe a prayer for safety to Mary couldn't hurt.

  5. Soon, soon you can kiss the world of wage-slavery goodbye! And then your life will be your own again, you lucky duck!

  6. TGIF indeed! May you have a joyous weekend, happy cooking! Not long now, just keep focus, its almost here! Do you have any sick time you can take/use up? Vacation? Keep focused and before you know it, we will all be celebrating your retirement!

  7. Hi sweet friend.....thanks so much for stopping by to say hi. I haven't been out visiting much as of late...but perhaps will be doing so in the near future. have really been putting a great plan in I see. I think it is so great that you are finally winding down in your career and now will take some time for you. Perhaps we will see some of your upcoming endeavors on this wonderful spot of yours.

    Stay well and happy,


  8. Retirement will revive your spirits. It will take time to become whole again -- at least this has been so for many of the people I know that have retired. -- barbara