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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I went with DH to his regular cardiology check yesterday. He was in and out exceptionally quickly. “No problems. You’re doing fine.” It’s nearly a year since his last serious illness, which is a long time compared with his past history. I’m thinking at this rate, we may make another nice record of two years trouble-free. In a year and a half, I’ll be retiring. A few years ago, I thought it was very unlikely he’d still be here. I thought I would have a hard time making my retirement a fulfilling experience. It’s nice to be able to look forward to a retirement which may not be as challenging as I once thought it might be.

I have some widow friends I admire enormously for their strength of character and their full lives. They’re physically very active too. I use them as role models for now and whatever my future turns out to be. I look at my long summer vacation as a rehearsal for using my retirement well and right now, I’m pushing myself to get out to the pool - a two-train journey. Of course I love it once I’m in the water.

Lunch at the pool restaurant. Sesame seed dressing on chicken salad, and a lot of ‘udon’ noodles hidden underneath - delicious and filling.

And I will get some goggles with prescription lenses. Unusually for Japan, other swimmers are not reserved and come up to me to chat. My eyesight is not too bad, but I need to be able to see them a bit better.
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    What great news your husband got from his doctor! Enjoy!
    157 days ago
    I'm so glad Shiro is doing well and you've been trouble-free for a long enough time to make you feel optimistic about your retirement. It would be so lonely without him, especially now that you two have such wonderful things to look forward to in your family. I'm sure your patience and perseverance in caring for him has played a big part in his present stability. I'm not sure I could be so generous, so I have to say I salute you!

    I smiled when reading of the prescription goggles. I was a member of a pool here for a while and got some of those, too. It made me feel so vulnerable to be in the pool and not be able to see the other people very well. But after a few months of using them, one of the lenses popped out without my noticing, and I couldn't find it anywhere, in pool or locker room. I ended up quitting the gym, not just because my goggles were ruined but because the pool was always so darn crowded. In the pool aerobics class, I couldn't even extend my arms full length for fear of slapping the person next to me. It was crazy. I admire you for going to the trouble of getting on two trains to go to the pool--and then having to change into your suit, swim, take a shower, change back into your clothes, dry your hair, ride the train back home, walk home from the station, wash out your suit, make dinner, etc. You are dedicated, my dear, and I hope your hard work pays off!
    160 days ago
    So happy to hear the good news about your husband's health -- certainly makes retirement look more appealing!! And excellent you've been in "rehearsal" mode while on holidays!!

    That salad looks really good.
    162 days ago
    I'm happy to hear that your husband is doing so well.
    Here's to many more years...
    Enjoy your summer break. Happy swimming :)
    162 days ago
    What good news about your husband. And remember - when you are retired you will have a grandchild to play with. So - take really good care of yourself so you'll be full of vim and vigor.

    162 days ago
    All good, yeah!
    162 days ago
    Great that hubby got a good report, reassuring for you both.
    Sounds like you're looking forward to retirement!!
    162 days ago
    Glad to hear your hubby is doing good with dr. Visit. Good luck with your prescription glasses...
    163 days ago
    Glad the doctor appointment went so well and has cheered you up! I hate getting ready to go out to the pool most nights but as soon as I am in the water I'm glad I went!

    Lunch looks great (except I don't care for the noodles) but any salad with sesame is wonderful!
    163 days ago
    what good news! And you have the baby to look forward to.
    163 days ago
    Good for you that you went to the pool. And sooooo happy for your DH's good health report. That's wonderful. (((HUGS)))
    163 days ago
    Happy to hear that your dear hubby had a good visit with the doctor.

    And, glad that you're feeling better about your prospects for retirement. I'm glad you have some widow friends that you admire. It's nice to have role models.

    Long summer vacations are like a retirement rehearsal. Most of my retired teacher friends that have said that they didn't really feel retired until it was time to go back-to-school and they were not going back-to-school.

    163 days ago
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