Friday, July 9, 2010

Painting, PetSmart, Soc Sec, and an Experiment

Well today I actually was a little motivated. I started a painting a few years ago, didn't like what I did, so put it aside. It was too big (4' x 5') to get lost with all the other stuff, so It's been in plain sight reminding me (finish me, finish me), so I finally did some work on it this morning. Just one more thing I have to do before I move into an RV. I don't think that I will ever do something that big again. Gotta downsize everything, even my art. That's a big part of the stuff that has to go. Lots of decisions, even the little ones can be tough.

Angel got to go shopping today, sat in the cart and got a new name tag for her collar.
Oh yeah, we even got some of her dog food. That's the other thing she does her happy dance for.

Last Friday I applied for Soc. Sec., since I will reach that magic day in September. Had to wait as to not take a hit while I'm still working. When I was checking by bank balance I was "shocked" to see a deposit that I hadn't expected until September. Could the government make a mistake? I had to check into it and found out (pleasantly surprised) they hadn't. I actually qualify for widow's benefit at 65 years and 10 months. YEA! An extra three months.
Every bit of it goes into the RV account. I will need every penny of it.

Now to the experiment. Instead of turning the TV on (usually for noise), I thought I would do anything else, paint or read or whatever. So far successful, alone with my thoughts and my own company. Does this make any sense? I really didn't think that I would get through the whole day, but it's almost 8 pm and I didn't give in.

Just one more day closer, and a little bit more accomplished. I hope that all who waiting keep doing the same. It's all an adventure, sometimes exciting, sometimes not, just hangin' in there, one day at a time.

Thanks for visiting,

Susan and Angel


  1. It was interesting reading about your experiement. We have always been TV addicts...TV went on as soon as we were home. Now we find ourselves outside more and the TV on less. We find we don't miss it. Let us know how your experiment goes!!
    Congrats on the Soc. Security!!

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. Good for you! All those little steps end up at the same place - freedom :) Would love to see your art!