Our normal schedule has always been for me to write late into the evening and we usually didn’t get to bed until about 1:30 AM or later. Then we would get up around 10 AM. But for a couple of months Terry and I were working hard at going to bed earlier and getting up around 7 or 7:30 AM. I will admit it wasn’t an easy transition to make, since were both basically night owls, but it’s amazing how much more day you have when you get up that early!
Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks we have found ourselves slipping back into our old habits, staying up later and sleeping later. Yesterday was a good example, it was after nine when we woke up. We need to try to turn that back around again.
Even though we got a late start, it was still a very good day. Well, as good as a day can be when you turn 65. Yep, I’m an official Medicare card carrying old fart now! Thank you to everybody who sent me emails, instant messages, and left birthday wishes on Facebook. The last time I looked there were over 300 of them, and there is no way I could answer each one individually. But trust me, you all made me feel very special.
Terry had about a dozen pages left to proof in my new book, and once we were up and about she finished that. Then I made a few corrections between trying to reply to emails and taking happy birthday phone calls.
In the afternoon our friend Jim Lewis came over and the three of us drove into Daytona Beach. Our first stop was at Lowe’s to see about purchasing a couple of window air conditioners that we will run off of generators the next time we lose power in a storm. But after checking the shelves and then back in the warehouse, the clerk assisting us told us they were sold out of just about everything and said we would have to order them.
From there we went to Bed Bath And Beyond, where Terry wanted to get some of the syrup for our Soda Stream machine, but they didn’t have what she wanted. We weren’t exactly batting 1000.
By then it was time for an early dinner, so we went to Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, our favorite Chinese place around here. They always have a huge selection and it’s always hot and fresh. And yes, we all ate too much.
Driving home, we stopped at a produce stand so Terry could pick up some fresh berries to go on her yogurt and my cereal in the morning. Back at home, Jim visited for a while and then called it an evening. He should have stayed around a little longer, because Terry wasn’t done yet. She made me a delicious chocolate birthday cake. I think I may have saved Jim a tiny slice of it. Maybe.
Then we spent the rest of the evening relaxing in front of the TV. A great ending to a great day!
Today I’m going to finish making the corrections to the new book, then send it off to my second proofreader. She’s waiting for it and ready to begin.
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