Four grown kids, five delightful grandchildren, constant, long-time partner. A retired academic, I'm adapting to life in a Vancouver condo after decades in a waterfront home on a very small (Canadian) West Coast island. Keen to discover what new priorities emerge, what interests persist, in this urban life after 60!
1. If you follow me on Instagram, or even just check out the images in the Instagram widget to the right, you will have seen this news already. However, given that it's the most dramatic change I've made this week, I have to include my haircut in today's Five Things:
My stylist took these Before and After shots, and yes, they probably should be reversed, but I figure there's a pretty big clue which is which.
I only decided the morning of my appointment that I'd go short. More dramatically, at least in my mind, I also decided not to get the colour refreshed. Instead the half inch or so of grey roots are simply blending with the leftover colour. Next chop will alter the ratio considerably and will tell me whether I want to try staying grey or delay that move for awhile. I hadn't thought I'd go there this soon, but between my stylist's holiday and our own 7 weeks away, the colour will be tough to maintain anyway so.... We'll see. Short is a big change, for sure!
2.in another "out with the old" move, I've been sorting through the huge stack of sheet music that survived the first cull when we moved here 20 some years ago. I began piano lessons when I was 5, and then after many years working toward my teaching certification, I spent many years again preparing students for performance, exams, etc. And oh my, did I have the music books to prove it! Stacks of them collecting layers of dust and holding even more layers of memory.
That Masters collection above was a gift from the teacher who came to our house each week when I was 8 or 9! And yes, it went in the Discard pile and I think that's okay....
Frustratingly, though, the purge and re-organization did not reveal the whereabouts of a particular edition of a Bach Fugue I've been wanting to play again, although that's the only place it could have been. Virtue (of clearing out, cleaning up) is apparently not always rewarded.
3. Rain. Apparently, there's a 60% chance we'll get some today, along with thunder and lightning. A mixed blessing, obviously, with the trees so dry and ready to flame up if that lightning hits. Crossing fingers for some relief here, especially given real concern for the returning salmon.
4. Speaking of things falling from the sky, I took advantage of a bout of insomnia Wednesday night to sit on one of these chairs and watch for shooting stars (yes, more properly but less poetically, for a meteor). It took a while for my eyes to adjust and there's some annoying light pollution that distracts, but I saw one! Only one, but it was a splendidly brilliant swoosh, as clear an arc as if drawn in neon highlighter by a strong, decisive hand. Satisfying enough to allow me to go back to bed and sleep until 7! Did any of you under this particular section of sky check out the August thrill of the Perseids?
5. I started playing around with outfits, trying to decide what deserves to be squashed into the carry-on Rimowa that's going to contain my wardrobe for seven weeks. Want to see a few shots? (I took zillions! I've never done this before when packing and it was silly fun but would have been better if I'd had s few of you here. I'd have given you a glass of Rosé and you'd have given me helpful advice. Good times!)
My new gold lamé dress showing it can play nicely with others (a tissue-weight merino tunic, Vince).
Verdict's still out on the white jeans, but we will have laundry facilities and they look so fresh... Pretty versatile as well
That's it for this Friday's Five Things. It's our last full day with our 6-year old, and I could have done a Five Things post on movies to watch with a grandchild! Or what Five Things made us belly-laugh to tears (it's been too long since I've done that! Feels so good!). Or Five Fun Things for kids to do on an island. Oh, the possibilities!
As always, I'm happy to read any comments about anything I've written here. What are you up to this weekend? I wish you a happy one!