It’s time to get soup in the freezer so we have lots of lunch choices once the weather gets colder. Today I made chicken pot-pie soup, chicken noodle soup, beef and green bean soup and corn chowder. Walter came over and I sent six containers home with him. Tomorrow I will probably make King’s Ranch soup, vegetable soup, jalapeno potato soup and rustic shrimp soup. I’ll be making a quick trip to Sprouts for Italian sausage and potatoes. I am pretty much diced out for today. I did 10 lbs of potatoes, half a package of celery, half a package of carrots and two large onions. My step-dad came over and I sent six containers of soup home with him. I put his in single-serving size containers and ours in two-serving containers. All these soups freeze wonderfully. I will probably make chicken and dumplings for tomorrow’s dinner. That doesn’t freeze as well so I always make it fresh.
Stan has gotten a lot done outside this week. He has cleaned up leaves every day and had most of the oak leaves done then the Chinese Pistache decided to drop almost all its leaves in once day. Stan got those all up and the bald cypress next door dropped half its leaves in our yard. They are the easiest of all to rake because the clump and roll and don’t blow around. This afternoon he is topping off the raised beds with oak leaves and removing the oak leaves from the terrace border. He can sit on the stone wall and work the border bed along the edge. He hasn’t been able to really work in the yard for a long time. Now that the heart issues have been addressed, he has so much more energy. His foot is totally well for the first time in over five years.
We took a 20-hour Windows 10 class and I actually learned one thing I didn’t already know, but it’s not actually something I needed to know. Stan missed two of the 4-hour classes so he didn’t get a certificate to throw away. What I discovered in the class was that even people who use their computers a lot don’t seem to understand the basics of file structures. They didn’t know the difference between a file and a folder. They didn’t understand why they needed folders. I guess they were the ones with all the paperwork piled up on their desk because they didn’t know how to file it.
The water aerobics class has really helped my foot. It is hurting a little today from standing for 5 hours chopping and cooking, but my recovery time is now hours, not days. That’s quite an improvement. I have already registered for next semester and a couple of other ladies from our high school class may be enrolling.
Our TV decided to get “stuck” on 480 dpi and no one could figure out how to get it to work so we could reset it. It was about 15 years old, so we opted for a new “smart” TV. The picture is amazing compared to the old one. We got it late Tuesday evening and Geek Squad delivered and installed it Thursday morning. They are really reliable and fast. I hadn’t looked at TVs in ages and was really impressed by the way the legs work on the new one. The cables go through a hole at the top and come out a hole on the bottom of each leg so they don’t show when you put it on a TV cabinet.
December 1 Oakhurst Elementary celebrated its 90th anniversary. Stan and I attended as well as a few others from my High School graduating class. We were “army brats” and moved around a lot, so I only went there for part of the 5th grade and all of the 6th. There were still two fireplaces. One was in the old library and the other in a room I never had been in. Even though the hallway ceilings have been lowered with acoustic tile, most of the transom windows are still over the doors. They have all the latches and hinges but the rods are no longer there - I guess that keeps the kids from messing with them. The school is still beautiful. The expansion wing was done well and almost blends in with the old building. Oakhurst is in the top 10% of elementary schools in Fort Worth, probably a reason why Amon Carter Riverside High School is now one of the most in-demand high schools in Fort Worth due to it’s academic achievements related to college preparedness.
I love the time I now have to do the things I love thanks to retirement. Our days are pretty full. I don’t know how I found time to do anything when we both worked! I guess then we did what had to be done, and we still do. Now, however, we also have the time to do the things we want to do.