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Describe a typical day in your life — but do it in a form or in a medium you’ve rarely — if ever — used before. If you’re a photo blogger, write a poem. If you’re a poet, write an open letter. If you’re a travel blogger, write a rant. (These are all examples — choose whatever form you feel like trying out!)

(Letter to sister — or these days more likely an email)

Dear Barbie,

I had a great day; hope you did too. I got up at my usual 7:00 a.m. — that’s when Paul brings me coffee — and started out with my usual search of the newspaper for the Sudoku and crossword? How are you doing with the Sudoku; are they getting any easier? I’m finally getting pretty good at them, but there are some I’ll never be able to solve. It’s taken me several years to develop the logic to do them more quickly and easily.

Were you able to get to church yesterday, or did a work shift make that impossible? Since you passed your last exam, are they shifting you up into the Tech position, as least part of the week?

I spent yesterday in the St. Mark’s School library helping to do the end-of-year stock-taking and dump old books. So much to do in there all the time; I think the librarian is glad to have me volunteer for a day a week. One of the old books deleted from the catalog was Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo. I read it many years ago, but I’m anxious to reread it — hard to be believe that the Second World War ended almost 70 years ago. Did you see that story on Memorial Day about the 93 year-old vet who parachuted into France just as he arrived the first time!

While I was eating my daily oatmeal, I checked to see if you’ played yet on Words With Friends — c’mon Barb, it’s your turn!

As usual for Tuesdays, I’m went to yoga this morning. Have you been able to attend any of the classes in your area? I know your changing job schedule makes it difficult to attend regularly, but it’s really a great activity. It has helped my back (sciatica) so much that I hardly ever feel pain from it anymore. After yoga I came home and had my usual lunch, except instead of peanut butter and jelly, I had almond butter and fresh blueberries. Strawberries are another good substitute for the jelly. I may be set in my ways, but I have left a little wiggle room. I’m still eating yogurt every day — my diet is pretty boring. I don’t know how many years I’ve had the same lunch every day! It’s only on Sundays when we have brunch, or when we’re out somewhere, that I have anything different. I guess your “lunch” occurs at a different time every day!

Don’t you get bored with grocery shopping? I finally had to make myself do it this afternoon, but I got some good deals. Don’t think I’m crazy but I bought 10 steaks — they were all just the right size (not too big) and on sale. They’re so nice on the grill during the summer, but I can assure you we won’t be having them more than once a week. I try not to have beef more than twice weekly. What’s really neat, is that since his semi-retirement, Paul had discovered that he enjoys shopping. Hallelujah! If it means fewer trip for me, I’m happy to have him do it! I wonder if I can get him to enjoy bed-making and vacuuming. He tosses and turn so much every night that it’s a total remake every morning!

Do your grandsons all have things planned for the summer? It gets so hot in Florida that outdoor camps must not be that popular. We reached 97 degrees today, and it felt hot and our sun isn’t even as strong as yours. Are any good vacations planned? We’re taking Ben next weekend to a middle school boys camp in Pennsylvania, but it’s a 5 hour drive so we’re spending the night. Kate and I will let the little kids play in the pool on Sunday afternoon after we drop Ben off, and maybe Monday morning, too, then we’ll head home. Jason is picking him up next Friday and spending the night. It’s a tradition to have dads stay the last night of camp.

Hope all is well. My next event for the day is writing my daily blog post for the day. Have a pleasant evening — whenever it begins. Talk to you soon.

Love, Val