Photo-a-day 19: Treat yourself today.

cinnamon roll apple pie swirls in crust
Apologies for lousy photo composition by amateurish [or hungry] photographer


Yes, ‘treat yourself’ is all part of my ‘try new’ crusade.

In this case, on a sunny January Saturday, we headed to Benton County Pie Company.
I heard about it on Wednesday and knew immediately a day trip was inevitable.
Fortunate that the weather gods shined upon us, we hopped in the car and drove west.
After a recheck on directions [Thank you, Alsea library ladies!], it was hard–even for me–to miss the turnoff. [Better yet, there is a sign along the way telling drivers that pie was just 3.14 miles ahead. But let’s not get that confused with January 23, National Pie Day, though I would say it’s imperative that pie be celebrated on both days.

Benton County Pie Company road sign

Once there, we checked into the not-so-imposing headquarters and picked up our cinnamon roll apple and key lime pies and made a beeline for home.

The leftovers in the fridge would have to wait a few extra hours…

key lime pie with zest and whipping cream
Breaking news: Dinner was served much later than usual last night.

Fellow retirees: If you’re looking for a more extended road trip, check out these suggestions.

And if you’re really into pie, this show remains firmly planted on my DVR for repeat viewings. I just love the heart and soul of the people [and the pies] highlighted here.

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Photo-a-day 18: Look out your window.

deer

Yep, I’m a little stuck on seizing the moment, but sometimes it is easy for me to get locked into my tv screen, a book, a laptop, and/or four windowless walls.

Recently, though, I actually levitated myself from the recliner and was lucky enough to catch some visitors to the cul-de-sac.

And now…it’s time to contradict myself…yes, I told you to look out the window, but on those weather-traumatic days when you just want to tuck in, know this:

Watching Nature Documentaries Can Be Just as Good as Meditation for Wellbeing




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Photo-a-day 17: Celebrate the successes of others.

lisa colored pencil fruit in soup pot

In this case, I’m spotlighting my wife’s work with colored pencils.
She downplays her artistic skills so I guess it’s up to me to ‘up play’ them.
Doing this enriched my day and, I’m hopeful, did the same for hers.
In the midst of a normal work schedule, I would probably go years without taking this step.
Use that extra time to notice…
[Reminder: This blog is me preaching to meIf it resonates with you, all the better!]
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Photo-a-day 16: Relish the wisdom of others.

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Photo-a-day 15: Reluctant to exercise?

man with sweatshirt hood looking scared
Yeah, me too…

See if any of these tips will help get you moving in the new year.

Notice I didn’t mention anything about resolutions…smiling-face-with-open-mouth-and-cold-sweat_1f605


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Photo-a-day 14: Vary your quiet times.

 

buddy and tim reduced

Sometimes, you read. Sometimes, you watch a thoughtful TV show [that DVR lets you race past the annoying ads]. Sometimes it’s music and closed eyes.

And sometimes, a loved one tracks you down.

It all works.

Here is a little more insight on quiet time for retirees.


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Photo-a-day 13: Chocolate is your friend.

Hot chocolate and toffee scone
Hot chocolate from Full City Cafe in Eugene, OR

Okay, I can’t speak for everybody.

But in this house, chocolate tells me:

  • “Tomorrow is Monday and that you need to savor your time before you unretire for the week.”
  • “Appreciate what’s immediately in front of you.”
  • “Brew some Italian roast, roust your wife from being productive, and find a good book.”

For those who really take chocolate seriously, Five Steps You Need to Take to Really Savor Chocolate.


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