Alicia Lopez’s Musings

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Each day of my life now seems like a newly purchased book;  I am eager to start that first page and find new adventure and perhaps some mysteries;  I am, after all,  one of the biggest readers of mystery novels, next to my sister.

Before I begin on my page of the day, let me reveal to you about the “lending” library that she and I have.  I purchase a book, read it, and send it to her.  She does the same, but the books she returns seem to have multiplied like bunnies; I send her three, she returns twelve.  That mystery is solved when she explains that her daughter, also an avid reader, sends her novels she has purchased and read, so I end up with shopping bags full of books.

Before I began my new job I could finish a book in two days, and after compiling those, I would travel to my local paperback exchange, and return with even more books. My reading has slowed down a bit, as I have my days filled now with my new job.

This is when the new pages of my life begin;  I actually look forward to getting up in the morning with my day scheduled for work.  I never knew how much I enjoyed working until I no longer had a job.  There is just so much you can do around the house, and when those chores are finished, the rest of the day looms ahead.  I volunteered with my local Democratic Party, something my hubby and I did together, he was such an avid Democrat.  When his illness progressed he could not do as much, and I preferred to keep him company, so my volunteering dwindled.  I am just beginning to get back in that groove.

Each day brings new things into my life, new people I can talk to.  When I was home alone my conversations were mostly with my pooch, who listened intently, and agreed with everything I said.  He was, and still is, my constant companion, being privy to my saddest moments, sharing my tears with him, and also my happy thoughts.

I hurry home to him at noon, let him out in the yard, have my lunch, play with him a bit, give him a “dental” treat, and leave.  In the evening, the same schedule follows;  he demands more petting now since I am gone for the day.

My new pages are now filled with the wonderful views of the beginning of fall.  The days are quite cool in the mornings and evenings.  We had the annual motorcycle rally last week in our village, and the roar of the “motos” were heard everywhere, and you have not seem anything until  you view the hundreds and hundreds of  bikers filling every inch of space in your town. They are all welcomed, but you can hear the combined sighs of relief when they leave; we have the serenity back.

So, life goes on, and I float along with it.  Next week will be the annual Aspencade weekend, when the leaves are beginning to turn to the lovely golds and reds.

Come see it with me.

Hasta la Vista

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The crossroads which I mentioned on my last blog have suddenly become very clear.  I do not have to take either route, but remain steadily ahead.

My life has taken a new direction,  one which I find productive and exciting.

I FOUND A JOB!

Yes, after eighteen months of floundering, I have found an anchor.  Two very nice people thought that I was worthy of working for them.  It has done wonders for my self esteem, and has boosted my self confidence to its normal high state.

The mountain village in which I reside is small, and geared more toward tourism than commerce; but the infrastructure exists and we need carpenters, masons, and plumbers!  My new job is with a plumbing contractor, and I am finding it  both challenging  and deserving.  I have  come in contact with numerous customers who were also customers at my old job, one I held for ten years.  It is so rewarding to have them remember me.

When we first moved to Ruidoso, I did bookkeeping work for a plumbing contractor, but that was quite a few years ago.  There are many, many parts required for any plumbing job, and after a week of working, I find that my brain is slowly but surely remembering them.

It has been said that it is not what you know, but who you know, and that is how my job came around.  A friend of mine worked for this firm, but she quit when a school district hired her.  She had earned her teaching degree three years ago and had been applying for jobs ever since, and suddenly everything fell into place, her new job and mine.  I am grateful that she recommended me.

So I shall remain in the cool pines for a while longer; the only unhappy one  is my pooch who did not want me to work and leave him by himself, but he is adjusting to the solitary daytime life.

I now find a reason for getting up in the morning, without the whole empty day looming ahead.  Being busy and among friendly people keeps me from  dwelling too much in the past, which I tended to do, being around all the reminders of my lost happy life.   My hubby is always in my heart, but I feel him urging me on to a new life without him.  I am beginning to think that I can do it.

Wish me luck.

Hasta la Vista