OK, I’m tagged; I’m ‘it’. To see who did this to me click: studiololo

Trouble is, as a retired lady (or dame, or broad, or whatever) every day can be different, so I thought I’d describe some nice things which might be part of every day.

Crows over Nungate Bridge, Haddington

We wake up anywhere from 6 to 8.30 (GMT), with our furry creature, Bella, down at the foot of our bed. With three large windows looking south, we often enjoy a cup of tea in bed (very British) while watching the thrilling aerial exhibitions put on by huge flocks of crows, sea-gulls or now, swallows and swifts. These moments are, quite simply, perfect.

(Left Crows over Nungate Bridge, Haddington, Scotland. This is a copy of a tiny drypoint print which I used to trace for a new one; I liked the effect and kept it!).

As retired folk, we can stay at home, go into town (Edinburgh) or travel in our Motorhome (RV). If we are atMaya, the lap dog home, we will often ‘baby-sit’ for our actor friends’ daughter, the multi-talented and gorgeous 12 year old Iona. Actors can lead a very unsettled life; we are here to support them. Along with Iona comes Maya, Iona’s still young Golden Labrador Retriever. Maya is a very affectionate dog and thinks she is about the size of a loaf of bread and can fit on a lap with no trouble. The reality is quite different. (Right, Maya the Lap Dog)

So we are happy, honorary grandparents and enjoy serving up lunches, dinners, teas and providing emergency over night care for our busy friends. The theatre takes no account of family life. Having no children of our own, this ‘rent-a-family” has added a rich dimension to our life and we simply enjoy doing all sorts of grandparenty things, like attending Iona’s recent ballet school’s end-of-year performance.

Arthur\'s Seat, Edinburgh

If we go into Edinburgh, it means a 40 minute bus ride, free here in Scotland for us happy retired folk. This is where we get some of our best exercise, clocking up several miles good walking as we pursue our usual round of delis, commercial art galleries, bookshops and a coffee somewhere. Since Bella, the most gorgeous rescue dog of all times, is always with us, finding a place for coffee or lunch can be difficult on a cold day (and yes, Edinburgh has a few of these). But the glorious old High Victorian ticket hall of the main train station allows dogs in and has good coffee. I often sit here and sketch the crowds of travellers while my husband, another Brian, browses through the nearby paper shop. We love this place. (Above, an ink sketch of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, right in the middle of Edinburgh).

Since Christmas we have spent nearly half our time away in our lovely motorhome (RV) which we have ‘gypsyfied’, adding plum red and purple spreads, cushions in more deep reds, three brass cherub candle holders, a Khazakstani tent band, two sheep skins for the driver’s and passenger’s seats, and self crocheted lace edging. All this looks splendid with the pretty wood interior and is much better than the original and tasteful beige. Whether in Antwerp, Amiens, Canterbury, Oxford or in some Scottish town nearby, we do essentially exactly the same things we would do at home: walk, buy nice things to eat, look at bookshops and delis, cook nice dinners, read, sketch and do crosswords.

Travels in the van

Friday cocktail hourCome Friday, whether we are at home, away or baby-sitting, I have to do my IF illustration; I even have a scanner in the motorhome and have produced cartoons from Germany, Belgium and many UK towns. Needless to say, the IF contacts have brought me a lot of joy. The Friday cocktail hour also takes place, wherever we are: a few cashew nuts, a G&T and a crossword puzzle.

Another activity which we pursue every day at our age is looking for things. We did find one of the two missing paring knives the other day in the pot with the pens and pencils

I\'ve found your reading glasses

Bella tells us that it is bedtime at 10 pm; she starts out in her own little bed; I read for a few minutes and go out like a light, with my wax earplugs firmly in place (See Studio Lolo for a discussion of husbands, all of whom seem to be named Brian). My husband continues to read well after Bella and I are away with the fairies. We recognise every day that we are fortunate and are about as content as it is possible to be.

Bella, the world\'s most gorgeous rescue dog(Right, Bella)

19 Responses to “Outing Granny”

  1. July 1, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Hey….really fun read, Connie!! I love the glasses in the fridge! (Mine are usually on my head.)
    For some reason I thought you were in the states and only visiting Scotland…duh!

    You’ll have to come up with someone to tag…I don’t know who your regular connections on IF are πŸ™‚
    Can Brian show you how to link them? I don’t know how to do it on WordPress. If not, I can ask the one who tagged me to help.
    I’ll change the link on my post to come directly here.

    Time for coffee so I can open my sleepy eyes. It’s 6 a.m. here!

    Good job!

  2. 2 conniemartin
    July 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks to you studio lolo! You can’t imgaine what I’ve learned doing this; or I suppose you can imagine, since I kept writing you emails and crying for help!

  3. July 1, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    ha ha this is great! thanks sooo much for tagging me, i’ll get on to it as soon as i can…so glad we’ve ‘connected’ in blogland! hugs xx

  4. 4 anne
    July 1, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    This was enchanting — and since we are personally acquainted with the artist, her husband AND the dog, as well as the adopted family, we can attest that the reporting is accurate.

    I will keep a copy of this, thank you very much.

  5. July 2, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I love your post! Thanks for giving us a peek into such a peaceful world! And for the sweet poochie pic!

  6. July 6, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    i posted mine today, have a peek….

  7. July 9, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Retirement sounds wonderful. Getting closer to it. I also love IF and hang out for it each week. I would love to do this as well in pictures.

  8. 8 Bella Sinclair
    July 10, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Thanks for sharing your “day in the life of Connie.” Awwww, you have a wonderful, peaceful, and loving routine. Who could ask for anything more?

    Because I so enjoy and admire your humor and joie de vivre, I’ve nominated you for an award. Please visit my site to accept it.

    Have a wonderful day!

  9. July 12, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Wow what a wonderful day in the life you have!

    And I see you keep your glass in the fridge too…

  10. July 12, 2008 at 8:22 am

    glasses I meant… oh dear… too quick to press submit!

    I also meant to add how lucky you are to live near Edinburgh… we have friends there and its a wonderful place to visit… though Bristol (where we live) does have the advantage of being a little warmer in general!

  11. July 15, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Connie, thanks for stopping by at my blog (are you from Belgium, or where did you learn your Dutch?)
    Your illustrations are fabolous, love the dog on top of the guy or lady………
    have a nice day and I will look further on your blog

    Greetings Marianne

  12. July 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    aww, Bella is sooo cute! Love your Friday routine, we may have to start that here, g&t and crosswords, great combo! Loved reading about your life, sounds wonderful. cheers, e.

  13. August 23, 2008 at 6:21 am

    This was such an enjoyable read! How lucky you are to travel to all of those places in your motorhome! And that is really cool you have a scanner that you can take on your travels for your art. Bella is just gorgeous! What a small world that you went to WSU! I really loved that school and wish I would’ve stayed there the full four years. Oh well, life takes us on lots of turns doesn’t it? Thank you for sharing your life with us Connie. It was a very enlightening, enjoyable read πŸ™‚

  14. November 13, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Connie, I enjoy reading this very much. The gypsy life sounds very exciting. It’s wonderful how you get to enjoy the delightful experience of grandparent and at the same time Iona and her father are blessed to have you around. I love the Looking For Things activity. I’m glad to hear there is actually a formal name for it. And it has a mystery ring to it. Did you say you crochet? Cool! πŸ™‚
    *Bella looks so sweet with the green bow.

  15. June 6, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Connie, As I tuck into roasted cashews, G&T, and your blog I think I have found a soul mate! I adore your drawings, your humour and your lifestyle. Your motorhome sounds adorable and just what my dreams are made of. I will add you to my blogroll and visit you often.

  16. October 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Really nice posts. I will be checking back here regularly.

  17. January 10, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Hi Connie.

    Bella was just so beautiful. I saw the new household member on another page. Gorgeous as well.

    There is a good reason for keeping your glasses in the fridge. In the summer it provides a refreshing, if startling, sensation.

    An admirer of your artwork and humour from the southern hemisphere (in the centre of Queensland, Australia to be slightly more exact. The Tropic of Capricorn runs through the town which could explain a great deal!).

  18. 18 Cindy Vanhoff
    March 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I love your clutter and disorganization cartoons. i am wondering if they are offered for sale anywhere. I would love to use them on my Facebook Funny Friday.

  19. March 7, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Glad you like them. As long as you give me credit, do post them. Share the link to All the best.

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