What do we do the other nine months?

Monique reads a lot about the internet and the World Wide Web, specifically social media, and how to use it effectively. And she has been telling us for some time that we must post a blog. Not once a week, but daily.

Really? Do people really care to read everything that crosses my mind each day? I know I am busy enough with my own thoughts and concerns that I have no interest in concerning myself with others’. But apparently the idea is that if you post something daily on your own website it appears more “alive” or viable to search engines and the like, and produces more hits. Okay then, for the good of The Heart, I now join the ranks of bloggers.Image

One thing people often ask is, “What do you do the other nine months?” I am proposing in my blog to set down some of the things that occupy our “quiet” days.

As I write, Dick and I are tooling along in the car (within the speed limit) toward Hot Springs, Arkansas (a 600 mile trip, BTW). Meghan is jealous, as we will be so close to her hometown of Melbourne. Dick has always been an athlete, and last spring he won the gold medal in pickleball at the Texas Senior Olympics. As the state champ, he has qualified for the national senior games in Cleveland next summer.

The thing is, winning State was pretty easy for him. So he’s headed this fall to Arizona, Oklahoma, and Arkansas to check out tournaments there, see what’s out there. And this trip, I’m along for the ride—except that he convinced me to play mixed doubles with him, and later went ahead and signed me up for singles as well.

He took glee in pointing out that I am old enough for the Senior Games now.

I am still trying to grasp the rules, even. I think I must be too old to bother with details like learning new rules and should consider sticking with crossword puzzles or something. I will enjoy being in the pines, seeing or perhaps swimming in the hot springs, getting some exercise, and spreading the word about The Heart. I am competitive, but mostly I play for fun.

Hasta la vista!

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Jane Ragsdale

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Jane Ragsdale (Mrs. Dick Howell) is the director of Heart O’ the Hills. She was a Heart camper and counselor, and served as program director from 1978-87. She has been one of the owners since 1976, and director since 1988.


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