We're making progress but had/are having a minor setback; Saturday evening we came home and I turned on the kitchen light, but it popped and blew out! Not just a light bulb; both ceiling lights and fans in the kitchen and breakfast room were out. Husband checked the circuit breakers by flashlight, and they were fine. He's been working on it every day since then, and has finally decided he needs to call an electrician. At least we do have our appliances, so I can cook, make coffee, etc. We've moved lamps into the affected rooms, and a fan, so we're not miserable, just inconvenienced.
We brought two blue Lazyboy chairs when we moved, and have added a chocolate brown loveseat and a multi-colored area rug, with large flowers of brown, red, and blue, with green leaves on a tan background. It pulls in the blue and brown of the furniture, and brightens up the dark wood floor. The cats like it too! (That's very important, you know.) I do want to get drapes for the large window and French door on either side of the fireplace, but that can wait.
The children and grandchildren have been over to swim, and we've swum without them, too. I copied some pool exercises for arthritis from the internet, and looking forward to doing them. We bought "noodles" (brightly colored flexible foam long noodle-shaped pool toys) that I will use for some of my exercises. One of them; the other one is husband's, for fun!
We joined a church, the one our children belong to. It's a little further away than others, but it'll be more convenient to go where the kids go, and be there for their special times. This past weekend they had a note-burning ceremony, in appreciation and celebration that all the buildings are completely paid for! Saturday night was a hamburger supper, a balloon release, and a musical program. Sunday morning the Sunday school classes had refreshments before the lesson (I took biscuits, and was very glad that my oven was working!), and a very meaningful church service. Representatives from each generation came forward and we were reminded of each generation's contributions to the church fellowship and work of Christ in the community, and the future represented by the youngest generations, the teens and children. The young woman presenting this part of the program got choked up, and I had to wipe my eyes.
I'm learning to make wind chimes! I repaired one, a bamboo one, and remade a small tinkly brass one! A little tricky, but just takes patience, not hard at all. I like the sound of the bamboo ones (we have one that didn't need repair, also), and the tinkle of the small brass one will do well with them. Now I'm waiting for a little wind!