Talk about a contrast

Our last newsletter was focused on just how important vacation is. The quality time spent with our family and friends is invaluable. This weekend, in our house, was the complete opposite! 

This past weekend, like every summer, Carol and the girls head up to Long Island to visit her family for a long weekend, which leaves me at home alone. Just me and the dogs. For three days...

What would you have done if you were in my shoes?

 In the past, I would spend most of the weekend in a quiet house, missing my girls, and trying to catch up on finishing a book that I was reading or watching a movie that I had been wanting to watch. Not this time! I was approaching the weekend differently than I had in the past. Let's just say that this weekend was packed, with some of my favorite things, along with some chores that needed to be done. 

First things first, I needed to prioritize the things that I needed to get done. Our license renewal is coming up at the end of the month, and I needed to do 8 more hours of continuing education. Luckily, I was able to do these 8 credits online, from the comfort of my own home. I also needed to make sure that I watered Carol's plants daily (Mother Nature took some of that responsibility off my hands). Some yard work also needed to be done, including some serious yard clean-up after Friday night's storm.  

After getting the majority of that done, it was time for a reward. Friday afternoon was spent with one of my best friends on the golf course. After the scorching round, we met up with another great friend for dinner. Saturday, I didn't need to water the plants, so I brewed some coffee and did a couple more hours of continuing education. My first reward of the weekend was getting in the car and heading to The Links of Challedon for another round of golf. I was playing pretty well, but it was all overshadowed when one of my playing partners got a HOLE IN ONE! I had never witnessed anyone getting a hole in one, and it was a pretty amazing moment. After finishing the round, I met my Dad for dinner and played about an hour of ping pong! After that, another friend came to our house to enjoy the peace and quiet, and we sat for about four hours solving the world's problems.

The next morning, I woke up early and finished up my continuing education requirements. After finishing those I felt like I had earned another reward, so I headed back to The Links of Challedon to play one last round for the weekend! Yes. I played three rounds of golf in three days. 

Clearly, it was a very busy weekend!

It is often difficult to find the time to do the things that we enjoy when we have a lot of other responsibilities. While I definitely missed my girls, I don't think that I missed them as much as I would have if I had spent the weekend sitting in my quiet house. Life is almost always going to be better when we actively do the things that bring us joy, rather than sitting around and waiting!  


Movement is my medicine,
Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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