MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Planning ahead on Friday morning, October 7th

I have always been a planner. I love calendars and schedules as they not only keep me on target with needs and plans but there’s security, as well. I never realized how much being organized and having a clear plan set would be until I adopted my sons and brought in foster sons who were all very absorbed with the need to know things ahead of time due to their backgrounds of too many life surprises.

Currently, I am planning out several different things, as well as my research, writing, and personal needs. For some reason, I keep thinking October 7th is an anniversary of some sort, but for the life of me, I cannot pin anything memorable on the date. It could even be a date from a historical occurrence tucked away in the back of my brain that I have not yet recovered but will do so by morning’s end.

I can hear a strong breeze moving about outside in the 50-degree weather. A promise of only eight more degrees will be added by afternoon, so there will be no eating my lunch outside at The Park, nor for Saturday. But, with the approaching Monday through Thursday, we’ll be hovering in the mid to upper 70s and even hopefully hitting a high of 80 on Wednesday.

As I stepped off of No. 18 last evening, my southbound No. 17 came roaring by on downtown Main Street. I caught No. 14 to Kettering and decided to pick up northbound No. 17 at Far Hills Avenue and Shroyer Road. Before pulling the cord to secure my stop, I could see No. 17 pushing four minutes ahead of its schedule. I got off No. 14, called ahead to Marion’s Pizza to order my 13″ deluxe, and then after reaching the restaurant, called Lyft for the short hop home. I was a bit exasperated but still managed to reach my house before 7:00 PM rather than my intended 6:15 PM. My morning commute downtown on No. 17 always has been anxious because the same driver is always 8-10 minutes late to pick me up and I am forced to keep a keen eye on No. 18 should I need to get off No. 17 earlier, or prep myself for a Lyft or Uber ride. But, at least I am prepared in knowing this particular driver will not be on the appointed schedule.

Leaving an hour prior to my shifts and arriving home from shifts lengthens my day to ten hours instead of eight, but I know there are folks who have long daily commutes. My only concern is my dogs. I do have a high school student who swings in between his Sinclair Community College and high school classes around 1:00 PM to let the dogs potty. By the time I get home after six o’clock, the dogs have not eaten for eleven hours, save for their potty treats. They’ve not complained about the two-hour meal delay, but I suspect they’re more than eager for their evening meal. When the Carillon Christmas event begins November 22nd through December 31st, with Wednesdays and Thursdays keeping me at The Park until 9:00 PM and until 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, I hope to already have something in place with the evening schedule and my Canine Crew.

Thursday’s collection of visitors was from all over the country, eleven states in all, plus a couple visiting from Belgium. I explained they had much in common with Mrs. Edith Deeds who drew her inspiration for a carillon tower from her trip through Bruge, Belgium. The husband and wife immediately launched into the beauty of Bruge, “the Venice of Belgium” and a short tribute to their native land. I loved it!

So, on with my morning plan of showering, dressing, and packing my prepped lunch.

Make it a great day.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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