This has been a wonderful week! I have gotten an excellent Vet who has helped Missy,
and I have gotten a dentist in the neighborhood who cleaned my teeth. This is his waiting room. He may or may not be a keeper. I like his taste in art.
And, finally, I got a housekeeper, who came on Friday and cleaned my apartment. So, life in Paris (as I know it) begins! What I am trying to say is that I am circling the bush. Yes, the Cluny Museum is across the street, and yes, the Luxemburg Gardens are up the street, and yes, the Seine is down the street, but I need for Missy to be healthy. I need food in the refrigerator. I need Doliprane (like Tylenol) in the medicine cabinet. I need the Wifi to work (which it does NOT, right now.) I need to know I have a doctor if I need help.
So, I am still working on those basics. And, this week, I got a lot done. I also am having multiple reality checks hourly (not daily), so that I keep all options front and center. Lots of good meals. I turn around and I have a good meal. This Café Society works for me.
And, I have a lot of help. From the French, from Expats, from the cashier, from the mailman, from the neighbor, from ….. you get the picture. And, I am very motivated to get out and accomplish. That is what I was looking for. Just opening heavy doors takes effort. And, toilettes are ALWAYS either upstairs or downstairs. So, I have workouts galore, just going up and down stairs.
I tried to think about what I had planned to do when I got to Paris, and this is what I had in mind – other than to meet people, go places, see art, listen to music, paint, write, sing, act…… I begged my friend to rent me this apartment for a year while I look for my own. Well, the time for looking has begun. Finish editing “Janet Tallulah”. Write “After Steve Died”. Take art lessons. Take a French Culture class at the Sorbonne. Get the piano fixed. Play the piano.
Go to photography meetups. Do lots of photo-shoots and put my photographs on Foap and Pickfair.
Get foot massages and find a Rolfer.
Yes, I have a limited amount of energy. Yes, I have a limited amount of money. Yes, there is a deadly virus out there. Yes, the world is a mess. Yes, I am in my 80’s. Yes, I am alone.
FYI, I am glad there is a Facebook. I feel I have company wherever I go.
FYI, I am glad there is a Twitter. I can read comments about everything.
FYI, I am glad I am in Paris. I look forward to “getting up, cleaning up, dressing up, and showing up.”
FYI, I am glad there is a Dan Rather (“Steady, Janet”); and memes to inspire me. Like