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Friday, December 2, 2016

Question of the Month, and The Dog and the Box


It's time for Question of the Month, hosted by Michael D'Agostino. And this month I'm not late!
The question is, "What does your retirement look like?"

Retirement? Me retire? I don't think so. I love teaching music and performing, so unless something happens and I'm no longer able to do it, I plan to keep working until I die. But if I were to slow down a little, I'd like to spend time travelling and seeing more of the world. My plan is to visit every continent (including the North and South Poles). I don't know if that's at all realistic, but it's good to dream. I also want to visit all fifty states. I've made a good dent in that, but I still haven't seen a lot of western states, Alaska, or Hawaii.  What I don't see myself doing, is sitting in a chair watching TV or staring out a window. There's so much to see, so much to do, and so much to learn, that I think I'm just going to run out of time to do it all.

What about you? What does your retirement look like?


Now for the story: We all know how much kids like playing with boxes. But did you know that dogs like playing with them, too? 

An empty box was sitting on our living room floor. Our hundred pound German Shepherd, Schultz, decided he was going to have a little fun with it. He grabbed the box in his big mouth and flipped it over his head. Then he ran around, bumping into just about everything in the room.

My kids laughed. I shook my head. "Schultz, you big idiot. You're going to hurt yourself!"

He gave himself a shake, and the box flew off.

I thought that was the end of it. But no. Apparently, Schultz enjoyed having a box on his head. He grabbed the thing, flipped it over his head, and ran around, again.

This continued for about ten minutes. Finally, he shook the box off, gave it a big sniff, and trotted off. What a goof ball!

(I'm wondering what Schultz would do with some crayons and markers and that box!)    

32 comments:

  1. Tell Schultz he's late for Halloween.
    More traveling will be in my plans as well.

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    1. Haha! Yeah. Maybe next year, Schultz will go as a box.

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  2. it could be the cat's cunning plan to get rid of Schultz

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    1. You think Bootsy planted the box there to pack up Schultz and send him on his way? I'll have to keep an eye on that cat! ;)

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  3. Hi, Sherry!

    Your answer to Michael's question doesn't surprise me. You strike me as a doer. Like the Energizer Bunny, you keep going and going and going...

    I wish I could have seen Schultz running around with a carton over his head. He must have a real sense of humor to try it on a second time. Perhaps if you cut eye holes in the box he'd wear it all the time. You could call him the unknown German Shepherd. :)

    Have a super weekend, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Schultz is quite a character! It's like having another kid in the house.

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  4. I hope your plans NOT to reire materialise Sherry. Teasching music is very rewarding as I know. Loved the story, great dog you have.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Schultz is a good dog. He's been a great pet.

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  5. lol Schultz needs some eye holes in the box. Agreed, screw retiring.

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    1. Maybe next time we'll custom fit a box for him, complete with eye holes.

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  6. Too funny. Now you know what to get him for Christmas ;)

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  7. Shultz wants multiple boxes and a blanket so he can build a fort.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'll have to provide the building materials for him.

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  8. You just never know what a dog will be and at least of all, what entertains them. Like your plans for slowing down.

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  9. Schultz is like a big kid... lol

    As for what I'd do when I retire, now that I'm working from my home office, I don't see me retiring anytime soon. I too want to travel, once Valentina is grown I plan to take a couple of trips per year. .. like you, I'd love to see the world ♡♡♡

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    1. There's a lot to see. It's just a matter of having the finances to do it.

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  10. Silly Schultz! Whenever my dog comes across a box, she just licks it. Sounds like Schultz knows how to have more fun with the stuff he finds! XD

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  11. My cats love boxes. Schultz is too funny!

    I like your retirement plan. I would love to travel more. So much to see out there in the world. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes! I hope you get to see more of the world in the future.

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  12. I guess everyone wants to travel more after they retire...that's also my plan1

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  13. I was fortunate to have been able to spend much of the early part of my life traveling. Hopefully I can continue to travel for years to come.

    I think part of a recipe for a long quality life is to stay busy doing what you love to do. I'd like that as well.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I did a lot of traveling when I was younger. I'm glad I did. I don't know what the future holds - if I'll even be able to travel as I'd like. But at least I've seen and done a lot.

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  14. I can't retire. I love what I do and I can't imagine living my life any other way. I write. I travel. I blog. I market (this I would love to hire out). I daydream a lot. (can't hire this out).

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    1. I'd be sad if I stopped doing what I do. I think that's the way it is for a lot of us in the arts.

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  15. I love what I'm doing too and don't plan to give it up anytime soon. Dogs are just like big kids.

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  16. Travel seems to be a theme with these answers, but if you love what you do, why retire from it. As for Schultz, I've always been a firm believe that an empty box is full endless adventure.

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    1. Yes. No point in retiring if you can keep doing what you love to do.

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