The wheels on the bus go round and round… (Verna Hills 1939)

Welcome back to SOLO at SIXTY!

It’s that time of year again – school is back in session. Mornings and afternoons see those big yellow buses on the road again.This past week I watched as many of my co-workers’ children headed back to school and college. One had a child starting pre-K the same day she took her oldest to college (there are 4 more in between!). It has been an emotional time for all – kids and parents, excited and sad at the same time. Excited to start a new school year and sad to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer break. Many are ready to get back into their normal routines. I remember those times well. Of course I loved summer (still do), but it was always exciting to start that new school year. New classes, new teachers, all new school supplies, lots of new things to learn, and of course, the return to all of my kids’ sports activities. Oh, and packing lunches, homework, driving to and from sports practices and games. Loved it all.

“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take… Integrity is taking it.”

We had a nice (albeit brief) change in weather last week – it was much cooler with no humidity, fooling us into thinking fall might be arriving. It isn’t, and I am not sad about that, as I am not ready to say goodbye to summer yet. Several mornings dropped to the lower 50’s which made it awfully cool for my early runs, so I opted to run later in the day. I was even wrapped up in a fleece blanket on my back porch watching Hallmark movies a couple of nights. Texted my sisters during these movies – they (or at least my younger sister) were watching too. (I love my group texts – I always have several going!)

Of course, I had no one going back to school or college this year, but I still had a fun and busy weekend. Friday night was a perfect night as I drove to our Short Pump club where my older daughter was teaching a special evening rooftop barre class. It was heavenly being on the rooftop with a gentle breeze blowing as the sun was setting. This area of the club is restricted to adults only, complete with a pool and a cafe/bar. It was pretty busy on Friday night! We used the railing for our “barre” and looked out over the neighborhood, which helped take our minds off of our screaming muscles! Our legs were shaking by the end of class! Went back with my daughter to their house and we walked my granddawg around the neighborhood and just talked before I headed back to Charlottesville. Oh how I love spending time with my kids!

Due to the cooler weather, and because I was taking an extremely hard, high intensity class at the club Saturday morning, I decided not to run early. I mean I would have had to wear a long sleeve shirt to run it was so cool outside! Plus, there is no way I could have made it through that class if I had run beforehand. So I waited and ran in the afternoon when it was back to tanktop weather, low 80’s with no humidity. Heavenly. My route down Main Street and through UVA was peppered with so many people – then I realized it was “move in” day for UVA. Parents had that “deer in headlights” look about them. And “First Years” (UVA speak for freshmen) shared that same look, but were also anxious for mom and dad to leave. It has been 9 years since I took a freshman to college – my son. Where have the years gone?!? I can still remember that pit in my stomach leaving my babies at college where they knew no one. I had to learn to let them find their way on their own. Very hard for me, but turned out to be wonderful for each of them!

“Everyone that you meet knows something that you don’t. Learn from them!”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Sunday became a very full day, which can happen now that I am SOLO! Great cycle class at one of our clubs taught by one of my favorite instructors, followed by church and the office for a bit. My younger daughter called and asked if I wanted to visit some wineries, and of course I said yes! A perk of being SOLO – you can do whatever you want to do at the drop of a hat. We headed to several vineyards where we had tastings, ate lunch, and sat outside enjoying the scenery with a glass of wine. It was a beautiful afternoon. Plus any time spent with my kids is heavenly. I topped of Sunday by using my Movie Pass to go see Mission Impossible. It was very good and even though I am not a big Tom Cruise fan, the man really is a great actor, and is in great shape performing his own stunts, and I enjoyed the movie. Going to see Momma Mia this week.

With the return of the heat and humidity this week, I am back to my normal 7 am running routine – only now I am dodging school traffic! And so a new school year begins. While running down Main Street, I saw a sign in Mellow Mushroom – “WE ARE ALL STUDENTS”. Started me thinking… yes we are all students – always learning, we may not remember everything, but we learn new things daily.

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” Ray LeBlond

What have you learned lately? We should learn something new every week, if not every day, even if we don’t remember it! What did I learn this week? Well, I am always reading about Alzheimer’s (known to exist in my family tree) and discovered that 75 minutes of activity per week could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Ok y’all, I work out over 75 minutes every day! Am I safe? Who knows, but I do feel better! Also, did you know that according to Pénélope Komitès, “the bee is the insect most essential for life on the planet.” And that each hive could produce over 50 pounds of honey a year? (Who knows when this knowledge might come in handy!) OH and did you know that The Wizard of Oz premiered 79 years ago last Saturday (Aug 25)? 79 years! The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Birds (1963), and JAWS (1975) were the scariest movies to me as a kid.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you are to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

I’ll try to remember to share with you something I learn each week at the end of the blog.

Learn what you can, when you can. Pay attention. Share what you learn. Don’t waste any time or any knowledge, because as we all know, none of us is promised tomorrow.



PS – saw this quote and loved it: “Sixty might be the new Forty, but 9:00 PM is the new midnight.” RIGHT?!?!


5 thoughts on “The wheels on the bus go round and round… (Verna Hills 1939)”

  1. Still enjoying your blog. Keep up the good work. Wish I had your energy. Come visit us some time you are down at the beach. Live life to its fullest and be happy. 😀🌞

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  2. Leslie, one of your comments struck a chord in me. “The Wizard of Oz”. 79 years ago I saw the first run at the old Carolina Theater. I worked there a couple years before entering N. C. State (Sorry ’bout that) as a freshman September. 1939. war in Europe had just started, and as a R.O.T.C. cadet I wondered what my future would be because everyone knew we were bound to get in sooner or later. “Over the Rainbow” became my favorite, and to this day mixed emotions envelope my memories when I get to hear it played by one of the big bands of that day.


    1. Oh Ed.… Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a favorite of mine as well! But those flying monkeys were scary! I remember going to the Carolina Theater as well… ahhh memories…. Bless you!


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