Day 1393: In the driver’s seat

I have gotten the go-ahead from my cardiologists to drive again, now that I have recovered sufficiently from my open heart surgery of September 21.

Now that I’m back in the driver’s seat, I have many places to go today, including:

  1. Cardiac rehab at a nearby hospital, where I’ll sit and walk on different types of exercise equipment with my usual drive,
  2. My dentist’s office, for a 3-month teeth cleaning (driven by  my real risk of endocarditis),
  3. A Boston hospital, to surprise people who are used to being in the driver’s seat,
  4. A real estate property in a nearby town within easy driving distance, where perhaps I’ll soon be driving and parking my car.

Here‘s one of my favorite in-the-driver’s-seat tunes, performed by the amazing and driving Bonnie Raitt:


I love my life with me and the boys — my boyfriend Michael, my son Aaron, and our kitties Oscar and Harley.

Here are some photos I was able to take yesterday because I was in the driver’s seat:



















When I see a product like Chinese Szechuan Chicken-flavored potato chips, I wonder who’s in the driver’s seat over at Lay’s.

What helps you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat?

When I’m in the driver’s seat, gratitude is often sitting in the passenger’s seat beside me, so here’s a driving feeling I want to express to all those who helped me create today’s post and to you — of course! — no matter what seat you’re in right now:



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30 thoughts on “Day 1393: In the driver’s seat

  1. Good to see you in the driver’s seat, Ann! Good for you!! I laughed at the pic of the pig in the doghouse and your pic of the creek is awesome!!! Happy Monday, dear friend! Keep on rockin’! ❤

  2. Cute house Ann! Glad you are in the drivers seat again 💛

  3. Whoa Ann, I see a great photographer in the driver’s seat! I love the third image. The blue sky and lake with the tree are breathtaking.

  4. I haven’t heard Me and the Boys for years! A good one! Glad you’re on the Road again! Happy crusin’!

  5. Even while walking I can feel like I’m in the driver’s seat with the right music–and Raitt can be so right.
    More importantly I’m glad to hear you’re back in the driver’s seat. Being able to take yourself wherever you want to go imparts a great feeling of independence.

  6. Very very interesting! Congratulations on being back in the driver’s seat. I am very curious about the properties you are looking at. Vacation homes? Affordable properties for post retirement? Work space? Investment? Something to paint? So many possibilities.

    It is empowering to be in the driver’s seat, although good to share it from time to time. I loved your outdoor photos today.

    • You ask such interesting, driving questions, Maureen! And, yes, there are so many possibilities that drive us. I’m so glad you came along for the drive today!

  7. Ack! I hate my phone! I meant…You wander across the neatest places!

  8. Glad to hear you’re getting out! I wouldn’t be chowing down on those potato chips though! Oh my.

  9. The photos are great – again! I wish you all the best!

  10. Back driving! Congratulations!

  11. Most of us like to be in the drivers seat, we like to be in control of our lives and our cars, although when Tim and I go away I leave all the driving to him and I sit back and sleep

    • I’m going to sit back and sleep after I finish answering the comments, Joanne. Thanks for taking control of another great comment.

  12. Congratulations on achieving another important milestone! I enjoyed your update and photos.

  13. Gratitude is the very best attitude Ann! Love this post and here is one of my favourite driving songs for your pleasure. ❤
    Diana xo

  14. “Chinese” and “Szechuan” … might not need both. 🙂

  15. Pingback: Day 1394: What drives us | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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