Target Practice

Hubby used to have bad dreams about Maggie and I being attacked by rats, and he couldn’t deck them fast enough with the rifle to save us.
I told him to teach me to shoot, and he hasn’t had the dream since.

Not that I’m a crack shot, far from it, but you could say that any bottle top within 25 yards is history if I’m behind the stock and barrel.
However, the idea of shooting some living creature, even if for the pot, goes against the grain unless it’s absolutely necessity. I have no qualms about cooking anything Hubby has despatched, but I have asked never to see him fell it, and he is also content to skin and gut it before I handle it.

Now this post isn’t about shooting (I heard that collective sigh of relief, and I don’t blame you), but the different targets we set ourselves throughout our lives, some of which are achieved with ease, some with more effort and discomfort, and some not reached at all.

I suppose it all starts in school, challenges to be top of the class, best at sports, sing in the choir, that sort of thing. I was a pretty good runner, and my mate Christine and I were unbeatable in the three-legged race.

In my working life, my only targets were time deadlines, though following redundancy from the bank in 2001 and trying to find a position with one in the High Street, targets in sales were paramount for topping up basic wages.  I know from Tupperware and Jewellery party plans that I’m no saleswoman, though I suppose in hindsight if my sole means of income had been calculated on those sales rather than a sideline to my 9 to 5 job, then it would probably have been a different story.
party-planMeeting deadlines for me was more or less a doddle, as I can prioritize accordingly, and have always been methodical and practical in my approach to more or less everything.

Our budget target in the household is a challenge to better previous figures rather than achieve a certain amount. Indeed I have figures to work to and not exceed, but I don’t see them as targets per se, more a limit.
speedOver the course of the past 6 months though, I have achieved two mini targets set with Slimming World.
Now I am approaching The Biggie, having set my final target for weight loss at a goal weight I know is good for me, and I believe possible to maintain.
Once achieved, there is a further certificate and success package plus perks of so doing
(ie: free attendance within set parameters of 3lbs each way), but nothing on paper, stuck to the fridge or a badge on my coat will be so self satisfying as reaching that target, knowing nobody did it for me, and it’s definitely a personal best!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Target Practice

  1. HA I like the speed target picture.
    Congrats on heading into the final stretch ( or should that be the End of the Big Stretch and down to target size?) Yea you!

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