It is hard to believe that one year ago today I walked out of work for the last time. I looked at my earlier post celebrating this big event. I wanted to find out how I felt that day. I wanted to see what my expectations were, what I was thinking, planning, and to see how this year came together.
This is what I discovered.
I commented that I was free to pursue many things. I am pleased to find that many of those dreams are being fulfilled but… some not exactly as expected!
I come and go as I please.
I did not start a sewing business. Most of my (many) hours of sewing are for gifts or simply pleasure.
I can stay up late if I want to… but… these days I really don’t make it much past 9:00PM.
I do spend time with family and friends and have worked on strengthening those relationships.
I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen and you will often find me experimenting with new recipes. For someone who really never liked to cook this was a huge discovery.
I cleaned out a few closets and drawers but somehow this does not seem as important to me as it once did (go figure).
We did plant a vegetable garden last year but spent so much time vacationing that the results were somewhat less than spectacular.
(photo courtesy of Pinterest)
I did make several batches of strawberry jam
and even took a crack at making lemon marmalade.
I have not read many books this year. Although I love to read, I really found that I don’t like to sit quietly very much.
I have spent countless hours talking on the phone, emailing and catching up with people. When I want to. Voice mail or text messages when I don’t.
I did manage to regularly attend the gym 2-4 times a week… faithfully… until about Thanksgiving…
I do attend a weekly Bible study, occasionally keep grandkids for the weekend and do some babysitting for our newest granddaughter.
Well, you get the idea. Some success…some not so much.
I am happy and loving life!
Not for one minute have I missed working at a “real job.” I love the freedom that retirement allows.
(courtesy: be the change tumbler.com)
I love spending time with Thommmee. I don’t miss the extra money as I had feared. More time allows for more ways to be frugal. I find I need less-in fact-I find I want less!
I did buy a much needed coat at a local thrift store… for $8.00.
With all the time I spend in the kitchen I splurged on a glass Pyrex pie pan, loaf, pan, square pan, and glass mixing bowl for $1.00 each at an estate sale.
I have clipped coupons, shopped sales, and made many gifts. I try not to waste and plan meals based on what is in the kitchen. We don’t eat out often. We are a do-it-yourself couple living the good life in our little house in our own little corner of the world.
I wouldn’t trade a thing!
I’m purring a lot these days
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