Garden Gate

So we had a bit of a mishap at the community garden.  It appears someone or something hit the gate posts and broke them.  As the community garden coordinator, I arranged to get it repaired.  I found a great handyman not too long ago, he helped me with some repairs on a townhouse that I am looking after for a friend who is active duty and deployed to Europe.  Anyway, the gate would hardly open as the posts wobbled back and forth.  So Joe the handyman had a pretty large job to dig up the posts and concrete so he could replace them.  The gate looks great and works so much better.

The vegie garden is not looking so good, heat and disease are taking a toll.  If we can persevere for a couple more weeks, then the plants should produce through the fall.

The pollinators keep on doing their job.  I see lots of butterflies and bees working away.

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New beginnings

I woke up Monday morning, the first working day of 2016 and didn’t have to get up and go.  An unusual feeling for me still.  With 10 months of retirement down, I have drifted into somewhat of a schedule that includes working out, pursuing hobbies, lots of reading, and consulting work.

Not being big on New Year resolutions, I haven’t made many as my resolve doesn’t seem to stick much beyond mid-January.  In the past, I found energy in the idea of new beginnings at the first of the year and often spent time on setting my house, literally and figuratively, in order over the holiday break.  I experienced that same energy again this year and have a great list of things to work on in 2016!

One thing I am doing is letting go of one consulting job that has not met my expectations as planned and picking up another one.  Developing my consulting company became one HUGE opportunity to learn new things in 2015 and hopefully will continue in 2016.  I find myself doing things and facing situations where I have no experience, and casting about for answers, guidance and resolve!

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Speaking of new beginnings, we went to the Dead and Co show at Verizon Center back in November.  We had a stellar time, one of the best shows of 2015.

Slow and thoughtful

I noticed several good articles about retirement recently.  I guess as the end of the year approaches, folks are considering whether and when to retire.   This article from the WA Post, When retiring, think about finding fun and worthy pursuits, has good advice and things to consider BEFORE one retires.  And another article by the same columnist Rodney Brooks, One way having too much free time in retirement could backfire that is pretty upfront on the effects of spending a lot more time with your spouse!  So my husband is still working, though he works out of the house which means lots more time together.  With our new reality, I usually plan to get out of the house in the morning, running errands, going to the gym, etc, so I am out of his way.

And this article by Michelle Singletary,Why do some people retire? Its just the right time-and they want to golf resonated with my reasons for retiring. No, Im not a golfer, it was the right time for me and after careful review of our finances, we had met our goals.  I do find myself telling friends that I don’t have anything scheduled for an afternoon or day.  So different from when I worked.  Someone I just recently met for the first time asked me why I retired?  As he thought I was too young to be retired, and I answered simply – it was time.

In hindsight, we did a good job anticipating the financial implications of my retirement.  However, I acted a bit like the turtle in the photo when planning what I would do to keep busy in retirement!  I found myself ill prepared to deal with my free time and sudden lack of structure in my life.  I am adjusting, thoughtfully filling my time.   And maybe I will take up golf!

Not working update

So 37 days into “retirement”, I decided not to call it retirement.  I consider myself in between jobs at the moment without a clear idea what kind of work I want to pursue.  As I ponder this next act, I am reading a lot of different things.  Like this website Encore, Second acts for the greater good.  And then this article in this mornings WA Post, How long do I have? and why one may not want to retire!  I admit to being a bit bored which is probably normal as I went from a fast-paced, stressful environment to an extended vacation!

So to keep busy, I “interviewed” for a volunteer position at the hospital.  And looks like I will start that in May, every Wed for 4 hours.  Over the last few weeks, I have been to the beach, to visit my mom and then to visit son at school. I have my community garden spot tilled and early spring stuff in the ground.  I have seedlings sprouted and getting ready to set out.  On this rainy day I intend to start cleaning and organizing.

While visiting our son, we drove around Claytor Lake State Park.  I think I would like to return this summer if for no other reason to swim out to this platform!

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