Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Adventures Ahead

Yes, it finally happened... retirement!  There have been times when I didn't think I'd make it but I did.

Tomorrow is the first Monday in June that I don't have to be at work at the crack o' dawn in 11 years.  Nice...  so this afternoon, I made some red pepper hummus (link) because I'm not pushed to get everything done today...

A friend gave me some lovely roses last week for my retirement so, this morning, I recut them and gave them some nice fresh water to drink...

I imagine it's going to take a while to get used to this and I probably won't "feel" retired until school staff start back to work in August.... but I don't mind!  I want to savor this being retired...

The end of April, there was a bit of a "heart incident" resulting in a ride to the ER and subsequently being admitted to the hospital.  Nothing found but I racked up medical bills over $12K in less than 24 hours.

It was my first (and hopefully last) episode of atrial fibrillation (link)  but, in addition to new meds, I also had a bunch of appointments and medical tests in May (still found nothing)...  on top of work, getting stuff done related to retirement, and normal life stuff.  So things went to heck in a hand basket around the house.

Since last Wednesday (first day of retirement), I've been organizing paperwork to file away, pitching and tossing stuff that needs to be recycled or discarded, and starting to do some deep cleaning.

My "to do" list is l - o - n - g but I'm already making progress.  When people ask what I'm going to do in retirement to keep busy.... I just laugh!

One of the first big projects on my list is to clean out and reorganize my sewing room.  It's a disaster right now and I won't be able to start sewing again until reorganization...

Surprisingly, I've gotten involved in local politics related to public school funding (or lack thereof) and I foresee my becoming more and more involved in various issues going forward. 


I think I'm going to find PLENTY to do in retirement....


  1. My dear friend, so excited for you!! I know your life will be full of all sorts of wonderful adventures!! Looking forward to hearing about them!! Take some time for a cup of tea and enjoy the ride!

    Hugs and Blessings!

  2. Congratulations! You're going to love retirement.

  3. Happy Retirement, Freda!! Hope you find joy in every busy day of it!
    The hummus sounds delicious. Is it very hot, or just a bit of a kick?
    Very pretty roses--love the colors.
    That last photo is a hoot!

  4. How exciting for you, Freda. Have fun! :o)

  5. Giggle, Giggle at the thought of being bored at retirement! A wild woman such as you will have the world dancing around her:) So happy the retirement finally came, and very glad all the medical scare was for naught. That is a very good thing. The cleaning out and letting go of things is an on-going practice for us. Enjoy your days and find your pace. Glad all is well.

  6. Congratulations on your retirement. I hope all your health issues are long behind you. It's amazing how busy you can be after retirement. Hoping to hear more from you. Hugs

  7. Congratulations. I wish you good health and exciting times ahead.


  8. Welcome to the club!!! And I'm just saying, I need to program time to quilt because there's so much to do in the world... Enjoy, enjoy!