Wednesday, January 29, 2020
I see myself in this robin. Does he look uncertain to you? I selected this photo from my archives because that’s how I often feel.
Retirement is a challenging undertaking. I didn’t simply walk away from my job. From a routine that spanned 28 years, I stepped into a world full of possibilities. I have many interests. Each one is tapping my shoulder, whispering promises in my ear. I’m trying to undertake too much, too soon. My personality pushes me beyond my actual limits.
I’m stumbling. I haven’t fallen. I have good physical balance. I believe over time, I will achieve better overall balance.
I know my case isn’t unusual. Drastic change always demands adjustments.
I can see the light. I will follow it.
Follow your light.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
Birthdays are a blessing. I’ve always embraced them although the decade marking years have presented a challenge. This year isn’t one of those so I’m charging full speed ahead.
This past year, since I turned 70, was a winner. Besides reaching that milestone, Lon and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by taking a Panama Canal cruise and I retired in November. Phew, what a year!
I’m excited by everything. Wherever I look, I feel blessed with the view.
I thank Lon and Jared and all of my family and friends, for contributing (each in their own unique way) to the joy I am experiencing.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Sunday, January 12, 2020
I’m sorry. I forgot to put on a happy face.
Feelings don’t always work their way to the surface. Although, I look sober, I’m happy to the point of being giddy. I have recently experienced joy unlimited.
I would tell you how this is occurring, but I have no recipe. I can share that I retired this past November. Perhaps that’s the recipe. I’ll tell you what I think.
My stab at a Happiness Recipe:
Have faith in God and spend time with Him.
Pay attention to what you say and do.
Treat others with all the respect you can muster.
Have a beer a day.
Smile every chance you get.
Love like there is no tomorrow.
My recipe works for me. I hope and pray whatever guidelines you are following, bring you joy. Feel free to use the ingredients listed above, if you wish.
Choose happiness and love at least three times a day and use a soup spoon.
Friday, January 10, 2020
|Once upon a time, I was young.|
I made a rather unexpected decision and retired less than 2 months ago. It would seem to be a perfect opportunity to slow down. My problem is that I am overwhelmed with all the choices I have to fill my days. I'm not good, yet, at pacing myself. I'm like a kid in a candy store. Everywhere I look, I see something that attracts me. Thus, I'm rushing from one thing to another, filling my cart to the brim.
Today, I awakened with plans to go to the Y's Way to Fitness class. I climbed out of bed at 5:30 and within about half an hour, I realized that exercising wasn't appealing at all. I've spent all morning, moving from chair to chair to couch to couch. I've been on my cell phone, laptop and i pad between many, many moments when I put my head down on a pillow or curled up in my chair.
Why? Because yesterday, I participated in an extra challenging one hour pilates class and then spent over an hour playing racquetball. A few months ago, daily leisurely walks were the only exercising I did. Oh, I should mention that I worked out in the Y's Way class on Monday followed by racquetball and then on Tuesday, I exercised my body with pilates and racquetball and a one hour walk. Wednesday I rested, hallelujah.
I really do need to pace myself. I need to think before I act. I need to prioritize. I need to do a lot of things differently.
So that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Excuse me, it's nap time again.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
|We will be getting snow this weekend if the weathermen are right with their predictions.|
|Our backyard snowman is in apparent distress.|
Our snowman has never looked so concerned. Perhaps he can gauge snow related predictions more accurately than the rest of us.
We've had fine winter weather, thus, I'm excited regarding the forecast. Lon is ready with his snowblower and never complains about having to use it.
I hope everyone in this area finds something magical about this weekend, weatherwise and otherwise.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
|Wedding in Michigan|
(Please don't tell him I did this. He'd rather I didn't, but I sure enjoy it).
Monday, January 6, 2020
|I don’t know when this photo was taken. It obviously doesn’t relate to my post but what the heck.|
This morning, I played racquetball with Margie. We used to play each other back in the seventies and eighties. We’re both excited to be back at it again.
Playing on the Y’s present courts requires adjustments. The old Y had concrete walls which the ball bounced off better. We can’t play like we used to but we will get used to these deader walls eventually.
We both are looking for aerobic exercise and we’ll get it as we chase after a racquetball in our competitive games.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
|These wood loons live on a shelf in our home. It just crossed my mind that I should float them in the sink occasionally. HA!|
Totally unrelated to the photo, the Hatha yoga classroom at the Y was extra heated this morning. The large room was wall-to-wall yoga mats with enthusiasts perched on them. I think an hour long class is challenging but I kept up with all of the poses and was glad I participated.
I’m an exercise enthusiast and enjoy it in many forms. If you presently aren’t, try it. I bet you’ll like it. Walking is an easy way to exercise and a great way get started at moving your body.