I am 7 months retired! Wow! Where did the time go? How did I manage to do all that I do and work too!?
June was filled with parties - retirement parties and birthday parties. Our children threw a surprise 60th birthday party for my husband and me. Boy were we surprised! They really got us! It was a wonderful party. I didn't want the evening to end!
July and August were filled with summer activities - gardening, entertaining, long early morning walks, and spending some time at the beach with family. Oh yes! I volunteered at our town's used book sale. It's a huge sale! I loved working there being surrounded by books and by people who love books. So much fun! In July, my husband and I spent a few days at Lake George in NY celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary.
|The gorgeous Lake George. This water is so clean it is used for drinking water.|
September and October were a bit challenging as I created new autumn routines. I still went for long morning walks with my best friend. I spent a lot of time decorating my home for the fall and making it cozy and warm. My husband and I spent some time in Martha's Vineyard, MA and in Newport, RI. Going to Martha's Vineyard had been a long time dream of mine. I am very grateful that my husband made that dream come true. Martha's Vineyard is so beautiful and relaxing!
|A small fishing village on Martha's Vineyard.|
|Vineyard Haven - I love what the words on top of the clock. I want this in my house!|
|A ferry leaving Martha's Vineyard in the evening.|
|The car museum in Newport.|
|Newport - lots and lots of boats.|
November brought Thanksgiving and family from NJ, PA, and California! We had a wonderful time cooking, laughing, talking, and eating. Lots of eating! We spent a few days in Rehoboth, DE. There is lots of great shopping there.
A Christmas decoration at The Boardwalk Hotel in Rehoboth. See the blue in the background? That's the ocean!
|A heart shaped reflection.|
|My sister on the left, my cousin in the middle, me on the right.|
December was filled with Christmas activities - shopping, parties, cooking, wrapping, eating. Lots of eating! Once again!
Among all of that was exciting news!
1. I'm going to be a grandma! In June!
It's a boy!
2. My son is getting married! In November!
Now it is January, and things have slowed down at bit. Actually a lot. I have fallen into a very nice winter routine of:
~ work - I have a new job (part-time) working from home for a children's e-book company.
~ exercise - I still walk outside as much as possible.
~ reading - Truthfully, I could really curl up and read all day long.
~ creating - knitting, crocheting, felting, crafting - all while watching the Hallmark channel.
~ just taking it easy allowing winter to just be what it is meant to be - a time to hibernate and rest and renew.
I love my retired life!
I pray all is well with you!