Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lots of Little Things
My world has slowed down a bit and I am able to wander about the house doing things that need doing. For example: I cleaned out the kitchen junk drawer yesterday. 18 years worth of stuffing stuff in that drawer. Well, not exactly, but at least 5 years worth. Most of it was pencils and pens and tablets or post-it pads. Some scraps with addresses, and a large collection of dental floss containers. Everytime we go to the dentist we get more and they end up in this drawer. There were also a few coins, some from Japan and some from Canada, and the occasional sewing notion also appeared, like a package of elastic for underwear, a prewound bobbin, and lots of straight pins. A sample of the tile we have already used on the backsplash and many rechargers for the cameras, the mp3 player and the cell phone.
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I am starting to feel like Andy Rooney as I describe all this stuff.
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Dave and I are enjoying our mornings on the deck, examining the new growth in the garden and remarking on the number and variety of birds in the trees. Today a red headed woodpecker flew right into the lilac bush I was sitting by. Thrilling. We have dozens of cardinals, and American goldfinches, not to mention the robins. Lots of little guys too, wrens, chickadees and finches of other stripes. They wake us up early and we love the nudge.
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Yesterday I learned how to drive the riding lawnmower, in case I need to take over this task in the future. It was kinda fun and not too easy which makes learning it a real deal.
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Then I came in and made three loaves of bread dough. Since it was going to be in the high 80's I knew it would be a good day to let yeast do its trick. This morning I will bake off these loaves. They will be part of the meal I am serving on Sunday for the May Girls birthday party.
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After my baking prep was done, I washed a load or two, exchanged the bedcovers for summer ones and called it a day. It was only noonish, but time to sit and knit for a while. I finished a sock and got the second leg well started before it was time to have a late lunch on the deck.
Is this what it will be like when I retire?

9 comments:

  1. Sounds pretty darn good to me.

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  2. bonnie9:52 AM

    That drawer must be HUGE! It is good to know how to do the mower but I'm thinking "lawn boy" - And....you are retired...with a job, right?

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  3. I feel just like I was there for all of that! And how I wish Glory could benefit from the May Girls birthday party. She'd probably run screaming from the room, right?
    Hah.

    Keep writing about this being retired thing: I think it's rubbing off.

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  4. Anonymous11:31 AM

    ***Is this what it will be like when I retire?***
    Sounds very much like it eh!

    I always get angry when on my way to work 50% of road traffic is made up of pensioners (driving through our small town)! Why why why when they have the entire day to go about their business!!!! Same as the doctors, you guessed it, they are there at 7.30am for goodness' sake!!!LOL....which is why I love London, Pensioners are only allowed to ride buses and trains after 9 or 9.30am with their free passes....

    Here is my order:
    2 cardinals, bright red ones
    2 wrens
    2 yellow-headed woodpeckers
    2 chickadees
    I don't have them here but for these I can send you the same number of birds as blackbirds, magpies, and I'll throw in a couple of storks.

    Enjoy your down time with Dave.

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  5. It could be like this. Or not. It is your choice and that is what is so great about retirement. I found this to be a little boring so I like to mix in some volunteer work and some quilt classes and of course some show deadlines.

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  6. Sounds like a lovely day to me. Of course, there is the option of "semi" retirement. This most of the time with the occassional teaching gig just to break things up.

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  7. Mel dahling, as I sit in a hotel room in Hermosa Beach, CA waiting to start a two day gig, I am missing Sweet Ronnie, who was under the weather two days before I left; my newly planted snap dragons, zinnias and bronze clover and working in the studio. Yes, some days of retirement will be as you described but others will be full of time in the studio making art, time just being with Dave and time discovering a new rhythm to life. Celebrate!

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  8. I sense your 'retirement' will not be like anyone else's. Just think of what you will be able to create - if your history of turning out a work of art every day.

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