Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The last week of the year....


I love the hush that takes over the neighborhood and my small town the day after Christmas. All the frenzy is put to rest and the celebration we all enjoyed is a warm memory to enjoy time and time again. But then we come to that last week in the year, you know the one, where it is difficult to know what to do with yourself. Because...

You're a bit tired from the wonderful Christmas you just enjoyed with family and friends and possibly a little too much of the foods that you don't routinely eat, except for special occasions, like Christmas.

You're pretty sure you want to take a vacation in a warm climate, but that old bank account is saying no, no, no...

You're growing a bit tired of the decor that spilled all over the house in this wonderful celebration we enjoy. But you're not ready to invest the energy to put it all away, as you clearly remember how much work it was to put it all up!


You're missing the cookies that have already been eaten, wishing the ones you don't enjoy as well, had been baked in a smaller batch or possibly not at all. Unfortunately, there is still too much food to ask for anything to be baked...

It is the middle of the week, and there is no football to watch, or shopping to do, or chores that are calling your name (well not loudly enough!). So you feel a bit off kilter.

And then someone gives you a big hug and a heartfelt Thank you, and you truly know that Christmas and all the work involved is so worth it and you really can't wait for next year!

But for now, you have decided that any New Year's resolutions, will just have to wait because right now it is the perfect time to do nothing and enjoy the memories of this year. Because this is the last week of the year, and this moment will never happen again, for you to enjoy!


It's a new week, thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Regarding retirement, giving "the blues" the boot!

Retirement is a different animal that I was not used to. It is calmness where I use to work in an environment of busy, loud and endless need. Suffice to say that one does not succumb to retirement until a few rungs on the ladder have been stepped on. You see while you climb the ladder up in the working world, you must step down the ladder for retirement. And until you understand it a strangeness can come over you, and we shall call it the blues.


Once I realized I had entered into the blues, I also knew that I had to get out, fast! Where I had rule after rule in my working day, I had none in retirement, and that was the mistake that led to falling into the blues in the first place.

I had been enjoying the slow lane, even if it is so new, that the traveling is a bit scary because I have never traveled here before. And then one day, it seemed that as quickly as I entered retirement, I became bored with it as well. Silliness for sure. And it was because instead of changing a couple of rules, like no commutes and deadlines, and no endless inbox. I got rid of all rules entirely. The truth is one must have some rules to engage in life and those around you.

So now...

I have two rules for myself. The first one is to be present to the day ahead, which really means that I get up, get dressed and get busy. The second one is to openly discuss my plans for the day, not only to keep my dear husband in the loop of how I will spend my day but to set it in stone if you will, as in this is what I will accomplish/do/enjoy today, for accountability.

And it is going pretty well.

I have been busy working on Christmas gifts, one of my goals for this new life we are rebuilding. I say rebuilding because oh so many years ago, all my Christmas gifts were handmade. Just like the bread we ate, and the fruit in jars, in the pantry.

I have been getting to know my husband again.

I have had the opportunity to think in a calm setting of what I do want in this life, for the rest of my life.

And I have also given myself the permission to just sit and read or enjoy watching the birds at the feeder right outside the window.

And life is good again.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Baby it's cold outside...

First, my apologies for being away so long. We (or rather I) have had some changes to work through and they took up most of my thoughts. I am happy to say, that I am officially filing for retirement and I am so happy to be doing so! However coming to that decision was the part that took up my thoughts...

We are in a cold snap here on the peninsula, it was down to 33 degrees! Since this is our first winter here, we were surprised (I don't know why for Pete's sake, it is winter...) at the cold, and had not completed our usual winter chores. Given our frosty environment, the chores were fast-tracked, and quickly completed!

Here are some photos of our yard dressed in frost.


The violas have bloomed and are covered in frost.

The Salal is in bloom, after dropping all its berries.

The lava rocks around the sand and fire pit.

A very thin coating of ice on the bird bath.

Frozen rainwater in place of the food usually found in this feeder.

I am hoping we have a potato harvest. The vines had died back, this is not frost damage. Our neighbors have indicated they grow potatoes year round.

I was very (very, very) happy to see leaf buds on the currents, after the deer ate them all last summer!

Strawberry ground cover in the sand and fire pit area.

This guy wanted out in the worst way, until he got cold feet, literally! He like us, is adjusting to winter in a new home.

How are you doing with winter in your area?

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