Friday, July 14, 2017

How about that, retirement is not what you think....



I missed the Monday deadline to write and use some creativity that does not involve my kitchen. Granted it is a goal that I had set for myself, but Monday is still gone, much like the Super Moon. The next few months will be a transition, going from full time work to retirement. And I can already see that I am having some challenges.

Being off the clock can lead to nothingness, if one is not careful. Which means, I must be careful. There is much to get done  enjoy, in this life of mine. So many things I have not done, because I had to go to work the next day. So many things I put off, until I did not have to go to work the next day.

I will tell you right now, it is a difficult task transitioning from job ready to self ready.

Job ready was easy, you were expected to arrive at a specific time, work hard to accomplish a specific standard or production quotient, then go home. The details of your fatigue and what might be possible for self later that day was not the concern of any supervisor or manager. They were not part of the program...

Where as, self ready means you are not only the supervisor, but also the employee. You must organize what needs to be done, along with all the things that you want to get done. Plus you must manage your self, you know that same self that has started on the path to nothingness. To self manage is to have a clear understanding of the important things in one's own life, and get them done.


I just now realized that essentially retirement is a full time upper management job.....do I get a pay raise?

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Our backyard includes, Cannon Beach Oregon

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We had the opportunity to visit Cannon Beach Oregon, for the annual Sandcastle Contest. It is always a busy time in Cannon Beach, but for the Sandcastle Contest, it is permissible to drive on the beach. Fair warning however, all vehicles must be off the beach, in time to avoid getting caught up in the tide...

The different contestant groups had themes for their creations, which were interesting, but my favorite part of the viewing, is the individual sculptures, see what you think.

Haystack Rock, a well known landmark for Cannon Beach.

Amazing detail!

From: Train of Thought

Castleme, up close detail

From: Castleme

From: Reverse Safari
Announcement board for winning entries.

And an amazing walking path that takes you from one end of Cannon Beach to the other, off the busy streets. It is beautiful, filled with wildlife and very serene.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Our backyard Includes, Leadbetter Point State Park

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We took the opportunity to visit Leadbetter State Park a couple of weeks ago. On our visit, we took the shorter Bay Loop Trail. It is a beautiful walk that starts on the bay, then into the salt marshes and finally through the trees, back to the parking lot. 

NOTE: All photos are from my camera with no editing. These simple photos will showcase the beauty of this wonderful park. 




We started on the bay side, on the Bay Loop Trail.





























It is more beautiful in person, the trails are easy to navigate and we will complete the Dune Forrest Loop Trail on our next visit! This last photo of the trees is the end of the trail, and in a few more steps you are back at the parking lot. 


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our backyard includes, The Columbia Pacific Museum

My apologies for taking so long to share this outing we enjoyed at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, located in Ilwaco Washington. In our little corner of the world, we have been knee deep in winter, just now coming out of a 24-hour wind storm (lost one tree to extreme damage) with continued rain and flood warnings. 
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco Washington.
We took the opportunity to see the museum when we had our granddaughter for a few days visit. At this time the Astoria Megler Bridge is celebrating its 50th anniversary. During the construction of the bridge, it was said that the new bridge would be the bridge to nowhere. But in truth, this bridge was the bridge to everywhere because it was the final piece of Highway 101 needed for a continuous highway system from Canada to Mexico. 
Memories of Megler, the name of the Astoria-Megler Bridge Exhibit.
I really enjoyed all the photographs, as they helped me to realize how the world was so many years ago. I cross the bridge on a regular basis, but I would have enjoyed the ferry. Taking a ferry across the river (any river for that matter) is always an adventure! 


Newspaper article about the Astoria Megler Bridge. 






Ilwaco is a quiet, small, fishing and harbor town, we come here often to enjoy everything that the community has to offer. The Columbia Pacific Museum is a fun and relaxed place to visit. The staff is friendly, and there is a lot to see and enjoy throughout the entire museum.

The original entrance to the ferry.



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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The new year always starts with my Mother's birthday...

You better, 
Her favorite saying...

I am standing here tapping out this memory of my Mother because I just took laundry from the dryer. Laundry that was warm to the touch this winter's day, which is very cold. As I unloaded the clothes from the dryer I spied my favorite long sleeved sweatshirt and immediately put it on. Ahhh, just like I remembered from so many years ago, warm and comforting.

I was immediately taken back to the cold winter days of my childhood, where (I should say our Mother, she wasn't just mine) mother would be trying to herd us out of the bathtub and into bed. But of course given the choice of a warm bath or a cold room to dry off in, which would you choose? Yeah, I thought so.... No one wanted to budge from the warm water, and yet time was tight and kids needed to be put to bed for the evening.

So my mother had a trick, she would put a towel for each child in the dryer and get them warm and inviting, and sure enough, before you knew it, we were out, dried and into bed.....As the years go by, these memories are very important and become more so. I quietly treasure them, Mom would have been 86 today. Born during the great depression, into a large family of 13 children, she was the only girl.

She always began celebrating her birthday on New Year's Eve, because, January 1st was her birthday, and the world celebrated with her! Or that is what it seemed like when I was very small and my folks left the house for an evening out, to ring in the new year. The next morning there would be party hats and whistles for us kids to make noise with, so we did.


The morning would ensue with my father reminding us to "keep it down, your mother is sleeping" and we would try, but 5 kids do make a lot of noise.....Dad would cook us his famous fried cornmeal mush, which was golden and crunchy and a bit greasy in all the right ways. I loved the salty taste, but some of my brothers and sisters topped theirs with maple pancake syrup. Dad ate his with eggs.

This is how we started out each new year, and to this day, I still think of New Year's Eve as the start of my mom's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Mom, love you and miss you!

3 generations, my mother, myself and my daughter, 1995

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